I was up in the middle of then night thanks to a latte I drank way too late. I’m a fledgling coffee drinker, and I meant to order de-caf, but I was so discombobulated by all the choices available at the coffee shop that I forgot to request it. Anyhoo, I was up, and in my wee-hours internet ramblings I located what looks like a few gems I want to be sure not to forget. I thought a short blog post the best way to remind myself. (My TBR list is mostly ignored.)
- The Center of Everything by Linda Urban. I liked her Hound Dog True well enough, and anything billed as a quiet, literary read (even for middle schoolers) piques my curiosity.
- Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents by Marilyn Singer. I’m always on the look out for good poetry books, and this one sounds fantastic. That it is illustrated by John Hendrix ratchets my excitement about it up a notch or two. My dilemma: should I request that the library purchase it, or should I just skip the intermediate step and buy it for our home collection?
- The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson. A new (chapter!) book by Deborah Hopkinson? Yes, please.
- Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool. I didn’t love Moon Over Manifest, but I liked it, and I’m always interested in reading a Newbery author’s other titles. I actually saw this one at our local BAM! first, but I’m not quite interested enough to purchase a copy. This will definitely be a library request.
- The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. A male Ramona Quimby? Sign us up! I’ve never read one of Henkes’ novels. This looks like a good place to start.
- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. This one sounds sort of Willy Wonka-ish with a dash of The Westing Game or Mysterious Benedict Society thrown in. Intriguing! (via Semicolon)
- The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig. This is the only adult book on today’s list. How could I possibly resist an author described as “the Wendell Berry of Montana”? (via 5 Minutes Nightstand)