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Graphics for Kids

I read some graphic novels for kids recently and loved them!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Airplane Reading

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).

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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.

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Giant Days

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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.

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Gauntlet

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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

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Midnight at the Electric

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I heard about Midnight at the Electric somewhere.. a place I now do not remember. But that’s ok because I liked it! It was somewhat predictable, as most YA novels are. And I did not like the title. It was a quick read and the characters are engaging. Some of them don’t tie up well though so if that bothers you, steer clear. Quick summary,

While their stories spans thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful. In beloved author Jodi Lynn Anderson’s signature haunting, lyrical prose, human connections spark spellbindingly to life, and a bright light shines on the small but crucial moments that determine one’s fate.

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Hiatus + Duels & Deception

Oh my God. It’s almost been a month since I posted. A MONTH! Let me tell you why. I went back to my old job. Back in July of last year I said something in this post about how I was going to stay at my last job a long time because it was a manager position. Well, I’m eating my words. And that’s all I’ll say about that. So let’s move on to something I’ve read. Because beyond picture books I’ve only finished one book. Which again, what is wrong with me.

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I saw this book on a review and put it on hold because I remember reading a review about her first book, Love, Lies & Spies. I think I even have it on my Kindle. Anyway, I just finished and it was good! Sort of a teen romance, there is no kissing, just lost of Victorian era pining. Lydia Whitfield, an heir to her family fortune, is kidnapped along with her solicitor (i.e. lawyer) Robert Newton. That’s not a spoiler, it happens almost immediately. What follows is minimal blackmail with a who-done-it mystery and her and Robert trying to figure out how to keep the public from realizing they spent a night alone without the company of chaperones. Gasp! It was cute and quick with some side stories that kept it from feeling trite. Recommended!

Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book you chose for the cover

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book about an interesting woman

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Top 10 Challenged Books 2016

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