Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Top 5 in 2013 (so far!): Ashley's Awesome Choices

Ashley is our awesome librarian over at Aurora Hills! If you stop in make sure to say hi, she's got lots of recommendations for you!

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
The Last Dragonslayer is a fantastic and humorous fantasy novel by Jasper Fforde, who typically writes novels for adults. Jennifer Strange is the acting manager, and with the threat of all of the magic in the world being snuffed out with the death of the last dragon she sets off to find the Last Dragonslayer and convince them to not kill the dragon. I really loved all of the characters and the humor was spot on. The book takes place in an alternate reality United Kingdom in a modern setting, so it may also appeal to people who don’t typically like fantasy. I listened to this book on audio and I thought it was a pretty good listen as well! (see our full review)

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
A graphic novel about food? Of course I liked it. Both of Lucy’s parents are involved with food—her mom is a chef and her dad is a gourmet. Lucy shares her life as it is told by food. She talks about foods she associates with different parts of her life—especially the places and people in it. The illustrations and stories are tied together wonderfully and there are so many recipes included in the book that are totally easy to try at home (and totally worth it). If you’re a foodie or just a fan of graphic novels and looking for something different, you have to check it out.(see our full review)

  A Bride’s Story by Kaoru Mori
When I started reading this series I didn’t realize that it’s by the same author of Emma! Historical fiction graphic novels aren’t terribly common (at least in English translations), but Kaoru Mori yet again presents us with an excellent manga. Each book in the series revolves around a different girl (or girls) who are brides or seeking husbands, but there are many recurring characters throughout the series. I really love the series for the strong female characters and beautiful representation of Middle Eastern architecture, crafts, and culture. The author includes notes about her research to explain cultural details and her decisions for the story and illustration.(see our full review)

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Wow this book was so unexpected! I read it on a recommendation and I’m definitely glad I did. It’s a bit unsettling, enticing you to read it again to analyze the mystery further. This is a haunting story exploring the history of a mysterious island through past lives and strange tales.(see our full review)

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Sophronia is a troublesome girl at home—always into mischief—so her mother sends her away to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. The school isn’t exactly a finishing school where she learns manners and dances—well, she does learn etiquette—but she is taught the art of espionage, diversion, and death. It’s a fun read and fans of Victorian England and steampunk will definitely enjoy it.

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