#IMWAYR time again, when readers share what they have been reading and find out what others have been up to in the past week. The adult version of this meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. The kidlit rendition is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers. Whatever you are looking forward to in your next great read, these are fabulous places to start your search.
I've gone through this a couple of times and am still kind of wondering what to write about it. Guridi's illustrations are paradoxically dark and joyful. Chabbert's text is similarly contrary, being a combination of despair and hope. I'll get a proper review done this week some time.
This was the first book I finished this year and the first book from my #MustReadIn2017 list.
In this novel, a young teen, Claire, is hanging out with her father one Saturday morning when he has a stroke. She manages to do everything she needs to do to make sure he gets the necessary treatment to mitigate its effects. This punctuates the start of a painful and challenging year. Sonnenblick shows us the family as it attempts to cope with the ramifications of this event. While each member reacts differently, ultimately they manage to discover more about each other, and pull together to support the father and one other.
I should never have doubted Sonnenblick's ability to get it right.
I stayed up late in bed one night to finish reading this. (FYI, I don't do this very often because I've learned that reading in bed is guaranteed to leave me with little sleep.) I just absolutely had to find out how it all ended. Hartley's world of Bar-Selehm is a brilliant combination of medieval and modern. It's both dystopian and Dickensian in how it mirrors the present day life of squalor and poverty found around the world today. I am impressed by the cast of complex and diverse characters. Anglet Sutonga is a strong young woman who comes from a very humble background. Coalescing events force her into taking on dangerous foes within the existing establishment, as she tries to solve the murder of her new climbing apprentice. This is a book loaded with suspense, action and all kinds of plot convolutions.
Nobody Cries at Bingo by Dawn Dumont
It doesn't hurt that it is screamingly funny.
Her narrative is imbued with such abundant tenderness, that it's one of those profound coming of age books I want everyone to read.
Fans of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth will enjoy this.
I'm working on Spin: How Politics has the Power to Turn Marketing On Its Head by Clive Veroni. I forgot my reading glasses in Vancouver and the font is very small so I'm not making much progress. I'm still listening to The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox. I can't believe I haven't finished even one audiobook this week! We've had much company around the house and with us on our walks.I finally started (again) The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan.
I plan on beginning The Break by Katherena Vermette. Other than that, I'm hoping to listen to Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa before it expires from my device. That's not looking good given my progress this week so far.
PROGRESS ON MY READING GOALS