Happy Monday! Here in Northeast Ohio the snow is falling. It’s very lovely and exciting and it marks the beginning of prime reading season! It’s a good thing because my bookcases are overflowing with unread books.
On Friday I had the opportunity to attend a Teen Symposium. The keynote speaker was the lovely Siobhan Vivian. She spoke primarily about her book The List. This book was inspired by an article she read about a real-life freshman hazing incident that included a “slut list.” The incident made the headlines a few years ago. The list itself was bad enough, but the teen’s responses were even more shocking. Vivian could not believe that some teens were happy to be on the list and others were disappointed about being excluded. From this, The List was born. It’s been a while since I read this one, but I remember it being a quick read full of issues. I am considering this one for a book club selection.
Saturday was spent in Columbus, visiting the zoo and my aunt and uncle. Sunday was spent trying to finish my book while my nephews did their best to destroy their house and injure each other. Thank goodness there was snow on the ground! They got the boot and built a snowman. I am usually much more attentive when I hang out with them, but I had 150 pages left in The Blood of Olympus. I couldn’t put it down!
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts
- In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winter was a book club reread. I loved it as much as the first time.
- The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. The final, epic showdown between the demigods and Gaea is finally happening. I loved this series ending, though I am sad to see them all go. I particularly loved Leo, Nico, and Reyna.
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. This is living up to all the hype. I am thoroughly enjoying the audio.
- Morning Glory by Sarah Jio. This is a duel POV in the same vein as That Summer by Lauren Willig and The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes.
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Simon & Schuster
September 18, 2012
Kat, Lillia, Mary are three very different girls with one thing in common: they are out for revenge. Kat is tired of the jokes and insults that come from being from “the wrong side” of Jar Island. Lillia is fiercely protective of her little sister and one guy is going to find out the hard way not to mess with her. Mary actually left the island four years about after a traumatic experience with a classmate. Now she’s back and ready to prove to her tormentor that she is a different person and ready for revenge. These three girls have no reason to be friends, but they’ve formed an unlikely alliance in order to exact revenge on the people who have hurt them most. They are united, determined, and will stop at nothing. Will revenge be sweet or will they go too far?
I read tons of YA books and for the most part the fact that the characters are teens does not affect how I enjoy the story. That was not the case with Burn for Burn. As an adult I felt really uncomfortable with the girls’ plans for revenge. That being said, I do understand why the girls thought they deserved to exact revenge. Their stories bullying are not groundbreaking, but they are powerful and painful. Teens will be able to relate to and want to read this book, and ultimately that is the goal. This book will certainly resonate with its target audience. The subtle supernatural element surprised me and I am definitely interested to see how things will play out in the sequel.
Readalikes: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers, The Hate List by Jennifer Brown, and Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Material by Rosalind Wiseman
This book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley.com for review.
Another busy weekend has come to an end and it’s back to the grindstone. I was a little disappointed that I was unable to participate in the Dewey’s Readathon this time around, but I was too busy kicking it with some of Cleveland’s finest authors. Maybe you’ve heard of Les Roberts? Yeah, we’re besties now. I had the good fortune to introduce him at the Rocky River Public Library Book Festival. I also brought him lots of coffee and a pilfered cookie. Like I said, besties. And speaking of good fortune, I won a Nook Color. So now, my TBR pile can be both physical and virtual! Add this to the fun little ipod my friend gave me, and I am in a state of technological overload. What do I read first? A book? In paper or on a device? Which device? Mind you, I am NOT complaining. I realize how fortunate I am to have these “problems.” The best part is going to be shopping for e-books for myself and the library. In fact, as soon as I am done here I am off to browse. So, what am I reading?
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Journey. A Children’s/YA version is available at Teach Mentor Text.
Ongoing books: I am still listening to High Five by Janet Evanovich (reliably good fun) and Gideon’s Corpse by Douglas Preston (and it is still the cheesiest, chock-full-of-cliche book I have ever read. But I press on. I need to know who did it.)
Finished this week: An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor. I picked this as my gentle read for book club. It was charming and funny and I will definitely continue on with the series.
On my ipod: Ashes by Ilsa Bick. This one has gotten great reviews. My friend loved it and insisted I read it. So far, so good…and a bit gross. The perfect balance to my gentle read.
On my Nook: An e-galley of Dead Time by Anne Cassidy. A mystery set in modern-day London.
My real, live, actual paper and glue book: The List by Siobhan Vivian. The ultimate Mean Girl book. Sort of breaks my heart a little and makes me realize that I got off easy in high school.
Up next: The Power of Six by Pitticus Lore. In paper.
What are you reading?