Tuesday, March 7, 2017

what I read: January, February 2017

In the spirit of sharing what I read re: yesterday's post, here's a list of what I read over the first two months of 2017, with a quick note about each one. Have you read any of these? Tell me what you thought in a comment here or an email (larkingshop at gmail)!

Middle-Grade or YA Novels
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein [literature-based caper]
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan [historical fiction, magical realism, racial injustice, the power of art/music]
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper [historical fiction, racial injustice, coming of age]
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar [magical realism, family drama, coming of age]
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo [coming of age, family drama]
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken [suspense/thriller/adventure]
The Westing Game by Ellen Rankin [mystery]
Carney's House Party by Maud Hart Lovelace [friendship, romance]
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo [fantasy, adventure]
Wildwood by Colin Meloy [fantasy, adventure]
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz [coming of age, family drama, bigotry/racism]
The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea by Eileen Beha [adventure, family drama]

The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime edited by Michael Sims [collected short stories and chapters from Victorian women writers or published works about women detectives]
Bellwether Rhapsody by Kate Racculia [The Shining meets Special Topics In Calamity Physics with a dash of Alice in Wonderland]

Nonfiction Books about Writing
What It Is by Lynda Barry [graphic novel about overcoming writing fears and Barry's own creative path]
The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books by Linda Ashman [e-book only]

Adult Fiction
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple [in the same vein as Where'd You Go, Bernadette]
Austenland by Shannon Hale [three weeks at a fantasy camp for Jane Austen connisseurs]

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