Smackdown Books 2017

Arlene's smackdown17 book montage

The Memory of Things
Hour of the Bees
The Gospel Truth
Ultraman, Vol. 1
Ghost
The Bunker Diary
Echo
Trouble Is a Friend of Mine
Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy
The Hired Girl
An Ember in the Ashes
The Porcupine of Truth
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Goodbye Stranger
Beautiful Blue World
The Blackthorn Key
One
Updraft
All American Boys
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Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Monster Called Me...

So...I feel that I must confess something. A Monster Calls wasn't actually my first pick to add to the Smackdown. It was because of extensive technical difficulties that I ended up ditching the first title and picking A Monster Calls. (I'm guessing you want to know what the other book was. I'll never tell but I'm sure that you can get it outta Dia as she can't seem to keep a secret!) I figured something or someone somewhere was telling me that A Monster Calls was the book for the Mighty Smackdown.

I quickly grew tired of the intrusive narrator in A Tale Dark and Grimm (sorry, Dia) and prefer more gritty realistic fiction over Okay for Now. Having said that, A Monster Calls doesn't quite fit that bill but I don't know that I have ever read a book that has ever hit me in the gut like A Monster Calls. Admittedly, I don't think it is a book for every kid - is the right book for a kind who needs it at a very personal time.

A Monster Calls is my vote as the winner of this year's Mighty Smackdown!

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