I know what you pardners are all wonderin': Did Jessica get rid of that triple stack of books on her bedside table?
Yeah. Of course I didn't. We all knew the answer to THAT. No sooner had I blogged about getting that stack whipped into shape than like SEVEN books I'd had on hold at the library forever came in for me. I'd gotten down to two smaller stacks, and then my publisher released six fantastic books I'd been waiting for. Let's face it: I will never NOT have multiple stacks of books on my bedside table.
Yet as I type that, I'm smiling. Oh, and wearing a nightshirt my sister gave me that says, "I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books." The other day my son pointed to my nightshirt and said, "That just EXPLAINS you, you know, Mommy?"
"Indeed, my son. I do know."
So what did get read this summer?
(The asterisk means I own it.)
EARWIG AND THE WITCH - Diana Wynne Jones *
PANDEMONIUM - Lauren Oliver
CRYER'S CROSS - Lisa McMann
STEVE JOBS - Walter Isaacson *
CINDER - Marissa Meyer
DEADLOCKED - Charlaine Harris
THE KNEEBONE BOY - Ellen Potter
FINN FAMILY MOOMINTROLL - Tove Jansson *
CONFESSIONS OF A SCARY MOMMY - Jill Smokler
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER - Seth Grahame-Smith *
LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED - Jenny Lawson
I AM FORBIDDEN - Anouk Markovits
UNEXPECTED MAGIC - Diana Wynne Jones *
LADY FRIDAY - Garth Nix *
GANYMEDE - Cherie Priest *
READY PLAYER ONE - Ernest Cline
HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE - Diana Wynne Jones *
THE WISE MAN'S FEAR - Patrick Rothfuss *
DAYDREAMS OF A SOLITARY HAMSTER - Astrid Desbordes
RAMPANT - Diana Peterfreund
THE BOOK OF BLOOD AND SHADOW - Robin Wasserman
THE SISTERS BROTHERS - Patrick DeWitt
SIZE 12 AND READY TO ROCK - Meg Cabot
REDSHIRTS - John Scalzi
BRINGING UP BEBE - Pamela Druckerman
FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS - Diana Peterfreund
TEAM HUMAN - Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
MOOMINPAPPA'S MEMOIRS - Tove Jansson *
ARCHIE MEETS KISS (No. Seriously.)
SMILE - Raina Telgemeier
GHOST STORY - Jim Butcher *
ROT & RUIN - Jonathan Maberry *
A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES - Deborah Harkness
BABYMOUSE: DRAGONSLAYER - Jenni and Matt Holm
Currently reading: GIRL OF NIGHTMARES - Kendare Blake
So. That's . . . 34 and 1/2 books! I also read PRINCESS OF THE SILVER WOOD twice, once to do copy edits, and once to proofread. Which totally counts!
And now I'm embarking on my fall reading, which will include a little project. What's that, you say? Well, for one thing, I'm toying with the idea of rereading some things. I read HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE aloud to the kids, and it really made me want to revisit some old favorites. I've thought of reading one old book for every two new ones I read in the next few months. I may do that. But also, every time I walk through my bedroom, I see my Harry Potter books. They are lovingly displayed atop my dresser, with Harry Potter bookends holding them in place. I get the urge to pick them up and look at the pretty, pretty covers, and maybe read a page or two. So I decided to start a little project. I will read one chapter of Harry Potter every day (starting today!) and see how long it takes me to get through the entire series! I was going to add up the number of chapters and try to tell you exactly how long it will take . . . but I'm not good at math so I didn't. If somebody wants to do that for me, they totally can.
And that's what I'll be doing this fall! Along with reading:
GIRL OF NIGHTMARES
PRINCESS ACADEMY: PALACE OF STONE
THRONE OF GLASS
OUT FOR BLOOD
CATE OF THE LOST COLONY
THE CLOCKWORK THREE
THE WAY OF KINGS
And many, many more!
What are you reading as we cozy our way into fall?