As part of a personal and work related goal, I have been setting aside my typical chick lit and psychological thrillers and exploring genres I would likely never read. The Sisters Brothers, for example, is a Western! Since I would much rather watch a film instead, I did not know how I would feel about this genre in book format. As soon as I read the first chapter however, I knew I was going to enjoy it. Set in the Gold Rush era, Charlie and Eli Sisters are contract killers hired by a man known as the Commodore. Told from the perspective of the younger Sisters brother, Eli hopes that this job will be his last; as he would much rather retire from his life as a paid assassin. I really liked the tone of the novel, the writing style, and the insight into Eli as a character. This was my first Western, but it won’t be my last!
August Pullman is as ordinary a boy as any. He loves his family, his dog Daisy, and of course, the Star Wars franchise. He likes ice cream, riding his bike, and playing video games. Why am I telling you all of this? Why am I telling you about an ordinary boy, who enjoys ordinary things? Well, it’s because there is something extraordinary about August.
Wonder is beautifully written. Its focus is of course, on August, with perspectives from other characters adding to the impact of the story. It is a book that showcases the importance of not judging others based on appearance and first impression. It will make you consider how your words, body language and facial expressions impact those around you. It will make you laugh, and cry, but also make you feel thankful for having read it. Children and adults alike will appreciate this book and the message it sends to its readers. 5 stars! Can’t wait for the movie!
Sometimes, monsters are not always as they seem. Not all monsters are vicious, gruesome beasts set on scaring you, or eating you, or causing you harm. Some monsters are far worse. Monsters that make you face the reality of your situation. Monsters that make you see the truth for what it is. Monsters that make you accept the inevitable, even though it hurts. Sometimes, these monsters, the monsters within, are the scariest ones of all.
A Monster Calls is beautiful and raw, a gripping tale that will hit you where it hurts. It is a story about personal truths, acceptance and heartbreaking loss. It is a story that will make you question why you’re reading it in the first place. It is a story that will make you question why you didn’t read it sooner. It is a story that pulls at your heart. It is a story worth reading.