Happy Almost-Summer! This week our neighborhood book club started discussing beach reads (would that we were going to the beach). I'm wrapping up my teaching for the semester and thinking I might actually find a few extra reading hours to spare. I can't wait to see the reading recommendations posted by YOU. For more suggestions, check out the new links in our sidebar to the Bank Street book lists.
I freely admit that I am a fickle reader. I read a dozen books simultaneously. Unless I am truly riveted, I may make it to the midway point, the two-thirds point, but it's relatively rare that I reach the end. I was an avid consumer of fiction in elementary school, but somewhere along the way (too many deadly-dull (to me) "classics," too little time, and a very SLOW reading speed), I turned into a picky one. I'm not quite a reluctant reader, but I am a reluctant finisher. Is there a single soul out there with a similar reading style?
My reading-as-a-writer M.O. is haphazard. No highlighter or studying or writing workouts for me. Basically, I need a plot that I love and a style that feels natural -- not pretentious, not too "spare," not to "voicey-voice." If the writer seems to be trying too hard, I will have to try too hard to get through the book. A book with the above criteria is the one that gets me to the end and sticks with me, often forever.
In combing through my books-to-finish piles scattered about the house as well as the home page of my wonderful new Kindle (more on the Kindle in another post), my summer kidlit reading plan consists of the following:
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
Sophie the Awesome by Lara Bergen
Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher (I am behind the curve on this one, but wow, what a book!)
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
The Billionaire's Curse by Richard Newsome
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban (another wow!)
It's Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder
The Kane Chronicles, Book One by Rick Riordan
The Seventh Level, by Jody Feldman
The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone (super-wow!)
Then there's the ultimate reader/writer/parent book for me:
Book Crush: For Kids and Teens by Nancy Pearl
I also look forward to the treasure trove of easy readers and picture books that my kids will be bringing home all summer long.
For those interested in reading a wonderful novel in poems this summer, enter April's book giveaway here.
Please share your own reading recommendations if are so inclined, and happy summer to all! --Jeanne Marie