This week wound up being a YA reading week for me. About three trends behind everyone else, I finally read:
— Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games.
I see the point of the hype. Underneath the post-apocalyptic framework, the book is essentially a classic, fairy-tale quest, and very compelling. Something about it reminded me of one of my old favorites, Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword— so I read that next.
— Robin McKinley, The Blue Sword.
In a conquered land ruled from the faraway Homeland (anyone else thinking Victorian India here?), a young girl finds a very unexpected destiny. I love this book.
— Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
Another old favorite, although I find, as I get older, I sympathize more and more with Katie. An incredibly moving tale of coming of age in turn of the century Brooklyn. It still makes me cry.
— Florence King, Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady.
I’m not quite sure how I got from Francie Nolan to Florence King’s memoir of growing up eccentric in 1930’s Virginia. A brilliant prose stylist with a quirky sense of humor, King doesn’t take much seriously– with the exception of grammar.
What have you been reading?