I had good intentions (please avoid any references to the road to hell). As a newly minted children’s librarian, I thought how wonderful it would be if I could write about all the great children’s books I’d be reading. And how lucky am I! I work in a library. I’m surrounded by books.
But maybe there can be too much of a good thing. I’ve read so many books and just haven’t had time to write about them. Reading and writing aren’t as easy as one might think. Not when you’re also working and doing the mom thing. Since last I wrote, I’ve read at least 25 novels (some short, some long) and every single picture book I’ve purchased for my library (about 25 per month). And everywhere I look – at home and at the library – I have piles of books waiting for me. Even my Nook is starting to feel overloaded as I borrow or purchase ebooks and then neglect to read them. And the magazines – I cut down on subscriptions recently, but still subscribe to more than 10 (weekly and monthly) and several journals at work – are becoming stale.
I’m vowing, at least for now, to catch up. I have only one magazine left in the house dated April (the March-April issue of Utne). And I’m going to pick a few books from those I’ve read and actually blog about them.
First, though, since I do love a good list, here’s most of what I’ve read (I’m absolutely sure I’m forgetting some). My loyal fans can let me know if they want to know about any in particular.
The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon by David Almond
The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
I, Emma Freke by Elizabeth Atkinson
Cinderella Smith by Stephanie Barden
Heck, Where the Bad Kids Go by Dayle Basye
The Case of the Library Monster (The Buddy Files, book 1) by Dori Butler
No Passengers Beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko
The Trouble With Chickens by Doreen Cronin
The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies
The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes by Kelly Easton
Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han
Dying to Meet You (43 Old Cemetery Road, book 1) by Kate Klise
Grounded by Kate Klise
Bird by Rita Murphy
Liar, Liar by Gary Paulsen
The Glory Wind by Valerie Sherrard
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt
Museum of Thieves by Liam Tanner
Young Frendle by Cynthia Voigt
The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh
The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, book 2) by Maryrose Wood
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Library Wars (manga, issues 1 and 2)
Room by Emma Donoghue
Several Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries by Charles Todd