To wrap up #BookLove week (a.k.a. Random Acts of Publicity), I'm posting a big list of books I'm dying to read - some of them already in the world and some of them yet to come.
See, that's the trouble with BookLove...the TBR pile just keeps getting bigger! Here are some in mine:
BAMBOO PEOPLE by Mitali Perkins
Charlesbridge, 2010, 11 and up
Chiko isn’t a fighter by nature. He’s a book-loving Burmese boy whose father, a doctor, is in prison for resisting the government. Tu Reh, on the other hand, wants to fight for freedom after watching Burmese soldiers destroy his Karenni family's home and bamboo fields. Timidity becomes courage and anger becomes compassion as each boy is changed by unlikely friendships formed under extreme circumstances...
Mitali has a way of getting to the heart of the matter in ways that astound and inspire me. This is at the top of my list!
STRUTS & FRETS by Jon Skovron
Amulet/Abrams, 2010, 14 and up
Music is in Sammy’s blood. His grandfather was a jazz musician, and Sammy’s indie rock band could be huge one day—if they don’t self-destruct first. Winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands would justify all the band’s compromises and reassure Sammy that his life’s dream could become a reality. But practices are hard to schedule when Sammy’s grandfather is sick and getting worse, his mother is too busy to help either of them, and his best friend may want to be his girlfriend. When everything in Sammy’s life seems to be headed for major catastrophe, will his music be enough to keep him together?
Jon is one of those rare cool guys who doesn't seem to know he's cool, and that makes him just plain likeable. I have a feeling he writes the same way: honest and inspiring, the kind of book you'd have as a friend.
THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson
Dial, 2010, 14 and up
Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery sister Bailey. But when Bailey dies suddenly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.
Everyone keeps telling what a gorgeous book this is. I confess...I've been afraid to read it. Maybe it's too close to home. But every time I see it, it calls to me.
MAGIC UNDER GLASS by Jaclyn Dolamore
Bloomsbury, 2010, 11 and up
Nimira is a foreign music-hall girl forced to dance for mere pennies. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing with a piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new and better life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets are beginning to stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumors swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry's involvement with a league of sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. Then Nimira discovers the spirit of a fairy gentleman named Erris is trapped inside the clockwork automaton, waiting for someone to break his curse. The two fall into a love that seems hopeless, and breaking the curse becomes a race against time, as not just their love, but the fate of the entire magical world may be in peril.
An automaton, a fairy, and cool steampunk details? Definitely. But beyond that - I had the great fortune of meeting Jackie at BEA and then getting to know her at ALA, and I think she's quite possibly one of the nicest (and most stylish) people I know.
Don't miss the super cool Magic Under Glass trailer, featuring illustrations by Jaclyn herself:
Books I didn't mention in detail but I'm still dying to read: LOSING FAITH by Denise Jaden; THE MOCKINGBIRDS by Daisy Whitney; SEA by Heidi Kling (I know! I'm so behind!); ILLYRIA by Elizabeth Hand...
Ok, readers, what are you dying to read right now? What's in your TBR pile? What book is calling to you?