Literary controversy, that is.
In the name of Christmas, I am taking a brief hiatus from my manuscript. I know that is commonly frowned upon, but there are more distractions then I can handle right now. When I try focusing on my novel, my computer and I end up competing in a staring contest. Any guess who wins???
PLUS, I, the fantasy football virgin, am going to my league's Super Bowl. Yes, you read that correctly. My team, the Jaded Joes (9-4), will battle Make My Baby Proud (7-6, though they are much better then their record suggests). With the possibility of winning some much needed cash, writing sessions end with little productivity.
BTW, don't be confused. I still don't know a darn thing about football. But I do know how to read, and as I said from the beginning, that is the only skill you need...
Some may recall I enacted a personal reading sabatical effective Labor Day until my manuscript was finished. Again, I know this is frowned upon, but I was desperately looking to limit distractions, and personal reading occupied a lot of time. Besides, I read more than enough books this summer to hold me over.
But, with the holidays here, I anticipate more personal time than normal, and I'd like to read a book. Last week, we had our office party, and to the surprise of no one, my Secret Santa gave me a gift card to B&N. The question is, what book do I buy?
If you've been to my page even once, you know I'm a fan of YA literature. I read it, I write it, and I have a special place in my heart for teen characters. Yet, although it is my preference, I'm open minded.
I'm in the mood for a controversial story. I want something that will make me think and reflect; something that could potentially make me angry (in a good way) and force me to analyze the story internally. I like laughing; I like yelling at the pages more. I want to react to the book; I want to think about it long after reading the last word.
Of course, all standard features must apply. It must hook me from the beginning, it must force me to turn the page regardless of the time of night, and it has to be relatable. The last novel I read was Nineteen Minutes, which I blogged about here. Naturally, I enjoy books that focus around educational issues, but for now, I'd like to hold off on the special needs topics.
I have a lengthy list of novels to read, but am never opposed to suggestions from my literary friends. In fact, it's usually how I choose a book. My online readers have such diverse taste, there is no doubt in my mind I'll be presented with several outstanding choices.
Got a title for me? Please share it below.