To be fair, I started this book, The Grace of Yes, long before Christmas and for some reason did not finish the last chapter and a half until this month. It is a book written by a local Fresno writer, Lisa Hendey. She is the creator of the website CatholicMom.com. I've seen Lisa speak at several different conferences over the years and she is very inspiring. The book was a great read about saying yes to God in all of its forms.
The second book I read was The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. I typically don't like his books, but I do like the movie adaptations. Weird, because it's usually the other way around. I decided to grab this book because another blogger (Mix and Match Mama) recommended it strongly on her blog. I am so glad I read the book. I loved the idea that we make certain choices for love. I'm not sure I want to see the movie because I really liked the book and I don't want to see any changes that a movie adaptation might have made.
My 11-year-old is not a big reader, but he is having to read more books in 6th grade than ever. He also has to do a report each month. He has been complaining that we don't have any "good" books at home that are at his reading level. One day we were at Costco and he saw Hatchet and asked me to buy it. I did! He doesn't know this, but I'd probably buy him any book he asks for at this point. The next week I school, I was in the 7th grade classroom and noticed that my partner teacher was using Hatchet as a class set. I asked to borrow a copy so I could read it and be able to talk about the book with Evan. He really likes the book, and for that, I am willing to read what I term a "boy book."
Not that the book is awful, but it is designed for a boy at the junior high level, of which I am not! Many of the girls in my class like the book, so there is that. I like books with lots of witty dialogue. This book is about a boy who is the sole survivor of a plane crash. He talks to the fish. Not much dialogue going on here. Lots and lots of descriptive paragraphs. Not my thing. Gary Paulsen is a well respected author, so I am pleased to say I have read the book. And I also have to admit that as I reached the end of the book, I was curious as to what was going to happen to the kid in the story. I sort of enjoyed the story!
There you have it for the month of February. I'm already in the middle of two more books for a jump start on my March reading. So many books. So little time.