Since my last edition of Books Worth a Second Look I did finish (and reviewed) The Duff, I also read The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. I continue to read (and enjoy) parts of Anna and the French Kiss. The real story here is that I got caught up in a book that wasn’t motivating me to read. For whatever reason, I was stuck about half-way through Bumped. The story was interesting and I think it would have appeal to teen girls. I just couldn’t suspend belief enough to finish the book. I hate putting books down, but after reading Donalyn Miller’s The Book Whisperer, I know I have permission to put books down and I am sending this one back to the library. Now I am ready to choose a new book! Here are a few books on my To Be Read pile these days:
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
I was already excited about this book after reading several reviews. I saw the huge displays in the bookstores too. By huge displays, I have to say that the book itself is HUGE! I was a little overwhelmed at the idea of reading that huge of a YA book. I finally set my sights on the book at our local store and decided to pick it up. Opening up the book was like a treasure! I quickly read through the first five or six chapter and realized the book was exciting and a new literary experience. I am ready to read this book and get lost in the story! I also wonder if we'll be seeing more books with this fascinating half pictures, half story format.
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
This quirky graphic novel has me thinking that maybe (maybe!) I would enjoy this book. I am not only intimidated, but also unsure about graphic novels. I don’t even know how to read them! Do I scan the page and pictures first? Do I read the dialogue boxes in a certain order? I feel like a thirty something year old virgin when it comes to reading graphic novels!!! So, I have heard good things about this book and I feel I am ready to take the plunge! I may not have worn orthodontia, but I had many other awkward things in my middle school years!
Bigger than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder
Love, love, love the concept of this book. I want it in my hands! I have read enough reviews to be 100% intrigued by the plot. Here is what I hear about the book: The new girl in town (love it) is dealing with difficult family situations when a little magic (love it) comes her way. What’s not to love about this book? This book screams to be used in the classroom, right? I am excited to read this book and review it for others, so it’s a front-runner on my to-be-read list.
The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson
Here is another admission from me: I played with dolls until it was embarrassing. I remember writing about making my own doll clothes in middle school which garnered laughter from my classmates. I don’t keep dolls in my house now or have doll-like collectibles being a parent to a Lil Guy who likes balls and books more than anything. (Yes, I tried gauging his interest in dolls, but he doesn’t really care for them. Even at his grandmother’s house where the toy baskets have a bit of everything, he ignores the dollbabies.) Anyway, I heard about this book which focuses on dolls sent as a symbol of friendship from pre-WWII Japan to girls in the United States. I like the connections between the 2 countries, the time period, and the concept. I hope I would enjoy the book as well.