It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - 5/27/13

It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. Jen & Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts have adapted this to focus on Picture Books to Young Adult Books.

I had a strange reading week.  Most everything was for 13 and up and some for 16+ and older.  Here's what jumped out from the stack this week:

The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy by Ursus Wehrli (Chronicle Books, February 19, 2013) - Chronicle Books publishes some artistically amazing picture books.  Though this one could certainly be shared with children, I think it will be a bigger hit with adults.  This was brilliantly executed.

Relish: My Life In the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (MacMillan/:01, April 2, 2013) - Indie cartoonist, Lucy Knisley has written her memoir in graphic novel format.  Foodies will love this graphic novel food memoir of life growing up with parents and friends working in various aspects of the restaurant business, etc.  The book includes some fun recipes and stories to make you chuckle.  For ages 13+

Easy by Tammara Webber (Berkley Trade, November 6, 2012) - Easy is considered a New Adult book.  The story is set on a college campus and all of the characters are over 18 years old.  Though listed as a romance, there is so much more to this story.  Webber sensitively but powerfully confronts issues of sexual assault and date rape in this book.  Her main characters are flawed but grow and change over the course of the story.  For ages 16 years and older. 

Ragged Dick: Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks by Horatio Alger (1868) - I read this for my book club this month.  Written originally as a weekly serial, this story full embraces the theme of the American Dream and life in New York City in the 1860's. 

What I am currently reading:

Doll Bones by Holly Black (Simon & Schuster, May 7, 2013) - Just started this, but I love Holly Black's writing and world building. 

What I am looking forward to coming out in the next couple of weeks:

Squish  #5: Game On by Jennifer Holm, and Matt Holm (Random House, May 28, 2013) - Yes, Squish #5 will be out this week. 

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks (First Second, June 11, 2013) - A nonfiction biographical novel about 3 female scientists who studied primates. I am counting down the days till this one is released.