This month’s installment of our regular blog feature! An interesting mix of history and fiction, it’s definitely inspired me to seek out some of these titles!
Susan Hill Long— I’m reading the delightful, funny, action-packed HOOK’S REVENGE, by Heidi Schulz. Captain Hook’s 13-year-old daughter runs away from finishing school and sets out to avenge her famous father’s death. This book is so much fun!!
Jessica Spotswood— I’m reading Tiffany Schmidt’s HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH, which comes out next May from Bloomsbury. It’s about the daughter of a crime family that deals in black-market organs. Penny has a blood disorder that results in her bruising very easily, so she’s been raised as a delicate princess – but that all changes when tragedy strikes and she’s forced to fend for herself for the first time. As with all of Tiffany’s books, the characterization is brilliant; Penny’s journey toward independence is so compelling.
J. Anderson Coats— I’m reading DEATH BY TOILET PAPER, a charming middle-grade contemporary by Donna Gephart about a boy trying to save himself and his mother from eviction by winning contests – particularly a toilet-paper jingle contest. I’m also reading CUSTOMS IN COMMON by E.P. Thompson, about traditions and rituals occurring in the English countryside before the Industrial Revolution.
Cat Winters— I’m reading Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun–one of the big-buzz books of YA this fall. It’s the story of two twins, a brother and a sister, who have a falling out in their early teens because of circumstances that become clearer as the book progresses. Both twins narrate the novel in alternating sections, and I’m especially enjoying the chapters narrated by Noah, a character who bursts straight out of the pages in a kaleidoscope of colors. The novel also involves ghosts, which was a pleasant surprise for me.
Sharon Biggs Waller— I’m in the throes of researching the Victorian era for my work-in-progreess, and so I’m reading THE INVISIBLE WOMAN by Claire Tomalin. It’s about Charles Dickens ad his 13-year love affair with an actress named Nelly Ternan. It’s fascinating to read about how Victorian dalliances could ruin people, and the steps Dickens went to cover his up. I saw the film based on the book in the spring and really loved it.
Katherine Longshore–I’m reading Donna Tartt’s THE GOLDFINCH. It’s fascinating to read a book intended for adults, but so far (I’m about a third of the way through) written from the perspective of a teenager. It’s beautifully written with startling images and evocative prose.
What are you reading?