Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.
This is the third year I’ve joined the Summer Reading Club at the Wayne County Public Library. I was so ecstatic when I learned from our Director that over 2,000 kids have signed up for SRC 2016 across all our branches. Yay! The photo above is the official logo for SRC 2016. The themes this year for the Ohio Summer Reading Program are as follows:
- On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! (Children)
- Get in the Game: Read (Teen)
- Exercise Your Mind: Read (Adult)
In support of SRC 2016, I purchased the following SRC t-shirts:
I have 22 books saved in my reading log but I currently have 96 checked out! Below are some of the books I’ve read for SRC 2016:
Told in the alternating perspectives of Sol (agoraphobic) and Lisa (psych major), Highly Illogical Behavior explores the struggles and coping mechanisms of an agoraphobic, our desire to “fix” others, people’s perception of mental illness, and our need to connect with and “disconnect” from the world.
If Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Finding Audrey had a baby, it would be this book. Highly Illogical Behavior is not as laugh-out-loud funny as the other two but it definitely has its own voice and charm.
I found a new favorite heroine in Claudette, the fearless daughter of a former soldier whose goal in life is to slay giants, dragons, and all kinds of beasts imaginable. Claudette is the exact opposite of her younger brother Gaston, whose dream is to become a pastry chef, and her best friend Marie, who is training to become a princess.
I loved the art, humor, and cuteness level on both comics! Dragons Beware! – the sequel – left some questions unanswered, so I’m looking forward to the third installment, if there isn’t one yet. This series is definitely more enjoyable and satisfying to read than the Flight series of Kazu Kibuishi. Claudette charmed my heart!
Ame Dyckman is one of the best and silliest children’s authors. Zachariah OHora’s art is always a delight to see. Horrible Bear is their latest riotous collaboration! It involves a accidents, misunderstandings, and maybe a horrible bear! Overall, Horrible Bear is a sweet picture book idea from the creators of Wolfie the Bunny.
Love, love, love this book! It’s a sweet take on compassion and simple acts of kindness. The ending was a lovely surprise. Last Stop on Market Street is worthy of its awards and recognition, including the 2016 Newbery Medal!
Other books in my reading log:
And here is my SRC book prize this year: