Over the last year and a half I have been collecting books written for “young adults.”
This is the year I am spending a lot of effort working through as many of them as possible. In some cases I was able to pick up several early books in a series, in other cases just the first, but I hope to read as many first books (*) as possible, because I’m trying to decide how I feel about series.
(And because I’d love to find new favorites for myself…)
On my shelf:
- The Book of Three* (Alexander)
- The Black Caldron (Alexander)
- The Castle of Llyr (Alexander)
- The Coming of Dragons* (Lake)
- The Wreckers* (Lawrence)
- Beyond the Deep Woods* (Stewart/Riddell)– along with the next three The Edge Chronicles
- The Revenge of the Shadow King* (Benz/Lewis)
- 3 more Charlie Bones books.
- The Jaguar Princess (Bell)
- Fire Arrow (Pattou)
- The Unhandsome Prince (Moore)
- The Privilege of the Sword (Kushner)
- Briar Rose (Yolen)
- Sang Spell (Naylor)
- The Healer’s Keep (Hanley)
- Suitor’s Duel (Niles)
- Fairest (Levine)
- Fly by Night (Harding)
- Ogre, Ogre (Anthony)
- The Sight (Clement-Davis)
- Fire-Bringer (Clement-Davis)
- The Fairy Tale Detectives* (The Sisters Grimm)
- Children of the Lamp The Akhenaten Adventure*
- Children of the Lamp The Blue Djinn of Babylon
- Dragon’s Blood (Yolen)
- Peter and the Starcatchers* (Barry/Pearson)
- The Keepers A Wizard Named Nell*
My “high goal” and aspiration is to shift into a sort of reading zone while working through this. Not only for the sake of speed, but with that confirmed speed I’ll be more willing to pick up books (like #26) that appear to be a cliche of poor, brave/feisty little girl shows all those stupid, mentally confined adults/males that she’s just as good (or better!!!) doggone it! And give it an actual chance to be better than its cover-copy.
I’ve never understood why so many women who want to prove women can do *anything* do it by trying to be like men.
Lets go for a little more originality here, ladies!
And, for the record, just being “better” is not that original; any more than blue becoming dark green is much different than becoming medium green. Can we have more purple in our world? Or what’s wrong with blue, anyway? I *like* blue…
This is the kind of “girl power” I most enjoy reading (and find the most believable, even).
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