Time to check in for the YAB Summer Reading Challenge. Here’s my progress so far:
Read a biography or memoir:
Read a non-YA book:
I’m currently reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Read a classic (YA or otherwise):
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume – Moving story and I’m looking forward to watching the movie version soon. This book also reminded me that I should re-read Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, because it had such a huge impact on me years (and years) ago. I hope it stands the test of time.
Read a book by a debut author:
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy – Great concept and I enjoyed the now and then format. I didn’t have a problem with the main character’s personality (it seems many people did), except during the beach scene when I was ready to shake some personal growth into her already.
Read a book with summer in the title:
Read a book published in the year you were born:
Read a book with a male protagonist:
FREEBIE! Read a book of your choice:
Re-read a book you disliked as a kid:
Re-read an old favorite:
Read a book that’s been on your TBR a long time:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – This is one of those books that makes you think: what would I do in this situation? Sam’s reactions were very realistic, probably similar to what I would have done at her age. I wanted the ending to be different, but I understood why it couldn’t be.
Read a Printz Award winner:
A Step from Heaven by An Na – I loved the subtlety of the writing and some of the chapters, like “Harry,” were both beautiful and heartbreaking.
Read a book set at the beach:
Read a book with LGBT themes or main characters:
Read a book of poetry or novel in verse:
Crank by Ellen Hopkins – I started it and couldn’t stop. I knew bad things would happen, but I couldn’t look away. It was a painful book and not particularly hopeful, but so realistic and I appreciated that. So many books show addiction as something that happens and then is cured forever. If only. I’ll definitely pick up more of Hopkins’ books in the future.