Happy Saturday, and first I want to remind folks to sign up for my Birthday Blog Giveaway here. For my one-year blog-iversary I’m giving away a $20 gift certificate or any book I’ve reviewed on this blog. Just tell me about a book you’re currently reading — I just started War and Peace, and feeling pretty good about it, I have to admit. I’ll keep you posted.
This week’s Weekly Geeks assignment is to share a favorite bookish quote. My quote is from Madeleine L’Engle, who wrote one of my favorite children’s/YA books, A Wrinkle in Time:
You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.
I think some of the most difficult, challenging and traumatic subjects make for great children’s literature — and great adult literature too. Wrinkle in Time is a good example. On that topic, I read an interesting post recently about why it’s OKAY that YA books are so dark, and why we don’t need to worry about children reading dark fiction (although there’s a big difference between tough themes, paranormal “darkness”, and the kind of serious violence described in the original article). Food for thought.
And with that, happy Saturday, and