*peeks through fingers* Hi, friends.
I foolishly picked the first week of November as my week to burn up vacation days, so instead of having work to absorb all my election anxiety, I have…so much free time! I went to the public library and got a mountain of books and movies. Here’s hoping I can succeed in locking myself in my library without the internet and reading until my eyeballs fall out.
What I read
Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson: Enchanted Jones’s dream is to be a famous singer. So when R&B singer Korey Fields spots her at an audition and decides to be her mentor, she’s over the moon. He invites her on tour where things turn dark quickly: he takes her phone and locks her in a room. And when he’s later found dead, all fingers are pointing at Enchanted. This book is a really hard read.
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty: The Jessica Darling series is getting reissued for its 20th anniversary, so naturally I had to reread for the sixth time. Kelly Jensen wrote a really moving piece about what the series means to her at Book Riot.
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall: If you need a delightful queer romance that starts as a fake relationship and then (oops!) becomes real, you must read this. I worked on it, but I swear I’m not biased. It’s really that good.
Authentic You. by Achea Redd: A cute welcome-to-adolescence guidebook that’s perfect for girls who are learning to navigate the mental and emotional changes of growing up. See my full review at Foreword!
What I loved
The stunningly devastating and devastatingly stunning documentary David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, on Netflix.
This piece in Slate by Jess Zimmerman about how self-care is meaningless and we’re all throwing temper tantrums lately.
Leslie Odom, Jr. singing “Wait For It” re: waiting as long as it takes for all ballots to be counted.
What I wrote
In which I admit that I’ve had a problematic relationship with alcohol for some time, and share the books I’ve been reading to help me move toward a sober life.
I wish I could tell you I hate-read Midnight Sun, but that’s just not true.
I love Maureen Johnson, and she’s written quite a few books, so I made you a reading pathway to guide you through her best work.
Take care of yourselves this week.
Ashley Holstrom is a book person, designing them for an indie publisher and writing about them for Book Riot and Foreword Reviews. She also wrote an essay for (Don't) Call Me Crazy, an anthology about mental illness.
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