My kids went back to school in August, but sports haven’t started full force yet, so I haven’t had as much time to read this month. Next month when I’m waiting around for swim practice to be over I’m sure I’ll pick up the pace! Regardless, I did read some great books this month:
What a fun book to read! When Sophie Collingwood’s beloved Uncle dies, she is immersed in a mystery surrounding his death – was it an accident? Or foul play? Soon after his death, two men request the same obscure book at a bookstore where she is working. What is so important about this book? Is it connected to her Uncle’s death? In addition, Sophie had recently met a brash, young American whom she wasn’t sure how she felt about based upon her first impression of him. Throw in Jane Austen and you get quite a delightful tale. My rating 4.5 out of 5.
This one I actually read aloud (mostly to my son, but my daughter listened in sometimes too). He LOVED it – and I really enjoyed all the foreshadowing and how the plot ties together nicely at the end of the story – I can see why they often assign this as reading for school. The chapters are short which makes for great bedtime or carpool line reading – we even read a few chapters at Starbucks on our Wednesday morning breakfast because he was so excited to see what happened next. Last night we made a big bowl of popcorn and watched the movie. My daughter liked the movie a lot, but my son was disappointed – he liked the book better because he could imagine the characters in his head – I love it! I think he was shocked that the boys were pre-teens and young teens – I think in his mind he was picturing them much younger. Good life lesson – the book is almost always better! My rating 5 out of 5. (caveat – there is some mild profanity in the book and movie, and the boys are “delinquents” but I felt it was fairly tame overall).
Very useful information in this book on how to determine what you should be focusing on each day, how to be more productive and how to embed that knowledge and skill into your daily life. I thought there were many good nuggets of information in this book – and definitely a different way of thinking about success and how to manage your day. I can see myself reading this one again – maybe even adding it to my monthly learning process. My rating 4 out of 5.
What did you read in August? Anything really great? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook as I love to add recommended books to my list!
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