A few weeks ago I put out the call on Twitter for young adult and middle grade books with very strong fantasy settings, as I'd been challenged with the setting on one of my current WIPs. I was fortunate to hear back from enough kind people to assemble a reading list of seven or eight titles, which I promptly put on hold at the library. I was familiar with some titles already (Princess Academy, which I was more than happy to reread), and introduced to others for the first time (Darkbeast, which is waiting on my nightstand as I type), but there was one that caught my eye particularly: Juniper, a middle grade novel by Monica Furlong.
Friends, it's January. I know many of you are polishing up some very ambitious resolutions for the new year, but as I sit here watching my first snowfall of 2016, there's nothing I want to do more than curl up with a mug of hot chocolate in a cozy chair with a new book. If you feel the same way you're in luck, because this year, I'm launching something that targets both New Year's resolutions (broaden your reading horizons!) and that desire for cozy couch reading:
Would you like to receive a random book recommendation in the mail from me (independent bookseller, writer, reader extraordinaire)? If this sounds like an excellent way to kick off the new year, read on!
After a very long intermission, it's time for the fourth and final installment of The Short Story Long (Or How I Signed With a Literary Agent). If you're joining for the first time, you can catch up here, here, and here.