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.)

Six Books in Six Weeks Reading Challenges

A lot of really neat reading challenges are out there that last a whole year -- but what if you want to tackle something a little... smaller?

I am starting what will (hopefully) turn in to a series of shorter reading challenges, with a simple idea -- each will involve reading (at least) six books on the same theme or subject over the course of six weeks.

I will announce the theme and dates at least a month in advance so that you have time to decide what books to read and then get your hands on them.

If you want to participate, email the following information to littlelaurenalise@gmail.com : your name, your blog (if you have one) and your list of six (or more) books.

I will put your info up on this page (please tell me if you want me to post your email or not). Meanwhile, you can save the .jpg file for the banner/button that goes along with the particular Six Books in Six Weeks Challenge that you have joined, then post it on your own blog and link it back to this page.

Current Six Books in Six Weeks Challenge:
Six Books from Another Country

In order to participate in the first Six Books in Six Weeks Reading Challenge, you must choose six books from a single country other than the United States or England. (Since I'd like to encourage everyone to broaden their horizons, and these are the two national literatures that are most widely read and taught in American schools, these two countries are out. You are free to read six books from Canada or other parts of the U.K. besides England, such as Ireland or Scotland.  You may also fudge it and choose six books from a region -- for example six books from Ireland/Scotland, or six books from a couple of different African countries.)  Please also note: the books can be from any genre, and do not have to be Young Adult Lit (although all of mine are, this time around).

Dates: February 27 - April 9, 2011 (basically, the whole month of March)
Reading Suggestions: If you'd like to steal my reading list from Australia, be my guest. More potential reading lists are posted at this page: http://wonderlauren-reads.blogspot.com/p/six-books-suggestions.html
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Please take a moment to answer the poll:

Six Books from Another Country Participants

1. Little Wonder Lauren (littlelaurenalise@gmail.com)
Blog: http://wonderlauren-reads.blogspot.com/
My Country: Australia
My Six Books: Jellico Road by Melina Marchetta, Surrender by Sonya Hartnett, The Ghost's Child by Sonya Hartnett, What the Birds See by Sonya Hartnett, The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak.
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