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

Friday, May 8, 2015

And the winner is... what? what?

Quelle horreur!  We didn't get to read I'll Give Your the Sun!  Add it to the list of books for DDM please!

Notwithstanding others' infatuation with the former, my pick goes to The Night Gardner, by Jonathan Auxier, based upon the simple virtue of keeping my attention.  Which is not to suggest that other titles this year have been bereft of redeeming qualities, but to a one, those laudable features were diminished by vapid themes, tired archetypes, or sundry literary sins.  The Night Gardner kept me reading, won my appreciation with tangential details such as the 'hills' of ancestors, and suspended my criticism long enough to have a bit of fun.

It seems that I may have missed the ripest of this year's crop of books, but I'd be sated just the same if more of my YA fare was as tasty as this one.


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