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Not a Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and most important, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty—or doesn’t leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. But when strangers appear, the mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it. . . .

I have to admit, I was not thrilled to be reading this book.  Recommended to me by a friend i thought i would give it a shot.  I assumed that it would be unbearingly boring.  A girl sitting on her roof shooting at people and animals that get too close to her lake? yawn.

While a lot of the book took place on the roof looking through a scope of her riffle, there was also a lot of emotion, thought provoking ideas, complex relationships and surprisingly graphic gore.  It was a much better story than I thought it would be.

I am also excited to read book number two and find out what happens next. ” In a Handful of Dust”  takes place 10 years after the conclusion of book number one, and it sounds like they go on an adventure, and a large one at that!


The Boxtrolls by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

This story is about an orphan named Eggs who has been taken in by boxtrolls when he was a baby. Boxtrolls sleep during the day, collect bits and bobs and  from the streets of Cheesebridge during the night to build their gadgets, and eat bugs. The boxtrolls are disappearing each night and Eggs must get to the bottom of it.  Can Eggs and his new human friend Winnie save his family and defeat the evil boxtroll exterminator Snatcher? They will find out a lot about themselves and the character of the people they think they know the best.

I originally picked up this book because it is based on the new movie, which I now cannot wait for! This book has very loveable characters, an evil villain you love to hate, and wonderful life lessons hidden in the pages.  Most of the action happens in the last half of the book, so if you are having a hard time getting into this story, stick with it. Its worth it!

This novel and movie are based on a book called Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow.  I have not read it yet, but I’m very excited to check it out!

Take a look at the movie trailer for The Boxtrolls!

Eerie Elementary – The School is Alive! by Jack Chabert

To his dismay, Sam Graves is made hall monitor at his school, Eerie Elementary. He soon discovers that his school is alive and hungry for kids!! He is the only one who can save everyone! Can he be the hero everyone needs him to be?

A great read for anyone new to the world of chapter books! Each chapter is about 5 pages long and each page has an illustration. This  story has adventure, mystery and friendship. With a cast of colorful characters, this plot it fast paced and full of surprising moments.

The Savages by Matt Whyman


The Savages are the perfect family from the outside looking in. Just a regular family with regular problems. Until the unthinkable happens.

Sasha starts dating a vegetarian.

This may not seem like a huge problem for most, but the savages have very uncommon eating rituals.

Follow the Savage family as they try to fit in at school, learn to stand up for themselves, and discover who they really are and the type of people they want to be. All while trying to continue to be the close knit family they’ve been all along,….and being investigated for murder.

I loved this book! It’s not as dark as I expected it to be. Not right away at least, but the dark undertones throughout are a treat!  It’s mostly just an interesting take on the problems of an ever changing family, and how they come together at the end of the day to support one another.

This book has some very creepy moments, some very funny moments, lots of relatable moments, and some very touching family moments. All in all its a very well rounded book for such a twisted tale!

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Fortunately the Milk is the tallest of tall tales. This story about a dad who goes out to grab some milk. It seems like it should be a straight forward outing, buy it turns out to be anything but.

This book has a little bit of everything, from aliens and pirates to dinosaurs and time travel. Just when you think it cannot possibly get any crazier, it manages to blow your mind with another plot twist!

Will the milk survive this hilarious

I think this book is perfect for anyone! Parents, read it out loud to ur kids! Kids, read it out loud to your parents! Adults, need a break from your grown up books? This super quick read will leave a smile on your face for sure! Try it out!


Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston

What an amazing book! I am so grateful that I stumbled upon a hardcopy of Zorgamazoo in the bargain section of my bookstore! This story is about a Morty the Zorgal and Katrina Katrell, two unlikely friends, and their quest to save mythical creatures.  The characters are very well constructed, and the plot does the perfect amount of twisting and turning to keep you guessing without being tedious.

Did I mention that the entire book rhymes? All 281 pages of it!

I initially thought this book would be hard to read.  A whole book that rhymes? It just seems like it would be a lot of work.  I was wrong!! Every rhyme is carefully constructed and nothing seemed rushed.  This book was so much fun to read that I found myself reading out loud to anyone who would listen!

This zany and unpredictable story has a Tim Burton feel to it. Not too scary, unusual and funny!  I would recommend it to anyone who wants a fun read!


If I stay

I love books made into movies! I love picking out the differences and trying to imagine why directors decide to take parts out, or put new scenes in. I don’t get angry when they don’t get the hair color just right on a character, or if all the facts are not 100% there. Instead, I let the actors bring the story to life and enjoy each version. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

If I stay was an amazing book. Heads up folks….the beginning is pretty graphic. The effects of the car crash are described in great detail. Gayle Forman really took you there, as she does throughout the book. Scenes from the past and scenes from the present are seamlessly intertwined through the main characters senses. It was easy to follow and always came back around to the point at hand. Seriously, job well done Gayle!

This book will tug at your heart strings and make you appreciate the life you have! It will make you realize  the important things in life, like family, friends and love.

I have not seen the movie yet! But I am very excited to check it out! Here is the official trailer. It gives you a very small taste of what you can expect…from the book at least.