This month both Cindy Minnich at Charting By the Stars and Donalyn Miller at The Nerdy Book Club posted about reading gaps. I’ve posted about my literary Achilles heel this year, which is similar to both of these posts. Since posting about my own reading gaps, I’ve read quite a few fantasy novels and loved them. I’m still sticking with my 2012 challenge to read more fantasy and science fiction, but I’ve decided to add to that challenge for 2013.
It’s my goal in 2013 to read more historical fiction and LGBT fiction.
I can’t explain why I’m not more drawn to historical fiction, especially since I’m a history minor. I love American history. I love the 1920s. I’ve even bought quite a few historical fiction YA novels to add to my class library because I have students who enjoy reading that genre. But for some reason I don’t make time to read it myself. This year I read and loved Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. The Diviners by Libba Bray wasn’t my favorite, but I still enjoyed reading it. So maybe I need historical fiction with a magical twist? Even though I don’t like thinking of the 80s as historical fiction, it is for our teens right now. Besides Eleanor and Park (which I know I’ll enjoy) and Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal, are there other YA novels that take place in the 80s or around that time and have been written recently? I like reading historical fiction that feels contemporary, even though that’s kind of backwards.
Here are some historical fiction novels I’d like to read in 2013:
- Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
I love contemporary realistic fiction, so reading more LGBT fiction really shouldn’t be a difficult challenge for me. I think this is a gap for me simply because I haven’t made a strong enough effort to read more of these novels. It has nothing to do with not liking novels with LGBT issues or characters. I want to read more of these books because I know I have students who need these stories. I just read Ask the Passengers by A.S. King and absolutely loved it. Every Day by David Levithan wasn’t my favorite for a few reasons, but I love how he wrote A as a character who understands love outside of gender and sex. I’ve been wanting to read I Am J for I don’t know how long. If you have any suggestions for me, I’d love to have them. I’ve already moved The Miseducation of Cameron Post to the top of my reading pile not only because I’ve been wanting to read it, but also because it’s a Morris shortlist contender.
Here are some LGBT fiction novels I’d like to read in 2013:
- The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
- I Am J by Chris Beam
- Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff
- Adaptation by Malinda Lo
- The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George