Happy Labor Day to all of our US friends - and Happy Monday to the rest!
For many, the long holiday weekend signals the end of summer, even though the season technically doesn't end for another few weeks. At our house, the bookends of summer are the Last Day of School and the First Day of School. And tomorrow is the Big Day.
A change of season. A change of routine. Back to our regularly scheduled programming.
When I was a kid, I absolutely loved Back-to-School - especially in my teen years. First order of business: the Back-to-School editions of my favorite magazines - Teen, Seventeen, Young Miss (YM in its golden years), and Sassy (that Johnny Depp cover in 1990? Not Back-to-School, but Google it. Go ahead, I'll wait).
The heft and promise of those chock-full issues held me captive for weeks. I memorized their pages, the make-up tips, the fashion advice, the quizzes.
Who will you be this year? The Prep? The Sporto? The Drama Queen? The Natural Beauty?
I looked forward to the start of each school year - a clean slate, a chance to reinvent myself, to be the person I wanted to be, even if I didn't quite fit into any of the categories in the quizzes. I would get organized and wear plaid mini-skirts and muted lip gloss. I would be my absolute best self.
Each new year stretched before me like a gift. A chance to start over.
Our theme this month is New Voyages - very fitting for the end of one season and the start of a new one, for this time of new beginnings. Even though I personally haven't had a First Day since grad school, I still consider September - those blissful days of cooler temps, changing leaves, and new routines - as a chance to get organized, to get it together, to make a change. To be my absolute best self.
The books for this month's Reading Mutiny represent a variety (and combinations) of New Voyages: new schools, spiritual journeys, quests for answers, travel, the search for self. Publication dates span from the 50s to today.
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins: A new school! Paris! St. Clair!
BETSY AND THE GREAT WORLD by Maud Hart Lovelace: Follow Betsy on her voyage to Europe in one of the beloved Betsy-Tacy books.
GOING VINTAGE by Lindsey Leavitt: A voyage of a different kind - Mallory goes vintage, de-modernizing after her boyfriend cyber-cheats.
HOW TO MAKE A BIRD by Martine Murray: Mannie leaves home in a search for answers - and a way to heal.
THE LUCKIEST GIRL by Beverly Cleary: Follow Shelly to California for a magical school year in a brand new place.
THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay: A voyage of second chances.
VISION QUEST by Terry Davis: The classic tale of high school wrestler Louden Swain.
WHEN WE WAKE by Karen Healy: The future isn't all 16-year-old Tegan hoped it would be.
Reading Mutiny rules:
- Choose one or more of the selected books for the month and read!
- Once you're finished reading, create a blog post of YOUR book review on your own personal blog or share it on Goodreads, then report back here!
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