25 10 / 2013
Currently, until Oct 20th, the CBC is taking suggestions for books to be featured during Canada Reads 2014. The theme is ‘what book do you think will change Canada.’
And so I thought about what YA I’d read in the past few years that would qualify (written by a Canadian, traditionally published, available in English and in print) and suggested a couple of titles.
Then I started thinking. What if there was a kids and teens version of Canada Reads?
There sort of is already, with all the library association readers lists like the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading, and the BC Book Prizes, and there’s the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. But I wanted something like Canada Reads for YA. Something nation-wide, possibly on TV.
Instead, I’m thinking I’ll do something sort of similar but also different.
I want you (yes, you) to suggest YA books that you think Canada should read. Same basic rules as Canada Reads apply (see the above Rules section for details), but it has to be a young adult book.
Everyone is welcome to suggest books. Book bloggers, authors, teachers, librarians, reviewers, critics, book nerds, doctors, dentists, pilots, police officers, lawyers. If you can suggest a book in the Suggestion box, then suggest away.
My only requirement is that, when you suggest, you say why, and not that ‘it was totally amazing.’ Give Canada a reason to pick up the book and give it a read.
21 4 / 2012
Because I want to follow you all. People are so surprised to find out that even though I read a whole bunch of classics, non fiction, and fiction, I also read teen fiction. I’m not ashamed to admit that I love a bit of romance and paranormal action. I get so annoyed when people make fun of me for it, so I want to know that I’m not alone. :]
Well, OBVIOUSLY I read it, since I write it. But I’m also not ashamed to say that until I was in my mid-twenties I had read almost no YA fiction (because when I was growing up, it seemed to be nothing but contemporary “problem novels” which weren’t to my taste at the time, so I went straight from “juvenile” to “adult” books) but now in my mid-forties I read MG and YA almost exclusively. I think I’ve maybe read three or four adult novels in the past year, compared to thirty or more MG and YA novels.
I don’t mean that as a kind of inverted snobbery against adult literature. I’m sure there are a lot of fantastic, worthy and interesting books awaiting me in the various adult genre sections. I’ve just been spoiled by the glorious cross-pollination of genres that exists in MG and YA, and find it easier to find books that interest me in the “children’s and teen” section than to traipse all over the bookstore hunting through a bunch of other categories.
You are totally welcome to rec me the last fantastic adult book you read, though. Especially if it’s historical mystery, fantasy, SF, or non-explicit romance. (And if it’s historical-supernatural-mystery-romance like Susanna Kearsley, even better.)
02 1 / 2012
Here are the three winners, chosen from the entries on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and LiveJournal:
Happy listening to the winners, and Happy New Year!