Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Undertaking of Lily Chen

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Again, the beauty of the graphic novel. This one I read on a Saturday (at work, eek). Great illustrations. Loved them. A lot of graphic novels lately choose one color and do line drawings in that or only do black and white. Like the ones I’ve read lately (This One Summer & Jane, the Fox & Me). This book is about an interesting custom with an interesting ending. Definitely kept my attention.

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This One Summer

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Reading graphic novels makes me feel accomplished. You can read an entire book in a night! This is what I did with This One Summer. It has amazing illustrations/drawings but only a so-so story. I liked it, but I’m not sure I gathered the point. It does have a good coming of age story line to it.

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We were Liars

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I was reading this really great book. Until I looked ahead to the climax and ruined the surprise ending. So.. if you decide to read it don’t do what I did.

In this way it reminds me of Little Bee by Chris Cleave. Don’t read ahead in that one either.

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London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

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I chose this book for our children’s librarian book club group. I previously read A Monster Calls by her and Patrick Ness and thought it was so weird. How could it not make a good book club choice? As far as this book goes, I think there are some weird parts and definite weird language/spelling with this book but I enjoyed the premise. I think where he was ended up being explained very quickly. I more or less like drawn out climaxes, not 20 pages especially considering the tangents this women went on over seemingly nothing.

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“Against YA” backlash

That stupid lady I posted about yesterday? She’s got some people who disagree with her (besides me).

What YA Gives Me that Other Genres Don’t (Hint: It’s not Embarrassment)

This is Why Young Adult Books are not only Acceptable, but Beneficial for Adults

Ten Reasons Why it’s Okay to Read YA

Why Adults Shouldn’t be Embarrassed to Read Children’s Books

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YA not for adults?

I just.. what?? I have no words for this article. Opening paragrah:

As The Fault in Our Stars barrels into theaters this weekend virtually guaranteed to become a blockbuster, it can be hard to remember that once upon a time, an adult might have felt embarrassed to be caught reading the novel that inspired it. Not because it is bad—it isn’t—but because it was written for teenagers.

You’re an idiot. If you care to read how much of an idiot, go here.

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Books for Babies

I’m always look for great books about babies and with babies in them. This is a great list from School Library Journal on books that do just that. My favorites:

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