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Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts  and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! Enjoying books week by week… I decided to spread out what I’m reading recently over a few weeks… so this isn’t everything but I’ve enjoyed them all!

This past Saturday book share, I shared my favorite new book of the year:

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Simply click the title to see my thoughts and review!

I also had a special book share about
Honey by Sarah Weeks
Loved this book, especially after reading Sarah Weeks’ book Pie…

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith – High School, mixed genres – March 3rd, 2015 – Will share my thoughts closer to the release date but this book will fly off the shelves, fantastic, fantastic, fantastic.
Goodreads Summary: “Once again blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, Grasshopper Jungle author Andrew Smith tells the story of 15-year-old Ariel, a refugee from the Middle East who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel’s story of his summer at a boys’ camp for tech detox is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century. Oh, and there’s also a depressed bionic reincarnated crow.”

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin – adult – Realistic Fiction
I haven’t read a book I loved more in a long time. But hated the last 20%, some because of the content, some because of the fact that it was over. A friend recommended it and I see why. Touching and beautiful. I always dreamed about running my own bookstore and felt like I was living vicariously through a few characters lives but also experienced with them the concerns about the development and popularity of eBooks. I loved getting to know the characters and getting just the right amount of their life sprinkled into my knowledge over the course of the book. I loved the passage of time during the read, it read smoothly and clearly. It was exciting whenever other books were introduced or mentioned in the story, I just love when that occurs. I think any book lover, reader will enjoy this novel. So happy it came up as an eBook right when I had some dedicated reading time. Highly recommended (if that wasn’t obvious already)
Favorite quotes:
“The most annoying thing about it is that once a person gives a s*** about one thing, he finds he has to start giving a s*** about everything.”
“His breath smells like socks wet from snow.”
“Every word was the right one and exactly where it should be. That’s basically the highest compliment I can give.”
“A good marriage is, at least, one part conspiracy.”
“Someday, you may think of marrying. Pick someone who thinks you’re the only person in the room.”
Holding myself back, loved and marked up many other portions of the book.
Goodreads Summary: “On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto “No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World.” A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.
A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island-from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.’s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.
And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, but large in weight. It’s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.’s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.”

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff – Realistic Fiction – 4th grade and up – darn that Lisa Graff for writing another fantastic novel that made me weep. More to share by May 26th, 2015- release date. For now? FANTASTIC.
Goodreads Summary: “Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent with a brain full of terrible thoughts he can’t get rid of. Trent’s pretty positive the entire disaster was his fault, so for him middle school feels like a fresh start, a chance to prove to everyone that he’s not the horrible screw-up they seem to think he is.
If only Trent could make that fresh start happen.
It isn’t until Trent gets caught up in the whirlwind that is Fallon Little—the girl with the mysterious scar across her face—that things begin to change. Because fresh starts aren’t always easy. Even in baseball, when a fly ball gets lost in the sun, you have to remember to shift your position to find it.”

Tyme #1:  Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison – Fantasy – 4th grade and up – Really appreciated this strong female fairy tale character. More to come close to the release date:  Goodreads Summary: “In all of Tyme, from the Redlands to the Grey, no one is as lucky as Rapunzel. She lives in a magic tower that obeys her every wish; she reads wonderful books starring herself as the heroine; her hair is the longest, most glorious thing in the world. And she knows this because Witch tells her so—her beloved Witch, who protects her from evil princes, the dangerous ground under the tower, even unhappy thoughts. Rapunzel can’t imagine any other life.
Then a thief named Jack climbs into her room to steal one of her enchanted roses. He’s the first person Rapunzel’s ever met who isn’t completely charmed by her (well, the first person she’s met at all, really), and he is infuriating– especially when he hints that Witch isn’t telling her the whole truth. Driven by anger at Jack and her own nameless fears, Rapunzel descends to the ground for the first time, and finds a world filled with more peril than Witch promised … and more beauty, wonder, and adventure than she could have dreamed.”

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10 comments on “Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

  1. I love Fikry’s rant on page 13(?) about the books he doesn’t like to read. I am practically him! I’ll be starting Fish soon! Can’t wait!

  2. Michele Knott
    February 3, 2015

    What a fantastic list! I added Rapunzel to mine. I had a chance to get a copy of The Alex Crow and didn’t grab it, shoot! Will have to wait until March 🙂
    I loved FiaT too, can’t wait to reread it this week!

  3. Tammy and Clare
    February 3, 2015

    Fish in a Tree is one of my favorite books too. I was hoping it won today. So many people are talking about Lost in the Sun. I can’t wait to read it.

    • The Styling Librarian
      February 4, 2015

      Fish in a Tree will be a contendor in a year, not yet since it was published in 2015. 🙂

  4. Cheriee Weichel
    February 3, 2015

    So many amazing new books to look forward to! I’ve got Fish in a Tree on my to read list, and have added Honey. I’m a bit afraid to read anything of Andrew Smith’s since Grasshopper Jungle blew my mind. I’m afraid nothing will compare.

    • The Styling Librarian
      February 4, 2015

      Grasshopper Jungle blew my mind as well but The Alex Crow is so different… and brilliant!

  5. Myra GB
    February 5, 2015

    So many novels read the past week! How awesome for you, Debbie. I LOVED AJ Fikry – two of my adult book groups here in Singapore discussed that novel, and we had a great deal of meaningful conversations about books, the industry, and so much more. I know what you mean about the last 20% of the book, heartbreaking, isn’t it?

    • The Styling Librarian
      February 5, 2015

      Wish I chatted about AJ Fikry with others… was just so upset… hit too close to home to be honest… loved it though.

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