Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

SistersTitle: Sisters

Author: Raina Telgemeier

Publisher: Scholastic

Published: August 26, 2014

Pages: 211 pages

Series: Yes (Smile book #2)

Source: Book received through Netgalley for review

The Story

Raina has always wanted a little sister.  Her dreams come true when her parents have Amara.  Except Amara isn’t exactly what Raina was expecting.

My Thoughts

I hadn’t read Smile before.  In fact I had not read anything from Raina Telgemeier before.  I saw her speak during Book Expo America this year, and I really wanted to change that.  When I had the chance to review her newest book Sisters, I jumped at it.

I was immediately pulled into the story of two sisters with very different personalities.  The story has a road trip from San Francisco to Colorado. The story does go back and forth from present day to when Raina was younger. I felt like the scenes that tell what it is like to be crammed into a car with siblings, were just spot on.  I really liked how each character had a unique voice and the family members shared the spotlight of this book.  The other thing I truly enjoyed, was the fact that the book talks about fun pop culture items from the 80’s.  Will kids enjoy this part? No, but it adds that something extra to pull in adult readers.

There isn’t anything over the top, or really dramatic, just a fantastic story of a family.  The story does have some depth to it, and that comes to light at the end of the story.  This is just another element that readers may identify with. I was hooked from the first page to the last.  I honestly loved this book. I made sure to order it for my library.  I think this is a must have book!

I would give this book

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Halloween Reads

This top ten Tuesday didn’t really seem like something I wanted to write about.  I am a bit burnt out on series.  Instead I am going to talk about the books I will be reading for October and those Halloween books I recommend.

The books I will be reading this October:

Monsters by Ilsa J Bick

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This is the final book in the Ashes Trilogy.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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I purchased this book last year, but saved it until October.  Now is the time.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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I loved the book Dark Places, but didn’t really enjoy Gone Girl.  This is the only Gillian Flynn book I haven’t read.  I am eager to see what I think of book.

Books I recommend for October:

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

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A ghost story that isn’t really that scary.  If you need a book light on the scare, check this one out.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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This book is a who done it.  The book is perfect for a rainy, windy October night.

It by Stephen King

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This is one creepy read.  It is long though, you have been warned.  Read it and then check out the made for tv movie.  That will really creep you out.  Good luck sleeping after watching Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown.  You have been warned, again.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen

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The bits about the building of the Chicago World’s Fair is interesting, but the serial killer bits are so creepy.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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This book is very dark and haunting book.

The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg

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A little something for the kids.  All the students I have read this book to love it.  It is a tame creepy book.

Do you theme read for Halloween/October?  What did I miss?  I would love some creepy recommendations.  Plus, how many times can I say creepy?  Apparently a lot!