I like having a job where I am surrounded by books, but sometimes it feels more like a curse … maybe out of some twisted fairy tale where the girl wishes for books and ends up buried alive in them. For an avid reader like myself, it’s almost torture to see all these wonderful books eight hours a day and not be able to read ALL of them.
Just today, I processed several books that I want to read:
- Beatle meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams, which is about a kid named John Lennon (whom everyone calls Beatle) who meets a girl named Destiny McCartney … sounds perfect, but he already has a wonderful girlfriend who also happens to be his twin sister’s BFF. It sounds funny and light (so many young adult books are, well, dark) and I’m a Beatles fan, so it’s going on my list of “Books That I Want to Read If I Ever Find the Time.”
- InterWorld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves – I love Neil Gaiman’s novels and short stories (I haven’t tried the graphic novels yet) and this story of a boy who finds out he can travel between dimensions intrigues me.
- Spinning out by David Stahler, Jr. – this is an ARC (advance reading copy) we got from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program; it won’t be published until June. It’s about two boys who try out for the school musical, “Man of La Mancha” as a joke and end up getting the lead roles. But one of them, Stewart, starts acting strangely and become obsessed with his part. It’s up to his friend Frenchy to figure out how to help him.
And then there are the Junior Library Guild books that we got yesterday, which include a new stand alone novel from Lisa McMann, who wrote the Wake trilogy; Matched by Ally Condie, which I have been seeing everywhere on book lists and advertisements; a new Hex Hall novel; and another moden fairy tale from Alex Flinn, the author of Beastly, which was just made into a movie.
Add to this the books on the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults list I’m trying to work my way through (so far I’ve read 10 and have started an 11th) and you can see why I’m calling this post “So Many Books, So Little Time!”
In case you’re interested, the 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults books I’ve read (all available here at MoHi) are:
Ship-breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (winner of the 2011 Printz Award)
Fat Cat by Robin Brande
The maze runner by James Dashner
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Please ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King (a Printz Award honor book)
Half brother by Kenneth Oppel
As easy as faling off the face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
Sort like a rock star by Matthew Quick
The last summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
and the one I’m reading right now is The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman.