I always want to read all the books. I don’t know why I can’t read all the books, especially I am so very particular about my taste in books… but there it is. These are just some of the books that I meant to get to last year and didn’t. I am deliberately leaving off the recent Cybils shortlist books and the Newbery honor books that I’m planning to read – just know that those are an additional dozen books or so on that I’m definitely planning on reading. And I’m sure there are more that I’m missing. Anyway, here, in alphabetical order, are my picks. Please do share yours! And what do you think I should read first of the ones I don’t yet have out?
Currently Checked Out
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt – because my colleague S told me I must, especially because it deals with dyslexia.
The Marvels by Brian Selznick – because not only is it Selznick, but my goddaughter reportedly couldn’t put it down.
Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett – the last Tiffany Aching book! I will probably cry.
Speculative Fiction 2014 by Renee Williams and Shaun Duke – this collection of essays with thinky thoughts on spec fic and its fandom was published last year, and I love Renee’s podcast, Fangirl Happy Hour! I bought it for my 800s collection and am only checking it out now that it’s not on the new shelf and everyone has had a chance to notice it. (They did – it went out a satisfying number of times.)
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day – my love and I have enjoyed lots of Felicia Day stuff together, from the Guild to the Flog, and Melissa of Book Nut liked it lots, too. This one will be on audio.
Still Waiting On
Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas – Sarah Prineas’s first foray in YA, and a fairy tale setting to boot!
Black Wolves by Kate Elliott – I love Kate Elliott. And this is in the same world as the Crossroads Trilogy, which I worked my way through over as many years, I think. I even had it checked out when Cybils reading started and had to take it back.
Court of Fives by Kate Elliott – and Elliott tries YA. I’ve heard mixed reviews from friends on this one, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia – I read the first two in this trilogy last year and loved them, but the Cybils hit and I never got around to reading this one or reviewing the first two.
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz – thoughtful historical fiction, with lots of good reviews from friends.
Serpentine by Cindy Pon – It’s been years since I’ve had a new Cindy Pon! And take a look at her column on Whatever. I had this one out, too, when I got sucked into the Cybils vortex.
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – many of my friends loved this, and it sounds right up my alley – multicultural regency fantasy!
Tower of Thorns by Juliet Mariller – I still haven’t read Dreamer’s Pool, either, but as much as I loved Wildwood Dancing, I really need to read more of her work.
Under a Painted Sky by Stacy Lee – a super-fun sounding multicultural, feminist Western adventure.
Winter by Marissa Meyer – I was reading this series with everyone else, and totally lost track of this one.
I’ve already thought of more… but I think I’ve stretched my 10 far enough already. Please do share yours! And what do you think I should read first of the ones I don’t yet have out?