What’s Good This Month: April 2016

Somehow I managed to read ten books this month (what? I know!) and I didn’t totally love any of them. Especially since I’ve kind of failed at blogging the rest of the month, I feel like I should at least mention something, though, so my favorites were:

The Haters by Jesse Andrews (2016)
I feel like I would’ve liked this more if I hadn’t already read Jesse Andrews’ first book, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was a solid five stars for me, and in comparison, The Haters is only three and a half or four. It’s still really good, though, and I think Jesse Andrews is one of the best contemporary YA writers we have right now. He gets it.

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (2016)
This is about time-traveling pirates–can’t complain. But the vast majority of the story takes place in 1880s Hawaii, so it also feels like pretty solid historical fiction. I have a few quibbles with certain elements, but on the whole, I wouldn’t not recommend it.

The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew S. Chilton (2016)
I liked this, and I liked that it explores several themes–gender equality, slavery, and (subtly) preconceived notions of what someone will act like because of how they look–that aren’t often found in juvenile fantasy, especially not all at once. Again, I have some quibbles, but on the whole it was fun.

I also read author Lev Grossman’s blog post on his publishing journey. It’s pretty old (2010), but if you’re a writer, or if you’re interested in what the publishing process is like for writers, you might enjoy it.

Now, what about you? Read anything good this month?

3 thoughts on “What’s Good This Month: April 2016

  1. I, too, have not read anything I really loved lately. I’ve been trying to read classics from all those lists you can find on-line listing the top 100 books everyone should read. The best I’ve done is to finish Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. It was difficult to follow, but I admired her wild thought process and linking of characters and time enough to make it to the end of the book. I was unable to finish Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, even though I really wanted to like it. The style of conversation and lengthy sentences made it a chore to understand. Plus, I found the plot less than exciting. I only made it about one fourth of the way into the book before returning it to the library. I also had poor luck with The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I did actually like the first half of the book, but once her plight became darker, reading it made me uneasy and actually made my heart race. So, since I wasn’t enjoying reading it, I did not/could not finish it. I’m told it has an uplifting outcome, though.

    1. Wow! You’re reading all the classics! The closest I’ve come to reading any of those is Jane Austen’s Emma. I did like it, but I think I only managed to finish it because I took it to work and read it on my breaks when there was nothing else for me to do. (Obviously before I started working at the library.) You are more ambitious than I am.

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