Tag: ya of the ’80s & ’90s


Audiobook Review: Howl's Moving Castle

Audiobook Review: Howl's Moving Castle

Posted 22 December, 2011 by Akilah in Audiobooks, Young Adult Lit / 1 Comment

In the land of Ingary where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of the three. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes. Every once in a while, I’ll read a book that I can honestly say I have no clue what’s going on in it, but still I enjoy it very much. Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones is one of those books. Oh, sure, I can give you a rundown of the basic plot: Sophie pisses off the Witch of the Waste who then hits Sophie with a curse so that she turns into an old woman. Sophie, who previous to the curse had settled for being the oldest and therefore the one with no choices, leaves […]

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Mini book reviews: November and December

Mini book reviews: November and December

I am currently eight (!) books behind on reviews, so it’s time for some mini-reviews, yes? Yes. The Daily Show’s Five Questions from Comedy Central: Back when Craig Kilborn hosted TDS, he had a segment in which he asked the celeb guests five questions. This book chronicles his favorites or the most memorable, I guess. I have no real opinion of this book. I read it in the bathroom, and that’s about all I have to say about it. That, and the book was worth the ten cents I spent on it at the library book sale. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling: I really, really, really want to hang out with Mindy Kaling. I think she’d be a lot of fun, and not just because we’re the same age. I liked the longer, more personal essays in this book, but the short vignettes were cute, too. […]

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Audiobook Review: Ella Enchanted

Audiobook Review: Ella Enchanted

Posted 2 December, 2011 by Akilah in Audiobooks, Middle Grade Lit, Young Adult Lit / 6 Comments

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine is a reread for me, though the audiobook narrated by Eden Riegel is a brand new experience. It has been years–years!–since I’ve read EE. In fact, the last (and first) time I read the book was right after the movie came out. What can I say about this book? It is pretty much perfection. I love Ella so much. I LOVE HER. Love, love, love, LOVE. I wish words could adequately express how awesome Ella is because she is JUST THAT AWESOME. She’s smart, funny, clever, stubborn, bullheaded, and just…I just love her is all. She is so great. I mean, really. That is my largest take away from the book. And, yes, the rest of the book is awesome, too, but mostly I just love Ella THE MOST. As for how it fares as an audiobook: I’m not the biggest fan of Riegel […]

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Book Review: Alias Madame Doubtfire

Book Review: Alias Madame Doubtfire

Posted 1 November, 2011 by Akilah in Young Adult Lit / 1 Comment

“How dare you?” Miranda shook with rage. “How dare you deceive me like this, and arrange for my own children to deceive me? How dare you encourage them to collude with you in lying to me and humiliating me?” Did you know Mrs. Doubtfire is based on a book???? I certainly did not. So imagine my delight when I ran across Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine at the library book sale. At first, I thought was one of those novels based on movies. But no! Mrs. Doubtfire is based on the novel. So I had to read it. First of all, let me just say that I love Mrs. Doubtfire. LOVE. It makes me laugh every single time I watch it. Every single time. I love the restaurant bit with the “Help is on the way!” and I love the “He’s a she-she…she’s a he-she” part. And the transformation […]

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Nostalgia: If This Is Love, I'll Take Spaghetti

Nostalgia: If This Is Love, I'll Take Spaghetti

Posted 7 August, 2011 by Akilah in Young Adult Lit / 5 Comments

I’ve always considered myself a very level-headed sort of person. While my friends struggle through adolescence alternating between moods of rapture and despair, I sail along on a fairly even keel, never–or almost never–going overboard about anything. So starts “I’ll Never Stop Loving You, Tommy Toledo,” the second of nine stories in Ellen Conford’s If This Is Love, I’ll Take Spaghetti AKA The Best Short Story Collection EVER. Okay, maybe not. But this book was one of the ones I sought out as I made my through the Friends of the Library book sale. I had to have it. What’s so great about it is that as soon as I opened the book and started reading, the details of all the stories came back to me immediately. It’s just so great. SO GREAT. The stories, in order, are: “If This Is Love, I’ll Take Spaghetti” — Jamie wants to lose twenty […]

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Book Review: Static Shock Vol. 1: Rebirth of the Cool

Book Review: Static Shock Vol. 1: Rebirth of the Cool

Posted 19 April, 2011 by Akilah in Graphic Novels, Young Adult Lit / 0 Comments

This is an incredibly difficult review to write. Not because of the book or anything in it, but because looking up links to post about Dwayne McDuffie makes me so incredibly sad. He was just so talented, and he did such a great thing creating Milestone Comics and characters like Static and Icon in a city like Dakota, and it just makes me sad. He was so young. I mean, he was an incredible blessing and talent in the comics and animation world and I don’t want to take away from that, but he was just so young and awesome and now he’s gone. I was going to say that my first introduction to Dwayne McDuffie and his work was through the Static Shock cartoon (which is unfortunately not available as a complete series), but that’s not true. I was introduced to him through the Justice League cartoon on Cartoon Network. […]

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Audiobook Review: Tangerine

Audiobook Review: Tangerine

Posted 3 April, 2011 by Akilah in Audiobooks, Young Adult Lit / 4 Comments

But I can see. I can see everything. I can see things that Mom and Dad can’t. Or won’t. I attempted to listen to the audiobook of Tangerine by Edward Bloor (narrated by Ramón de Ocampo) a few months ago with my daughter, but she deemed it boring, so we returned it to the library and got something else. But I still wanted to read it. So when I had to take a road trip alone recently, I went back to the library and got it. I am so glad I did. It’s the story of Paul Fisher and what happens when his family moves to (fictional) Tangerine County in Florida. I loved this book. LOVED. I loved the plot, I loved the characters, I loved the narration. I only listen to audiobooks in my car, and I wound up bringing the last disk of this one in the house […]

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Book Review: A Star for the Latecomer

Book Review: A Star for the Latecomer

Posted 6 March, 2011 by Akilah in Young Adult Lit / 2 Comments

Were there other kids out there whose parents wanted them to be big football heroes, or presidents of the class? The pressure to succeed must be felt by a lot of kids I know. To live up to our parents’ expectations for us, to make them proud of us, to love us. What price do we pay for their love? A Star for the Latecomer by Bonnie Zindel and Paul Zindel was another library book sale find. I was really intrigued by the tagline (“Her mother wanted her to be famous. Brooke wanted to be in love.”) and the cover. A dancing book! I thought with excitement. A dancing book with a girl who is torn between a boy and dancing and her mother’s dreams and her own! Yeah, not quite. This is actually a book about a girl (Brooke) whose mother is dying of cancer. Which…not so fun as […]

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2011 Reading Challenges

2011 Reading Challenges

Posted 1 January, 2011 by Akilah in Uncategorized / 2 Comments

I have decided to sign up for the following reading challenges for 2011. Quirky Brown Reading Challenge: The focus here is on books offering an offbeat black experience, which I’m taking to mean no hood lit and no books about slavery (although 47 counts as offbeat, I’m sure). I’m going to do Level II, which is three books. Books Read for the Challenge: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley Sex, Murder and a Double Latte by Kyra Davis Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis YA of the ’80s and ’90s:  You had me at YA. You won me at ’80s and ’90s.  And that graphic! So much win all around. Books Read for the Challenge: A Star for the Latecomer by Bonnie and Paul Zindel Tangerine by Edward Bloor […]

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