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Shorter Musings

Some shorter musings on books I've read recently.

Bookedby Kwame Alexander
I'm so sad that this was incredibly disappointing to me. I LOVED [book:The Crossover|18263725]. From the moment I finished it, it was my choice for the Newbery and I was so excited when it won. Maybe my expectations for the follow-up were too high, but I think it was more of a case of this being rushed and having a different agenda other than magnificent storytelling. The first poem is laughably bad. Terrible rhyming picture book about soccer level of bad. After that the poems improve somewhat, but it doesn't have the rhythm and flow I was expecting. It's more verse for the sake of being verse. It's exactly the sort of verse novel I don't like.
Some other things that bothered me:
*It's in 2nd person. NOTHING keeps me further away from a character than 2nd person narration. It is never a good idea to use if you want rounded real characters.
*There is a lot of book title dropping that is…

My Favorite Books From Every Year I've Been Alive

My friend Benji did this on his blog a couple of weeks ago and I thought it was a great idea. I wanted in on the fun and made my own list.

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Unidentified Suburban Object

The Painter household has been waiting for a new Mike Jung book since we first read Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identitieswhen it first came out. Unidentified Suburban Objectdid not disappoint.


Chloe Cho is the only Asian girl in her school. When people aren't confusing her with being Chinese or Japanese (she's Korean), they are busy thinking she is first chair violin and the smartest kid in school simply because she's Asian. She is interested in her Korean identity, but her parents refuse to discuss their history or culture with her. When she starts 7th grade and has a new Korean teacher, she couldn't be more excited. Ms. Lee assigns her students a project that means Chloe HAS to learn about her family history. Finally Chloe will get some answers, but they are not anywhere close to the answers she was looking for.

This is the second MG book I've read this year that has a heroine with sharp edges who isn't "nice" all the time. If this is the start of a ne…

TTT: Books That Will Make You Laugh

Top Ten Tuesday is a Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This Week's TTT Topic: Books That Will Make You Laugh