It’s the end of the work week, the weekend looms,
and so do two great memes:
This week’s Book Blogger Hop
What is the thing you like most about reading book blogs? Is it the reviews, author guest posts, articles, giveaways, or something else entirely?
It would have to be a combination of several things for me. Certainly the reviews of books, because that’s the real purpose of this type of network, isn’t it? To receive new book recommendations? But I also really enjoy thought-provoking articles about the state of the book industry itself, whether they’re about new book awards, banned books, independent bookselling news, new bookstores opening, or anything else topical. Posts like those help me catch up if I’ve missed something and keep me feeling connected to this wonderful, ever-changing, enormous industry.
Do you have an under-noticed author that you think we should all know about?
Melina Marchetta? you might say. Isn’t she the author that won the Printz award for her young adult novel, Jellicoe Road
Why yes, I would answer. The book that is so good that I read it at least once a year and always sob my heart out in the best way possible each time? Yes, she is. But did you know about her recent epic fantasy novel, Finnikin of the Rock
No, you might respond.
Ah, I would nod wisely. I thought not. Few seem to, despite it being published by Candlewick Press
, a fantastic, Boston-based, independently-owned children’s/YA-book-only press.
For my review of Jellicoe Road
, click here
For my review of Finnikin of the Rock
, click here
To find out what the Printz award is, click here
Both of these books, though completely different in genre and scope (Jellicoe Road is realistic young adult fiction set at an Australian boarding school and Finnikin of the Rock is a sweeping young adult fantasy set in an imagined world), have a similar depth of character, context, and complete world immersion. Her writing is tight, clean, beautifully wrought, and emotionally charged. Please run to your nearest library or independent bookstore to pick up a copy of any of her four books, though Jellicoe Road and Finnikin of the Rock are my two personal favorites.
Her complete book list (clicking on the title will bring you to indiebound.org
, the independent bookselling website):