I’m reading so many things right now. I wish I had a photo of my TBR pile. You’d faint. Most of them I haven’t even opened. But, the ones I’m currently 100+ pages into are..
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. I thought I was going to use this book for BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge science fiction book by a female author with a female lead but alas, Sylvain is a man. Damn him! It is a trilogy, and the third book just came out so I feel good about starting it. I hate starting trilogies that aren’t complete and then having to wait. Like Scythe. WHY?!
My Lady Jane is written by lots of people. I’m listening to this on audio and it is hi-lar-ious. The reader is so funny and really goes all out with her dramatic reading. I think I would like this less if I wasn’t listening to it, it needs the voices. I find the story to be hilarious and I can’t wait to read more about Jane Grey afterwards to see what’s really true. Because (shocker) I’m not aware of this part of England’s history. I picked this up because I want to read the second in this series, although not really a series because they stories don’t continue with the same characters. I have a feeling I’ll like the second one even more, My Plain Jane, because it’s about Jane Eyre. And I actually know that story. Very well actually.
These last two I haven’t started yet. But I heard about them on Tuesday’s All the Books. They came out this past Tuesday. And they sound great. Visible Empire is about a real historical event in Georgia where 100 prominent individuals died and that aftermath. We are Gathered is about a wedding from the perspective of the guests. I love weddings and multiple POVs so I think that’s a guaranteed win.
Last, I have The President is Missing. I’m not sure there’s ever been a James Patterson book where the second author’s name is the same size as his. That’s all I’m saying.
Now if you don’t live in Massachusetts the Boston Marathon might not be a big deal to you. In fact, it’s not really a big deal to me either. I get the day off work because barely anyone can make it to work with all the road closures. I’ve never gone to watch it before, but yesterday I just happened to catch it right when the winners were crossing the finish line. And let me tell you, an American woman won for the first time since 1985. Isn’t that amazing?? There were so many books coming out the past few months for kids about women runners in the marathon so I thought I’d share some of those now.
You Should Meet : Roberta Gibb (a ready-to-read level 3 title). There are so many other great You Should Meet titles also, so check those out if you like this one. Roberta, or Bobbi, Gibb was the first woman to ever run the Boston Marathon. There’s also two picture book titles that came out the same month about her as well. Girl Running and The Girl Who Ran.
There’s also this one. Admittedly, not about a woman.
Dream Big is the story of Dave McGillivray, the Boston Marathon race director. This is his story about becoming an athlete when you are small and everyone around you is big.
I received this poetry book from Netgalley. I can’t say I know a lot about poetry but I can say this book is gorgeous. I read it in one sitting. In the dark. In my bed. Which was a great location because most of these poems are about a break up, sadness, anger, and many other things that wouldn’t have felt as magnified on a sunny day outside. Trista experiences a break up with a girl she wasn’t really dating. They were friends and yet also more. This girl she was in love with said horrible things about same sex relationships, all the while loving Trista. Or Trista was feeling like she loved her. How can you really know when someone loves you? So she left. Moved to Australia. And tried to forget her first love. There are also some poems about being bisexual and her relationship with her mother. All around it was just so moving. I loved it. It will be released in May of 2018. Put it on your list!
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author
This book is hilarious. Honestly, one of the funniest books ever. You may not think so unless you’re a librarian but I am and it’s hysterical. Annie Spence has written letters to books in her library, books she has read and books she has hated. I particularly loved her letter to the romance spinner. I laughed so hard I cried. She also has a letter to children’s librarians that I found particularly moving. A great stocking stuffer for your local librarian or avid book reader friend. Put in Kleenex too for their happy laughing tears.
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book of letters
We’re going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union is hilarious. I laughed out loud constantly. To me, she’s famous for 10 Things I Hate About You. She’s also in Bring it On and has had appearances on Friends, Star Trek, 7th Heaven and many many other things. But her stories are mainly about her life with those acting gigs interspersed here and there. She talks very frankly about many things. She was raped while working in a Payless Shoes when she was 19 years old – I will never go to a Payless Shoes ever again. She talks about that and how it gave her serious anxiety from then on, and even now that she’s 44 years old. She also talks about her and her husband‘s three boys and how they raise them as black men. She has a unique perspective, especially from mine, and I appreciated everything she had to say. I highly recommend it and I guarantee you will enjoy it.
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book written by someone you admire (I do now!)
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a juicy memoir
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 : a collection of stories by a woman (I never would’ve called this a collection of short stories but the word stories is the subtitle so I guess it is and I’m going to count it)
I enjoyed this book so much. Julia Child is a gem. I think she over estimates the amount of knowledge a normal at home cook has, but this book made me want to buy her cookbook. I loved the way she talked about food, her travels & her training at culinary school. She has a such a way with language. Because of this I also found it most interesting that most of the book was relayed through her grand nephew? Or something like that. Julia would tell him stories and then he would write them down via her notes / memory. Even more fascinating! It made me want to go watch Julia & Julia.
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 : read a travel memoir
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book about food
I’m not super “in” when it comes to graphic novels. I do try, but there’s so many that are 50 book series’ that I get bogged down and only like the ones that are standalone. I recently read the first Lumberjanes and it was hilarious. Not super surprising since the author also wrote Nimona and I liked that as well (although my review says otherwise..)
Anyway, Real Friends was quick and stands by itself. It’s a memoir of Shannon Hale’s experience in fourth and fifth grade and what it was like to try and make friends. Real friends. Not those catty girls who don’t really want to play with you but let you sit with them at lunch or are only nice to you because their mom is friends with your mom. I cringed reading some of the things that were said or done to poor Shannon but in hindsight those things were probably also done to me. Growing up is hard y’all.
I liked that at the end Shannon made a decision that a book that was trying to send a positive message might not have made. Shannon told a girl she couldn’t be in her group of friends because she was mean and made her feel bad about herself. In any other book Shannon would go home and have a heart to heart with her mom about how you have to be nice to everyone and she should let the mean girl in her group. But Shannon didn’t talk to her mom and she didn’t go back and change her mind. Everything was not fine with that girl and they did not become life long friends. And I liked that. Because not everyone will be your friend and you don’t have to be friends with everyone, especially if they’re mean to you. That is a positive message too.
Now that I said the thing I like I’m quick going to say the thing I didn’t like. Here it is. Shannon Hale throws Jesus in there at the WEIRDEST times. It makes no sense. Yes, she mentions going to church. But all of a sudden Jesus is sitting with her in a bush as her only friend. It was unnecessary and awkward.
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book with pictures