Filling out a "Board" of books was like going on a treasure hunt to find titles that would fit each genre... FUN (but time consuming... hopefully this will save someone else a little bit of time if they want to do something similar)!
So... on with the books~ I'm going to list their categories and the books that we have chosen (so far) for each one. I'll be scouring the other lists posted in this carnival to help fill these in, and if you have any suggestions, PLEASE leave me a comment! :)
- Sci-Fi: Pieces of Me by Eisley Jacobs (I did a review of this book~ I couldn't put it down, and read through dinner... which I normally don't do... GREAT book! ~ note~ the kindle version is only $.99)
- Award Winning: an Alex Award Winner To Say Nothing of the Dog
- Book with a female lead: Gene Stratton-Porter's Collected Works: A Girl Of The Limberlost, Laddie, A Daughter of the Land, Freckles, and More!( 11 works) (specifically A Girl of the Limberlost I own this book and love it, but the Kindle collection is only $.99 so a good buy!)
- Non-Fiction: The President Has Been Shot!: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy updating to say that there were unnecessarily graphic descriptions in this book, so not one I would recommend...
- Romance: This one bothered us, having both a BOY and a girl reading~ but we found a good book that will fit the category~ The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
- Realistic Fiction: Not sure yet what they mean by this category~ have to go ask...
- Mystery: No Place Like Holmes ~ Guessing this will be one that will suit both of my kids. :)
- Graphic Novel: Laika Most Graphic Novels aren't our style~ they tend to deal with topics that are... well... graphic... but this looks like it should be good.
- Listen to an Audio Book: Tricky for us, since my kids are very picky audio listeners... but Brotherly Love: Christy Series by Catherine Marshall seems like a good pick
- Summer Reading List (My choice, since we homeschool! Don't have to stick to the local high school list): Lorna Doone; a Romance of Exmoor looks like a good "classic" that I'd never heard of... :)
- a Classic: Shakespeare Comedies (starting with Twelfth Night ) ~ need I say more? ;)
- Book turned into a Movie: Catching Fire ~ For those who have avoided the Hunger Games books, I would like to say that they really are very good dystopian literature. I didn't care for the fact that the story itself was turned into "entertainment" by being made into movies, but that doesn't diminish the value of the story (and/or cautionary tale for our times).
- Historical Fiction: My two choices listed here are listed on Amazon as being middle school reads, but our library has them listed on their teen page, and they are certainly good choices for light summer reading for a high school student: Crispin: The Cross of Lead (Medieval) and/or Bread and Roses, Too (tells of the historic textile mill strike of 1912 in Lawrence, MA ~ we particularly like this one because it is "local").
- Book written the year you were born:
Snow In August (Also an Alex Award Winner)~ not one we've read yet, but it looks interesting~ set in 1947, backdrop of a Rabbi and a young boy in Brooklyn, whose lives were changed by WWII ~ a book about relationships, baseball, possibly a little Jewish Mysticism, race riots.Hopefully it's a good one! ~ UPDATE: Foul language right off the bat, so this book went into the "do not read" list... (Sigh~ we don't use foul language, I wish it wasn't so prevalent in fiction these days...) We went with Ella Enchanted (Trophy Newbery) instead, even though it isn't really a high school read~ it's a fun light story.
- Fantasy: The Unwanteds ~ not amazing literature by any means, but a good younger high school read that blends dystopia with a hint of Harry Potter(I didn't read this one, but from my daughter's description, the magical premise of this book wouldn't bother me the same way the HP books did).
- Book with a male lead: from an upcoming review, A Cast of Stones by Patrick Carr~ Excellent medieval fantasy~ first book in a series of three.