So you have helped me choose, you lovely opinionated people, and I’ve begun to read “Tuesdays at the Castle”. I should have it finished and a review done by the end of the week. I don’t know if it’ll get posted at TCM right away or not, but I’m enjoying it so far. Not that I’m that far, mind you (page 3). I just finished The Hobbit and I hope to finish Nine Coaches Waiting this week as well. It’s definitely the last free period I’ll have for a bit, since I’m starting school on the 18th. I just don’t understand WHY the school wants to fling we little n00bs into a six-credit course with APA papers as the first one we are going to be attempting having not been in school for some time.
Though I do get to be assigned to a cohort. That sounds more fantastic than it is, but it hasn’t stopped me from going around and saying “Yeah, I’m being assigned to a cohort.” I feel like the lion in The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe who is brought out of the stone by Aslan himself and won’t stop turning to the other animals and saying “Did you here what he said? He said us lions” when they’re getting ready to flee the castle for good and all and run to Peter’s aide.
Anyway, first book up, is Tuesdays at the Castle, followed by The Clockwork Three. I’m also reading (because my psyche is terrified of the crimp coming to the reading time) Throne of Bones which is a well-developed world by Vox Day but nothing spectacular. Not yet anyway, I’m 100 pages in and it’s 787, so I’m not even 1/7th of the way through the story.
What about you? What pile of stories are you working through? And what other suggestions do you have for my reading pile?
To help you narrow your suggestions, I’m looking for books for ages 9-17 (so tween/YA/teen) any genre except for romance (as the primary part of the book, dribs and drabs are fine) or horror. I’m looking for unusual books, quirky and well written, with themes that resonate along the lines of universal truth and not Christian doctrines. Feel free to nominate Christian books too, but they need to be exquisitely written. Dark books are all right, as long as there’s a good reason to plow through a dystopian world or fae realm but there’s got to be a really huge pay-off. Also, I don’t want evolution crammed down my craw as most steam-punk books (Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld) seem to do.
In a nut shell I’m looking for brilliant secular stories that are clean and tightly written to offer as choices to the tween/YA/teen market of Christians (or their parents) that use The Christian Manifesto as a review choice. Not a real easy job, but that’s what I’ve signed on to do!