So I totally stole this idea from Heather over at Whittaker Woman. But I LOVE to read and she was asking what our favorite books are! SO here are some of my favorites... you should check them out! What are some of your favorite books? Do you get time to read? I usually go an hour early to pick Kass and Kam up from school every day. Kennedy and Keeghan watch movies in the back seat and I read. It's a nice quiet time with no fighting and very little whining :). Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what books you're reading right now! I'm going to be looking for new ones soon!
Let me say right off the bat that Jodi Picoult is my most FAVORITE author - EVER! I've read all of her books except for her very newest one, but these were my favorites:
This is my favorite of my favorites! It's a story about a little girl who gets Leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. Her older brother was not a match so her parents decided to have another baby... and through prenatal genetic testing they made SURE this baby would be a match! Thus her sister was born, the older girl got her transplant... but then she kept needing more and more until the younger sister was sick of it and decided not to help anymore. I won't say anymore than that as I don't want to give it away, but this book is GREAT even if you're not part of the cancer world. I actually read it for the first time before Kennedy was diagnosed. It's full of twists and turns, a family that you KNOW is not perfect, but the parents try hard to do their best for all the kids, and it will leave you sobbing at the end. Promise!
Plain Truth is another great read! It takes place in Amish country in PA. You can tell that Picoult did an incredible amount of research on this book... as she did with all her books! In Plain Truth a baby is found dead in an Amish barn and even though a young, unmarried Amish girl was medically proven to have given birth, she denies ever being pregnant! Much to the dismay of her father, a high profile lawyer comes to help her with her case but is continually frustrated as she finds out more and more secrets that are being kept from her. This ending was a little bit predictable to me (unlike My Sister's Keeper where I was shocked!) but it was still a GREAT book and I enjoyed learning about the Amish way of life!
Nineteen Minutes is one of Picoults newer books... it just came out last year. It's a story of a high school shooting... the cool kids, the jocks, the kids stuck in the middle. It showed the terror of the families waiting to find out if their kids were ok and then the survivor's guilt of the students who made it. There's even a student with Down syndrome in the story. This is another book that made me cry several times and had several surprises... but again, I was able to call the ending... I think I'm just used to her writing style now! ;) It's a really, really good book for all parents to read!!
Perfect Match is another one that tugs on parent's heartstrings. The mom in this book has made a career of catching and convicting child predators when her own child becomes a victim. She lives out every parent's worst fear and even though she totally doesn't handle it the right way, you find yourself cheering for her all the way through. This is another book that totally plays on your emotions... and makes you keep a little bit of a closer eye on your own kids!
The Pact is another good one... 2 next door neighbors who happen to be good friends have babies in the same year... one has a girl, the other has a boy. They have dreams of their children one day marrying and are thrilled when, as teenagers, they begin to date. Their relationship is not all it's cracked up to be though... they have secrets, past issues, they're unhappy... so they make a suicide pact... except only one of the teens goes through with it and the other is left holding the smoking gun. Lives and friendships are ruined as this powerful court case unfolds.
OK no more Picoult, I really DO read other books! HAHA Someone bought me this book for Christmas and I stalled reading it. She told me it was great, but it just didn't sound like something I would like... however, it was GREAT! This book was easy reading and I got through it in a few hours. It had an easy to follow story line and was full of lots of different issues. It involves a young child named Lily who runs away from her father and decides to learn about her mother who died years before. She takes her housekeeper, Rosaleen, with her and they go to live on a Bee farm with 3 sisters... May, June and August. This book will make you laugh and cry all at the same time! The best part? I just heard they're bringing the movie out in the theaters! YAY!!!! I hope it can live up to the book though!!!
I just finished Dear John a few days ago. This was another easy to read book and a classic love story. It was a little predictable, but a good read all the same! John is in the Army but while at home on leave he meets the beautiful Savannah. They fall madly in love and promise to stay together until John gets out of the Army so they can marry. Then 9/11 happened and John reenlisted. While Savannah respected that, the miles between them became too much for her and she wrote him a "Dear John" letter to tell him she was in love with someone else. This story touches a bit on Autism, Military, Cancer and love... something for everyone! :)
This is the book I'm reading right now! I'm about 9 chapters in and so far it's really good! This book has a child with cancer too... I really don't go searching for these books, I promise! haha The focus of the book so far seems to be on the mom though, not the child. I'll let you know how I like it when I'm done!
OK your turn!!!!