Although I didn’t get to read a ton this summer, I did pick up three great books!
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was the first book I took out from the library this summer because it came highly recommended by a couple of friends and bloggers. This was a very quick read for me; although there was an easy to follow storyline, it was a little too young for my liking. Others have loved it- but I’m not really into the young adolescent genre of books. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it and would definitely recommend it for an easy beach/vacation read, or for a teen. Here’s the blurb from Amazon:
“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker was also a young adult book that I surprisingly loved. The blurb:
“Spellbinding, haunting, The Age of Miracles is a beautiful novel of catastrophe and survival, growth and change, the story of Julia and her family as they struggle to live in an extraordinary time. On an ordinary Saturday, Julia awakes to discover that something has happened to the rotation of the earth. The days and nights are growing longer and longer, gravity is affected, the birds, the tides, human behavior and cosmic rhythms are thrown into disarray. In a world of danger and loss, Julia faces surprising developments in herself, and her personal world—divisions widening between her parents, strange behavior by Hannah and other friends, the vulnerability of first love, a sense of isolation, and a rebellious new strength. With crystalline prose and the indelible magic of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker gives us a breathtaking story of people finding ways to go on, in an ever-evolving world.”
I’ll admit it, I’m not that much into science and never really was growing up; I think I should have really paid attention because this storyline blew my mind. I honestly put time into thinking that the slowing could really take place! Should I be embarrassed? Because I’m not. I kept asking the beau if the things happening in the book could really happen but he reassured me that I have nothing to worry about. I wish I knew more of Julia’s life today- I would recommend this to everyone (who’s not a smarty pants and would think otherwise).
Following Atticus by Tom Ryan… LOVED it! I don’t know if it’s because I love dogs and/or because I love to hike, but I loved to follow along on their journey through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This is a true story and a sad one at times, but has a wonderful ending. I took it a step further to try and find them on the Internet and it wasn’t that difficult; Tom still has a blog and Atticus is still alive and hiking. The sad news is that he (Atticus) has cancer and is under-going treatment. Their friendship and connection is like no other- he really the perfect dog for Tom.
“Following Atticus is the remarkable true story of a man and a dog embarking on the challenge of a lifetime. This is author Tom Ryan’s inspiring tale of how he and his miniature schnauzer companion, the “Little Buddha” Atticus M. Finch, attempted to scale all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four thousand foot White Mountains twice in the dead of winter. It is a story of love, loss, and the resilience of the human and animal spirit that’s as thrilling as Into Thin Airand featuring the most endearing and unforgettable canine protagonist since Marley and Me.”
I would recommend this to everyone… unless you’re a cat lover.
Have you read any great books this summer that you’d like to recommend to me? I am currently reading The Food Revolution (and it’s blowing my mind!) and have plans to check out Wild next.