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Can you believe it’s been two months since I did a Friday Reads post? I know, me neither. But trust me—I have been reading. A lot. And I’ve read some really great stuff! Here’s the nutshell version:

read in janfeb 2014

Wish I could’ve read two more, just for symmetry… 🙂

To kick off this year, I enjoyed reading two highly acclaimed “adult” novels—Meg Wolitzer’s THE INTERESTINGS and Donna Tartt’s THE GOLDFINCH—alongside my usual mix of Young Adult and Middle Grade reads. One of the things I want to do this year is read more “adult” literature. As much as I adore children’s lit, my English major self misses the grown-up literary world at times, and luckily there’s an easy way to rectify the problem. (Ahem—read the things I’ve been missing!)

I also enjoyed some rereads (David Levithan’s THE LOVER’S DICTIONARY and Morgan Matsen’s AMY & ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR); a new book from an author I already loved (Lauren Morrill’s BEING SLOANE JACOBS); finally reading authors and books I’ve been meaning to pick up for years (Lauren Myracle’s SHINE and THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US, Trish Doller’s WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE, and Kat Rosenfeld’s AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE); and, of course some stellar debuts (Julie Berry’s ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME, Alison Cherry’s RED, Michelle Schusterman’s I HEART BAND series, Rebecca Behrens’ WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE, and Brandy Colber’s upcoming release POINTE). I’m sorry I can’t give you detailed reviews of all of them, but suffice it to say, it’s been a great year for reading for me so far!

What’s next in my queue? I’m currently reading (and loving!) GRACELING by Kristin Cashore, and I am eager to pick up Rachel Searles’ THE LOST PLANET and Natalie Lloyd’s A SNICKER OF MAGIC. And thanks to the YA Buccaneers’ March Madness roundup, the list keeps growing and growing.

What are you reading right now? Any recommendations? I’m currently shopping for new bookshelves, and I’m going to need some books to fill them up! (Like that’s going to be at all difficult…)

~Kathryn

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