Since November slipped by in silence on this blog, I'm posting twice in December. As holiday shoppers race towards the Frenzy Zone, better known as Last-Minute-Shopping-and-No-Idea-What-To-Get, I'd like to recommend more middle grade and young adult books (see previous post for other recommendations). And although it's mighty tempting to order online, I encourage visiting local bookstores, especially the independent type. They're quiet retreats from the hustle and bustle.
Here are some of my favorite middle grade reads this year:
1) Okay for Now or anything by Gary Scmidt
2) Hound Dog True by Linda Urban
3) The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
4) The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck
And for young adult readers:
5) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
6) Chime by Franny Billingsley
7) Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
8) Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
9) Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
No doubt, there were many more books I could add if only I had written them down. Alas, I did not. And that, my friends, will be the start of my New Year's resolutions. I just received a tidy little notebook and pen set from my critique partner and it will be the perfect spot to jot favorite books. In fact, I've never kept track of the books I've read so maybe I'll list them all. See what happens when you tend to your blog. You start with a Christmas post and end up looking forward to the new year!
Until now, this blog has focused on what I'm learning as a writer. But there are many excellent authors blogging about the craft and at some point I asked myself, what use are my words? So next month, I plan to steer this blog towards young adult readers, writers and artists, hoping in some small way to encourage their efforts. Thank you to those who have followed my posts so far, especially those who took the time to comment. I hope you'll continue to stop in and pass on this link to teen readers, writers and artists.
I wish you a holiday steeped in love and a 2014 that makes your heart sing.
I write middle grade and young adult books with a magical twist. I'm represented by the fabulous Leslie Zampetti of Dunham Lit.
Lorin Oberweger - Freelance Editor