Saturday, October 11, 2014

Reading P.S. Longer Letter Later

P.S. Longer Letter Later by Paula Danziger and Ann M Martin

Elizabeth and Tara*Starr are totally different. Tara*Starr wears glitter and sequins, loves to be the center of attention, and is the only child of young parents who are taking a long time to grow up. Elizabeth is shy and quiet, hates being the center of attention, and lives in a house in which possessions are more important than feelings. So of course they're best friends. Now that Tara*Starr has moved away, the girls continue their friendship through letters. Then life changes for both of them. While Tara*Starr family settles down, Elizabeth's falls apart. Their letters chronicle these events, and the realization that they can depend on each other and on themselves.

Reading - Theodore Boone: The Abduction

Theodore Boone: The Abduction by John Grisham

When Theodore Boone's best friend, April, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even he, who knows April better than anyone - has answers. As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it's up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April.

Reading - Judy Moody Around the World in 8 1/2 Days

Judy Moody Around the World in 8 1/2 Days by Megan McDonald

Judy Moody is one of a kind, and she likes it that way. Enter Amy Namey, another third-grader with a name that rhymes! She just might turn out to be Judy's worst enemy - or a new best friend. Meanwhile, Judy's old best friends, Rocky and Frank Pearl, are M-A-D that Judy's thinking more about Amy Same-Samey and the My-Name-Is-A-Poem Club than about them. How can they work together on a class Around-The-World project if they won't even talk to each other?

Reading - Jake Cake: The Pirate Curse

Jake Cake: The Pirate Curse by Michael Broad

'I'm Jake Cake, and these are my adventures. They're all true, but I bet you don't believe me. After all, have you ever been cursed by a ghostly pirate? Has an alien ever abducted your granny? Or have you ever been tricked by a genie? Stuff that happens to me is unbelievable!'

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Reading - Scissors Paper Stone

Scissors Paper Stone by Elizabeth Day

Charles Redfern is in a coma. As he lies motionless in hospital, his wife Anne and daughter Charlotte are forced to come together to confront their relationships with him - and with each other. Anne, once regarded as beautiful and clever, has felt herself disappearing for years, paling beside her husband's harsh brilliance. Anxious to fit in with the expectations of the people around her, she keeps her disillusionment buried inside, mechanically attending the endless round of drinks parties and dinners in her keenly social neighbourhood, and trying to ignore the guilt that trails behind her like a shadow. Charlotte, battling an inner darkness that threatens to overwhelm her, is desperate to prevent her relationship with not-yet-divorced Gabriel from disintegrating through her own self-sabotage. As the full truth of Charles's hold over them emerges into the light, both women must come to terms with the choices they have made, and the uncertainty of a future without the figure that has dominated them for so long.

Reading - When You Were Here

When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

Danny's mother lost her five-year battle with cancer three weeks before his graduation-the one day that she was hanging on to see. Now Danny is left alone, with only his memories, his dog, and his heart-breaking ex-girlfriend for company. He doesn't know how to figure out what to do with her estate, what to say for his Valedictorian speech, let alone how to live or be happy anymore. When he gets a letter from his mom's property manager in Tokyo, where she had been going for treatment, it shows a side of a side of his mother he never knew. So, with no other sense of direction, Danny travels to Tokyo to connect with his mother's memory and make sense of her final months, which seemed filled with more joy than Danny ever knew. There, among the cherry blossoms, temples, and crowds, and with the help of an almost-but-definitely-not Harajuku girl, he begins to see how it may not have been ancient magic or mystical treatment that kept his mother going. Perhaps, the secret of how to live lies in how she died.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Reading - Flights of Love

Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink

FLIGHTS OF LOVE consists of seven stories, all of them weaving around the idea of love - why people are drawn to it and why some run away. Schlink shows us in turn love as desire, love as confusion, love as a quick affair, love as a drastic life-changing rebellion, love as a force of habit, love as self-betrayal.