So the Road Trip Wednesday topic over at YA Highway today is:
What was the best book you read in January?
Well, first of all, this was sort of a frantic reading month for me. I’m in the middle of internship applications for school and January was the crux of pretty much everything chaotic involved in that process. To say I’m relieved February is here, is an understatement.
So…I haven’t been able to fit a great deal of personal reading time in, and interestingly enough, the books I did read were all out of my normal genres. Of note, I really enjoyed:
Veronica Rossi’s UNDER THE NEVER SKY
Marya Hornbacher’s MADNESS: A BIPOLAR LIFE (this is actually a really tough book to read, but if you’ve read her eating disorder memoir WASTED, then you probably already know that.)
But two books I stumbled across and LOVED were ones my ten-year-old boy picked out. He’s really into art and cartooning, and we recently discovered a very cool bookstore in Berkeley called Escapist. The staff there were incredibly helpful in helping my boy narrow down his choices, since he was sort of overwhelmed by their vast selection of comics, graphic novels, and art books.
I’m not normally a graphic novel type of person, but MOUSE GUARD by David Petersen and THE STUFF OF LEGEND by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith both blew me away, not only with their beautiful art, but also with their honest way of conveying quite dark stories that aren’t at all dumbed down for children. Check ’em out!