Mon. | Dec. 14 – – Surprise Find(s) This YearThe thing that always gets me to read the most books outside my comfort zone is the Top 100 Chapter Books Project. Here are some of the books that I wouldn't have normally read but really enjoyed for the project this year (with links to the reviews on The Estella Society)!
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
"I was expecting to just get through this book but instead I ended up loving it. I listened to it on audio straight through one afternoon, partly because it was due back to the library in a couple of days but also because the story was fantastic."
Each Little Bird that Sings by Deborah Wiles
"I’ve never read a book that dealt with death in such a straight-forward and thoughtful way. I think if I had read a book like this as a kid, I would have had a better understanding of death and grief thanks to Comfort and her “Life Notices” (she writes positive, friendly obituaries that never get published in the small local paper because they’re not “just the facts”)."
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
"... the overall messages of the book are so important and universal that this story will have staying power regardless. Kids and adults both love this book too which means it will always be in libraries."
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
"I absolutely loved the way that Sam made the most of his surroundings. He interacted with nature in a most admirable way, using every part of each animal that he trapped and not striking out at any of them in fear or anger. He tried new things and was very brave."What book did you read this year that was outside of your comfort zone?