Thursday, June 3, 2010


We need quiet to examine our lives openly and honestly.....spending quiet time alone gives your mind the opportunity to renew itself and create order. ~ Susan Taylor

As many of you have gathered, I've been on a break from blogging for a short time. With a great deal going on in my family's life right now, I realized I needed to step back and focus on life as it's happening, rather than writing about it. I will be back before long with, I hope, a renewed spirit, invigorated energy and original thoughts for the summer. As I gain inspiration, I hope that I'll be able to pass those ideas along and generate some joyfulness in the lives of Preppy Yogini readers. Additionally, I hope to come back with an enriched sense of creative energy. do I hope to gain all of this renewed vivacity? By living in the moment with my family, by continuing to put my heart into my Yoga classes and by reading wonderful books. I remember, with great delight, my summer reading lists that would come out at the end of each school year. I looked forward to them as being books to read on the beach, in the hammock or at camp. Each book seemed to draw me a little more deeply into the magic of summer.

I have been reading quite a few novels recently that have been designated as "Young Adult" books. I'm not sure how each one has crossed my path, but as I read, I have found that these stories are brilliant for readers of all ages. I find it unfortunate that bookstores and libraries need to label them for teens because this list I will share below contains, what I believe, is wonderful writing and amazing storytelling. So...instead of just browsing in the regular fiction section, take a glimpse at the Young Adult both the classics and bestsellers. You may find that your next source of inspiration...or even just a deeply moving read...comes from this area. I have put this list together to help animate and encourage you to move out of your literary comfort zone. My only advice is not to label these novels in your mind...but read them with the open heart of youth. I hope you enjoy!

Young Adult Books for all ages:

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Reality Check by Peter Abrahams
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headly
The Coffin Quilt by Ann Rinaldi
The Summer of Naked Swimming Parties by Jessica Anya Blau
Maggie's Story by Dandi Daley Mackall
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

So....curl with one of these great books and enjoy your summer reading list.