Today I have the pleasure of having C.K. Kelly Martin stopping by to share her book recommendations.
I’m constantly in the process of reading some novel or other, the two exceptions being 1) when I’m away on holiday and therefore want to remain firmly in the moment (then, even if I’m doing something simple like riding on a city bus I want to look out the window rather than have my head buried in another world) and 2) when I’m in the middle of editorial revisions for one of my own books and don’t want any distractions.
I rarely reread books because there are always countless new ones I want to experience. As I’m writing this (July fourth) I’m freshly back from
I still love the idea of an elephant king in a three piece suit. I love orphan Anne Shirley, who felt like a kindred spirit to my childhood self, even though we never met in real life. I will forever love Tintin adventures, the hilariously self-absorbed and clueless adolescent Adrian Mole and every childrens’ or teen book I ever read by Judy Blume. Books like these made me laugh, made me curious, made me crave adventure, made uncomfortable subjects seem a little more comprehendible (thank you, thank you, Judy Blume!).
Some of my other all-time favourite books include Emma Who Saved My Life (by Wilton Barnhardt), The Chrysalids (by John Wyndham), a tiny picture book by William Benton called Deaf Elephants and
I also want to mention some recent favourites books about young people – Room (by Emma Donoghue),
I hope you’ll check out some of the books I mention and also post comments sharing your personal all-time or recent favourites.
Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled "This could change your life."
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Ashlyn Baptiste is falling. One moment she was nothing—no memories, no self—and then suddenly, she's plummeting through a sea of stars. Is she in a coma? She doesn't remember dying, and she has no memories of the life she left behind. All she knows is that she's trapped in a consciousness without a body and she's spending every moment watching a stranger.
Breckon Cody's on the edge. He's being ripped apart by grief so intense it literally hurts to breath. On the surface, Breckon is trying to hold it together for his family and his girlfriend, but underneath he's barely hanging on.
Even though she didn't know him in life, Ashlyn sees Breckon's pain, and she's determined to find a way help him. As her own distressing memories emerge from the darkness, she struggles to communicate with the boy who can't see her, but whose life is suddenly intertwined with hers. In alternating voices of the main characters, My Beating Teenage Heart paints a devastatingly vivid picture of both the heartbreak and the promise of teenage life—a life Ashlyn would do anything to recover and Breckon seems desperate to destroy—and will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, John Green, and David Levithan.