Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Quick Update!

Since my last post, weeks ago, I've finished reading Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (read my review of it here), The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart, Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, and I've listened to the 4th Gregor book by Suzanne Collins.

I just got back from the Public Library Association conference where I picked up a few advanced reader's copies of books that I will hopefully read soon, but next on my to-read list is The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan.

I've had the pleasure of reading an advanced reader's copy of Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel. Once the pub date for that one comes along I will give you all more details. I honestly cannot wait to talk about it with someone. I loved Martel's Life of Pi, it truly was one of those books that affected my outlook on life, and his new book has left me with a lot to think about. More on that later, hopefully.

In other book news, School Library Journal is in the midst of their "Battle of the Kids Books." When this occurred last year around this time I followed it with interest, hoping my favorite would win. This year they've up the stakes and have place it on it's own website (www.sljbattleofthebooks.com). The structure this year is easier to follow than last year's, and the judges are excellent. It is also hilarious. This post, for example, had me laughing out loud. Though it might be funny because I've read and loved The Hunger Games.

Tales from Outer Suburbia has made through its brackets to the second to last round, so I picked that one up from the library today. The book I wanted to win is already out, but it might "come back from the dead" to compete in the last round (fingers crossed).