What I read: week 2

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray is the kind of contemporary story I don’t necessarily gravitate towards instinctively. But I’m glad I read this one. It’s a look at the echoes and cycles of family history and wounds. And that sounds bleak, but ultimately I liked the way the characters are trying to change in very different ways. [read for the first time 7/7/19]

The Konigsburg Summer proceeds with About the B’Nai Bagels. This one is mostly light and funny, admittedly with some not great stuff about Playboy/Playgirl and weight. But the ending!!! I’ve noticed that Kongisburg’s books tend to hit a point where everything just comes together and this one is A Lot emotionally. I just reread it and teared up a little bit. Konigsburg portrays the world and inner life of preteens in a way that’s so immediately recognizable and wry and lovely. [read for the first time 7/9/19]

I liked quite a bit of Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez, one of the recent books from the Rick Riordan imprint. It’s funny, and sad, and Hernandez does some interesting things with the idea of family. It also features a spunky girl reporter, a trope which will always be catnip for me.  I remain unconvinced about a couple aspects of the ending, though! If you’ve read this one, please tell me all your thoughts. [read for the first time 7/9/19]

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I’ve loved Franny Billingsley’s Chime whole-heartedly ever since I first read it (and continue to be very sad about the cover art situation–I know exactly how I’d design a cover if only I were a graphic artist!). Recently my friend Ally told me that there’s an audiobook version available and I am here to highly recommend it. The narration is perfect, the accents are great without being overdone, and it added a whole new level to a story I already love. This is one of my heart-books, for sure. Briony Larkin, treading new brain paths. [audiobook, reread, 7/10/19]

I’ve read a few of K.J. Charles’ books before and liked them — I’m always a sucker for a British mystery which should come as no surprise to any of you. And her books are generally atmospheric and character-driven (even if I do have significant reservations about women writing m/m romance). I’d heard good things about Any Old Diamonds and decided to check it out. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work for me–the beginning did, but there’s a twist partway through that changed the whole landscape of the book and I never quite felt like it was adequately dealt with. [read for the first time 7/11/19]

I’ve been in a scifi mood lately, and Suzanne Palmer’s Finder looked like a neat take on interplanetary scifi. I found the beginning a bit slow, but that changed as the story picked up. It’s one that starts off with a simple character and premise and then shades in the world and conflict around them. I appreciated a lot of the storytelling choices that Palmer made and am curious to see what happens in subsequent books. [read for the first time 7/13/19]

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