It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 6/17/19

David Litt’s memoir, Thanks Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years, begins with his work as a campaign worker in Ohio and follows his career as a speechwriter to the President. It’s witty, insightful, self-deprecating, full of interesting information about the Obama White House, and, despite the ups and downs of working for the government, ultimately hopeful–even about the era of Trump, and we all need a little hope right now.

I haven’t read any reviews yet of Lynne Rae Perkins’s Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea, but I think I need to find some because I really don’t know what to think about this book. It’s sweet and very gentle, the story of a family’s beach vacation. I wanted to love it, because I love Lynne Rae Perkins, but not enough happened for me to stay engaged throughout.

Wow. Lita Judge’s illustrated verse novel about Mary Shelley is magnificent. To be fair, it might be hard to write a bad book about Mary Shelley, because the material is so rich, but I think Lita Judge outdoes herself with Mary’s Monster. The artwork is so atmospheric and the verse captures Mary’s grief and strength. I read this in one sitting and then wished I had slowed down and savored it.





7 responses to “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 6/17/19”

  1. Shaye Miller Avatar

    I have wanted to read Mary’s Monster since I heard about it and I guess it accidentally got bumped down on my list with ALL THE NEW THINGS to read. But I’m betting Lee and I will both enjoy this one. Also, I could use a hopeful book about the White House right now — my faith is shook. But “Thanks, Obama” a really cute title! Have a great reading week, Elisabeth!

  2. Amanda Potts Avatar

    And… Mary’s Monster goes on the list. Hooray!

  3. Michele Knott Avatar
    Michele Knott

    I had borrowed Secret Sisters from the library but never had enough time to sit down and read. It wasn’t one that jumped out saying “read me read me”, so never got back to it….

  4. Kellee Avatar

    Ricki loved Mary’s Monster, too, so I definitely need to get to it soon!

    Happy reading this week 🙂

  5. Rebecca Herzog Avatar
    Rebecca Herzog

    Mary’s Monster is so so so amazing. Oftentimes, footnotes can be so tedious, but I found myself diving into them after each page to see what Lita Judge has pulled from the original letters. Happy reading!

  6. ejmam Avatar

    I often like books where nothing happens, so maybe I’ll try Secret Sisters.

  7. Myra Garces-Bacsal Avatar

    I totally agree with you about Mary’s Monster – the extensive research notes at the end, the narrative flow, and the haunting art work – it was just absolutely superb! One of my great reads last year, I believe.

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