It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.
I fell down a little on my #bookaday reading goal, but I have definitely been reading (and enjoying reading) every day.
Last Week’s Books:
Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson is a book I picked up at the first ever B-Fest Teen Book Festival at Barnes and Noble. Helgeson is from our community and now lives in Chicago, so she was there for a Q&A and autographing session. Gena/Finn is the story of recent high school graduate Gena and recent college graduate Finn, two young women who meet online because they write fan fiction for their favorite television show. The format of the book is the blog posts, messages, texts, emails, and more that the two share with each other and other friends. Things get complicated when the two begin to wonder if their friendship is becoming something more, especially since Finn’s live-in boyfriend may be gearing up to pop the question. Gena’s status as a former child star and her mental health issues pose challenges to their relationship as well. The authors each took on one young woman’s persona when writing this novel and have written fan fiction themselves, so they are really in tune with that online world. I would categorize this novel as YA/New Adult fiction and would recommend it to high school readers that are into the fan fiction/fangirl culture.
I remember being intrigued by Tom McNeal’s Far Far Away when it was first released, and my used bookstore purchase had been sitting on the shelf for quite a while until I picked it up last week. It is the beautifully told tale of Jeremy Johnson Johnson, a teen living in the town of Never Better. Jeremy is an outcast, as those in town know that he hears “voices” and his father has been an unemployed recluse since his mother left town many years ago. In truth, Jeremy hears only one voice, that of Jacob Grimm of the Brothers Grimm. Jacob is unable to move on from his ghostly realm and helps Jeremy while trying to figure out what he needs to do or learn to move on. When the beautiful Ginger Boultinghouse befriends Jeremey, she challenges him to help pull off a prank on the local baker, and when he is caught his position in the community gets even worse. And then–things really start to get strange. McNeal writes a beautiful relationship between Jeremy and Jacob and finds ways to weave some of the Grimms’ tales into an already engaging narrative. Plus there is a twist that left me gasping and made me put the book down for a while. In the interest of not giving too much away, I have only touched on how amazing this novel is. It makes sense that this was a National Book Award finalist. I will definitely have to do some thinking on how to best promote it when I return to school in the fall. This books counts for my Horror Reading Challenge 2016.
I recently started watching AMC’s Preacher TV series, so my husband got me the graphic novel Preacher, Book One by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Let me tell you that this book puts the “graphic” in graphic novel. It is the compelling story of Jesse,a very atypical preacher; his vampire friend, Cassidy; and ex-girlfriend, Tulip. Very recently some strange force entered the church, killing the entire congregation and lodging itself inside Jesse, who now has the power to make others obey his every command. And it is much more than that. Beware: the level of violence, language, and adult situations is akin to that of a hard-R movie and there is something in it to offend just about everyone. Definitely for adults, and not even all of them. This book counts for my Horror Reading Challenge 2016.
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