All the books in this week’s post are for more mature readers. I do feel I need to say that, since I read largely for middle grade and middle school readers, with a huge helping of picture books thrown in. Enjoy these books, though. I certainly did.
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
Read Between the Lines, by Jo Knowles
I’ve read several of Knowles’ books and my feeling is the same with every single one I read. Jo Knowles knows young people. We are inside every character’s brain, and feel the things each one feels acutely. I love the way this one circles around and everything spins together into the same orbit.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, by Lish McBride
All right, all right! I’ll stop saying I’m not really a horror fan now. This was a great story with characters I loved, hated, and feared. I was in the world of their experience as I read. I’ll be ready for the second in the series soon.
The Case of the Missing Books, by Ian Sansom
Wow, what a painful and delightful read, the first in a series. Can that many bad things actually happen to one person? Well, yes. It’s about a librarian, so it has that going for it. Hilarious. Convoluted. Awful. Fun.
The Pirate King, by Laurie R King
Everybody Sees the Ants, by A. S. King
Did I already post about this one? I read it a little while ago, but I believe I saved it for a post like this. Strange and wonderful YA this one is, dark but at the same time with a certain hope at the core. I’m opening my mind with some challenging reads lately, and really appreciating what I’m getting out of each one. It was recommended to me by the author of the next book as a “read first” of this author’s work. Thank you, social media.
Grasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith
Well, this was certainly mind opening. If strong language and raging boy hormones and gore and some really weird s**t are problematic for you, don’t read this book. If you are looking for a great, crazy story that explores sexuality, friendship, a story about honor and loyalty and one’s place in the world, and you can handle some “weird,” read this book. It’s a good one. It’s definitely not for everyone, but it’s good if it’s for you.
Is there a book you read recently which is not for the younger set?