I’m trying livejournal as a more convenient way to update the ‘Recent Reading’ page of my website, which I haven’t been able to keep up with for quite some time. I hope to log in here often and share with you what I’ve been reading. As before, with the ‘Recent Reading’ page, the listing of any title is in itself a recommendation; in most cases, I will not list titles that I did not enjoy. I’ll try to add genre information and a comment or two.
MANY THANKS to all those who wrote asking me to update my reading page more often! Here’s hoping this new system will work.
Books for young people
BUCKING THE SARGE, by Christopher Paul Curtis. Contemporary YA in Curtis’ inimitable style. Luther joins Kenny and Bud in a three-peat!
THE VILLAGE BY THE SEA, by Paula Fox. Midgrade. A quiet, thoughtful novel with remarkable characterization.
ISLAND BOYZ, by Graham Salisbury. Upper midgrade short stories. Gotta love the setting–Hawaii–and the depth of affection the author has for it. I also loved Salisbury’s LORD OF THE DEEP, a novel.
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, by Mark Haddon. Strong character with a memorable voice.
THE MERLIN CONSPIRACY, by Diana Wynne-Jones. Midgrade. A big fat fun fantasy.
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, also by Diana Wynne-Jones. Midgrade. A smaller, even more fun fantasy.
FISH, by L.S. Matthews. Midgrade. A small book with a big story about war and displacement and survival and hope.
GREGOR THE OVERLANDER, by Suzanne Collins. Underworld fantasy, very cool.
EMILY OF NEW MOON, by L.M. Montgomery. Midgrade classic. If you love the Anne books, don’t miss Emily!
THE PIANO TUNER, by Daniel Mason. Unusual setting—late 19th-century Burma—and a haunting story.
INTO THE LOOKING-GLASS WOOD, by Alberto Manguel. Thoughtful and thought-provoking essays on books and reading.
THE QUOTABLE BOOK LOVER, edited by Ben Jacobs and Helena Hjalmarsson. Lots of pithy quotes about reading and writing in a single handy reference.