Wanting to read more middle grade novels … and A Game of Thrones

I know, I know, two totally different things. But for some reason, they’ve become interconnected in my mind. When I start thinking about what I’d like to start reading more of, I think, middle grade novels! And then for some funny reason, I head straight from there to A Game of Thrones. And then back to middle grade novels again. A very strange but now comfortable cycle.

A few years ago, I bought this from Costco:

Game of Thrones boxed set (Actually, it was the boxed set without A Dance with Dragons …) I was listening to A Game of Thrones in audio at the time, and realized it was going to be too gory for me to continue it in audio (because it’s impossible to listen with your ears half-closed, the way you can skim through the brutal bits with your eyes half-opened). But for some reason I’ve just never gotten back to the series, even though I had been so enthralled by what I’d heard so far in the audiobook. (I’d gotten as far as Bran’s fall.) I say “for some reason” but it’s mostly because I suspect the books are a lot like potato chips—you can’t consume just one or two.

So these books stare at me every day from their place on my TBR shelves. I need to just bite the bullet and start reading them. Amazon tells me, though, that all five books combined total 5,216 pages. That’s a lot of pages. A lot of reading time.

Anyway, swinging back to the whole middle grade novel thing, I really need to start reading more middle grade novels. I used to read them all the time, but in the past few years I haven’t added very many new titles to my TBR.

So to honour this yearning of mine, I recently made a list of middle grade reads to add to my TBR (I know. As if I needed to add more, right?). Here they are, in no particular order:

So that’s my list so far. Do you have any suggestions for good middle grade fantasies or mysteries?

10 thoughts on “Wanting to read more middle grade novels … and A Game of Thrones

  1. Kay

    Good luck with the Game of Thrones books. I’ve not read them and likely won’t. That is more my husband’s area. He read the first 4, I think. And then he stopped. And he won’t watch the TV adaptation. He had his reasons and I don’t want to spoil it for you. Anyway, again, good luck! LOL

  2. Word Lily

    I’ve read a fair number of MG books so far this year; I marked one as fantasy, The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham (it won the 2014 Cybil for speculative fiction).

  3. Athira

    I am like you – I love middle grade books, I just don’t read enough of them. If you do start reading the GoT books, I will be interested in hearing your thoughts. I kind of struggled with the first book, mainly because I started it as soon as I finished watching season 1, so everything was still fresh in my head. Are you planning to watch the GoT season five premiere tonight?

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I know I’d have a hard time watching the show – all those gory killings. So I haven’t even seen the first season. I can read about them, though! (Can’t even take them in audio because it’s impossible to skim “just a few pages” in audio!)


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