For the month of May, I had quite a few good reads: lots of YA, a reread of Agatha Christie’s book, and a couple of memoirs and poetry as well.
1. Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson (YA Fiction)*
2. The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki (MG Horror/Ghost Story)
3. Not Yet Dark by Simon P Clark (YA Fantasy)
4. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett (YA Contemporary Romance)
5. The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody (YA Fiction)
6. Educated by Tara Westover (Adult Memoir)
7. Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco (YA Fiction/Thriller)
8. The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina (YA Fiction)
9. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (Adult Mystery)
10. Shout by Laura Halse Anderson (YA Poetry Memoir)*
11. Pride by Ibi Zoboi (YA Fiction)*
12. The Awakening of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie (YA Horror/Paranormal)
My absolute favorite read for the month was Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson. It’s a gripping story about the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl, Monday, which is told through the main character and Monday’s best friend, Claudia. The story unfolds its traumatic effects on Claudia, as well as the reader. The book blurb may not sound that interesting, but the story is so well-told and resonated with me well after I finished it. It gave me all the feels and had me thinking of those in less fortunate living conditions.
Runner ups were: Shout by Laura Halse Anderson and Pride by Ibi Zoboi.
Shout is a YA poetry memoir by Laura Halse Anderson. This is Anderson’s newest book release. I have read her other YA books before (Speak and Wintergirls), which I thought were good and well-written as well. I love that this memoir was completely written in poetry form, mostly in free verse. Anderson reveals her life in episodes growing up, sharing her background and her own tragic experience with rape when she was thirteen. It’s a book shouting out, advocating for survivors of sexual assault, which she does share some stories of teens and others she has met.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi is another one like Monday’s Not Coming that surprised me. This is a remix, modern take of Pride and Prejudice. It’s totally different but takes on the same rhythm as Jane Austen’s classic. Set in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the story is about gentrification, pride, stereotypes, and about being judgemental. The also author wrote quite a bit of poetry as well, some haiku, which I absolutely loved.
Comics and/or Graphic Novels
1. The Unstoppable Wasp Issue 6 by Jeremy Whitley and Miralti Firmansyah
2. Spawn: Origins Volume 2 by Todd McFarlane
3. The Unstoppable Wasp Issue 7 by Jeremy Whitley and Miralti Firmansyah
4 Batman Last Knight on Earth Book 1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo*
In the comics realm, my favorite for the month was Batman Last Knight on Earth Book 1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. This will be Greg Capullo’s final drawings of Batman. So far this book one is a great story, which has me waiting for the next one to come out. Capullo’s artwork is still solid as ever, and Snyder’s storytelling is strong and creative with his usual what-heck-is-going-on touch.
That’s it for the month of May.