Saturday, June 1, 2013

Armchair BEA, Day 5, Fresh and Young

Design credit: Nina of Nina Reads

 It's day 5 of Armchair BEA and I'm back for more!  To find out more about this fun event, check out the Armchair BEA site.  

Today's topics are Keeping it Real, Fresh, and Fun, as well as children's books.  Since I've struggled with fresh content for a long time, I haven't got much to say.  The best thing I ever did (though I haven't persisted well) is to create original features.  The two I do occasionally are Listless Monday and Name That Book.  It is fun to have something that just you do (well, plenty of others do similar Listless Mondays) and that can help you avoid the meme or same old review rut.  Mind you, I haven't been doing those two things for a few months straight now.  So, in theory these are some good ideas :)

And since I adore and read almost exclusively in children's lit, I have no trouble thinking of favorites.  The trouble is limiting the number.  Also, because there are so many fabulous blogs out there that do YA lit so well, I thought I'd list some of my favorite reads for a slightly younger crowd: the MG/tween group.  There is a lot of fantastic stuff being published for kids and here are just a few of my faves:

For laughs:
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson 
A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck 

For reals:
Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff

For sheer faves:
Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris
The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
Savvy by Ingrid Law

For fabulous fantasy:
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge
Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull

What are your faves or tips for keeping content fresh?

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  1. I finally started reading Hero's Guide and it's so cute and funny. Loving it so far! :)

    1. So glad! I've finally got my hands on the sequel, so I'm pretty happy about that.

  2. Goodness I haven't heard of any of those. But they sound really cute and I like your categories:)

    1. They are a lot of fun. Sometimes you just need a nice, light, fun or fabulous younger kid read.

  3. I am looking forward to Richard Peck's new book, sequel to his mouse adventure Secrets at Sea, lots! But I've never read his realistic stuff...some day!

    1. Ooh, definitely need to give his Grandma Dowdel books a try. They are so, so funny! I haven't read his mouse adventures, though :)

  4. Ah, brilliant idea.

    I have no ideas for keeping it fresh. I just try to keep semi on top of posting. Ha!

    1. Yeah, that's kind of the mode I'm in right now too. Just keep sort of posting regularly!


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