Sorry for no post last week. I was combating the dreaded final projects that every student must face. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (literally Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun) is a romantic comedy four panel manga serialized in Gangan Online, written and drawn by Izumi Tsubaki. High school student Chiyo Sakura has a huge crush on classmate Umetarou Nozaki. If you’re worried that this series that centers on the eternal “Will she confess?!” question, have no fear — from the first page out, Chiyo makes her feelings for him quite clear. However, due to her roundabout way of confessing to him (“I’ve always been your fan!”) Nozaki takes her to mean she’s a fan of his manga, and puts her to work as his assistant. The series follows Chiyo’s adventures in trying to get Nozaki to notice her, and engaging all her friends with Nozaki’s manga. Chiyo is a great heroine both from a romantic and a comedic perspective. Although her crush doesn’t make much sense from a realism standpoint, it still captures the feeling of high school infatuation. She’s sweetly devoted to Nozaki… Perhaps to the point where it clouds her judgment. However, in issues where Nozaki isn’t involved, she can clearly pinpoint the eccentricities of her friends, making her an excellent straight man. This also means that she isn’t the butt of the joke all the time, which is particularly nice […]
Don’t worry, I will run out of stupid pun titles soon. I’m not a huge mystery fan. Mostly its because I’m impatient and I can never wait til the end of the book to find out who did it. I like to flip ahead and see if I’m right. Getting a kindle has curbedÂ my vice of skipping ahead, but in some ways technology makes it worse cause I can find reviews or read wikipedia if I’m really stressing out over not knowing. So mystery isn’t my favorite. Oddly enough though, I love suspense! My choice this week is Rules of Prey… or really the entire Prey series by John Sandford. Â I picked the old style cover, since this is how it looked when I first read it. These were the first suspense novels I ever got caught up in. The reason is because the main character, Lucas Davenport, is kind of a jerk. I’m not sure if you are supposed to like him as a character at first. I didn’t. He’s a tough cop. He likes to punch people. He feels that he can basically do anything he wants as long as the end justifies the means. Still, Lucas is a good guy and you can understand his reasoning for what he does even if its not necessarily ‘right’. Every book has a killer who is stalking a […]
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman Release Date: Out Now This book was a difficult read. Not because it was badly written or uninteresting.Â It was difficult because it was so incredibly well written. This book’s subjectÂ was heavy and at points it was hard to carry on. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth while. This is a book that will continue to hold your thoughts long after you put it down. I didn’t know much about this book before I picked it up. I knew I liked Neal Shusterman. I knew I wanted to read this book. I knew what the back cover said. “Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn.” This was both a good and a bad way to read this book. I will let you decide if you want to know more.
I got a 2 big bags of books from the Texas Library association and I want to share the wealth. Â I have enough books to give away one a week until TLA 2016! For the first book I chose Bad Kid by David Crabb.Â I really enjoyed Bad Kid. Its hilarious and irreverent. David Crabb’s coming of age was filled with terrible choices and ridiculous mishaps. You will want to read this book just to see what he did. Luckily, you can win one today! BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! I connected withÂ David CrabbÂ on twitterÂ and he is incredibly nice. Â I explained that I have a lot of blind friends. That comes with the territory of our second (third? fourth?) job. Â I asked him if he would be willing to provide me with an e-book copy of his book. Obviously he said yes, because he’s an amazing person. So even if you don’t read print, there’s an option. I can’t guarantee that every giveaway will include an accessible option. Being a braille teacher, I think accessibility is incredibly important. However, I’m a sighted person and I read print so ultimately I will have more access to print books for giveaways. Enough talk! Enter the contest below. a Rafflecopter giveaway
I’ve been thinking about this post all week. I had a lot of ideas, which I wrote down to use in the future. Ultimately though, I decided to go back to my first love: Stephen King. I’ve been fascinated with Stephen King for as long as I can remember. My parents had tall bookcases lining the walls of our house and the shelves were covered with titles like The Stand and Misery. I was told early on that those books were not for me; that I could read them when I was older. I eagerly anticipated it and longed for it and that day finally came in middle school when I picked up: As a middle schooler, this book changed my life. I probably would be just as much an odd duck without having read it, but it definitely made me feel better about my oddities. Â In Stephen King’s IT, evil has taken up residence in a small town. Strange things are happening, people are disappearing, monsters are real and the only people who notice are seven children who have bonded over their mutual oddities and how they never fit in. Â These seven best friends named themselves The Losers Club. Who wouldn’t love that? As a misfit myself, I carried IT around and read it and loved every terrifying chapter. If you liked IT or really any other […]
**UPDATE I’m giving away a copy! Â http://www.emilyreadseverything.com/?p=68Â ** Bad Kid: A Memoir on Growing up Goth & Gay in Texas By David Crabb Publication date: May 2015 This isn’t my normal kind of book. I don’t read too many memoirs. I’m not opposed to them but I usually read more fiction. If all memoirs are as funny as this one was, I will definitely be reading more. Just like the title says, David Crabb is gay and goth and growing up in San Antonio, Texas. Â David falls in love with theÂ cute boy in his gym class the moment he sets eyes on him. They become fast friends, bonding over their mutual differences. Together they sneak out at night, party at clubs they are too young to enter legally, meet the wrong sort of people and get in tons of trouble. Its a coming of age story and a story about being an outcast. David has a long, hard struggle to figure out where he belongs.Â This book is filled with unrequited love, drug use and unsupervised teenagers. I could tell that I’m getting older because I spent the entire book wondering, “Where are the parents?!?” I also wanted David to wise up and figure out that he had terrible friends who were only interested in themselves. I didn’t agree with many of the choices that David made. However, I empathized with […]
Hello. I like reading as well, though unlike Emily, I don’t readÂ everything. I do read a lot of one thing, though and that is manga, aka Japanese comic books. On Manga Monday, I’llÂ detail some manga for you in a hopefully informative manner. Gakkou Gurashi! (literallyÂ Living at School!) is a slice of life manga serialized in Manga Time Kirara Forward,Â written by Norimitsu Kaihou and and illustrated by Sadoru Chiba.Â It stars Yuki Takeya and her friends in the School Life Club as they try to perform various helpful tasks around her school, and occasionally get into trouble. To go into depth about what I enjoyed about this manga, I’ll unfortunately have to mildly spoil it (though most of this is implied or outright shown in the first chapter). Spoilers follow the cut.
Hopefully this will be a regular thing. I’m going to describeÂ a popular book that you might know. Then I will talk about a different book that you might like if you like the first book. These two books will have something in common that makes me think that you might like one if you like the other. If you like this, then you might like that. Let me know if you agree with my picks! Lords of the Underworld Book 1 Darkest Night by Gena Showalter This is the first book in a larger series. That’s what first attracted me because I love series. I’m nosy and I want to know what happens next. Always. This is Paranormal Romance. Remember Pandora’s box? In this world Pandora was protecting the box. Some men were jealous so they opened the box. Their punishment is beingÂ cursed with housing Â one evil inside themselves and keeping the world safe. In the first book there is lots of exposition and also a very well written love story between Maddox (Keeper of Violence) and Ashlyn a girl with a superpower of her own. Maddox and Ashlyn start out as mortal enemies who learn to trust each other as they fall in love. There’s lots of side stories introducing the other characters as well. If you like this, you might like: Demonica book 1 Pleasure Unbound by […]
Book Talk Daniel has been accepted to a prestigious summer college prep program held at a university in New Hampshire. Unfortunately the normal college dorm is closed for renovations. This summer the students are being housed in an older building on campus, that just happens to be an old mental hospital. Daniel and his two new friends must race to figure out what secrets the building holds before someone else gets hurt. This is the first book in a trilogy. Review This book reminded me, and everyone else, of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Asylum makes use of creepy black and white photographs Â and hand written notes that just add to the unsettling feeling the author is cultivating. However, unlike Miss Peregrine, this book is not paranormal. Everything that happens is caused by natural means. Asylum is rated YA but I would place it a little younger than that. The characters are still in high school. That doesn’t automatically make it appeal to a younger audience but Daniel and his friends were immature. There was a little romance thatÂ was sweet, innocent and at odds with the horror theme that the author was going for. Nothing says horror like young love and first kisses. I just didn’t connect to this book the way I wanted to. I didn’t like the characters. I wasn’t scared. When […]
I love books. I’ve always loved books. I like to talk about books and I love it when people ask me for recommendations. I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Texas Library Association (TLA)’s annual conference last week. There were lots of great sessions for librarians full of interesting information but I didn’t attend any. I had an Exhibit Only badge and I spent my time wandering around. It was a dream come true! People were handing me books left and right!. My Haul I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a book blog for years. While I was at TLA, someone who I respect and admire told me I should start one. Hearing her tell me that I speak eloquently about books made my day, maybe my year. It convinced me it was time to start. I have all these books from TLA to read. Let me tell you about them.