january nick hornby copycat

Brace yourself. I went to ALA. Got a lot of ARCs. Got some final copies, too. Ermahgerd.

Books Bought This Month
Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Root-to-Stalk Cooking: The Art of Using the Whole Vegetable by Tara Duggan

Books Received/Acquired This Month
(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn (Edelweiss ARC)
Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu (Edelweiss ARC and ended up with a print ARC at ALA Midwinter)
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (Edelweiss ARC)
Starbreak by Phoebe North (Edelweiss ARC)
Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana (Edelweiss ARC)
Year of Mistaken Discoveries by Eileen Cook (Edelweiss ARC)
Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt (Netgalley ARC)
Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney (Netgalley ARC)
Noggin by John Corey Whaley (Edelweiss ARC)
The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson (Netgalley ARC)
The Eighth Day by Dianne K. Salerni (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn (ARC from publisher)
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Threatened by Eliot Schrefer (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd (ALA Midwinter)
“The President Has Been Shot!”: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson (ALA Midwinter)
Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II by Martin W. Sandler (ALA Midwinter)
Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone (ALA Midwinter)
The Transcriptionist: A Novel by Amy Rowland (ALA Midwinter ARC)
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy (ALA Midwinter ARC)
A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters (ALA Midwinter ARC)
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Switched at Birthday by Natalie Standiford (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Hidden Like Anne Frank: 14 True Stories of Survival by Marcel Prins and Peter Henk Steenhuis (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (ALA Midwinter)
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (ALA Midwinter)
Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick (ALA Midwinter ARC)
The Cracks in the Kingdom: Book 2 of The Colors of Madeleine by Jaclyn Moriarty (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Boundaries: How the Mason-Dixon Line Settled a Family Feud and Divided a Nation by Sally M. Walker (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier by Ying Chang Compestine and Vinson Compestine (ALA Midwinter ARC)
High and Dry by Sarah Skilton (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline (ALA Midwinter)
Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Petra K and the Blackhearts by M. Henderson Ellis (ALA Midwinter)
Like No Other by Una LaMarche (ALA Midwinter ARC)
She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (ALA Midwinter ARC)
The Other Language by Francesca Marciano (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Willow by Tonya Cherie Hegamin (ALA Midwinter ARC)
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Tumage (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Making Money by Tommy Greenwald (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel by Kimberly McCreight (ALA Midwinter)
The Secret Sky: A Novel of Forbidden Love in Afghanistan by Atia Abawi (ALA Midwinter ARC)
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (ALA Midwinter ARC)
One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva (ALA Midwinter ARC)
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer (ALA Midwinter ARC)
Frenzy by Robert Lettrick (ALA Midwinter ARC)

Books Borrowed This Month
Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
For Biddle’s Sake by Gail Carson Levine
Thumbelina: Tiny Runaway Bride by Barbara Ensor

Books Finished This Month
Sailor Twain: Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Jessica Darling’s It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection by Megan McCafferty
Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi (audiobook; gave up halfway through)
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
Ballistics: Poems by Billy Collins
Starbreak by Phoebe North
The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky

While I didn’t read a huge number of books, I’m pleased that I read what I wanted and thought thoughtfully about them and planned some blog posts about them. That’s what I’ve been meaning to do again, and it’s so wonderful to enjoy reading once more.

I’m looking forward to reading a bit more slowly and having the time to write more about what I read, annotate the stuff I’m reading, etc. I’m re-entering the world of books for grownups but also taking on the Hub Reading Challenge and trying to be good about the ARCs I’m lucky enough to receive from publishers, because that’s super nice of them, and because I need to do more reading related to work, and I only have the time to do that outside of work. Hence checking out some middle school-appropriate fairytale books to booktalk and getting some ARCs that I think the students will like, even if I’m not personally drawn to them. Balancing personal reading with professional reading is my goal for the year, as is getting back in touch with all the blogs I “follow” but haven’t actually gotten to read since I started working full time.

I also told myself that if I don’t have two completed manuscripts by December 31st, I’m quitting creative writing. There’s no reason to keep claiming to be a writer if I’m just bullshitting. I need to stop letting angst, sleepiness, and perfectionism keep me from producing stuff. If you don’t write, you’re not a writer. So this year, it’s do it or bust.


3 thoughts on “january nick hornby copycat

  1. I’m of the same opinion for 2014: “If you don’t write, you’re not a writer.” I’ve stopped calling myself a writer already… Ha. Time to manuscript something!

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