Connect Through Reading {Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway!}

Book reviews of  Eleanor & Park, Looking for Alaska, Go Ask Alice, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Tell the Wolves I’m Home and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Plus, as part of the Dine & Dish 7 Year Blogging Celebration, I’m giving away a fabulous Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway as part of 7 years of blogging celebration!Friends, I’m so excited for today because as part of the Dine & Dish 7 Years of Blogging Celebration, I’m giving away one of my absolute favorite things, ever!

I’ve written about how much I love my Kindle Paperwhite compared to the other e-readers I’ve tried. You can read all about that here. Before we start the giveaway though, I have some Connect Through Reading updates for you. It’s the time of year I like to hunker down and read as much as possible, so I have a lot of book updates to share with you today!

Remember, let’s follow each other on Goodreads so we can stay up to date on sharing our favorite book recommendations!

Eleanor and Park Book Review First up is Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Oh, how I loved this book. This book is categorized as Young Adult, but don’t let that deter you from reading it. Eleanor & Park is a hear warming and sometimes heart wrenching story of a deep and meaningful friendship that is told over the course of a year. As these two teenage misfits get to know each other, they begin to fall in love – this love story will take you right back to your first, young love and will ignite those same butterflies all over again. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, your heart will break just a little, and you’ll experience the most intense hand holding scene, ever. I highly recommend Eleanor & Park and gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.

(I wrote the author begging for a sequel… I miss these characters and want to know what happens to them next!)

Download Eleanor & Park on your Kindle here, buy the paper copy on Amazon, or add it to your virtual library on Goodreads, here.

Looking for Alaska Book Review

Since I loved The Fault in Our Stars by John Green so much, I decided to give another one of his books a chance, and I was not disappointed. Looking for Alaska is a story about a young man who leads a pretty boring, non-existent life in a small town. When he makes the choice to go to a prestigious boarding school, his life changes from boring to intense over night…all because he meets Alaska Young. This is another Young Adult book (seemed pretty grown up for that, but that’s probably my naivety) that deals with some pretty heavy issues, but still in a light hearted, tender way. I really enjoyed Looking for Alaska and gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

Download Looking for Alaska for your Kindle here, but the paper copy on Amazon here, or add it to your virtual library on Goodreads, here.

Go Ask Alice

I originally picked up the book Go Ask Alice after I read that Eleanor & Park was being banned from a library in Nebraska (which seems ridiculous to me, but that’s for a different time, different day.) A friend of mine mentioned she remembered the same hubbub happening with Go Ask Alice when she was in high school, so I became curious and decided to check it out. Go Ask Alice is the anonymous journal of a teenage girl who takes the path of drugs and destruction. It’s a parents nightmare kind of book… sweet, good girl turned bad once she begins hanging out with a friend who introduces her to drugs for the first time. Alice becomes hooked and documents her struggles with addiction real time through her journal. Go Ask Alice was ok…it was scary and eye opening, but not my favorite book. I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads.

Download Go Ask Alice on your Kindle here, buy the paper copy on Amazon here, or add it to your virtual library on Goodreads, here.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneIf you are looking for a meaningful chapter book to read with your child, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo is one you must pick up. The premise of the book sounds bizarre (a rabbit “doll” takes a long journey discovering the true meaning of love) but the story is anything but. Heart warming, engaging, tender and more, I think you and your kids will really enjoy reading this book.  I gave The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane 5 stars on Goodreads (and so did my daughter, Kelly!)

Download The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane on your Kindle here, buy the paper copy on Amazon here, or add it to your virtual library on Goodreads, here.

The Ocean at the End of the LaneI’m keeping this short and sweet…The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gailman has received so many rave reviews but it totally was not my thing. I should have read that it was Fantasy, which is not a genre I enjoy, so I shouldn’t have even picked it up in the first place. I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads, which was simply because it’s obvious Gaiman is a master at fantasy storytelling.

You can download The Ocean at the End of the Lane on your Kindle here, a paper copy on Amazon here, or add it to your virtual library on Goodreads here.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home

I really enjoyed Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. In 1987 June Elbus favorite uncle Finn dies from AIDS. It was an era where no one really knew about AIDS so a lot of questions went unanswered. The man who June’s family called “the murderer” of Finn(his boyfriend, Toby) reaches out to June after the funeral and what develops is an unlikely secret friendship that changes both June, Toby and the Elbus family for good. I gave Tell the Wolves I’m Home 5 stars on Goodreads (would have given it 4 1/2 if that was an option).

Download Tell the Wolves I’m Home on your Kindle here, purchase the paper version on Amazon here, or add it to your virtual library on Goodreads, here.

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  1. Carey Fletcher says

    I enjoyed Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer. It’s a YA novel as well. All the adults die and the kids have to learn to survive.

    I always enjoy Kathy Reichs’ Bones series. I love her characters.

  2. Tracy says

    Reading The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara. 1975 Pulitzer fiction winner about Gettysburg. And Kate DiCamillo is fabulous. If you haven’t read Because of Winn-Dixie or her Mercy Watson books, you’re in for a treat. She’s a wonderful speaker, too.

  3. Georgie says

    Recently finished Jill Shalvis – Rumor Has it – Loved it. Robin d Owen – Heart Fortune- Love all the heart books. For the old stuff Gerogette Heyer, anything Anne McCaffery Also anything L.E. Modessit & Matthew Reilly & Grace Burrowes

  4. says

    I recently finished Me Before You and really enjoyed it. I didn’t like the ending, but it was the only ending that worked – and I’d read it again. Currently reading The Goldfinch, and the writing and storyline are incredible.

  5. bren says

    I am currently reading Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. It’s almost the time of year for me to start Cider House Rules again. I read that during the fall and I read the Chocolat series by Joanna Hanna around Lent-Easter. I think for Christmas this year I’ll read The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O’Brien by Oscar Hijuelos, I haven’t read that book in over 20 years.

  6. Claire says

    I loved Eleanor and Park and Fault in Our Stars AND Tell the Wolves I’m Home. Have you read Where’d You Go, Bernadette?


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