A Weird Weekend Of Reading

I read two great books this weekend. The first was one I read because it’s on Nikki’s summer reading list and she has to do a project on it and I wanted to have read it so I could critique her project if it needs it. It’s called “Walk Two Moons” by Sharon Creech and it’s SO VERY GOOD. I basically read it in one sitting. It’s about loss and friendship and family and tragedy and how grief can can twist our perspectives of ourselves and of the world around us. It also tells two stories woven together which is an interesting way to reveal parts of the plot. Five starts, definitely. I basically read it in one sitting. There are a lot of themes I wonder if Nikki picked up on and I can’t want to dig into it with her.

And then I read “I’ll Give You The Sun” by Jandy Nelson and it’s about loss and friendship and family and tragedy and how grief can can twist our perspectives of ourselves and of the world around us. It also tells two stories woven together which is an interesting way to reveal parts of the plot.

DO YOU SEE THAT? I USED THE EXACT SAME TWO SENTENCES TO DESCRIBE BOTH BOOKS.

Y’all – both of these books were phenomenal. “I’ll Give You The Sun” is a Young Adult book and I think it will now go on my favorites list, but there were SO MANY WEIRD SIMILARITIES between these two books it kinda freaked me out. It was pure coincidence I was reading them both back to back but y’all – I can’t even begin to outline how similar these books were in many ways.

But not in EVERY way. “I’ll Give You The Sun” definitely was more mature both in it’s handling of grief and in it’s discussion of sexuality as the characters are much older in this book. The reason I loved that book so much is the main characters whose perspective we’re reading from are both artists and we get this great language and emotion behind so many of the experiences as everything tends to go back to their art. I loved it.

I highly recommend both books! But don’t read them in the same weekend. It’s a little bizarre.

2 thoughts on “A Weird Weekend Of Reading

  1. Monica says:

    I loved both of those books, too. But I read them many years apart so I didn’t remember enough about Walk Two Moons to make the comparisons you are making. I have enjoyed everything I’ve read by Sharon Creech. And Jandy Nelson’s other book, The Sky is Everywhere, is great, too. I wrote some quotes from that book in my journal, about grief and life. She has the most beautiful way of expressing exactly what I feel.

  2. Beth says:

    It would be truly bizarre if I read any 2 books in a weekend, unless they had really big pictures in them! I read slowly. It kept me from being a reader until I took a children’s literature class at Athens State, and was introduced to YA books. _ I read, Number the Stars, Building blocks, HelloGod, Its me Margeret, the Afternoon of t he Elves, The Bridge to Teribithia, and The Giver. They were execllent literature, and short enough that I didn’t get discouraged. Thats when I startd reading Adult Fiction, Non fiction, and Biography. I will put these 2 on my list. Right now I am reading a book by John Kasick. Its interesting. He was my second favorite candidate

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