- Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
- Green Angel by Alice Hoffmann
- Green Witch by Alice Hoffmann
- The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
- The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell
- Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
- The Silver Bowl by Diane Stanley
- Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Eon: The Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman
- Eona: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
My 2011 fantasy favorites: Eon, Eona and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I’m hoping for more from these authors in 2012!
This year I participated in Bookish Ardour’s Dystopia Challenge at the level of “Asocial” (5 books). I read:
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
- Matched by Allie Condie
- Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
I loved all of the dystopian worlds by these authors. My favorite was The Hunger Games Trilogy. Yes, this trilogy deserves all of the hype. I hope the upcoming movie does the first book justice.
I also read Across the Universe by Beth Revis. This novel ranks as my next favorite dysptopian novel that I read this year, after The Hunger Games Trilogy. Across the Universe is dysptopian/space odyssey/romance/mystery. Elder is easy to fall in love with, though not the perfect guy. I highly recommend it.
Currently, I’m reading another dystopian novel: Wither by Lauren Destefano. So far, it’s climbing up my chart of favorite reads this year.
Happy Holidays! Here is Arthur Rackham’s rendition of Santa–thinner, more dignified and less jolly than our modern version. I’m particularly fond of his curled boots.
I haven’t been writing, reading or updating this blog that much lately. I’ve been busy having a baby! But, I plan to post my yearly reading challenge wrap ups soon and catch up on what other bloggers have been up to. Hopefully, I’ll use some of this maternity leave to work on new stories as well.
Happy Halloween! Here is an illustration by Arthur Rackham of Lizzie in Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market”:
This upcoming Tuesday I’m presenting to the SOAR group:
North Country Authors [F-11-43]
|Presenter:||Jim Barry, Amanda Von Hoffman Jones, Diane Crump, Roger Watters, Guy Calandra|
|Classes:||4 Sessions 1.5 hours|
|Dates:||Tue 2:00 PM 10/04, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25|
This course offers participants a potpourri of local writing talent. Each week one of the authors will speak about her/his literary work(s). Some of the topics that may be addressed: author’s writing background, the writing process, publishing and marketing, the book’s purpose/content, selected passages for reading aloud, writing activities for the class.
Coordinator Jim Barry is himself a writer, along with being a frequent SOAR presenter, board member and co-chair of the Curriculum Committee.
The authors are (in this order):
Amanda Von Hoffman Jones, Behind Green Glass, a young adult fantasy novel
Diane Crump, Memories of a North Country Grandma, a poetry book for children
Roger Watters, From the Avenues of the Mind and Toothpick Forests, poetry and short story books
Guy Calandra, The Inside Word: An Inside look at the Family of God, a book melding together the author’s science and religious backgrounds