Spring is in the air, but between cold temperatures and that seemingly endless wait for summer many need a dreamy escape. Books are perfect for that! Whether you love a good mystery, romance, comedy or nonfiction drama, a book is always the perfect place to spend the day.
Do you have a love of reading, a business that might involve reading books or anything you want to promote? You might want to create a Goodreads book list to help highlight your services. So many blogs offer book lists, whether as random shares or targeted information for their audiences, without offering links to share the books. Some of these do link to Amazon.com but if you create a Goodreads List, your audience just might thank you.
The dynamic duo who pen and illustrate Johnny Wander have a fantastic graphic novel out called Lucky Penny. Okay, it's a couple of years old, but it was new to me when I devoured it yesterday morning. It's a hilarious adventure featuring unlucky Penny who loses her job and apartment all at once and has to live in a storage unit.
As one of those writers, parents and readers who could rip on Twilight all day long, you know I've got some counter-suggestions for tween and teen literature up my sleeve. One of my top recs is none other than Tamora Pierce's books, which are adventurous, romantic and inspiring reads that tweens and teens of all genders can enjoy. Song of the Lioness and its sequels are especially dear to my heart and I think anyone would love to be alongside brave Alanna as she poses as a boy to achieve her dreams.
Whether it was the foolishness of youth or the books were simply better written, it seems as if the romance novels of my teen and young adult years had much more substance and staying power than today's modern romances. When a character does something that's really pretty standard or boring and we're told that the hero, a hunk who's had his share of women, has never seen anything like her before, we are left thinking that he must be the creature from The Shape of Water because that's pretty unbelievable.
Can't decide which books to read this year? Electric Literature has compiled an outstanding list of books by women of color that you NEED to check out. There's a Black Lives Matter memoir written by movement founders Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele, a compilation of Morgan Jerkins's essays, Naima Coster's first novel... something for everyone.
Have you already set your reading goals for 2018? If you are using Goodreads to do it, you may want to check out their list of the most anticipated books of the year. I can't wait to read Holly Black's latest book, The Cruel Prince.
2018 is only a few days away. Have you been setting any goals or resolutions? If you're making reading resolutions, what kind are you setting?
The New York Times has released its list of the 10 best books to read from 2017 and it's one of their best lists yet. With authors like Jesmyn Ward, Patricia Lockwood and Ron Chernow, it's something you should definitely check out and add to your to-read list on Amazon or Goodreads. There are large ideas regarding exile, the trials of a Korean family, and even modern day mythical journeys. There's a book about friendship and a book about the destructive nature of power.
Do you follow the Best Books lists published by Publishers Weekly? They have some amazing suggestions every year that are definitely worth looking into, and like many other listmakers, they also share a children's list. This year's major front runners for the adult list included the book about the untouchable caste of India, Ants Among Elephants, and book about spirit photography, The Apparitionists.