The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

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The Doll House was a solid physiological thriller. Taking place in London we follow the story of Corinne, who is struggling with fertility, and her family, all of whom are healing from the death of her father. Also in the story we follow an unnamed narrator whom is living quite a troubling childhood. The Doll House like most thrillers sets you up for a goose chase and this one is no different. I was able to be intensely engrossed in the story and keep turning pages  to see what was happening next. If you like thrillers this is a good one to pick up.

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Morningstar by Ann Hood

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I received this book in a contest on Goodreads, it has not swayed my opinion in anyway.

This author gets it! Growing up being a female who loves to read is much easier these days but while Ann Hood was growing up it was a little out of the ordinary in her neck of the woods. This memoir is about the author’s love for reading and writing and her journey of enjoyment while discovering herself through books. I thoroughly loved reading this delightful tale and read many parts out loud to my family because I wanted to share the stories as well. If you are looking for a short story to enjoy in a weekend this is a great one!

Saving Marty by Paul Griffin

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I received an advanced copy of this book to enjoy and review. Saving Marty by Paul Griffin is an adorable and witty book about a boy who saves a runt pig and a runt pig who brings together a family trough his hijinks. Renzo is a pre-teen growing up in Pennsylvania on a farm. His best friend Paloma and him bonded as children who have lost a parent. They spend their days on the farm making music and dreaming of making it big in hollywood. As a child, I lost a parent quite similarly to the way Renzo lost his father. This book though for pre-teens struck home for me. When Renzo finds Marty (the pig) in with the litter of puppies his dog just had, he almost instantly has a connection with him. Marty who grows up thinking he is a dog is comical and sweet. He comes into Renzo’s life when he needs him most. Their friendship is sweet and I was constantly shocked by how draw-in I was to reading. Saving Marty had me laughing and crying, sometimes both at once. I loved this coming of age tale and can not wait for my son to be old enough to read it.All the characters in Saving Marty are all well-built, I especially love Double, though the areas to which they are in are lacking in detail. I was able though to be able to build it up with my imagination, and that is never a bad thing for kids to work on.

Reading it with your pre-teen might also help open up the floor for various degrees of topics to talk about. Spoilers ahead!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Topics will include losing homes, war, PTSD, suicide, friends moving away, losing a pet, and handling bullies.

Saving Marty is intended for ages 10-14 but is a good tale for anyone.

Saving Marty is set to be released 9/19/17

 

 

How do you read?

I love myself a good old fashion book. One I can hold in my hands and smell and feel. One where I get the satisfaction of turning the pages. The feeling of weight shifting from my right hand, to my left. My problem with them though is how I read. When I am fully engrossed in a book little beside my son or a fire will make me put the book down. I have been known to read while cooking, cleaning, eating, and yes even while I shower. The last one is particularly hard. When I discovered E-books I was a little swept away, man this thing is light and with the Nook (1st ed) I have I can still read outdoors. I could throw it in my purse and be on my way. I was no longer a purist so to speak about holding a real book. Lately I have discovered audiobooks, I know, I know they have been around forever. Again I was still coming down off my high horse and expanding my mind. Let me tell you audiobooks are great because now I can even read at the gym and while driving. My life is now a never-ending literary adventure so to speak. Now there is many ways to enjoying reading, I know not everyone is as obsessive as I am. I give no judgement to how people like to read. Any reading is good reading, and to those who don’t like e-books or audiobooks, good for you stick to it. We need to keep print alive! So how do you like to read? My husband for instants put on a sports game or music and sits down in his spot on the couch to crack open a book. My son enjoys them read to him, mostly when he is already supposed to be in bed. So take a break from reading and let me know! I promise you can go right back to it!