When I first started to enjoy reading, it wasn’t because of short stories. It was because of full-length chapter books like Holes or Nancy Drew. I only really began to understand the concept, structure, and amazingness of short stories when I began to take creative writing classes at school.
As January nears its end, most of the 2018 Book Awards have wrapped up and released their results. Some I read with joy, others with disdain, and others with total frustration – because the same books and authors were winning most of the awards. Again. And again. And again.
Which can be great when your faves happen to be among those books. But watching authors whose books didn’t even get that much buzz win simply because they’re big names in publishing didn’t sit well with me.
Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows. The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing. Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.
Yeah, I know, you’ve already read about 100 of these posts.
But I can’t help it! I want to scream about my favorite reads from this, or, should I say last, year. But! These aren’t just my favorite books of the year – they are all the books worth mentioning this year for… a multitude of reasons. (I did the same thing for 2017!) Confused? Once again, you shall see.