That's right. It's time for my top to-reads! ✨Today I'm sharing the novels I'm most excited about that are releasing in the fall quarter, in October through December of 2019. There are twenty books in this post, in a mix of YA and MG. Check out my picks and then add them to your to-read list! (Incidentally, my to-read list just surpassed two thousand books, so things are going well, LOL.)
1) Cursed by Frank Miller and Thomas Wheeler. As you might remember, I discussed the pre-sales cover change for this YA fantasy novel in a recent post. The book retells Arthurian legend with Nimue, the Lady of the Lake, fighting alongside Arthur and a group of refugee Fey Folk. I've always been most interested in the Lady of the Lake when it comes to King Arthur's story, so of course I'd jump at this illustrated tale! It releases on October 1st. .
I really enjoy going through my old journals when I write posts like this one, and so today I thought it would be fun for me to look specifically at the history of my writing "career" so far. Calling it a career is a bit strong, given that I've yet to be published and earn money from my books, but I've put in a lot of work--and I certainly intend to make it a career. Everybody has to start somewhere, and I'm still in the beginning phases of my career right now.
I've talked before about the very beginning here, where I discuss how my love for words and stories led me to do a writing project in the first grade where I discovered my passion. From then on, I was a writer. I began with journals (which were rather inconsistent until the fifth/sixth grades), short stories, and poetry. Some of this work was published, and you can see my credits in my achievement list posts. However, as time passed, I was drawn towards something bigger. I am and always have been a voracious reader, and even from the beginning, I wanted to write real, full-length books like the ones I loved. I wanted to see my writing on the library shelves.
I did a post like this back at the very beginning of this blog, but today, inspired by Top Ten Tuesday, I'm going to list some more books that were outside my comfort zone, that I didn't expect to like, but that I now recommend. A lot of them will probably feature these book turn-offs. Check them out!
1) Munmun by Jesse Andrews. The premise for this YA dystopian novel sounds pretty ridiculous and more like something from a children's book than YA, but upon reading it, I discovered it to be a brilliant and harsh allegory for class in our society. It's worthy of Jonathan Gulliver, who has an epigraph at the beginning. It definitely affected my perspective on poverty and wealth. The book tells the story of an impoverished teen boy living in a U.S. where your physical size is proportional to your wealth.
2) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Unlike the majority of YA readers, I didn't like Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Strange the Dreamer is a YA fantasy that takes place in the same universe (multiverse?), so I held off for a while, but once I read it, I fell head over heels. I plan to reread Daughter of Smoke and Bone just because of how much I loved this duology! It follows a young librarian on an adventure he's always dreamed of and a half-goddess in hiding above a city full of traumatized humans who slaughtered the gods when she was just a baby.
3) Still Life With Tornado by A.S. King. A.S. King is another author I'd read before and not really liked--in this case, I'd read multiple books by her, and their incredible strangeness was what held me off. With this YA magical realism novel, though, I felt that the oddity only strengthened the narrative. It follows a depressed teen girl with a very unhealthy family situation who keeps seeing different versions of herself all over the place. It's a powerful read.
It's time for a new "on this day in my history," where I paraphrase my diary entries from across the years on this day, September 7. It provides a bit of a glimpse into my life--and after all, this is what diaries are for. 😉 The last installment, for January 26, can be found here, Let's see what I've been up to on September 7! The first entry I have for this day is from 2007.
September 7, 2007, Thirteen Years Old
Before school, one of my friends had fun winding me up by talking about how attractive she found my crush's legs. (She liked to cause drama.) In social studies, we did some busy work with posters, and we got a new seating chart. A guy who kept getting in trouble for talking was put next to me, which I didn't think was the smartest idea, since the two of us got along well. (It wasn't going to get him to stop talking.) In my forever-terrible GATE class, I couldn't participate in a caffeine-related experiment because of my religious beliefs. The teacher then pressured me to perform a song I was writing, which made me want to stop writing the song entirely. I worried some about seating in orchestra and which of us was the best cellist. I actually enjoyed Ultimate Frisbee in P.E. We talked about the metric system in science class, and the New Zealander exchange student made fun of us for being confused. I had a hard time with a math test..
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