Smackdown Books 2018

Wolf Hollow
Salt to the Sea
The Serpent King
Optimists Die First
The Hate U Give
Orphan Island
Dan vs. Nature
The Female of the Species
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
Paper Girls, Vol. 1
The Passion of Dolssa
The Distance Between Us
When We Collided
Louis parmi les spectres
Girl in the Blue Coat
Defy the Stars

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Just Bombing along, Counting by 7`s and trying to determine the One and Only Mighty Smackdown winner

All puns aside, these are 3 very different books that all present their own interesting, unique reading experiences.  I have already recommended these to both teens and adults, with positive feedback received for each.  These books work for a variety of different reading tastes, but which should I choose?

To follow the format of House Hunters, I think I will eliminate one title.  Of the three, the one to go first is “Counting by 7’s” Even though it was a feel-good story that I thoroughly enjoyed, it was a little too coincidental. Life never wraps everything up quite as cleanly.

So now the battle, for me, rages between Bomb and Ivan. I loved Ivan and could see myself including it in Literature Circles in the future. There are some really teachable themes in this quick read. But, if I have to pick a winner – and I never thought I would hear myself say this – I choose “Bomb”.  I am not a science or history geek, but that a book about historical science could hold my interest means it totally deserves my vote.

Bomb is the mightiest for me, this year.


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