Books Read in June

zenintheartofwriting1. Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury. A collection of essays on writing from a master. Smiled a bit while reading. His love of creating worlds and stories shone through. Recommended.

2. The Writer’s Digest Handbook of Short Story Writing – ed. by Frank A. Dickson. I read this while preparing for writing a short story. As it was on my mom’s bookshelf, I thought I’d see if I’d learn anything. I learned a few things, but some of the advice seemed dated.

3. The Silver Metal Lover – Tanith Lee. I have been meaning to read this for years since I’m interested in artificial intelligence. I heard of Tanith Lee’s passing, unfortunately, and it reminded me to read it. It’s about a young, rich girl falling in love with a robot designed to be artistic and a fantastic lover. At first, Jane was incredibly annoying, but she’s meant to be, and I enjoyed watching her come into her own. The world-building was really interesting, too. Recommended.

uk-uprooted4. Uprooted – Naomi Novik. A lush fantasy inspired by Polish fairytales. I really liked Agnieszka and the politics of the world and magic system. Definitely recommended, and thanks to Macmillan for the copy.

5. On Writing – Stephen King. I’m writing my dissertation for my masters, hence all the books on writing this month. I plan to use a few quotes. I read this back when I was a teenager and just starting to write. Re-reading it about 10 years later and something like 7 books’ worth of words later was interesting. My takeaway is that Stephen King and I have very different writing processes. And that’s okay.

I also beta read 1.75 books for friends, which always takes longer than just reading.

Total books in 2015: 36.

Pantomime is on the 2014 ALA Popular Paperbacks List (GLBTQ)

I’m happy to say Pantomime is on the final 2014 American Library Association Popular Paperbacks List in the GLBTQ Category. I didn’t make the Top Ten like the Rainbow List, but I’m still very pleased to be on it with some other wonderful books (David Levithan! Malinda Lo! Cris Beam! Libba Bray! Stephen Chobsky! Lauren Myracle! Julie Anne Peters! OMG!)

GLBTQ: Books with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer-questioning, Intersex, Asexual individuals, and Their Allies

Adams, S.J. Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie. Flux, 2011; 9780738726762; $9.95.
Debbie loves Lisa, but Lisa has a boyfriend.

Beam, Cris. I Am J. Little, Brown and Company, 2012; 9780316053600; $10.00.
J runs away from home to become his true self.

beauty-queens*Bray, Libba. Beauty Queens. Scholastic Press, 2012; 9780439895989; $9.99.
Fifty Miss Teen Dream Pageant contestants crash on a desert island with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. MTV Books, 2012; 9781451696196; $14.00.
Charlie battles depression his freshman year of high school.

*Cronn-Mills, Kirstin. Beautiful Music For Ugly Children. Flux, 2012; 9780738732510; $9.99.
Elizabeth takes on a new identity as a radio DJ: Gabe.

Dole, Mayra Lazara. Down To The Bone. Bella Books Inc., 2012; 9781594933172; $14.95.
Laura Amores gets kicked out of her home for having a girlfriend.

Goode, Laura. Sister Mischief. Candlewick Press, 2013; 9780763664565; $8.99.
Esme and her friends form hip hop crew Sister Mischief and shake up their suburban school.

Hyde, Catherine Ryan. Jumpstart The World. Ember, 2011; 9780375866265; $7.99.
Ellie develops a crush on her neighbor Frank and then finds out that he is transgender.

Kluger, Steve. My Most Excellent Year: A Novel Of Love, Mary Poppins, And Fenway Park. Speak, 2009; 9780142413432; $8.99.
T.C.’s best friend Augie falls for a boy.

Lam, Laura. Pantomime. Strange Chemistry, 2013; 9781908844378; $9.99.
Gene, raised to be a proper lady, runs away and joins the circus.

every-dayLevithan, David. Every Day. Ember, 2013; 9780307931894; $9.99.
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

*Lo, Malinda. Ash. Little, Brown and Company, 2009; 9780316040105; $9.00.
In this retelling of the Cinderella story Ash finds freedom from her evil stepmother in the love of Kaisha, the huntress.

Myracle, Lauren. Shine. Harry N. Abrams Inc., 2012; 9781419701849; $7.95.
Is Patrick in a coma because of a hate crime?

Parent, DanKevin Keller: Welcome To Riverdale. Illus. Dan Parent. Archie Comics, 2012; 9781936975235; $11.99.
Archie’s first gay character makes a splash in Riverdale.

Peters, Julie Anne. Between Mom And Jo. 2008. Little, Brown and Company, 2008; 9780316067102; $7.99.
Nick’s mother and her wife are splitting up.

Sanchez, Alex. The God Box. Simon & Schuster, 2009; 9781416909002; $9.99.
Growing up in a conservative town, Paul confronts the question of how a person can be both gay and Christian.

Tamaki, Mariko. Skim. Illus. Jillian Tamaki. Groundwood Books, 2010; 9780888999641; $12.95.
Kimberly Keiko Cameron, aka Skim, looks for life’s answers in Wicca, tarot cards and her English teacher, Ms. Archer.

witch-eyesTracey, Scott. Witch Eyes. Flux, 2011; 9780738725956; $9.95.
Braden falls for Trey, then learns their powerful witch families are on opposite sides.

Wise, Tama. Street Dreams. Bold Strokes Books, 2012; 9781602826502; $13.95.
Tyson gets involved in both the local hip hop scene and a possible romance.

Woodson, Jacqueline. The House You Pass On The Way. Puffin, 2010; 9780142417065; $7.99.
When Staggerlee meets Trout she begins to question what she thought she knew about herself.

Yee, Paul. Money Boy. Groundwood Books, 2013; 9781554980932; $9.95.
When his father throws him out on the street, Ray Liu wonders how far he’ll have to go to survive.

See the full list to also see the other categories: Conflicted: Life During Wartime & Humor Me: Funny, Fantastic and Witty Reads.

Thank you, ALA!