Total Olympics is a wonderful collection of interesting, funny, and heartwarming stories that range from the first Olympic games up to the present day. The chapters cover forgotten athletes and events, the legends of the sports, wild and strange stories, and the sports that have been discontinued (such as pistol dueling!). Each chapter has short stories about the athlete or sport, making it a fun and quick read. This was a fascinating book to read through and remember the past heroes of the Games, such as Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Mary Lou Retton, and our Miracle Hockey Team.
I especially loved reading about the strange events from past games. Whether it was the marathon runner who decided to take a nap halfway through the course, the rower who stopped for a family of ducks, or the odd drinks that were thought to help athletes' performance (rat poison!) there was something entertaining on every page.
Cinder is a fun, science fiction take on Cinderella and is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series. I loved this book because I always wanted Cinderella to be more powerful and capable of saving herself, and this book definitely delivers! Cinder has a wonderful mix of action, romance, and humor that is perfect for young adults who are fans of fairy tales, sci-fi, and dystopian stories.
Cinder is a cyborg and a mechanic, living a quiet life until the day the Prince brings his android into her shop to be repaired. As their friendship develops Cinder's life becomes increasingly complicated. She uncovers secrets and political intrigues that put not only herself in danger, but the prince and the entire world. Aided by her snarky robot Iko and her kind stepsister Peony, Cinder must find a way to prevent a war, defeat the evil queen, and still make it to the ball.
Fallen is an intense, sit on the edge of your seat thriller! It takes place both in the air and on the ground as a pilot’s family is kidnapped, and he’s put in an impossible situation: in order to save his family he must crash the plane. Bill and his crew must use the flight time to find a way to save his family and his passengers.
T.J. Newman uses her decade-long experience as a flight attendant to give her novel accuracy and insight. I enjoyed learning about the training and procedures required by pilots and flight attendants, as well as receiving a behind-the-scenes look at how airlines operate.
This was an exciting book that I couldn’t put down, and it will keep you captivated until the end!