A few book recommendations

I love to read.  I must always have at least one book on my bedside table.  Below are some books by authors I have recently discovered and who inspire me to keep writing.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

A life-and-death mystery, ghosts, ghouls, witches and one orphaned boy make a fun read that you can’t put down.  I haven’t even finished it yet, but it makes me laugh, worry and just keep reading.  Would appeal to middle grade through adult readers.

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

Based on a little-known Grimm Brother’s fairy tale and set in ancient Mongolia, this young adult novel is the diary of a lady’s maid shut away in a tower with her lady, how they survive the darkness, the rats and diminishing food supplies, and what happens after.  Sweet, gripping, lovely (with a supernatural twist).

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

A teenager starts high school as the most hated girl in town.  This beautiful book grabs the reader with a unique style and a slowly unfolding back story to answer the questions of why everyone hates her and why she won’t talk.  This author tackles big issues with flair and subtlety.  Her newest, Wintergirls, deals with eating disorders.

Big Slick by Eric Luper

An Albany-area author with a penchant for poker has created a sympathetic character who digs himself a very big hole.  I didn’t expect to like this young adult novel, about a boy who steals from his father’s business, accidentally gets involved with drugs, has a crush (and then some) on a bad-girl and ultimately kicks his gambling addiction.  Looking forward to Bug Boy, about horse racing in the 1930’s, out this week.

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