Adventures with Arabella

Seeing as both of my parents work throughout the entire year, my sister, Arabella, attends camp during her summer break, just as I did when I was her age. However, last week my family was going up to Gladwin for an extended weekend (Friday- Sunday). On Thursday, my sister wasn't scheduled to go to camp, so I stepped in and took her out for the day. 


First, I drove her to Grand Blanc to go see The Secret Life of Pets, which had just been released in theatres the week prior. She loved it (!!) and her favorite character was Duke, a fun-loving, bed-hogging Newfoundland (voiced by Eric Stonestreet), while mine was Chloe, a sarcastic tabby cat that loves food (voiced by Lake Bell). Afterward, we ate lunch at the nearby Buffalo Wild Wings, followed by a short trip to a playground before we headed back to our home. After playing inside for a few hours, we headed back out, this time to the Linden Library and Mill pond to return some books and take some pictures.

Afterwards, we headed to the wooden park in town where she played for a short time (monkey bars are her favorite) before we headed back home for dinner.


Summer Reading 2016: June

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Would recommend if you want to read about the prestigious Sinclair family's dramatic summer breaks while helping the main character and narrator fill in the blanks on what really happened during summer fifteen after she suffers a traumatic brain injury that leaves her with amnesia. What really happened will shock you all and the ending is something you'd never expect. Rating 10/10 (and possibly my new favorite book). Buy it on Amazon here.

Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti

What happens to a teenage girl after her boyfriend skyrockets to
the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and every other girl's heart? How will fame and stardom affect the inseparable teen's relationship? Read all about it in Now and Forever. Rating 7/10. Buy it on Amazon here.

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Crime fighting Russian/Ukranian spy story meets teenage romance novel? Eight years ago, Natasha Romanoff (AKA Black Widow) saved her mini- me, Ava Orlova, from Ivan Somodorov, their harsh and remorseless Red Room instructor. Now, after many years without contact, Natasha must seek out a less than enthused Ava after she gets intel that Ivan (who was previously thought dead) is now on his way to America to retrieve his prized red heads. She runs into a little trouble after abducting Ava at a fencing tournament when she's first followed by Alex Manor, a boy Ava vividly dreams about, then pursued by Ivan's personal gunmen. What happens when they find out what Ivan is really up to and how are Ava and Natasha truly connected, you'll have to read it to find out. Rating 8/10. Buy it on Amazon here.

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