Happy Monday! I don’t know about you, but I have a short work week this week, thanks to Thanksgiving and I plan to do a bunch of reading. It’s crunch time now and I have 36 days to finish 29 books if I want to meet by 2014 reading goal. If I keep up the pace I was at last week, this should be a piece of cake. Of course, last I was unusually lazy/productive with my reading. Just look-
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- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I reread this for my high school book club. I have mixed feelings about this book, but my teen readers loved it.
- My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt. I have recently taken over ordering adult graphic novels for my library’s collection. I picked this one up out of curiosity. What a treat! It is so weird and wonderful and I immediately handed it to my coworker.
- Morning Glory by Sarah Jio. This was another random selection. I did enjoy this dual point of view story. Readers are introduced to Penny, a young housewife in 1959 and Ada, a newly widowed young woman looking for a fresh start. Both women live in the floating community of Boat Street in Seattle.
- Bandette, Vol. 1: Presto! by Paul Tobin. This is a campy, cheeky, and clever graphic novel starring Bandette, a teenaged thief who causes trouble for both the police and the criminal underworld.
- Pawn by Aimee Carter. Yet another dystopian novel that requires readers to suspend their disbelief. I received an ARC of Captivate from the publisher, so I will read it, but it’s not something I would have chosen for myself.
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I absolutely loved this one. The lives of three very different women intersect when their children attend the same kindergarten class. This clever character study is light reading with a dark center.
- All Fall Down by Ally Carter. This new series, Embassy Row, is everything I love about all of her other books, but darker and edgier. I am thrilled about this new series and promise fans will not be disappointed.
I have no idea!
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Here we are half way through February and I haven’t done any reviews. Slacker! Time to remedy that. Here is one I read in January.
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, 2011
It’s 1996 and Emma has just gotten a new computer. Using a free AOL cd-rom, Emma is ready to start emailing! What she discovers instead is a strange thing called Facebook which has photos and status updates from a woman who sounds remarkably like an older version of Emma. Confident that it’s a prank, Emma reaches out to Josh, her neighbor and former best friend. Things have been awkward between them for a while, but he might know who made the fake page. After all, he’s the one who gave her the cd-rom. The pair soon realize the Facebook pages are real and they are seeing snippets of their future selves. They also discover that everything they do in the present impacts the future.
For me this was a lovely trip down memory lane. Those were simpler times…people waited for dial-up, scrunchies were awesome hair accessories, mixed tapes were played on Walkmans, and poor Pluto was still a planet. The modern teen may not find these details as charming as I did, but they will certainly be able to relate to the situations that Emma and Josh are dealing with. Who doesn’t wonder what their future will be like? What if you learned your future wasn’t happy? Wouldn’t you want to change things? I think I would. And if worrying about the future isn’t enough, Emma and Josh are both struggling with challenges in their present. That’s a lot of worrying and they don’t always handle things well, but really, who does?
Most of the complaints I have read about this book have been about Emma. I feel like I need to defend her. I agree, she is initially not a very likeable character. She is kind of bratty and a little mean. Her interest in the future revolves solely around herself and her friends. I would argue that is perfectly fitting with her character. Also, I think she redeems herself in the end and I do love a good redemption story! Remember, you need to have flawed character in order to have change and growth in the end.
Overall this is a quick, fun read that reminds readers that the best way to be happy in the future is to be happy in the present.
Be sure to check out Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and Carolyn Mackler’s The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things
Readalikes: Winter Town by Stephen Emond and Gimme a Call by Lauren Mlynowski
Ok, so WordPress decided to DELETE my entire Top Ten Tuesday post as it was published. Needless to say, I am completely cheesed off. Fuming. Saying bad words in my head (only because I am at work and cannot say them out loud, but believe me, I am saying them). So, here is a rush job repeat of what was once a well thought out and quite clever post. Sorry, no witty commentary. I am too busy coming up with colorful ways to describe how I feel about WordPress right now. Sailors would be in awe. You know the drill: The Broke and the Bookish host this delightful meme. This week is a freebie so I am presenting the ten teen books with many hold on them at my library. They are popular, yo.
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler.
3. The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.
4. Legend by Marie Lu.
5. Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey.
6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
7. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
8. The Brotherband Chronicles: The Outcasts by John Flanagan
And from the On Order List:
9. Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
10. Timepiece by Myra McEntire.
Honorable mentions go to City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare, Fear by Michael Grant, Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, and Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi.
I apologize for the blandness of the list and for losing my cool there earlier. Thank goodness it’s almost time to go home.