On to Middle Grade Fiction...
Four middle grade novels: one fantasy starring a girl of color (The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse), one historical adventure featuring an LGBT family (Newsgirl), one time travel adventure graphic novel (The Time Museum), and one cutesy animal/environmental story I read aloud to my daughter (Emmaline and the Bunny).
First I read Stick by Andrew Smith. I've liked Smith's work in the past, and this book features a disabled protagonist. Just the sort of book I would like, right? Plus, I've been making it a point to read more books written by men since that's unusual for me apparently, so this seemed like the perfect pick for me.
It turned out to be a really intense book about abuse, and the disabled character spends most of the book hating himself/his physical difference. Ultimately, well written but really difficult for me to read.
So I picked up something that looked a bit lighter...
This looks like a rom-com, but it's really not. It's about a girl sorting out family and relationship issues. A good book, but not quite what I was looking for just then. I did add it to the Food/Cooking in YA lit list though.
Then there was Nerve.
I would probably not have read this one at all (or finished it) were it not a book club choice. It's a plot driven novel about dares/social media with little or no character development. Lots of interesting discussion in the book club, but the general consensus of the book club seemed to be "meh."
Honestly, I was in a bit of a slump. I had way too many books checked out from the library and none of them looked appealing. I started and abandoned at least three different books before I picked up Flame in the Mist.
It didn't grab me right away, but I decided to stick with it anyway since I'd been so fickle with books lately. This is one example of why sometimes it's good to push past a bit of initial ambivalence about a book because once I got into the story, I was hooked. Though if you want any resolution, you'll have to wait for the next book. Sigh.
Next up: historical spy thriller!
This is a fast-paced story with a lot of twists and turns. It's a really quick read, which was just what I wanted right then. If you like spy stories or are interested in World War I, you might like this book.
And for adults...
Two very different books: a time travel novel and a memoir.