Thursday, September 18, 2014

What To Read Next - Sept. '14, #2

Here are some more don't miss reads!

1) The Martian, by Andy Weir

"Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first."

Intense, page-turning, reflective and sometimes funny, Weir's The Martian is topnotch Science Fiction told in gripping fashion (even with all the math equations). Seriously, I cannot wait for the movie! Any Hollywood producer who doesn't see the potential here is simply daft.

2) Call Me Tuesday, by Leigh Byrne

"At eight-years-old, Tuesday Storm's childhood is forever lost when the death of her older sister, Audrey, sends her family spiraling out of control into irrevocable dysfunction. In the wake of the tragedy, Tuesday's mother, distraught and looking for a scapegoat, singles Tuesday out from her siblings to take on the blame for Audrey's death, and then targets her for unspeakable abuse. 

Suddenly the loving environment Tuesday has come to know becomes an endless nightmare of cruel "games" and twisted punishments, as she's forced to confront the dark cruelty lurking behind the beautiful face of the mother she idolizes."

 Emotionally intense, this novel gives you an inside look into mental illness and emotional abuse from the child's perspective. Tuesday's story alternates between hope and powerless despair. One word: POWERFUL.

3) Take Me With You, by Catherine Ryan Hyde

"August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his nineteen-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go.

What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip—and the bonds that develop between them—would prove, driving each to create a new destiny together."

No secret, I'm a Hyde fangirl. It's not always easy to find stories that are told with so much clarity and simplicity, yet still strike a profound chord. Take Me With You has my favorite Hyde characters yet.

Happy reading!

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