Welcome back lovely Year 10s! I’m really looking forward to hearing about the reading you’ve been doing over the summer. As a reminder, your task was to read at least 2 books as part of your wider reading. One book could be completely your choice, and the other needed to come from one of the challenges below:
Read a book by a Carnegie shortlisted author (any year)
Read a book recommended by a friend
Read a book of a genre you wouldn’t normally choose
Read a classic
Read an autobiography or biography
By the end of this first week back, you should also have ‘blogged’ about your books, responding to my post on dhsbookbabes (here!). In your response to this post, please tell us a little about your two books (brief review and introduction to plot) and give us your verdict – did you enjoy it and who else do you think it would appeal to? Here is my post about my reading challenges:
One of my favourite summer reads, which was my own choice, was ‘Radio Silence’ by Alice Oseman. I loved the characters, which felt authentic and true-to-life, and the storyline follows a teenaged girl who is obsessed with an obscure podcast series. It’s about friendships, self-discovery, there being more to life than school… Without giving too much away, if you loved ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell, I would say this is just as good or perhaps even better (which is saying a lot as I really loved ‘Fangirl’!).
My other book, which was recommended by two friends, Mrs Burkey and Mrs Taylor, was ‘Possession’ by A S Byatt. This was a very challenging read and perhaps typical of an English Literature nerd like myself – it was a literary mystery uncovering a previously unknown connection between two Victorian poets. It was dense but challenging and rewarding and although it was difficult at the beginning I absolutely loved it once I’d gotten into the exciting storyline. You would enjoy this if you’re interested in Victorian poetry and/or literary adventures! Yesss!!
Right year 10 – blog away, replying to this post. Make sure that I can identify you so I know you have completed your summer homework.
Mrs Sharp 🙂