Manners & Mutiny

When I laughed at TW for picking up Manners & Mutiny, I was very sure we’d already read it. I have no idea how we hadn’t read it. SO WEIRD, I used to be obsessive about watching for new books in some key series. Weird. I’m glad she picked it up!

The Finishing School series has not been my favorite of Carriger’s books so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. Last book in the series, it played it as it should have. I particularly loved Mademoiselle Geraldine’s role in the story.

Now I’m off to the library website to see if I’ve missed any other books in the other series… maybe in the Custard Protocol. It’s been awhile since we’ve read one of those.

The Siren

Since I enjoyed The Selection series, I thought I’d grab Kiera Cass’s book The Siren and it was fine. Not as good as the books in The Selection series but fine for a YA siren romance book. (Good beach read — you’ll be thinking a lot about Ocean…)

Kiss Carlo

When I think I don’t have a lot of time to read but want to read something light but not TOO light or when I’ve had about all I can take with YA problem books I turn to authors like Adriana Trigiani. Luckily, I stumbled across Kiss Carlo at exactly the time when I was done with YA problem books.

It was as you’d expect, if you’ve ever read any of her books (particularly those not in the Big Stone Gap series.)

Reading in November

Woot! 21 books this month (is that my record for the year? I feel like it might be. Sad but yay!)

Here’s the breakdown.

10 YA
4 children’s picture books
4 middle grade
2 non-fiction
1 audiobook
10 Cybils

Two YA

First, a Cybil, Still Life With Tornado was a book about a teen who has a breakdown triggered by some stuff that happened at school but also by stuff that’s happened at home. It was an interesting book, A.S. King does a good job with teens and dysfunctional families. I wasn’t all that thrilled about the art teacher and the student… I’m not sure that was necessary to the story line. Otherwise, I liked it and recommend it.

Next, Goodbye Rebel Blue. I liked it a whole lot more than I expected to. Misfit kid finds herself drawn to complete the bucket list of a dead schoolmate — a girl she didn’t really know at all. Good read, really.

Related: After I finished it, TW asked me what I thought of it. I told her I liked it and asked her what was on her bucket list. She said nothing. I said NOTHING? She said no, nothing really matters. I replied… are you reading Still Life in Tornado right now? (She was.) The juxtaposition between the two books was interesting, to say the least.

Merrow

When I asked TW if Merrow was any good, she said it wasn’t the best mermaid book but it wasn’t bad. That pretty much summed it up.

The characters were interesting. The writing style was interesting. I wasn’t bored with it and read it fairly quickly.

The Princess Diarist

Don’t ask me why I picked up The Princess Diarist at the library. I am not a Star Wars fan and Carrie Fisher … makes me… uncomfortable. But whatever, it was on the shelf, I saw it was based on the diaries she’d written during the first (don’t start with that “third” BS) Star Wars and thought this might be something that would help me like Fisher more.

It didn’t. But it also didn’t make me like her less.

It also wasn’t quite the book I expected it to be. I expected more diary entries and less Carrie Fisher being Carrie Fisher. Silly me. As expected, the diary entries portion was my favorite portion of the book. The rest… sigh. Not my favorite.

Of Fire and Stars

When you see an LGBT book mentioned, you never really know what you’re going to get when you read it. Unfortunately, it’s rarely really, really, really good — particularly when you’re reading an LGBT YA romance. Thankfully, Of Fire and Stars is freaking excellent. Thank goodness it appears as though it may be the first book in a series. We can hope. We can only hope.

When the Sea Turned to Silver

We listened to When the Sea Turned to Silver on audio. It’s a Cybil finalist in the audiobook category so you’d expect it to be good, right? Well it was. It was very good. I think it was even better than Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (if you’ve read that.)

I highly recommend it on audio.

Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and Retreat from Racial Equity

Welp. I finally read Colorblind and it was exactly what I expected it to be.

Smart, well-written, and anger/sadness/frustration/anger inducing.

You are not colorblind. I am not colorblind. Nobody is or should be colorblind.

Post-racial politics is stupid. Stop it. There’s no such thing as post-racial any-damn-thing.