Friday, May 29, 2009

Library Loot & In My Mailbox

Any time I get a book, it's a good time. This week, only one library book. I have way too many out. Two titles from Paperback Swap and three book prizes. I combine my book posts because it makes sense for me and anyone I think is interested in what I got for the week. I participate in three book memes: Library Loot hosted by Eva at A Striped Armchair, In My Mailbox hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and Mailbox Monday hosted by Marcia at the Printed Page. Join us. Each group is fun. The loot:

From the library, I picked up Aya byMarguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie. I've only been reading graphic novels about a year and I really enjoy this genre. Each writer I've read has a distinct style, the graphics have been amazing and the topics covered are diverse and engaging. Saw this at Eva's loot and knowing Eva, I had to pick it up. Set in 1970, Aya follows the travails of some teenage girls in the peaceful Abidjan working-class neighborhood of Yopougon (which they call "Yop City, like something out of an American movie"), as they strive for love and the right boyfriend.

Requested Lucy The Giant by Sherri L. Smith from Paperback Swap because of Doret's review at The HappyNappy Bookseller.For one our assignments for C.O.R.A. Diversity Roll Call assignments we posted about book covers and how readers react to black characters on the cover. This title is about a girl name Lucy who happens to be black, but the story isn't about race but her size and her decision to do a job most girls don't. Looking forward to this.

I learned about Across A Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande by reading an interview with the author at Latino Books Examiner. The story is about a young girl who leaves Mexico to find her father who left two years earlier to find work in America. Looking forward to reading this.

I won Jantsen's Gift by Pam Cope at Bella Is Reading. It's nonfiction and I don't read as much nonfiction as I intend to. Reviews have been mixed so we'll see. For a long time, I even had myself convinced of how good and right everything was in my life. Her ideal was shattered in 1999 when Jantsen, her 15-year-old son, died suddenly from a heart ailment; this moving memoir recounts Cope's transformation and growth after her world collapsed.

I won Paul Robeson, an award winner by Eloise Greenfield at Diversity Rocks! To win at DR, all you have to do is post a link to a review you've written for your blog. How easy is that? I'm a huge Eloise Greenfield. You can read a review at The HappyNappy Bookseller. This a Lee & Low publication. A publisher committed to publishing multicultural literature. Check them out. I received a second bonus title from the publisher, Sacred Mountain Everest by Christine Taylor Butler.

What did you get?

20 comments:

Summer said...

great haul there! Looks like you had some fun books.

susan said...

Hi Summer, yep, a good week.

claire said...

I hope you enjoy Aya.. the illustrations are fabulous!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I love the cover of Aya. I have two different Robeson books coming so I am excited about that. One is the Eloise Greenfield book. I got to hear her speak once, and all I remember is that while she was speaking the room turned into this magical place. No one wanted to leave when she was done!

Ello said...

These books look great! I'm so glad you blogged about them. Must check them out!

Sandra said...

Across a Hundred Mountains sounds good to me. I just found out I won 5 books by Asian authors so I have those to look forward to. The Robeson book should be interesting. I read Martin Duberman's biography of Robeson when it came out and it was excellent. Enjoy your books.

susan said...

Oh, what books did you win.

Ali said...

You have quite an interesting collection this week! I really like the sound of Aya. I might look in to that one. By the way, I love your Blog title! Very cute :)

susan said...

Hi Ali, my blog title is borrowed from an actual short story collection. Yep, I was quite happy with my eclectic collection. Thanks for coming by.

Rebecca said...

Looks like you had a really good week, I haven't heard of any of those books before but some look to be quite interesting. Enjoy.

MssJos said...

I recently read Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith and loved it, will have to check out Lucy the Giant. :)

The Book Resort said...

Enjoy your books. Which will you grab first?

susan said...

Hi Rebecca, I read very few new releases so my loot typically contains lesser know titles. Thanks for coming by and commenting.

Hi MissJos, I'm still waiting and hoping for a copy of Flygirl.

Liyana said...

Wow! Great books this week. Happy reading! :D

Callie said...

Hope you enjoy your books!

susan said...

Hi Callie, thanks for coming by. Please check out our Summer Book Drive. Link or book or both, appreciated. Happy reading.

Amy said...

ooh- a hundred moments looks really interesting!
-amy

Ashley said...

Oooh got some good books there! I hadn't known about them before..

Eva said...

I've read Aya now: it's really neat! And now I've added Lucy the Giant and Across a Hundred Mountains to my TBR list. :D

susan said...

I really enjoyed Aya, too! Looking forward to Lucy and Across.