Sunday, July 14, 2019

Recent Audiobook Reads

Hooray for summer vacation and having a car, which means I can listen to audiobooks as I cruise around. 

I'll Give You the Sun
 by Jandy Nelson

I've been working away at my Goodreads To Read List for the past four months: whenever it was time to choose a new book, I'd go there first and intentionally read the books I listed long ago. I've whittled it down by about 50 titles (this includes children's books) and am feeling happy about my progress. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson has been on my list forever, so I was psyched when I found the audiobook in my library.


But this is not a book best suited for audio format.


There are a lot of family folk remedies that I would have skimmed in book format that was impossible on audiobook.


It also felt so long that I had to just get the hard copy of the book so I could skim through it. It's too bad, because the writing is gorgeous, but it isn't worth the slog.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

This was an interesting reading experience. I enjoyed listening to this book as I drove around New England.


Then I updated my Goodreads and saw there was a lot of criticism of the book in regards to racism and ableism. I hadn't noticed any of this.


Lesson learned: be on the look out for these problems in books.


Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen has a new book!

And it's set on a lake!

It has all that you expect from Dessen's novels: family drama, cute boyfriends, and a likable and normal heroine with one or two quirks. In this case, Emma Saylor had anxiety, although it really didn't come up much.

I liked that The Rest of the Story delved into class issues more than Dessen's other books have. This is something that many of Dessen's readers should be thinking about. There is also a plotline about opioid abuse that is timely and so important for teens to read.

I'm greedy for Dessen and the countdown begins for her next book begins now.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Everlost - Second Review!

Everlost by Neal Shusterman

This is a novel that starts with a fatal car accident that traps two teenagers in purgatory, where they must learn the rules of life after death. 
But somehow, it is also funny. 

I love how eclectic Shusterman's books are. They vary so much in theme and topic. You'd never guess that this is the author of Scythe or Dread Locks

Craziest of all (to me), is that I read this book nine years ago and have no recollection of it! 

Here's a link to my more in-depth original review. When does Mommy brain go away?!