I grew up in the 90s and 00s, and a lot of my time then was spent reading series that would shape much of my outlook on life. One such series was The Baby-Sitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin.
For the uninitiated, this series focused on a group of seven friends in a fictional Connecticut town who established a babysitting business in their local area. I adored this series of books, borrowing them from my local library every Tuesday after my Irish dancing classes. I would pore through the books, and I’m pretty sure they’re where my intense love of reading stems from.
I treated myself to a solo holiday at the end of February/beginning of March. I spent a few nights in Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. Even though my current financial situation really did not allow it, I spent a whole lot of money on six new books.
It’s part of my routine whenever I go somewhere new. I always come back with a new fridge magnet and a new book. This time, I just took it a little further. In fact, I didn’t even buy two each place, as the maths would suggest. I picked up two in Vienna, three in Bratislava, and one in Budapest.
This post is part of Six for Sunday, run by Steph from A Little But A Lot.
LGTB issues are incredibly important, not just to me but in the world as a whole. It’s important, so, that YA fiction (and general fiction) represent LGBT characters and issues properly.
For this post, I’ll be looking across the entire LGBTQIA+ spectrum. What’s listed here is a very small selection of LGBTQIA (after all, we only get six slots to fill!) If I’m missing any please do let me know in the comment section.
Music has been a pretty big part of my family. My Dad’s father played the accordion for years before he passed away, and his parents used to hold dances in a hall by their house. IN Ireland in the 1950s, dances like this were a Big Deal because they were where a lot of relationships started. Ask your grandparents – it’s likely they started “courting” in one of these dance halls.
I played the piano for years, though I haven’t played in ages and I feel like now, I would be really rusty. It doesn’t much help that sight reading was never my strong point. My brother can play guitar, and one of my 2019 new year’s resolutions is to learn it myself. So, it’s no big surprise I love reading about books that also add in a little bit of music in their narrative.
Challenge criteria: A book with multiple authors
The UK’s top Young Adult authors join together in this collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home. Contributors include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon , Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah. GBP1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis, the national homelessness charity.