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2014 Hub Reading Challenge check-in #1

8 Feb

I was a little worried as the week began because I knew it would be a busy one. Would I have enough time to read? Fortunately, Snowmaggedon has helped me out ad I finished two books for the Challenge.

During ELPA testing, I started reading  Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronin-Wills.

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What a great read!! I started making a list of all the songs mentioned in the book and wanted to make myself a CD because so many of the titles reminded me of my youth. Although Gabe, the main character is the heart f the story, I was really drawn to John’s story, too. Cronin-Wills has drawn such believable characters, and it is amazing to me that she can write in a teen voice as well as a senior citizen voice.

Because of the winter storm that has shut down the town, I also read Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. It was a Stonewall Winner.

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I was surprised at the poetry of the writing.It weaves together several story lines, all narrated by a chorus of generation of gay men lost to AIDS. In the afterward, Levithan describes the real-life events that inspired the book.

So, in all, I did better this week than I had anticipated. I am looking forward to what next week brings. I just have to wait for the snow to melt and the library to reopen.

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