Make Room for More
Books and Authors I Want Need to Read
Something new for 2009: a list with authors whose books I’ve never read and children’s books I haven’t personally seen, but want to read, potentially review, and maybe personally own. This is a twist on the TBR pile, in that these aren’t books sitting on our shelves or that we’ve been asked to review. They are books I want to actively seek out.
Full credit for the idea goes to Jocelyn (Teen Book Review), and her Books I Covet page and Jen Robinson’s “Reviews that Made Me Want the Book.” This is a page that will change over time. As I find books of interest, I’ll add them. As books are reviewed, I’ll line them out (but not erase).
Anything by …
All in a Day written by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Nikki McClure. Over at 7Imp, Jules had a lovely review.
What’s So Bad about Being an Only Child written by Cari Best, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. We have an only child, and Jennifer at Jean Little Library offers some thoughts on why we ought to consider sharing this one.
Picture Books for Older Kids
A Mighty Fine Time Machine by Suzanne Bloom. Over at Young Readers, Becky characterized this book like this: “I love the language. It is so expressive. So intelligent. I’m not sure intelligent is the right word. Is there a word that means clever but that also means really, really fun?” Makes it a must read. Here’s her full review.
Almost Astronauts: Thirteen Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone. Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rhutan had a great review and some history in their Bookends blog post about this book.
Walking to School written by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Michael Dooling. Three trusted sources: review by Shelly Burns (Write for a Reader) at the Well-Read Child, Mary Lee’s review at A Year of Reading, Sarah’s review at the Reading Zone.
My Secret War Diary by Flossie Albright: My History of the Second World War, illustrated by Marcia Williams. Carrie wrote about this one at 5 Minutes for Book
Middle Grade and YA
Heart of a Shepherd by Roseanne Parry. Shelf Elf grabbed me in her review with this: “Heart of a Shepherd touches on many themes, but I think more than anything, it’s a story about spirit: the human spirit, the spirit we can find in the land, and religious faith too…It’s like icing on the cake that Rosanne Parry really knows how to write too. Her style is clear and poetic all at once, the way a hymn or a folk tale can seem simple but every word is just the right one, from beginning to end.”
Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Patillo. The title is a grabber for me, since I love Victorian lit. Lisa’s review for 5 Minutes for Books tipped it over the top.
M+O 4EVR by Tonya Cherie Hegamin. I think Lee Wind has some of the most thoughtful, dead-on review of YA. Just like others, in this review, he seems to channel his audience.
Letters from a Slave Girl by Mary E. Lyons. Natasha has an incredible review at Maw Books. Wow!
The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon. I love books where you see the world through a character’s eyes, and this sounds like a very powerful story. I found it thanks to Black-eyed Susan’s review for the Diversity Rocks Book Challenge.
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. I like historical fiction, and Jenny Schwartzberg’s review at Jenny’s Wonderland of Books sounded all the right notes to grab me: “My nephew raved about it on the phone to his father.”
Secrets of Greymoor by Clara Gillow Clark. Colleen Mondor reviewed this over at Chasing Ray. She grabbed me with the comparison to my beloved Nancy Drew (the old ones!), but then she said that the mystery is overplayed by the “real” story of the book. Intriguing.
Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R.L. LaFebers. I heard about this book at Jean Little’s Library. I admit that I have never picked up a Harry Potter book, but I do love Skulduggery Pleasant.