young adult

Thumbs up for The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery. Young adult.

All sorts of grim, melancholy and disfunctional Japanese literature have made my desires swing entirely in the opposite direction: in other words, romances. L. M. Montgomery is about as romantic as I can stand. I’d heard this one was particularly good, so I thought I’d give it a try.… >> Read more

Treasure Island


Thumbs up for Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Young adult.

I was (quite unfairly) wary of a repeat of my experience with Robinson Crusoe – one of the most agonizingly boring books I’ve ever dragged my way through – but this came highly recommended by my coworker. He was not wrong; it is indeed a delight. Yo-ho-ho!

“‘Marooned three years agone,’ he continued, ‘and lived on goats since then, and berries, and oysters.

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The Hunger Games

Thumbs up for The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Young adult science fiction.

Invariably, when these books are mentioned in the bookstore where I work, the phrase of the day is “My son/daughter got it, but I picked it up and I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.” I hear a lot of rave reviews about books that are in fact mediocre, but I like young adult books, and since I’d never actually seen one of these in the field, so to speak, when this finally came in, I was curious.… >> Read more