Smackdown Books 2017

Arlene's smackdown17 book montage

The Memory of Things
Hour of the Bees
The Gospel Truth
Ultraman, Vol. 1
The Bunker Diary
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
All American Boys

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Glory or Garden...

I read both of these in previous rounds, so I've had a nice hiatus from the madness of Smackdown to venture into adult fiction.  I don't want to repeat myself on the aspects of each book that I liked or disliked, so I'll just summarize why I have chosen Night Gardener to continue smacking.  Personally, I was more enthralled by the characters and voices of the Night Gardener.  If you read my previous post about Glory...I was not a fan of the characters or the premise.  Drinking dead bat?  Definitely not my scene.  But people seem to love A.S. King, I'm just not a fan.  Night Gardener was spooky, the description was fantasical!  I loved the adventure wrapped up in this story.  As I said before...I the story was magic right down to the book cover and paper.  Night Gardener also more accessible to my students.  Realistically, Glory wouldn't be a viable option for me to put in my class library or at least it's a book I would only give to a select few to read.  I'm hoping for a real showdown next round.  This was went out with a whimper, I want a tough decision next time!

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