August Favorite Books
I only read five books in August. Sigh. But, that's because I've gone back to the classroom to be with my little 1st graders. Our school started August 7th here in the Central Valley. We've been sweltering it out in the high 90s to low 100s as the little ones try to adjust to a much longer school day. While I absolutely love being in the classroom, I'm pretty exhausted at the end of each day, so five books was actually quite the achievement. My favorite two books this month were actually author debuts.
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus is on the NYT Best Sellers list. At first, I was turned off by the book description which included The Breakfast Club references (a great movie that no one should mess with), but I was intrigued enough to pick it up, and I'm so glad I did. It was a quick, fascinating read that kept me guessing until just when the author wanted you to figure it out. Plus, it's a great statement about what teens today deal with in a social media / technology driven world on top of the normal, age old teen problems of feeling like an outsider when you just want to belong
Holly Freakin' Hughes by Kelsey Kinglsey is another new author debut. It's a romance novel with an amazing amount of good one-liners including: 1)"I wasn't in fact stupid. Just a woman in love with a man she knew would never want her in the way she wanted him." 2) "All that mattered in that moment was the realization that everything he had ever wanted had destroyed everything he had needed." 3) "I wished they only wanted the sarcastic bastard with the cat and the Keurig." and 4) "She understood what it was to not be enough for the person you thought you needed more than the world."
My retro favorite from August 2016 was Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by the series creator Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham. If you haven't seen the Veronica Mars TV show, all I can say is GO NOW and GET IT! And then you can thoroughly enjoy the movie followed by the two books that came after. Nancy Drew meets sassy, edgy teen dealing with 21st century problems. And really, who wouldn't love @kristenbell in anything?
As always, I encourage you to decide if these books are for you by reading the descriptions and reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. And, when you are done reading, I ask you to write your own review so that others can benefit from your thoughts. Even the most famous authors love to hear the opinions of their readers, but especially debut authors like the two mentioned here.
Hope you enjoy these books as much as I did.