It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 12/31/18

On the blog:

In reading:

Judd Winick’s fourth graphic novel in the HiLo series is just as much fun as the others, and maybe a little more action-filled for those who really like the pages turning with lots of battle.

This is the first book I’ve ever read in George O’Connor’s series of graphic novels about the Olympians, but it won’t be the last. It was engaging and funny, and I learned some things too.

I love Jason Reynolds, but Miles Morales was a struggle for me nearly from page 1. Nothing seemed well-developed here–not the characters or the plot or the setting or the sentence-level writing.

Deadendia is a super fun graphic novel set in an amusement park that’s also a portal to hell and featuring a diverse cast of characters. There’s plenty of action, but the real draw here is the banter and connection among the characters.

I appreciated the story line of the princess who decides to save herself and her sisters instead of continuing to wait for a handsome prince. Some funny moments, and the bond between Princess Adriene and her dragon was especially charming. I didn’t find the art and writing wholly consistent from volume to volume. I enjoyed the first story best. (For a similar plot line for an older reader, try Ladycastle.)

The Stars Beneath Our Feet is a promising debut from David Barclay Moore. There is a lot going on here, and I sometimes felt that the characters and plot got away from the author. But Lolly’s voice and his Lego art and his struggle to grieve for his brother did compel me to keep turning the pages.

A fascinating book about designing spaces for creative collaboration, with guidelines, rules, blueprints for making inexpensive seats, tables, and writing surfaces, and examples of interesting spaces.

March Book 3 is as brilliant as books 1 and 2. It’s a powerful work of art that still has all too much to say to our current moment in history.





13 responses to “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 12/31/18”

  1. Lisa Maucione (@DrLMaucione) Avatar

    The Hilo series has been such a hit with so many students. I usually don’t read much more than the first two in a series, but because my students are really into the series I’ve kept up with reading them all. Book 5, out in a month, is eagerly anticipated.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I rarely read more than the first book or two either, but I have such a soft spot for HiLo. I really like the whole series and can’t wait for Book 5! That was one of the perks of waiting so long to get through Book 4: not much of a wait for Book 5!

  2. lindabaie Avatar

    Glad you enjoyed March 3. I did love each one and learned much that I didn’t know. I’ve noted some of these graphic novels, especially DeadEndia, sounding good with the characters, something I appreciate. Thanks, Elisabeth. Happiest of 2019 to you & your family!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Yes, March has been such an incredible reading experience, and I have learned so much. I’ve been so impressed with the diversity in the graphic novels I’ve read for the Cybils. Once the shortlist is announced, I want to do a post highlighting some of my favorites that didn’t make the shortlist. VERY hard to narrow down 120+ graphic novels to just 7 for a shortlist. Deadendia is well worth a look, I think. The characters form their own little friendship family that’s really endearing and of course battling demons from hell is always fun!

  3. cweichel Avatar

    I ended up enjoying The Stars Beneath Our Feet more than I expected. I’ve only read the first in the March series so far, so I should probably add at least the second to my MustRead list for this year. (done) Happy New Year!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I loved the second March book at least as much as the first. I’ll be interested to see what’s on your MustRead list especially as I’ll get to borrow one of the titles for my own list!!

  4. Shaye Miller Avatar

    The Stars Beneath our Feet was definitely busy, but it probably helped me that I read it with my ears. I wondered if the regular book had a detailed afterword like the audiobook did. I remember thinking that really helped to tie everything up neatly at the very end. I’d like to start the March series — haven’t read any of them and I really need to. Oh, and to answer your question on Rainbow Rowell: yes. She read Fangirl — said it wasn’t the best read in the world for her, but that it was still okay. She always planned to read Carry On since that was a sort of spinoff from Fangirl, but never got around to it. And I know what you mean on the Xmas Eve post — 1 commenter on my end, but I just decided to power through today. Gotta squeeze in all the mini-reviews I can right when I read the books or else I’ll never go back and do them later. Besides, I’ll forget what the books were about if I wait too long. LOL Life seems to be moving way too quickly these days. 🙂

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      The March series is excellent. I’ve got at least the first one and you’re welcome to borrow. Our campus library probably has them as well. Yes, there was a detailed afterward in The Stars Beneath Our Feet that also made me like the book a bit more. I’d rather read a book that’s overly ambitious but doesn’t quite work for me than one that just doesn’t have enough on its mind, and Stars was certainly ambitious. I’d like to get better about writing up reviews as I finish books rather than waiting til Monday morning!

  5. Scott Day Avatar

    Last book for 2018: Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow. I love this book. Rich in imagination. Sad that you found Miles Morales a struggle. The movie Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse (in which Morales is the main character)is wonderful. Happy NewYear. Thank you for sharing so much of your life. I especially enjoyed the haikus. So:
    Turquoise flags flutter
    Moved by invisible hands
    Greeting the new year.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I need to get Nevermoor again from the library. Checked it out at one point during the year but it was due back and had holds on it before I got around to reading. Looking forward to the Spiderman movie which I’ve read so many good things about!

  6. Akilah Avatar

    Have you seen the Spider-Man movie yet? I’m interested to hear what you and your son think of it. (I’m hoping to see it this week.)

    I loved Princeless. Are you planning to read any of the other books in the series?

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      We haven’t seen it yet, but I am very eager to. We rarely go to the theater so will have to wait for it to be available on Amazon. I am not sure I’ll read more Princeless. I liked it, but I struggle to keep going with series even when I have good intentions.

  7. Myra GB Avatar

    Sad to read about the Miles Morales book – there are just books that don’t speak to us – way of the world. 🙂 I lovedlovedloved the March series! 🙂

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