Oh my lord, I can't believe it's time for the Spring TBR already. Even though I guess I can, since March came in like a sweet little lamb and melted all the snow. It came back yesterday, but it'll melt faster this time; it's supposed to be in the fifties by the end of the week. I'm thrilled it's almost time to start busting out my warm weather reads.
See, after having so many great reading experiences in 2020 that were great in part because they matched the weather I read them during, I've been plotting out my reading calendar with titles I've been excited about, yet feel I need to read at a specific time of year to get the most out of them. And that's what this list was GOING to consist of...
But toward the end of February I was kind of spinning my wheels, not sure what I was going to read next in the moment. At which point I suddenly got Inspired and checked a bazillion titles out of the library. So now I'm equally excited about those and want to read everything all at once. I love that feeling!
(it's not really a new job, it's the same one I do every year, but it's my first time being a Team Leader for it and I'm[going to whine about it! but you can skip that part and not click this if you're just here for books]absolutely petrified because a) being a TL seems really hard even without factoring in COVID protocols and general fear of being in a workplace, b) I'm ALSO switching to days instead of nights so I won't know anybody, and c) it's not only a test I've never scored before, but a STATE I've never scored before, whereas I've been doing the same 3 projects on nights for the last 4 years straight. Those I think I would be capable of leading people on, backed up by nice and supportive colleagues I know. Strangers on strange material, for twice as many hours each day to boot? TERRIFYING. I can't believe an extra $2.50 an hour is enough to compel me to do this. Anyway, back to ignoring my impending doom and on to the books.)
Quasi-cheating because I'm already halfway through this one, but it's going along at a surprisingly good pace for how repetitive it is, not unlike the original series. "HOW DO YOU EXPECT ME TO ACTUALLY READ HUNDREDS OF PAGES ABOUT DUMB VAMPIRES oh whoops I'm on book 2 already." I definitely prefer being in Edward's head to Bella's.
2. Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mullally Hunt (2015)
A TTT blogger 2 weeks back posted a list of her favorite teachers in books, and after reading both her thoughts and this summary I was already hooked because I love Caring Teachers, but I’m sorry, "Mr. Daniels"?? DID SOMEBODY SAY LIFE UNEXPECTED: AGED DOWN AND PURELY APPROPRIATE VERSION? Because I am RIDICULOUSLY excited to mentally cast this one with the people in my icon (and I loved this author’s first book).
3. Speaking For Ourselves, Too - ed. David R. Gallo (1993)
I can't get the first volume without buying it, but I was able to request the second via ILL. As shown in this Tumblr post, I'm EXTREMELY excited to read mini-autobiographies of 80+ giants in juvenile literature at that time, many of whom I read growing up. I encourage you to click the link, which has a list of the authors included. See how many you recognize! I bet the answer is "very few," because I think only a handful still have anything in print.
4. Love & Gelato - Jenna Evans Welch (2016)
After finally realizing that despite ice cream on the cover, this has no relation to the terrible The Summer of Firsts and Lasts or its author, I actually read the summary and it sounds great! Then I opened it up and it’s SUPER readable. First chance I get to read it outside on a sunny day, I'm gonna.
5. The Bridge From Me to You - Lisa Schroeder (2014)
Someone on the lost-book forum reminded me of this. I’ve always refused to read it due to being half in verse, but I love the cover and everything about it is the standard of what I like about realistic contemporary YA. I’m ready to go back to a nice, simple, small-town-America romance that contains zero buzzwords or Hip New Trends in youth lit.
6. Every Shiny Thing - Cordelia Jensen & Laurie Morrison (2018)
Another lost-book-forum find. I don’t like that this one’s also partly in verse, but the premise sounds too good: a misguided young teen shoplifting and/or stealing from rich girls in her school to fund a noble cause (raising money for autistic kids and their needs). Like those terrible yet guilty-pleasure-to-read “lifting” blogs on Tumblr, but with a story and purpose (and more importantly, no real people being hurt)
7. Admission - Julie Buxbaum (2020)
Heck yeah I’m gonna read the cash-grabby YA novel version of The College Admissions Scandal. This one also has an e-audiobook available with barely any wait, which is how I found it, and that will be good for the commute.
8. A Horse of Her Own - Barbara Webster (1951)
Just put in an ILL request for this one yesterday. I was skimming through an annotated bibliography of horse books to try and find one for somebody on the lost book forum, when this one caught my eye: the story of "an older woman living alone in the country" who gets her first horse.
Also, while looking it up -- btw, its Goodreads presence is PATHETIC; 1 rating, and the person who added it didn't include any info beyond the title, which they didn't even capitalize, so I will be rectifying this -- I found this book and learned that apparently, she was buds with Gladys Taber (of the Stillmeadow books)! Even more excited now.
9. Not Like You - Deborah Davis (2007)
I've been waiting and planning to reread this YA novel in March for MONTHS. I finally broke it out of the box I was storing it in and I have it right here, but suddenly March is half over already?? Anyway, I remember really liking this book but having only a dim memory of how it goes, which is great. Girl being the parent in her 2-person household, walking dogs to earn money, striking up a romance with a 24-year-old musician who doesn't know how young she is? All favorite tropes.
10. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (reread)
I made good on my promise to finally reread this series for the first time since it ended in 2007, starting with the first book a few days after Christmas, and I've been steadily working through it ever since. I've never reread this one, obviously, and I keep putting off getting to it because am I REALLY ready for that experience?? Let's just read book 6 again!
11. Pretty Bad Things - C.J. Skuse (2011)
This crime-tinged road trip book just screams "April" to me. I don't even know why, except that I first heard of it in April last year, and I thought about the premise a lot while using my new unemployed-during-the-day free time to take a lot of walks, but because ILL was shut down I couldn't get my hands on it. And so I made a plan. To wait.
12. You Should See Me In A Crown - Leah Johnson (2020)
Been waiting to read this for half a year; since it's about the competition to be Prom Queen, April/May seems like a good time of year to read this. I'm hoping it'll be like The Implosion of Aggie Winchester as told by a side character, but good.
Your Turn: what books have YOU been waiting for warm weather to read, if any?
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