Free Week :it’s Thanksgiving Week in America.
I have had some respiratory illness, so as much as I usually enjoy having a full house, (and often guests from out of town), this year is quiet and I probably needed for it to be that way.
Still, I miss a lot of folks eating a lot of food that I had lots of fun making.
This year, I didn’t make much; not many will come.
Yet as busy/unwell as I have been, I have been zipping through a number of YA and MG books that I have picked up.
The St. Vincent De Paul Store in the next fair-sized town over is fairly upscale and has become more of a consignment shop. Things are quite interesting there with many collectibles and antiques, although people can still pick up some used furniture, used appliances and great thrifty linens, since the local Marriot donates to them.
Then again, a person can spend a lot on a small hand-crafted box.
The book section grows weekly. They make a real effort to categorize them and that’s where we aim when we are in that town for any reason. I make an effort to go through the children’s books for old and out-of-print favorites. There are treasures to be found when an older family member passes on, downsizes or goes to a nursing home. The family generally dumps their books at a charity thrift and boy, grandmothers seldom throw out anything!
The one thing that I like is that this store even has separate shelves sections for both the Caldecott and Newberry Award winners. I picked up a number of Newberry books because generally, I find that there is a great message in them.
I keep those to hand on to other people, or to keep for myself.
Of course, there are others that I give back to other thrift stores.
And some I throw away.
But for an easy read, a book that I can get through in one or two periods in a car or waiting room, or while sitting in bed, waiting for medications to kick in, (or drowsiness to take over), I think you can’t beat a good MG or YA book.
I have discussed Angie Sage’s “Septimus Heap” and “Todhunter Moon” and Edward Eager’s “Magic” series that I enjoyed, (plus JK Rowling’s, “Harry Potter” books, of course), but I do like a nice stand-alone MG book, like the Newberry winners. Last week I particularly enjoyed Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s “The Egypt Game”, but the ending was obvious and seemed rushed compared to how well the beginning and body of the book was written. Sharon Creech’s “Walk Two Moons” was really good, even if I found the grandparents just a little ‘too much’.
Ellen Raskin’s “The Westing Game” is one of my favorite all-time books; I won’t part with it.
As for YA, Eoin Colfer’s “Artemis Fowl” series was truly enjoyable. Tonya Hardy’s “Ghost Girl” trilogy are fun reads with good heart. I don’t have the latter, but my niece picked up Colfer’s series for my grandson and I’m not letting go of them, either, nor does he want me to. He also asked me to hang onto the “Chronicles of Egg” trilogy by a former guest, Geoff Rodkey, another favorite MG series of mine.
I may have asked this, but do you read YA and MG books? I imagine those of you who WRITE YA and/or MG certainly read the genres, but do you do it simply for research or also for pleasure?
Do you have any favorites you could recommend?