Book Talk: 4 Goodies

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Good

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These have been 4 of my favorite reads so far this year. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a great mystery/adventure story for all ages and the main character, Flavia, is among one of my favorite female characters of all time. She is witty, brave, mischevious, and I wish I knew her for real.

Saving Ceecee Honeycutt is about a girl who goes to live in Georgia with a distant relative and flourishes in an environment where she is loved and cared for. This book read more like a memoir than a fictional story – there wasn’t a huge conflict, climax, and resolution, just the steady story of a girl’s young life. I loved the characters and the story was beautiful.

The Graveyard Book was very different. It’s the story of a boy who was supposed to be murdered along with his family (he was 2 at the time) but he escapes and finds his new home in a graveyard. The “ghosts” raise him and protect him from the man who still wants him dead. The storyline is rather dark, but the writing is not. It’s a clever and unique story that I really enjoyed.

And finally Airman. With all the elements of a Dumas novel – love, betrayal, ingenuity, danger, and revenge, I gave this book 5 stars in Good Reads. The story is about a teenage boy who has a passion for flight and unfortunately witnesses the murder of the king. The evil man behind the plot has him imprisoned and tells his family he is dead until he brilliantly escapes from the awful prison and takes his revenge.

I think these 4 books will be in my top favorites for a while! What are some of your favorites from 2010?


1 Jenny McCulloch April 28, 2010 at 6:58 am

I am reading the second Flavia book and I love it!

Three of my favorites this year have been
Prayers for Sale
Heart of a Shepherd (YA)
All the Broken Pieces (YA)

I am glad you liked the graveyard book. So good, and not nearly as scary as Coraline, I thought.

2 Kelsey April 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I’ll be putting those on my to-read list. Your recommendations are ALWAYS good. I’m pretty sure I heard of 3 of these 4 from you. Where do you hear about all these great books???

3 Jenny McCulloch April 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Dude. My sister is a librarian!

4 LeeseChristine April 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm

I read The Graveyard Book last year and loved it! So glad to find someone else who appreciated the story.

My favorite recent reads include:
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
The Forgotten Garden by Katie Morton
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Shack by William Paul Yound (tear-jerker)
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series by Michael Scott (YA)

I see that you use Have you ever used Shelfari? I seem to like Shelfari better, but too each their own!

5 Sara B. April 29, 2010 at 3:17 am

Girl, how do you have time to read with all the other things going on??? I was just thinking the last book I read was when I was pregnant with my first daughter, who is now 2 1/2! Ahhh!

6 Jennifer @The Literate Mother April 29, 2010 at 9:19 am

I agree that Sweetness and The Graveyard Book are excellent. I am adding the other 2 to my reading list! Thanks for the suggestions.

7 Kelsey April 29, 2010 at 10:19 am

Reading is part of my bedtime routine – I have such a hard time falling asleep if I don’t read at least for a few minutes first. I always have a book with me in the car so if I have to wait, especially if I’m by myself, I have something to do. And I read while I nurse my baby to sleep. I never have very much time at once, but I have to read!

8 jodie May 1, 2010 at 10:50 am

Wow, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie must be great because I just checked the hold list at the library and I’m number 50.

9 jodie May 1, 2010 at 10:54 am

Oh and one of my favorites from our ward’s book club this year is The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Society…just a really nice and pleasant book. I loved it.

10 Jen T May 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm

The Gurnesy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is wonderful! It was one of my fav last year.

11 Kelsey May 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm

The Potato Peel Pie Society was a very enjoyable book, I agree. I didn’t think I’d like it at first because of the way it was written through letters, but after a while I got used to it and ended up loving it.

And thanks Leese for all the suggestions! I’m definitely putting those on my list.

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