I think I need to read something meaty and 19th-century. Something that doesn't have the break-neck pace of the YA novels I adore.
Well, maybe "break-neck" is too extreme. But the pacing of a YA novel is clearly different than an adult novel, contemporary or classic, and I'm finding that a too-steady diet of YA leaves me longing for something a little slower. Not BORING; not PONDEROUS. Just...slower.
Which means it's probably time to pull out Lord of the Rings or Pride and Prejudice, the only two stories I regularly reread.
I've got Dickens on the shelves, too, but he's a bit too verbose to tempt me into rereading my favorites. I'm one of those people who will almost never stop reading a book I've started, but Little Dorrit lulled me to sleep so consistently that I gave up. (I mean literally lulled. I kept nodding off every time I sat down to read the thing.) So I'm leery of trying the lesser-known, awfully-fat ones sitting there gawking at me.
Then again, I'm awfully happy with Ruta Sepetys's Between Shades of Gray, which I'm currently in the middle of. Wonderful writing! And yes, it's YA. My true love.
What about the rest of you YA and MG writers? Obviously it's important to read what you write, so I'm assuming you all do a lot of that. But to what do you turn when it's time for something non-teen? What dusty favorites lure you back when the weather chills and the nights darken early?
And speaking of YA and MG writers -- next week's our big Baker's Dozen submission week! Feel free to leave last-minute questions in today's comment box. By now, I'm sure you're well-versed--but I'm still getting emails and comments from brand new blog readers, so I have to remind myself not to assume that everybody knows everything!
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