Concise, understandable, fun writing about a topic near and dear to all of us.
Bill Bryson's classic travelogue has a recent movie tie-in reprint. This may be the only 400-page book I've ever read in one sitting. Bryson's distinct and down-to-earth voice makes his adventures on the Appalachian Trail hilarious and invigorating. Perhaps by design (otherwise the book wouldn't be very incidental), his plan to through-hike the trail almost-immediately becomes exhausting and Quixotic.
Devi Morris is the kind of character I can get on board with. She's smart, tough, well-trained, and focused. She has her eyes on the prize and isn't afraid to go after it. At the same time she is still a woman and fully embraces that part of herself, lipstick and little black dresses included. Like many of my favorite science fiction books, Fortune's Pawn in a great combination of action, mystery, and romance. The characters are likeable and fun. It is a story that's easy to dive into and keeps you hooked from beginning to end…even if that end is an edge of your seat cliff hanger.
If you are a fan of space operas, this is the series for you. Even if you aren't a huge SF reader, may want to read this one as the SyFy channel is bringing this to the small screen in December. The Expanse series begins with this book, Leviathan Wakes and we meet Jim Holden and his crew. This book was a Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (2012), Locus Award Nominee for Best Science Fiction Novel (2012), Audie Award Nominee for Science Fiction (2012), and The Reading List Genre Awards for Science Fiction (2012). I really enjoyed the first one and have devoured the second one as well.
His name is Greg Harris, but everybody calls him Slam, and Slam can hoop. When he’s on the court everything falls into place. He sees all the patterns. He knows all the right moves. However, off the court Slam is not as sure footed. Teachers are on him, his teammates don’t trust him, and his best friend may be getting into some bad stuff. Despite his struggles, Slam dreams big, and he refuses to let anyone get his game.
Looking for a good read for summer vacation? Have you read Gone Girl and A Girl on the Train and want something like that? Then this is the thriller for you; I really enjoyed this book for a variety of reasons - great plot, story and it actually had characters I liked! Give it a try and I hope you enjoy!
Freakonomics authors Levitt and Dubner are back, and this time they brought the internet with them. Drawing from material posted on their blog, the author’s have assembled their favorite posts and organized them into chapters based on a theme. Fans of Freakonomics can expect more of the writing style they have come to enjoy, while new readers can experience a sampling of stories and thought exercises ranging across the curiosity spectrum, like whether home teams really do have the advantage, or why don’t flight attendants receive tips?
So you say you don't like science fiction? Try this book and you might change your mind or at least like this book! Mike is a high school teacher looking forward to summer school until his buddy from DARPA recruits for a super secret mission. A group of scientists claim to have invented a device nicknamed the Albuquerque Door. It folds dimensions so that people can travel hundreds of feet in a single step. But something is off and Mike has to figure out what and why, without telling anyone but his buddy in DC. This is a quick paced read with movie written all over it.
Naruto is a trouble maker. A young ninja living in the village of Konohagakure, he is often pulling pranks and getting into trouble. He doesn’t have any friends and is ranked last in his class. But Naruto dreams of becoming the greatest ninja in his village and earning everyone’s respect. As you follow his story, you’ll find yourself rooting for him to succeed as he faces off against tough teachers, class rivals, and enemy ninja.
If you have ever had this sentiment yourself, blogger Jen Mann’s collection of stories will be a humor filled read. Jen shares her experiences as a wife and mother in what can frequently be the vexing world of suburbia. Whether it is embarrassing tales of fuzzy pajamas, or tangling with Gucci clad PTO moms, you will find yourself nodding your head appreciatively.