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Guts / Ghosts / Pashmina | Thoughts

I've recently read a ton of graphic novels and memoirs - some I loved and others not so much but were still a thrill to read. Guts by Raina Telgemeier I am always on the lookout for Raina Telgemeier's comics, so when I found Guts available at my library's Overdrive catalog last year, I had to request it right away. Her comics are always delightful, designed for the middle-grade audience, and written very well. Guts is a continuation of her Smile nonfiction graphic memoir series (see Smile and Sisters ) and recounts a period in her childhood when she experienced IBS for the first time. When Raina wakes up one night with an upset tummy, she just assumes it's a stomach bug as her mom is also showing the same symptoms. But when it doesn't go away soon but is instead influenced by the daily highs and lows of being a middle grader - good friends, not so good ones, and then the bullies, she realizes there's something else going on. If you have not read the previous

On a fantasy kick | The Book Update

Through much of May, books have been taking a backseat. I began to listen (and sing along) to music in the car and chose to aimlessly browse the webs during my usual reading times. I'm not sure what caused the low reading morale then but the reading mojo is back. Been back for a week now, and probably thanks to...

Finished reading

Saga: Read. This. Series. That's all I can say. It is just the kind of fantasy I love (intergalactic) and yet it's not about space at all. Makes sense? It is about earth today and all the virtual boundaries between different races. Of war and a love that threatens to end the war. Of a couple's determination to give the best life possible to their daughter. Oh, I could go on but the short answer is that this is a fabulous series that everyone should read.

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Under the Banner of Heaven: The only reason I am reading this book is because it's written by Jon Krakauer, whose Into Thin Air, Into The Wild, and Missoula are top favorites of mine. This one is also well researched but I am not a fan of the subject - religious fundamentalism, in this case of the Mormon flavor. This topic makes me angry and upset - today more than ever - and everyday, I want even less to try and understand it though that might be the only way for people to spot warning signals.

God Help the Child: This is my first Toni Morrison and it's beautiful - both in the writing and in the images it paints. Plot-wise however, there doesn't seem to be much happening yet and I didn't even read the summary so I have no idea what the book is about. Still, that's not bothering me because it's very engrossing.

What's Next?

I had to put ARCs aside for a while because I was getting 'ARC burnout'. However, they are piling up so I will have to make a dent in that stack. Also, since I'm going through a fantasy kick, I've been considering adding a magic book to the pile, maybe A Darker Shade of Magic? Other than that, I'm seriously looking at my stacks, hoping to read more from there, but it could be a while before I get there.

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