Remember that we were exchanging books for Christmas this year? And that the books we gifted are our choices for this coming year? Check out Holiday Gift Exchange–Book Club Style here.
We decided to spin a bottle to decide who got to open the next book. We also decided that we would read the books in the order that they were opened, and that the person who chose the book would host that month.
Okay, the books! We were all as excited as kids getting new toys. Really. Because books are so much better than toys!
And these are some really great books…
The Curiosity by Stephen P Kiernan – Dana
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – Koree
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett – Tonya
Open House by Elizabeth Berg – Allegra
The Orenda by Joseph Boyden – Lizette
The Englishman’s Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe – Rebecca
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – Erin
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – Rochelle
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter – Leah
The Emperor of Paris by CS Richardson – Maria
Which one are you most excited to read?
It has been a heavy few years in the world of YA fiction. Vampires, werewolves, and the end of the world as we know it have flooded the market.
I do appreciate the portrayal of strong female characters in some of these books. Katniss in The Hunger Games Trilogy is a good example. While Sarah Dessen writes a great love story, her novels don’t typically have a lot of substance.
That said, here are some of my recommendations for YA novels that are real, thoughtful, and do not have any vampires in them.
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Junior’s decision to go to an all-white high school off-reservation has his on-reservation friends and family criticizing him for his choice. Filled with serious topics and a lot of humour to offset them, this is one of my favourite YA books. This one is my 14 year old’s favourite.
The Path of Names by Ari Goelman
Reluctant Dahlia goes to sleep-away camp and finds herself caught up in a mystery surrounding the camp.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
A story about young women pilots in WWII, the plot is complex with amazing twists. A great choice for older teens (and parents), especially those who like spy novels.
Hoot by Carl Hiassen
Kids standing up for what they believe in, and encouraging adults to do the right thing.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
My 12 year old son recommends this one. Artemis is a millionaire, genius, and a criminal mastermind.