Summer Book Discussion 2013 #1

summer book discussionWay back in June I said I was ditching my summer book club that I did last year for a summer book discussion.  What’s the difference?  Well, instead of me telling you what to read I want you to just share with me what you’re reading.  Tell me about it and let me know if it’s worth the pick up.

And I’m going to do the same for you.  Tell you what I’m reading.

My kids just got out of school a week ago.  I went to the library with them last Wednesday, our first official day of summer break.  And they got all signed up for our library’s wonderful summer reading program and started picking out their summer reading books.  I like to encourage them to get the mandatory reading out of the way so we searched for the books on their summer reading list.

First we looked at the 9th grade list for my oldest.  I quickly picked out some books that I thought sounded interesting.  She narrowed it down and opted for The Body Of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci.  A book totally up my alley, I love a good mystery.

Then we went on the hunt for my middle daughter’s books.  We had chosen a few on her list that seemed like they would be in her reading level before we left home, one of which was Old Yeller.  First she wanted to find The River by Gary Paulsen.  She had read Hatchet so wanted to read The River, but it wasn’t on the shelf.

So then she wanted to try Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac.  That we found and she did a quick test to see if she could read it (read the back cover to see if she understood it, then read the first page to see how many words she would have trouble reading) and it passed the test.

But I wanted her to see Old Yeller too so we looked for that.  That one did not pass the test.  She was struggling with too many of the words on the first page.  Understandable, while it didn’t have a lot of difficult words it just wasn’t a lot of words that you see much these days.  None the less, I wanted it so we got it anyways.

And then I didn’t sit down to read it until Saturday afternoon while the two older girls were out with their grandparents, the baby was down for a nap, and my son was watching something on TV.

It was a quick read for me, after all it was something that was in the Children’s section of the library.  I have also read it before, but it hadn’t been since I was a child.  And well, it’s a classic so of course you can read it again.

Old Yeller

On the off chance that you haven’t heard about the story of Old Yeller here’s a little synopsis of it.  Old Yeller is the story of a boy and his dog.  Travis is a young boy from the 19th century whose father has to go away to try to make some money for the family.  Travis is left to take on the job of man of the house while his dad is away.  And he takes this position very seriously.  Doing all of the hard menial tasks around the farm and hunting for his family.

But the last thing he thought he wanted was a dog, especially the trouble maker that Old Yeller was.  Little did he know he would develop a bond with Old Yeller.  He would become a great help to him in protecting his little brother from a bear attack, training a cow to stand still to be milked, capturing pigs to be tagged, and even saving his life from being gored by said pigs.  And in the end he has to do the unthinkable to this man’s best friend when the dog gets sick.  He must kill Old Yeller (yes I’m giving away the ending, but I figure unless you’ve been living under a rock you probably already knew this and well quite frankly in the very beginning of the book it says he will have to kill the dog so I figure I’m not giving away anything the author doesn’t already in the very first chapter).

What I won’t tell you is if Travis comes to terms with what he had to do or not, that you will just have to read the book to find out.

It was a nice simple read to start out the summer with.  Next up, now that my oldest has finished it, is her summer reading book choice of The Body of Christopher Creed.  She just finished it and it needs to be returned in a week so I’ll need to get cracking on it.  It isn’t going to be quite as easy of a read as Old Yeller was.  My oldest and I actually are switching books, she has begun reading Old Yeller.

I am thinking when I go back to the library next week I would like to find the book Under the Dome by Stephen King.  We have been watching the drama that just started on TV that’s based off this book and it is extremely interesting.  I would love to read the book.

What have you been reading this summer?  Feel free to link up below to a blog post about a book you have been reading this summer, or just tell me all about it in comments.

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  1. I am reading the not so good indie author HB Heinzer’ book Bent. I am so very glad I did not pay for it. I am wondering if any of her other books are any better. As for Under the Dome, I read it a while back, I liked it a lot, but be prepared it is 1074 pages long…I had to renew it a couple of times!

    • Ha, yeah I got through a chapter of Bent. Haven’t had the interest in picking that one up again just yet. I too am glad I got it for free. You know I’m sure there are some extremely talented indie authors out there, but it really seems like you have to sift through a lot of not so good ones to find them and it’s just not worth it to me.

      Are you watching the TV program Under the Dome? Since most Stephen King movies/mini series follow the books pretty closely I’m wondering how this one compares. Maybe I should have started reading it at the very beginning of the summer though.

      • No, I am not watching the series, maybe I will start to see if it follows the book. Usually I will reread Stephen King, but I don’t think I will reread this one…just too long!

  2. I gave myself a challenge to read 9 books this summer – so far I’m about to finish number 4! I remember loving Old Yeller!

    • Sounds like you’re doing good with your challenge. So what has been your favorite read so far of the 4 this summer?

      • Hm. I loved each one for so many reasons! It might be the one I just finished (and devoured) – “The Secret Lives of Dress” – thought it’d be too chick/beach for me, but not in the least bit! The 3 I linked up with are all super too!

  3. I am ashamed to say that right now I am reading fluff. As in Debbie Macomber Cedar Cove series *blush*

  4. Gary Paulsen is my absolute FAVORITE!!! Love his books :) I read all of them.

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