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August 10, 2013

End of Summer Read-a-Thon: April Henry and Teri Hall's Summer Reading + Giveaway

It's the second day of the read-a-thon and I'm so excited to have, not one, but TWO awesome authors here to talk about how their summer reading has been, Teri Hall, author of The Line series, and April Henry, author of Girl, Stolen, The Night She Disappeared and The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die. I've read both of their works and they are both gripping, fast reads. They'd be perfect for a read-a-thon, in case you're still searching for your next book.

Teri Hall's Summer Reading :
The Road A Gift Upon the Shore The Cage

I’m looking forward to reading—or should I say rereading—The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. I read it every couple of years and each time I take something new away. It’s a dark, dark read, but it packs a lot of punch! 

It’s been a summer of rereading for me, really. I just reread A Gift Upon the Shore, by M.K. Wren (one of my favorites—so much in this book about human nature and so many things to think about), and The Cage, by Audrey Schulman (one of the best books I’ve read in terms of scene—the author really puts you right there!) I’m looking forward to reading Schulman’s new one, Three Weeks in December.

April Henry's Summer Reading:
Born of Illusion (Born of Illusion, #1) The Theory of Everything Life After Life 

This summer I read a bunch of both teen and adult books, including Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell, Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie, You Are One of Them by Elliott Holt, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, Born of Illusion by Teri Brown, Perry’s Killer Playlist by Joe Schreiber, Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  My favorite book so far is Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life.  I’ve lost track of how many people I’ve recommended it to.  

I read three YA books which I also reviewed for the Oregonian:  A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer, In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters, and The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna. 

Still on my bedside table are The Fifth Wave by Richard Yancey and Divergent by Veronica Roth. A few years ago, I was teaching at a week-long writer’s workshop with the woman who was the editor for Divergent.  I remember how much she raved about that book.  It’s been amazing to watch its success - and I realized I had better read it before the movie came out. As for The Fifth Wave, it sounds just like the kind of page-turner I love. 

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
Today's giveaway is a copy of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry!
Must be 13 years of age or older
Giveaway ends Monday, August 12th at midnight
Winner will be announced 8/13/13

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1 comment:

  1. I read Jane Austen books from time to time...any of them! Thanks!