It is official for me that summer has come to an end, but I am enjoying being back in our library. Last year, I had no library and was in a computer lab for one semester, so this August feels like Christmas!
I have had the chance to read quite a bit before going back to work. I have read a classic, books for book club, and of course young adult literature!
Here's my list:
1. The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro - This book was for our SBMS staff book club. It was a great read and really opened my eyes to the art community and how difficult it is for artists to make a name for themselves. This is definitely an adult read.
2. Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl - This is a Lone Star book for the 2013-1014 year and I really enjoyed it. It was a quick read and reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice...all about how personalities are misinterpreted and misunderstood for good and bad. Of course, there was a prince and princess romance!
3. Nurture by Lisa Bevere - I read this book with a group of ladies from my church. It is all about how important it is that we nurture each other and allow space for emotions and feelings. The book taught me a lot, but our weekly meetings is where I learned the most!
4. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen - I read this for a book club I am in with my mom and some other ladies. Rhoda Janzen writes about her past growing up in the Mennonite faith and her adulthood as she walked away from that faith. The memoir is full of funny stories, sad moments, and family fun. This is an adult read.
5. Trash by Andy Mulligan - After attending the Scholastic Reading Summit this summer, I grabbed this book and finished it in one day! One of the presenters recommended it and I enjoyed it immensely! Three boys live in a trash dump and come across an interesting find that leads them into mystery, mayhem and madness!
6. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe - It's been a while since I have read a classic, but my tradition is to reread Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen during the summer. With the encouragement of my boyfriend, I ventured out to a new classic about slavery and plantation life. Of course, I fell in love with Uncle Tom and wanted his life to end up with all good things, but as a slave moved around from plantation to plantation, he had a VERY difficult time. A great read filled with all kinds of themes and moral lessons!
7. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater - I won an ARC (advanced reader's copy) on Twitter this summer! One of my favorite authors is Maggie Stiefvater and the second book in her Raven Boys series is coming out this fall, but thanks to new author Allison Cherry, I won an ARC! This book is filled with mystery, suspense, drama and moral dilemmas. Now I'll have to wait even longer for the third book or hope to win another Twitter contest! ;-)
I am currently reading two books: one is called The Brain that Changes Itself about how we can retrain our brain (very interesting) and the other is a YA book a friend loaned me called Eleanor & Park.
Ms. Smith, SBMS