Goal for 2019: Read 35 books. Write blurbs about them all.
- On the Come Up by Angie Thomas — A powerful novel about racism, socio-economic disparity and the drive to improve a life. Bri, the main character, has so much heart, hope and integrity. Loved this. (Advanced reader copy)
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor * — Initially, I only started listening to this because it was the final unread audiobook I had. But then something odd happened — Lazlo Strange, the junior librarian with a fascination and devotion to learning the secrets of the forgotten land Weep and Sarai, the god spawn who could infiltrate and manipulate dreams, endeared themselves to me. This took me awhile to read, but was enjoyable none the less.
- The Missing Season by Gillian French — I fell in love with Gillian French’s YA lit starting with Grit, her first published novel. The Missing Season is a YA thriller with all the requisite twists and turns. A new girl moves in, makes friends with a motley crew of skater kids, their girlfriends and their wannabe girlfriends, and finds her place. All the while though, the kids warn and worry about the so-called Mumbler, who is said to stalk and kill one teen each year at Halloween, making it look like the kid died of something other than murder. She thinks it’s just a joke. Then one of the crew goes missing. (Advanced reader copy)
- All the Wild Hungers by Karen Babine — This year-in-a-life memoir explores the author’s mother’s battle with cancer through food. A vegetarian, Babine set about to help her mother’s body heal through nutritious bone broths, restorative roasts and other food made with love. She has names for all her thrifted cast iron cookware and inspired me to buy a special rack for mine. On a more serious note, I connected with this novel because of the cancer theme and was so glad when her mom rang the bell in the cancer unit, signifying that her treatment was successfully completed.
* Indicates book was read via audiobook.