Category Archives: Books for Dudes

Books for Dudes – The Iron Trial

You usually read stories with characters who want to succeed, whether in an adventure, a quest, a mission, etc. But what happens when the main character wants to fail?  From popular teen authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes “The … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – Every Day

“Every Day,” by David Leviathan, challenges how we think of a main protagonist. This story is about A, who wakes up in a different body every single day. A tries to live each person’s life as they would or, at the very … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – The Amulet of Samurkand

“The Amulet of Samurkand” – intriguing, but kind of a hard title to remember. Instead, remember this name – Bartimaeus. While young Nathanial is the star magician in this story, it’s the djinni he summons, Bartimaeus, who makes this book such a … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – Superhero Science

Radiation. Genetic modification. Mutation. These words are often found in science textbooks. They are also frequently found in comic books and graphic novels! While the stories are often fantastical, the characters themselves owe much of their origins and adventures to … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore”

What kind of book starts with a mysterious antiquated bookstore before transforming into Google employees creating code-cracking algorithms to uncover the secret of immortality? Welcome to “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” by Robin Sloan. Clay Jannon went from life as a web designer to … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – “Blackout”

Robison Wells, author of popular YA books “Variant” and “Feedback,” begins a new YA series with “Blackout.” This thriller starts with super-powered teens attacking Hoover Dam, and the action only gets bigger from there. These teen terrorist attacks are happening … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – “Spirit Animals”

“Spirit Animals” is book series in which one author guides the overall story, but each novel features a different popular children’s and/or YA author (much like “39 Clues”). Brandon Mull, author of “Fablehaven” and other popular fantasy books, oversees the … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – Jeff Smith’s “Bone”

While I enjoy checking out new series, there’s something to be said about enjoying an existing series from start to finish. Jeff Smith’s “Bone” series  has a complete story in the form of nine graphic novels. While these graphic novels can … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – “Origami Yoda” Series

Fold or fold not. There is no try. Tom Angleberger’s “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” is as much about life at a typical middle school as it is about Star Wars and the wonderful art of origami. Dwight, a … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – Eleanor & Park

So this book talks about love. It also talks about standing up to bullies and covers a good chunk of comic book lore. Oh yeah, and someone becomes the victim of a nice roundhouse kick that should bring applause. What … Continue reading

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