Friday, May 31, 2013

Storyteller's Journey

Summer Sabbatical

Summer is always a busy time at our house, I'm sure that most of you can relate. This year is especially so with our youngest son moving to the East Coast, our eldest planning his wedding, and my parents arriving from Arizona for a visit. Consequently, I'll be taking a break from Writ of Whimsy for a few months with the hope that I won't lose any of my precious writing time. However, before I go I thought I'd leave you with a summer reading list comprised of my favorite (recent) middle grade novels, in random order. They are all worth your time to read! Click on the title that you're interested in to see the book review that was featured on Bibliophile's Corner!

* Navigating Early, by Clare Vanderpool

* The Spindlers, by Lauren Oliver

*The Peculiar, by Stefan Bachmann

*Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin

*The Great Unexpected, by Sharon Creech

*Son, by Lois Lowry

*Under Wildwood, by Colin Meloy

*Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage

*Like Pickle Juice On A Cookie, by Julie Sternberg

*The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

If middle grade novels are not your cup of tea (WHAT?!) there is a list of young adult and adult books that I have read so far this year listed on the right; I would highly recommend each of them.

I'll be posting on Twitter and Facebook so if we're not already connected on those sites, and you'd like to stay in touch, please click on the respective buttons posted on the sidebar. I'll also be visiting your blogs from time to time to keep up with what's going on with you!

Hope you each have a fantastic summer! I'll be back in September!

12 comments:

  1. All the best with your writing and other events. Looking forward to your round-up in September.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. As always, there is lots of writing to do too. ^_^

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  2. I just checked out SON from the library.

    Hope you have a wonderful summer. Good luck to you and your family!

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    1. Thanks, Sara. All the best to you with your writing!

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  3. Wow, you do have a lot going on this summer! Enjoy your blog break, Victoria, and have a wonderful summer =)

    I'm reading The Great Unexpected right now. It is my first Sharon Creech book.

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    1. Ruth - You'll love the book by Sharon Creech. Her writing has such a lyrical quality to it; I know how much you enjoy poetry. ^_^ Keep in touch!

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  4. Enjoy your summer and thanks for the reading list!

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    1. You're welcome, Cynthia. Hope all is well with you!

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  5. Enjoy your summer break!! I do read MG novels, but mostly YA. Oooh--I see you have Maggie Stiefvater's trilogy in your YA list. I read SHIVER but not the others (no time to read series, with so many books I want to read). I love her writing style! Even more so in the novels THE RAVEN BOYS and also LAMENT (faery story). I really need to read THE SCORPIO RACES, since that's one of her most well-known books.

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  6. Thanks for the "heads up" about Ms. Stiefvater's other books, Carol. I'll have to put them on my TBR list. Enjoy your California sun this summer!

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