June Week 1

Hello again friends,

We’ve just finished our exams and are starting up summer jobs, summer internships, summer adventures, and of course, summer books! Below are a few books we read during exams and enjoyed!

 

Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan

A great world with interesting characters and wonderful magic.

Lauren Recommends

 

The Devouring Grey by Christine Lynn Herman

A strong mystery with realistic characters and an interesting monster.

Caleb Recommends

 

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

It was alright, the plot was interesting, and there were scenes between the characters that felt raw and real, but other than that, the writing style was dull. It was okay so I put recommend, maybe someone else can read it and see if it’s interesting to someone else?

Anonymous Recommends

(Further review with spoilers below)

 

We have another meeting this Friday and with our members travelling, working, interning, and more, hopefully we’ll have a few reviews for you then.

 

Happy Reading!

 

After this there are spoilers for ‘Opposite of Always, so please stop reading now if you don’t want to spoil the book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May Meeting 2

Hello again,

Summer approaches as the school year comes to an end for most of our bookclub members. As this is the case, we’re all pretty swamped with upcoming exams, final projects, AP testing, and general end-of-school chaos. We have been reading, but don’t have a ton of time to do it right now. We should get into gear in June, but for now here are 2 reviews!

Bloom by Kevin Panetta (Author), Savanna Ganucheau (Illustrator)

It was very gay and cute. Recommend.

–Caleb

 

 

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

A profound look into what makes us human.

–Caleb

 

Short, sweet and to the point! We have our digital review submission form up now, so hopefully that will allow us to get some reviews done in between exams, papers, projects, and tests. It’s hard to get recreational reading done when school is throwing all of this at you!

 

Happy Reading!

May Meeting #1

Hi again all,

We talked a lot this meeting about how many books we still had to read on the ever-growing list of Mock-Printz books. Because it’s been a month, many of the books we read in April didn’t get reviewed until just now, so our memories were a little fuzzy. The librarian is working on a submission system that would make submissions easier for us to do from home, so hopefully by next meeting we should be able to get more reviews on the blog.

Today, we have just one review, a nomination.

Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau

Literally the cutest, most natural romance I’ve ever read and the characters are so relatable. It has a boy who wants to leave a small town falling for a boy who’s hired to work in the bakery owned by the first boy’s family and their progression from friends to lovers is so adorably natural.

–Nominated by Ash

‘Bloom’ has gotten a lot of positive buzz in our club and I think we’ll be getting more reviews of it as the summer goes on. We’ll have more for you next time, but for now, welcome back and happy reading!

March 15 & 22 Meetings

Hello Everyone,

April is an ‘off’ month so no Printz meetings until May, but we have the last 2 weeks’ meetings and our reviews.

Before we get to that, however, let’s talk about our most recent book that sparked a discussion. On a Scale of One to Ten by Ceylan Scott is a story about a teen in a psychiatric hospital following the disappearance of her best friend. It is at least partially based on the author’s experiences as a teen with Borderline Personality Disorder. We received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from the publisher. The first person who read it had a lot of critiques, including the lack of people of color. The teen passionately declared that “Mental illness does not discriminate,” and we discussed how in the setting (London), it didn’t make a lot of sense for there to be no people of color, especially since London has a large immigrant population. The teen also disliked how the teen characters interacted with the hospital staff and the effect that one of the more chaotic characters had on the rest of the cast. I took it home to read and we discussed the book again at the meeting on the 22nd and I offered my thoughts as well. We have another teen reading the book over April so I’m looking forward to having another discussion. Throughout our discussions about On a Scale of One to Ten, the book club members had a really good talk about mental illness, how it is depicted, and how different people react to experiencing it and reading about others experiencing it.

In our March 22 meeting, we also discussed if we should add award categories as well as voting for our Printz nominees. Some suggested categories were ‘Best of’ and ‘Worst of’ heroes, villains, and supporting characters. We’ll talk some more about adding other categories in May.

Reviews

Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Gancheau

“It was a sweet idea, but I felt like the characters were kind of annoying and weak. I also didn’t like the consistently blue coloring, it didn’t show much and I felt like it was mainly for the aesthetic attempt but it got old very quickly. The story also got kind of boring as it went on and I really lost interest.”

–Anonymous (Recommended)

 

Nominations

Voices by David Elliot

“A wonderfully styled story in verse with a natural flow that carries the book well.”

–Caleb

 

Nocturna by Maya Montayne

“An amazing story for any fantasy-lover, it follows a thief and a prince’s journey to save their kingdom from a dark magic [that] they accidentally released. The story takes place in a well-described Latinx kingdom, this novel is a page turner!”

–Shreeya

 

The next month will not have any new posts or reviews but we’ll be reading and should have plenty for you come May.

Happy Reading!

Reviews from March 3rd Meeting

Hello Again,

Our past meeting was certainly an interesting one. In addition to several new reads and reviews, some of our members had an intense debate about ‘Four Dead Queens’ by Astrid Scholte. One of the teens who read it was a fan, the other had lots of critiques of the book. Another person took it home at the end of the meeting, so we’ll see what they think! A book that gets people riled up and arguing is always a fun thing to have in a book club and I’m looking forward to future debates about it!

Our Recommendations

In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton

“Intriguing and meaningful historical fiction story with a good balance of romance, humor, and teenage fun.” –Shreeya

96 Words for Love by Ava Dash

“An amazingly written coming-of-age story including traveling to another country, falling in love, and finding yourself.” –Nicole

Spectacle by Jodie Lunn Zdrok

“Nathalie Baudin’s life is turned upside down when she begins having visions of a serial killer murdering their victims. This book is wonderfully written and the characters are greatly developed.” –Lauren

Our Nominations

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

“A heartwarming and moving story of a Muslim teenager and her journey to stay with the girl she loves despite the conservative wishes of her homophobic parents. This book and its characters are incredibly real and well-written”–Shreeya

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

“A wonderful story of two guys navigating the world around them together and helping each other find themselves.” –Jacqulyn

We’re meeting again on March 15th, but because it’s only been a week since our last meeting, there might be a few less reviews in the next post. Less time between meetings means less reading gets done!

Happy Reading!

Reviews from February 8th and 15th

Hello Again,

We’ve had a couple of meetings and read a few more books. Here are the ones we’d like to recommend!

Two Can Keep a Secret–Karen McManus

A wonderful murder mystery, it’s fast-paced and a great read for anyone who loves mysteries.

–Shreeya Recommends

Romanov–Nadine Brandes

A wonderfully intriguing story about Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov. Tragic and beautiful and magical all at the same time.

–Nicole Recommends

The Next Great Paulie Fink–Ali Benjamin

Hilarious and impossible to put down. A great read for anytime you need something hilarious and light.

–Nicole Recommends

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali–Sabina Khan

An inspiring story about a girl who fights to overcome gender inequality and homophobia in her house, to get an education, and to be with the girl she loves.

–Tanvi Nominates

The Cold is in Her Bones–Peternelle van Arsdale

A haunting book that follows Milla, a young woman who wants to see the world beyond the tiny farm she lives on. The book is beautifully written and genuinely terrifying.

–Lauren Nominates

 

We’re still in the early part of the year when we’re reading a lot of Advanced Readers’ Editions of books that haven’t come out yet so if there isn’t a link embedded in the title it’s because the Wake County Library hasn’t bought or ordered it yet, or it is unavailable for order because it has not yet been published. To make a purchase request through Wake County Libraries to get some of the books our club recommends, follow this link and fill out the form to request that the library system order books you’d like to read!

We’ll be back in two weeks with more reviews for you. Until then,

 

Happy Reading!

 

 

2019 Printz Awards Announced

The Printz awards were announced on January 28th and here they are!

Winner:

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet x

 

Honor Books:

Damsel by Elana K Arnold

Damsel

 

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

A Heart in a Body in the World

 

I, Claudia by Mary McCoy

I, Claudia

 

This year, none of our Mock-Printz winners were the same as the official Printz award winners. What do you think that the books we picked have that the official Printz books don’t? What do the official Printz books have that our picks didn’t?

Feel free to share your thoughts, we’ll certainly be talking about it at our next meeting!

 

 

Happy Reading!