Once upon a time, I earned a Master's Degree in Literature and was a Professor of Literature and Composition. I had a wonderful time writing my Master's Thesis about Children's and Young Adult Literature, and I considered earning a Ph.D. so that I could continue to pursue the written word, including British, American, Latin American and other Global Literatures, Children's and Young Adult Literature, all types of genres and occasionally even poetry. But life takes you in unexpected directions, and so now I am working for a non-profit agency (you can read about that on my other blog, A Little Bit of Wonder). Although my job keeps me too busy to post as many book reviews as I would like, Recommended Reading is a place where I can continue to share my literary discoveries and knowledge as time allows.

Please note that I post reviews for books that I recommend reading, just like the blog title says. This means that I typically won't post a review for a book that I completely dislike. This isn't because I shy away from making negative comments, but rather because I don't want to waste your time or mine (I won't even bother to finish a book if it's not any good). For more on this, see the explanation of my Rating System.)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Six Books in Six Weeks Update

I need to update some info about our first Six Books in Six Weeks Reading Challenge: when I originally posted the information for the challenge, I mis-typed the dates. Please be aware that the challenge does not begin until February 27 (big difference), so you still have plenty of time to find six books that meet the criteria.

To refresh your memory: in order to participate, you must choose six books from a country other than the United States or England. As I've been compiling potential reading lists, though, I've decided that it's okay to choose your novels from two or three geographically close countries, if you want to fudge it. It's better that you find six books that you truly want to read.

For more details on how to participate, visit the link to the Six Books in Six Weeks Challenge Page: http://wonderlauren-reads.blogspot.com/p/six-books-in-six-weeks.html.

I've got some new suggestions for potential reading lists that I wanted to share with everyone, especially since a lot of visitors to this page are Y.A. bloggers. I had already decided that I would be reading six Y.A. books from Australia (see my list on the suggestions page), but here are some more ideas if you want to stick to Y.A. fiction:

Six Y.A. Books from the Caribbean:
Before We Were Free and Finding Miracles by Julia Alvarez (Dominican Republic), Anaconda, Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490 and Behind the Mountains by Edwidge Danticat (Haiti), The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph (Trinidad, about the Dominican Republic), The Poet Slave of Cuba, The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba, and The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle (Cuba).

Six Y.A. Books from Canada: Mistik Lake and Bone Dance by Martha Brooks, A Complicated Kindness by Miram Toews, Alone at Ninety Foot by Katherine Holubitsky, Stones and The Blue Helmet by William Bell, The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones. [For a complete list of novels that have won the Canadian Library Association's Young Adult Canadian Book award, visit their website (link here) -- there are some Canadian books on this list that sound really good, but I didn't put up here because they aren't set in Canada. You could always swap one or two of the books on this list.]

Six Y.A. Novels from Sri Lanka/India (incomplete list): Funny Boy, Cinnamon Gardens and Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai (Canadian/Sri Lankan) [... can anyone think of any other novels set in Sri Lanka or India? I'm coming up empty for the moment, but if I think of any others, I'll update this post].

For more potential reading lists, check out my suggestions: http://wonderlauren-reads.blogspot.com/p/six-books-suggestions.html

If you have any suggestions, it would be great if you'd comment on this post!

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