Monday, January 3, 2011
Looking Back....Looking Forward
I'm reluctant because even though there are 80 books listed (which doesn't include picturebooks, many professional books, and self-help books on topics such as running, cooking, etc.), I feel like I've just started! There are so many books I haven't had time to read this year. But, there are also many books on my list that I loved and that will stay with me forever. By far, my favorite read of the year was Monsters of Men, the third and final book in the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness. It was the perfect ending to an all consuming, captivating, and enthralling series. I also read a few series in their entirety such as the Tiffany Aching Adventures (Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, and I Shall Wear Midnight) by Terry Pratchett and the Queen's Thief series (The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, the King of Attolia, and The Conspiracy of Kings) by Megan Whalen Turner.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (a great article on this book is on NPR today), Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X Stork, The Cardturner by Louis Sachar, Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi and Numbers by Rachel Ward.
For children's literature, my favorites of the year were Countdown by Deborah Wiles, As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins, Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick, A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata, The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O'Connor, Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm and The Boneshaker by Kate Milford.
NPR article I posted a few days ago, I want "a book that sucks me in from chapter one, makes me think and, above all, makes me feel. I want to finish the book a slightly different person than I was when I started it."
As I reflect on my year of reading, the one thing that's always nagging at me is my professional reading. Like many of you, I subscribe to many professional journals such as The Reading Teacher, Language Arts, The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Reading Research Quarterly, The Journal of Children's Literature, The Horn Book, The Journal of Literacy Research, Children's Literature Association Quarterly, The Dragon Lode, and more. Every month, these journals stack up, waiting to be read, while I turn my back to read YA/Children's literature. This reading is important and I eventually get to it, but unlike YA/children's literature, I usually don't have anyone with whom to share my thinking about the many, many great articles and research.
Happy Reading in the New Year!