9. Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
10., 11., & 12. Waiting on You, The Perfect Match and The Best Man by Kristen Higgins
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
If you haven't heard of it, this book takes place during the Revolutionary War. Since I teach that topic to my 5th graders, I wanted to read this book to see if it was a good one for them. I didn't personally love it, but it's pretty historically accurate and gives a good picture of what life would have been like in that time. I like how it's realistic to the war, but not overly graphic or gory as some books about war can be.
13. Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
14. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
15. The One and Only by Emily Giffin
Initially I was unimpressed with this book. It started off slow and was a little obvious. However, after awhile I was really pulled into it and started to like the main character better and feel for her. I'm usually sucked into Emily Giffin books from the get-go, so this was surprising to me, but I still ended up loving it. The characters were complex and there were a lot of side elements to the story that add to the emotional element.
16. The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau
This is book 3 in The City of Ember series, however it is completely different. It takes place with a whole new cast of characters and in a whole new setting. In fact, it's not until the last page that you actually see the connection between this book and the other Ember series books (though there are hints earlier on, it's not clear until that point). Honestly, I didn't really like it. It was very "doomsday is coming" and didn't have the optimism and emotion that I'm used to from this author. If you didn't read this book, you would still easily enjoy the rest of the series.
17. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
I think this was my favorite book this month. It was complicated and messy and full of emotion and drama. There are a LOT of characters in this book, and it was a little hard to keep track of them all at first. Once I got further into it though, I started to see all the complex relationships and emotions of each of them, Moriarty does an amazing job creating complex characters that you can relate to. The major part of this story is the secret of one character ("The Husband"). The secret is totally not something I expected, but eventually this secret affects every single other character; even when it's not initially clear how they're connected. Truly an amazingly well written book and I can't wait to read more of her books. If they're anything like this, I'm going to love them.
18. The Giver by Lois Lowry
A classic. I've read this book at leave 6 times before, but it's been a few years. I love the subtleties of this book. The hints about the society and the ways in which Jonas doesn't truly fit. Every time I read it I notice something different and end feeling completely differently. They're making a movie based on it, and I was orignally excited, but I saw the trailer and I don't think I'll go see it. They're trying to hard to make it the next Hunger Games or Divergent, when this is a completely different style of science fiction.