March (reading) Madness!

So, you’ve shoveled out your driveway (yet again!), hung up your St. Patrick’s Day decorations, printed out your NCAA brackets…now what? Oh yeah…it’s still cold and miserable outside.

Well, since we are still, for all intents and purposes, stuck indoors, it’s a great time to catch up on some reading. I have decided that my (better-late-than-never) resolution for the year is to finish at least 2-3 books a week. And guess what? I did it this week! Good job, me!! Hopefully I can stick with it!

So here’s what I finished this week:

The Bear by Claire Cameron


Told in the narrative style by 5-year-old Anna, this gripping book reveals the story of what happens to the Whyte family while they are camping in the Algonquin Park wilderness, about 200 miles northeast of Toronto. After a black bear attacks their campsite, Anna must figure out how to keep herself and her 2-year-old brother Alex (called Stick) alive without the help of her parents. How will they escape? Where will they go? What will they eat? I was completely captured by this book and the way the story is told from a young child’s perspective; you WILL finish it in one sitting!

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon


A very suspenseful adult ghost story of sorts that begins in 1908 in West Hall, Vermont. Sara Harrison Shea loses the daughter, Gertie, she so desperately loves in a tragic accident and cannot bear to cope with the loss. Her grief drives her to call on the methods of the tribal woman she called “Auntie” who raised her after her mother died giving birth to her. Auntie has many magical healing remedies and secrets of how to bring people back from the dead. But is this a wise thing to do? Sara does not care what may happen, she only wants her Gertie back. Meanwhile, in the present day, the inhabitants of Sara’s old house are discovering secrets linked to Auntie’s magic and the awakening of “sleepers.” Lots of twists and turns intertwine the story of the characters and weave an intricate plot that keeps you guessing what will happen next.

Now, go pick up a book to read!


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