Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What I Read Wednesday

Slow reading this week because I've been too tired to stay awake very long at night.

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley
Andrew Brawley lost all of his family in one night, in a horrible accident for which he blames himself. Since then, he's lived in the hospital where his family members breathed their last. He works in the cafeteria during the day and sleeps in an empty wing at night. His truest friend is a comic he created, about a man named Patient F. His enemy is a social worker who he refers to as Death because she always shows up to when people are dying. Drew is drawn into the life of Rusty, a patient who is brought in with severe burns on most of his body, a victim of a hate crime. I loved this book. There were parts of it that seemed almost surreal, but in the end, the author brought it all full circle.

Orphan X (Evan Smoak)
Evan Smoak was a boy taken out of the East Baltimore projects to become a government weapon. He breaks free from the program and uses the skills he learned to help people who are desperately in need of this help. As good as he is at covering his tracks, he isn't perfect and he soon realizes that someone is after him.
This was a good thriller crime novel. It was an easy read that kept me engaged.

What are you reading?


Barb Ruess said...

I read a non-fiction book (something I don't do very often): After Perfect by Christina McDowell. I found the story interesting (her father was indicted for fraud and jailed for 5 years sending her family on a tailspin). However I also found myself rolling my eyes at the privilege and sheltered life she led for so long.

Thanks for the new book ideas! I have a feeling a certain 14yo in my house might like this week's suggestions. :)

InTheFastLane said...

I have Orphan X up next!! Currently reading the same book I was reading last week...I believe. I fall asleep so fast at night it is ridiculous.

Lyndsay W said...

I'm reading "Have You Ever Had a Family". I'm glad I've had time to read it in big chunks because otherwise I think I would have had trouble following the 'new character every chapter' format.