It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey with a children's/YA version at Teach Mentor Texts.
The Trap Door, the third book in the Infinity Ring series, by Lisa McMann. I liked the historical lessons (although this one treads a lot more familiar ground than the first two), but McMann's style doesn't mesh very well with the previous books. It's a lot more tongue-in-cheek and self-conscious. I read an Advance Readers Copy provided by Scholastic.
The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding in preparation for her author event. This book was so much fun to read. The main character's interested (theatre, fashion, St. Louis) seemed to be designed specifically for me, and the writing is extremely clever. It was sort of like reading The Gilmore Girls. I read a complimentary copy provided by Entangled Teen.
The 5th Wave, the first in an upcoming series by Rick Yancey. I read what turned out to be the first section of the book a few months back in order to blurb it for a conference, and I was surprised this time around to discover there are multiple narrators that broaden the story and make it much more epic. This is a great read for those who are attracted to the more science fictiony dystopias, but might not want hard SF. I would not be at all surprised to see a movie deal out of this one. I read a manuscript provided by Putnam Juvenile.
Castle Waiting, Volume 1 by Linda Medley. This had been presented to me as a young adult graphic novel, but I'm not sure why. There's no reason teens wouldn't like it, but it's not specifically tailored to them either. It's a very interesting way to challenge some gender stereotypes with some extremely charming elements as well. (I love the demons and sprites.)
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden in preparation for the Lesbian Reading Group's February meeting. This was certainly groundbreaking at the time of publication and it remains a sweet story, but there are a lot of elements that will seem very dated to today's teen audience, to the point of not being able to identify with the characters at times.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky in preparation for Writers Read's February meeting. I really just started this, so I can't say much, but I do really like the narrative voice.
Next week I'll be finishing The Perks of Being a Wallflower and starting Hold Fast by Blue Balliett in preparation for her author event.
What are you reading?