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Fairyland Isn’t Just for Kids


One of the most magical things in the world is a book that transcends age and era.  Although this brings to mind for most people classics like The Hobbit, or Treasure Island, people are in fact still writing these books.  Catherynne M. Valente is one of those people.

Her Fairyland series captured my eye with its first title, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.  Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is a title.  A title to make you dream, to entice… where you feel like the only proper place to read it is in a blanket fort, with a flashlight, immediately.

My nine-year-old daughter adores it, and so do I.  The writing is just beautiful; whimsical and perfect.  You will fall in love with the characters, with the story, with the author.  You will want to get your friends together for an adventure in your tree fort (if you don’t have adult friends who are willing to have adventures in tree forts, find new friends). This, along with The Boundless, makes me remember why I have loved books for as long as I can remember.

Indulge yourself.  Pick up this book series.  Go home and make a blanket fort, grab a flashlight, and read (it’s a grown-up blanket fort, so feel free to make it fancy and include wine).

If your kids are really well behaved, maybe you’ll let them borrow it.



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Discworld Reading Order

Thanks to L-Space for this.  I’ve been referring to it a lot as my husband is reading his way through the whole thing.  Click on the image if you need a larger version (that can be zoomed in) for easier reading.  I would update this by putting I Shall Wear Midnight after Wintersmith in the young adult series, and adding Snuff after Thud in the Watch series.

To all the Pratchett fans out there, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you’re skipping his young adult books.  They’re just as well written as the adult stuff, the only real difference being younger protagonists.  And the Nac Mac Feegle are in them, who are hilarious.  If you aren’t familiar with the Nac Mac Feegle (I feel bad for you) I refer you to the Wikipedia article.  Start with The Wee Free Men.  This is also an excellent way to addict your children to Terry Pratchett <evil laugh>.



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Teen Books – What’s Great, What’s Hot, What’s Not

I get a lot of questions about teen books (aka, young adult).  Not all readers of this category are teens – there are definitely books in this category that are worth reading even if you’re a senior citizen.  Although some of the books are definitely aimed at teen readers, many qualify as teen because they have a teen protagonist, or are low on the sex and violence.   I am going to list books I recommend reading, even as an adult, and that teens will enjoy too.  I will also list the books that are popular with teens right now, because it’s never a bad idea to know, in case of last minute birthday presents, or knowing what your students are reading or want to read.  I will also tell you which books you should run far, far away from.

Read These:

  • Divergent (and now Insurgent) by Veronica Roth
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go (and sequels) by Patrick Ness
  • Terrier, Bloodhound, and Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Uglies (and the rest of the series) by Scott Westerfield
  • Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • The Outsiders by S.C. Hinton

That should get you started.  I have to stop now.  Or I’ll just keep adding books.

Fake Being Cool:

  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  • Divergent (and now Insurgent) by Veronica Roth
  • City of Bones (Mortal Instruments Series) & ClockworkAngel (Infernal Devices Series) by Cassandra Clare
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • The Gatheringby Kelly Armstrong
  • The House of Nightseries by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

Run Away From:

  • The Fame Gameby Lauren Conrad
  • Anything by V.C. Andrews
  • Anything by Sara Shepard (of Pretty Little Liars fame)
  • Anything featuring horses, exclusive academies, and especially exclusive riding academies
  • Sarah Dessen (she makes my brain turn to mush – it’s light reading so light I expect it to fly away)
  • Twilight, just avoid it altogether, lest you too, get sucked in

I know these are not complete lists, and I’d love to hear what you thought of these, and whether there are any that really need to be added.




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