October 2nd, 2009
Did you guess Kelsey’s lie from her Booklover of the Week feature? Be sure to check out the updated Wednesday post to find out!
And now, on to our book topic of the week…
I LOVE when books surprise me. You know how you sometimes go in expecting a book to entertain you and then lo and behold… WHAMMO! It completely knocks your socks off?
Best. Thing. Ever.
That’s actually happened to me twice this year. (And it’s only October!) So I thought it would be fun to share what made me fall head over heels for these books.
LIFE AS WE KNEW IT
First, a caveat… I usually read books to be entertained and to escape from the real world for a while. Escaping, for me, does not mean diving into the depths of someone else’s horrible issues. As you might guess, dark, intense, edgy books are generally not my cup of tea. I figure there’s enough darkness in the world that I’d rather escape into something that makes me feel energized and positive.
But every once in a while, my friends (or my agent or editor) try to get me to read something outside my comfort zone. My friend Tera Lynn Childs was the one who told me I really needed to read this book. So I finally bucked up and took her advice.
Smartest thing I’ve done all year.
Even though it made me walk around feeling like I had to stockpile emergency supplies for weeks afterward, this book was utterly amazing. Sue’s ability to draw you in and make you care deeply about these characters against the backdrop of catastrophe is really extraordinary. The third book of the trilogy comes out a few weeks before The Cinderella Society, and I keep joking that I’m almost more excited for hers than I am for mine. (Almost, mind you. I’m haven’t completely lost my faculties.)
WHEN YOU REACH ME
Hands down the best 2009 release I’ve read. I kept hearing about it and finally went and picked it up. I’ve been on a middle grades kick lately, so it was right up my alley. I spent the entire first half of the book wondering what on earth was going on.
Then I thought I knew.
Then I thought I didn’t.
Then I thought I did, but I didn’t know why.
Then I found out why. And then I cried.
If this book doesn’t win the Newbery, I will be so disappointed. Definitely a modern classic that we’ll be talking about for generations.
So what about you? What books have you read in 2009 that knocked you off your feet?
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