- “Beautiful Creatures” by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia: I’m writing a story about the upcoming adaptation of the Southern gothic novel, and I have to finish at least the first one by the end of the week, so I can have something intelligent to ask author Margaret Stohl before YALLFest. I’ve only read about 25 pages, but so far it’s ridiculously compelling. I’m keeping fingers crossed the book is deserving of the amazing, Oscar-caliber cast the movie scored (Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis!).
- “Thumped” by Megan McCafferty: I read the initial book in this dystopian novel, “Bumped,” at the beginning of the year, so I figure it’s time for me to continue with the series. I hate to admit that one of the big draws for me is the fact that one character, Zen Chen-Chavez, is possibly the only character in YA with the same ethnic makeup as my kids (they’re half Latino, half Asian). Melody and Harmony were richly drawn characters, and all of the issues about faith, “tiger parenting,” and sex were fascinating.
- “Moonglass” by Jessi Kirby: I really enjoyed Jessi’s sophomore novel “In Honor,” which I read after my friend Alli gave it a particularly ecstatic recommendation (plus, I am particularly fond of roadtrip stories and well-written explorations of grief) this summer. Because I liked it so much, I figured I would give her first book a try. And although I don’t base every single book I read on the number of good reviews it has received, “Moonglass” got some pretty big love from Kirkus, Booklist, and Sarah Dessen!
- “Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi: Do you ever get series fatigue? Late last year, when everyone was buzzing about yet another first-in-an-awesome-series, I had just read about 10 first or second books in a trilogy/tetralogy/pentalogy/heptalogy so I decided to skip it. But then I started to read Tahereh’s Twitter feed, and she’s hilarious and sweet and witty, so why for the love of all that’s good about YA wasn’t I reading her book? I’m correcting that this week.
That’s what I’m reading *by candlelight* this week while Hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc on the East Coast. What are you planning to read during the storm?