January 15, 2008

Oh the Glory of the TBR Pile

To Be Read. To Be Savored. To Be Devoured.

Before I knew A.Fortis was going to do her own snazzed out graphic, I came up with one that's a bit simpler, but for me, quite a bit to the point: Anticipation. I still get a rush from being able to read any old book I want! Having grown up with concerned parents curtailing my reading choices, it still seems like such sweet, heady freedom to say, "I want to read THAT one!" And then to do it.

So, gleefully, and in no particular order, comes my partial (because people, it is EVER evolving) list of newbies and not-so-newbies that have caught my eye and made my TBR list for 2008 (and just for fun, I starred those that could be called "multicultural"):

YA Fiction
Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine *
Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah *
Something Rotten: A Horatio Wilkes Mystery, by Alan Gratz
Evil Genius, Catherine Jinks
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart
How to Salsa in a Sari, by Dona Sarkar *
Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, by Wendy Mass
It's Not About the Accent, Caridad Ferrer *
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature, by Robin Brande
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, by Gabrielle Zevin
Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt
Billie Standish Was Here, by Nancy Crocker
Sweethearts, by Sara Zarr
Beauty Shop for Rent, by Laura Bowers
Cures for Heartbreak, Margo Raab
Beige, by Cecil Castellucci
The Poison Apples, Lily Archer
She's So Money, by by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong *
Long May She Reign, Ellen Emmerson White
The Fold, by An Na *

MG Fiction
Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Blue Balliett - mystery
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period, by Gennifer Choldenko
Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff, by Jennifer L. Holm; (illus. by Elicia Castaldi)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney
Eleven, by Patricia Reilly Giff - mystery
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village, by Laura Amy Schlitz

Into the Wild, Sarah Beth Durst - Cybils SF/F
The Spiderwick Chronicles, by Holly Black (all of them -- before the movie gets to the UK)
Prom Dates from Hell, by Rosemary Clement-Moore - Cybils SF/F
The Dead and the Gone, Susan Beth Pfeffer
Everworld series, by K.A. Applegate *
The Black Canary, Jane Louise Curry *
Snow, Fire, Sword, by Sophie Mason *
Galax-Arena, by Rubinstein, Gillian *
The Call to Shakabaz, by Amy Wachspress *
Never Never and Elsewhere, by Will Shetterly *
My Sister Sif, by Ruth Park *

Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers, by Nancy Amanda Redd
The Periodic Table: Elements With Style! by Adrian Dingle illus. by Simon Basher Kingfisher)
Tasting the Sky: a Palestinian Childhood, by Ibtisam Baraka

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi *
Little Night, by Yuyi Morales*
Little Brother X, by Cory Doctorow
All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome, Kathy Hoopmann
Hookay. This is a PARTIAL list, and I just realized I've spent well over an hour adding to it. Over an HOUR. When I'm in the middle of a revision that needs to be to my editor next Monday. (Which is why my books have no links, and apologies for that - just really should NOT take the time for that!)

Reining myself in, then, and simply saying, "and everything else on everyone else's lists that I haven't read yet." Definitely drop a few of your very best recommended into the comments box; I'm really looking for UK reads, too, since I can get them here, read them, and lend them to some of you in the U.S. (and Kel @ Big A, has already called dibs on this, so you'll have to wrangle with her).

I want to LIVE on the YA, YA, YA list, by the way. Just so you know. Also, am taking up residence at Leila's scarily organized list as well. I want them all.

More links for this anticipatory awesomeness at the ever-insightful Chasing Ray, who we can thank for this cool anticipation idea!


Jules at 7-Imp said...

I love it. Good list.

I've got one up, too, and of course it's got lots 'o' '08 picture books, including that one that Yuyi previewed for us last year. Can't wait to see that, in particular!

Happy reading,
Jules, 7-Imp

Jules at 7-Imp said...

Heaven bless The YA YA YAs for their reminder about your book, too. June '08? Rock on! I've added it as an addendum to my list.

I also wanted to write: Anything Robin Brande, Sara Holmes, or Sam Riddleburger might publish this year, but I skipped it, since I'm not sure when their new books will be coming out.


Brian Farrey said...

Enjoy CURES FOR HEARTBREAK. It's really quite beautiful. I pretty much love everything Margo Rabb touches.

Amy at Woza Books said...

After not winning the Newberry yesterday (hah!) you lightened my heart by including The Call to Shakabaz on your list. I hope you get to it soon, it's a lot of fun. Today is the one-year anniversary of its launch and I'm glad to report it is alive and well. I too love to read YA. It's the best. I noticed your list did not include the Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, and that could be because you already read it, but if you didn't, it's truly an award-winner. I recommend it.
(PS--I have a new blog, not a book blog, a whatever I want to say blog. Please visit at www.viewfromamysworld.blogspot.com

tanita✿davis said...

Oh, yay, Amy! Thank you for your blog site! I am really looking forward to reading it! And yep, Amy, I am a Sherman Alexie fan from WAY back - I want to read the nonYA book that came before Part-Time Indian -- forgot to list that...

Jules, I also wanted to add the "anything those people write," PLUS Ned Vizzini's newest book, too, whenever IT comes out -- there are so many I don't know dates for, and theoretically this is supposed to be for THIS YEAR...

Jackie Parker said...

Ooo, I'm so excited to see books I love on your list: Something Rotten. Billie Standish. Wednesday Wars. Memoirs. I hope you like them!

Sarah Stevenson said...

Yay!! I'm glad you posted your list, too. To be honest, there are a LOT of titles on there that are on my TBR list (the complete version!), but now you've added several more! I know what you mean by ever-growing, ever-evolving...

Anonymous said...


I'm with Jackie. Enjoy the fab 2007 books on your list, like Billie Standish.


Mary Witzl said...

My daughters are both anxious to read TIPS ON HAVING A GAY (EX) BOYFRIEND, and they highly recommend Debi Gliori's PURE DEAD MAGIC series for your MG list. I've read these too, and found them very funny.

I too have a TBR list, but I keep misplacing it. Miyuki Miyabe's BRAVE STORY is on it, as is SOMETHING ROTTEN -- and now REVOLUTION IS NOT A DINNER PARTY. Just the title of that one has me salivating.