Sunday, October 28, 2007

My reading list, changing gears

I hope this admission here won't cost me my membership to the kid-lit blogosphere community but yesterday while I perused a bookstore, I came to the realization that...that...I...uh...prefer reading adult literature — ssssh!

I love children's literature, of course — reading it, writing and illustrating it, living it. But for the past few years, I've focused my reading on children's and YA books and yesterday while looking at adult titles, I suddenly missed reading stories through point of view of adult characters.

Currently, I'm reading Frindel, where the main character, Nick Allen, is a fifth grader. Before that, I read Junie B. Jones, where the main character is a first grader. Before that, The Year of the Dog, where Pacy, a young Taiwanese-American girl — I don't remember her age — is in about third-grade.

I loved all three of these books, all are great examples of children's literature. But I'm 43-years-old, and it's been at least 30 years since my biggest problem in life was getting along with my fifth-grade teacher.

My to-read pile of children's books is waist deep. At the top are two books sent to me by my friend Mr. V.: The First Part Last, by Angela Johnson, and Tyrell, by Coe Booth, and I can't wait to jump right in. But after that, I plan to squeeze in some adult reading, 'cause I'm gonna go nuts if I gotta read one more anthropomorphic animal story.

Hope that makes sense.

4 comments:

Color Online said...
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Color Online said...

Hi,

I just discovered your blog through Jacketflap. Read The First Part Last, by Angela Johnson is on your reading list. I read it and so did staffers and participants at the local nonprofit where I volunteer. I run the library and the greatest joy is hearing how much a reader enjoyed a book, especially since I work with mostly non-readers. Anywhoo, we all really enjoyed First Part Last. Look forward to hearing what you think and reading more posts on your blog.

Happy reading,
LaTonya

Sherry Rogers said...

Don that is sooo funny because I read a lot of kids lit too. . .chapter books for the very young and the other day I thought. . .wow I think I need to read and novel with a more adult theme this next time. The simplicity of the books is getting to me! Cracks me up you just came to that too!

Demon Hunter said...

Don,
I read and write adult fiction. I have been known to read teen and children's literature, but not that much. I am current reading a YA novel, Eigth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer. Hopefully you'll read my urban fantasy novel when it's published.