I spent the weekend at KidLitCon in Austin, which means I also spent a good bit of time in airports and on planes this weekend.
And you know what that means, right?
UNINTERRUPTED READING TIME!
A total novelty for me.
So I took this gift of time as an opportunity to sink into several longer novels.
by A.S. King
I don’t read alot of YA, perhaps in part because I find I don’t often get the opportunity to really delve into a book for long periods of time, and YA tends to be a bit more emotionally draining. I mean, let’s face it, it’s written for a teen audience. And being a teen is emotionally exhausting. But Ask the Passengers was recommended to me a year ago and I finally got around to it. And whaddya know? King (beautifully) delivers some real gut punches. There’s the opportunity for some real discussion, perhaps not all of it comfortable. But the message that love is reciprocal, that it needs to be sent back and forth between two people, is one everybody can agree with.
Listening for Lucca
by Suzanne LaFleur
Confession: I’m not a big reader of fantasy. There are some I enjoy, but I’m picky. I do, however, enjoy stories that stretch just a little bit beyond the realistic. That employ the imagination, but don’t take me too far beyond the realm of real life. So I’ve found a really happy niche in magical realism. Listening for Lucca is a perfect example. I’m fascinated by this idea of parallel lives and times, of connections through history. And cover art! Isn’t this cover gorgeous?
A Tangle of Knots
by Lisa Graff
Why didn’t somebody make me read this book sooner?! Half of you out there are saying, “But we told you!” And yes, you did. It just took me awhile to get around to it. In some ways, I’m glad, because I was able to read it in one sitting, and that was a delightful treat. There are so many threads, so many viewpoints in this story, that it should be confusing. Yet, it’s not. All these threads slowly come together, braided (or knotted!) into one fantastic story about Fate. Bonus: CAKE! Anybody else read this and have a sudden desire to bake lots and lots of CAKE? Or, possibly get in the car and drive to a bakery. That would work, too.
Happy Monday, all!
Have a magical week.