Personalized Reading Recommendations for Jaycie PART 1

I have decided to dissect and evaluate my recommended reading list made by Dr. Ellington specific to my personal tastes. I won’t have enough time to read all of the books on the list this semester; however, I am hoping to get to all of them, eventually… Depending on how I rate them after this Blog Series.

Book Award covers.First on the list is John Lennon: All I want is the Truth by Elizabeth Partridge. I know Dr. Ellington suggested this book specifically because I have always been a Beetles fan, and even more so a John Lennon fan. According to Goodreads, this nonfiction, biography memoir has been rated a 3.96 out of 5 stars and has received the Printz Honor in 2006 and the Bccb Nonfiction Book Award.

“Award-winning biographer Elizabeth Partridge dives into Lennon’s life from the night he was born in 1940 during a World War II air raid on Liverpool, deftly taking us through his turbulent childhood and his rebellious rock’n’roll teens to his celebrated life writing, recording, and performing music with the Beatles. She sheds light on the years after the Beatles, with Yoko Ono, as he struggled to make sense of his own artistic lifeâ��one that had turned from youthful angst to suffocating fame in almost a split second.

Partridge chronicles the emotional highs and paralyzing lows Lennon transformed into brilliant, evocative songs. With striking black-andwhite photographs spanning his entire life, John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth is the unforgettable story of one of rock’s biggest legends.”

This sounds like it could definitely be an interesting book to meet my one nonfiction (or other genre I don’t typically choose) book a month quota, and it doesn’t hurt that it is also a book with pictures in it!

Baby's in Black

The second book on my personalized reading list is Baby’s in Black byArne Belstorf. And Holy Smokes this is a graphic novel about The Beetles in their early years! It is awarded 3.72 stars and looks awesome… Definitely going to read this one.

“The heart of Baby’s In Black is a love story. The “fifth Beatle,” Stuart Sutcliffe, falls in love with the beautiful Astrid Kirchherr when she recruits the Beatles for a sensational (and famous) photography session during their time in Hamburg. When the band returns to the UK, Sutcliffe quits, becomes engaged to Kirchherr, and stays in Hamburg. A year later, his meteoric career as a modern artist is cut short when he dies unexpectedly.

The book ends as it begins, with Astrid, alone and adrift; but with a note of hope: her life is incomparably richer and more directed thanks to her friendship with the Beatles and her love affair with Sutcliffe. This tender story is rendered in lush, romantic black-and-white artwork.”


Dairy QueenNext on the list is Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. It receives 3.77 stars out of 5 according to the Goodreads scale and has several awards: Borders Original Voices Award for YA or Independent Reader (2006), South Carolina Book Award Nominee for Young Adult Book Award (2009), Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2009).

“When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.
Harsh words indeed, from Brian Nelson of all people. But, D. J. can’t help admitting, maybe he’s right.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.
Stuff like why her best friend, Amber, isn’t so friendly anymore. Or why her little brother, Curtis, never opens his mouth. Why her mom has two jobs and a big secret. Why her college-football-star brothers won’t even call home. Why her dad would go ballistic if she tried out for the high school football team herself. And why Brian is so, so out of her league.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.
Welcome to the summer that fifteen-year-old D. J. Schwenk of Red Bend, Wisconsin, learns to talk, and ends up having an awful lot of stuff to say.”

This description does give me a whole lot to go off of, but enough to make me want to find out what D.J. has to say…


saving francescaThe fourth and final recommendation I will be mentioning for now is Saving Francesca by Melinda Marchetta, probably a suggestion for me because it’s adolescent chick lit! And has a 4:5 rating and a ton of literary awards:

Children’s Book Council of Australia Award for Book of the Year for Older Readers (2004), Canberra’s Own Outstanding List (COOL) Awards Nominee for Older Readers (2004), Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALA) Nominee for Older Readers (2004), Young Australians’ Best Book Award (YABBA) Nominee for Older Readers (2004), West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (WAYRBA) for Older Readers (2004)
Parents’ Choice Gold Award (2004), S.A. Festival National Children’s Book Award Nominee for Young Adult (2004), W.A. Young Readers Book Award (WAYRA) for Older Readers (2004)

“Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastians, a boys’ school that’s pretends it’s coed by giving the girls their own bathroom.  Her only female companions are an ultra-feminist, a rumored slut, and an an impossibly dorky accordion player.  The boys are no better, from Thomas who specializes in musical burping to Will, the perpetually frowning, smug moron that Francesca can’t seem to stop thinking about.

Then there’s Francesca’s mother, who always thinks she knows what’s best for Francesca—until she is suddenly stricken with acute depression, leaving Francesca lost, alone, and without an inkling who she really is.  Simultaneously humorous, poignant, and impossible to put down, this is the story of a girl who must summon the strength to save her family, her social life and—hardest of all—herself.”

This sounds like a comical, classic coming of age story!

Would you read any of these recommendations? 

Do you have any more recommendations for me based on these?


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