– Posted by Meranda
This summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Stay tuned for more throughout the summer!
If you are joining in with the Summer of Learning Book Bingo fun, then I have some recommendations for your Young Adult selection.
My top choice is Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce. Alanna’s wish is to be a knight but since she is a girl, she is being sent off to a convent by her father. She hatches a plan and manages to be excepted at the palace, as a boy. I’ve always loved reading this book and following Alanna on her journey to become a knight. It’s enjoyable to see her confusion over people being nice to her for no more reason than they enjoy her presence. I also like seeing that she pushes herself to overcome her weaknesses and stands up for herself time and again throughout the book.
The next book I would like to recommend is The Diviners by Libba Bray. I recently found this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s set in the 1920s in New York and has plenty of supernatural suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. There’s an occult killer loose and the owner of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult is helping to catch the killer along with his niece who can see the history of an item when she holds it. The elements of history laced within the supernatural aspects of the book were a real treat. It was great to imagine what it was like in the 1920s, even if it wasn’t a hundred percent accurate.
Playing a Part by Daria Wilke is a beautiful book. The prose is amazing as Daria describes Grisha’s life in a puppet theater and how he is treated outside the theater. His reactions are realistic as he tries to figure out why people act the way they do. I found the imagery to be superb.
Let’s travel forty years into the future and we have 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger. A town in India has walled itself off from the rest of the world because they are taking care of the problem of too many men and not enough women. I found it to be an interesting concept to think about. Women have become valuable and live in luxury. Men have to compete for the women and if they don’t win… They get sentenced to a fate equivalent to death. It was enjoyable seeing the views of one of the women being fought for and one of her competitors. The writing style between the two was delightfully different.