Heather's books

Sarah's Key
The Help
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
New Moon
Breaking Dawn
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Lightning Thief
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Notebook
Eat, Pray, Love
The Time Traveler's Wife
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Unbelievable and predictible

Hole in the Middle by Kendra Fortmeyer

Hole in the Middle

By: Kendra Fortmeyer

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 352

Published: 2018

Read:  September

2.5 out of 5

Morgan Stone is born with a hole in the middle of her body – the size of a fist. Even more far-fetched for me, she is a senior in high school who shares her own apartment with her best friend – also a senior. This is for no apparent reason except her mom is rich and the author needed less parental supervision of Morgan. Of course, they have fake ID’s and it’s at the local night club where Morgan decides to show off her hole for the first time. This starts an internet sensation and news reporter frenzy. She eventually meets Howie, who has a lump the exact size and location as Morgan’s hole. Will they be able to cure each other? Even though this book was well-written and had a unique story line, it was too unbelievable and predictable for me.

Friday, August 24, 2018

An Entertaining LGBTQ novel

Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #1)

Tales of the City

By: Armistead Maupin

Genre: Adult Realistic Fiction/LGBTQ

Pages: 272

Published: 1989

Read:  August

3 out of 5

I chose to read this book because it is one of the 100 Great American Reads. It reminded me of the TV series Sex and the City (1998-2004) and the movie Singles (1992). It takes place in San Francisco and follows several people that live in the same apartment complex. All the chapters were about 3 pages long (love, love, love) with lots of humor. Being primarily about a gay community, I am sure there was more humor than I picked up on. Nonetheless, it was funny and an entertaining read. I loved the format of the book, which flipped back and forth between the characters and how the characters intercept each other. However, I thought some characters and their story line were boring, hence the 3 star rating.

Friday, July 27, 2018

A book about Cerebal Palsy

Petey by Ben Mikaelsen


By: Ben Mikaelsen

Genre: Juvenile Historical Fiction

Pages: 256

Published: 2000

Read:  July

4 out of 5

1920 – A boy, Petey, was born with Cerebal Palsy and raised in a mental institution because they thought he was an idiot. . He did learn to communicate by nodding his head and making certain sounds. The story is about how he befriended several staff members, a special fellow resident, and a little boy.
            My daughter recommended it to me when she read it in junior high school.  I thought it was good, but sadder than I expected. I liked that it followed the boy’s entire life and not just a portion. It is definitely a circle of life story.

Monday, July 16, 2018

A coincidence or more?!?

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

The Cheerleaders

By: Kara Thomas

Genre: YA Thriller

Pages: 384

Published: 2018

Read:  July

4 out of 5

CONNECT THE DOTS.  A car accident, a murder, and a suicide. 5 cheerleaders – all dead within a month. Told in the voice of one of the cheerleader’s sister, is the dark twisted story of this small town’s tragedy. Thomas keeps the reader guessing throughout the book, once you think you got it - wait - another twist is upon you. Never having read Thomas before, she is definitely on my radar now. I’m going to have to consider going back and reading Little Monsters (2017) and The Darkest Corners (2016).

Definitely in the minority here...

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

By: Anthony Doerr

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 531

Published: 2014

Audiobook: 16 hours and 2 mins

Read:  July

1 out of 5

I know I am in the minority when I say I didn't like this book, but I just couldn't get into it.  I usually love historical fiction and multiple story lines, but I didn't find this novel intriguing at all. I started the book in print and gave up on it, but decided to try again on audio. The audio was phenomenal, but I found the story blah.

“There is a book for every person and a person for every book” – This one just isn’t mine

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

a Bit Disappointing

Ghost by Jason Reynolds


By: Jason Reynolds

Genre: Juvenile Realistic Fiction

Pages: 192

Published: 2016

Read:  July

3 out of 5

This book definitely had some great qualities and taught some valuable lessons. However, I do feel the story was unrealistic and sugar coated. For instance, the coach never told Ghost’s mother about getting in trouble – some which were very big instances. As a mother, I would be beyond upset and this aspect was never addressed. In real life, I also don’t believe he would have gotten off so easily with stealing an expensive pair of shoes.  I feel the book, Holes by Louis Sacher, taught the life lessons much better. I am very surprised to see this novel as one of the 100 books on The Great American Read.

Friday, May 18, 2018

a mix of mystical realism and realistic fiction

Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron

Out of the Blue

By: Sophie Cameron

Genre: YA Mystical Realism

Pages: 272

Published: 2018

Read:  May

3 out of 5

This book begins with angels falling from the sky. Most are dying as soon as they hit the ground, but Jaya has one fall right at her feet that is still alive. Even though this novel is very mystical it deals with friendship, guilt and grief as well. Jaya has to deal with the sudden death of her mother, the disappearance of her ex-girlfriend, and her own struggles with her dad. This is a great debut novel by Sophie Cameron whether you like realistic fiction or fantasy.