Reading in December

Seven! Not too bad, I thought it was worse!

1 Non-fiction
2 Cybils
4 YA

I’m calling this a pretty good finish for 2017

Gainesville Punk: A History of Bands & Music

I kind of like that the last book I’ll finish in 2017 is Gainesville Punk: A History of Bands & Music. Seems fitting somehow, after having Michelle home and Chris here, too.

We always do a lot of reminiscing about the old GNV, even if the old GNV isn’t all that old to most of the people we know here.

It was interesting to learn more about the history of punk in GNV. While it didn’t really touch the time Michelle spent immersed in GNV punk, the end of the book touched on the years when we moved here and Chris was trying to find his people. He spent a lot of nights at Common Grounds. (Yay for all ages shows!)

It was also fitting to read this book right after Wild Iris closed her doors. So many places have gone away but Hardback Cafe has re-opened, so there’s always hope, right?

A Study In Charlotte

I’m not really a Sherlock Holmes fan but A Study in Charlotte made me kind of want to read some more Sherlock Holmes. Good thing I’m too busy to fall into that trap. Instead, I’ll just wait until the next Charlotte Holmes novel comes out.

Dorothy Parker Drank Here

I loved Farewell Dorothy Parker so it’s no shock that I really enjoyed Dorothy Parker Drank Here. I don’t think it was quite as good as the first one but it was totally fun.

The Wooden Prince

The Wooden Prince is on the Cybils List for audiobooks, unfortunately the audiobook isn’t available at my library so we read it in print. It wasn’t bad, if you like Pinocchio fan fiction? I might even read the next book in the series. (I bet it was better on audio, though.)

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.