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:
(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:
- Jinx’s Magic and the recently released Jinx’s Fire, by Sage Blackwood. I read Jinx, the first book in the series, a couple of years ago and I loved it. I even reviewed it here. When I saw this post about the series at the Barnes & Noble Kids Blog by Charlotte Taylor of Charlotte’s Library, I knew I had to read the rest of the trilogy.
- The 39-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton. I found this one through an interview I read on Flipboard, which I then neglected to flip into my Bookish Life Flipboard magazine. And now I can’t find the link to it anywhere! Dylan read the previous book, The 26-Story Treehouse, and I think we will both enjoy this sequel.
- A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Lawrence Yep. I came across this one on the Horn Book blog, and it sounds like pure fun.
- Greenglass House by Kate Milford. This one was actually already in my TBR; I decided I wanted to read it after reading Ana’s post about it. She wrote, “I had so much fun with this novel. There’s something about its mood and playfulness that put me in mind of The Westing Game, only I enjoyed Greenglasss House even more.” The Westing Game is one of my favourite books, so this really intrigued me.
- The Thickety: A Path Begins and The Thickety: The Whispering Trees by J.A. White. I already had A Path Begins in my TBR, and The Whispering Trees just came out, so I think it’s about time I started on the series. This series looks like a great read: a little dark, with magic and spells and demons and the Thickety, a dark, dense forest filled with magical things.
So that’s my list so far. Do you have any suggestions for good middle grade fantasies or mysteries?