I’m back with five more books that I think you should check out! It’s been a good year of reading for me, so far, and I love passing off book recommendations. If you missed my first post about books, you can check it out here.
When my students complain that they don’t like reading, I always tell them that they just haven’t found the right book yet.
Let’s dive right in!
- The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Oh my goodness, this book was cute! It was based on two main characters, Lucy and Joshua, who work together and HATE each other. At work, they come up for the same promotion and the tension between them rises. As their ‘hating game’ continues, they start to realize that they don’t really hate each other at all. They begin to spend more time together while both trying to keep their guard up.
I loved this book. It was a cute love story, kept me engaged the whole time, and had funny, real-life moments! I would read it again in a heartbeat. I definitely recommend it if you need a light-hearted beach read this summer!
Rating: 5/5 stars
2. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
As a big fan of Parenthood and a new fan of Gilmore Girls, I was so excited to read this book by Lauren Graham. It is about a girl named Franny who is struggling to make it as an actress in New York City. She has given herself a deadline for sucesss, and it is quickly approaching. The story follows her journey trying to find meaningful work and to “make it” in the world.
While this book was cute, it was lacking something for me. It didn’t hold my attention too well and the characters and plot line were very surface level to me. It was just okay.
Rating: 3/5 stars
3. Miss Jane by Brad Watson
I found this book listed in one of my magazines, and thought it sounded different than most books that I read- worth a shot! It is about a little girl named Jane who is born in rural Mississippi in the early 1900s. She is born with a genital birth defect which makes her unable to have many normal functions of a woman. The story follows Jane’s difficult life, from how isolating her condition is to the boy who loved her and left. She must learn to be happy by herself and make the best of life’s circumstances.
This book was pretty good. It was an easy read and fun to see Jane’s development and maturity grow throughout the story.
Rating: 3/5 stars
4. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
The Garrett family and the Reed family are polar opposites. Samantha Reed is envious of how wild, messy, and fun the Garrett family is, and she gazes enviously at their crazy life from her rooftop spot, since her mother would never let her associate with them. One night, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her, and her world is changed. The two fall for each other and begin the perfect relationship until one event happens that leaves both families reeling. It is an event so big that Samantha doesn’t know if her relationship with either side can ever be mended.
It is a definite page-turner about balancing first love and family relationships.
Rating: 5/5 stars
5. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
A millionaire named Sam Westing passes away and sixteen random people are brought together for the reading of his will. These strangers soon find out that Sam has staged a “game” to determine who will inherit his fortune. Along the way, these people realize that one of them may be the murderer who killed Sam. The book follows each character trying to “crack” the clues before everyone else to get the inheritance!
I am hopeful that I will get to teach this book to my students within the next couple of years if our book orders are approved! I have seen such cool lesson plans about this murder mystery on Pinterest and think my students would really enjoy it.
There are many characters to keep track of though. I often found myself back-tracking in the book to keep them all straight. It is a book full of complicated puzzles that really makes the reader dig deep to analyze each clue.
Rating: 4/5 stars
(All photo credit: goodreads.com)
Did you see any books that look interesting?
Question of the day: What is your favorite genre of books to read?
I usually go for chick-lit or romance, but I have been liking mystery books lately as well!