Friday, May 20, 2016

Currently Reading: May 20

All right guys, summer is here. I made it through the school year! In celebration, I am reading as much as I can (in between binge-watching 30 Rock and going to school-related events). Quick recap: Morgan Matson is just as fabulous as ever and Sarah Strohmeyer is moving up my list of "will-read-anything-by-this-person" authors.

Right now, I'm reading Dream On, the second book in the Silver Trilogy by Kerstin Gier. It's about walking through dreams and other supernatural sorts of things. The first book was pretty confusing, and this one's also confusing, but maybe that's just because it's been a year since I read the first one. I am remembering how much I love these characters, though, so it's going well.

I'm just stacking up the books in my room, so hopefully by this time next week, I'll have read much more to share with you all. Happy reading!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Currently Reading: May 13

Happy Friday the 13th, everybody. I am feeling so great about what I've been reading. Since I have two (TWO) days of school left, I haven't had too much schoolwork to do, so I've been reading as much as I can.

I just finished Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley--five stars. It was so funny and she's so cool (See my graphic novel post for more Lucy Knisley praise).

Then I read The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (the sequel to The Wrath and the Dawn, a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights). This is one of the best sequels I've ever read, because I didn't need to re-read the first one to remember the characters. Also, this is a sequel, and it's the last book in the series. A dualogy! I thought it was going to be a trilogy and I wasn't that excited. There are so many trilogies in YA fiction these days that I'm kind of over them. But a dualogy is cool. And this book is cool. 4.5/5 stars.

Right now, I'm reading Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Power of Their First Celebrity Crush, edited by Cathy Alter and Dave Singleton. This is so interesting, and I really love the idea. I like getting this little glimpse of writers' childhoods, too.

I think I'm going to start reading something else this weekend, too, though. Crush is good, but it's essays, and I'm kind of feeling fictiony right now. So, who knows? I'm loving this not-having-too-much-work thing.

Happy almost summer.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Genre Recommendations: Graphic Novels

I've been hearing a lot of talk about books with YA/adult crossover appeal (an example is The Book Thief, since adults and young adults alike read it). But you know what's a really good gateway drug into the world of adult reading? Graphic novels.

I started to read graphic novels maybe a few years ago, and now I read graphic novels intended for young adults, adults, and even children. I've read some great ones and some so-so ones, and I hope that I continue finding new ones to read (I know I'm nowhere near an expert on these types of books!), but I thought I'd share a few of my favorites. These ones are especially good for readers who are just starting to get into graphic novels (like me!)

This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki
This is the first graphic novel I read that made me say--"Hey, this is pretty cool. It's a story, but it's got tons of pretty pictures. Maybe I should read more." I probably had read others before then, but this was the one that made me want to keep going.

It's about two young girls in a small beach town during the summer. The story's cool and everything, but the art is gorgeous. It's all in purply-blue colors, and I couldn't get enough of it.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World series by Bryan Lee O'Malley
What would a graphic novel recommendation be without a mention of Scott Pilgrim? This series never fails to make me laugh. I also highly recommend Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds.

For those of you who don't know, Scott Pilgrim is about a boy (Scott) who meets a girl (Ramona) and wants to date her. But before he can date her, he has to fight her evil exes. Video game jokes and fourth-wall breakings ensue.

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
Okay, this one's not quite as lighthearted as Scott Pilgrim. And it's kind of hefty, especially if you're just starting out in the world of graphic novel reading. BUT it's so good. I think I may have cried at the end.

It's about a guy who makes a deal with Death. The deal: He gets to sculpt whatever he can imagine, but he dies in 200 days. So, like I said, not exactly light subject matter, but it's not just death the whole time--there's humor and romance and life.

Lucy Knisley
If you're not sure about graphic novels, but you like memoirs, Lucy Knisley is for you. I've read several of hers, and I've been satisfied with all of them (including An Age of License: A Travelogue and Relish: My Life in the Kitchen). Knisley's graphic novels are inspired by her life, and they're funny and bittersweet at the same time. She also has a new one that just came out, called Something New. I'm so excited!

I have so many more recommendations to share, but I'll leave you with these for now. Enjoy!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Currently Reading: May 6, 2016

The reading slump has been broken and I am triumphant! I am loving what I'm reading right now, and I have a beautiful, brand-new Morgan Matson book waiting for me at the library (it took all of my willpower not to pick it up last night at work, but now that I have my paper done, I'm good to go).

SO. I actually just finished Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum. Like, eight out of five stars. It was so good. Mini-synopsis: Jessie's mom died a few years ago, and her dad has just remarried someone who lives in LA. So they move from Chicago to LA and Jessie has to figure out her new school/life. Luckily, she gets an anonymous e-mail from someone offering to help her navigate her school and LA.

This book was so cute, but also sad, but also sweet, but also look, it's just great. As I was reading the end, I was doing that thing where you punch the air and slap the armrests of the chair you're sitting in (that's a thing, right? No? Just me? Okay). I was so excited and pumped about this book! So. Highly recommended.

Next up: Of course, Morgan Matson's The Unexpected Everything. But I also have Siobhan Vivian's new book (I saw it on the shelf and actually gasped out loud. I don't know why I didn't know about this being published, but I know now and that's all that counts).

Have a good weekend!