“Most communities just happen; the best are planned.” The underlying philosophy of Shaker Heights, Ohio, governs everything from acceptable colors of house paint and trash pick-up, to the lifestyle of one of its proudest residents, Elena Richardson. It promotes success. It rewards thoughtful planning. It keeps things neat and clean all around – at least on the outside. Continue reading “Little Fires Everywhere”
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: August 29, 2017
When the DC Icons series was announced in March 2016, readers were understandably very excited to see some of their favorite YA authors deliver a new take on four of the most well-known characters in the DC comics universe. This Tuesday, the first book in the series hits shelves – Leigh Bardugo’s “Wonder Woman: Warbringer.” I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of this, and am happy to report that it will undoubtedly add to the growing mainstream popularity of the character. Fans of the wildly successful Wonder Woman movie will appreciate how “Warbringer” continues the trend of presenting Diana as a powerful, fierce woman who takes the lead and hasn’t been oversexed or underdressed. Continue reading “Wonder Woman: Warbringer”
Author: Jason Reynolds
If you’ve only ever watched Spider-Man on the big screen, the setup of this book may come as a surprise.* A Spider-Man that isn’t Peter Parker? What’s up with that? If you really want more information, here’s the Marvel Wikia page, but delving into those things can quickly result in information overload. I haven’t personally read any of the Miles Morales comics, and am here to vouch that all you need to know to appreciate the book is this: his name is Miles Morales. And he’s Spider-Man. Got it? Good. Continue reading “Miles Morales: Spider-Man”
Author: Jessica Taylor
A Map for Wrecked Girls is 50% deserted island, 50% contemporary LA, but dangerous pitfalls in both worlds make for a 100% survival story. An explosion on the boat is what threw Emma, Henri and Alex together in a pitched fight for survival, but that wasn’t the start of their troubles. Alex holds his secrets close to his chest, and Emma and Henri’s family was already falling apart around them. But at least the sisters always had each other – until that fell apart, too. Continue reading “A Map for Wrecked Girls”
We can all agree that Second Book Syndrome is a real thing – a series explodes onto the scene with a fabulous first installment, maybe races to the top of the NYT bestseller list, cheers cheers applause applause, only to have book 2 not quite hit the mark. But before we beat that dead horse into further submission, rest assured that this week’s Top Five Wednesday is exactly the opposite. This week, we’re toasting middle of the series books that topped out the bell curve on quality. Here’s to second (first?) place! Continue reading “T5W: When Silver Trumps Gold”
Author: Gail Honeyman
If you’re looking for the humorous pragmatism of A Man Called Ove mixed with the heartfelt bumbling relationships of The Rosie Project, Eleanor Oliphant is exactly that. Eleanor requires very little from life: a job with minimal coworker interactions, a weekend indulgence of vodka and frozen pizza, and a Tesco loyalty card. Her weekly phone calls with her mother are trying, but unavoidable. She doesn’t care to understand why society at large deigns to engage in idle chit-chat, much less participate herself.
Bum. Bum. Bum. Another book bites the dust! My third 24 in 48 Readathon has come and gone, taking with it the excitement of connecting with other readers, the stress of a heavily scratched audiobook CD, and the half-crazed mania that rears its head whenever my sense of perfectionism meets a deadline and a lack of sleep. Every time has proven to be a little bit different, and while I wouldn’t say reading for this length of time necessarily gets easier, I learn a little more each time about how to better prepare for it.
Has it already been six months? Seems like just yesterday I was barricading myself inside for the January 24 in 48 readathon, and here we are again, preparing for another glorious weekend of reading reading reading and you guessed it more reading. I’m going for a 6:30pm Friday night to 6:30pm Sunday night time frame, and am hoping to cram more hours in on the front end than my previous two readathons, because – full disclosure – there’s a church pool party on Sunday night, and since today’s high was 106 degrees there’s no way I’m missing that bizniz. I’ve got lots of books and lots of Diet Pepsi, so here we goooooo!!!!!
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference is sooooooo fuuuuuuun!!! This was my 4th go-round, hitting up The Windy City June 23-26 for an extended weekend of pure bookish awesomeness with The Mother Unit. After being drafted as a literary pack mule in Orlando last year, The Husband Unit exhibited a strange recalcitrance toward attending again. Go figure. Every conference really is better than the last one, as I pick up new strategies for maximizing fun and book picking-upping. This post is about the trip in general; if you’d like a more in-depth look at the ARCs I picked up, that post is currently marinating in my brain and will likely spill forth in the next couple of days.