What I Learned about Cross Genre Books with My October Reading

Here’s my reading for the month of October.  A bit more impressive than my ho hum September list of 12 items.  Hint:  Bulk up your “books read” list by spending 30 minutes reading picture books.  Nuf said.

  1. Angleberger, Tom.  The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda
  2. Black, Michael Ian.  Illustrated by Debbi Ridpath Ohi.  I’m Bored (Simon and Schuster)
  3. Catrow, David.  The Fly Flew In (Holiday House, I Like to Read Series)
  4. Collins, Billy.  The Trouble with Poetry (Random House)
  5. de Haan, Linda and Stern Nijland.  King and King (Tricycle Press)
  6. Doiron, Paul.  The Poacher’s Son.  
  7. Doyle, Marissa.  Bewitching Season (Henry Holt)
  8. Emberly, Rebecca and Ed Emberly.  Mice on Ice  (Holiday House, I Like to Read Series)
  9. Fforde, Jasper.  The Eyre Affair
  10. Freedman, Russell.  The Boston Tea Party (Holiday House)
  11. Kleypas, Lisa. Dream Lake.  
  12. Lewis, J. Patrick  and Jane Yolen, illustrated by Jeffrey Stewart Timmins. Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs (Charlesbridge)
  13. Long, Ethan.  Pig Has a Plan (Holiday House, I Like to Read Series)
  14. McCarthy, Mary.  A Closer Look (Greenwillow)
  15. McPhail, David.  Sick Day (Holiday House, I Like to Read Series)
  16. Milway, Katie Smith and Eugenie Fernandes, Mimi’s Village: and How Basic Health Care Transformed It (Citizen Kid)
  17. Peretti, Frank E.  The Visitation.  
  18. Ruben, Adam.  Those Darn Squirrels Fly South (Clarion Books)
  19. Stevens, Janet and Susan Stevens Crummel, Find a Cow Now! (Holiday House)
  20. Wilce, Ysabeau S.  Flora’s Fury (Harcourt)
  21. Yolen, Jane, illustrated by Mark Teague.  How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? (Blue Sky Press)
  22. Yolen, Jane, illustrated by Mark Teague.  How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? (Blue Sky Press)
  23. Zarins, Kim.  The Helpful Puppy (Holiday House)

In addition to learning how to bulk up a reading list, I learned something about reader expectations.  It might just be me but the novels  The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and  The Visitation by Frank Peretti were both hard to classify.  The first is part alternate history but also urban contemporary fantasy.  Confusing?  Yes!  But it was still an awesome book due in part to the author’s voice which is raw and rude and oh-so-matter-of-fact.

Peretti’s book is listed as Christian fiction and we picked it for the church book club.  Christian Fiction.  I was expecting spiritual fluff* until I got a look at the cover.  Christian fluffy horror?  The level of confusion was bit off putting and I wasn’t the only one who felt that way.

Sometimes turning your reader in a direction they don’t expect works.  Sometimes it doesn’t.  I’m not saying don’t do it but if that’s your chosen path, you need to do it well.

–SueBE

*No whining.  Fluff is good when it is what you need.  But it doesn’t nourish.  Think marshmallow vs apple.