Monday, April 13, 2009
The List. Read-a-thon Possibilities.
I've spent days trying to narrow down hundreds of books to a potential ten. I know ten is still five or six too many--at least. But I have trouble saying no and putting things back. (Ask anyone!)
A. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (May 2009) (338 pages)
B The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum (May 2009) (398 pages)
C Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti (May 2009) (317 pages)
D Say the Word by Jeannine Garsee (March 2009) (360 pages)
E Willow by Julia Hoban (April 2009) (342 pages)
F Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner (January 2009) (247 pages)
G Bird by Rita Murphy (October 2008) (150 pages)
H The Season by Sarah MacLean (March 2009) (336 pages)
I Dead Is A State of Mind by Marlene Perez (January 2009) (175 pages)
J Slob by Ellen Potter (May 2009) (208 pages)
A. By 1899, we had learned to tame the darkness but not the Texas heat.
B. It is the counting that saves him.
C. The best thing about summer camp is the last day.
D. When the phone slashes a machete through my brain at six fifteen a.m. it can only mean one of two things: Dad somehow found out I was sucking face with Devon Connolly last night. Or somebody's dead.
E. Maybe it's just a scratch.
F. I had a sister once.
G. Wysteria did not care where I had come from or where I had been.
H. Oof! I've been stabbed!
I. I was running late.
J. My name is Owen Birnbaum, and I'm probably fatter than you are.
So what say you? Do any of these covers speak to you? How about first lines? Which books do you want to hear more about? Which book would you start with...if you were me?
Until I looked up the page numbers, I could have sworn that I was picking short books. They didn't *feel* heavy. I've often found--though--that length is a state of mind. A book that you love can fly by quickly. And a book that you're not feeling--even if it's only 120 pages--can be so burdensome and weary that you feel like time has stood still.
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