* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- definitely will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite!
When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead ***** Yes, you've seen it twice now this year -- two middle grade books I LOVED! This and The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. So for this one, just wow. It was a slow starter, but don't let that stop you -- the book feels like L'Engle's books...I got sucked in around chapter 3 or 4, and I didn't stop reading until I finished it. I have the same awed feeling for both these books -- I'm not the same as I was before I read them.
The Hourglass Door, by Lisa Mangum ****+ Okay, now before I read the above book, I was planning to give this five stars...and it is very good. Interestingly enough, they're both about time travel -- in very different ways, however. So this is between 4 1/2 stars and five stars...either way, it's a strong book with an unique view of time travel -- and a great romance! Plus, there's another coming out next summer (you can bet I'll be all over that one too).
Great reading day!