Tuesday, January 5, 2010

book talk tuesday

Hey, today is Tuesday! It's the first Tuesday of the New Year, and if you remember from my resolutions I am going to begin a new little series called book talk tuesdays.

On book talk tuesdays, I'll be recommending my favorite middle grade novels. For those of you not in the book industry, a middle grade novel is a novel for about a 3rd-6th grade reading level, usually ages 8-12.

Now, since I am recommending MY favorite novels, you should probably know that my personal preferences lean toward the younger side of the 8-12 range as well as books some people label as "sweet." I, of course, label them as heartwarming and timeless.

In other words, I probably will not be recommending too many "edgy" books but they should be able to be read by the whole family as well as the individual child.

All the books I recommend will be books that I own and have bought (or given as a gift)--I'm not going to be a reviewer for publishing companies. Because of that the books are going to be a mix of old (ones I read & loved as a child) as well as new.

Also, my book talks will probably be short, maybe not more than a summary. I may not say "I LOVED this book" because that will get repetitive week after week. Suffice to say, if I am talking about the book, I loved it!

Will you love the books, too? I hope so! Stay tuned for next Tuesday and my first book talk!


Deva Fagan said...

I'm looking forward to the new feature! As much as I love MG, I find I don't read nearly as much of it as I do YA, because YA is what everyone always seems to be blogging about.

alice said...

Grace, I hope that you can also highlight some books that are good for boy readers. I find that a lot of the great MG books are geared toward females. I have boys who are 9 and 7 and I always struggle to find them good and interesting books to read.

Your books are always gifts I enjoy giving.


haomom said...

great idea for a new feature Grace, and I like that you will be recommending books old and new..
can't wait!

Grace Lin said...

Thanks All!

Alice, I'll try to highlight books I think boys will like too, though I do think boys like more types of books than we stereotypically give them credit for (http://outergrace.blogspot.com/2009/12/4-minutes-58-seconds-of-fame.html)!

The Tagoa'i said...

Grace, I miss "Book Talk Tuesday." Although, I have been able to use the time catching up on reading more of the Tuesday books.

I expect that you have been busy writing books for us to read - which I certainly don't want to slow down. However, I wonder if you could have some of your middle age readers write to you about their favorite books and you could see if any were worth recommending.

I love your books and am looking forward to your next published book.