It has been a busy break, lots of cleaning and cooking, then cleaning some more! At last, a day with no obligations but one, to start/continue reading the books that have been on suggested Newbery lists. I am currently reading, "Keeper" by Kathy Appelt ~ not far enough along to make a judgement but I do like what I have read so far. I like her descriptive language, I can see those blue crabs with markings on their backs, and the dark swirling waters. (I still don't know why she is called Keeper, hope there is an answer!) I am finishing the "Night Fairy" by Laura Amy Schlitz which was very different than I expected. Usually fairy "tales" (sorry, couldn't resist!) are light hearted, even if the fairies are mean or indifferent; but this one is darker, and yet intriguing in a fairies version of survivor way. Left in my stack are "One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia and "Out of my Mind" by Sharon Draper. Other titles I need to at least skim are "Just Like Falling off the World" (I have it somewhere in an ARC) and "Dreamer" by Pam Munez. My now lofty goal is to have all of these read completely before I get to the ALA Awards ceremony on Monday, January 10th, but if I can't read them all, to have at least skimmed them so I have an inkling of what they are about. Of course, I am prepared to be totally surprised if some book comes out of nowhere to win, isn't that the fun this whole thing, but at least I can chat and commiserate with other folks in the awards audience.
So, if you don't hear from me for a while you know I am happily ensconced in front of my fireplace (on or off) indulging myself in my own read-a-thon!
And if you are in my Librarians Who Read book club, you can probably guess what titles I will be talking about at our next get together!