When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost
The Tale of Desperaux and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Shug by Jenny Han
Happily Never After (Beta) by Holly Dodson
Aaron and Ahmed by Jay Cantor and James Romberger
The Exile by Diana Gabaldon
and Flutter by Erin Moulton
If you forced me to pick ONE of these as a favorite, it would probably be When You Reach Me, because it kept me thinking for days after... but please don't make me pick. There were so many good ones.
I read The Book of Time, and the two Kate DiCamillo books with my boys and we enjoyed them so. The Book of Time was probably pitched too old for my kids, but my older son liked it, and the premise, of a time-traveling kid, was super cool. Kate DiCamillo's books were perfect my my kids' ages, and we loved reading them together.
I picked up the two graphic novels at the Borders sale and they were quick and interesting reads. I'm a huge Gabaldon fan, so I enjoyed The Exile, but it's also hard to "see" a book's characters who you think you know. Almost like when they cast the film and you have to adjust.
Aaron and Ahmed was a cool concept, but I wanted the author to push it a little farther. It was an interesting build up, but I wasn't satisfied with the ending. That being said-- it's about terrorism and the creation of jihadists, and I like a good sweet story. This was obviously not going to end that way.
Beauty Queens was a relentless, witty satire that never stopped making fun of corporate America and our culture. Bray did not let convention hold her back. This would make a great movie.
I thought Shug would be a light MG read, but it had much more depth than I realized-- there was so much going on there, and you might not pick that up from the cover description. It was great.
I'm basically the last person to read Leviathan on the planet so you probably already know it rocks. It sets the bar for funky, creative, conceptually solid steam punk.
Flutter was a heart-pounding MG adventure story. I LOVED the way Moulton pulled in themes of nature and the outdoors. The sisters in this book were sweet, but also realistic siblings. Their adventurous were truly riveting, and there was a little mystery/magic woven in that was lovely.
My donation for August, based on the number of books read, will be to a Juvenile Diabetes Walk that a friend is participating in.
What's your favorite book of your recent reads? Have you read any of these? What did you think?