But what I've been more absorbed with these past couple mornings (morning is my reading-time lately) is Lois Lowry's The Giver, which I picked up hoping to get back to the roots of the recent Dystopian-Novels-for-Younger-Readers trend (e.g. The Hunger Games, Matched and Crossed by Ally Condie, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Delirium by Lauren Oliver...). I'm sure I must have read The Giver back when I was actually a child, but I don't remember it at all, and I'm really impressed with the way Ms. Lowry has constructed her particular dystopia, and the very real, sharp feelings of anger and terror and aloneness (but also of love and discovery) that are being conveyed through the main character.
I may have to have a bookworm recommend this one---which brings us to the yarny, WIP-ish part of my post. The little coiled-up cuties you see on top of the books in the above photo are bookworm bookmarks, made from a super-simple pattern---basically you just...chain a bunch, and then make two double crochets into the first thirteen or so chains. And then you have to weave in ends and sew on eyes (I'm using beads), which is the only less-fun part. ;)
I've been remembering how much I love yarnbombing lately, so I've been making these guys up in various scritchy acrylic variegated yarns, attaching notes, and tucking them into relevant books at local libraries.
Judy Moody books. (Which are too much fun, and very much a direct and delightful descendent of Beverly Cleary's sublime Ramona Quimby novels.)
Sunshine by Robin McKinley, which is totally a better class of Vampires for Teenagers fiction than a certain other set of novels in that genre; and Kimchi and Calamari by Rose Kent, another book I chose by its cover and really liked. (And I even corresponded with the author a bit, and she is lovely. I'd never written to an author before! It was exciting!)
And here's where I'd like some input from you, Dear Readers. I have (as per the first photo) two bookworms ready for tagging-and-release, as well as two more who need eyes and ends-woven first, and I'd love suggestions from you about what they (and future, still-on-the-skein bookworms) should recommend! What have you read recently that you loved? What book do you wish more people would read?
I think I'll turn this into a giveaway, actually. Leave a comment, and you'll be entered to win not one, but two bookworm bookmarks (which, okay, are not the most impressive project/prize ever...)---one for you (in your choice of colourway!), and one to release in your own local library or bookstore. :D