A few for the wish list

Sorry for the silence around here lately.

When I look at the sidebar, I realize you must be thinking, “How long is that girl going to be reading Linger? It’s been weeks!” I am able to report that I am almost done. I must be ready for the bounty o’ books I am sure to receive in a week.

There is only so much teaching / Christmas-prepping / writing / cleaning / knitting / living / sleeping a girl squeeze into the day. Oh, and baking. There has been baking. Sadly for my fella, he has had to watch all hang-dog as I package up each and every cookie to give as gifts. Yesterday, I emptied out a giant tin full of cookies into pretty gift packets, and all I left him was one. One delicious cookie, mind you, but still sort of pathetic. Yesterday I was a Match Green Tea Shortbread machine. The kitchen smelled buttery and sweet and it was like I was breathing green-tea scented perfume. Not to mention, I can’t think of a more festive looking treat. I didn’t take a picture, but I’ll let you imagine a mountain of sparkly green cookies looking generally gorgeous and tempting on my kitchen counter. And I’ll share the recipe. It’s the best. Here you go.

So, I have a few more books for the wish list.

Annexed by Sharon Dogar is a companion text to Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl. Dogar imagines the story that Peter van Pels, one of Anne’s companions in the secret annex, might have told.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares brings together Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist fame, with another quirky, dual-voiced narrative. I love the sound of this premise. Lily leaves a notebook full of dares on a bookstore shelf, hoping that the right guy will find it and rise to her challenges. This starts an adventure all over the Big Apple. Plus some romance. Plus no doubt plenty of uber-clever dialogue.

Zombies vs. Unicorns, edited by Holly Black and Justine Labalestier, brings together many of the coolest kids in the YA author club, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, and Scott Westerfeld. It’s full of stories, some about unicorns and some about, you guessed it… zombies. The idea is that by the end, readers will be ready to choose a team. Unicorn or zombie? Sounds like a fun trip.

You’ll have to wait for January for this one (maybe for the New Year’s Wish List?). The Big Crunch sounds like a love story that isn’t super sappy. Guy meets girl. They’re not perfect or perfect-looking but they find each other and fall for each other, but they don’t believe in soul mates, or swoony love. It’s by Pete Hautman, and he knows what he’s doing. It sounds like it would make a good indie movie. Every new year should start with a love story, right?

There’s still time yet to get a few more books onto my list, and to make some treats that I’m going to keep just for me and my guy.

I’m off to party-it-up, Grade 4 style, with my 26 kidlits. We have made it to The Last Day. (*general rejoicing from kidlits and teachers*)

(The book list is cross-posted today at Guys Lit Wire).

1 thought on “A few for the wish list

  1. christina

    I just got my copy of Dash & Lily in the mail yesterday! Yay! Oh and the zombie vs. unicorn book – picked that up at NCTE. Got Black to sign it. Uber excited, but am waiting until next year (er, two weeks, lol, to begin reading it since one of my goals is the read more short stories).

    And yes, my 7th graders are as thrilled as your 4th graders that it is the end of school for two weeks. We began watching Labyrinth yesterday and they’re entranced!


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