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Reader's Corner - July 2012 Update

"This is why I don't fall down holes."
Oh, summer, why are your lazy days so ... not?

Summer has been busy, busy, busy and finding time to read has been hard, hard, hard.

I'm still working on Cory Doctorow's Little Brother. Still working on Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird. Still working on The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

There were a couple of books that I started and then abandoned. One was too boring and the other was too gritty (after 200 pages in and more and more awful things happen to the protagonist, I couldn't take it anymore).

But I did read Butter by Erin Jade Lange (review forthcoming) and Bushman Lives! by Daniel Pinkwater (review also forthcoming).

I also had time to squeeze in the delightful graphic novel Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol. Anya is a high school student who wants to fit in and is perpetually embarrassed by her immigrant family. She has only one (crappy) friend and a crush on a popular boy. Then she falls down a hole. She discovers the bones of a young woman, as well as the ghost of the young woman. Anya's ghost offers to help her become popular and soon they become best friends. Until Anya discovers what the ghost really wants.

Anya's Ghost book trailer:

Happy reading!