what are you reading right now?

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Postby Kenny » Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:37 am

Hey Abs, look at this funny cover they put on this cheap version of Age of Innocence I have:

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Postby Kenny » Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:41 am

Catullus wrote:Start with Pride and Prejudice. It’s the wittiest and is very enjoyable. Emma is also light and funny. Every one is very good but either of those will let you know if you like the writing.

Northanger Abbey is very self aware which is fun, Mansfield Park kinda goes darkest, Persuasion is really her best writing, P&P is still my favorite.


I've only read Pride and Prejudice and I think it's a real shame how this book is marketed as just a romance book because it was so funny and I stupidly put it off because I thought it was a "serious" period book about relationships

I need to read other stuff by her
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Postby abs » Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:38 am

Omg yes
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Postby Barthes Starr » Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:13 am

wolfie wrote:I also need a rec for something funny as hell, but in a smart way


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Postby Kenny » Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:18 am

How about:

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Postby chad » Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:21 am

Love Edith Wharton!! Hate Ballard.
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Postby chad » Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:23 am

K honestly I'm reading rainbow rowell bc she's the YA superstar rn but I cannot get into Fangirl at all. It's like an ultra boring version of my teen life
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Postby hey nathan » Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:25 am

Catullus wrote:Heck I guess I like em all

cool, they all sound great and I'll start with those two!
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Postby abs » Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:36 am

chad wrote:K honestly I'm reading rainbow rowell bc she's the YA superstar rn but I cannot get into Fangirl at all. It's like an ultra boring version of my teen life



Yeah I don’t get the RR love.

If it makes you feel better, most of the kids I work with are so over those books.
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Postby chad » Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:53 am

It just seems very mumblecore and zzz

What are the teens into now?
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Postby abs » Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:19 am

Tbh there’s been a big turn away from YA in the industry/amongst teens lately.

Umm but Toni Adeyemi has been popular lately. Plus John Green (duh) and Sabaa Tahir.
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Postby abs » Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:20 am

Wait they all hate John Green for the most part too
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Postby chad » Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:22 am

Ugh yes I love the backlash!! It's just so overly sentimental
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Postby galactagogue » Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:39 am

maybe YA is forgetting that good smart teens want to not be patronized so shamelessly
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Postby abs » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:02 pm

galactagogue wrote:maybe YA is forgetting that good smart teens want to not be patronized so shamelessly


this, so much. they really do feel like it’s cheap, what’s used to get their attention. they definitely gravitate to adult fiction as a result.
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Postby Kenny » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:03 pm

What's an example of a really good YA book? Seems like a pretty precarious genre
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Postby Catullus » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:26 pm

I’ve been reading the Diviners series by Libba Bray and it’s fucking so good.

Set in the 1920s in New York, it’s about a group of young adults/teens that have super national powers, and there’s an evil that’s been released. Very short version. But the writing is so good, fresh and witty and sometimes very dark. The heroine is one of my favorites..flawed but fun.

YA at its best tbh
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Postby abs » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:27 pm

To me the best ones end up being the ones that are cross-genre anyway (like Pullman’s His Dark Materials).

Hmm. But a solidly YA book? They all end up feeling dated so quickly. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Outsiders, Go Ask Alice, etc.

I’m sure a YA librarian could come in here and hand my ass to me, but in my experience as a librarian at a high school, the genre is not as popular as it once was. I work with a woman who’s much more knowledgeable with the YA titles than I am, but even she’s noticed less enthusiasm overall.
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Postby Catullus » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:37 pm

If y’all wanna read some shit about distopian US and princesses (you do), get you in on The Selection series. They are kinda dumb but fun and I ran through like 6 books in 5 days.

Kinda into YA mysteries about murders. Dangerous Girls by Abby McDonald was excellent, genuine ending I wasn’t expecting. The Charlotte Holmes books by Brittany Cavalero is another. I just read the first in the series (A Study In Charlotte), and I had to order the next before I even finished. If you want something weird and a little disturbing I really liked The First Book of Calamity Leek. I isn’t so much a mystery since you figure out what happened pretty early but it does really put you into a world and the writing is interesting.
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Postby abs » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:40 pm

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi is a neat post-apocalyptic one I recommend a lot.
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Postby chad » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:54 pm

Contemporary YA without other genres mixed in (sci-fi/fantasy etc) often feels soo fucking corny to me

I'm trying to think of any that I like and it is t o u g h

I guess I stan for Anne of Green Gables? Lol
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Postby wolfie » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:18 pm

Kenny wrote:How about:

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odd you say this because i got catch 22 last night. so far so good. :D

i have read code of the woosters. great stuff. i wanna read some of his other ones at some point as well.
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Postby mancubz » Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:18 pm

ohhh man i been trying to read more YA lately because i know nothing about like 85% of the books in my classroom library.
the authors/books that i like that kids also like are:
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-'i am not your perfect mexican daughter' made me cryyyyyyyy it's real good
-'america street' is fantastic
i haven't read 'the 57 bus' but kids and adults alike at my school really like it (it's nonfiction). kids also really like the 'unwind' series and the 'pretties' series. pretty much kids looooove dystopian series.
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Postby mancubz » Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:19 pm

also i loved anne of green gables and read that series and LOVED it and started trying to use "kindred spirit" casually when i was like 9 because of it and it didn't catch on!
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Postby mancubz » Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:20 pm

anyways it sucks my euro vacation is almost over but i'm VERY excited to bite into the new ottessa moshfegh.
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Postby Catullus » Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:37 pm

chad wrote:
I guess I stan for Anne of Green Gables? Lol


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Postby hadlex » Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:27 am

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Hadn't read this since high school. I know cool people don't think this is great Dickens, but I forgot how moving it was. And the last six chapters play out like Ocean's 11.
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Postby abs » Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:35 pm

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So ridiculously excited to be starting this
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Postby meeshpotato » Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:23 pm

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So ridiculously excited to be starting this


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Postby scramble » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:06 pm

abs wrote:Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi is a neat post-apocalyptic one I recommend a lot.


i read his Wind-Up Girl years ago and it was great but when i went to find more they were all YA and i balked

maybe i’ll check this out
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