This month's reading list is all over the place . . . which might tell you a thing or two about what's going on in my head these days! I didn't read as many books as I did last month (you can click HERE to see that list), but I did read a few REALLY good ones : )
I read this book a few years ago after my SIL loaned it to me, and it is still one of my all-time favorites. I was browsing our local library for a different author, but I was so happy when I saw this book on the shelf. It's the story of Enzo (a dog) and his family told from his own perspective. It will make you feel all sorts of emotions, and I think it's just a great story about life. It would make a great movie too!
This book was listed as a recommendation after reading Eleanor & Park so I decided to give it a chance. I found this one in the young adult section of the library, and it was definitely full of teenager issues . . . fitting in, standing out, doing the right thing (when others are watching), etc. It was easy to read and pretty good overall.
This book was listed as a recommendation after reading The Help (one of my all-time favorites), and I actually found it for sale at 2nd & Charles. Let me stop here for a minute . . . that store has got to be one of the most confusing places to look for books. I didn't even find what I was looking for, but I am so glad that I found this book. It was probably my FAVORITE book this month! I was worried at first because there were a lot of characters to keep track of, but the author made them all so real to me that I had no trouble keeping up with them. It's the story of a little white girl who is brought to a southern plantation as an indentured servant and sent to live with the slaves. I cried through many events in the book, but it was such a good, meaningful story. I really hope they make this one into a movie!
I read Gone Girl last year before the movie came out, and I really enjoyed it. I was utterly shocked that the movie closely aligned with the book (Jesse says I should stop reading books because I'm always disappointed by the movies), and I was curious to read this book after I heard that the movie was coming out soon. I didn't really care for this story, but I was interested enough to keep reading. Meh . . . twisted but not better than Gone Girl (in my opinion).
I haven't finished reading this one yet . . . to be honest, I read almost 100 pages and then put it down for about a week. It's about a lighthouse keeper and his wife stationed on a very isolated island off the coast of Australia (like all alone and 100 miles away from the mainland . . . no thank you). A baby washes up in a boat, and they decide to keep her and raise her like their own. It's definitely an interesting story, but it's developing at a snail's pace. I'll keep working on it and give you my thoughts on next month's list.
So that's it folks . . . my reads for the month. I've already got a few titles lined up for August, but I always love to hear your recommendations!
Hope you have a fabulous week : )