So a friend of mine once told me that kids like to read books set in a place that’s familiar to them…maybe I’m a kid at heart, or this applies to everyone, because reading ‘The Best Feeling of All’ made me so very nostalgic! The novel is set on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, which is where I grew up, and the strong sense of place really had me hooked from the beginning. I must also mention now that Jack Ellis seems to be the king of believable teen dialogue. The whip tight and age appropriate narrative throughout the novel really helped bring it all together and kept it all moving along nicely.
A fun and flirty Young Adult read, Twice Upon a Time sucked me in from the first page….I do love a good fairytale retelling!
Lucinda, or Cinda (rella?) is a young, vivacious girl backpacking around Europe with her friend (ehem, fairy godmother) Jonas, when she finds herself hanging off the side of a cliff in Sardinia in pursuit of the perfect landscape to paint. Enter Prince Charming to rescue her…no, an ACTUAL prince.
So this year I managed to read 39 books. Not bad, however I had a goal of reaching 52. I blame our trip to Europe entirely of course! I normally read about a book a week. So, being away for 7 weeks meant I was 7 books short…oh wait, that still doesn’t add up. 😉
In any case, there’s always next year, however, I fear my new Galaxy Note tablet may have something to say about that too. I find myself spending hours watching Youtube vloggers, reading eMags from my library, or just..ya know, doing stuff.
So what really stood out?
My ‘ohmygod you have GOT to read this’ list!