Happy 2014!

As with  Thanksgiving Break, I had a tall stack of books I wanted to read.  I actually did get through several I wanted to!  Here is a review of what I finished:

1.  Doctor Sleep by Stephen King.  This newest book by one of my favorite authors was not my favorite of his.  It was good, but not great.  It is a “sequel” to The Shining, which I loved, though you don’t have to read The Shining to understand Doctor Sleep.  Danny, the little boy from The Shining is grown now and trying to dull his shining with alcohol.  He is pulled into a fight to save a girl’s life from the True Knot, a creepy group who kills people to eat their life force.

2.  Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario.  I had started this one before, but finished it over break.  It is a story of a young man’s perseverance to find his mother in the US – she left Honduras to find better work to support her family.  The trials Enrique goes through are incredibly difficult, yet he finds the strength to carry on.

3.  The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida.  This was a very interesting (and quick!) read written by a 13 year old boy with autism.  He can only communicate through using a letter board, to which he points and someone copies down his words.  He answers questions about how autistic people think and why they act as they do – a great view of a different way of life.

4.  The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen.  I am so intrigued by King Henry VIII’s court and the Tudor reign.  Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, never gave him a son, and was beheaded for having affairs and incest with her brother.  This book, though, supposes Anne did have a son for Henry, and what that son would be like.  An interesting take on a historical event.  The Tudor court is so interesting!

I also read numerous children’s books to my son.  🙂

I hope you got to read a little during your break!  Happy reading!