I don’t know about you, but I think hearing people literally cheer for books is just about the best thing ever. As I was watching the ALA awards online this morning, hearing people actually scream when winners were announced, I couldn’t stop smiling. Yes, it’s nice to find out which books won and to hear about titles I might have missed, but mostly I love that feeling of communal excitement about books. It’s something that only book nerds can really understand.
I did a guest post over at the Nerdy Book Club a little while back on that very topic, about how doing my first school visit helped me to realize that readers have our own language. Here’s an excerpt:
The more I thought about the visit, the more I realized that it all went back to that moment when I showed the students the books that I had loved when I was their age. Those titles gave us a common language. They proved to the students that I was like them and vice versa. (You can read the rest of the post here.)
I’ve found this topic has been especially on my mind as I work on the third Dirt Diary book. I want this book to be in conversation with the other books in the series, and I want readers to feel like they’re continuing a journey with my character. And, of course, I don’t want anyone to be disappointed!