Good morning! As promised, I'm back today! And it's time to share a little bit more about my recent reads.
I'm sure you've never heard of this series, so let me tell you a little about it.
I was loaned this book from a co-worker well over a year ago. She told me I would love it. I couldn't even finish the prologue. So, I put it down. Then I checked out the audio version from the library and thought maybe, just maybe, I could get into it that way. Well, I didn't make it much farther.
Then we decided to start watching the show. And I was hooked. (Corey didn't make it past the 2nd episode) After I had finished all of the episodes, I decided that I was going to read as many of the books as I could to fill the loss.
When I picked up the book this time I understood who the characters were and how they fit. It wasn't so overwhelming meeting 10 new people every chapter. You might think that it would be "spoiler-y" but you get to know the characters in a much deeper way, and even make connections that you didn't see the first time through the show.
I've heard that the first book is pretty boring because it does follow the show so closely, so I am really excited to start the next book.
And, Miranda, if you are reading this, I can give you your book back now...
Laurie has done it again. To be fair this isn't really a recent read, because I read it when it came out several months ago, but I just needed to share about it. Her lead characters are always high school girls who have been through some stuff. Think, depression, rape, eating disorders... you know, some stuff. Hayley has lived with her father on the road for as long as she can remember, never staying in one place for too long. They are always trying to out run her father's demons. He was a soldier in Iraq and is suffering from PTSD, and hasn't found the help he needs. They move back to her father's home town so she can go to "real" school and have a "normal" life. While she is trying to figure all that out she also has to play mother to her father.
As you can imagine, she goes through some more stuff.
It's good y'all.
The author's father struggled with PTSD, so this was a really personal story for her, and you can tell. I highly recommend this one.
PS when I got to meet Laurie Halse Anderson.
This is by the same author of Margot, aka the book I couldn't put down and stayed up half the night to finish.
Searching for Sky was another one that I stayed up late to finish.
Sky and River have lived on Island since they were kids. That's all they know. When River spots a boat, they are taken to a strange land called California. When they arrive, they are separated, and must learn to function in this new world, when all they want to do is go back to Island.
My favorite thing about this book is how simply Sky sees the world. On Island, there were no buildings, no doors, no stairs, no toilets, so when she is "rescued" she has to learn all of these things and more. She has such an innocent, child-like perspective on things.
Jillian Cantor does such a brilliant job of showing us the world through Sky's fresh eyes. She also does a good job of ripping your heart out. So, beware!
And those are 3 of my recent reads. What have you been reading recently?
The next book I'm working on is Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo.