Years at AHML: 4
Favorite thing I do at work: Talk to people about books
Best Place to read my book: Outside in the sun
Why I like reading YA: The stories are fun to read and are thought provoking. Even though I am not a teen anymore, I still relate to what many of the characters go through and I love getting caught up in different worlds.
Good things: This is a story that makes you care about the issues and characters. It will make you question who you think “disabled” people really are. It will force you to reconsider the ways that economics and society impact people in challenging circumstances. The best “good thing” is that the characters are so funny and real, and the writing style is so great, that you could totally miss all of the above and still really enjoy the story.
Bad thing: You will be so sad when the story ends, wondering what’s next for each of the characters that you’ve grown to love. Hopefully, there will be a sequel!
Years at AHML: 8 years, with a short break in between
Favorite thing I do at work: Talk with all of the nice people who visit the library
Best place to read my book: Where ever I can. ;)
Why I like reading: It helps me to understand people who think and feel differently than I do.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is a romance for people who don’t like romances. (It’s still really good if you like romances, too.) The novel boasts funny-but-realistic dialog and incredibly likeable characters. The two narrators are so three-dimensional that you feel you’ve known them for years; it’s less like reading a romance and closer to simply watching two good friends discover how cool and amazing you already know they each are. On top of that, it features some of the steamiest hand-holding scenes put to paper. Seriously, it’s like the Fifty Shades of Grey of holding hands. (If you really think about it, though, holding hands is pretty steamy if you really like the hand you’re holding.)
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Clay Jannon is an unemployed marketer and web designer. His days are spent surfing the web unsuccessfully obtaining employment. That is until he comes across Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore a narrow, vertigo-inspiring bookstore packed with books on its skyscraper shelves. Mr. Penumbra hires the new night clerk on the spot. Clay didn’t know that the course of his life would change that afternoon. It only takes him a couple of days to notice peculiarities with the business and its clientele. Clay and his new love interest Kat delve into the world of a 500 year old secret society called the Unbroken Spine.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore explores the tension between new technology and old, digital versus print, working out a problem longhand instead of relying on computer assistance. Clay, his friends, and Google through employee Kat try to help Mr. Penumbra solve an age-old mystery using modern technology. Robin Sloan cleverly weaves fantasy and reality to construct an adventure tale that engages readers and makes them cheer for the ragtag bunch of codebreakers. Throughout the novel, Clay calls upon his friends, actual and virtual, to help him uncover the treasure coveted by the Unbroken Spine for centuries. This is a quick read, definitely worth checking out…AND the cover glows in the dark!