My goal is to read more during the school year this year as my summer reading was a little weak! I did read the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown. If you like science fiction this is a worthy read with lots of character twists.
I also read Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood. It is about teenager who is starting a new school after his parents divorced. His situation is less than ideal; he makes six goals (number one being to kiss the neighbor girl) to help him improve his situation. Read it to find out if he accomplishes his goals.
I also read What Alice Forgot by Laine Moriarty. It is about a woman who is turning forty and due to a knock on the head forgot the last ten years of her life. This includes her 3 children and her divorce. This one is not in our library, but I'd be happy to lend it!
I'll start something new this week....Happy reading.
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This summer was not a big reading summer for me. I did read three books.
The first book was The Martian by Andy Weir. This is about a space expedition to Mars in which one astronaut gets left behind when the mission goes wrong. His fellow astronauts thought he was dead when they left, but he wasn't. The rest of the novel is spent working through how the astronaut is going to get back to earth. This book comes out as a movie sometime in 2016 starring Matt Damon. It may be one of the few books that I like better on the big screen than in print.
I also read To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. I will recommend this to the first teen girl who wants a fun relationship read. There was enough of a twist to keep me reading and I liked the main characters.
I finished the summer with All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This novel set during WWII kept me intrigued as chapters alternated between the lives of the two main characters: a blind girl and an orphaned boy. Both characters had to endure during the desperate times of WWII and I waited patiently to find out how their two lives would intersect. I would highly recommend this to someone who likes to read historical fiction.
I read Harry Potter for the first time as an adult. At the time Harry Potter was not the genre I typically read; I wasn't even starting my career as a library person, but my husband got the first book as a gift, and I decided to give it a try. I fell in love. I loved the characters; I quickly created their images in my head....then I went to the movie. I thought the movies were great, but the first time Dumbledore flashed on the screen my personal image of him disappeared. When I read any of the sequels following my movie experience, the characters in my head were replaced with the movie versions. I still loved the books, but my reading experience changed. It changed again after I saw Hunger Games. I loved Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, but she didn't fit my version of Katniss. In the long run, I do believe that the movie versions of Harry Potter and Hunger Games did do the books justice. That does not always happen.
I loved the books The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent. I didn't get to see either of them on the big screen (yet). I will be interested to see if the movies connect with me the same way the books did.
I'd love to hear about your book to movie experiences. What worked? What didn't?
The 2016-17 school year will be my 7th year as the high school librarian. I haven't read all of the books on the shelves, but I try and keep up on my young adult reading.