Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This Week's Topic is: What was the best book you read in July?
I caught up on a lot of books last month that I'd had on my list (I defninitely got my taxpayer's money worth of library lending in July!). I finally read Catching Fire -- two and a half years after reading The Hunger Games. I also revisited Meg Cabot's Heather Wells series reading Size 14 Isn't Fat Either, since she has a new edition to the series this year. I loved Past Perfect by Leila Sales (review here), a wonderful summer YA read about teens working in a historical re-enactment village.
But I have to say the best book I read was Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. This book was so different, and more of a challenge, but entirely worth it. Reading about heroic young women in World War II was inspiring and terrifying at the same time. This book could easily be shelved outside of YA, and part of me thinks if it had been written seven or eight years ago before YA really exploded, it might have been considered general market or literary fiction -- and would end up as an Oprah bookclub pick. I would read this again, and I hardly ever re-read books. Here's my posted review.
Which brings me to this rather cheeky tie-in: Forever Young Adult has their monthly calendar up for August with a Code Name Verity theme.