Finished this week:
Pastoralia by George Saunders: LOVE LOVE LOVE. Saunders is my big discovery this year. His stories are equal parts quirky and tragic. *****
Nobody's Secret by Michaela MacColl: a pleasant enough mystery. I feel I would have LOVED this one as a teen although it seems a bit slight now. Interesting concept (Emily Dickinson as detective). ***1/2
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your A** by Meg Medina: Such a very powerful plot about bullying. Great Latina protagonist, and an important story. One of my favorites of the year. *****
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown: delightful. Love the illustrations of all the animals in Victorian garb. ****1/2
Papa is a Poet by Natalie S. Bober: wasn't a huge fan, but I think it would be interesting to post a comparison between the ways in which this picture book and Nobody's Secret use poetry. ***
September Girls by Bennett Madison: My gosh, was I impressed with this YA novel. Can writing be beautiful and crude at the same time? This somehow manages to be. But it's the themes that really make it stand out. About Boys and Girls and Men and Women and how defining a person is one of the greatest mistakes one can make. *****
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: much more literary than I was expecting. LOVING it.
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner: possibly my favorite novel of the year. We shall see when I finish where it stands.
The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal: just started!
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey: have put this one on hiatus but I still very much want to finish.
The Sandman IV: Seasons of Mists by Neil Gaiman
To start this week:
Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
Scowler by Daniel Kraus
Aimless Love by Billy Collins
The President Has Been Shot by James L. Swanson
Boxers by Gene Luen Yang
Fullmetal Alchemist vol 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
Sandman V: A Game of You by Neil Gaiman
Bluffton by Matt Phelan