Welcome to my brand spanking new author website and blog! I’m glad you’ve stopped by.
I’m not a talkative person, normally, but as too many of my neighbors/friends/family members have probably come to find out, if you get me started about books for young readers, I will never stop. So. Let’s talk books for young readers, eh? What did you read in 2015? What are you reading now?
I set a goal to read 15 books in 2015 (because I like matchy number things like that) but ended up reading 18. (Shhh. I won’t tell on me, if you don’t tell on me.)
I bet you are wondering which ones I liked and which ones I didn’t like, right? Well, truth be told, I don’t read books that I don’t like. I don’t have to be head-over-heals in love with it, but if I start a book and I’m not really into it by chapter three (or even sooner) I stop. There are so many books in my to-be-read pile. I don’t want to spend time reading something that I’m not connecting with, when I could be reading something that speaks to my soul, or makes me laugh, or teaches me something new. In other words, you won’t find me talking about books I don’t like. I want to spend time talking about books I ADORE and recommend to my friends.
So, here are the 18 great reads I read in 2015 that I encourage you to add to your list.
1.) ONE FOR THE MURPHY’S – Lynda Mullaly Hunt
2.) THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN – Katherine Applegate
3.) MAY B – Caroline Starr Rose
4.) BROWN GIRL DREAMING – Jacqueline Woodson
5.) THE SUMMER BEFORE BOYS – Nora Raleigh Baskin
6.) QUIT IT – Marcia Byalick
7.) COUNTING BY 7’S – Holly Goldberg Sloane
8.) A SNICKER OF MAGIC – Natalie Lloyd
9.) RAIN, REIGN – Ann M. Martin
10.) THE CROSSOVER – Kwame Alexander
11.) THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING – Krista Van Dolzer
12.) THE BOOK OF DARES FOR LOST FRIENDS – Jane Kelley
13.) A HANDFUL OF STARS – Cynthia Lord
14.) WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME – Kimberly Griffiths Little
15.) CRENSHAW – Katherine Applegate
16.) THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU – Lisa Schroeder
17.) BOOKED – Kwame Alexander
18.) BREAKING THE ICE – Gail Nall