Thursday, April 19, 2012

What Did You Read in the 80's?

This week, I am attending

Every year I discover I have a different theme to the events I attend.  I do not plan them out... I usually discover it upon reflection on the 2nd or 3rd day.  Last year, as a new TALL Texan, I spent more time volunteering and networking than ever before.  The year before that you could find me in every library advocacy or collaboration session available, trying desperately to find the silver bullet to save my job.  Previous years' targets include technology integration, early childhood programming, and yes... even securing free items from the vendors.

This year I thought I would be into technology and apps, but it has been all about authors.  Being out of the library and on the road for the past two years, I have lost touch with books.  It is a rare day that I recommend books to students.  The lessons I taught this year have all had either a technology and/or research focus (usually both!).  But my literacy lessons and book talk hats have been left hanging on their hooks.

This year I found myself migrating to the author sessions... Most of them YA authors... And they have been wonderful...

I was able to hear him at two events and even made my own Origami Yoda

Aaaaah!  What can I say.... 

Probably my favorite for the week.
So entertaining as an author AND a speaker.

I think she would be a lot of fun and easy to get into trouble with! 

Yes!  The one & only REAL, live Judy Blume!!!  
A childhood dream is fulfilled, and my bucket list is one item lighter

I haven't read any of his books, but definitely will now, starting with

because I want my daughters to be strong and fighters and heroes, too.  

Brad has been on TED, so you know he is outstanding!

Kristin CashoreBrent CrawfordPatricia McCormickBenjamin Alire Saenz, and Sara Zarr were on a panel together and the first question posed to them asked what they read as young adults.  This made me ask myself what I read as a young adult.

Digging into my memory bank, I realized that as a high school student I NEVER visited the library for recreational reading.  NEVER.  Not once.  Nor in college.  EVER.  My YA fiction selections were all word-of-mouth recommendations.

So, what did I read as a Young Adult?  
After Judy Blume and Margaret, what was available to read in the 80's?  
And I'm curious, what did YOU read as a YA?

Here is what I can remember:
  • V.C. Andrews... Started with My Sweet Audrina and continued through the Flowers in the Attic series.  This was my introduction to hard issues like rape and incest.
  • Stephen King... My boyfriend passed on Pet Sematary to me, followed by Christine.  I was instantly hooked by Stephen King's style of writing and his ability to scare me.  I read a steady stream of his books and was totally creeped out by "It" while in college, afraid to leave my dorm room after dark for a couple of weeks.
  • To contrast Stephen King, I also read the Christian book series by Janette Oke, beginning with "Love Comes Softly"
  • The majority of my YA reading, though, came from the genre "harlequin romance," namely First Love from Silhouette, ordered through the mail.  My all-time favorite were the Blossom Valley Books.
I'm just astounded, in retrospect, that I never considered the library when I was looking for something entertaining to read between the ages of 14 and 25.  
(Lord knows I was in there enough for school assignments!)  
What a great time we now live in for Teen Fiction!

Tomorrow is breakfast with Patrick Carmen
author of the
I find his combination of webcasts and text extraordinary.  
His was the first book to give me the creeps since reading "It" 20 years ago... perhaps because I watched the webcasts in a dark room at night!  Not recommended.

Enough writing.... I have new books to read!
LOTS of new books!!

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