The House On The Gulf
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
A story of a broken family trying to support and take care of each other. The family moves to Florida because a college there has a program for single mothers. Their mom wants desperately to be a doctor, which is years and years of schooling. Her son finds a job house-sitting and they all get to move into the house for the summer which allows for their mom to go to school. However, the younger sister senses that something is not quite right. The reader travels right along with her, never knowing if the truth has been discovered fully or not.
This book was so sad. Even the ending remained rather bleak. I would only recommend this book to others who already knew the author’s style and tone. I would probably not recommend this book to anyone who did not already love this author.
Due to the upcoming Tucson Festival of Books I am eating up the many many authors and many many many many books those authors have written. On a recommendation from a friend I wanted to make sure to read a book by Margaret Peterson Haddix before March 9th when the Festival begins. The only book at the library during a quick and insufficient glance through the children’s section. My return to the library after reading this book was much more successful because, A) I looked in the teen section as well, and B) I checked both hardcover and paperback books in the children’s section, and finally C) someone had returned some of the books that were not available on my previous excursion. Therefore, I hope to have some more reviews from this author’s bibliography soon.
My baby boy was born in November 2012. During my pregnancy leading up to his birth I was able to finally read quite a few books that I had been meaning to read for years. I read the entire Harry Potter series, and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I reread the three books about The Mysterious Benedict Society and loved them all just as much on the second read. Finally, I reread the Hunger Games Trilogy. I was reading the third book, which is my least favorite of the series. I was quite aware that I may not finish it when I picked it up. I had intended to only read the first two books of the series again, but didn’t want to start a book which I would need to finish. Mockingjay was a book I could put down and not care much if I picked it back up again after my baby was born.
Thinking all of this over as I had made it even funnier to me when my nurse, after I had had my beautiful baby and been moved to the nursery floor for couplets care, laughed at my having a book in the hospital. I was aware that I would probably not get much of it read in the next few weeks, but when she said, “It’ll be years before you get through another book,” I felt that I had met a challenge I could not turn down. I laughed along with her and then determined that I would read all the time. Besides, what would I have to say to this baby if not for the chapter books I would read to him?
However, my true purpose in undergoing this challenge was my own regrets. I have spent years avoiding my passions in the pursuit of work and these five years of committed stay-at-home motherhood are about my own mental healing as much as they are about raising my beautiful baby boy. This is why the books on this site span so many age groups, and genres, I truly love books. My need for a kind of book is as fluctuating as my baby’s sleep pattern, which is a day to day phenomenon. Some days I need an easy read to get my mind calmed down. Other days I want to read to my baby a book that has pictures for him to look at. Often I want a book that speaks to me about my own life, or humanity in general. Sometimes I pick a book up merely on recommendation.
Which is what I hope this blog can be for you. I hope that you can continue, begin, or pick up where you left off being a lifelong reader. Use this blog as a place to make recommendations for me to read, or to find books to read based on your needs.