Now it’s time for the slightly belated reading list for July.
July’s featured book is:
INK by Amanda Sun: “Ink is in their blood”
I picked this one up from the library based on a Recommended review from Jayne on Dear Author. (You can read Jayne’s review of Ink here.) I thought DD might like it because she’s in her 4th year of Japanese at high school. And after visiting Japan on a school trip when she was 11, she’s fascinated by the culture and can’t wait to head back for another visit.
Turned out to be a good pick: DD loved this story. And I enjoyed it, too.
It’s refreshing to read a YA set somewhere “exotic” like Japan. And for me, Ms Sun perfectly captured the fish-out-of-water feeling of the heroine, Katie, as she struggles with the language and the culture shock of day-to-day life in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s often the little things that trip Katie up.
And I appreciated learning more about the rich culture from a book rather than a Manga or Anime DVD — it’s never intrusive, just cleverly woven into the story.
Not only did the story work on many levels for me, but the original artwork on the front and back cover is something special. The illustrations are simply gorgeous! As is the texture of the cover–redolent of a thick, handmade paper. The “experience” of this book is definitely enhanced by reading it in paperback rather than electronic, I feel. And about the only criticism I have about the artwork is that “cover Katie” seemed a little too mature.
I’m gonna have to go out and buy this paperback, as I can’t stop stroking the cover!
And here’s the rest of my reading list for July:
- Brash by Nicola Marsh
- Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
- Candy Store by Bella Andre
- My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
- Firelight by Kristen Callihan
- Made for Marriage by Helen Lacey
- Significance by Shelly Crane
- The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
- A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare
- Delicious by Sherry Thomas
- vN; The First Machine Dynasty by Madeline Ashby
- Blood and Feathers by Lou Morgan
- Against the Wall by Julie Prestsater
- Ink (Paper Gods 1) By Amanda Sun
Until next month–make that the end of this month!–Happy Reading.