My final book count for the year ended at 199. Last year it was 149. Apparently, I do not like round numbers. Also, hey! Fifty books more this year than in 2008.
- Girlfriend Material - Melissa Kantor
More depth than I would have expected. I find myself thinking about this book somewhat regularly.
- Front and Center - Catherine Gilbert Murdock
It's hard for me to believe that this was from the same author who wrote Princess Ben.
- Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians - Jarrett J. Krosoczka
So funny. I immediately bought copies for both my libraries.
- Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute - Jarrett J Krosoczka A quick, delightful read. These are excellent entry books into the world of Graphic Novels.
- Chasing Lincoln's Killer - James L. Swanson
So well done. My mom read my copy and loved it, and I gave the adult version to both of Bart's dads for Christmas.
- Touch - Francine Prose
Can hardly remember this book at all. Never a great sign.
- No Talking - Andrew Clements
Only my second Andrew Clements, but FAR better than Frindle in my opinion.
- Mockingbird - Kathryn Erskine
It's a bit hard for me to read these kinds of books, but this one was quite well-done and I loved the parallels to To Kill A Mockingbird.
- Atonement - Ian McEwan
I don't really know what to say about this one. I knew what the ending was before it got there. Also, the swearing really lessened my enjoyment of this book.
- The Girl with the Silver Eyes - Willo Davis Roberts
I'd rather read Matilda, frankly. I think this book hasn't aged all that well.
- How to Steal a Dog - Barbara O'Connor
I could not believe how much the kids at my schools loved this book.
- My Haunted House - Angie Sage
Most certainly the shortest book I read this year.
- Stitches: A Memoir - David Small
I get depressed just thinking about this book.
- Found - Margaret Peterson Haddix
A great book, but I have zero interest in reading the sequel.
- Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice - Phillip M. Hoose
Really a fine book.
- Amos Fortune, Free Man - Elizabeth Yates
I had never even heard of this Newbery winner. Pretty good.
- Miracles on Maple Hill - Virginia Sorensen
So delightful. Can't wait to read this one to my kids.
- Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village - Laura Amy Schlitz
I have avoided this book since all the negative responses to its winning the Newbery. But then I loved it.
- Rabbit Hill - Robert Lawson
I felt like an old person when I read this book, since I was so on the side of the farmers, rather than the animals.
- How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff
Started out strong, but then dragged on until I nearly lost my will to live.
- Call it Courage - Armstrong Perry
Call it Boring.
- Lincoln: A Photobiography - Russell Freedman
I loved this book. Time to pick up his book about Eleanor Roosevelt.
- Medina Hill - Trilby Kent
Wish it could have been a smidge better. I donated my copy to my library, but no kids have read it yet. I want to know what they think of it.
- Jumped - Rita Garcia-Williams I am so not the ideal audience for these kinds of books. Gritty is not my style.
- These Is My Words - Nancy E. Turner
My very favorite book of the year.
- The First Part Last - Angela Johnson
Such a typical Printz kind of book.
- Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices - Paul Fleischman
Fun to listen to on CD.
- A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama - Laura Amy Schlitz
I didn't realize until just now that this is the same author as "Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!" I am very observant.
- So You Want to be President? - Judith St. George
Delightful and funny.
- Babymouse: Skater Girl - Jennifer L. Holm
Liked the Lunch Lady books better.
- Sleeping Naked is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days - Vanessa Farquharson
Interesting, but I'm not giving up my toilet paper any time soon.
- The Matchlock Gun - Walter D. Edmonds
Bless this Newbery title for being short.
- Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem - Jack Prelutsky
I loved this book. Jack Prelutsky is brilliant and clever.
- The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had - Kristin Levine
So good. So so good.
- Lips Touch: Three Times - Laini Taylor I keep wondering: do teens really like this book or is it a book that adults THINK teens should like?
- The Rules of Survival - Nancy Werlin I keep trying to write about this book. It was so intense but brilliantly done.
- Splendor - Anna Gobersen This series petered off a bit for me.
- Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith - Deborah Heligman
So interesting, but far more YA than I was expecting. For some reason, I thought it'd be middle grade level. Not so.
- The Middle Place - Kelly Corrigan
I liked it while reading it, but have kind of forgotten about it since.
- East - Edith Pattou
I was never so surprised as when a girl at church recognized this book and said it was one of her favorites. How had I never even heard of it?
- Soulless - Gail Carriger
What an odd combination of Victorian England and vampires.
- Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? - Louise Rennison
I laughed myself silly reading this one. Oh, Georgia, how I love you.
- Shug - Jenny Han
Good, but it's no "The Summer I Turned Pretty."
- The Actor and the Housewife - Shannon Hale
Delightful! I loved this book, as you well know.
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steig Larsson
A very fast, gripping read, but I had to skip a few too many pages for me to feel comfortable recommending.
- Daddy-Long-Legs - Jean Webster
Sweet, but so obviously old. Also, so obvious what the ending was.
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life - Barbara Kingsolver
Fascinating, but I still bought strawberries this week.
- Sunshine - Robin McKinley
I don't know what it was, but this book did nothing for me. I checked it out three times and renewed it twice more before I finished it.
- Kit's Wilderness - David Almond
Printz committee, I just do not understand you at all.
- Silent to the Bone - E. L. Konigsburg
What an odd book. E. L. Konigsburg, you kind of perplex me.
- The Year of Secret Assignments - Jacyln Moriarty
Frankly, pretty forgettable.
- Lovestruck Summer - Melissa C. Walker
Austin, how I miss you.
- The Everafter - Amy Huntley
Quite delightful. A fast, weekend read.
- Absolutely Normal Chaos - Sharon Creech
Skip this, go straight to Walk Two Moons.
- M.C. Higgins the Great - Virginia Hamilton
I realized I do not like books set over a period of just a day or two. Also, nothing happens in this book. Be warned.
- Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking rat - Lynne Jonell
So terrific. I loved this book.
- Calamity Jack - Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and Nathan Hale
Good, but not as good as Rapunzel's Revenge.
- The White Darkness - Geraldine McCaughrean
Another Printz pick that had me completely stymied. Where do they FIND these things?
- Sisters in Sanity - Gayle Forman
If I Stay was far superior. I wonder why she switched publishers.