Monday, June 27, 2011

Book Recs from Kristen Tracy

This lovely, smiling author is Kristen Tracy! The author of many books, her newest one is on tour with The {Teen} Book Scene and is called Sharks & Boys. How could you go wrong? Man eating predators and boys? Hmm...sounds kind of one in the same.

Anyhow Kristen is here today to share books she would recommend to her past self! I loved these.

I would have told my five-year-old self that all the Disney books I was reading were actually based on other stories. So don’t expect Goofy to appear in later retellings of Jack and the Beanstalk.

I would have told my eleven-year-old self not to overinvest emotionally in books about the solar system. Because one day Pluto isn’t even going to be a planet. So take everything you’re reading with a grain of salt. Telescopes become much more powerful in the future.

I would tell my sixteen-year-old self to read books that explore the settings of Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Vermont, Michigan, and San Francisco. Because you are going to live in all of these places soon and you should know more about what they have to offer before you arrive.

At twenty I would have told myself to read more poetry by Muriel Rukeyser, Robert Hass, Wislawa Szymborksa, Louise Gluck, and Anna Ahkmatova. And, I would tell myself that it’s okay that you like Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, and Sharon Olds. They are great poets and you should like them.

Thanks for sharing! 
I giggled at the part about Pluto. Ain't it the truth?


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