What I’m Up To:
I’m writing this wrap up on my way back to school, ready for the dreaded two and a half weeks between Thanksgiving break and winter break. It’s time to get some work done, but as soon as it’s over, I’ll be back in New York to celebrate Christmas with my family, where I can get some reading done.
What I’m Reading Right Now:
I’m almost finished with A Very Large Expanse of Sea, Tahereh Mafi’s realistic fiction debut (which was long-listed for the National Book Award). I was a huge fan of Mafi’s fantasy series when it came out a few years ago, but her newest is both a thematic and stylistic departure. Gone are the flowery sentences and angsty action-packed chapters, replaced by sharp wit and politically-charged narratives. A Very Large Expanse of Sea follows Shirin, a Muslim teenager grappling with her identity in a post 9/11 world.
What I Blogged About:
Blog Post: The Importance of Voting. November 6 was election day, so I highlighted some important reasons to vote and some great candidates to support. I’m happy to report that in my district, our incumbent Republican congressman was ousted by a younger, progressive Democrat.
Review: Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss. While I don’t normally read non-fiction, I couldn’t pass up the chance to get my hand’s on Zevin’s newest novel, which chronicles the history of Young Adult books through humor and nearly encyclopedic knowledge.
Blog Post: Thanks for Eight Years of Book Reviews by Ava! Here, I reflect on the eight years I’ve spent running this blog and discuss both its growth and my own. Again, thanks to all of my lovely readers.
What I’m Looking Forward to in December:
December 4: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare is released. My guilt pleasure is fantasy novels, and I loved Clare’s most recents, Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows. I can’t wait to curl up by the fireplace with her newest release!
December 18: The Disasters by M. K. England hits shelves. I’m not a big sci-fi fan, but even I can’t resist a story about some space academy rejects witnessing a terrorist attack on a space colony.