Happy Sunday everyone! This weekend's been a long one and I promise to tell you all about it a little later but I need to relax first. What better way to relax then with some books! It's time for a very unexpectedly popular series: Caroline's Book Club. For my new readers, every month I talk about five books I really enjoy or that I think you'll enjoy. This month's selections are sure to put you right in your comfy place. Whether that's by the fire or under a fuzzy blanket!
Starting off the list at #5 is The Swap by Megan Shull. Two teenagers, Ellie and Jack switch bodies after what they thought was a harmless joke. While waiting for the switch to be reversed, both have to figure out their new lives and how some gender stereotypes just aren't true. Each chapter flip flops between Ellie and Jack's perspectives, offering readers a look into the pressures boys and girls face when the curtain goes down.
#4 is a classic read everyone loves. Even if you've never heard of it, Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea will definitely capture your heart. Narrated from the perspective of five fifth grade students- Jessica, Alexia, Peter, Danielle, Luke, and Jeffery, each chapter tells you more about each character's background as well as how their new teacher Mr. Terupt affects their life, both inside and outside of school. However, an accident in the snow changes everything and each person has to find a way to cope. While dealing with the outcome of their actions, Jessica, Alexia, Luke, Peter, and Jeffery lean more just how much Mr. Terupt has impacted them and how similar they all are when the layers are pulled back.
Taking the #3 spot is The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. This is actually the first book in a series of five (four have been released at the present date) books all based on Greek and Roman mythology but takes place in modern times. There's plenty to keep you busy and the series overall is fast-paced and told with plenty of humor. This particular installment is based on Apollo and his quest to reclaim his spot on Mount Olympus. Apparently, even gods can annoy their parents to the point of being kicked out of the house. Who knew?
Coming in at #2 is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling. The Harry Potter books are another series that I enjoy very much. I got them on December 25th and finished them on January 24th if you need some context. They're very long and kind of hard to recap but since I only listed the first book, I'll recap the first book. Harry Potter learns he is a wizard on his 11th birthday and later learns that he is famous because he survived Lord Voldemort, the worst dark wizard there ever was. Slowly, he and his friends notice odd things after they arrive at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In short, their suspicions lead them to the Sorcerer's Stone, which makes the owner immortal. However, Voldemort is also after the stone so he can rise again and become more powerful. The book ends in a battle but you'll only find out the outcome if you read the book. My lips are sealed.
Rounding out this month's book selection is The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. Lennie and her sister Bailey are best friends. However, when Bailey unexpectedly dies from a sudden heart episode, Lennie's world is thrown into a tailspin. She and Toby, her sister's boyfriend and fiancé, begin a relationship stemming from their shared grief. Lennie later meets Joe. A new boy at school whom she also falls for. Joe shares her love of music and helps Lennie forget about her sadness. Caught between grief and a fresh start, Lennie struggles to begin her new life without her sister. To cope, Lennie writes about her life with Bailey before her death as well as her feelings after and leaves the pieces in parts of town. This story of grief, love, acceptance, and growth is something that every person is going to love.
That wraps up this month's picks! Let me know which ones you enjoyed and any of your other favorites!
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