This week's topic at That Artsy Reader Girl is technically "Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020," but I'm not a professional book blogger, and we all know I don't roll that way. So I am going very slightly rogue. Normally I don't link up rogue posts, but I feel like this one is close enough. Strictly speaking, I am hopefully anticipating their release...to other systems, for borrowing by me.
To elaborate on my title, while my libraries have been doing curbside service (and one of them actually reopened yesterday), Interlibrary Loan has been indefinitely suspended in Minnesota since March. I haven't gone this long without making an ILL request since I discovered it in 2012, and I've definitely been gazing sadly at some books on my TBR that are available to me exclusively this way. Here are 10 I would love to be able to order up right now:
(side note: my libraries did have several other books from my TBR -- I'm just eternally greedy. As are many book junkies.)
1. Star Gazer - Chris Platt (2011)
IDK. It's a kid's book only 144 pages long, but I stumbled upon this somehow* and on top of the beautiful cover, every single sentence in the summary lit up my heart. And that was before I saw that this is also the author of childhood favorite Willow King, so she's legit.
[*edit: oh! That's right, Goodreads -- I was trying to find a lost book for someone that turned out to be Touch the Moon, but first I thought it was A Horse to Love. This book was the first sidebar hit on "readers also enjoyed" for that one.]
2. Follow Your Dream - Marjorie Holmes (1961)
I can't remember the details but I think it came up on What's The Name Of That Book, something about a young woman working in a vet's office (young enough for this to be aimed at teens), and with that date stamp...come on. It's perfect.
3. Second Hand - Michael Zadoorian (2001)
Unless Surprise Diversity stops me, I have an itching to mentally cast Matthew Gray Gubler as the MC here. And even if I can't do that, I still love the premise. "While most people scramble for the newest and the best, Richard searches for the odd and obsolete -- and sells it at his second-hand shop on the edge of Detroit." Combine that with him inheriting his mother's house crammed full of stuff, and what sounds like a romance on the horizon, and I am intrigued!
4. The Time Traveler's Journal - Ed Mesesa (2007)
"The journal of fictional character Lieserl Einstein, who discovers how to go back or forward in time. Items attached to pages or in envelopes help tell the story." I've developed a bit of an obsession w/ books w/ removal objects/envelopes lately -- well, deepened my obsession -- and although library copies of this type of book are a risky proposition in terms of all items staying intact, I'd like to examine as many as I can.
5. The Distance From Me To You - Marina Gessner (2015)
I! *clap* Need! *clap* Walking inspiration! YA lit about thru-hiking is the best thing for that. LET ME HAVE IT.
6. The Other Side of Lost - Jessi Kirby (2018)
Or let me have this alternate option. Especially as it's from an author I already like a lot.
7. The Foreseeable Future - Emily Adrian (2018)
Despite disappointing me with her first book, this one sounds SO good and hits on one of my favorite things: teen choosing to work (in order to earn enough money to move to Seattle) instead of going to college after high school, which you hardly ever see anymore.
8. Strays Like Us - Cecilia Galante (2018)
This author is a 2-time hit with me, and this one features a dog (sad dog next door) AND a girl in foster care!
9. In Another Time - Caroline Leech (2019)
"It’s 1942, and Maisie McCall is in the Scottish Highlands doing her bit for the war effort as a Women’s Timber Corps lumberjill. Maisie relishes her newfound independence and her growing friendships—especially with the enigmatic John Lindsay." An aspect of WWII I have never heard anything about, AND it's a YA novel?? Also I just really love that vintage-looking cover.
10. Girls of July - Alex Flinn (2019)
"A contemporary [YA] novel about four completely different girls and the life-changing summer they spend in the beautiful Adirondacks." It's like 500 pages, the author promises it's sufficiently appropriate for middle schoolers, and it has a title that insists it simply MUST be read in July (or possibly June/August). Sounds perfect to wrap myself up in right now.
The three remaining books in K.A. Tucker's Water quartet, not because I really want the plots so much -- book 3, maybe, but I'm super skeptical about book 2 and Hell to the No about book 4 -- as that Burying Water gave me a book hangover I've been in for most of the second half of the month, and I
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