What are you Reading?

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I used to read a lot when I was younger. The library was right around the corner from my grandmother’s house, and I always used to walk out of that place with books stacked up to my chin. I used to lose days reading, and never wanted to play outside with my cousins because the world inside the pages of those books just seemed a lot more interesting. I read a lot of speculative/horror fiction (R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike) among lots of other genres (sometimes, I wouldn’t even look at the title of the book. I would just read the first line and if it grabbed me I would take the book home).

But lately, I’ve been having trouble finding books that I truly connect with, and I can’t seem to figure out why. I’ve wasted so much money on books that I couldn’t finish or finished books and didn’t feel completely satisfied, so now I am on the hunt for books that I can’t put down.

Here are some of my faves:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Devil in a Blue Dress

I also read some of the stories in What we Talk About When we Talk About Love recently and loved them. I love books with strong willed female protagonists and also one that doesn’t start off too gimmicky; I like a more controlled start, one where the author is in control of the story and isn’t trying to use bells and whistles (or car chases or a dead body or profanity) to get me to turn the page.

Any suggestions? What are you reading? What are some of your faves?




4 thoughts on “What are you Reading?

  1. Hi Quanie, I found your blog from SheWrites. 🙂 R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series helped me rekindle my love for reading in my adolescence. Right now, I’m reading ‘The Wind in the Willows,’ ‘The Creative Collection of American Short Stories’ and ‘Kilimanjaro and Beyond’ (the last one is non-fiction). I hope to dive into a middle-grade novel soon because that’s the age range of the novel I’m currently revising. Best of luck with finding a good read soon!


  2. Right now I’m reading Louise Erdrich’s The Round House, and I like it. Other recent faves are Up from the Blue by Susan Henderson and If Jack’s in Love by Stephen Wetta. They’re all different in terms of style, but they all deal with children. They’re not YA, though. If you read one, let me know what you think. Oh, and I’m also a part of Great New Books–head over there if you’re looking for ideas!
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