It’s still a sad season for middle grade and YA fiction. Partly, it’s me. With all the work on the redesign of 60secondrecap.com—which is LIVE, by the way, so check it out if you haven’t yet—I’ve had very little time to think about anything else. I’ve dipped into a few books, sure, but nothing that’s really grabbed me. And though I’ve poked at my massive pile of new titles, I’ve yet to feel inspired.
Partly, too, it’s the books. I can handle tried and true conventions—love triangles, “dark secrets,” even the occasional character that strains credulity—if there’s enough plot and message to keep the story moving and the reading engaging. But over the last few months, it’s been mainly convention—and, by extension, eye-rolling predictability—and very little that’s fresh and fun. (Of course, I’m always happy to forgo convention entirely for a surprising and thought-provoking and totally original book. So…any suggestions?)
In the meantime, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to do other kinds of reading—namely, reading of the new material we’ve started to add to 60secondrecap.com. We’re excited to begin this chapter of helping teens win, not just in English class, but in life. And I was even more excited to find out that you can win by de-cluttering. Or that you can win by altering your sleep habits—in just ten minutes a week.
One article, however, really got me pumped. An article about luck—but not luck, really, as you’ll see when you read it. We’re hopeful it’ll get teens—and adults!—thinking about their lives in a different light. I know it’s helped me in the way I think about mine.
So for now, that’s this week’s favorite read. A piece that reminds me that there’s good in each day, possibility in each day, and opportunities to be and do good…even if I’m still waiting to find a new book to gush about.