Friday, June 24, 2016

Currently Reading: June 24

So, this week there were a couple big storms in my area. Because of that, we lost power for a while and internet for even longer. And do you know what's really good for reading time? No internet access. I've had a really good reading week. Quick recap:

I finished The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler. It wasn't my favorite, but it had a main character from Tobago, and there were feminist themes throughout, so I appreciated it. 

Then I picked up A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. I've had a summer reading list for four and a half years, so I've been in a sort of "classics withdrawal." I don't know if I liked it or not. I mean, it was weird. Really weird. All right, I'm just going to have to come back to this later, when I've had more time to think about it. 

I also read Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes. It was so good, and keep your eyes out for a longer review/gush in a post next week. Right now, I'll just say it was fluffy and funny and fantastic.

Then I read The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele (Remember this one from my anticipated June reads? I read it!). I enjoyed it--it was a nice twist on the "fantasy world" sort of thing, since it was set in present-day LA. 

I also finally got around to The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater! I really, really like this series, and I'm very happy with the way it ended. Since it's the last of the series, I can't really give you a synopsis (have to avoid spoilers at all costs, you know), but I will recommend that you read The Raven Boys, the first book. It's unlike anything I've ever read before.

Finally, I read You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan. It's about a boy and girl who meet during Pride Week and start helping each other with their love lives. I've liked most David Levithan books I've read, and this one is no exception. I liked it a lot, and it was too short. I'd read more of anything with these characters.

And right now, I'm reading The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer. It's a nonfiction book about librarians trying to save Arabic texts from Al Qaeda. I'm only about twenty pages in, but I'm liking it so far. 

So, maybe we should have our internet go out more often (gasp). On the bright side, I'm almost out of library books, so when I go to the library tomorrow, I'll be able to check out a lot of books without the guilt! Happy reading!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Currently Reading: Weekend of June 17

As I think I mentioned last time, this was a busy week. I didn't have a ton of time for reading, but I'm really enjoying what I am reading! Right now, that's a couple things.

I just finished The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. Have I recommended this comic series to you all yet? If not, consider this your recommendation. It's set in the Marvel Universe, and it stars Doreen Green, a girl who has squirrel superpowers. It is hilarious, you guys. It's so great.

I'm also currently reading Everything That Rises Must Converge, a collection of short stories by Flannery O'Connor (Wow, can you say "two books you wouldn't expect to be reading at the same time" or what?). I'm really not sure how I'm feeling about this. I enjoy Flannery O'Connor's writing style, but it's from the 1960s, so there are more than a few social/racial issues with it. I mean, obviously often books that are called classics have some issues regarding the morals that were acceptable in the time they were written, but it doesn't mean I'm completely comfortable with them. Anyway, a review of this book on Goodreads starts, "Sometimes Flannery O'Connor feels like a verbally abusive boyfriend that you just keep going back to," and I think that's a pretty good description. They're not optimistic by any means. But they're good.

Okay, so I hope to finish that book this weekend, because I've been piling up books from the library (Working at, and therefore going to the library twice a week, surprisingly, does not keep the TBR low). Happy reading!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Currently Reading: June 10

Okay, this has been a pretty busy week, and next week will be as well, so this will just be a really quick post to mention what I'm reading!

I just started reading Modern Lovers by Emma Straub, and I'm only about twenty pages in. So I don't really know what it's about (I just know I really enjoyed her last book, The Vacationers, so I grabbed a copy of this when I saw one). I can tell you that so far, there's a group of adults who were friends in college, and their kids, who are teenagers. There's a book club and a looming divorce and intrigue! It's good so far, but I really don't know much yet.

All right, so I guess that's it, but I did promise a short post. I've got a big pile of books waiting for me this weekend, though, so we'll see what I'll have read by this time next week! I hope your weekend (and your books) are great!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Random Recommendation

It happened. Remember when I said, maybe I'll start a new book Friday night, if I'm feeling like it? Well, I started it. Then I slept for a while. Then I got up, read as I ate my breakfast, read while I got ready for work, and finished the book in the car on the way to work (I wasn't driving; it's okay).

See this? Look at this cover.

Put this image in your brain, and the next time you go to the library or bookstore, pick it up. It is so good.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Currently Reading: June 3

Happy June! Is it summer for everyone now? I think it is. Happy summer!

I've been taking full advantage of all this new free time--I'm reading so much. I mean, not as much as I'd like to, since I saw about twenty more interesting books while working at the library Tuesday, but a lot.

Up first: I have just finished re-reading The Raven Boys and reading (for the first time) The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. Tomorrow, I'm heading to the library to get The Raven King, the final book in the series. Have I gushed about this series yet? It's about a girl and her psychic family, and they meet some prep school boys who are searching for a Welsh king from legend. 

Anyway. I probably could have done a better job explaining it, but just believe me when I say it's complicated. And it's really good. The characters are all so developed and wonderful and I can't wait to see what happens to them in the last book.

So after finishing those supernatural, mystical sorts of books, I was in desperate need of some fluff. Luckily, I had Two Summers, by Aimee Freedman. It's about a girl named Summer who has to make a decision about whether or not to go to France to see her dad for the summer. The story has two parts: one where Summer goes, and one where she stays. 

I'm such a sucker for parallel universe stories. This one is not the best I've read, but it's also for sure not the worst. It was summery and fluffy and I really loved the descriptions of France (and crepes with Nutella!). In other words, it was exactly what I wanted it to be. 

So, if I decide I need to read something else before I get to The Raven King, it's probably going to be Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw (it's about fans and the communities fans of things form). 

I hope you all have a good weekend and lots of time for reading!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Anticipated Releases: June 2016

It's been a busy couple weeks. I graduated from high school, among other things. So please excuse the lack of a Friday currently reading post last week (For those who inexplicably want an update on what I'm reading, I just finished re-reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater and am now starting The Dream Thieves, the sequel). Anyway, I have a ton of time now to read (well, I probably should do some other things, but I'm busy ignoring my responsibilities), so I thought I'd share a couple new books I'm looking forward to!

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele (release date: June 7, 2016)
This is about a few people from a supernatural-y/magic world who get transported to modern-day LA. A fantasy set in LA? Sounds great to me. I don't really know much else about this, but it sounds cool, right?

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan (release date: June 7, 2016)
I love when I find out about books like these just a few weeks before their release. I had no idea this was coming out, and now I get to be excited without the months of waiting I usually have to deal with. Anyway, I don't know much about this book (You could say I...don't know it well. I'll let myself out), but I love David Levithan and Nina LaCour, so this is going to be good.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (release date: June 7, 2016)
 This is about Lady Jane Grey (sort of). The synopsis on Goodreads does say it has "only a passing resemblance to to actual history," but hey, it also says it's "in the tradition of The Princess Bride," so I'm in. I've read Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, and that was pretty good (I think it's a series, so I don't know why I didn't keep reading, but the first one was good). I haven't read anything by Brodi Ashton or Jodi Meadows, but I hear good things, so I'm looking forward to this!

Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana (release date: June 21, 2016)
So this is about a high school student who's struggling with your typical high school things when NASA announces they've discovered an alternate Earth. Alternate/parallel universes are really interesting topics, to me, and this one has been described by the author as "contemporary speculative," so I like that it's not completely sci-fi. It's still set in our world, you know? So this looks promising. Also, it's getting really great pre-release reviews. I'm really excited.

Okay, I could go on for a while. Summer is prime book release season, and I'm ready to read all the books. But I'll leave it there and hopefully I'll get around to these ones! Happy reading!