People, can I just say I am gobbling up novels these days like nobody's business. I am averaging almost two books a week. It's crazy and I love it. It's summer time and even though I'm supposed to be revising my own YA novel right now, I am allowing myself to gorge on good fiction.
So far I've read, Neesha Meminger's, Shine Coconut Moon, which is a YA racial coming-of-age tale about a young Indian teen living in post 9/11 New Jersey. Very good. And I devoured Zetta Elliott's A Wish After Midnight, the book about a 15-year old African-American girl who gets transported from modern-day Brooklyn, to Civil-War era Brooklyn. That book was very well done and the characters were so real.
I can't lie though. Hands down my favorite summer read so far has been, Ernessa T. Carter's 32 Candles. That book had me reading into the wee hours of the night and playing hooky from work to finish. I ignored my kids and let them watch TV in the middle of the day, just so I could finish this wholly unique, funny and absolutely fabulous novel that "redefines girl gets boy." I will be writing more about this book in the coming days. In fact, I'm on my way to New York City today so I can meet the author at a book party in her honor. I can't wait because seriously, when I read a book like this, a book that is so quirky, fun, and well-written, I get totally star struck. I will probably ask Ms. Carter to sign my book and my chest! Hold me back!
While you're waiting for my report, I suggest you pick up a copy of 32 Candles and read it. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. And then watch this pro-library video that spoofs the Old Spice commercial and get your laugh on. Don't you love reading? What are you reading this summer?