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A Novel Idea!: Five-Star Reviews 2018


 by Kate Russell.  No changes made.  Used under Creative Commons license permission.

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Me Before You

Me Before You is an enticingly heartbreaking novel that captures readers interest from the very beginning and holds it all the way through the epilogue...

Stronger

This book is sure to inspire you regardless of who you are and where you live. You may have already seen the movie featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, but in my honest opinion, the books are always better because they provide more detail. In Stronger, Jeff Bauman documents his life before, during, and after the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013.

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Growing up as the quiet girl can be hard. There is a constant battle between wanting to be chatty enough to fit in and wishing that everyone would just stop talking. Illustrator Debbie Tung can certainly relate, as is evident in this autobiographical collection of short cartoons.

In a Dark, Dark Wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When an invitation to spend a weekend away to celebrate the upcoming marriage of an old friend arrives, lonesome writer Leonora is reluctant to accept.

The Longest Ride

Nicholas Sparks has done it again! I could not put this book down! I have read most of Sparks' library but this book has been my most favorite. It starts off in the South, as all his do, but focuses on a college senior from New Jersey, much like myself when I read this book so that may be why I was instantly hooked.

the curious incident of the dog in the night time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I decided to read this book I wasn't certain if I would like it or not. I have taught students who were identified with autism. I will honestly say that they are not an easy group to reach much less teach. I often wonder what was going in their minds and I think this book brought home some points. As you can guess, the book is basically about an autistic teenager. It really surprised me, because the reader really gets to know what the main character is like. It is from his point of view.

Identical

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whoa! This Young Adult novel, written from the viewpoints of identical twins in poetic prose, was an intense story of lives gone horribly wrong. Sixteen year old twins Kaeleigh and Raeanne are exact opposites, one a far too compliant favorite of Daddy’s, the other a self-destructive rebel. Mother is a politician, and absent. The only support for the girls is their abusive father. Raeanne turns to sex and drugs to fill the void. Kaeleigh works at a senior citizens’ center, and prays every night that Daddy’s footsteps walk past her bedroom door.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Whether a male or female teen, each would find this a great book, especially part two. Avi has written a book that girls could relate to just for the sheer joy of reading about a strong willed girl. It is also a book full of imagination about seafaring that a boy would love.

An American Marriage

I feel this book is an instant classic, right beside 'The Great Gatsby" and 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'

Dreamland Burning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We don't know that we always have biases until something happens which opens our eyes. If a person has some good in them, they will most certainly examine their conscience. Two main characters, Rowan and William do just that.

 

Running Like a Girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love that Heminsly started from scratch. She's not a professional athlete or a once high school athlete. She has a desk job, a roommate, and and average set of everyday activities. She decided to run simply to prove to herself that she could and signed up for the London Marathon having hardly ever set foot on pavement.

American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Wife is an absolute MUST read for anyone who is a military spouse, knows a military spouse, is currently serving or previously served in the U.S. military, or any fans of Chris Kyle and his story behind American Sniper. Perhaps you have read his novel or seen the movie starring Bradley Cooper as Chris and Sienna Miller as his wife, Taya. In this novel, Taya sums up her life in four words: love, war, faith, and renewal (although the book also involves three more chapters: fame, shattered, and despair).

Teach Like A Pirate

Dave Burgess is an award-winning and nationally recognized teacher who travels to all kinds of conferences, keynote lectures, and campuses to spread his word and enthusiasm for teaching. He inspires colleagues, fellow teachers, and even his own students by using the creative acronym PIRATE. If we “Teach like a pirate,” Burgess strongly believes our students’ engagement will increase, our own creativity will rise, and our life as educators will be transformed for the better.

All The Light We Cannot See

 

I have just finished another book. A wonderful tale of love, lost love, living and dying.

Running Like a Girl

I love that Heminsly started from scratch. She's not a professional athlete or a once high school athlete. She has a desk job, a roommate, and and average set of everyday activities. She decided to run simply to prove to herself that she could and signed up for the London Marathon having hardly ever set foot on pavement.

The Girl On The Train

The Girl on the Train is a must read for anyone interested in thrillers. I really enjoyed and appreciated how Paula Hawkins chose to write this novel because we get a first-person perspective from three different characters.