2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

Andrew Smith Month: Grasshopper Jungle

Hey yall. It’s Andrew Smith month around here and *all* I’m reading is Andrew in June! I’ve been trying to get through Grasshopper Jungle. My youngest graduated from high school (yay!)  so we’ve been a little busy and I’m a little behind in my reading but BOY OH BOY am I glad I picked this book up first.


If this photo doesn’t scare you then there is no hope for you.  Travis Pope is chewing on Ollie Jungfrau’s body, yall! Run, run!

Run for the hills!!

Many people have compared Grasshopper Jungle to Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. While there’s no time travel there is that speculative fiction weirdness to it.  While we’re getting all erudite (huh huh?) lets throw in Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange because really, we are talking good and evil.

Believe it or not folks, add this to your Diversity Reading Challenge cuz the main characters are homosexual or bisexual.


p.s. i know the difference between a praying mantis and a grasshopper. but these guys were so cuuuuute.

Young Adult

Coming Up: Changing June to Drewne. Drewvuary? Drewly?

If you’re like me, your to be read list is a mile long. How will you ever get through all those books? One way to achieve that feat is to dedicate one month to reading a particular author. I’ve decided to dedicate the month of June to Andrew Smith.

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I’ve heard so many good things about his books and the Twitter kerfuffle a while back, prompted me to get to know Andrew Smith sooner rather than later. My boo Amy at Lady Reader Bookstuff loves her some Andrew Smith, so I figure maybe I should check dude out.

So I’m dedicating June to Andrew Smith. I hereforth announce that June will be called Drewne. Or Drewvuary. Or Drewly. I’ll hafta work on the name.  Drewvember?

I’ll be reading and reviewing every Smith book I can get my grubby hands on.  It will border on obsessive, but so what, right?

What’s your fave? Grasshopper Jungle? Winger?