The Best Young Adult Book / Where to Start with Classics / “Literary” Man Booker

This summer’s seen an ambitious undertaking spearheaded by NPR Books to find  the Best Teen Novels Ever (via The Atlantic Wire)

Panelists included: The New York Times Book Review‘s Pamela Paul, Publisher’s Weekly‘s Diane Roback, The A.V. Club’s Tasha Robinson, and YALSA‘s Ted Schelvan, sorting through thousands of submissions (titles were voted for via the NPR Books blog).

That the vote received such an enthusiastic response should validate/legitimize the talented writers working within the “Young Adult” genre. As the Atlantic^reported: “That this year the attention goes to the Y.A. canon, and that so many votes have come through in such a short time, is credit to the category’s raging popularity with adults as well as teens.”

What’s your favorite Y.A. novel? This list debuts on August 8th. Holding its own, commendably, against heavy-weights like Harry Potter and the Hunger Games is John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars.


This summer I finally read a book by William Faulkner. I know, I know…I’m shamed to admit it took me this long in my life to read the “Shakespeare of the South.” But, actually, it took me a little while longer deciding which of his many epic/revered/”classic” works to begin-with… Where to start???

Wait… there’s a kickstarter fund going to publish a book that can solve this problem for me? For the many?

Start Here tells you how to read your way into 25 amazing authors from a wide range of genres–children’s books to classics, contemporary fiction to graphic novels.

Start Here will be written by a wide array of writers, critics, and bloggers, all of whom bring not only their expertise but also their passion for these authors.”… The goal: helping you, me, anyone who wants to dive into neglected classics… “how to read your way into 25 amazing authors from a wide range of genres” – Find out more.


Also – the “long-list” for the esteemed Man Booker Prize (2012) was announced last week: The GuardianUK posted: Booker prize judges should be applauded for favouring eccentricity and invention~~ Many observers thought this year’s Booker prize longlist would favour the big hitters – hearteningly, they were wrong””

The names might not be as notable or known, this time around, (despite the “predictable” inclusion of Henry VIII dramatist Hilary Mantel) but the listed authors, this year, are refreshingly/admirably “iconoclastic…” Read on how some reacted to 2011’s list/winner with calls for a more “literary” literary prize.”

Literary-enough  for ya?

By the way, how’s your Summer Reading going?

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