Friday, June 24, 2011

What's on your summer reading list?

School library journal asked several authors what was on their summer reading lists. Here's a few answers

AS King

I have a growing pile of books ready for the summer. First, I'm going to read Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell with my daughter because she's curious about the Vietnam War since our trip to the [memorial] wall this spring. She's also looking forward to Lisa McMann's The Unwanteds. For my youngest: every Mo Willems book ever written. We're loving his "Elephant and Piggy" books right now.

For me, the annual brain-sorbet reread of Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions; or, Goodbye Blue Monday! and God Bless You Mr. Rosewater is in the cards as well as Matt de la Peña's I Will Save You and Charlie Price's Edgar Award winner, The Interrogation of Gabriel James. And if I get an extra minute, I want to reread Jitterbug Perfume, my favorite Tom Robbins, because I always found it to be the perfect summer read.

Tom Anglberger

The book I'm dying to read this summer is The White City, the third book of "The Clockwork Dark" series by my friend John Claude Bemis. Bemis has created a fantastical history of America, where the folk hero John Henry was a real-live person...but died. Now, a handful of sideshow performers must defeat the vast and terrible evil that killed Henry and has grown impossibly powerful. After finishing the first two books, I couldn't wait to start Book 3. But it doesn't come out until late August! That'll give those of you who haven't started the "Clockwork Dark" series a chance to read The Nine Pound Hammer and The Wolf Tree.

Rick Riordan

A couple of adult books I'm looking forward to this summer: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson and Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay. As for children's books, my family and I are excited about Michael Scott's The Warlock and Neal Shusterman's Everfound.

Veronica Roth

1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman—sometimes I'm in the mood for the complete opposite of what I write. In this case, thoughtful (and highly recommended) contemporary, instead of action-packed dystopian!

2. East by Edith Pattou—recommended to me by my editor, because I needed an example of multiple-but distinct-voices in one book. So you could say that East is part of me furthering my writer education.

3. Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver—my first foray into middle grade. I am a big fan of Lauren Oliver's work, so I would have read it anyway, but it also balances magic with grief, playful with dark, and I find that particularly compelling.

4. Home by Marilynne Robinson—my first writer crush, and this book is a kind of exploration of the story of the prodigal son, so I'm curious to see how Robinson's excellent writing breathes life into that storyline.

And finally,

5. "Harry Potter," Books 1 through 7, by J.K. Rowling. Over the years most of my Harry Potter books have gotten lost, so I recently ordered the paperback box set and I'm excited to experience the series again in its entirety—with less anxiety about how it ends! This time, I intend to pay particular attention to how intricately the details of these books are woven together to lead to the last installment. There is definite genius there.

MaryRose Wood

Then I'll switch to gothic young adult mode to write the conclusion to the "Poison Diaries" trilogy. For that I've stockpiled creepy classics like The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, The Monk by Matthew G. Lewis, and of course, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

1 comment:

charlesjshields said...

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Charles J. Shields
And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life (Holt, November)