Thursday, April 24, 2008

Recent Reading

I've been much pickier lately about the books I'll actually finish. Seems very little is giving me that can't-stop-reading feeling. I love getting carried away by a book, but if a book is just not for me, or not for me at this particular time, I will put it down and walk away, no matter how great the book is supposed to be. 

But... I did just read two terrific books:

SWEETHEARTS by Sara Zarr. I loved how she used a secret to create tension in this story. In fact, I'm going to write about it for my next Book Look column.

SOMEDAY THIS PAIN WILL BE USEFUL TO YOU by Peter Cameron. What a great coming-of-age novel. I read this in the car on the way to Florida, and I kept laughing out loud and reading excerpts to Alan. It's the story of James, a boy/man on the cusp of adulthood during the summer between high school and college. It made me laugh and cry and think about life... for me that's the mark of a great book. I hope it will be read by tons of teens as well as adults! 

So what are you reading? Do you have any recommendations for me?

1 comment:

Jenny Meyerhoff said...

Oh, I loved both of those books as well!
I've been reading a lot of books from the class of 2k8 lately, I'd definitely recommend you checking those out. (Too many to list here.)

Right now I'm discovering Megan Whelan Turner: The Thief, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia. I'm halfway through the second book and cannot stop reading!