Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Librarians Choices 2008

I *probably* should have written about this earlier in the day. But I'm a night owl. I do my best thinking at night. (At least I *think* I do. I don't have anyone to confirm my hypothesis.)

Anyway, yesterday (Monday) was either the last day or the first day depending on your point of view. We got our Librarians Choices 2007 books. (Fresh from the printer!) I believe that they will be available to purchase ($5) at the upcoming Texas Librarians Association meeting. That's what I heard last night anyway. (The 2007 Reviewers were: Julie Brinker (she's the Julie I refer to so often), Mary D. Buckalo, Jane Claes, Susie Demarest, Cay Geisler, Janet Hilbun, Tammy Korns, Becky Laney, Rebecca McKee, Sylvia Vardell, and Donna Woody.) So we were technically celebrating last year's achievements.

But, of course, we were already thinking ahead for the next year: Librarians Choices 2008! It is always so exciting to begin again. They'll be a few new reviewers joining us next year which is exciting. (I love meeting new folks who love books as much as I do!!!) And I love the fact that so many of these reviewers have become old friends now that we've been doing this so long. As I've mentioned before, I've participated in all but the first group. (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) So this will be the fifth year for me, but technically the sixth year for the project. Our next meeting will be in April.

Here are the books I've borrowed.

Three picture books: A Song for Cambodia by Michelle Lord; Little Red Cap by Lisbeth Zwerger; You Can Be My Friend by Lauren Child*.

The novels I've borrowed:
Dingo by Charles de Lint
Primavera by Mary Jane Beaufrand
Guinevere's Gift by Nancy McKenzie
Dreamrider by Barry Jonsberg
The King's Arrow by Michael Cadnum.
Trouble by Gary Schmidt
A Thousand Never Evers by Shane Burg.

I'm proud of myself for not borrowing more. Though I really should be slapped on the wrists for taking even those since I have so many books of my own that I need to be reading.

*Technically I know that this one won't stand a chance because it's not actually by Lauren Child. Just based on Lauren Child's characters. But I love Charlie and Lola so that I had to grab it!


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I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

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I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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