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Tag: YA

What I’m Reading: Sabriel

Sabriel by Garth Nix is a YA fantasy novel with epic sweep, an intriguing setting, and great characters. Nevertheless, I found it a bit disappointing–but that’s based almost solely on my own expectations. Garth Nix is one of my wife’s favorite authors, and I… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Sabriel”

What I’m Reading: Chomp

Chomp is a YA novel by Carl Hiaasen, and I have to say, I adored this book. It follows Wahoo Cray, a young man (maybe around 13) whose father is an animal wrangler. That is, they keep all sorts of wildlife in their backyard in… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Chomp”

What I’m Reading: Ungifted

Ungifted, by Gordan Korman, is a humorous book for middle schoolers.  It stars Donovan Curtis, a born trouble-maker, an eighth-grade smart-aleck who cuts class with his two buddies, the two Daniels, to play pranks and escape sitting in boring classrooms. He gets in more… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Ungifted”

What I’m Reading: Counting by 7s

True story: Under the “Taste Preferences” tab in Netflix, where you can review what sort of movies Netflix believes you like to see, my wife and I have earned a “never watch” in the categories of feel-good, inspiring, and sentimental.  With that in mind,… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Counting by 7s”

Nick’s annual reading goals

Over the years I’ve established a set of goals, or at least traditions, for my reading.  I try to read a selection from each of the following categories every year: 1) Bible.  During Lent, I try to read daily from the Bible or a… Continue Reading “Nick’s annual reading goals”

What I’m Reading: Butter

Most of the YA I read is recommended to me by my wife, the teen librarian at a local library.  However, Butter is something I picked out from her pile of reading material.  I liked the title and read the first page just to… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Butter”

What I’m Reading: Compulsion

Compulsion, by Heidi Ayarbe, is a YA novel about Jake, a senior in high school with a serious case of obsessive/compulsive disorder (OCD).  Jake is a standout soccer player being recruited by several colleges, but except for those brief periods of time when he’s… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Compulsion”

What I’m Reading: The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, tells the story of Bod Owens, a boy who is raised in a graveyard.  His entire family is killed when he’s a toddler and he himself escapes only by lucky accident.  When he wanders into the local cemetery later that night, the… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: The Graveyard Book”