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Shannon Kay

shannonkay@bookrastinating.com

Joined 5 months ago

I was born the day that Reading Rainbow began. 📚 She/Her

Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Percy Jackson, Shadowhunter Books

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2023 Reading Goal

66% complete! Shannon Kay has read 8 of 12 books.

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis #1-2) (2004, Pantheon) 3 stars

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during …

Read: Persepolis

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This is the second graphic novel memoir that I’ve read. The other was George Takei’s They Called Us Enemy.

Some thoughts about Persepolis • A story of something in the historically recent past that I knew very little about • Told from a unique perspective • The graphic novel format is interesting and tells the story at a fast pace • A sad, difficult story with violence discussed • A cautionary tale about fundamentalism • Builds empathy for the people inside countries with oppressive governments who are engagedin war

I started reading Persepolis when there was a discussion about it among our district’s school board. The book had been approved by our literature review committee and gone to a test class. The last step was for the board to give final approval, but some school board members expressed concern about derogatory language toward women. In the end, they approved the …

Quarantine Princess Diaries (2023, HarperCollins Publishers) 4 stars

Quarantine Princess Diaries

4 stars

This book feels like hanging out with an old friend. It’s so funny and relatable. It’s kind of therapeutic. .

I enjoy a book that’s a bit later in a series where basically the “romance” plot has already happened and the couple you’ve been following is married. It’s really nice to check in on them a couple years later. Other stuff happens, but there’s no relationship drama. They’re just doing regular married people stuff.

The only real downside is that it kind of ends as if the pandemic was over after a year, when here we are three years later, with COVID not “over”.

Quarantine Princess Diaries (2023, HarperCollins Publishers) 4 stars

This book feels like hanging out with an old friend. It’s so funny and relatable. It’s kind of therapeutic.

I enjoy a book that’s a bit later in a series where basically the “romance” plot has already happened and the couple you’ve been following is married. It’s really nice to check in on them a couple years later. Other stuff happens, but there’s no relationship drama. They’re just doing regular married people stuff.

The only real downside is that it kind of ends as if the pandemic was over after a year, when here we are three years later, with COVID not “over”.

Chain of Thorns (Hardcover, 2023, Margaret K. McElderry Books) No rating

I’ve finished Chain of Thorns, and The Last Hours series of Shadowhunter books has concluded for me.

The anticipation for Chain of Thorns was at the forefront of my reading brain, and I had trouble thinking about what to read next after the “holiday book” reading season. Knowing Chain of Thorns was coming out at the end of January left me indecisive about other reading.

I enjoyed reading a book that I was so looking forward to. I didn’t rush it. But now I have a book series hangover.

After anticipating a book for two years, it’s strange for it to have ended. What do I do now?

Luckily, there are other new releases that I’m excited about this year, and of course the many books that are already available on my hopefuls list.