Monday, January 03, 2005

Reading Resolutions

Happy New Year! Now that it's 2005 and the start of another 365-day cycle (well, 362 days now) people are making their annual resolutions. There are the usual ones, like eating healthier, drinking less soda or sleeping more (my personal favorite). Why not try something new and make a reading resolution this year? You can aim for a certain number of books that you want to read. Or, make a goal to try genres that you generally don't read. One of my resolutions this year is to read more realistic fiction and more graphic novels. I'm starting off the year reading Ron Koertge's Margaux with an X, YA FIC KOE.

Want to read more historical fiction this year? Try Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, YA FIC MOR which is about a fourteen-year-old boy who joins the British Army in World War I because his older brother is forced to join.

Trying to read more non-fiction? How about The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon, NEW YA B RUNYON. It's an autobiography chronicling the year after Runyon set himself on fire at age thirteen.

Don't forget graphic novels! Neil Gaiman's newest GN, Marvel 1602, YA Graphic GAI, posits what would happen if today's superheroes existed in Queen Elizabeth's time. In a thrilling mystery the heroes have to band together to save the world, of course. I wonder, what would Peter Parker (of Spiderman fame) be like if he had existed 400 years ago?

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