This summer I tackled over 40 YA books and I'm hoping not to slow down too much during the school year. Here are the highlights from this past month's reading:
Everyday Kitchen for Kids by Jennifer Low
I really do like this cookbook and think it is a wonderful addition to a
collection. There is no need to use sharp knives, do any stove top
cooking or use any motorized appliances with any of the recipes. I love
the big photos that accompany each recipe. My 6 year old gravitated to
the cookbook and quickly flipped through every recipe and told me what
he wanted to try and make. Our first recipe was the Seven Seas Salmon
and it was a hit. My son liked making everything himself and liked the
recipe as well. I currently have Jennifer Low's other cookbook for kids
on hold at the public library. My only negative thought about this book
is that it is too full of recipes for sweets: cookies, cakes and pies. I
have found that my picky eater tends to eat more of the food if he has
prepared it himself.
Gasp by Lisa McMann
been waiting for this book for ages! Gasp is the third and last book in
McMann's Visions series and she finishes the series nicely. Once again a
vision is central to the story and figuring out the when and what of
the vision is imperative. The main character, Jules, has quite of crew
of people helping her unravel the vision's meaning but things aren't
going quite as planned. I am a big fan of all of McMann's works: the
Unwanted series, the Gone series and Dead to You. All of her books are
delicious reads and great reads for middle school students.
Take Me On by Katie McGarry
you want some romance reading that you are going to devour, you need
not look any further than any of McGarry's work. In Take Me On, McGarry
picks up the story of the youngest of the Young siblings, West. Bad boy
West defends Haley and promptly lands himself in an organized fight.
both West and Haley need to work through their issues in order to find
the love that is right in front of them.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
actually read two Rainbow Rowell books this month, The Attachments and
Landline, both of which are written for an adult audience. I enjoyed
both but I think upon reflection, I preferred Landline. I like the
main character's questioning of how her marriage got to this point and
how much she takes her marriage for granted. Such a realistic character
as all of Rowell's characters are.
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
adore this series and was ecstatic to get my hands on the third book of
the Throne of Glass series. Maas did not disappoint. Celaena is
battling with her inner demons and travels to Wendlyn where she hopes to
find answers. I'm looking forward to the next book where I hope Celaena will find her inner strength and become the great queen she is destined to be.