Marvelous

I just noticed that all of these books have a really unique format: poetry+memoir, text+graphic novel, letters, and picture book. I really am loving variety in what I read lately and they are all so wonderful!

1. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie – Wow, what a punch in the guts this memoir was. This is the kind of book that I am unable to read twice. Real life is intense and sometimes you don’t need to make up anything to make a story interesting.

2. The Marvels by Brian Selznick – Of the three graphic novels (Hugo, Wonderstruck, and this one) I think Wonderstruck is my favorite. The Marvels talks about a family of actors and how they came to their demise. It really shows the fine difference between truth and fiction and how we make meaning of what’s around us.

3. Unusual Chickens For the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones – I am a chicken lover so obviously I loved this book. So wonderful! I learned a lot about the care and keeping of chickens. I look forward to the sequel!

4. Mr. And Mrs. Bunny – Detectives Extraordinaire by Polly Horvath – Polly Horvath is becoming one of my favorite authors. I loved this book! I am really liking the format of the “big storybook,” which is like a grown-up chapter book+picture book. Mr. Bunny kept saying that Madeline has a big bottom! Poor Madeline.

5. Dear Farenheit 451 by Annie Spence – A book written by a bookworm, for bookworms. It was such a fun read! I wish I had a book buddy who read all of the same books as me and wrote their own version. Perhaps it would be called Dear Matilda?

The grand scheme

A Wind in the Door – I loved this book because Charles Wallace is so brave. He takes every risk and travels to the tiniest space possible. It is a wonderful sequel to A Wrinkle in Time but I think I need to re-read it to get more sense out of it.

Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng is such a good writer!! One reviewer on Goodreads said “she knows so much about each of us.” The book is very intimate and a slow burn to a devastating end 😦 Sadly, it is the lives of ordinary people. I think that’s what makes it so depressing.

The Color of Earth – This is a manhwa about a young girl becoming a woman. It’s the first in a trilogy that (Spoiler Alert: ends in her getting married.) The scenery and symbolism is beautiful! It cannot have been easy becoming a woman in any era. It’s a clumsy process but also so relatable.

Breadcrumbs – This is a fairy tale that turns some stereotypes on its head. It’s like the Snow Queen, but the girl saves the boy and she is an adopted Indian American. This book is kind of a slow burn too and depressing because the adults don’t seem very supportive of the children at all! 😦

Wonderstruck – I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! It’s about Ben and Rose, who are both deaf and their stories . It’s like watching a movie on a paper. It is such a awesome, sad, and wonderful story. It takes us to the 1920s and 1970s and museums in New York. I want to see my life depicted in this format although it might be kind of boring 😛