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reading YA, graphic novels and the spaces in between

scary movies 101

“The game isn’t over until everyone’s played.”

The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky (Henry Holt, 2021) is clever and by turns comedic and horrifying. I was as terrified as Rachel most of the way through. Also, incredulous that The Club could do these things to their friends.

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nobody knows

“Give people a few convincing threads and they’ll spin the rest themselves. This story has been woven for us, more tightly than I could have done. I couldn’t untangle the knots now if I tried.”

I really liked Nobody Knows But You by Anica Mrose Rissi (Quill Tree Books, 2020). A welcome change from the mystery/thrillers I’ve read lately.

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how not to write diversity

If you liked A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (Electric Monkey, 2019) you might not like the following rant.

Finishing this trainwreck of a book was excruciating. It has a 4.3 average rating on Goodreads, when most books average 3-4. I have no idea how that happened. A theme of the book is racial profiling by police and how media coverage differs between people of colour and white victims and murderers. Pippa the student PI acts like an entitled white girl trying to save the brown boy. Additionally, Pippa gives a speech about racism at the end. If all the diversity boxes are ticked, does that make it ok?

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love through time

“If it wasn’t some Epic Love Story, then it was just a tragedy.”

I’ve been waiting three years to read Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker (Allen & Unwin, 2021). And it did not disappoint. Although, as usual, time travel and I do not get on. I love the concept, but the details do my head in.

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peta lyre’s rating

Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal by Anna Whateley (Allen & Unwin, 2020) is shortlisted for the CBCA Book of The Year Older Readers 2021. Providing a compelling story while giving insight into navigating highschool while neurodiverse.

“I love how he can always find a way to laugh, no matter how crap everything gets.”

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you’re burning my life

The Book of Chance by Sue Whiting (Walker Books, 2020) has mystery, mayhem, a dog or two. What more could I ask for? No murder, sadly, but something kind of just as bad. All of it 10-12 years old friendly. Also, shortlisted for the CBCA Book of The Year Younger Readers 2021.

“I needed a dog that knew how to forge ahead and not look back.”

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surveillance capitalism and the good ol’ days

I started listening to the audiobook of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff (PublicAffairs, 2019). 20min into the 24hrs(!?) I discovered I already know all this. Also, I couldn’t handle anymore of Zuboff’s writing style or the narrator’s voice.

“I have dedicated the last twelve years to observing and analyzing the quiet emergence of a fundamentally anti-democratic new economic logic that I call surveillance capitalism” – Shoshana Zuboff

Zuboff could have halved her wordcount by replacing Surveillance Capitalism, with the word the rest of us use: Capitalism.

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hollow sounds reverberating

The other week I got House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland (Penguin, 2021). The mesmerizing cover stares at me begging to be read. Yes, yes, I’ll get to you, first I have to rant about the marketing campaign for it. And the sad story of how I fell for all their tricks…

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doorways to heartache

“According to my mother, no book is only a book. A book can improve your mind or it can break it.”

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby (Balzer+Bray 2019) is amazing. It broke my heart and mind at every turn.

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