I’m not going to do a New Year Resolutions post. I’m certainly not going to put in writing that I intend to blog more in 2010 – though I do – or post the mental lists of goals that are growing ever-longer in my head.
Instead, I’ll post my list of books coming out in 2010 that I am truly, truly impatient to read. Squirmy, fidget-pants impatient. Exasperated sigh, is-it-release-day-yet? impatient. IMPATIENT!
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers (1/5)
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab (1/12)
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (2/1)
Eleventh Grade Burns by Heather Brewer (2/9)
Gone by Lisa McMann (2/9)
Heist Society by Ally Carter (2/9)
Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson (3/1)
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (3/2)
Dragon Factory by Jonathan Maberry (3/2)
The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan (3/9)
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken (3/23)
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean (3/30)
This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer (4/1)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan (4/6)
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr (4/20)
Sisters Grimm Book 8: The Inside Story by Michael Buckley (5/1)
The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (5/4)
White Cat by Holly Black (5/4)
The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell (5/11)
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (5/18)
Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev (5/25)
Sea by Heidi Kling (6/10)
Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter (6/15)
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman (7/8)
Linger by Maggie Stiefvader (7/20)
Jealously by Lili St. Crow (7/29)
Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink (8/1)
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (8/24)
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (8/31)
Ascendant by Diane Peterfreund (9/?)
Wired by Robin Wasserman (9/14)
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (10/5)
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld (10/?)
Fixing Delilah Hannaford by Sarah Ockler (fall ’10)
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger (fall ’10)
So, what have I forgotten?
I’m sure there are heaps more that should be on this list. Meanwhile, St. Matt is looking hopefully at its brevity and making a New Year’s Resolution that this will be the year he figures out a way to convince me to buy less books…
Good luck to him.
p.s. Books I foolishly overlooked or didn’t know about ’til later – I’ll add in orange. Books I’ve read will be changed to purple.
Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone, but the last time I went to Disney World I was a toxic visitor.
I was 7. The trip was my First Holy Communion present – or just conveniently timed so the two events are linked in my mind. My memories of the religious ceremony are hazy – fever hazy – a white dress with a pink sash, a flower wreath settled on foam-curler ringlets, a honey ham, all my relatives.
I didn’t feel well. I didn’t want honey ham or jello mold or even dinner mints I’d have to sneak off the tray. I tried telling my mom – but she was busy changing a diaper or taking lemon squares out of the oven. Dad was talking and making drinks – he told me to run along and play.
I stumbled along and played, but without my usual impish vigor. After all the guests left I collapsed – pretty dress, curled hair, flower wreath and all – on the kitchen floor.
But we already had the trip planned – non-refundable flights, vacations forms completed and homework collected, park tickets. So I went to Disney and spread love and germs on Small World. My spots were natural camouflage on the Jungle Cruise
This trip I wasn’t contagious. It was quick; a last minute surprise getaway from St. Matt for our 5th Anniversary.* On the 4th of July St. Matt wanted to get to the park early and stay late to see the fireworks. Since we both know that I was not going to be able to handle 14 hours of straight ride-riding, it was a given I’d pack a book.
But which? I’d packed four different paper volumes and loaded a bunch onto Gilbert in preparation for the trip. Since I couldn’t make up my mind, I brought three: Tenth Grade Bleeds, Eyes Like Stars and Prophesy of the Sisters.
As we ferried over to the Magic Kingdom at 8:00 AM, I had a brainstorm. No, an inspiration. I had three great books by three fabulous authors, I was going to the most magical place in the world…. PHOTO OPPORTUNITY!**
It was like a reverse scavenger hunt. Instead of finding the books, I was finding fun places to photograph them. I scrambled all over the park feeling gleeful and mischievous. We got a few curious looks, but no one stopped or questioned us.
Of course, there was also ride-riding and confection eating and even some pausing to do some actual reading.
And there were fireworks too!
The only downside of the whole day was:
But this just means we’ll have to come back again soon.
*Have I mentioned lately that I have the BEST husband ever?
**St. Matt balked for all of 3 seconds, but I threatened him with the Tiki Room if he didn’t participate.