I'm currently re-reading I Capture the Castle...

...and while I'd remembered loving it—how could I not, as it's so very, very loveable?—I'd forgotten just how funny it is:

"Anyway, how is it he can discuss literature with her and not with me? I'm always trying to talk to him about books, but he never lets me."

I blame father for lots of things but not for that — because it really is agony to talk to her about books. When I was longing for a calm discussion of Tolstoy's War and Peace, she said "Ah, it's the overlapping dimensions that are so wonderful. I tried to paint it once, on a circular canvas" — and then she couldn't remember who Natasha was.

I adore Topaz.

And I love how much genuine warmth and affection is in the descriptions in the family, even through all of the squabbling.

Previously:  I Capture the Castle.

Previously: I Capture the Castle (cont'd).

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, RE-CHALLENGED in Brunswick County, NC.

And by re-challenged, I mean that the woman who brought the original challenge isn't satisfied with the outcome of the challenge process (because the school opted to keep the book in the curriculum) and has gone the appeals route:

Francis Wood wants "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" off Brunswick County School shelves.

"This book is not morally acceptable," Wood says.

She's appealed Cedar Grove Middle School's decision to keep the book, taking her effort to the superintendent.

Previously: Two challenge updates.

Today @KirkusReviews...

...I talk about Jessica Shirvington's One Past Midnight:

Shirvington clearly put a lot of time and thought into the mechanics of the world. Every time I had a question—has Sabine ever tried to find her other self? Is she two people in one world, or living in two different timelines? What’s the best place to hide a key when you’ve been committed to a psych ward?—she answered it, and then proceeded to answer three more that even I, in my infinite nitpickery, hadn’t thought of.

New YA: July 20-26.

New hardbacks:

The Fire Wish (Jinni Wars), by Amber Lough:

Basically, Amber Lough’s The Fire Wish is The Parent Trap, except that it’s set in old-timey Iraq and the girls are orphans. Other than the setting, there’s not a whole lot that stands out here, and the strengths and weaknesses all balance each other out: The worldbuilding is slight and the narrators’ voices are extremely similar (minus), but the pacing keeps the pages turning and while it’s the first in a new series, it doesn’t end on a cliffhanger (plus). 

One Past Midnight, by Jessica Shirvington

Like No Other, by Una LaMarche 

Homeroom Diariesby James Patterson and Lisa Papademetriou

The Year of Chasing Dreams, by Lurlene McDaniel

Welcome to Dark House, by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly), by Susan Dennard

Dissonance, by Erica O'Rourke

Endless (A Shadowlands Novel), by Kate Brian

Extraction, by Stephanie Diaz 

Just Like the Movies, by Kelly Fiore

Marina, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon 

Quarantine #3: The Burnouts, by Lex Thomas

New paperbacks (that I've read):

Not Exactly a Love Story, by Audrey Couloumbis:

It’s not a book that I’d recommend to readers who like their stories fast-paced and plot-driven, but if you’re craving a smart, quietly humorous, dialogue-heavy, character-based romance, I’d give it a go. (Though I wouldn’t recommend that anyone use Patsy’s decisions as a playbook—in a different genre of book, she’d be dead, dead, dead.)

The Eye of Minds (Mortality Doctrine, Book One), by James Dashner:

Like the Maze Runner series—especially the sequels and prequel—the focus is far heavier on the action and the plotting than on characterization, and the third-person narrator tends to tell readers what our hero is feeling, rather than showing us (Michael knew his friends could see the anxiety on his face). For the most part, though, it’s a solid techno-action adventure and I have no doubt that the Dashner Army will not only be super happy with it, but will immediately start clamoring for the inevitable sequel.


Wood frog, in case you were wondering.