It’s that time again on Road Trip Wednesday: Best Book of June! Every month, usually on the last Wednesday of the month, the YA Highway team dedicate the weekly Road Trip Wednesday meme to the subject of our favorite read of that month. This is the time when our TBR lists groan with the added book recommendations, but our hearts delight at discovering new literary treasures.
As has become customary for me, I have a “shout out” book of the month as well as top pick. This month’s “shout out” book is NUMB by Sean Ferrell. I just finished reading this, and I must say it was a very thought-provoking as well as entertaining read. I reviewed it on Goodreads, so you can see my discussion of it there. Briefly, the book is about a man who has no memory of his life prior to wandering into a circus in North Texas. Furthermore, he is completely numb: he can’t feel pain. Since he doesn’t know his real name, he goes by the name “Numb.” His affliction becomes his livelihood, both within the circus, and when he leaves for New York, where he becomes a media attraction. It’s an interesting story, driven by Numb’s quest to find out who he is and why he can’t feel pain. As I said, you can read my review (along with others) at Goodreads. It’s not a book for the squeamish, but one I would recommend, both for the intriguing premise, and for Sean’s writing (which is excellent).
Now to my pick of the month: THE GIVER by Lois Lowry. A few weeks ago, I posted a Top Ten Tuesday listing ten books you’ve probably read that I haven’t. This was one of them. It’s classic YA, so really I should have read it. But I hadn’t. So this month I did something about that, and read it. Wow, am I glad I did. Again, I reviewed it on Goodreads (as you can see, I review most of the books I read on Goodreads), but I will say here that for a relatively short novel, it packs a lot of punch. It’s a dystopian novel, but I wouldn’t have thought so for most of the story if I hadn’t been told. The world building is subtle, mainly through showing, not so much by exposition. It’s beautifully written, even though it’s dealing with some dark ideas. Definitely a whole-hearted recommendation from me.
How was your June reading? What was your favorite read? You can share here, or join the YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday fun over at their blog.