What I’ve Been Reading…

I haven’t posted in ages. There are a few reasons for this, none of which anyone wants to hear 😉

BUT. I’ve started a few YA novels over the past few years that read really young to me, so I stopped. And then Christa Desir suggested I write MG since the last YA she read for me, was a little young. And so I jumped in and tried to find a bunch of MG novels that seemed like “Jolene type” MG novels… SO.

Here’s what I’ve been reading:

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Flipped – Pretty adorable, but the way the narrative overlapped made me a little crazy. I’m well aware this is a “Jolene pet peeve” thing. I did read the whole book. And I did love the book.

THE BOY ON CINNAMON STREET – I’m so in love with this. SO. I downloaded another from the author the minute I finished.

THE PARIS ARCHITECT – Yes! I sometimes read books for grownups! (but only for book club). This book had some issues for me (namely two of the most beautiful women in France both after the MC – this is when you know the book was written by a man) but a very cool premise. As a Poli Sci major, I spent a good deal of time learning about WWII, so this was extra fun from that angle.

SHUG – You really can’t go wrong with Jenny Han. A great first kiss with a fantastic look at what happens when you really get to know someone, and what you see then, versus what you see from the outside. Love it.

EIGHT KEYS – This was a great little read. Fab at showing what happens when friends start to drift apart in middle school.

STUNG – I love SHIFTING by Wiggins, so I wanted to check out this series. I still like SHIFTING better, but then I’m just in love w/ that book. This one was also fantastic. CRAZY cool premise, and fascinating world-building.

SEX & VIOLENCE – I’ll re-read this one for sure. I can’t say enough good things about it. Deals with PTSD, and friendships and family relationships and love and moving beyond our past all with fantastic writing, great voice, and a setting I loved… I’m just crazy in love with this book.

These are what I think I’m going to read next, but then… you know. Moods change…etc… My daughter wants to read CINDER, so I need to check it out first. EVERYONE is raving about Andrew Brawley, and Shaun seems like a really cool guy from the bits of convos we’ve had online, and the book just sounds amazing. DEEP DOWN POPULAR becuase I loved CINNAMON STREET so much. And BIG FISH for my book club, and because that movie is on my short list of fav-evers.

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What’s everyone else reading? And if anyone has some great CONTEMPORARY MG recs, I’d love them!!

Published by Jolene Perry

Hiker. Occasional Yogi. Equestrian. Couch potato. Music lover. Mediocre guitar player. Sailor. Tailor. Home body. Traveler. Enjoys suffering from being interested in everything. Co-founder and instructor at Waypoint Author Academy. Rep'd by Amy Bishop of Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.

3 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Reading…

  1. I’m reading Sex and Violence right now. About 3/4 way into it. Haven’t read much MG though. Maybe yours will be some of my first. 🙂

    1. I’m SO back and forth w/ the MG thing. I get all excited, and then I write a TINY but and then I’m like… huh… So, we’ll see…

      On Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 3:54 AM, author Jolene Perry wrote:


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