Have you read any good books lately? I’m 15 books behind schedule for my 2017 reading challenge so I’ve been trying to pick up the pace a little!
For the past few months I’ve been trying to include some books that are aimed at young teenagers. As a teacher who encourages kids to read, I think it makes sense to be able to talk about books that they can access and enjoy too. It’s been interesting to note, that the books I’ve been reading haven’t been shorter than adult books and actually, at times have much more complicated stories. Some have really absorbed me into a different world and have resulted in me reading the whole series. I’ve really loved the Miss Peregrine series (particularly the second and third books), A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan and Wonder by R.J. Palacio, if you’re looking for a recommendation for youngsters (or yourself)!
For lighter reading, I picked up The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. I was interested that it’s picked up really mixed reviews but I enjoyed it enough to start the sequel this week. It’s main character is ‘socially awkward’ and it’s basically a running theme in the book that he doesn’t realise that he has Aspergers. I’m intrigued that some people describe the book as a ‘comedy’ – for me it’s more of an insight into someone’s life who is forming relationships and struggling with everything that entails. It’s still light reading and an enjoyable way to pass a couple of hours before bed.
Finally, the book of the week for me has to be A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart. Inspired by the author’s own relationship with his autistic son, the story explores how a father and his son connect over the game of Minecraft. I never thought I’d be crying over a book that involved a Minecraft convention but I was utterly sobbing towards the end. I think Mike must’ve really thought I had lost it and just settled on making me cheese on toast. Given this is only 99p on Kindle – I would say this really isn’t one to miss!
P.S. Some more great reads…