My Book Box: May
I can't say enough about how much I enjoy receiving a new Young Adult book and Mystery book delivered to my doorstep each month- two of my favorite genres, notes from the authors, and a special gift all in one tidy package. (And one of the books was signed this month!)
This month the special item included was this adorable reusable bottle! It even has an infuser should you want to give your beverage some extra pizzaz (I'm thinking raspberry and mint!)
I love the quote, the color, everything about this item, and I appreciate how much use I'll get out of it this summer.
The YA Book:
Ramona Blue, Julie Murphy
Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever.
Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever.
The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.
I really enjoyed Dumplin' and have been looking forward to Murphy's latest. I've seen the conflicting reviews, and am willing to read the book and come to my own opinions about the content. I'm always open to learning more about sexual fluidity and understanding that personal labels don't do anyone any favors.
The Mystery Book:
Not A Sound, Heather Gudenkauf
When a tragic accident leaves nurse Amelia Winn deaf, she spirals into a depression that ultimately causes her to lose everything that matters--her job, her husband, David, and her stepdaughter, Nora. Now, two years later and with the help of her hearing dog, Stitch, she is finally getting back on her feet. But when she discovers the body of a fellow nurse in the dense bush by the river, deep in the woods near her cabin, she is plunged into a disturbing mystery that could shatter the carefully reconstructed pieces of her life all over again.
As clues begin to surface, Amelia finds herself swept into an investigation that hits all too close to home. But how much is she willing to risk in order to uncover the truth and bring a killer to justice?
I'm really curious to see the way that Deaf culture is portrayed within this mystery. After having the opportunity to take ASL in college I became more curious about the culture of the Deaf communities in America, but I know little about what those communities look like in other countries. This book sounds like an interesting blend of learning something new, and getting to go along for a mysterious ride.
What do you think of this month's choices?
Have you read either of these books?
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