Got a great haul at the library booksale yesterday! Almost all were in pretty much brand new condition, too. The books with spines facing away are for a swap.
I'm not usually a big fan of ghost stories, but this YA story of a ghost hunter and the ghost he falls for is unusual and really well done. It's a story of a kid putting down roots despite himself, in the context of a world where ghosts and magic are real. It's also a story of a kid trying to live up to his idealized memory of his father, and plan revenge for his father's death.
Any NYC Littens fans of Patricia Briggs? She's coming to the 86th Street Barnes and Noble this Thursday for a book signing for the latest Mercy Thompson book!
I've been crazy busy the past few weeks and haven't been able to post all the wonderful #litsylove that's come in. Thanks all - know that it's always brightened my day! I will get replies out... slowly 😜
And thanks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for the great postcard and bookmark!
@Debdeb @whatsthEStorey @aroc @BethM @LibrarianJen @Lovesbooks87 @bookish_wookish @litenthusiast @Crazeedi @Canndor @AmyG
My favorite Toby Daye urban fantasy so far! Toby is called in to help her friend Stacy recover her missing children. At the same time, Tybalt asks Toby to help find some missing children from his court. Who - or what - stole all these children away, and how can Toby save them?
A gorgeous cover but a pretty average YA fantasy in my opinion. I think it was a first novel, which could explain the uneven pacing. The first half felt very slow and the end a bit anticlimactic. I'm also not in the mood for teenage angst and lack of communication about love.
This book is a fraught and frank account of one young woman's childhood in North Korea, escape to China only to be trafficked, and eventual escape to South Korea. It focuses more on her escape and time in the hands of traffickers, but every step of her story is something she stands as witness to. We can't fight for justice if we're not aware of the injustices, and Park has bravely shared her story in order to shed a light in this darkness.
I was both intrigued by this book and hesitant to read it, because I'm not the kind of person who sits down with a book of poetry and just reads through it. But this worked as a compelling narrative as well as poetry, and I loved it. It actually deserves the hype. It deals with the raw and confusing emotions of high school in a lyrical way.
I've heard such great things that I figured it was time to read this!
More lovely #litsylove mail that made me smile last week! I promise I'm gradually working through replies - and sending out more letters to Littens on the list💖
@Catsandbooks your card was so creative, and I love the Ada Lovelace postcard 😀 @Bookwormjillk thanks for thinking of me on your vacation. Hope it was fantastic! @CoffeeNBooks and @bullbunny love the cute cards!
I just 💞 this series! And this once again has all the elements that make me love it - the fantastic characters; the witty, sarcastic banter; and a decent story.
Hey Chicago-area Littens, what are your favorite Chicago bookstores? I may be visiting Chicago and want to be prepared if I do go 😁📚
I really enjoyed this sci-fi romance! Strangely enough I read it pretty much right after Nightchaser (strange because sci-fi romance is not a big sub-genre), and I have to say I enjoyed it more.
There's running from bounty hunters, politics, romance, and actual attempts at communication between the romantic leads😀 All of this on spaceships of course!
4 to 4.5🚀
This was an enjoyable romance in a sci-fi setting, but I liked but did not love it. I think there were too many instances of failure to communicate in the romance part of the story, and some of the biological sci fi struck me as somewhat unlikely. However, the story was still an enjoyable read, so I'll give it a pick.
Between 3.5 and 4🚀
This was between a pick and a so-so for me, and I'm still sorting out how I feel about it.
Imagine that there's a pandemic of such epic proportions that more than half the world population dies, and rapidly. At the same time, some people experience a strengthening of magic powers. What would the world look like? And what would happen if that first generation were to give birth to a child of magical prophecy?
I was inspired by all the #audiowalking posts I've seen to try it myself this pretty but chilly spring day!
More wonderful #litsylove letters this past week made me smile.
Thanks @robinb, @BookwormAHN, @whatsthEStorey, @AmyG, @BethM, @Bookgoil, @Canndor, @catebutler, @Crazeedi, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks!!!!
Hope I didn't miss anyone 😀 I'll start working on replies along with some new letters...
I finished this in one day, because once again Angie Thomas tells a compelling story. This one has a narrower scope than The Hate U Give, and feels more straight-forward YA. But it's still YA that deals with issues children of color shouldn't face but do on a daily basis, along with other issues that all teens face. Bri is a realistic heroine (aka an often annoying teen) and I was at the edge of my seat seeing whether she can fulfill her dreams.
While this started a little slowly, it really picked up by the end and left me interested in reading the next book. I'd rate it good but not great, but I hear the series develops well.
Overall I'm interested in seeing more development in explaining the politics of this world, since they are critical to the plot, as well as getting a deeper understanding of the magic system.
A compelling book detailing cases where the justice system has been anything but just, focusing particularly on application of the death penalty. Some of the additional cases, while very interesting, confused the timeline somewhat for the main case outlined, so I would have preferred a somewhat different layout. However, that does not negate the fact that this is a gripping read that brings up important points about our criminal justice system.
This was a novel premise and a cute YA novel that focuses not only on growing up but also on family and the bonds between sisters. When I'm next in the mood for some YA, I'll definitely consider the next books in the series.
I just finished watching season 1 of the mini-series, and overall I enjoyed it but really preferred the book. It was definitely interesting to see what they did to transplant the story to California, but I hated the changes to Madeline's story.
What did y'all think?
Totally different from The Martian, and probably more readable for those who aren't complete science nerds as there are fewer long passages about the science involved, Artemis is ultimately a heist story. While I quite enjoyed it, the pacing was a bit off, with a lengthy intro and a lot of the shenanigans left to the second half. Still a lot fun to read!
Courtney Milan is now officially one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. This is a fantastic enemies to lovers romance, and I swear Courtney Milan has either gone through grad school in the sciences or had someone near and dear to her do so. Some of the things she writes about it are just spot on.
Ten more #litsylove cards going out today!
I know this is an old book with problematic tropes for today's reader, but I wanted to read it anyway to get a historical perspective on modern romance writing. But I can't get past the first 50 pages. Maybe someday I will pick it up again, but for now, nope.
Got the next #postlit book last night! It came really quickly. Thanks for the yummy addition to the package, @JulAnna!
What a lovely notebook, @StellarDoc. It goes well with the book, which happens to be a reread for me😀
Wow, you'd think this story was fictional - or that the movie made up some of the most wild parts of this undercover sting - and you'd be wrong! This is a fascinating book, despite some technical issues with the writing (like repeat informational paragraphs in different chapters that should have been edited out, and the feel at times that it reads like a police report).
I really enjoyed Phoebe's story. I liked watching her emerge from mourning and decide to get involved in estate management and other areas "unnecessary for a woman". There were some priceless, funny quotes. My one disappointment is that there wasn't a lot of West, and West is my favorite Ravenel. This felt much more like Phoebe's story than Phoebe and West's story.
OK, this had me almost snorting with laughter!