Home from ALA? What did you read first?

Cindy and Lynn: We’ve returned home from ALA and added to our teetering stacks of books to read. It’s hard to decide what to read first (oh, yeah, the books that have Booklist review deadlines to keep our editors happy) but our teens are probably feasting away while ignoring their parents’ chore lists. We have a BBYA teen meeting on Tuesday and plan to ask them to post comments here about the books they’ve read (maybe some of them will see this and start the comments now). We’d like to hear from anyone who wants to report on their reading this week, but if you are a teen, please let us know your first name and age when you report in. We’d love to know why you picked that book first and what you thought of it. Maybe we’ll get some advice for how to sort through our bounty.

Didn’t get to ALA? We still would like to hear what you are reading.

Cindy: I read a gorgeous wordless picture book from Little, Brown called The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney. We’ll be blogging that one soon. And, I just finished reading David Levithan’s new novel, Love is the Higher Law (Random House) set in New York City during and following the 9/11 terrorist attack. Next up? Hmmm. Maybe The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness (Candlewick).

Lynn: The focus group pillaged my horde the minute I got home so the first books I read were picture books to them: the stunning Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney, Brenda Guiberson’s breathtaking Life in the Boreal Forest (Holt), the hilarious Trouble Gum (Feiwel & Friends) by Matthew Cordell and Nic Bishop’s newest book, Marsupials (Scholastic). After the boys went home, I managed to read David Small’s Stitches (Norton), which is so good it leaves me speechless – quite a feat! I am currently enjoying Leaving the Bellweathers (Egmont) by Kristin Clark Venuti. This is definitely my kind of book – funny and quirky. I am SURE we will be posting about many of these soon!

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

4 Comments on "Home from ALA? What did you read first?"

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  1. angela.craft@gmail.com' Angela says:

    At the moment I’m kind of freaking myself out by reading Dave Cullen’s Columbine. I need a happy book to read next – or at least a ridiculous book. Because in the same batch of library books that I got Columbine in I also finally got Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

  2. mdoane@kdl.org' Morgan says:

    The first thing I read was THE EYEBALL COLLECTOR by F.E. Higgins. It is a companion novel to her first two titles, THE BLACK BOOK OF SECRETS and THE BONE MAGICIAN. Since it was just as eery, dark and mysterious as the first two, I loved this one just as much!

  3. laurieab@gmail.com' LaurieA-B says:

    This was my first time at Annual and I picked up some wonderful books. Many are specifically to share with my middle school students and I’ll read them to booktalk. The ones I read first (kept out for my carry-on, not shipped back to Seattle) were those I wanted to read, myself, most urgently.

    Heartsinger by Karlijn Stoffels: I was so fortunate to hear this Dutch author and the translator of her novel speak at the conference; they shared just enough of this difficult-to-summarize novel that I couldn’t wait to read it. Read on the plane home (where Kirby Larson was behind me on the jetway).

    Fire by Kristin Cashore
    Forest Born by Shannon Hale
    Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
    All sequels, so of course I wanted to read those ASAP

    Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez: because I was charmed by the author and the book cover, and I was especially looking for multiethnic/nonwhite novels to share with my students. It’s great so far.

    The first book I read upon arriving home was the picture book Subway Ride (by Heather Lynn Miller, illus. by Sue Rama) a last-minute purchase for my five-year-old daughter, as I passed the Charlesbridge booth while leaving the exhibits for the last time.

  4. edspicer@mac.com' Ed Spicer says:

    One of the first books I read is Mockingbird (Mok ing burd)by Katherine Erskine. I read it for Notables only to discover that it has a 2010 copyright. It’s very good, but dang!

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