Although I focus more on the writing side now, I read too. Most of us were readers first, and I’ve heard that every writer needs to read as well. Here’s what I’ve been doing as a reader lately:
World Book Night (www.worldbooknight.org) was Monday April 23rd. The idea is that volunteers give away books that have been donated for this event, from a list of chosen titles. I got to give away 20 copies of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Dairy of a Part-Time Indian. It is an awesome book, and one of my favorite YA novels. Here’s a blurb from Sherman Alexie’s site, http://www.fallsapart.com/
In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
I chose to give away books at the Alaska Native Medical Center. The volunteer coordinator met me in the ANMC lobby, and we proceeded to the pediatrics ward and the food court. We saw several different families, and got some surprized but happy reactions. It was a lot of fun for me, to share my love of reading in such a novel way. (Please pardon the pun!) I hope there are lots of teens immersed in reading Sherman Alexie right now.
Another reading thing: I recently finished Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury. Here’s a blurb from her website, http://www.jennifer-bradbury.com/
On the eve of her debut in 1815 London, Agnes Wilkins attends a decidedly singular social event on the London scene—a mummy unwrapping party. But if the evening’s entertainment and Agnes’ ambivalence at the attentions of Lord Showalter weren’t enough to deal with, she quickly finds herself embroiled in a mystery whose answers could ultimately decide the outcome of England’s war with Napoleon.
It’s got wit, history, adventure, and romance–a great book! I highly recommend it.