July Books

Previously unread books (I have 38 left to read my goal of 100 by the end of the year):

57. Fever Dream, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. I’ve been reading Preston and Child’s books for years now. They write suspense/mystery books, my favorite of which feature an FBI investigator named Aloysius Pendergast, who is brilliant and observant–sort of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. While I enjoyed reading this, for the first time, I started to realize how implausible these stories are. Too many coincidences and connections, and Pendergast just knows too much to be believable sometimes. It was a good story, but not my favorite of the Preston & Child collaborations.

58. Life As We Knew It, Susan Beth Pfeffer. The first in a young adult dystopian series that takes place after an asteroid hits the moon, knocking it closer to Earth and causing all sorts of natural disasters and destruction.

59. The Dead & the Gone, Susan Beth Pfeffer. The companion novel to Life As We Knew It. This book takes place in New York City during the same time frame as the first book and follows seventeen-year-old Alex Morales as he and his younger sisters fight to survive in a dying city. This book is even darker and more disturbing than the first, but it’s also very good.

60. This World We Live In, Susan Beth Pfeffer. The last book in the trilogy. Told through Miranda’s diary once more. When her father, stepmother, and new baby brother show up, they arrive with 3 strangers, including Alex and his sister Julie. It’s been a year since the moon was hit by the asteroid, and with ten people now sharing the same space, they’re once again struggling to find food and to survive. This book is just as dark and disturbing as the second, and the conclusion is…well, I won’t spoil it.

61. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book 1: The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan.

62. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins. I cannot wait to read the second book, which is already out, and the finale to the trilogy, which is released in late August. This book was incredible!

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