I have a goal this year to read fifty books. It's been really fun keeping track. I know I've already read more than I have in past years so this is definitely a goal I'll do again in 2015. I read these two books simultaneously, not something I normally do with fiction books.
My son read the whole Harry Potter series in September and October. He's quite the reader but before he mostly read non-fiction books. Of course, he got hooked on Harry Potter and since finishing I've been hoping for him to fall in love with another series. But how do you top Harry Potter?! So I understood when he just couldn't get into other stories.
We tried lots of books and then one night I was looking on iBooks and noticed that book #1 of Spirit Animals was free to download. We read the first chapter aloud that night and we both really liked it. Soon he was reading chapters on his own throughout the day and I'd have to read them too to get caught up for the chapter that we read aloud at night. So two thumbs up from me and my 8 year old on that one and we're ready for book #2.
I can't remember where I ran across Five Days Left but it was a good read too. There's two separate stories that intertwine in the book and I found that really interesting. I also found it interesting that there's no 'bad' guy in this book. Most books have a character that you don't like or one just makes really poor decisions. Everyone in this book is doing the best they can with what they know and have, just like in real life I think. Of course there's conflict but it's so real and understandable, maybe too realistic because it's a really sad book. It's a book that made me really uncomfortable at times.
We started book #2 of the Spirit Animals series and I'm waiting on these other two books from my local library. Only five more books to reach my goal!