Feeling kind of blah, so I'm settled on my sofa with this book, a cup of tea, and the Backstreet Boys on Spotify.
Still not sure how I'm feeling about it, but if you want to read and discuss with me, it's on Kindle deals today.
I didn't PLAN to take new books out of the school library. I just happened to notice they had Alex London's new book, which he talked about in his recent interview with @EclecticReaders and then the school librarians convinced me that it was okay to check out more than one. Their fault for being so nice and knowing me so well, really. 😂 #libraryhaul
This is such a fun interview! Alex and Carmen met for the first time at our interview but quickly bonded over their shared love of early Christian Slater movies. 😂 We talked about how dolphins are the frat boys of the sea, that genres sometimes hinder writers, and how a great book can be so much smarter than its author. Listen at eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/63 or subscribe to Eclectic Readers in your favorite podcast app!
NOVATeen was amazing as usual! This was from the Revolution Panel:
“Readers and writers are partners in stories” Cinda Williams Chima
“I want to ask questions I was asking myself as a teen” Dhonielle Clayton
“I don‘t think you can change the world until you imagine change” Alex London
“Each book I write is a form of catharsis” Tracy Banghart
“I love things that are horrible and beautiful all at once” Heidi Heilig #NTBF19
Ok, this one was interesting. The real strength of the book is the worldbuilding—the story takes place in a brutal, forbidding desert land where natural & human threats abound. It also features a great lead, Kylee, willing to do whatever necessary to protect the ones she loves. If I have one complaint, it‘s that Kylee is really the only truly compelling character. Still, it‘s a good story, love the falconry, & I‘ll definitely read the sequel.
New books in the library—yesterday it was the picture books and today it was all the MG and YA. Of course, as luck would have it, they came after we were done seeing classes. So, I brought a stack home to preview. Tuesday, when we‘re back in school, I‘ll start recommending them. Looking forward to a weekend of reading and, hopefully, the end of my Black Leopard Red Wolf book hangover!
A good year in books! Though I'm finishing on a weak note, quitting one and making little progress on another. Still, if I counted right, my total is somewhere close to 60 😁
#in2018 @RealLifeReading #2018
Mixed feelings on this one. Interesting falconry / bird based world building and great lgbtq rep at the center of a fantasy series from both main characters (as well as several others), & yet I was dragging through the whole first half of the story. Really wanted to love it--& I didn't hate it--but it just didn't quite live up to what I had hoped. Beginning of a series so maybe it'll improve from here.
Update since this picture was taken: he's now lying on my kindle. That's one way to keep me from reading 😅
This is a dark fascinating #YA fantasy. I loved the world-building of this dangerous place that revolves around falconry as status and commerce. I loved Kylee, with a special ability to speak the ancient language of birds. She's tough, smart, compassionate, & complex. Her brother Brysen, the other MC, though: he's selfish, reckless, impulsive, & jealous. I had a hard time connecting with him and resented how his actions negatively affected Kylee.
"Among hawks, males -- called tiercels -- are about a third of the size of females. The injustice of humanity was that most of the battle boys at the Broken Jess were bigger than Kylee. If she punched one of them in the teeth, the rest of their flock would be on her faster than a hummingbird's heartbeat."
I like her.
One of the highlights of #Yallwest yesterday, was, after suspecting that I‘d been told to stand in the incorrect line for 15 mins (I had been), catching Alex London at the table before he was about to sign away literally the last book to 2 young ‘uns (who were highly unlikely to read a YA killer-bird fantasy and really were there for his middle grade novels). Can not wait to read this one, plus #coverlove