Oh my! It’s been awhile since I last posted. I’m sorry! My summer class on children’s literature, along with the move to my new apartment, has kept me safely away from blogging for too long.
The fall semester just started, and I’m settling in nicely to my new place. This semester, I’m taking three courses: management of school library media centers, resources for the school curriculum, and young adult literature (this one with a particularly prominent player in the field).
Even though I’ve just begun the semester, I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of teen reads of note recently:
-The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins was phenomenal.
– The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of my beloved Shadow of the Wind, was alright but largely disappointing.
–The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, one of the new classics I somehow missed during adolescence.
–Monster by Walter Dean Myers is shaping up to be the first audio book I’ve really enjoyed. Most other audio books I’ve felt forced to finish, scarcely desiring to change the CD in my car. This one, however, is most engaging.
For the YA Lit course, every week is dedicated to a different genre, and I get to choose the trade books I want to read from a list of a half dozen or so for each genre. I like being able to choose what I like, especially in some genres that may have pronounced variation within them. I plan to write miniature book talks for each, in order to remember what I liked best about them. More to come soon….