#5Books: A busy book week!

#5Books book recs for the week ending 22 January

So, it’s been a bit of a busy week, yeah? Work has picked up — naturally, at 3:30 on a Friday afternoon. HA.

But, I managed to get some solid book event time this week — is there something in the air? First, Penguin Teen Books had a YA event where I got wind of some seriously good YA titles coming up — did you guys know Jodie McAlister, the author of Valentine (in other news, it’s already in reprints), was Australian? And a superproof, thank you very much, along with a notebook that seriously makes me want to write. But I digress, Fleur Ferris and Will Kostakis were there too, with their newest titles.

And, then on Friday, I went to see the launch of Maria Lewis` Who`s Afraid Too? (book one reviewed here). It was a fun filled evening, and Maria was awesome as always in the Q and A! There were bands, but I was too tired to stay too long sadly.

AND THEN there was …

A book about bloggers and murder — which is relevant to your interests! I promise!

So, the world is ending in the second book — naturally. And for a guy who is courting death to see the afterlife, that might be a good thing. BUT, there’s always a but…

I also am captivated by a YA book about bullying, about a family who has to deal with the bully being their daughter. And their sister.

And here’s a YA novel about moxie, about a feminist rebellion in a Texas high school. And Amy Poehler has optioned it for a movie.

Last, is the story of a collaboration between a rape survivor and her rapist. Reading the blurb makes the hair on my hand stand up, but it’s a book I can’t pretend to understand how it came together as a collaboration, but it’s one I want to know.

Fickle

Guys, I think blogs and social are a genre now: a blogger sees a man commit suicide… but later, police find her blog on his computer. Is he a stalker? Or is there something else between them? What is REALLY cool about this, is its in the form of a blog, with comments. fickle begins to blog about the investigation, chatting to the people commenting about it. Which apparently begs this question: is she a blogger trying to figure out why shes involved in a murder spree or is this all part of her plan? Given how much social media and blogs and the like play in our lives, I am thoroughly liking this! 

The Seventh Age: Dawn

So Mike wants to know what there’s an afterlife, so much so that he starts to do death defying stunts to find evidence of the afterlife. An organisation has been paying attention to these stunts, and they want him to help them prepare for the end of the world. And somehow this ends up with, well, all hell breaking loose: zombies (I assume) the damned and demons who are determined to bring back the dead. And Mike is in the middle of it all. The worldbuilding here? It’s ALL about the worldbuilding. Who is the organisation? How does all the supernatural mentioned come to the fore like this? And how can Mike and save the say? 

The Golden Child

What happens when your kid is the one others are afraid of? In the age of social media, that can happen so easily and parents may never know — this is what happens to Beth and her family, when one of her daughters is outed as a bully. So how do you cope? What do you do?

Moxie

Vivian is taking a stand. She’s standing up against her school’s blinkers when it comes to the football team and dress code, and a whole of shit that is unfair to the females students at her school. So, given she comes from RRiot Grrrl stock, she starts a feminist zine and it unites the the female students in the school… and starts a revolution. How timely is this? I’m watching news reports of the Women’s March in cities across the globe and I think this is about as timely as you can get. It seems to be a focus on female characters and how they change, and I am hoping there isn’t a romance lurking somewhere. It’s not that I mind them, but the focus here on the female characters is what matters to me. 

South of Forgiveness

Thordis Elva was 16 when Tom Stranger raped her. From what I can find out, he was in Iceland as an exchange student, and in a relationship with her when he raped her.  She didn’t understand that what happened between them was rape until he returned to Australia, and after eight years of correspondence about it, this book is about their meeting for the first time since the rape in Cape Town, South Africa. I don’t know how you begin to forgive in a situation like this, but that is what Thordis wanted to do, so I think it’s a story that should be read. 

As an aside, have I ever mentioned the editing work I do for Legendary Women? It promotes positive images of women in media and entertainment, and regular every day legendary women. Go forth and read a bit.

There’s so much to try and think about this week, isn’t there? I hope you find something to look forward to in these recs.

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