Final Summer Reading Game Reviews, Part 2

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

This is a very interesting and enjoyable read that takes place during and after the bombing of Nagasaki.  The main character receives a visit from her grandson who she thought died in the bombing. The story revolves around many family secrets and many tragedies endured by this family. READ THIS BOOK!

Academy Street by Mary Costello

This is a very quick and short read about an Irish immigrant who left Ireland for New York City. She is a single mom who raises a successful son. This book deals with the loneliness and isolation experienced, however I found this book to be rather unchallenging and too predictable.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling & Jack Thorne

The 8th book in the Harry Potter series written in script format revisits the wizarding world with a glimpse into Harry Potter as a parent faced with parenting a child who on the surface is quite different from himself. This causes much conflict between them, sparking a rebellious adventure that shows them they are actually more similar than they thought and help forge a stronger relationship. Just as good as the originals, don’t be turned off by the format.

Ming Tea Murder by Laura Childs

Kept me guessing to the very last chapter. Learned a lot about teas and tea house foods. A good murder mystery with side bar stories about tea and tea patrons. Very good character descriptions and development. Hard to put the book down.

Maus I by Art Spiegelman

I read too quickly to do graphic novels justice but I was so intrigued by Maus I, that I want to read Maus II. Who knows. I might even slow down and savour the art work.

Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner

This book did keep me on my toes. I really didn’t see the ending coming which was nice. I did feel like there were too many suspects which made it tiring to follow at times. This was a fairly easy read, although after reading a few of this author’s books I noticed that her characters and story lines tend to be similar.

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