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I hope you’ve all had a great week so far! I’ve been taking animation classes for the past two weeks, so I’ve been a bit busy, but I had just enough time to put together my bonus (make-up for missing June’s edition) July Books I Really Think You Should Read. For this month, I chose book pairs, (example: if you like this book, you’ll love this one…) so let’s get started right away, shall we?
Although Shannon Hale is one of my favorite authors, I hadn’t read her debut book, The Goose Girl, until very recently, and now I can happily say I’m eager to get my hands on the rest of the series! It seems like a perfect match with another book I’ve rambled on about quite a bit-Princess in the Opal Mask. Both have royal main characters who go into hiding before taking their thrones back, and are perfect for readers who like a mystical feel in a book, but not one that is riddled with curses and fairies like some of the other books I love to blog about…coughschoolforgoodandevilcough.
I haven’t read either of these books in a while, but I remember them being so good that I could never possibly put them down. The Red Blazer Girls has a strong group of main characters that are entertaining and believable, while the Mystery of the Third Lucretia has a suspenseful mystery that makes you want to look ahead really, really, really (really) badly. (I, obviously, caved in and read the last chapter practically before I had finished the first. :) ) Both are great reads for any mystery lover!
Oh look, my time travel pairing! I chose one classic book, (Little Women! Yay!) and a modern one, (the Penderwicks are so awesome.) with similar themes to make a perfect pair. Both stories show how the sisters in the two books are best friends, and feature some of their funniest and most entertaining adventures. Plus, in one of them there’s an adorable six-year-old with fairy wings and bunnies, so now you just want to read it, don’t you?
First let me just say how pretty I think Way Down Deep‘s cover is….I mean it’s pretty awesome. (Just look at it for a second….) Okay, back to the pairing-I chose to put these two together because although Way Down Deep takes place years before Three Times Lucky (I think. I really have no idea what year it is in Tupelo Landing, but it manages to feel timeless) they both have similar small towns filled with casts of wacky, but lovable characters, and those are the best kind, right?
A library designed like a giant board game and a secret society filled with evil twins and genius toddlers are great on their own, but when you pair them together, you’re left with an amazing book pairing. I love all of the Mysterious Benedict Society books (Trenton Lee Stewart is a great author!), but Mr. Lemoncello’s Library was the first book by Chris Grabenstein I’ve read, and it got me hooked! :) You’ll be so caught up in the puzzles and story that you’ll end up reading these both in just a few of sittings.
Molly Moon and Gilda Joyce just seem like they would be the best of friends to me. :) (If only Gilda had an adorable puppy side-kick too!) Both are spunky and likable main characters, who each go on different, but exciting adventures. Pictured above are my favorites from both series, where Gilda Joyce gets a job at a spy museum and does everything espionage style, while Molly Moon (and Petula the Pug!) go to Hollywood to investigate the mysterious kidnapping of a Broadway child star. Cool, right?
There were lots of middle grade books about girls saving their family businesses that came out all around the same time a couple of years ago, (I can think of three more off the top of my head right now besides the two pictured), but these books do it really well, and a tiny bit better than the others. Not only do both have surprisingly coordinating covers, but they also show the M.C. doing more than just saving her Tea Shop or family store (which happens by turning it into a spa, which is super awesome by the way,) like her friendships and family relationships, and it keeps the story interesting and helps it avoid becoming predictable.
Toy-themed books are always a fun adventure filled with cute characters that make you laugh and plots to make you smile, and the Doll People and Toys Go Out are no exceptions to this rule. They both follow the stories of house hold toys and what they do when they’re owners aren’t watching or how everyday experiences to us feel to them. It’s quite fun and are perfect for when you want a light-hearted, cheerful read.
Most of you know how good I think the Kat Incorrigible books are, (and their full covers are pure greatness. :) ) because of her adventurous spirit and knack for getting trouble (maybe I’m just biased when it comes to characters named Cat!), but I haven’t talked about the Lucy P. Simmons books much. Her story flows along gently, but still has plenty of suspense and magic. I haven’t read the second book yet, but writing about how much I liked the first book reminded me to search for it on our next trip to the library!
I think these two book covers and their fun leggings were destined to be paired together, don’t you? The story lines of these two fantastic books (part of my small collection of realistic fiction reading) are quite different, with one revolving around the everyday life of a middle school girl with some eccentric Shakespeare plots thrown in and another filled with unusual and trendy fashion. The feel of the books seem similar to me though, and felt like an automatic pairing for this post. (Even if it was just because I wanted to put those shoes side-by-side! :) )
What are your favorite book pairs?