When I first spotted Jane in a bookstore, I will admit it: I was horrified and wanted to cry, maybe got a little teary eyed. I could tell exactly what it was from the cover (however awesome it was) and could not believe someone had decided to publish a modern version from the story. As a lit freak, I can get a little annoyed, and even upset, by some modern updates. But there are some that I can really fall in love with. After leaving, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Would it be good? Would Jane Eyre fans be interested in this new Jane Moore? Could the mysterious Rock Star that acts as April Lindner‘s male protagonist live up to the magnificence that is Edward Rochester?
In a word: YES.
I gave in a couple weeks later and grabbed a copy, unable to hold on to my attempts to maintain my ever faltering â€œI don’t read published fanfictionâ€ superiority. And boy, was it worth it. Continue reading Book Review: Jane
Is it just me or does life seem a little hollow without another Hunger Games book in the future? Runners talk about the period after running a marathon as the post-race blues. The big goal has been reached. Now what? I can sympathize. Since finishing Mockingjay I’ve been suffering post Hunger Games blues. Runners have lots of ways they try to shake off the blues and get back to training. My coping mechanism has been to gobble up any post-apocalyptic, dystopian book I can get my hands on. I haven’t found anything that can compare to the Hunger Games. Some are just downright silly, but I’ve managed to find a few that are worth the effort.
My favorite that I’ve read recently is The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. It is the first of the Chaos Walking trilogy. The final book, Monsters of Men, was just released in September.
Todd Hewitt is the youngest boy(on the cusp of manhood) in Prentisstown, a nightmare of a place where all of the women have died and the thoughts of men and animals are audible as what they refer to as â€œnoiseâ€ which is cleverly represented as overlapping text in scratchy, scrawling fonts. Todd’s faithful companion is his dog, Manchee, who is one of my new favorite characters. His first dialogue in the book, â€œNeed a poo, Todd.â€ Brilliant. He adds several moments of levity in an otherwise very dark, and bleak book. Continue reading Book Review: Knife of Never Letting Go
On 11/24/10, Gayle Forman posted on the NPR web site a short list of what she considers â€œthe year’s best teen reads.â€ Her list stayed away from fantasy or popular â€œdark romanceâ€ books and focused on â€œjust real people in real situations with real emotions that we all can relate to.â€ Seeing her list, of course, compelled me to think back on my year of reading. What were my favorite discoveries in 2010? What trends did I see in my own choices? And what have others noted as their recent favorites and/or â€œbest ofâ€ picks from 2010?
Just a small sampling of some interesting recommendations/lists you may want to check out in addition to Gayle Forman’s list (as noted above):
â€œYALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten (2010)â€ (Following this link will also lead you to a wealth of other lists recommended by YALSA â€“ just look to the left of the page for the other available menu options/listsâ€¦)
What were some of MY favorite reads/discoveries from 2010 (and some not-so favorites)?