It appears that the summer doldrums have arrived in book blogland. I’ve noticed that not only are many bloggers posting less often, the number of comments all around have dropped off too. It always happens this time of year and frankly, I was expecting it to happen sooner than it has. Summer means places to go and things to see and do as well as being lazy. I know I’ve got the lazy part going on full tilt. Laziness does not preclude reading by any means, it just translates to writing about my reading. For some reason it seems like so much more work in the summer than it does in winter. Like tonight, I was planning on writing about The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, a book I liked very much. But I just can’t turn my mind to it. It also doesn’t help that Waldo is currently laying on both of my arms with his cold, wet nose pressed into the crook of my elbow and his paws gently kneading my bicep. He’s purring so happily I don’t want to dislodge him.
So today, I point you to a wonderful site I just found out about called Read it! Loved it!. Put together by Gavin Jones an Australian teacher-librarian in Melbourne, it provides book recommendations for teenagers. Jones has read and loved all the books he suggests and over the years has recommended them to many of his own students. It is a delightfully simple site with lots of good suggestions. He has the lists broken down between boys and girls and age groups. At first I was put off by the gender divide but when checking out the categories under each many of the recommendations are the same. The biggest difference I noticed was that the girls 16+ had a romance and a tearjerker category and these were absent from the boys 16+ categories. There are also more girl-specific books under the “facts of life” category. Check it out if you have a teenage reader in your house. I bet grown-ups might even like it too.
Now I am off to be lazy. Or should I say, lazier?