Recent Reads- January 3, 2019

Recent Reads is where I talk about the last five books I finished reading that were not part of a specific tbr.

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

This was the second book I finished for the Books Of Years Past Readathon. This is a book about Liz who dies when she is 15 years old and ends up in Elsewhere where she exists and ages backwards until she is a baby again and returns to Earth to live a new life. It was an interesting take on death and the afterlife. I enjoyed the story quite a bit. I laughed and cried reading this book. I liked seeing how Liz came to realize what the important things to her were and which things were not important, like revenge. She was a strong character even once she was a baby again and her memories were largely erased. I gave this book ✰4✰

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

I got this book for Christmas in 2017. I finished reading it five days before Christmas in 2018. I’m not sure why I took so long to finish it up. I gave it ✰5✰ as I always do. It’s one of my favorite books. I love Stephen King, though since becoming a parent I can’t take his horror any more, I get nightmares. I always finish this book feeling ready to read a lot and write a lot as he advises. This book is my number one choice in terms of an inspirational source for writers. I love to hear about his start and his life becoming and thriving as a writer. I find it hard to stop myself from underlining nearly everything because I love so many parts of this book. I love to hear how he thinks writing should be fun. How he writes because he has to and wants to, never for a paycheck. His love of writing is so obvious in every passage and still all of his advice is so practical. I would recommend this book to any writer or any reader. I’ll go back to this book again and again for the rest of my days, as I have the past almost two decades already.


On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

This was a gift I received on Christmas morning from Santa. I chose it first from my pile of Christmas gifts and began it Christmas night after the kid was in bed. I finished it the next morning. I just could not put this book down. The chapters were short and the story was captivating. I love a survival story, but the romance thrown in that was slightly taboo made the story unputdownable. I gave this book ✰5✰. It’s a story of a 30 year old English teacher going away to tutor a 16 year old boy that is remission from his cancer. Their plane crashes and they end up on a deserted island. They have to figure out how to collect water, eat, survive. What surprised me most about this book was how much of the story takes place after they are rescued, only half way through the book, and what the aftermath of being on the island for so long did their world and their lives together. Amazing! I’m ready to read anything else by this author

Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary

This book was a read aloud with my kindergartner. I gave it ✰3✰ and my almost four year old gave it ✰5✰. This is a story about Maggie, a third grader that doesn’t want to learn to write in cursive. She decides to learn when she can’t snoop on the letters her teachers are writing. The story was cute, but I had trouble with some of the interactions between Maggie and the adults in her life. I remember enjoying it as a child and my daughter loved it too, so maybe it’s just that I’m not the target audience any more. It was still an enjoyable read.

The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale

I didn’t realize when we started this book how short it really was. It has 90 pages, but a lot of that is pictures. We finished in less than an hour. My daughter also sat down and read the full chapter book on own that same morning. And both my daughter and I absolutely loved it! Princess Magnolia is a proper princess that wears frilly dresses and white gloves, but when her monster alarm goes off she has to sneak away as the Princess in Black to use her ninja skills and fight a monster that is sneaking out of his world to eat the goats. This book was so fun and made us both laugh a lot. We ordered the rest of the series from the library as soon as we finished this one and my daughter added them to her birthday wish list. A definite ✰5✰ from both of us.


What have you read recently?

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