Wow, the month of June is almost over, which means I’ve been back in St. Louis almost a month, I’ve been finished with grad school for more than a month, I’ve been “funemployed!” (my friend Emma’s term, which I love) for that long as well, and we’ve only got a couple more #BookADayUK posts to go. This has been fun; I love to talk about books, though perhaps not as much as I enjoy reading (and writing) them. And it’s also been a good encouragement for me to write more frequently on the blog, which hopefully has been enjoyable for you to read. And I hope maybe you’ve added a couple titles to your to-read list as a result.
Pretty much every book I own was bought at an indie bookstore. That even goes for e-books, which I’ve been able to get from Kobo via my reliable local’s website. I did get a Barnes & Noble gift card for graduation, so I’ve been using that to buy some e-books, but most of the time, I choose to get books from my local indie, such as Left Bank Books. (If it seems like I mention them a lot, it’s because I love their store.)
So the range of books I could highlight for this #BookADayUK prompt is broad, to say the least. What I’m going to do, though, is choose the latest one I picked up, when I stopped by the shop a week or so ago, and that’s My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger:
Best friends and unofficial brothers since they were six, ninth-graders T.C. and Augie have got the world figured out. But that all changes when both friends fall in love for the first time. Enter Ale. She’s pretty, sassy, and on her way to Harvard. T.C. falls hard, but Al‚ is playing hard to get. Meanwhile, Augie realizes that he’s got a crush on a boy. It’s not so clear to him, but to his family and friends, it’s totally obvious! Told in alternating perspectives, this is the hilarious and touching story of their most excellent year, where these three friends discover love, themselves, and how a little magic and Mary Poppins can go a long way. (from Goodreads)
I couldn’t tell you quite why I picked this one up. This is my first encounter with Steve Kluger, so I wasn’t familiar with him before seeing this book on one of the tables in the store. It might have been the name “Mary Poppins” in the subhead. I was a huge Mary Poppins fan when I was a little kid, to the point where I kind of wanted to be her. (Yes, that aspiration predates my desire to be Wonder Woman. Lord, my parents must have known….)
So, yes, total impulse buy. I’m looking forward to reading it.