Last summer I started a project where I read one book from every shelf in the Juvenile Fiction section of the library. It was so much fun to push myself to read books that were new to me that I started the same project recently for the Young Adult section.
The rule is that I have to choose a book I haven’t read before – and preferably one by an author I’m not very familiar with. I’ve always considered myself a big reader of children’s and YA books, but I’m finding that I’m really more comfortable in the children’s section. When I was picking out children’s novels I often struggled with choosing just one because there were so many that looked promising. But now I’m having the opposite problem. where did all these vampire romances come from? And the covers are all so garish and dramatic.
… It’s really impossible for me not to judge a book by it’s cover when I’m browsing – it’s one of the only things I have to go on. Mostly I’ve been going for the fantasy and historical fiction, as those seem the most interesting. There’s been some good realistic stuff in there too though. Here is what I’ve read so far:
1. Counting Stars (David Almond)
2. Fever 1793 (Laurie Halse Anderson)
3. The Twin’s Daughter (Lauren Baratz-Logsted)
4. Cold In Summer (Tracy Barrett)
5. The Folk Keeper (Franny Billingsley)
6. The Diviners (Libba Bray)
7. Ringside, 1925 (Jen Bryant)
8. The Dark Unwinding (Sharon Cameron)
9. Beige (Cecil Castellucci)