MMGM and #IMWAYR: Other Ever Afters, Squished, Sylvie, and more!
Hey everyone! It's looking like I need to stop promising that I'm going to return to blogging consistently—I think I'll plan instead on being hopelessly flaky and showing up every few weeks with some books to share. I'm doing all right—life is just hectic, and there's never enough time to read!
But I have been on a little bit of a reading kick in the last week, and I've got a few books to share with y'all this week—let's dive in!
Other Ever Afters
New Queer Fairy Tales
- Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement, written by Angela Joy and illustrated by Janelle Washington
- MG Winner
- This might be one of the best picture books I've ever read—it is a must-read, y'all. The gorgeous art, the essential history, the brilliant framing from the perspective of Emmett Till's mother—this whole book is genius, start to finish.
- Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon
- HS Finalist
- I learned so much about the Black Panther Party's history from this book—and unlearned so much absurd rhetoric that painted them as violent extremists, ignoring their emphasis on self-defense, the incredible network of grassroots social services they built, and more.
- The Woman All Spies Fear: Code Breaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman and Her Hidden Life by Amy Butler Greenfield
- HS Winner
- I was worried I would find the HS Nonfiction finalists dense and not gripping—and then I basically couldn't peel my eyes away from this story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, a woman who made a name for herself as a leader in the field of cryptanalysis (code-breaking).
- There is basically a shelf on every single bookcase with staff picks, each with their own little placard explaining what the staff member thought of the book. So you're getting all kinds of curated picks in literally every single section!
- The sections themselves are so logically laid out, and so numerous—there is an MG graphic novels section, a YA graphic novels section, and an adult comics section. I was in heaven.
- There are a bajillion cool endcaps and mini-sections—there is an endcap dedicated solely to Sandra Boynton books.
- There are so many cool programs I didn't participate in but that sound epically cool—they have a bunch of book clubs, they have shelves called "Blind Date with a Book" where you can buy a mystery book with a description written on the wrapping, and they even have a program where local teens sign up to recommend books and work closely with the bookstore.
- It's so huge, and the atmosphere is so warm and welcoming—and I went around 7 PM (they close at 9 PM), so I got to wander around with not too many people present and just get totally lost among the books!
- Even their website has really cool recommendations, if you're not able to go in-person!
- Oh, and did I mention I found placards recommending Goodbye Stranger AND The Magic Fish?! So they have good taste. 😄