Happy New Year! I hope you rang out all the negative and welcomed in the positive.
We finished the year strong with our annual movie marathon, concluding 2012 with pizza and potential Oscar contenders and friends (the most important of the three). We came home to tea and cupcakes, and as today has progressed we both have dabbled in a variety of things we hope 2013 will possess.
I, for one, am planning to reconnect with my blog. December marked a period filled with hours and hours AND HOURS of reading young adult fiction and any time that used to be spent on other recreational activities had to be reapportioned in order to finish my obligations. That paid off, however, because the Cybils shortlist came out today. I was lucky enough to write the blurb for Endangered, which was a stellar addition to the field of fiction that is science-themed. (I don’t want you to misunderstand if I say it’s science fiction.) The other shortlisted books in our category (young adult realistic fiction) are equally good, and several of them were among the very best of what I read for the year. I highly recommend you check them out. I’ll be diving into the middle grade fiction and the fantasy lists in the next few weeks.
However, those are not the only things I’ll be reading, as my choices are now my own again. Here are a few of the other things I’m excited to read in 2013:
Ten Books I
Resolve Want to Read in 2013
- Jasper Fforde’s The Woman Who Died (the latest Thursday Next installment)
- Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior (I know I still have (my signed, hardcover copy of) The Lacuna to read, but I may just skip ahead and come back, as her newest appeals more right now.)
- Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
- Bill Bryson’s At Home
- William Kuhn’s Mrs Queen Takes the Train
- Jacqueline Winspear’s Messenger of Truth (the 4th Maisie Dobbs novel)
- Laurie King’s A Monstrous Regiment of Women (the 2nd Mary Russell book)
- Anne Bronte’s Agnes Grey
- William Alexander’s Goblin Secrets
- The Odyssey (this is the year!)
I will share some summaries of and thoughts about my Cybils reading (and the 2012 reading that preceded it way back when), as well as my own personal top ten list, in the days to come. Please do stop back.