I thought as a fun end of year post, I'd share with you a small variety of books, professional, fun and enjoyable , but with a little weight that you might enjoy during your cottage time, beach time or quiet morning coffee time this summer!
What I liked best though was an action-filled plot that just kept moving and when you thought you had figured out what was going on, Yancey throws another twist at you which takes awhile for your brain to adapt to.
Here's a bit of a review from a great YA book review site The Book Smugglers:
Seventeen-year old Cassie (for Cassiopeia, not Cassandra or Cassidy) is all alone in the world. Camped out in a solitary stretch of the woods, it has been weeks since Cassie has seen another person – for all she knows, Cassie may just be the sole remaining human survivor of a swift, brutal mass extermination.
Just a few months earlier, the Arrival of the Others was a global sensation, inciting political mayhem, hope and fear. And just ten days after the Arrival, the 1st wave strikes – a concentrated global EMP, destroying all electronics in a single fell swoop, and killing half a million people.
Sometimes in my tent, late at night, I think I can hear the stars scraping against the sky.
In the 2nd wave, three billion people are killed in a single day. Using a powerful tactical strike, the Others create a massive earthquake and tidal wave that literally wipes out every person living within 60 miles of an ocean coast.
Bye-bye, New York. Bye, Sydney. Good-bye, California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, British Columbia. So long, Eastern Seaboard. Japan, Hong Kong, London, Rome, Rio. Nice to know you. Hope you enjoyed your stay!
Definitely worth the read. I couldn't put it down!
Medicine plays an important role in this story as the boys grow up in a hospital & become active in medical communities themselves. The medical details are very accurate as author, Abraham Verghese, is a doctor who writes in his spare time. How does one do that?
History is rich, characters are fabulous and the plot has action and is diverse. This was a top book for me and my Book Club this year!
So...if you're interested...order one through our local independent book store, Blue Heron, & give it a read. Mine is sitting on my bed side table right now.
If you don't have time or the inclination to check these out, check out the blogs of these excellent language educators. Lots of insights on books & teaching to motivate you for next year!
Nerdy Book Club
Teach Mentor Texts
Wishing you a relaxing & rejuvenating summer,