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.
Happy Independence Day! We are having gloomier and cooler than usual weather here, so I spent the morning reading and kind of watching the Tour De France. We are getting out to a local festival in a bit, and I’m hoping the park won’t be that muddy.
Last Week’s Books:
Adult: Mort(e) by Robert Repino was a book that caught my eye at Barnes and Noble, and then I saw that it was a book recommended by one of my favorite booksellers. It is a post-apocalyptic novel, the premise being that the ants spent centuries preparing to rise up against mankind and developed something for the water supply that would allow/force the other animals to help them. Mort(e) is a former house cat named Sebastian who was surprised to find one day that the fur on his hands had fallen away, he could walk upright, had grown to a size bigger than humans and could understand their language. The animals are able to overthrow most of their human oppressors in a short amount of time. Mort(e) joined the Red Sphinx militia, but what he most desperately wants is to find his best friend from before the change, Sheba was the dog next door, and Mort(e) believes that she must have survived. On his quest to find her, Mort(e) stumbles upon a human resistance group that believes he fulfills a prophecy. This is fine satire from an author I hope to hear more from in the future.
Dare to Disappoint: Growing up in Turkey is an engaging memoir by Ozge Samanci. She recounts her childhood days, when her parents stressed that the only way she could get ahead in life was to study hard to get into better and better schools and eventually obtain a college degree from a prestigious university so she could support herself. Ozge was a dreamer who longed to become an explorer like Jacques Cousteau, but who turned away from her dreams because studying math or engineering would be better for her future. It is not until she has continually struggled in college that Ozge “dared to disappoint” her parents, particularly her father, and pursue her own goals. Samanci’s drawings are supplemented with collage images, stamps, and more, making them a vibrant and inspiring look into her life. This book counts for my Panels Challenge 2016 (category 14–a slice-of-life comic not set in the U.S.)