I want to clear my review slate so that I can keep up with my RIP books during the next two months so here are some quick mentions of books that are sitting here.
Moone Boy: The Blunder Years by Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy is based off of the television show, Moone Boy. While I loved the show, I was more ambivalent about the book, specifically it's treatment of Martin Moone's sisters. He tries to use them as collateral to get what me wants and uses terms like "fun bags" to describe parts of their bodies. While this was the way kids talked in the 1980s when this book was set, I'm not sure that we need to tell that to modern kids. And it's one thing to do it in a show that's geared toward adults but less appropriate in a children's book.
Mothman's Curse by Christine Hayes was a fun and sometimes terrifying middle grade story, based on the Mothman that you've probably heard about in more adult stories. It was certainly scarier than most middle grade books but not in a bad way. I would definitely put it in the hands of a kid who complains that other kids' horror books are too tame.
I know that everybody loved The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin but it didn't completely wow me. I liked the message but was a bit underwhelmed by the story.
Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons From a Small-Town Obituary Writer by Heather Lende was a quick little read that made me think about life a bit and feel good while I was reading it but ultimately it didn't change my life. It seems like the kind of book you would give to a non-reader to show them that books can be short but still meaningful.
I really wanted to love Michel Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White but, alas, I didn't. It thought it was way too long because ultimately very little happens. Also, there was just so much that was gratuitous in it that I felt like it was just there for shock value rather than for advancing the story. I would much rather read Fingersmith or Tipping the Velvet again.
Finally, I'm reading To Kill a Mockingbird again right now and am blown away by how good it is. This book is completely wasted on high school students. I may have to go back and revisit more required reading books soon!
Taking a weight off,