September 28, 2016

what we’re reading

Staff Picks

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Dave is reading Darktown by Tom Mullen. It’s historical fiction. It’s a murder mystery. It’s Atlanta. And Tom is a terrific writer.

“One incendiary image ignites the next in this highly combustible procedural…written with a ferocious passion that’ll knock the wind out of you.” —The New York Times Book Review

True GritDave (who tends to read numerous books simultaneously) is also reading True Grit by Charles Portis. It was published back in 1968, so its not like he hasn’t had an opportunity before now. Two movies have been made, both of which he has seen. The novel deals with a time in American history (post Civil War but before industrialization) and a place (the West prior to the firm rooting of law and order) that he enjoys reading. Dave has been wanting to read True Grit for years and then it was recently recommended to him by a bookseller from a North Carolina bookstore. He is grateful for the recommendation and is enjoying the book immensely.


Princess DiaristFrannie is reading The Princess Diarist. Carrie Fisher was a complicated woman, and wow does she let us in on all her secrets! I am loving this so far for her raw voice and conversational narrative. The basis for the story is that she found her old diaries from when she was filming episode IV (or the first Star Wars movie to come out for the lesser nerds out there). She reveals her best and worst moments on the set outside London. If you love Star Wards, this is a necessary read. Like, yesterday.




MooMarcy is reading Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boyton. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over. She’s also reading Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer (old school!). More on this later.




Zoe, our current guest contributor,Marcy Cat is reading SkippyJon Jones by Judy Schachner. Again. (It’s her favorite book.) When not reading Judy’s books Zoe enjoys drippy faucets, wrestling, and modern poetry.



Barnhill_GirlWhoDrankMoon_FINAL_PRNT.inddKrista is reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. Once a year in the Protectorate, there is a Day of Sacrifice, where the youngest baby is abandoned in the forest, thus appeasing the witch who threatens to destroy the village if they refuse to leave the babies. Unbeknownst to the people, Xan, the witch of the forest, is kind and compassionate, and when she discovers the first baby left as a sacrifice, she has no idea why it has been abandoned. She rescues the infants each year and delivers them to parents in the Outside Cities who love and care for them. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight, filling her with glowing magic, and chooses to raise her as her own, with the help of a lovable swamp monster and a tiny dragon with a huge heart.  But the magic inside Luna is more powerful than anything, and Xan knows that everything will change as Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches.

Not that the ALA needs her approval or anything, but Krista would like to commend them on a job well done, awarding this book the Newbery Medal.