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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