Thursday, March 12, 2009

Reading for Inspiration

Haven't posted in a while and I suppose that's a good thing. Been furiously revising, editing, cutting, pasting, wondering, thinking and hoping that I'll be done soon.

Picked up a copy of The Underneath by Kathi Appelt.
My daughter and I are reading it together and it is fast becoming our all time favorite read-together book. The writing is simply divine. I can't wait to curl up again tonight and see what happens.

Just finished A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban. It's an adorable story, filled with great characters and a simple, yet compelling plot. My daughter loved the short chapters, but strangely enough, the plot wasn't engaging enough for her. Sadly, she didn't finish.

It's always interesting to see what stories will appeal to my kids. My boys, never super into fiction, loved Holes, All Harry Potter books, Mysterious Benedict Society, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, and A Series of Unfortunate Events. It's no mystery to me why these books stand out.

Great action.

My daughter likes similar books. She recently discovered Nancy Drew (the original series) and devoured the first couple immediately. I asked her what kept her reading, and she said, "The story starts on the first page."

There you go.

I better read my first chapter again to make sure my own daughter won't toss it aside.


  1. Thanks for this post, Patty. I think it's important to keep in mind the things that kids find engaging. "The story starts on the first page." Simple enough. I think that's one of the reasons why many of us enjoy children's and YA fiction as adults.

  2. My son and I just finished Mysterious Benedict Society and we've read all the Wimpy Kid and Potter books, too. Drew just finished The Lightning Thief and I'm on book 3 of that series. Percy Jackson is awesome!

    I love the old Nancy Drew cover. I wish I still had all my books -- they were so much fun to read!

    I've heard good things about The Underneath. I'll have to check that one out.

  3. This has nothing to do with the above post, but with your recent visit to my blog.
    I highly encourage you to try Nano! It is terrifying, exciting and require more negotiation with your story/plot/MCs than trying to give a toddler some Tylenol.
    I look forward to diving deeper in your site when my eyes are actually not crossing!
    Happy UBP!!!

  4. I loved Nancy Drew too. I haven't been able to get my oldest daughter interested in them yet, but she is reading Barry Summy's "I So Don't Do Mysteries". It's a start.

  5. How old is your daughter? I loved Nancy Drew when I was young...devoured every one. As an adult, they seem a bit slow and boring. Even so, I would love it if my 9 year-old daughter would give them another chance! FYI...she LOVES the movie!


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