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JL's Bibliomania

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While my first love was SF, I read widely in YA, urban fantasy, police procedurals,  middle-grade, and non-fiction. 

 

 

 

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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
Douglas Carlton Abrams, Desmond Tutu, Dalai Lama XIV

DNF x 2

Lineup - Liad Shoham Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings - Helene Boudreau

I've been having a hard time settling down to a new book in print format.

 

I received a copy of Lineup by Liad Shoham as a prize during my first Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-Thon.  And feel a bit guilty that the book, which was donated by the publisher, has languished on my TBR shelf for over a year.  I pick it up occasionally and keep setting it aside in favor of other selections.  This time, I actually read the first few chapters before deciding that I just couldn't stomach reading another book focused around a rape so close to Speak.   It's tricky - rape is a major crime just like murder, so obviously it will feature in many crime thrillers.  And mysteries and thrillers often start with a view of the crime that starts the ball rolling so that you know more than the characters. But this time around, it just turned my stomach to have a male author casually summon a rape in the first two chapters so that the male detective and other male protagonists could have a problem to solve. I haven't decided whether I will give Lineup another go at a later date.

 

I also couldn’t get past the set-up for Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau.  Jade’s mother has recently “drowned” leaving the 14-year old with her Dad.  She is taking a bath after a stressful day of having her first period arrive while swim-suit shopping, when she transforms into a mermaid.  Dad isn’t entirely surprised, because it seems that Mom was also a mermaid...(so was her “drowning just a cover story for returning to the water full time?)  I can see how the chatty tone might appeal to middle-grade and younger YA readers, but I just couldn’t stomach it.