Thursday, June 21, 2012
I am a very good book re-reader.
I have read the Harry Potter series over twenty times and that (sadly) is not an exaggeration. I know what books I like, so I read them.
Charlotte's Web? J'adore.
Anne of Green Gables? Yes, please.
Something written in this century? No thank you.
So I've been going to this HIGHLY amazing conference this week, which anyone interested in writing (at all, in my opinion, not just writing for children) should attend.
And the speakers (who consist of published authors, editors, and agents) keep referencing books. And they do it so cute. They say things like, "And one example is this great first line, which we all of course have memorized, 'The night Max wore his wolf suit," and I look around at my peers and feel happy inside that we really all DO have that line memorized. Not just me. And not just moms and dads who've read it over and over to their wiggly Wild Things.
And when they refer to characters by their names without telling us the books, or make puns about Vampires, and references to A.A. Milne, I just feel warm inside.
These are my people.
Children's book readers.
But sometimes they reference books and authors I've never heard of or read.
Because I like to read OLD books. And yesterday an author said, "If you're writing a book, you should read 200-300books in your genre A YEAR."
Um, excuse me? What now?
And then she said, "Published in the last two years."
So... The BFG doesn't count?
Yeah. I'm going to start small. I already probably read between 50-100 books a year, but they were all written when my parents, grandparents, or even great-grandparents were children, and many of them are re-reads. I have a seasonal book list that I just cycle through every year.
And I'm not going to force myself to read books from the last two years, but I am going to try to read books published in the last ten.
And I feel like that's a pretty good start.
So I would LOVE some book suggestions, and I'm looking for children and young adult books, but mostly "Middle Grade," if you know what that means. (Middle grade books are like, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, or The Little House on the Prairie, or A Wrinkle in Time or ... pretty much all of the books I already mentioned and pictured. Books for kids who are between 8-12 years old.)
And if you're ever looking for a good book for YOUR ten year old daughter? I've got a-plenty.