This month (May, 2022) we are taking the No Sit Book Club OUTSIDE! We will meet up at the library’s Information Desk and then take a walk in the park that’s adjacent to the library while we talk about the books we’ve been reading. You can read whatever books you like and share your thoughts about them (not restricted to audiobooks). If the weather refuses to cooperate, we’ll have our discussion inside in one of the program rooms. Register here if you would like to attend. You can find more book club dates on the library’s online events calendar.
Here’s a recap of what I listened to in April…
Finished the Magisterium series by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (I wrote about the first book in the series in February 2022). The Golden Tower (book #5) is the final book in this series. I’ll reiterate my previous synopsis for the last few books – maybe some things are better left dead, and a lot of people’s problems would be solved by just communicating better with one another. This series wraps up with a MAJOR ethical conundrum – how do you feel about body snatching? I’m opposed, but… (tween, grades 5-8, fantasy)
Malice, by Heather Walter – This is a fairytale mashup/retelling of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, where Cinderella is a dark-magic-wielding vila who meets and falls for Sleeping Beauty, and together they work to break the curse that was laid upon her family. More about it here. (written for adults, but older teens may enjoy, fantasy/fairytale)
The Toll, by Neil Shusterman (Arc of a Scythe bk. #3) – I wrote about the first book in this series (Scythe) back in January 2022, and gushed about my love for the series (again) last month. It’s gut-wrenching and devastating at times, but so, so good. Again, try the audio editions if you’ve alreayd read it in print – they’re really well done. (older teen, science fiction/dystopian)
Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell – Rainbow Rowell has written several books for teens, including Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and the Simon Snow series. This one is about a young IT professional whose job it is to police his organization’s emails (and reprimand anyone misusing the system to send personal stuff). He hates his job, but gets completely sucked into the correspondence between two of his female coworkers and ends up falling in love with one of them – without even knowing who she is. It’s a sweet romantic comedy with some adult drama. (published for adults/older teens, realistic)
Remote Control, by Nnedi Okorafor – Takes some Ghanian folklore and mixes it with aliens and supernatural powers to create a really fascinating mix. A young girl receives a supernatural gift and must learn how to control it (her powers are deadly). She gains the reputation of being Death’s Adopted Daughter, and people fear, respect, and revile her. She’s on a quest to find something that was taken from her, as well as a home to call her own, since hers was destroyed when she came into her gifts. If you like this, you should also try reading Akata Witch, which Nnedi Okorafor wrote for teens. (published for adults/older teens, science fiction)
What have you been reading/listening to this month? Share books here: No Sit Book Club