The 2015 Reading List, Part 1

Here’s what I have planned while I’m on leave from writing.  I’d like to find one book that’s as much fun as Gabrielle Zevin’s  “Chocolate Trilogy” or as out-and-out good as Lauren Oliver’s “Before I Fall” (more on this later).


Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
I stumbled on Alexie’s wonderful Atlantic piece on why (and how) he became a writer–“reservations in my mind’ still haunt me.  Also, my kid’s school assigned this both in 6th grade and 8th grade; I figure it must be really good if they made him read it twice.


Jeanne DuPrau, City of Ember
I’ve been very, very, busy, and am now very very guilty to have seen the movie and not read the book (I plead Bill Murray). Time to remedy that.

Junot Diaz, This is How You Loose Her
I want to write a children’s book that can inspire a Hispanic/Latino kid the way Diaz’ “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” inspired me.

Gary Soto, Buried Onions
Urban YA by a fellow Latino. Another one that’s been on the pile for too long.

Kate Messner, Wake Up Missing
I was so moved by Kate Messner’s speech at 2013 SCBWI Midwinter, where she damn near made 1,000 people cry as she spoke about how we don’t give ourselves enough room to celebrate our successes. I knew I had to read one of her novels. I’m also waiting for her “59 Reasons to Write,” out on January 28th, 2015.

Elizabeth Wein, Rose Under Fire
Code Name Verity” was good.  Looking forward to this.

Lauren Oliver, Liesel and Po 
As I mentioned earlier, “Before I Fall” is so wonderful that iy fou haven’t read it, stop reading right now and go find a copy.  Here’s a link to Amazon to make it easier.  I’ll wait.

I was so sad that Stephen Barbara wasn’t interested in “The Disappeared.” No hard feelings, Stephen, and best of luck at InkWell! But just so you know, the book is a LOT better now!

Oh, and now I have to add Lauren’s Vanishing Girls, which I just saw while poking around her website, to the list. Don’t know anything about it except that it’s YA and it’s her’s, therefore I’m betting that it’s interesting.

I’ll add what’s at the bottom of the box in Part 2 of this post.

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