I had a hunch that if Mom found out I was entertaining a space phenomenon in my room, she wouldn’t approve.
“Nice tights,” I snorted. Or I tried to snort, anyway. I’m not exactly sure how, though people in books are always doing it.
-When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Adventure, political drama, a runaway, alien races, Steampunk details, and a cute OTP to ship along the way? All in one book? Yes, please!
Question of the Day: What books are you planning to re-read this year?
“I still think about the letter you asked me to write. It nags at me, even though you’re gone and there’s no one to give it to anymore. Sometimes I work on it in my head, trying to map out the story you asked me to tell, about everything that happened this past fall and winter. It’s all still there, like a movie I can watch when I want to. Which is never.”
—When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
A Newberry winner, and a book I truly enjoyed! I don’t want to spoiler, but do expect some mystery, awkward friendships, sandwiches, misunderstood bullies, a game show host, a homeless guy, and some slightly creepy letters from an anonymous writer.
Have you read When You Reach Me yet? What did you think?
As a rule, she didn’t like boys very much, but she had to admit, Charlie was actually pretty nice.
—Pie by Sarah Weeks
The Secrets of Solace by Jaleigh Johnson
Lina Winterbock is an apprentice archivist with a knack for getting herself into scrapes. Her poor reputation continues to get her into trouble, so Lina has gotten good at keeping secrets from everyone; like her hidden workshop, and the project she’s been slowly uncovering deep in the caverns of her mountainous home. But Lina needs help, and she doesn’t know anyone she can trust with her secret.
Then she meets a mysterious boy who has a secret of his own—a secret that’s so dangerous it could change the course of the Iron War and the world of Solace forever.
Lina hated to admit it, but Tolwin had a point. The archivists were taking a big risk if the Dragonfly territories were to find out.
“Junk?” Lina repeated, incredulous. Oh, she wasn’t about to let that pass.
—The Secrets of Solace by Jaleigh Johnson
There’s nothing like reading a book that can transport you worlds away. Those vivid descriptions that have you shivering on an icey mountaintop, or sweltering in a boat along a lazy river are what make a memorable story so worth reading, and oftentimes re-reading. Have you recently been on a virtual vacation thanks to a fantastic fantasy adventure? Do share!
“Trust me, there are things in this mountain that will make your jaw bounce off the floor.”