Daily Archives: June 6, 2013

Cracking the Hub: Drama & Steve Jobs

Hub Reading ChallengeI’ve been reading steadily and am a third of the way through The Hub Challenge
I just finished my eighth book, Drama, by Raina Telgemeier and my ninth book, Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal.
Drama was an honor book for the Stonewall Award as well as one of the Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens and Top Ten Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. Drama follows a middle school girl who designs sets for the drama club and all the drama that surrounds their production of Moon over Mississippi.  Friendships, romance, and drama abound in this relatively short story.  I don’t usually read graphic novels, so it was a nice change of pace to read this light story where the art is instrumental to understanding the story.
Today I’ll give you a two for one post – I also finished reading Steve Jobs by Karen Blumenthal which was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction.  Blumenthal repeatedly jumps between a speech Jobs gave at a college graduation in 2005 and back to his chronological life story in this narrative biography.  You won’t find dry recitations of facts here, rather, the book is more like linked stories that show how Jobs’ reacted in situations, his early influences, and how his charisma and difficult personality made an odd sort of sense and influenced his life’s work.  Steve Jobs was not always a pleasant person to be around, but he was never ordinary.
Next up: Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman