The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
2015 Book #: 17
My Rating: *** (3 out of 5)
This book has been on my list for a while, so when it finally became available as a library e-book, I dove right in. It was definitely not what I expected though! Taking place in 1920's London, Frances lives with her mother, Mrs. Wray. After a series of events leave just the two of them in a big house, they decide to take in lodgers. As Frances becomes closer to their new guests, Lilian and Leonard Barber, she has no idea that her relationship with this young couple is about to turn her world upside down. An interesting story that kept my attention... and that's all I'll say.
Redeployment by Phil Kay
2015 Book #: 18
My Rating: **** (4 out of 5)
Stories of war and what it's like to serve our country are passed on to us via the media, movies, television shows and stories we read or hear. We may think we know what it's like serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, but we really have no idea. Redeployment was the most brutally honest account of war that I've ever read/watched/heard. It's not just what these men and women experienced during their deployments, but what life is really like after… when they're back in the "real world". Although it's fiction, Phil Klay combined both his experience and extensive research to create this incredible book of short stories.
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
2015 Book #: 19
My Rating: *** (3 out of 5)
I usually am not a huge fan of post-apocalyptic stories, but the description I read for this one had me intrigued. Melanie is a 10 year old girl who's life consists of either being locked in a cell or strapped to wheelchair in a classroom. Turns out she's part "hungry", which is the name of the zombie-like creatures that have come out of the undead apocalypse. Some of the surviving humans are using Melanie and other kids who are part "hungry" as experiments to figure out why they turned out this way. I found it to be a pretty enjoyable book... and imagine it's similar to The Walking Dead (which I don't watch, because I'm a chicken!)
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
2015 Book #: 20
My Rating: ***** (5 out of 5)
This book! It's one of my all time favorites. Le Petite Prince first made it's mark on me in high school French class. Although I've carried it (in both English and French) with me wherever I moved over the years, I decided it was time to read it in entirety again… especially since it will be an animated film later this year. It's a story about a boy who leaves his small planet to discover what's out in the universe around him… but it's so much more than that and my explanation will not do it justice. All I'll say is everyone should read this book. Especially in this day and age, when we tend to plan every moment of our lives and leave little time to just dream and use our imagination.