Before I talk about books, let me say something first: it’s SO cold! I am sure you have noticed too. So, now, let us talk about books.
One of the things that I have been thinking about during my daily commute, in the aftermath of quitting to read a book because I didn’t like it enough, is that a book should do something. It should make you laugh or cry or give you the creeps. It should make you smile, or even laugh out loud. It should make you learn something, it should make you able to teach other people something.
I think that if a book doesn’t deliver in the part that it makes you feel something, it’s not worth reading. I thought about all the books we have read for the YA-book club and which of them I liked or loved, and which of them I couldn’t care less about. There have been some in each of those categories actually. Since they are young adult-novels, and I’m not a young adult anymore, I thought about which books I would recommend (read: force upon) to my future teenage children. I have come up with the following list of three books that I would love to pass on to them.
A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
I haven’t read many of Ness’ books, but I think I have a pretty good idea about his writing. For one, the act of reading a book written by him doesn’t come without crying. I also know that his books address themes which are very common in a teen’s life. Ness is – to me – the American, male, gay version of Carry Slee, if only she would be a much better writer. I have been buying his books without even reading the blurb, with some writers you just know that it’s going to be good. So kid, don’t go all I-am-for-sure-not-going-to-cry-over-this-book on me, momma knows you will and no, she won’t tell your little sister.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Emily M. Danforth
This is by far one of the best books I read in 2015. It might be one of the best books I have read in all the years before 2015. I think that, with this book, it’s not because it has been written extremely well, I have read books that have been superior when it comes to writing. I think some may even find the book tedious, because the story moves quite slowly. What makes this book a winner for me, and a must read for my offspring, is that I am still thinking about this book from time to time. This is more than enough reason for me to put it on this list.
The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly
I know that many of you didn’t love this book, or maybe not even like it at all. I, for one, loved it. The book made me fall in love with fairy tales all over again, and motivated me to read more of them. I am very in awe about all the work that Connolly must have put into it, and I think he did a great job in rewriting the classic stories we all know from our childhood. I am planning on reading all of those to my children, hoping they will fall in love with stories in general, the way I did, and I hope that reading The Book of Lost Things when they are older, will enchant them as much as it did enchant me.
Make no mistake, the guinea pigs are going to be the only children in the house for the next few years. But when time has come, and I will be counting the days, I hope my children will enjoy these books, and hopefully many of the other books that we are going to read in 2016. I know I will.