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Not the best reading week for me. Only finished 3 books and didn't unabashedly adore any of them.
There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff: The writing is nice, but I didn't feel like there was enough development of either the characters or the themes. A very intriguing premise that could have been more deftly explored.
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier: This book is made by the characters of Gwyneth and her friend Lesley. They are just so much fun! This definitely reads like the first book in a series: lots of exposition and not a whole lot of action. Not sure if I'll read the next book in the series or not. The plot is definitely interesting, but books about time travel confuse me.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio: What a crowdpleaser. I definitely understand why this book has been getting so much buzz. It's a sweet, heartwarming story that has great characters and is quite well-written. Unfortunately for me, it has very little to do with real life. The biggest compliment I can give a book is that it is real; the plot of this book is simply too good to be true. I will most definitely be recommending it to kids because I think it's a great picture of how life *should* be, but it will never fall on the list of my favorites because it is simply too nice. Loved Mr. Tushman's graduation speech though.
I'm currently reading:
Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Breenan
The Humming Room by Ellen Potter
It's my first time reading Harriet the Spy! Not sure I'll be able to finish Unspoken before it expires (got it from Netgalley). I am sure, however, that I will not finish Cameron Post this week. Have you seen how thick it is? I mean, really?
This week I plan to read:
Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger
BZRK by Michael Grant
Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
Marty McGuire Digs Worms by Kate Messner
Hades: Lord of the Dead by George O'Connor
I *think* I will be able to finish all of these, but I don have a tendency to over-estimate my reading each week so, we'll see.