I wish booklr appreciated middle-grade novels more. I always see people complaining about generic dystopian plots, forced and boring romance, and lack of diversity in young adult and new adult novels.
Middle grade novels fix a lot of these problems! Sure, some middle-grade novels are very juvenile, but many middle-grade novels address very difficult and interesting issues in touching and poignant ways. The novels are inventive, have fleshed-out characters, and are often very emotionally moving.
So if you’re tired of the pitfalls of reading YA and NA, try middle-grade! You won’t be sorry!
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi is middle grade and therefore not something I would usually pick up, but man the story sounds fun: “colour is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.” Doesn’t that just seem hella adorable and awesome? 🙌🏼
I’ve gotten a few asks for book recs for Spring. Below is my official list! (i’ve either read them, or am dying to read them)
Memoirs Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Life by Keith Richards
Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me by Mindy Kaling
The Cherry On Top by Arielle Hudson
The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn
When Beauty Tames the Beast by Eloisa James
The Travis Family Series by Lisa Kleypas The Wallflower Series by Lisa kleypas Easy by Tammara Webber
Foreplay by Sophie Jordan About Last Night by Ruthie Knox
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Anna and The French Kiss (trilogy) by Stephanie Perkins
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
Tempest by Julie Cross The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent Made For You by Melissa Marr Golden by Jessi Kirby
Middle Grade (never too late)
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Half-way to the Grave by Jeanine Frost
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
Dark Fever by Karen Marie Moning
Dark Descendent by Jenna Black Stray by Rachel Vincent
Gay and Lesbian Romance and M/M Romance (m/m is traditionally gay romance written by straight women)
Hot Head by Damon Suede Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan Heaven by Jet Mykles The Englor Affair by J.L. Langley Waiting in the Wings by Melissa Brayden The Gravity between us by Kristen Zimmer
LIT and Women’s Lit Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Burnt The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding Mr. Penumbra’s 24- Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Classics The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Pride & Prejudice or Persuasion by Jane Austen The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I'm trying to get better at reading Spanish, do you know any good books?
there are three ways you can go about it:
middle grade: super easy to read, uses simple nouns and verbs, etc. i would recommend fairy oak by elisabetta gnone (it’s the first “series” that got me into reading when i was younger) or maybe el libro salvaje by juan villorro
translations: almost every book released in the us/uk/aus nowadays has a spanish translation that releases right after the english version does!! you can try maybe picking up something you’ve already read in english and trying it out in spanish (i.e. harry potter - super easy reads, and completely in spanish, or like, for example if you wanna go into the YA category, trc, igyts, tog, acotar, shatter me, red queen, soc, tgt AND SO MANY OTHERS have spanish translations) + this also goes for classics, i.e. oscar wilde, jane austen, etc are all also available in spanish
hispanic classics: hard reads even for a native speaker but very rewarding!! you can try the old stuff from the spanish golden age like tirso de molina, pedro calderon de la barca, ruiz de alarcon, lope de vega, (special shoutout to my girl sor juana ines de la cruz!!!!!) or more recent stuff from gabriel garcia marquez, mario benedetti or pablo neruda (again, super hard reads)
Kwame Alexander writes books that bend genres — novels about
middle school boys, written not in prose but verse. And he does it well: His
book The Crossover won the Newbery
Medal last year for children’s literature.
His new book is no different.
Composed of a series of poems, Booked
tells the story of a 12-year-old named Nick, a boy who loves soccer and hates books. And, as Alexander notes,
there’s a reason for that.
“He hates books because his father makes him read the
dictionary every day,” Alexander tells NPR’s Rachel Martin. And, as odd as
it may sound, he says that part of the story feels very autobiographical. Alexander’s
father did something similar. “My love of literature — it was gone around
fifth, sixth grade,“ the author says. But poetry brought it back.
If you liked Jacqueline Woodson’s BROWN GIRL DREAMING read Padma Venkatraman’s A TIME TO DANCE because both are stories told in verse of young girls who, with the help of family and mentors, overcome numerous challenges.