I had been meaning to read Caraval ever since it came out last January. It had a lot of press hype before its release and I ended up liking it a lot. It reminded me a little bit (just a little!) of the Night Circus (which in case you didn’t know – I adore). There was way too much dialog and angst though, but it is YA so that should be expected. Night Circus was often times a lot more about the setting than what was happening with the characters. The ambiance seemed to be its own character. Caraval was very character driven, but not in an overwhelming or annoying way. I could’ve done without the epilogue set up. Book two could’ve told us what the epilogue did in its book jacket summary without leaving such a cliff hanger in book one. I will probably read book two though, but since it took me a year after book one’s publication to read it I wouldn’t count on it happening any time soon. Book two is titled Legendary and set to be released May 2018.
BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge : the first book in a new-to-you YA series
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to
I posted the previous Wrinkle in Time trailer here and then my review of the book (which I just read a few months ago). Check out the new trailer!
I finished La Belle Sauvage aka The Book of Dust. I have never read the Dark Materials series, of which this is a prequel. It was sort of slow at the beginning with the character building and occasionally a character would be introduced and it would seem like, had I read the other books, there would be a light bulb going on in my brain like “oh that’s who that is” but because I hadn’t, there was not. It might be better for those who know the foreshadowing. I liked the characters, Malcolm was endearing. Also, because I haven’t read Dark Materials or any other Philip Pullman I didn’t know what to expect. At times I was thinking, is this supposed to be current times? There are cars but no phones. Oh and people have demons. And then there were giants and magical fairies and all pretense was lost. Michael Sheen is the reader, and he does a great job at the exciting parts. Detour, did you know he’s with Sarah Silverman? And has a kid with Kate Beckinsale? I went on a serious black hole with all that information. I digress, although there are loudly narrated exciting parts at the same time there’s also a lot of nothing. I wasn’t completely enthralled and it took me awhile to finish. Read if you liked Dark Materials.
I read some graphic novels for kids recently and loved them!
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani. I kept seeing this gorgeous cover at bookstores so I was very pleased to pick it up at the library. Pri and her mother live in California. Pri finds a pashmina in a secret trunk in her house that when worn takes you to see you desire. When Pri wears it, it takes her to India. Pri wants to know more about her father, who she thinks is in India but her mother refuses to talk about him or why she came to America. By mysterious circumstances her aunt calls and requests Pri come to India, and her mother relents. This story is about learning about yourself and what you want and even learning answers to questions you may have wish you never asked.
Swing it, Sunny! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. This is the second book about Sunny. The first is Sunny Side Up, where she is sent to her grandfather’s 55+ community for the summer. She’s not sure why she’s spending her summer there but she finds out that it’s because her brother Dale is acting out and he needs attention from her parents. In this second book Dale is sent away to what looks to be a military school. Sunny and her family have to change their dynamic now that one of the siblings is missing. These books are real life! I did just notice that on the Sunny Side Up cover she is in the same position as this cover but on a pool float and now she’s in a fall scene. Perhaps there will be winter and spring covers coming soon.
Jane by Aline McKenna is probably technically for young adults. It is a retelling of Jane Eyre through graphic novel and during current day rather than the 1800s. Now, I love Jane Eyre. I read The Flight of Gemma Hardy last year which is also (supposedly) a retelling of Jane Eyre. I did not enjoy it so I was a bit wary when picking this one up. However, this one was good! I loved the art, Jane in this book is an artist. I also liked the way they transferred the mother character. You can’t really claim insanity when locking someone up in an attic in 2017 so I think they did a good switch with that. I liked the relationship with Rochester. The only thing I didn’t like is the brother-in-law angle. It was a bit much. You’ll know what I mean if you read it.
I love traveling. I love reading. I love airplanes. I love traveling on airplanes while I’m reading (previous posts on flying and reading here and here).
I read this book on an airplane a few weeks ago. It was very good. And quick! I picked it up because I loved the author’s first book, We Were Liars. It was a great book. However, I did a bad thing and couldn’t handle the suspense when I was reading it and skipped ahead and completely spoiled the twist. I did not do that this time. Thankfully. But I didn’t really need to skip because this is not a “who done it” it is a “why done it” (thanks All the Books for that phrase).
It starts out with the who done it and you move on backwards in time and find out why. I liked the twists and turns a lot but it turns out my dog likes it more. He ate it. I took a snap of it and can’t find a photo but needless to say I had to buy a replacement copy.
I just finished this series, Giant Days. It’s the story of three friends who met at uni, which I’ve gathered is what they call college in England. It’s up to 5 volumes so far which takes them through their freshman year and the summer before their sophomore year. I actually don’t know if freshman / sophomore etc are the designations they use over there. But anyway. It’s very good. Real life college things, and super funny. I love the characters Esther, Daisy & Susan. They all have their own personalities and they are real people that you could meet at school and be friends with. I can’t imagine reading them in tiny parts (each volume is 5 parts) and much prefer the volume collections. Volume 6 comes out in October so you have plenty of time to read the first 5 and catch up.
I read The Gauntlet because I read Amina’s Voice and they’re both published by the Salaam Reads imprint from S&S. This is their vision.
“Salaam Reads is an imprint that aims to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works. The imprint, which takes its name from the Arabic word for “peace,” plans to publish books for young readers of all ages, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.”
I liked this book, it was essentially a chapter book version of Jumanji. I quick skimmed some of it, and it’s very game heavy. I’m not sure kids even know what mancala is anymore let alone how to play. I like that it wasn’t all about technology but kids these days might not like that or understand the games they’re referring to. It was worth the read and did have a lot of references to other cultures and food, which I liked. Now I’m going to read Saints & Misfits.
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book by a person of color