This year the MMD Summer Reading Guide had books from past years guides and so I had read some of them. Here are five I particularly was very happy they were recommended on MMD reading guide.
I really like this one for a number of reasons. FireKeeper’s Daughter is YA and a debut novel that depicts life in the far north of the USA. It informed of so much about the Objibwe people today. I loved their spirituality and respect for nature, and the knowledge of the elders. Daunis was an amazing lead character. The story deals with not only the good but the downside of life in an Objiwe contemporary setting. Sad but no doubt very real. It is part mystery, with some tough issues. This is one I have in hardback and when I reread it I’ll choose the audiobook version.
I listened to this one on audiobook and really liked it. In fact I am reading another book now by Natalie Jenner via audiobook, and it has one of the characters from this book. It is historical fiction from just after WW11 and another debut novel. Excellent narration by Richard Armitage.
“Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England’s finest novelists. Now it’s home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen’s legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen’s home and her legacy. “
A middle grade novel about a couple of twelve year olds, who are being raised by their gay dads. Their dads eventually meet and fall in love and the girls have to get to know each other and hopefully blend into a family.
What a delightful read. Both humorous and touching. Loved the two girls and their personalities. The friendship they formed and the family they were seeking. Loved the plot turns that kept the story moving along.
Much of the story is told through emails the girls send each other. I still have this book on my shelf, its not going anywhere. Anne Bogel says her whole family loved this book.
I had read this book every before it appeared in a reading guide. I still have my paperback copy sitting on my shelf. I didn’t record my thoughts at the time but I do remember the Waverleys and the magical apple tree. And I have read First Frost which is another Waverley family novel.
This one would certainly be worth my rereading it.
I did read this after it appeared in a summer reading guide and have it on my print bookshelf. It is a memoir really.
Well worth reading and reflecting upon. Very moving in places and filled with humanity and compassion.
“One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but. “