What I Read This Summer
Getting Things Done
I’m always trying to be more organized, and I would recommend this book, even though it’s old (2002, I think) and a lot of it is common sense. But there are some good tricks and tips that I’m taking away from it, and that’s worth it to me.
Not nearly as good as I expected. Almost tedious to get through at times. And I hate the cover.
(YA Historical Fiction / Fantasy)
Also not as good as I’d expected, from all the buzz I’d heard about it. Good, if you have it lying around. Maybe not worth going out and getting.
When You Reach Me
Wonderful, surprising story. 2010 Newbery Medal winner. Great for upper elementary / middle school readers, but I really liked it, too. Draws on Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time — pair these two for young readers.
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
(Nonfiction / Inspirational)
Just couldn’t quite swallow it. I’m sure the author fully believes his son’s story and has entirely good intentions. But he’s a pastor, so he also has an agenda.
The Name of the Wind
Going into this without high expectations, I really enjoyed it. I’ve requested the second book in the trilogy through the library.
The Night Watch
Liked it, didn’t love it. Shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker. GLBT relationships.
Liked this one better, though not as much as The Little Stranger, which many readers prefer. Some good twists, although almost too many — sometimes caught myself anticipating the twists rather than engaging in the story. GLBT.
Cutting for Stone
Heard great things about this book and was not disappointed. Recommend.