Summer Reading Weeks 3 and 4

So I was at camp (I'm a volunteer counselor) for a week, so I didn't list and didn't read much. I'm behind on my goal for sure - time to kick into gear!
  1. Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo
    I really enjoyed this book, more than any of the original Grisha books (not that I disliked them; this was just better). Perhaps it's the fact that I am helpless to resist a scrappy, charismatic thief as protagonist. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. My Lord and Spymaster, Joanna Bourne
    Not as good as the first one of hers I read - I liked the female protagonist better, but the pacing was very off to me. ⭐️⭐️✨
  3. Boundary Born, Melissa F. Olson
    I like this series, though not as much as her other series about Scarlet the null (they're all in the same universe though). I appreciated some choices she made her, to not dissolve relationships that other authors would have just to make things harder for the protagonist. Solid urban fantasy fun, though it might not make my top 10 list of that genre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling
    Finally I finished some non-fiction! I really enjoyed this, and it as also interesting reading it, knowing what @mindy was going to go on to do with The Mindy Project. I've heard from some people (basically my best friend, who is my go-to on celeb NF) that Why Not Me? isn't quite as good. Any thoughts on that? ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
  5. Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari
    Oh this book was so interesting. I love that Aziz's attitude on his work seems to be that if he sees a need for something, he works to create it (since he has the cultural capital to do so). Trump is scary as shit? Write an op-ed in the NYTimes. Need more diverse TV? Master of None. Funny and interesting sociological examination of dating in the world? This book. Especially if you're in the dating world, I highly recommend it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. I Kill the Mockingbird, Paul Acampora
    A Young Hoosier Book Award, about some nerdy best friends who want everyone to read TKAM, so they start a "revolution." Sweet, light, well-done, but I don't know that my students would really appreciate it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. The Road to Paris, Nikki Grimes
    A short little book about Paris, a bi-racial foster child who is trying to figure out where she fits. It's well written (duh, it's Nikki Grimes) and one that my students really like. Glad I finally read it, especially since it took about 45 minutes.
  8. P.S. I Still Love You, Jenny Han
    I cannot recommend these books enough. I am so glad I discovered Jenny Han this summer. They are BEAUTIFUL and just ring so true to me. Also, there are some messages about sex and identity I was so happy to see, and would want my kids to absorb (having sex or not does not make you a good or bad person. Your body, your decision, your timeline, and no one should take that away from you). Seriously people, read these. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
  9. Total Read: 21/50.... Not where I'd like to be, considering summer is more than halfway done. But I can do this!
  10. Non-fiction: 2/5.... Still working on The Devil in the White City, and the Hamiltome arrives tomorrow!!! (@i8brenna)
  11. YHBA: 5/20. Sort of regretting making this part of my goal. I was at the library this morning and they didn't have a bunch of them that I actually wanted to read! But I still have almost a month....