2018 Summer Reads
Ms. Alexis very much enjoyed Educated by Tara Westover. It reminded her of The Glass Castle. It's a memoir of a woman who grew up off the grid, not going to school and being raised by a radical Mormon separatist father. She ended up getting her PHD after starting public school at the age of 17.
The only book Ms. Bunbury managed to get through this summer was My Absolute Darling by American author Gabriel Tallent. She says "I couldn't put it down, despite the fact that it is disturbing and shocking. Tallent's use of verbs is rich and beautiful, so the writing is as gorgeous as the story is troubling."
Ms G. also read Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.
Ms. Boyarski read Artemis by Andy Weir (author of The Martian), and absolutely loved it! A story about a slacker female delivery girl who lives/works on the moon. She smuggles in illegal contraband - such as zippo lighters, to make money on the side. She is approached by a very wealthy business man who offers to pay her a million slugs (currency on the moon) to help him monopolize on the oxygen supply that runs the lunar colony. Loved it! Easy read, relatable characters. Some offensive language. She read the second novel in Game of Thrones series and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Ms. Boyarski is currently reading The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson. Steampunk-style automats (AI/robots dolls) are fighting a war against each other to survive as their life source/resource is depleting. One of the automats enlists the help of a human, female protagonist who studies artifacts and discovers she holds the key to their survival. Not sure what is yet to come....
The "Vera" series by Ann Cleeves, detective mysteries set in the north of England. The TV series "Vera", scene on PBS and Knowledge network are based on these books. Ann Cleeves has written another series, the Shetland series, which are equally as good.
Ms. Brown's two favourites this summer were The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - fun, spooky reads...
Ms. McClarty also read The Raven's Gift by Jon Turk, Natural Acts by David Quammen, and Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson.
Ms. Workman read the Harry Hole series by Swedish writer Jo Nesbo. All nine of them. The Snowman is probably the most recognizable as there was a movie made just recently.