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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Favourite Summer Reads Blogfest

Hosted by Surrounded by Books. Cherie says. 'All you have to do is post on your blog between August 24-27 and tell us what is your favourite summer read. Please post a picture of a book's cover art, a description of the book and why it is your favourite summer read. Then we can hop around and find great books.'

When I think of summer I think of youthful summer holidays and I have recently started reading lots of MG/YA. These are my favs:

Cosmic by Frank Cotterill Boyce is an excellent MG read that's very funny.

Harry Potter by JKRowling has such a rich wealth of imagination and plot complexity and spans both MG and YA as the heros grow up.

The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness is an edge of the seat YA journey.
It is set on another planet and has romance and aliens and good and evil and endurance and tension and so much more besides.
Fabulous! I commend them all to you.

Oh and if you think adults shouldn't waste their time reading MG/YA, then ask yourselves:
Who writes them? Adults
Is imagination not the essence of good literature? YES
I rest my case.


  1. Thanks for participating in my blogfest. :)

    Great summer read picks! I haven't heard of The Chaos Walking Trilogy. It sounds really good.

  2. What a great blogfest! Yay for summer reads! take care

  3. Not a blogfest participator, but popping over to say hi from the campaign.
    I read a low of YA and MG, always on the lookout for new books for my 11 yr old boys who average a book a week. Unfortunately, I couldn't get them interested in the Patrick Ness books, I think the writing style was just too strange for them (although I loved those books)

  4. I totally agree with you at the end; YA fiction is definitely worth reading.

  5. I would never call reading YA/MG as an adult a waste of time. We gravitate toward all kinds of texts at different seasons in our lives and I can think of far worse ways to spend one's time than with their nose in a book. :)

  6. Since the new Harry Potter books always came out during summer, those would always be my summer reads. Fun blogfest!

  7. Love the last few lines of your post, and totally agree with them! I've been a follower of your blog, and it is great to meet you at the campaign.

  8. You can never lose when you have the Harry Potter series! I've not heard of the Chaos Walking trilogy. I'm intrigued. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I've seen books in that series by Patrick Ness at my library; I never picked them up, though. It looks like I'll have to check them out next time! :)

    I love the cover for Cosmic!

  10. Star Trek Memories has a good write up delving into Star Trek fandom. Its use of "Trekologists" is totally apocryphal but highly amusing to read.

  11. The Harry Potter books are my favorite series.

  12. That trilogy looks interesting.

    I bet there isn't one single person who reads your blog that thinks it's a waste of time for adults to read YA/MG. I'm sure most of us are more confused by people who don't :-)

  13. Hi Madeleine,
    Oh yikes, another Blogfest :) I still haven't recovered from so many bloggers learning about the alphabet in that deeply profound, 'A to Z Blogging Challenge!'
    Anyway, my favourite summer read is anything you have posted up on your site during the summer. Of course, we in Britain are still waiting for the summer :)
    Have a wonderful long weekend.

  14. Hi, it looks like we're in the same YA and WF campaign groups, it's good to meet you!

  15. Hello,

    I'm making my rounds through my Campaigner groups. Nice to meet you :)

    I'm just getting back into MG/YA books, great list!

  16. YA Rocks. HI, Madeleine! Fellow campaigner dropping by to say hi : )

  17. Imagination encircles the world, as Einstein put it! I used to re-read Harry Potter when school let out for the summer. Now I like to dive into them again over the holidays. :)

  18. Harry Potter is definitely a great summer read. I haven't read the rest.
    The writer's imagination is what glues a reader to his/her book. And it's always nice to wander in the lands of mythical beings once in a while :) :)


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