February 26th, 2015
I wrote a few weeks ago how I want to read more this year. How I want to put my phone down and stop playing silly addictive games and pick up a book instead. I want to make my way through this list of Mock Printz Young Adult Award Winners. I don’t think I can (or want) to read all 48 in a year, but having the list is motivating me to keep reading.
And wow! The first two books I picked were AMAZING! The kind of books that make you afraid to start another book because you know it just can’t live up to the one you just finished.
First, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces. I downloaded the book onto my kindle and I’m so sad I did. I wish I had the actual book to hand to friends and to so many of my students for whom I know this will be THE BOOK. The one that reminds them that they are not alone in this world. The one that reminds them that all types of people struggle and persist and that words matter in more ways than one. This book. Man, I loved it so so much. It is full of poetry and beauty. Pain and sadness. Love and triumph. I am not always a huge fan of books written in diary form, but Gabi won me over from the very beginning and her words are words I won’t forget any time soon.
“Poetry helps heal wounds.
Makes them tangible.
At the poetry reading I read
A prophecy I wrote down.
Almost couldn’t go through with it.
Next, I read Pointe by Brandy Colbert. This book was tense, full of secrets and silence and tragedy. But it was also full of discovery and friendship and support. I tried to discuss it with a student today and I didn’t know how to talk about it without giving it all away. And this is the kind of book I need to talk about with someone else who read it. It was incredibly tense and heavy. A powerful story about characters who are so unsure of their power. I couldn’t put it down because I couldn’t leave the main character, Theo, until I knew she’d be ok.
“She doesn’t get that it’s scary… to want something so much and not be sure if you’re good enough.” — Brandy Colbert, Pointe
When I finish a good book these days, I tweet the author. I figure, if I wrote a book, I’d love to hear from people to whom my words mattered (just like I love to hear from you all who read my blog). This is my favorite thing about twitter, really, that I’m 140 characters away from starting a conversation with many amazing people. I get so giddy when I get a tweet back from these masters of stories.
What are you reading? What should I add to my list of must-reads for this year?