thank you for that avalanche of book recs! i had fun zipping around on amazon and reading the blurbs, downloading the samples, and trying lots of things on for size. i settled on the one above after checking out daniel james brown's the boys in the boat. there are two irresistable pulls for me here; historical writing about california and the west, and a gripping story. added to the fact that i was just telling my 5th graders about the donner party this week! so the deed is done. i chose well. i haven't put it down since i started early this afternoon.
finished goldfinch this morning because as long-winded and drawn out as the book was i just had to know what happens in the end. there's a good story buried under all the thousands of layers of extra words.
here are the samples i downloaded to my ipad that i really liked so far…
these will be my picks for the rest of october. naturally i'll report my findings back to you.
muchas gracias for your input!
p.s. all the book photos are clickable links, but i have no affiliation with amazon.