So, as I said in my previous post, I’ve been doing a lot of reading this year. A heck of a lot of reading. So much reading that you’d think my brain would burst, but instead it expands and makes room for more books. Although I don’t remember every word I’ve read, I remember the important lines (like “three words long” in Eleanor & Park), the details (like that amazing staff in The Serpent King or Auggie’s face in Wonder), the travels (all in the interest of finding a girl who may or may not have left clues to be found in Paper Towns or gallivanting through Rome and Florence to see the sights and find a dude who doesn’t want to be found in Love & Gelato), and an important point (that a romance doesn’t have to involve a boy and a girl to be engaging – see Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda).
What do these thoughts on words have in common? They all come from middle grade or young adult books! I love reading (and writing) young adult and middle grade stories because they are a section of literature that has so much talent, excitement, and increased diversity within it. And although I could stand to see more minority voices in young adult and middle grade literature, I’m happy with the direction its headed in.
Out of all the books I’ve read (so far this year) my favourite are: Continue reading