Today on #AMonthofFaves with Kim and Tanya at GirlXOXO, we're talking about books we think more people should read. I don't have great measures for defining "buzz." I guess I'm just surprised I'm not seeing more people on Instagram, and in blog world, reading these books. If you haven't read them, I think you are definitely missing out.
Also, I'm cheating a bit on this post as I've already written about all these books on the blog. Thus, I'm just taking my original thoughts and re-posting them. You can see that for almost every book I said, "You should read it!"
I thought this book was so good. I loved how it was true to First
Nations' culture and talked about the divide between the white community
and the First Nations community. In some ways this was a murder-mystery
book but it was also so much more. I would recommend this book to
This book was so good. I really liked most of the stories, except
for the one about the murderer, although that one did raise some
interesting questions. There is either a lot to say about this book, or I
can't say much at all because I don't want to ruin it. Let's just leave
it as, this is a book which will stick with me for awhile and I think a
lot of people should read it.
This was pretty much the only book I read during the readathon. But it
was sooooo good. It will definitely be in my top books of this quarter. I
loved the 80s references. I loved the mix of sports and mysticism. I
think everyone should read this book because it was just so fun! It's
not a book which will generate a lot of discussion but read it anyways!
I picked this book up because I love Friends. After reading this
book, I think I love the series even more. I didn't expect this book to
be so political but I thought the author did an excellent job of putting
Friends in the context of the time it was representing, but also
shining a light on its flaws and what it could have done better. It just
made me want to watch the whole series again. This book may have a
niche audience but it is so good.
For my Blog Friends' Book Club, not once has one of us not read the
entire book. However, due to some miscommunication, I hadn't read this
book the night before we were supposed to meet. Everyone graciously
re-scheduled so that I could read it and I'm so glad they did.
This book was hilarious, pointed, and I thought it was sooooo good. I
love how Grant used examples from his own life to show his points, I
loved how he challenged people kindly (and hilariously) to re-examine
their assumptions -- I just loved it all. This will likely be one of the
books I highlight again at the end of September as one of the best
books I read this quarter. You should read it too!
My original thoughts on George: I didn't realize this was a book for younger readers. However, I thought it was such a good story about a younger transgender person and I'm getting both Sam and Rachel to read it. Every once in awhile they mention someone they know who "wants to change their gender" so I do think kids are more aware of these issues these days then I was when I was a kid. I want Sam and Rachel to know how to be allies for these kids. (Edited to add: The title of George will be changing to Melissa sometime in 2022.)
My original throughts on Rick: I didn't know Alex Gino had more books out until Sam showed this to me at the library. "Hey Mommy, here's another book by that author." We both read it and I really liked this one. I really want Gino to write more books about pre-teens exploring their gender/sexual identity. I liked that while this book had some of the same characters as George, it was a fresh story.
This was a really great book which made me think about a little bit
about death, how I want to grow old, and how I want to die. This may
sound slightly depressing but it really wasn't. The characters were
quirky in the best way. It reminded me a little bit of A Man Called Ove and I would highly recommend it.
This was one of the group reads of the readathon and I'm so glad I was introduced to this book. It's a YA story of love, discovery, and betrayal. It made me cry and it made me laugh and it was heartbreaking and heartwarming. And it made me think about how I would parent if one of my kids is transgender. It was interesting to read a YA book and relate more to the parent. Not that I agreed with the parent, but I could understand his feelings.
So let me know -- have you heard of any of these books? (Besides from my blog, that is.) Have you read any of them? Do you agree with my thoughts? There is not much I love more than a good book discussion, so let me know what you think.