I am two weeks behind in posting reviews and memes. Being a part of the Summer Reading Blitz has really helped me to read as many books as I want but doesn’t really help when it comes to writing reviews for those books. One of the great things about the challenge though is that I’ve been making the time to find and read some great books.
Who can I blame for these three books besides other bookworms? Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermesiter is a book I saw on more than a dozen blogs earlier this year. It wasn’t until I read Bauermeister earlier book, 500 Great Books by Women, that I made the decision to read it. Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell is another book that I’ve read some great things about online. Guys Lit Wire called this book a “straight-ahead acceleration driven by betrayal, revenge, and violence”. I might drop everything else to read this now. Or maybe not. 2666 by Roberto Bolano is in huge demand at my library so I only have three weeks to read and finish it for Claire and Steph’s five-month read-a-long. Something tells me I’ll probably end up buying this book.
The Nerds Heart YA tournament has made fall in love even more with YA. So I checked out a boatload of books from the library to read. I learned about Sweethearts by Sara Zarr from Readergirlz when they dedicated their June issue to it. I can’t even tell you what Little Audrey by Ruth White is about. The cover jacket only tells the reader that it’s based on the author’s life and a “great trauma” happens to the White family. Love, war, and compassion are some of the themes that make up the Printz award-winning novel, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I checked this book out weeks ago and returned it back to the library unread. After Kailana read it, she told me to check it back out, so now it’s on my shelves again. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is one of the most banned books in the United States. Written in letter format to an unnamed person, the main character Charlie is one that many readers love. I picked up Skin Deep by E.M. Crane for the beautiful cover without any idea what it’s about.
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides was recommended by both Bibliobrat and Beth, so that was all I needed to check it out. Am I the only one who haven’t watched the movie? Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden is another banned book. I read this when I was younger and loved it. Summer is a perfect time for rereading. Ann Hood’s memoir, Comfort, about the death of her young daughter is devastating but beautiful. It’s a book that leaves you in tears and with the prayer that you never go through the same thing. The Knitting Circle is the fictional account of what happened afterwards and about the healing power of knitting and the waves of grief.
The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey was shortlisted this year for the Orange Prize. Jill at The Magic Lasso is once again hosting the Orange July challenge. The Wilderness is the tale of Jacob as he struggles to remember his past through the fog of Alzheimer’s that he has. I’ve read that The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen is probably the book of the year. A twelve-year-old genius hitchhikes from Divide, Montana to Washington, D.C. to accept an award from the Smithsonian. Family, fame, and loss are some of the themes that make this book special.
This is only a third of the great books I checked out from the library this week. Have you visited your local library lately? What have you checked out?