I adore both my online and classroom reading communities. Most of the 1000 books that I have read this year are as a result of these reading friends that I hold close to my heart. I can’t imagine what would have happened in 2012 if Mr. Schu hadn’t told me about The One and Only Ivan, or if I hadn’t listened to a student book talk 21 Balloons.
I love how my reading community has already weeded out some of the less than stellar books for me. It is rare that I read a book that someone who I respect hasn’t blessed with their seal of approval. With that being said, there is something special about reading a book that you go into knowing nothing about. A book that you have read no tweets about, and that none of your students have told you about. A book written by an author that you have never heard of, and a book that you go into not know what to expect.
I just finished a book like this.
Paperboy is the debut novel by Vince Vawter. I loved this book. The fact that it contained zero quotations marks and no periods was something that surprised me and challenged me as a reader. I had no idea what to expect of the plot and I enjoyed go through the twists and turns without any preconceived notions. I love and respect the views, insights, and opinions of my friends, but it was nice going into a book without all that noise rumbling around in the back of my head.
I could go on and on about why I loved this book and why at times I thought about the Newbery Medal as I read this book, but that would sort of defeat the purpose of the post.