The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 336 pages
Taken from Amazon: "In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.
Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are being such as ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other."
I borrowed this from my sister. It is an easy read (because it is for a younger audience?) and I got through it pretty fast. But then I didn't have anything else to do, so that may be why. I really enjoyed this book. I found myself really loving the characters in the graveyard, and I loved all of the twists. I was sad when this book ended, I wanted more.
The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank 352 pages
From Booklist: "In Frank’s fourteenth South Carolina novel (Porch Lights, 2012), prominent, conservative Charlestonians Liz and Clayton Waters are none too happy with their family. Never mind the constant antics of Liz’s octogenarian mother, Maisie, and her boy-toy, live-in companion, Skipper. Their exuberant daughter, Ashley, refuses to pursue either a meaningful career or a potential husband, harboring instead dreams of being a celebrated artist. Meanwhile, their son, Ivy (for Clayton Waters IV), is a hip, San Francisco men’s clothier, along with James, his Asian business- and life-partner. ’Nuff said. Each hypercritical parent manages to cope in his or her own way: Liz, by running a battered-women’s shelter; Clayton, by running off to Manhattan and having an illicit affair. But when Skipper suffers a stroke and Ashley is brutally attacked by a seemingly merely smarmy state senator, Liz and Clayton rally to their sides and rediscover the strength and solace only a strong family can provide. Hidden beneath Frank’s trademark buoyant and breezy Low Country patois is a passionate exposé of South Carolina’s alarming problem with domestic abuse."
My grandmother suggested this book. She has read a lot of Dorothea Benton Frank's books and really likes them. I like how they are written from the characters point of view, and it reads like they are talking to you so that is nice as well. At the end of the book you really know the characters. This book also really talked a lot about domestic abuse and gave some statistics for South Carolina that is kind of shocking. So if domestic abuse is a trigger for you, I would steer clear. The only thing I didn't really like about the book was the way they handled the domestic abuse situation that happened to one of the characters. It didn't really follow it through, it was like "turn it in and everythings rosey!" which I doubt is the case irl. Overall a good read.
Currently reading: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Jane Austen's Emma