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Not Your Mother's Book Club Blog
Books Inc., the West’s oldest independent bookstore, started Not Your Mother’s Book Club™ with one big idea: to bring the best writers in the world to the best readers in the world. And we're not REALLY a club. That's just our name, and really, what's in a name? We're actually just an inclusive bunch of PASSIONATE readers who get to hang out with the coolest authors on the scene!
We throw parties, eat snacks and read, read, read, read, read...
We also have a lot of fun ... and we invite you to join us.
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IT'S AN ACRONYM EXTRAVAGANZA! You can kick it with OG Connie at any of the NYMBC events.
THE BOOK SO NICE WE REVIEWED IT TWICE!
I read this while waiting for my flight and found myself so completely engrossed in this Russian-based fantasy that I didn’t mind the flight delay. Orphans Alina and Mal met when they were kids and became inseparable growing up. Years later, they are still together & serving in the army – Alina in the cartographers corps and Mal with the trackers. When attacked in the Shadow Fold, Alina brings forth an unbelievable amount of Grisha magic that she never knew she had. Taken away from her best friend Mal for magical training, Alina enters a new world of court intrigue and power politics where to survive, she must figure out whom to trust and the games being played. Bardugo has crafted a stunning plot-driven story with a character that you can’t help but root for. Additionally, the Russian-influenced world building is certainly unique to the genre.
- Reviewed by Connie from Books Inc. Opera Plaza
In Shadow and Bone Bardugo has created a unque world filled with magic, Russian culture, and flawed but engaging characters. When her previously unknown powers are revealed, Alina is ripped away from her best friend Mal, the only family she has ever known, and put into the power of the mysterious Darkling, the charismatic and powerful leader of a magical order. Suddenly thrust into a world of luxury and secrets and hailed as the savior of her nation, Alina must figure out who she wants to be and who she can trust before it's too late. This book was exactly what I wanted when I picked it up, a well-written, utterly engrossing YA fantasy.
- Reviewed by Anna from Books Inc. Chestnut Street
NYMBC's SUMMER LINE-UP
June 28th: The Letter Q at Books Inc. Market Street, featuring authors Malinda Lo, Paige Braddock, Lucy Jane Bledsoe and Michael Nava
July 13th: TAKE THAT NEW YORK! A party in the Bay Area featuring YA authors. Bring your fancy hats.
August 10th: NYMBC+The Roxie = BFFs? Probably. Celebrate the 2yr anniversary of SCOTT PILGRIM at this special, late night screening. Tickets here.
August 28th : Cory Jackson's book launch party for IF I LIE.
While I first read this series a couple years ago, with the recent release of Out of Sight, Out of Time (book 5) I thought I revisited the previous books to reacquaint myself with the series before I tackle the newest book
Cammie Morgan goes to Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women in Roseville, Virginia where her mom is the headmistress. Sounds like a posh school for spoiled rich heiresses, right? That’s where you are wrong. Gallagher Academy is a spy school for girls where the teachers teach their students to hack into the CIA and dismantle dirty bombs. While each book has their own plotline, the overarching story for the series deals with the mystery surrounding Cammie’s father disappearance when she was a little girl.
Rereading the series has been fun and it is still full of sass, fun and kick-ass moments (and I mean that literally). I love the series’ emphasizes on strong female characters and friendships as well as Carter’s wit that keeps me laughing at various intervals. Well-paced and witty, this series reads like a movie. Great for a reluctant reader. Also its squeaky-clean romance makes it a good novel for middle and high schoolers looking for a novel that’s more fun than mushy.
Book One: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’ve Have to Kill You
Book Two: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
Book Three: Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover
Book Four: Only the Good Spy Young
Book Five: Out of Sight, Out of Time
- Reviewed by Connie from Books Inc. Opera Plaza
workshop to be led by NYMBC lady (Maggie)
I tutor a thirteen year old in creative writing, and given my job and our relationship we obviously talk about books. A lot. And we recommend each other a lot of books. And I have to admit, since she will likely read this review and will call me out if I don’t admit, that she reads far more of the books I recommend to her than I read of what she recommends to me. Which isn’t fair or right, but it’s the occupational hazard of a bookseller that you’re never reading all the books that have been recommended to you by anyone, no matter how much you respect their opinion.
After a solid year of having NOT read a few of the books she’s recommended to me, she said: “Ok, fine,” in a very adult voice. “If you’re only going to read one of the books I recommend to you,” (and here she gave me a look as if to say, ‘I’m letting you off easy, you slacker’) “You HAVE to read the Knife of Never Letting Go.”
I asked her why. “Because it’s IMPORTANT,” she said.
Well. Clearly I had to read it. Immediately.
And she was totally right.
The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first in the Chaos Walking Trilogy from British author Patrick Ness. It came out several years ago in the US, and I even remember picking it up and thinking, I really ought to read this, and then of course, not doing so. My mistake. Contained in the pages of The Knife of Never Letting Go is a story that is as exciting as it is full of literary wallop. I was constantly awed by Ness’s ability to not only move a story forward, at a desperate, thrilling pace no less, but to simultaneously endow his prose with ruminations befitting a literary (which is to say, reviewed by the NYT), adult novel.
As I read, I marveled in the echoes of authors like Cormac McCarthy or even John Steinbeck in Ness’s thematic content, and relished the emotional acuity of his narrator, Todd. And as I closed in on the end, I thought, here it is, here’s what Young Adult is: it’s coming of age. It’s got content not befitting the under 12 group. It’s upsetting, it’s relatable, it’s life affirming and it’s hopeful.
When I finished, I thought: I need to tell everyone about this book. So I hope you read it. Because that thirteen year old I tutor was right. It is important.
--reviewed by Maggie, Children's Department Director (and NYMBC lady)
OMG SO MANY AUTHORS!
Heidi R Kling
Tamara Ireland Stone
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