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Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas   book icon  
by Philippe Coudray (2013)

read: 21 May 2015
rating: [+]
category: ya

Read this and a few other Benjamin Bear books that we just got into the library. Fun! Simple graphic novels for kids but with little bits that make you (or a young kid) think about the bigger picture. Really delightful, each short strip has some little bit that will make you smile.

Still Life   book icon  
by Louise Penny (2007)

read: 21 May 2015
rating: [+]
category: fiction

Was nice to get back to reading some simple mysteries. This one is the first in a series featuring the eclair-loving Inspector Gamache. This one concerns a small town in Quebec and the interpersonal politics in the tiny community there. Enjoyed it very much even considering it was handed too me by friends who couldn’t finish it. I’ll dig in to the rest of the series.

Big Nate in a Class by Himself   book icon  
by Lincoln Peirce (2015)

read: 12 May 2015
rating: [+]
categories: fiction, ya

Picked this up because it reminded me of the Wimpy Kid books.Enjoyed it but not quite as much as the Wimpy Kid books.

The Years of Rice and Salt   book icon  
by Kim Stanley Robinson (2003)

read: 8 May 2015
rating: [-]
category: fiction

I have no excuse for continuing to read this 700+ page book after I knew it was not grabbing me except that I thought maybe the stories would all come together in some way that was super pleasing. Which, they sort of do and sort of do not. Robinson is a great writer and I love his big vocabulary and his world building stuff but I felt like the themes of this award-winning novel remained always just a bit outside of my reach or understanding so I wound up frequently frustrated or confused. Too long and not right for me. I should have not finished it.

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword   book icon  
by Barry Deutsch (2012)

read: 5 May 2015
rating: [+]
categories: graphic novel, ya

A neat book about a girl in an Orthodox Jewish community and the funny woman she meets who owns a pig and helps her find a sword. A neat look into a community that many people may not be familiar with (and the book helpfully defines words that readers may not recognize). Great illustrations and a lead character that people can relate to, for whom not everything got right.

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