Not a lot going on this week, with just 12 new YA releases. The contemporary books all sound pretty interesting, though, so that’s where I would start. For fantasy, The Afterlife of Holly Chase sounds really promising — a Scrooge-story that I expect will be an entertaining read.
A couple of days ago, I asked my Twitter followers which they thought were the top 5 words used in YA titles. Queen, fire, star, shadow and daughter came up several times. With popular books like Shadow and Bone, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Star-Touched Queen, Daughter of the Pirate King, and The Girl from Everywhere, I’m not surprised at the responses. But were they right? I’ve got answers with the top 20 words in YA book titles.
After weeks and months of seeing bloggers rave about Dear Martin, I can’t wait to pick it up too. I’m pretty curious about I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter and A Line in the Dark as well. These three represent black, Mexican and Chinese youths respectively, which is heartening because there is by far not enough ethnic diversity in YA literature. The Innocence Treatment also sounds intriguing as it deals with mental health in science fiction.
The opening chapter of Release gave me pause for the extent to which it borrowed from the beginnings of Mrs Dalloway. I knew that Ness took inspiration from Mrs Dalloway and Forever by Judy Blume. I’ve read the former, but not the latter. And let’s just say, I didn’t like that classic very much. I gave it 0.5 stars, although I could see what Virginia Woolf had meant to accomplish. But I’ve adored past books of Patrick Ness, so I was curious.
September was a busy month for me. With preparing for our home renovation, packing and moving things into storage, I didn’t have much time to sit down and read. What I did manage was to listen to audiobooks as I moved about. That’s how I still read 15 books altogether. Of the books I read, 10 were audiobooks, four were paperbacks and one was an ebook.