Monday, August 31, 2009

First Day Jitters

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg is a great book about the first day at a new school. I would recommend everyone read this book, especially teachers. The story is of Sarah, who is anxious about her first day of school. Although some people think reading picture books is only for young children, I would say this one is really for any one of school age...maybe even up to middle school. I read it to my niece and nephews last weekend and hope to read it to some students the first day of school.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This afternoon I finished reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. When I started reading it, I knew that I would enjoy the story and didn't want to read through it too quickly...good books are meant to be savored. The story is told through a series of letters written by Juliet, Sidney, and as the story progresses, a wide variety of residents of the island of Guernsey. It is set in Europe in 1946, so the story includes many references to World War II. As I read it made me wish that more people wrote letters and that I had traveled to Europe this summer. It was a well told story with believable characters. As it progressed, I was surprised at the direction of the book, but not disappointed. If my book club wasn't so adamant about reading books that no one has yet read, I would take it as a suggestion for our next book choice.

The link to the book is also currently having an essay contest regarding your favorite book, and if you win, you will recieve a copy of the book.

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Help

I finished reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett early this morning (around 1:45). It is a story that takes place in Mississippi in the 1960's. Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny are the three main characters and their lives become intertwined in a way that none of them would ever expect. The story was a little slow to get started, but as I read, I enjoyed learning more about each of the characters. Stockett does an excellent job telling the story and making the story believable. I was tempted to read the end (the book is more than 400 pages long) so I could go to bed, but decided to just finish reading the book instead, even if I had to stay up late to finish it. I would definitely recommend this book.