YA Highway asks: What’s the best book you read in October?
I only read a few books this month since most of the time was spent plodding through a 500 page biography on Rasputin. I am now disappointed that the legend isn’t as legend-y as I’d wanted.
To the other books!
Zombies vs. Unicorns, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
Before reading I was firmly TEAM ZOMBIE. I’ve never been a big fan of the unicorn. Probably because I was never one of those “I want a pony” kids. I was more of an “I want a pet tiger, please.” Note: My parents never got me a tiger, oddly enough.
My thoughts on some stories. I put (Z) for Zombie, (U) for Unicorn
Bougainvillea by Carrie Ryan (Z) – loved the twist at the end. I was expecting it, but that only made it sweeter.
A Thousand Flowers by Margo Lanagan (U) – It’s burned into my memory. I am traumatized.
Princess Prettypants by Meg Cabot (U) – This story *almost* made me jump over to Team Unicorn. Hilarious.
Prom Night by Libba Bray (Z) – My favorite story, hands down. Haunting, heartbreaking, thought-provoking…it would make a great movie.
After reading, I’m still TEAM ZOMBIE, but maybe there’s a tiny sliver of room in my heart for certain unicorns.
Nothing by Jon Agee
I don’t normally read kids’ books since I don’t have kids, but I do sometimes volunteer as a “mystery reader” at the elementary school where my mom works. I read this book to a group of kindergarteners. The concept (it’s thinly veiled about materialism) went over their heads, but it was a fun enough book that afterward they were all giggling and saying, “That’s silly.” My four-year-old niece says “silly,” also. It’s totally one of my favorite words.
What’s the best book you read in October??