recently released their list of the 100 best YA books
. Like all “best of” lists, it can be taken with a grain of salt, especially because the category of YA only really became a thing in the last 15 years or so, and many of their selections predate that.
The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to forget the spirit of giving. Books make fantastic presents, not only because they're a way to share a personal part of yourself with another person, but also because they bestow upon their readers an adventure and characters who will, hopefully, stick with them for a lifetime. So whether you’re preparing for a birthday, anniversary, or just a surprise present for the reader in your life, give the gift of a whole world in 5.5 x 8.5 casing. In no particular order, here are 10 novels that may become new favorites this year:
Holiday season is a time of giving --- also of consumerism and incessantly peppy songs that play on repeat. Even if you’re generally an agreeable person, it’s a time of year that can bring out your inner Grinch.
Mockingjay - Part 1, the newest addition to the Hunger Games franchise, has recently hit theaters, and between that and the success of HBO’s “The Leftovers,” the dystopian genre is back in the spotlight. I’m not a scientist or anything, but I predict that many gifts of grim futures will be given this holiday season.
Last Saturday book group members, leaders and avid readers joined editors of the Hachette Book Group and their authors in New York at the Lighthouse International for Hachette’s Annual Book Group Brunch.
Once upon a time (read: last year), I wrote a post on fairy tales for adults. You can read it here
I’ve decided to make it annual, because modern authors are constantly borrowing from fairy and folk tales, invigorating them with fresh life.
Scotland has been getting a lot of attention lately. Emotions may still be running high in the wake of their verdict to remain part of the UK, but it's a good time to be a Scotophile (the jury seems to be out on whether that's a real word but we'll pretend it is). It’s certainly a good time to be a bagpiper; bagpipe music has abounded in the background of the coverage. It’s a good time to be someone who doesn’t get annoyed when people ask what you’re wearing under your clothes (a frequently asked question of kilt-wearers).
As a person who writes about books, I’m pretty much required to turn up my nose and say the book is better any time one is adapted into a movie or a show.
If there is one series that has crossed multiple generations and genres, it is the Outlander novels
. The books, the first of which was published in 1991, have slowly but surely acquired a large base of fans, many of whom who have been reading the series for over 20 years.