It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Shelia at Book Journeys. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s and YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR (to be read) pile. I plan to keep it to titles for young people, with an occasional book for grown ups thrown in if I find it relevant.
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Last Week in Books:
The Summer I learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt is somewhat of a quiet book about Drew’s summer before eighth grade. She finds her deceased father’s journal, works at her mother’s cheese shop, and meets a mysterious boy named Emmett. The book is best when it shows Drew just starting to question her mother and think more for herself. I would recommend it to fans of Frances O’Roark Dowell and Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor. It also made me wonder when historical fiction “starts.” Reinhardt points out that this is the summer of 1986, but I don’t think it really needs to be. Maybe the story would have turned out a bit differently if Drew had had a cell phone (for more on that see my post about Doll Bones), but the 80s setting never seems vital to the story.
Legend by Marie Lu is not at all a quiet book, but a grand dystopian adventure. I can see why so many students at my school went crazy over it this past year. Day is an especially dashing hero, and June is a pretty bad-ass chick. They make a great team.
According to Lu’s website and an article from MTV last summer a film is coming along. I can really see it is a cool action-adventure flick, and I wonder if it will be market more towards teens or tweens. Only time will tell.
This Week’s Planned Books:
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer is another sequel, and I usually only get to read those during the summer since I am reading Rebecca Caudill nominees all school year. I have always loved adaptations of the Cinderella fairy tale and The Lunar Chronicles series is no exception
What’s on your reading agenda for the week?