Welcome to Jen’s Good Reads. While this blog will consist of book reviews, many which I have also on Amazon and Goodreads, there is always room for a little something different. Sit back, grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy what the site has to offer.
A Sin Such as This by Ellen Hopkins
Tara Lattimore is happily married to the love of her life, or so she thinks. Shortly after she and her doctor husband, Cavin, settle into their new home, she discovers that he is secretly meeting with his ex-girlfriend, Sophia. To make matters worse, Sophia is casually dating Cavin’s teenaged son, Eli. Tara prides herself because of the fact that she was able to escape her sordid past but, lately, it seems that it is catching up with her. How will Tara move forward? Read A Sin Such as This to find Out.
Unicorn Power! (Lumberjanes) by Markio Tamaki
The Lumberjanes are back and stronger than ever in their first novel! Best friends Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley are enjoying their time at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. After the girls encounter a unicorn, April decides that she wants to take her friends on another adventure. When they all set out to climb the highest mountain in the whole area, things don’t quite go according to plan. Now all five friends are stuck in the clouds. Will they ever be able to return to their campsite? Read Unicorn Power! to find out!
Behind the Song, edited by K.M. Walton
This modern classic contains stories and personal essays written by many popular authors, including Ellen Hopkins and K.M. Walton. The featured songs, as well as their accompanying stories, are a very eclectic mix, which makes it attractive to young bibliophiles and audiophiles alike.
Pick Three by Randi Zuckerberg
Pick Three speaks to a generation of people who are overwhelmed and overworked. As youngsters, many are taught about the “values” of multitasking, even though, in actuality, spreading yourself too thin can be detrimental. As the subtitle of the book so eloquently states, you can have it all, just not every day. Randi’s basic idea is that you can choose three important areas on which to focus each day. The examples she includes are: work, sleep, family, fitness, and friendship. Randi also emphasizes that variety is paramount-that you should alternate between each area on a daily basis. Some might have other things in their life which are very important, but you can still pick only three a day. The end of the book includes a section where you can track, reflect upon, and write your daily choices. Pick Three is a must read for anyone who needs to know about the importance of being healthily unbalanced.
A Robot World: Discover Amazing Robots and Their Robotic Powers by Clive Gifford
Even though the word robot was not used until the first half of the 20th century, the concept of artificial beings extends all the way back to ancient times. From automata machines made by watchmakers of the 17th and 18th centuries, to Da Vinci robots that assist in performing keyhole surgeries, artificial intelligence has a big impact on many people worldwide. The author delves deep into the world of robotics, complete with a glossary and additional references at the end of the book. A Robot World is a must read for those who are fascinated with the ever-expanding field of artificial life.
Unicorn of Many Hats by Dana Simpson
Phoebe and Marigold Heavenly Nostrils are back for more adventures. Whether Phoebe is enjoying summer vacation, facing back to school blues, or trying to prove her coolness to her classmates, one thing is constant-her relationship with her best friend. Join in the fun as Phoebe and Marigold develop a deeper bond and prove to the world that they truly are BFFs.
Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison
Twenty-two-year-old Mike Muñoz has a difficult life. His father abandoned the family when he was young, leaving his mother to fend for Mike and his older brother, Nate. Fed up with poverty and low-paying landscaping jobs, Mike struggles to find decent work. All the while, he’s trying to discover himself. Over the course of few months, Mike is offered and accepts some lofty job offers, but it seems that he’s in over his head. Will Mike find the life he is looking for? Read Lawn Boy to find out.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
In this brilliant sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the author tells the tale of high school senior, Leah Burke. Though Leah and Simon are best friends, there are some things that she has never told him. Her feelings are conflicted, and things don’t get any easier when Abby reenters the picture. Leah and Abby are no longer close, but Leah starts to develop a deeper interest in Abby. How will Leah express these feelings which she’s had for most of her life? Read Leah on the Offbeat to find out.
Visualizing The Beatles: A Complete Graphic History of the World’s Favorite Band by John Pring
If you didn’t get a big enough Beatles fix at Abbey Road on the River this year, then Visualizing The Beatles might be a good book for you. Colorful illustrations accompany the full career of the band, ranging from 1963-1970. Chocked full of fun and interesting facts, this book is a must read for any Beatles fan!