Awards

It has taken me some time to actually sit down and write this entry. Blame United – I was supposed to be home Monday night, instead I got home Tuesday morning in time to change my clothes and go to work. I have been tired, so writing coherent thoughts about the Printz award was not a reality. So . . .

the winner: American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. I haven’t read this, yet. But I do applaud a graphic novel as a winner. I like that the Printz committee does not feel constrained by format. Blankets is one of my top ten books ever, and it was published as Adult, so not eligible for the Printz but I could see it winning if it had been.

Honor Books: well, this should make some of you quite happy as An Abundance of Katherines was on of the honor books. (PS: Have you seen Brotherhood 2.0?) Someone came in yesterday to talk about how this book “stayed with him”. I love books like that, that hover in your subconsciousness. Another honor book, The Book Thief, is the book that has stayed with me. I was prepared to not like this book, not being a huge Markus Zusak fan and being suspect about hype and literary fiction (please do NOT get me started on Postcards from No Man’s Land). But instead I was totally blown away. I was slowly enjoying the book, and then it took off. I could not put it down and I was torn between savoring each line and finishing the story. There are so many well crafted words, sentences, paragraphs, Oh I could just go on. I can randomly open to a page and find something that resonates: “In his stomach was the electric combination of nourishment and nausea” and that is just a random sampling. The other books were Octavion Nothing: A Pox Party which I have not yet read, and hadn’t planned on it but maybe I will. And Surrender which I know nothing about.

Also coming out in the past few days were: Popular Paperbacks lists, Best Books, ALEX winners (Adult books for teens) and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. As always I look for books on both Quick Picks and Best Books. They were Tyrell by Coe Booth, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn (this book makes me feel old), What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles (but of course), Sold by Patricia McCormick, Street Love by Walter Dean Myers, Rooftop by Paul Volponi, Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos, and Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin. I think that is it.

I haven’t read as extensively this year as I have in the past but here are my favorites from these lists:

The Book Thief

What Happened to Cass McBride

An Abundance of Katherines (although I like Alaska better)

Post Secret

Good Girls by Laura Ruby

Other favorites from the year: Gods in Alabama and the boy book (e. lockhart) (HOW DID THIS GET MISSED??????)

And now off to other reading….

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A to Z – almost

I have been feeling guilty because I haven’t posted in a while. But I just didn’t have anything to say, well nothing book related or blog appropriate. It isn’t that I haven’t been reading – I have. A collection of stories by Paul Laurence Dunbar that I had to translate because the dialect was so heavy, but the stories were often wonderful. And I made the physics teacher drive all over Corpus Christi so I could get the 1-800-Where Are You book, Missing You, by Meg Cabot which I read in a day. And I finally read Order of the Poison Oak, the sequel to Geography Club by Brent Hartinger. But I don’t know I just didn’t have anything to say. Right now I am reading The Road to Cosmos – a collection of short stories by Bill Meissner which I think is amazing, although I am planning on a break for some serious mind candy – Forever in Blue. But only because I can read Ann Brashares and watch basketball at the same time. Anyways all of this is a long winded way of saying I feel guilty for not posting. See it is not usual for me to have nothing to say.

Anyways while I was debating what to write about, and considering my top five books of the last year I came across a blog entry with an A-Z list of books to read next year and I thought that’d be a cool idea. Problem being – it is way harder than it looks, and I suck at sticking to reading lists. But here is my list -which will need some additions over the next few weeks because some letters do not have a title.

A – Alphabet of Dreams – one of the few books that crosses my desk that I hadn’t heard about but still want to read.

B – (A) Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life – Came out last year, haven’t gotten to it but has good blog reviews (I think it has been short listed for a Cybil)

C-

D-

E-

F-

G- Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew. I have had this on my shelf for forever, and keep meaning to get to it, maybe now I will.

H- (The) Hummingbird’s Daughter – I saw this in the airport last Feb. and wanted to read it then. I finally bought a copy this summer but when I hadn’t read it by the time school started I decided to wait until I go to Mexico in Feburary. The London traitor, otherwise known to those of you who know her as Ms. McBride, said she loved it.

I – Incantation. I love Alice Hoffman.

J – Just in Case I found How I Live Now late, but I adored it so I am adding this.

K

L – Life As We Know It

M – (The) Murder of Bindy Mackenzie. I keep looking at this in the bookstore and putting off buying it, but I think I am going to break down and get it soon.

N –

O – One Good Turn. I loved the first book with this character, Case Histories, and I’ve been awaiting this one. Another one I keep circling in the bookstore.

P- Playing it Cool – I like the cover and I’ve been wanting to read it.

Q

R- (The) Rules of Survival – Love Nancy Werlin, and this has buzz from people I respect.

S – Secret Society Girl – I think, and I could be totally wrong about this, that this is floating around my house taunting me to read it.

T – Twisted. Laurie Halse Anderson’s new book, we’ll see.

U –

V-

W – What my Girlfriend Doesn’t Know – A follow up to What my Mother Doesn’t Know.

X

Y

Z

So that is it – lots of blanks. Any suggestions to fill it out?