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New Audio and a New-ish Book

SYNCHEAD-150x150Okay, somehow I missed that yesterday was Thursday and forgot to announce the Sync downloads for the week. The contemporary book is 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith, which I really liked (which is saying something because I hated the first book I read by him and just had to stop reading another after only 51 pages). The classic book is This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff. Download them here.

As for the new-ish book. We’ve been taking the time this month to recognize mental health and we’ve had some wonderful presentations aimed at helping us understand how the brain works differently in different people. This seemed like a great time to talk about what has been my favorite book I’ve read so far this year.20160520_091330

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman is a very strange story in the best possible way. It is the story of Colin Bosch, artist in residence on a ship headed for the deepest ocean. It is the story of Colin Bosch, odd high school student. There are pirates and parrots and families.

I don’t want to give too much away except to say, give this book a chance and just trust the story. At the beginning it may not make a whole lot of sense and it may be difficult to follow. But there are amazing “A-HA!” moments in the book once everything falls into place. And there is a great author’s note at the end. You can read it first, if you want a heads up as to what’s going on in the story, but I recommend you leave it until the end.

In short…please read this book. It is wonderful, and beautiful, and amazing.

Oh…and next week…



New Book Wednesday – Judging a Book by Its Cover Edition

100100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith is proof that I am not a smart woman.
I read another book by Smith a few years ago that everyone was raving about. And I hated it. Not just hated it, but “hated, loathed, despised, abhorred, and abominated” it, to paraphrase my American History teacher.

But when I saw this in a list of review copies, I was so taken with the bizarre cover, that I didn’t notice the author was my imagination’s nemisis and I downloaded it. And that’s a good thing.

Finn, the main character of this book, tells time not in minutes, hours, or days, but in miles – that is, how many miles the earth has travelled in its orbit around the sun. He suffers from seizures that mess with his everyday life. His dad’s a famous sci-fi author whose incredibly well known character is based on Finn, which doesn’t always help with Finn’s reality. His best friend, Cade, is a little crazy. And then Finn meets Julia, who happens to be a fan of his father’s work and who finds him passed out after a seizure. Despite these two perceived strikes, Finn and Julia hit it off.

The book ends as a road trip story with Finn and Cade heading off for a college visit that ends up taking a very big turn.

The cover and the title come from an event in Finn’s childhood that has shaped his life, for better or worse. I won’t give it away, because it’s definitely a unique plot point.