library haul

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It took me way too long to get my new library card after moving. (Queens and Brooklyn have different library systems.) But I finally made it to the BPL (Brooklyn Public Library) and here’s what I walked away with:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman: “In an instant, Mia’s whole world is shattered, leaving her with only questions. What will happen if she leaves? If she loves? If she stays?” (book jacket)

I’m probably one of the last people in the world to read this, but the premise has me intrigued and I’ve only heard good things, so it was high on my to-read list.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai: “When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.” (book jacket)

It makes me incredibly sad that in some places, girls don’t even have the basic right of going to school. (And some people say we don’t need feminism anymore–psha.) I’ve only heard a bit of Malala’s story in news headlines and magazines, and I’m interested to learn more about her journey and her activism.

 The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway: “When they move to a new town after their parents’ separation, sisters April, May and June recover special powers from childhood–powers that come in handy when dealing with the living nightmare that is high school.” (book jacket)

Magic! I couldn’t resist.

Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff: “This is a story of two people who do not belong in each other’s lives, who find each other at a time when they desperately need someone who doesn’t belong in their lives. A story of those moments when we act like people we aren’t in order to figure out who we are.” (book jacket)

I just love those “two people unlikely to be friends come into each other’s lives and everyone learns a valuable lesson” stories. And this sounds kind of adorable.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: “Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, at sixteen, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways…” (book jacket)

I probably would have checked this out even if we weren’t reading it in my book club, because I’ve read really good reviews of it. And what’s not to love about sibling drama?

What are you reading right now?

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