On a Wednesday.
Sometimes that's just how we roll.
So sometime ago I read Wonder and *loved it*. It is such a beautiful book. I tried to search my blog for my original review but go sidetracked by this post. Oh that was ages ago ... I'm feeling a bit sentimental. Best get on the to the reviews lest I wipe out a box of kleenex!
The Julian Chapter was such an exciting find - it's an extension of Wonder and is from the perspective of Julian (the bully). You do need to read Wonder first in order to really 'get' Julian and to follow along. I love how the author decided to dig a bit deeper with this short story. It's so fascinating to remember that we all have a story that includes (as they say) good, bad, and ugly.
From Amazon: "Over 1 million people have read Wonder and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. Now readers will have a chance to hear from the book's most controversial character—Julian.
From the very first day Auggie and Julian met in the pages of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder,it was clear they were never going to be friends, with Julian treating Auggie like he had the plague. And while Wonder told Auggie's story through six different viewpoints, Julian's perspective was never shared. Readers could only guess what he was thinking.
Until now. The Julian Chapter will finally reveal the bully's side of the story. Why is Julian so unkind to Auggie? And does he have a chance for redemption?"
Yo! Adrienne says: You don't want to miss these two books. Definitely a good summer read.
Yo! Adrienne says: Who knew this was happening?! I sure didn't know. This story was based on stories from actual war brides who crossed the ocean and shared their adventure. How far would you travel for love? If it was for my Rocky - to infinity and beyond ;-)
I think Jojo Moyes has become one of my favorite authors. No. She has become one of my favorites. The Ship of Brides is right on up there with all her other books - delicious. If you've been around here long enough you know I love WWII books. Well. I've got another for ya.
From Amazon: "1946. World War II has ended and all over the world, young women are beginning to fulfill the promises made to the men they wed in wartime. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other war brides on an extraordinary voyage to England—aboard HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers. Rules are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier’s captain down to the lowliest young deckhand. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined despite the Navy’s ironclad sanctions. And for Frances Mackenzie, the complicated young woman whose past comes back to haunt her far from home, the journey will change her life in ways she never could have predicted—forever."
My book club read A Million Little Ways. Sadly I had a sick kiddo and couldn't make the meeting but I did read the book.
From Amazon: "Do you desperately fear you have nothing to offer the world but secretly hope you're wrong? You were born to make art. You were made to live art. You might not see yourself as an artist, but you are--in so many unexpected ways. In what you create, whether poetry or pie, sculpture or sand castle, calligraphy or conversation. It's time to uncover the shape of your soul, turn down the voice of the inner critic, and move into the world with the courage to be who you most deeply are.Creating a life of meaning is not about finding that one great thing you were made to do, it's about knowing the one great God you were made to glorify--in a million little ways."
Yo! Adrienne says: At first I was a bit turned off when I read the title ... art? I'm not an artist. But then I jumped in and was pleasantly surprised. Art isn't just a drawing, painting, jewelry making ... and the list goes on. It's about tapping into your own gifts that our Creator has given us. Do you like to tell jokes? Bake cookies? Give hugs? We all have talents that bless others and in turn bless us. Take some time to read this book and begin discovering the million little ways that you have been made in His image.