This past week was our Spring Break at work. Lucky for me, I had lots of YA Lit to read!
This week I found some cool resources on the web (okay, not a book, but still). I finished 2 books this week and made major progress in a couple of other books. So, here we go!
Around the Web
We spent this past week exploring social media and YA Lit. Here were a few of my fave links from this week – for both YA Lit class and other bookish things!
Social Media in YA Lit: Article that looks into social media as a plot device.
Teen Girls and Social Media: Not about YA Lit particularly, but an NPR article/interview that explores the deeper, darker side of social media. This interview is especially focused on violence and sexuality among teen girls.
Best Books of 2016 (So Far): One of my fave reading gurus, Donalyn Miller, has posted a couple of YA books that she loved in March. I trust every recommendation she has.
Dame Maggie Smith’s Bookish Roles: Book Riot is pretty hilarious. They have a list of the best “bookish” roles Dame Maggie Smith has played. Of course, Professor McGonagall is high on the list. But, she is one of the best actors ever.
Best Book Nerd Tweets: Here are some hilarious Tweets curated by Barnes and Noble online.
Books I Finished
This week I finished up An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green. This was an okay book, but not my favorite. Colin is trying to get over a pretty horrible break up with a girl named Katherine – the 18th one he has dated. As Colin and his friend Hassan spend a summer in a small rural town, they both learn a little about themselves and the people that they meet including Hollis (a factory owner) and her daughter Lindsey Lee Wells.
Overall, it took me quite a while to get into the character of Colin – I found I wasn’t really connecting with him. Once I became invested in his story, the book went a bit faster.
After finishing Crank, by Ellen Hopkins, this past week, I really, really wanted to continue to read Kristina’s story. This week I read the second book in the trilogy Glass. In Glass, we pick up after Kristina has given birth to her son Hunter. She is still living with her mom and step-father and her younger brother. However, she is still fighting her addiction to meth and the overwhelming urge to be Bree.
Kristina/Bree goes through the struggles of trying to find a job, keep a job, being kicked out of her house, trying to take care of her son, and fighting this monster. I don’t want to put in any spoilers because I know that some other folks are reading it now too. Let’s just say…..read it. You won’t be sorry!
Making Progress (In Progress)
I am also, for probably the first time in my life, trying to read more than one book at a time! I don’t know how it is really going, but here is what I’m still working on reading.
Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke, is the story of Mo, his daughter Meggie, a crazy “aunt” named Elinor, a mysterious stranger called Dustfinger, and the evil Capricorn. Sound complicated? Well, Mo is a very well respected book binder. He and his daughter love to read and they are like two peas in a pod. Then late one night, Meggie sees a strange man outside her window. Mo brings the man in and Meggie learns that a very dangerous man named Capricorn wants Mo and a special, dangerous book.
Mo and Meggie attempt to flee in the morning, but Dustfinger is right there waiting for them. He climbs into the van with them and they all venture to Elinor’s “house”. It’s not really a house because it is stuffed full of books without much space for people (my kind of house, really). Mo and Meggie, and the book, are safe – for now.
But….someone comes and kidnaps Mo in the night. Meggie and Elinor attempt to find this Capricorn character and rescue Mo. Dustfinger is along for the ride, or so it seems.
AND that’s as far as I have gotten so far This monster of a book is lovingly being called “The Doorstop” by my husband – but at over 500 pages, he’s not wrong. I’m starting to get into the story a lot more. So hopefully, next week I will have finished it!
That’s it from here…for now! What did you read this week? Any great resources about teens, their reading, and social media to share? Let’s chat below…