This summer, I was supposed to read all of Jane Austen’s masterpieces (read: all of them), unfortunately, life got in the way. While I’ve managed to dent my list – and I am still planning on working through these (I’m on Emma), I’ve also accumulated quite another mass of books for my Must Read Now pile.
You’ll notice I haven’t described the books, but go to the links for the descriptions and reviews – they’re better than I can do without reading them first! – but I have gone ahead and given you the reason I decided these were worth blowing a paycheck on with enough variety to hit something for most.
I know, I know: I feel like a failure of a HP fan not having stormed through this one the second I got my hands on it – again, it was a busy summer. I’m also holding out a bit for a prize after getting through the harder Austen’s. I have heard positive and negative reviews but am holding out my opinions until I’ve managed to get through the book myself.
The eighth graders at the elementary school I substitute teach at started this memoir today and between hearing them giggle through reading the bits of awkward humor and getting to curse a little in class, or bemoaning this man’s tragedies (large and small), I am desperate to continue exploring this book. I love memoirs – the more poetic selection of the autobiography section. Every student said something along the lines of ‘I’m so excited to read this book!’ or ‘This is the best book I’ve gotten to read in a long time!’ as they left the classroom. If a book can get a class of 23 twelve year olds excited to read, count me in!
I think this may have been on an earlier reading list of mine but it’s still here. I did finish the first in this series while the TV adaptation was airing – the two are very, very different! – but haven’t finished the other two. I started this series because I won part three as part of a contest not realizing that it was part of a longer work. Now, at long last, I have book two so I’m looking forward to continuing this adventure.
I probably picked up this books five different bookstore trips before I finally gave in and picked myself up a copy – and this was after the book kept popping up in other places like magazines and my Tumblr dash. Between the bright colors, the reviews, the summary and an look of the equally intriguing sequel, I am so ready to start in on this piece of fiction.
From what I can tell, this is a young adult novel that takes the world of Peter Pan and pixie dust, mixed with the world of steampunk, and tips it on its ear. With a touch of the blitz seen in the Disney Back to Neverland follow up film, Everland promises to be a roller-coaster ride of new unexpected adventures for readers who love Neverland and all it’s darkest turns. This was one of the featured books last time I went into Barnes and Nobles so I couldn’t resist picking it up. Not to mention, the authors name is Wend; Wendy, my darlings, is writing a new twist on Neverland and is willing to tell us all stories about it? Maybe it’s the meta in me, but I love it!
As you can see, my tastes in books is varied – I have (adult) fiction to YA to non-fiction to fantasy to script, but as they say, variety is the spice of life, right?
Anyway, I’m exhausted and I have more English classes to teach in the morning so feel free to share your most recent book buys, reads, updates to your needs lists, or recommendations for me below, but for now, good night (or morning) and have a great long holiday weekend (at least in North America).
- Taylor Gallagher