Thursday, July 1, 2010

What's on YOUR reading list?

Ah, summer's in full swing here in the Eastern US. It's hot. It's humid. And the oil's still spilling into the Gulf...

In the meantime, the bookstore is crawling with teens buying their required summer reading. While they struggle through The Grapes of Wrath and A People's History of the United States, I left school behind ages ago (ahem) so I'm free to read what appeals to me. I'm getting ready to dive into the ARC of Scumble by Ingrid Law (the companion to Savvy), and Plain Kate by Erin Bow.

So, fellow Bookbrains, what about you? Do your summer reading choices tend to be lighter fare?

And how many books have you read so far?

Altogether, I read 101 books in 2008, 107 in 2009. Will I reach my goal of at least 100 books in 2010? Well, the year's half over and here's what I've read so far (not counting Young Readers and Picture Books) :

And yes, I keep a list (please note that not every book is aimed at kids, and some of the books I've read do not appear in the photo -- for the simple reason that I've lent them out) :

1. The Magus by John Fowles (3rd reading)
2. Linger (ARC) by Maggie Stiefvater
3. Finally by Wendy Mass
4. 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison
5. House on the Strand by Daphne DuMaurier (3rd or 4th reading)
6. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
7. The Clearing by Heather Davis
8. Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman
9. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
10. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
11. This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
12. How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
13. The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
14. That's Life, Samara Brooks by Daniel Ehrenraft
15. The 68 Rooms by Marianne Malone
16. A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole
17. Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick
18. Green Witch by Alice Hoffman
19. The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan
20. Crunch by Leslie Connor
21. Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
22. Sources of Light by Margaret McMullan
23. Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman
24. Mr. Pip by Lloyd Jones
25. Thief Eyes by Janni Lee Simner
26. Keeper by Kathi Appelt
27. Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
28. Countdown by Deborah Wiles
29. Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
30. Chronicles of Vladimir Todd 8th Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
31. Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow
32. Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski
33. As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
34. Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella
35. Ravenmaster's Secret by Elvira Woodruff
36. Feed by M.T. Anderson
37. The Boneshaker by Kate Milford
38. Abby Carnelia's One And Only Magical Power by David Pogue
39. The Talent Show by Dan Gutman
40. Magic Thief Found by Sarah Prineas
41. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
42. We Hear the Dead by Dianne Salerni
43. The Beautiful Between by Alyssa Sheinmel
44. My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian
45. Delcroix Academy Book 1 The Candidates (ARC) by Inara Scott
46. City of Ships (Stravaganza) by Mary Hoffman
47. Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
48. Ghost Hunter (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness) by Michelle Paver
49. Touch Blue (ARC) by Cynthia Lord

Tell me about your reading. Do you keep a list or just read read read without looking back?


  1. Great list, Joanne! I'm jealous! I'm spend too much time writing these days, to read as much as I'd like!

    xoxo -- Hilary

  2. No list. Which one of the above did you absolutely love the most? Which one would you tell a best friend she (or he) has to read?

  3. Thanks, Hilary. I should be spending more time writing too! Maybe then I'd have a book about to be published just like you do. Congrats!

    Linda, I'd have to go with THE DREAMER by Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis. Even though it's Middle Grade, not Young Adult, it's by far the best book I've read this calendar year. It better win the Newbery next January...


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