Week in Review: May 24

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This week on the blog you can check out:

This week had some ups and downs but now that it’s over I have a nice chunk of time away from the library between the Memorial Day holiday and time off for BEA. Nicole and I are so ready for BEA. The only thing I have to do (besides clean for her arrival) is buy groceries and then we are ready! I’m looking forward to Jenny Han’s book launch. Hosting Nicole. Seeing Cecelia. BEA madness. And hopefully meeting lots of online blogger friends/twitter friends in real life.

Nicole and I have also been working on our short story project Little Women Stories so be sure to check that out if you want to see some of our newfangled “flash fiction”. Between us we have a new story up every week!

As I mentioned last week, I did get new glasses. It took a full week to adjust to the new prescription/new frames BUT I’m finally happy with them and not getting headaches or feeling like they’re sitting weirdly on my face.

Here they are (on my face):

I also got my giveaway prize from the (March?) 365 Days of YA which was a paperback copy of Insurgent. Epic Reads also sent along an ARC of Illusionarium by Heather Dixon which I am crazy excited to read.

This week I read I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson which was as excellent as I expected. I didn’t buy into every aspect but enough parts were done well to overall make it a winner. And it’s so well-plotted and crafted that it was worth it just to see how Nelson brought everything together.

I also read Straw Into Gold by Gary D. Schmidt which was interesting but not a favorite. I hadn’t realized it had a blind character though which is good to know when seeking diverse stories (something that is often extra challenging with fairy tale retellings).

Lastly I’m finishing up Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan. I’m not sure if it’s a favorite but it is a fast, enjoyable read and it’s keeping my attention. Contrary to what the cover might suggest, let me also tell you that it is a contemporary thriller NOT historical in any way. Speaking of thrillers, this is maybe the fourth one I have read this year (and my committee work doesn’t even involve mysteries this year!) and in general I am realizing I prefer traditional mysteries to thriller/suspense ones. Despite a clear propensity to pick them up based on enticing jacket copy.

If you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my May Reading Tracker.

How was your week?