Saturday, December 4, 2010

What should I read next?

You may remember, waaay back in July (actually, I can't even remember back that far -- I had to go look at my blog archive, heh heh), I posted this post about the first 49 books I'd read this year.  Go take a look.  I'll wait... *drums fingers on desk*

Oh, good, you remembered to come back!  Whew!

And then there was Psst! Wanna hear a secret? in which I confessed I'd never read Anne of Green Gables.

Well.... Guess what?

Here's the rest of what I've read so far in 2010.  (And yes, I'm woefully heavy on the fiction, and yes, I read very few adult books.)  Please note that most of these were ARCs, aside from the obvious ones (I mean, wow, can you imagine owning an ARC of #99?):

50. Plain Kate - Erin Bow
51. Scumble - Ingrid Law
52. Matched - Ally Condie

53. Bleachers - John Grishham
54. Sophie Simon Solves Them All - Lisa Graff
55. The Candymakers - Wendy Mass
56. Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
57. Girl Parts - John Cusick
58. As Simple as it Seems -- Sarah Weeks
59. You - Charles Benoit
60. Paranormalcy - Kiersten White

61. My Abandonment - Peter Rock
62. Hunger - Jackie Morse Kessler
63. Ladder of Years - Anne Tyler
64. Blue Fire - Janice Hardy
65. The Unidentified - Rae Mariz
66. Nightshade City - Hilary Wagner
67. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
68. Moon Over Manifest - Clare Vanderpool

69. Fortune of Carmen Navarro - Jen Bryant
70. Payback Time - Carl Deuker
71. Haven - Kristi Cook
72. Steps Across the Water - Adam Gopnik
73. Behemoth - Scott Westerfeld
74. Carnival of Lost Souls - Laura Quimby
75. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers - Browne & King
76. The Mermaid's Mirror - L.K. Madigan
77. Annexed - Sharon Dogar
78. On the Blue Comet - Rosemary Wells
79. A Finders-Keepers Place - Ann Haywood Leal
80. Delirium - Lauren Oliver
81. Where She Went - Gayle Forman
82. Please Ignore Vera Dietz - A.S. King

83. A Long Walk to Water - Linda Sue Park
84. Three Quarters Dead - Richard Peck
85. One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia
86. The Mockingbirds - Daisy Whitney
87. Claim to Fame - Margaret Peterson Haddix
88. The Running Dream - Wendelin Van Draanen
89. Unearthly - Cynthia Hand
90. Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg - Rodman Philbrick
91. Like the Willow Tree (Dear America) - Lois Lowry
92. No Passengers Beyond This Point - Gennifer Choldenko
93. Nightshade - Andrea Cremer

94. The Red Umbrella - Christina Diaz Gonzalez
95. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
96. Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis
97. Museum of Thieves - Lian Tanner
98. Boom! - Mark Haddon
99. Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery

Yep.  I'm reading Anne right now.  Well, not at this exact moment, no. Don't be silly. But this weekend. And, my, how times have changed.  Lucy Maud Montgomery doesn't introduce her main character until PAGE 10!  And just think about all that lovely description, the kind we're not supposed to write anymore. And the adverbs - oh my! But it works, because she tells a good story, with memorable characters.
So, when I finish that, what should I read next?  You'll notice the last 4 books on the list are MG.  Next up should be a YA, don't ya think?

Should I read:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins?
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff?
Trash by Andy Mulligan?
Any other wonderful suggestions?

And what's on your TBR list?


  1. ANNA!! I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive, but I'm super excited.

  2. ANNA is a fave of mine now and The Replacement is also a very excellent read! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on both when you're done!

  3. Wow! That's two votes for Anna.

    Thanks,Jade. And I hope your copy arrives soon.

    Frankie, I really DO want to read both, but The Replacement looks like something I can't read just before going to bed. Will definitely have to find time to squeeze in both sometime this month.

  4. I suggest: The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, by Josh Berk. Also: That Girl Lucy Moon, by Amy Timberlake. If you read them, let me know what you think.

  5. Hi Kim! Well, heh heh, *blushes* I'd BETTER read The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin before December 12th when Josh Berk will be at Chester County Book & Music Company, along with Amy King, whose Vera Dietz I've already read. (*cough* shameless plug for my employer *cough*).

    I should have time for that and Anna in the next week.

    As for That Girl Lucy Moon, we shelve that in Middle Grade. Do you really consider it YA? Not that I can't read it eventually. I'll add it to my TBR, since I believe you recommended it before. It must be good. Thanks!

  6. Wow! You've read some great books this year! Have you read Ally Carter's Gallagher Girl books or Heist Society? They are fun quick reads.

  7. Hi Natalie! No, I have not read Ally Carter's books. *blushes* But I've been eyeing Heist Society lately. Don't know how YOU have time to read so much!

    Yes, there are some wonderful books in that list, but there are still so many great books that I HAVEN'T read. I'll add your suggestions to my TBR list. Thanks!

  8. Hi, Joanne! I just found your blog via the store's website. I live in West Chester and Chester County Book & Music Company is my favorite bookstore on the planet.

    If you haven't read Jandy Nelson's THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE definitely give it a read. I liked it as much as A.S. King's Vera Dietz. Also, read THE REPLACEMENT - it definitely has a dark edge to it and will give you a lot to talk about with others who have read it. And I don't know if you've read BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver but it is a very good read - once you stop hating the MC - read it to the end and you'll see what I mean.

    I'm a local writer so I will definitely add your blog into my fold!!

  9. Hi K.M! And welcome. Yay! Thanks for following.

    Another vote for The Replacement! Guess I'll have to read that after Dark Days and Anna and the French Kiss. Oh yes, The Sky is Everywhere has gotten a lot of buzz (and there's definitely Printz potential there, but I'm hoping Please Ignore Vera Dietz wins).

    I absolutely adore Before I Fall. I reviewed it in Quick Picks (see the tabs at the top of the page) way back in Dec 2009. Best character development ever.

    How exciting that your debut novel is coming out in 2012. Oooh! Can't wait to read it. I love meeting local authors. Stop by the store and say hi! I work every Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat.

  10. I went onto the Printz site and nominated Please Ignore Vera Dietz - it is an amazing book.

    I'm going to stop by the book store today and say hi to Amy - I met her at her Exton Mall signing and it was right after my book deal went public. She was genuinely excited for me and so cool.

    I will definitely stop by and say hi to you!! I want to have my launch party at CCBM!

  11. Yes!! Glad you stopped by. We are so having that party!

  12. Oh, no, I don't consider That Girl Lucy Moon as YA. I didn't realize you were asking for only YA suggestions. I think it's more middle grade, or perhaps young YA, (since she does have a wrenching problem to deal with, but no cursing, etc). And yes, I thought it was very good!

    I also think The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig is very good, as well as The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. But neither of those are children's books. Very good books, but fiction for adults.

  13. Hi Kim,
    It was great seeing you on Sunday. That's okay if That Girl Lucy Moon is MG. I'll read anything!

    It's now on my TBR list. Thanks. I'm embarrassed that I've never heard of The Whistling Season, but I've read the first book in the Hitchhiker's Guide. It's delightfully wacky. Great suggestions. Thanks!


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