Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

What I Read in July

Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke
  • Graphic memoir
  • Themes of loss and grief
  • Focus on abandoned ruins
  • American Midwest, Iceland, NYC, Philippines 
  • Great illustrations 
  • Poetic
  • Overall: 4 stars 
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
  • Great sequel to This Savage Song
  • Well fleshed out characters
  • Beautiful world-building
  • Unique--the idea that our violence breeds monsters
  • Dual perspective
  • Overall: 5 stars
Who Killed Christopher Goodman? by Allan Wolf
  • Multiple POVs
  • Based on a true story from the author's life
  • Set in 1970's Virginia
  • Realistic--but not well executed
  • Wasn't a fan of the writing
  • Warning for sexist content 
  • Overall: 2 stars  
Giant Days Volume 5 by John Allison
  • College
  • Adulting
  • Fun, Quirky
  • Feminism
  • LGBT
  • Overall: 5 stars

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Lace Bone Beast by N.L. Shompole
  • Poetry Collection
  • Adult
  • Forgiveness, self-worth, healing, grief
  • Great Imagery
  • Emotional
  • Unique
  • Overall: 4 stars
This Is What a Librarian Looks Like by Kyle Cassidy
  • Nonfiction
  • Photography
  • Love of reading
  • Tribute to libraries
  • Essays
  • Recommend to all library workers and library lovers
  • Overall: 5 stars
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
  • Graphic novel
  • Young Adult
  • Coming of age
  • Banned book
  • Great artwork
  • Overall: 4 stars
Posted by John David Anderson
  • Middle grade
  • Friendship 
  • Quirky
  • Bullying
  • What it means to be different
  • Coming of age
  • Overall: 5 stars    
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Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  •  Historical/Science Fiction
  • 3 POVs
  • Kansas--2065--Journey to Mars
  • Oklahoma--1934--Dust Bowl
  • England--1919--WWI
  • Intertwined fates
  • Family
  • Overall: 5 stars 
Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
  • Contemporary
  • 7 POVs
  • Seven deadly sins
  • LGBT+ (Pansexual and Ace spectrum rep)
  • Super diverse and great representation
  • Great characters
  • Great plot 
  • Great exploration of teacher vs. student power imbalance
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE
  • Overall: 5 stars
Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin
  • Contemporary 
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Relationships
  • Flashbacks between past and present (past told in script format)
  • Engaging (I flew through this one)
  • Well executed
  • Overall: 5 stars

Trish Trash #1: Rollergirl of Mars by Jessica Abel

  • Graphic novel
  • Science Fiction
  • Sports
  • Mars
  • Feminism 
  • Great story lines
  • Can't wait to read the next volume
  • Overall: 5 stars 
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Goldie Vance Volume 5 by Hope Larson
  • Graphic novel
  • Fiction
  • LGBT+
  • Young Adult
  • Mystery
  • LOVED
  • Overall: 5 stars 
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
  •  Fantasy
  • Feminism 
  • Strong Female Protagonist
  • Slow plot
  • Diverse
  • Did not love it as much as I wanted to 
  • Overall: 4 stars
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngoz Adichie
  • Nonfiction
  • Essays
  • Feminism 
  • Powerful statement 
  • Must read for everyone 
  • Favorite author 
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE 
  • Overall: 5 stars 
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Total Books: 15
Total Pages Read: 3,740
Favorite: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Least Favorite: Who Killed Christopher Goodman?




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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Summer Biannual Bibliothon Day 1 Blogger Challenge: Blogger Book Tag

1. What are you planning to read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?
 I created an entire blog post with a TBR to fit all of this year's challenges. Here is the link: http://soulcleverbooks.blogspot.com/2017/07/booktubeathon-2017-summer-biannual.html

2. What is your favorite genre to read in the summer?
 I find myself reading a lot of YA hard-hitting contemporary and a lot of graphic novels during the summer.

3. Where is your favorite place to read in the summer?
My favorite place to read in the summer is out at my camp listening to the waves roll in.

4. What is your favorite challenge done in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?
My favorite challenge is the read a banned book challenge. I work in a library and it is so important to me that people are aware that books continue to get banned and challenged even today.

5. What fictional character would you hang out with in the summer if you could?
Definitely Simon from Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda!

6. What are your plans for summer?
Nothing exciting--just working at the library and reading (but I love every minute of it).

7. Do you have a summer reading playlist, if not what would be on it?
Harry Styles album on repeat.

8. What is your favorite summer movie?
The Parent Trap

9. What book do you read every summer, if not what thing do you do every summer?
I do not re-read many books, but I help run the summer reading program at my library every summer.

10. What other book tags are you planning to do this summer?
I do not have any book tags planned, so comment down below which book tags you would like to see from me!

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

BookTubeAThon 2017 + Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR

 I am looking forward to one CRAZY week of reading at the end of July. Both of my favorite readathons are taking place on the SAME week--the Biannual Bibliothon and the BookTubeAThon. The Biannual Bibliothon runs from July 23rd to July 29th and the BookTubeAThon runs from July 24th to July 30th. I have linked videos to all of the information that you need to know to participate. What I love about these readathons is that they are super casual, yet so fun because so many people are reading and sprinting together. For each readathon there is a list of challenges, which you do not have to complete, but I myself am going to try to complete as many challenges as I can.

Biannual Bibliothon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKA5qWQi4To
BookTubeAThon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emuKvGJHNxU


Biannual Bibliothon Challenges 

1. Biannual Bibliothon Group book: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
2. Host's Favorite genre: (I chose diverse books) Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
3. Read a book then watch the movie adaptation: Confess by Colleen Hoover (I am cheating a little bit for this one because Confess is actually a series adaption on go90, but I am doing it anyway)
4. Read a book that you saw somewhere other than Booktube: Trish Trash #1: Rollergirl of Mars

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5. Throwback (use any challenge from any past bibib) I chose to read a graphic novel: Yvain: The Night of the Lion by M.T. Anderson
6. Read a banned book: The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
7. LGBTQIA+ book: Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

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BookTubeAThon Challenges

1. Read a book with a person on the cover: Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
2. Read a hyped book: Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
3. Finish a book in one day: March Book Two by John Lewis
4. Read about a character that is very different from you: Amina's Voice by Hena Khan


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5. Read a book completely outdoors: Goldie Vance by Hope Larson
6. Read a book you got because of the cover: The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
7. Read seven books: Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn or The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan

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