I’m a little late the party, but I have to admit, I haven’t read much young adult literature. At all. Even as a young adult, I was too busy trying to prove to everyone that I was mature, so I lugged Tolstoy’s War and Peace around instead (I didn’t actually read it until college, but that didn’t prevent me from checking it out from the library repeatedly). But this is all about to change. Due to a rather strange confluence of events, my “fun” reading looks like it will largely be drawn from the YA section of the bookstore/library in the next few weeks or so. Why, you ask? (Well, even if you didn’t ask, I’m going to pretend you did anyway…..mwa ha ha, the power of the blog!).
I’ll be reading The Owl Service by Alan Garner for the next Slaves of Golconda selection (and this time I am determined to actually finish, come hell or high water! Or come snow/sleet–which is more likely given my geographical location). And for you Daniel Deronda fans out there, one of my professors recommended that I read The Tiger in the Well, the third book in the Sally Lockhart series by Philip Pullman. Mystery. Victorian setting. What’s not to like? My professor informed me that it is actually influenced by George Eliot’s philosophy in Daniel Deronda, but without the same spiritual overtones that imbue Eliot’s thinking (her husband was chatting recently with Pullman’s wife). And if I’m going to read #3 in the series, I have to read the rest, don’t I? (I can rationalize anything, I swear). And speaking of Pullman, I have never read the His Dark Materials trilogy (I know, I know, but like I said, I’m a little slow on the uptake, you know?), so that’s joining the queue as well. In fact, I had been planning on starting The Golden Compass this weekend when my professor mentioned the other books….that’s practically fate telling me what to read!
In addition, I have long wanted to read Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. I have read so many reviews of it, that it’s about time to take the plunge. And I figure, with so many other YA books popping into view, why not add another? So, here’s the list o’ books in full that I want to attempt as the year comes to a close:
- The Book Thief ~ Markus Zusak
- The Ruby in the Smoke ~ Philip Pullman (Sally Lockhart series #1)
- The Shadow in the North ~ (Sally Lockhart #2)
- The Tiger in the Well ~ (Sally Lockhart #3)
- The Tin Princess ~ (Sally Lockhart #4)
- The Golden Compass ~ Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials #1)
- The Subtle Knife ~ (His Dark Materials #2)
- The Amber Spyglass ~ (His Dark Materials #3)
- The Owl Service ~ Alan Garner
And now, because parenthetical asides are threatening to take over my little corner of the blogging empire, it’s time to get back to work (or at least pretend to do so)!