Tuesday, March 30, 2010

CBCA Shortlist!

The Children's Book Council of Australia just announced the shortlist for its Book of the Year award.  Here's the Older Reader category:

Stolen, Lucy Christopher
The Winds of Heaven, Judith Clarke
Liar, Justine Larbalestier
Jarvis 24, David Metzenthen
A Small Free Kiss in the Dark, Glenda Millard
Loving Richard Reynman, Penny Tangey

Friday, March 26, 2010

RITA finalists!

It's time for the 2010 RITA finalists! Here's the YA Romance category:

Fairy Tale, Cyn Balog
Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover, Ally Carter
Perfect Chemistry, Simone Elkeles
Going Too Far, Jennifer Echols
The ABC's of Kissing Boys, Tina Ferraro
Nothing Like You, Lauren Strasnick

I obviously have to stop reading so many zombie books, because I haven't read a single one of these. Winners to be announced July 31st at the Romance Writers of America's national conference in Nashville.  I totally want to go...

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Recent Reading

Three weeks ago I was walking through almost two feet of snow in the park to get to the library, and this weekend I wore sandals and sunburned my shoulders sitting in the grass.  Very very lovely, but it felt a little strange and wrong since the trees are completely bare and the food at the farmers market is still all apple cider and root vegetables. But who cares? On to the YA!  Here's some stuff I've read recently:

This World We Live In, Susan Beth Pfeffer
I've been waiting so impatiently for this one.   I really wanted a rousing and satisfying conclusion to what is now being called the "Last Survivor's Trilogy," about what happens after an asteroid collides with the moon, pushing its orbit closer to Earth and profoundly affecting the climate. The first two books (Life as We Knew It and the dead and the gone) followed two families in different parts of the country struggling to survive the immediate aftermath.  This book picks up a bit after Life as We Knew It ends.  Miranda and her family have survived the long winter, and then a band of weary travelers shows up at their door,  and (OMG!) Alex from the dead and the gone is one of them! More surviving ensues, plus several rotting corpses, new relationships, bickering and cautious hope.

I know these are character-driven books, and I get that the nature of the event isolates everyone and cuts off the information supply, but I still really really want to know what else is going on in this world Pfeffer's created.  I want to know what was happening in the rest of NYC while Alex was uptown stealing from corpses.  I want to know more about what the powerful people were doing, and all the unfair treatment the rich must be getting.  I want to know what the government's doing and what's going on in the safe towns, and how the rest of the world is doing.  There better be a fourth "companion" book is all.  I don't think that's too much to ask.

And some others:
The Chosen One, Carol Lynch Williams
Looking for Red, Angela Johnson
Fast Talk on a Slow Track, Rita Garcia-Williams
Albatross, Josie Bloss
Because I Am Furniture, Thalia Chaltas
Pieces of Me, Suzanne Ouriou

Since last time: 7
YTD: 24