Summer Reads from 2010

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Good

summer book reviews 2010

These aren’t necessarily new books this summer, just ones I got around to reading:

  1. White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen Klages
  2. These is My Words by Nancy Turner
  3. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
  4. Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
  5. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
  6. Mrs. Mike by Benedict Freedman
  7. The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
  8. A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
  9. The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley
  10. The Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner

fallen blog book reviewThese is My Words was a 5-star read and I gave 4 stars to¬† The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag. All the others¬† were 3s, so they were good but not great.

Right now I’m reading Fallen by Lauren Kate, an interesting young adult novel that is kind of in the Twilight genre with 2 heart throbs in love with the same teenage girl, only this girl is actually likeable and the writing is actually good.

Fallen has some new twists on the same old teen romance story and I will definitely be reading the rest in the series.

mockingjay blog book reviewI still haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of Mockingjay. I’m number 39 at my library that has only 6 copies so it’s going to be a while…

What have you read this summer – anything worth recommending???


1 Jenny September 8, 2010 at 7:50 am

I keep hearing about James Dashner, but have never read anything by him. Good to know. I loved Mockingjay and the Flavia series is awesome.

We two, the story of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert by Gillian Gill was good. I think you’d like it.
Have you read the Maze Runner? Another dystopian/sci fi novel and I liked it but didn’t know it was a series when i read the first book.

The Gregor the Overlander series is good, but I liked the Percy Jackson series better. I LOVED the Percy Jackson series.

2 Bethany @ The Paper Pony September 9, 2010 at 9:05 am

I kind of skipped summer reading this year for me(SHOCK!) as I spent it reading juvenile lit with Abby, but we have a few series on our queue that we’ve heard good things about; Fablehaven, and Percy Jackson. We’ll see how that goes!

3 Kelsey September 9, 2010 at 9:18 am

I’ve heard of the Maze Runner and it’s on my list. Most of the books in my to-read list come from you Jenny, so I know you’re trust worthy. And Bethany, I miss you! I need to check out your Good Reads and pick your literary brain. I think I’ll go pick up The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner today and see how that goes…I love books so much.

4 Jen T September 10, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Mockingjay is really good. Love that series. I read the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain, and the 4th comes out in Feb. Very good, can’t put down books. Also just finsihed The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. Very good. The 2nd in that comes out next month. I loved These is My Words. Love Gail Carson Levine’s stuff. Ella Enchanted is my favorite there, and her short Princess tales are awesome. I read The Morning Gift by Ibbotson and loved that also. Loved The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I could go on all day :) . . .

5 April J September 14, 2010 at 10:16 am

Thanks for the book reviews! I’m always looking for good books to read, so this will be great! I have Mockingjay but haven’t started to read it yet, but heard it was really good too!

6 Sue D September 15, 2010 at 11:05 am

I didn’t have a lot of time to read this summer but I am finishing up The Associate by John Grisham and am enjoying it–hard to put down.

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