Happy May Calendar Girls!
Full disclosure, we don’t celebrate Mother’s Day at my house. I mean, it’s nice to have a day where everyone remembers to say “I love you Mom!”, but I kind of hate random gift giving. Sorry, tangent.
This week we’re celebrating books with great mother/daughter relationships! Family dynamics are one of my favorite things in a book, especially when they’re done right. Unfortunately parents are absent in a lot of books, and that’s one of the reasons I’ve been gravitating towards more adult fiction lately.
Before I go on to my pick I want to give a quick shout-out to The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan! I read this book last summer and just fell in love. I felt like it really captured the complexities of the mother/daughter relationship in a way nothing I’ve ever read before has. And it also made me feel like I understood my own mom better. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend.
Now on to my pick! My favorite mother/daughter relationship in a book is…
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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction
Maturity Level: 5
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Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
I have always felt that it’s important to differentiate between something’s quality and how much you personally liked it, but with Turtles All the Way Down that distinction is even more necessary than usual.
Not everyone will like this book.
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I am a fan of John Green’s. Not his books, so much, John as a person. I’ve been watching him on YouTube since before I even knew he was an author. John and his brother, Hank, are both amazing people who really care about making the world a better place. They’re funny, smart, kind, and giving. Plus, like half the good things on YouTube are there because of them. (slight exaggeration, get over it)
When I first picked up An Abundance of Katherines in 2013 because John was starting to become pretty big in YA, the trend was to LOVE his books, especially The Fault in Our Stars. It wasn’t unusual to see teens living their life in TFIOS t-shirts or with DFTBA accessories. John was appearing on talk-shows, they were turning his books into movies, and people basically adored him.
Since I became a book blogger I’ve noticed a different trend. I guess John’s been popular for long enough now that it’s become cooler to not like his books. I typically expect to see criticism when I see his name on a book blog.
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Because it wouldn’t be Halloween without Hocus Pocus, and I wouldn’t be doing my job right if I wasn’t spreading the Hocus Pocus love, I’ve created my very own blog tag.
Dun dun DUUUUUNNNN!!!!!
I hope you enjoy it! I’ve certainly had fun dreaming it up and creating it.
There are no rules. It’s YOUR blog. But if would be nice if you linked back to me, and maybe the person who tagged you too. Share the love folks.
The Sanderson Sisters
A great trilogy.
It should be a surprise to no one that I’m choosing The Lord of the Rings. I mean, favorite book, obviously favorite trilogy. Do I need to say any more? Continue reading “Hocus Pocus Book Tag”
Paper Towns by John Green
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction
Maturity Level: 4
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Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…
Of all John Green’s books, Paper Towns has been my favorite. This is probably because the main character, Quentin, reminds me strongly of myself, and his other main characters have always irked me. But the concept of the book was also distinctly more interesting to me. It is written almost as a mystery novel, and I found myself fascinated by the unraveling of Margo’s clues. The themes were also themes I think are important for young adults to understand. The idea that everyone is a human being just like you seems on the surface so obvious, but when you really stop to think about it, is so profound. We are all interconnected, each individual as complex and unfathomable as the next. As Quentin finally learns, you can’t be mad at anyone for being who they are. But I especially intrigued by the idea of Margo as a paper girl. She puts on an act of what she wants everyone to see, the whole time hiding the complex person she really is, and hating the life she is leading. How many young girls can relate to Margo! I hope she gives them hope, and helps them understand that they just need to be themselves.
The only thing I didn’t particularly care for about this book was the large amount of swearing and underage drinking. Now, I understand that John writes about real people, and that real teenage boys swear and have an unhealthy fascination with their sexual organs. But I feel that when writing for young adults you become a role model. Especially when it comes to teen drinking, an extremely unhealthy activity (no matter how much we want to ignore that fact), YA authors should be presenting a better example. And as much as I love John Green as a human being, I feel that all of his books fail to provide this positive role model that our youth so badly needs.
There is basically no rhyme or reason to the way I choose books. Sometimes I take recommendations, sometimes I just spot a book in a store that looks interesting, sometimes I seek out a particular kind of book. So this tag should be fairly interesting! Thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me!
Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
I was actually working at Borders Books when they went out of business, and I got this book during the liquidation sale. 40% off! I wanted to read Sherlock, and this was the first I’d ever seen that was a stand-alone. Continue reading “How I Choose My Books Tag”
I love Goodreads.
Goodreads is my favorite way to decide what books to read. I love that I get a summary, reviews from all kinds of people (usually good and bad), discussion questions, and a set of books its similar to. Plus, if I’m not sure what to read next, it makes recommendations! And don’t even get me started on the yearly challenge.
But there is one thing I just hate about Goodreads.
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