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November 11, 2013

Happy Monday!

I spent the weekend at KidLitCon in Austin, which means I also spent a good bit of time in airports and on planes this weekend.

And you know what that means, right?




A total novelty for me.


So I took this gift of time as an opportunity to sink into several longer novels.

 13069935Ask the Passengers

by A.S. King

I don’t read alot of YA, perhaps in part because I find I don’t often get the opportunity to really delve into a book for long periods of time, and YA tends to be a bit more emotionally draining.   I mean, let’s face it, it’s written for a teen audience.  And being a teen is emotionally exhausting.  But Ask the Passengers was recommended to me a year ago and I finally got around to it.  And whaddya know?  King (beautifully) delivers some real gut punches.  There’s the opportunity for some real discussion, perhaps not all of it comfortable.  But the message that love is reciprocal, that it needs to be sent back and forth between two people, is one everybody can agree with.


Listening for Lucca

by Suzanne LaFleur

Confession: I’m not a big reader of fantasy.  There are some I enjoy, but I’m picky.  I do, however, enjoy stories that stretch just a little bit beyond the realistic.  That employ the imagination, but don’t take me too far beyond the realm of real life.  So I’ve found a really happy niche in magical realism.  Listening for Lucca is a perfect example. I’m fascinated by this idea of parallel lives and times, of connections through history.  And cover art!  Isn’t this cover gorgeous?



Speaking of gorgeous cover art…

A Tangle of Knots

by Lisa Graff

Why didn’t somebody make me read this book sooner?!  Half of you out there are saying, “But we told you!”  And yes, you did.  It just took me awhile to get around to it.  In some ways, I’m glad, because I was able to read it in one sitting, and that was a delightful treat.  There are so many threads, so many viewpoints in this story, that it should be confusing.  Yet, it’s not.  All these threads slowly come together, braided (or knotted!) into one fantastic story about Fate.  Bonus: CAKE! Anybody else read this and have a sudden desire to bake lots and lots of CAKE?  Or, possibly get in the car and drive to a bakery.  That would work, too.

Happy Monday, all!

Have a magical week.

6 Responses to “It’s Monday! (November 11th)”

  1. Liviania says:

    I love A Tangle of Knots and Ask the Passengers! Since we have that in common, it makes me look forward to Listening for Lucca, which is on my TBR.

  2. I’m totally with you on the uninterrupted reading time! That’s why I’m looking forward to taking the ‘slow train’ on the way up to Boston for NCTE. Extra reading time. (Maybe I’ll treat myself to a really good snack to bring on-board too.)

  3. carriegelson says:

    I just recently won Listening for Lucca in a Goodreads give away and plan to give this book to my daughter as she loves Lafleur (Love Aubrey is one of her favourite all time titles) I have read both of your other titles here and really liked them both especially Ask the Passengers. A.S. King is so very talented.

  4. Myra GB says:

    A Tangle of Knots sounds really lovely. Listening for Lucca also looks delightful. I love magical realism. Thanks for sharing all these titles!

  5. I added these to my TBR after your glowing recommendations! I had a blast at kidlitcon!

  6. Loved A Tangle of Knots as well, curious about Listening for Lucca, shall investigate…

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