Reading books the year they were published was never a priority for me. But this year, I was determined to read the Newbery before the awards this winter. I have never done this. Heck, I never really paid much attention to when they were published. I just read books that were in Scholastic or that I found at our library. Being on Twitter made me want to read them this year. It became an obsession. I guess book obsession makes me an official member of The Nerdy Book Club!
This year I read 32 middle grade novels published in 2014. And yes, I think I have read the Newbery winner. Here are my top picks in no particular order with the exception of this first one.
My first novel of 2014 was A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd.
"Lonely," I said. "I see it all the time, mostly in school and in church and in malls and driving down the road. Always the places where the most people are. Isn't that weird?"
I never wanted to forget all the ways we were connected that day: By our shadows and sunlight. By pounding hearts and a starry maybe.
"Forgetting people you love is impossible. It'd be like forgetting how to breathe."
I once referred the reading of this book to a first kiss. It was magical, and one I will never forget. I remember the time, the place and the stirring in my heart as I read it.
Now the rest of my top picks in no particular order.
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly Schindler
Auggie is a spunky character I won't soon forget.
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
This book reminds me of my grandma - enough said without spoiling the story!
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer
This book left me with more questions than answers.
I can't wait for The Whisper on March 17th.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana
Heartfiction - my favorite genre
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
For someone who doesn't like fantasy, I was enthralled with this book.
Crossover by Kwane Alexander
I love when books have a moment where you
stop breathing and become part of the story.
This book had one of those moments for me.
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Heartfiction, again my favorite genre, with an important story.
Happy New Year and as always - Happy Reading!