This week’s list is a hodgepodge of sci-fi, biography, realistic YA and fantasy YA. Just another week of eclectic reading. A lot of the fall books that I’ve had on hold for months are finally rolling in, which is a good thing because I’ve maxed out the number of holds I’m allowed to have on my library card at any one time. I can’t place more until some of the existing holds come in and make some space. I’m stuck keeping a list of books I want to put on hold next to the computer until I can actually put them on hold! I really dislike that policy because voracious readers like myself can outstrip the hold limit with little effort.
- The Infinite In Between, by Carolyn Mackler. This is a realistic YA novel that explores the lives of several different high school students as they move from freshman orientation to graduation. I’m not sure whether the author will be able to pull of such a large story line in a single book, but I’m interested to see if she can.
- The Shadow Behind the Stars, by Rebecca Hahn. I was interested in this one because the author uses the same Greek myth (the three Fates) as the basis for her story as I used for Broken Fate. The author takes a far different turn with her story, though, and creates a more literary piece that explores issues of choice and belief. It’s a philosophy lesson disguised as a YA novel.
- You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost), by Felicia Day. Felicia Day is my hero. She was a geek before being a geek was cool and she’s one of the few women who owns that publicly and without apology. She’s carved out a unique niche for herself on the Internet and in her creative life. This book is about how she did that and how she continues to pursue creative projects that aren’t considered “mainstream” for women.
- Star Wars: Aftermath, by Chuck Wendig. Star Wars! Enough said. Or maybe not. This is the first full novel that will set up the story line for the upcoming “The Force Awakens” movie. I have my reservations about the whole continuation of the saga, but I’m excited to see where Disney takes this, so I’m starting with the book. Thankfully, if it all goes wrong, I still have my library of old Star Wars books that I can fall back on and remember better times.