Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Ever-Intimidating TBR List

The very long (and very intimidating) list of books I've currently got out on my library card:

    due 3/28/07
  • The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
  • The Sisters Grimm: The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley
  • The Sisters Grimm: The Problem Child by Michael Buckley
  • Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Ptolemy's Gate (Book Three in Bartimaeus Trilogy) by Jonathan Stroud
  • Clay by David Almond
  • What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles
  • Maude March On the Run by Audrey Couloumbis
  • Prom Anonymous by Blake Nelson
  • Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
  • The Cupid Chronicles by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
  • Kiki Strike Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller
  • Pucker by Melanie Gideon
  • Bella At Midnight by Diane Stanley
  • Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale
  • Samurai Shortstop by Alan Gratz
  • Cathy's Book If Found Call (650) 266-8233 by Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman
  • Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
  • If I Have A Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? by Melissa Kantor
  • The Truth About Sparrows by Marian Hale
  • Bloodline by Kate Cary
  • Millions by Frank Cottell Boyce
  • Hole in the Sky by Pete Hautman
  • Godless by Pete Hautman
  • Confessions of A Not It Girl by Melissa Kantor
  • Sunshine by Robin McKinley
  • Dunk by David Lubar
  • The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney
  • Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
  • The Black Canary by Jane Louise Curry
  • Playing In Traffic by Gail Giles
  • Midnighters # 2: Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfeld
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  • At the Sign of the Star by Katherine Sturtevant
  • Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
  • Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Keys to the Kingdom: Mister Monday by Garth Nix

    due 4/04/07
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
  • What I Call Life by Jill Wolfson
  • Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
  • Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
  • Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty
  • Midnighters: Blue Noon # 3 in series by Scott Westerfeld


Erin 6:28 PM  

Oh my! And I thought *I* had a lot of books checked out from the library...

Becky 8:39 PM  

I probably need to be in a twelve-step program to help me with this, don't I??? I just can't say no to books when they call my name.

Erin 11:54 AM  

Book lust!! ;)

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