books I intended to read this summer

I love books.  Libraries, bookstores, boxes at garage sales: all wonderful.  There are bookshelves all around our home; books are piled on tables, shelves, and the floor in the living room.

My favourite coffee shops have bookshelves, and when I travel, I look for book-trade shelves.

I used to collect books everywhere I went, but after the x-to-the-power-of-10th move, I got tired of boxing them up and toting them around.  Books are heavy, dammit.

Now I am a fan of checking out books from the library, particularly if I am likely to read them only once.  I think it is good to keep books in circulation, for everyone to enjoy.

But I am also a writer.  And I want to support other writers.  So there are still a few favourites I buy.  And reference books.  And children’s books.


I guess I still collect books.  Just not as many as I used to.


According to KCLS, this summer I checked out:

Memorial Day to July Fourth:

Good Enough/Paul Yoo
Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet out of Idaho/Jon Katz
Do Hard Things: a Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations/Alex & Brett Harris
Some of Tim’s Stories/S.E. Hinton
Girl, Hero/Carrie Jones
Letters from Rapunzel/Sara Holmes
More Than a Test Score: Teens Talk About Being Gifted, Talented, or Otherwise Extraordinary/Robert A. Shultz, James R. Delisle
Suite Scarlett/Maureen Johnson
Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America/Paul Tough
The Oxford Dictionary of Slang/(compiled by) John Ayto
Graceling/Kristin Cashore
Get Known Before the Book Deal/Christina Katz
The Graveyard Book/Neil Gaiman
The Hunger Games/Suzanne Collins
Sag Harbor/Colson Whitehead
When No One Understands: Letters to a Teenager on Life, Loss, and the Hard Road to Adulthood/Brad Sachs
Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex/Mary Roach
Need/Carrie Jones
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife/Mary Roach
Stiff: the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers/Mary Roach
Beyond Portraiture: Creative People Photography/Bryan Peterson
Work Hard. Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America/Jay Mathews
Love Letters of Great Men and Women: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day
Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes/Sharon Lamb, Lyn Mikel Brown

July Fourth to Labour Day

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion/Loree Griffin Burns
The Rock and the River/Kekla Magoon
On Pointe/Lorie Ann Gover
Here If You Need Me/Kate Braestrup
Writing Fiction: the Practical Guide from New York’s Acclaimed Creative Writing School/Gotham Writers’ Workshop faculty
Nobody’s Family is Going to Change/Louise Fitzhugh
The Full Spectrum: a New Generation of Writing about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities/eds. David Livithan, Billy Merrell
Literature from the “Axis of Evil”: written from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Other Enemy Nations/a Words Without Borders Anthology
Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness/Lisa M. Hamilton
Nothing But Ghosts/Beth Kephart
Empress of the World/Sara Ryan
No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for your Blog/Margaret Mason
Spunk & Bite: a Writer’s Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style/Arthor Plotnik
Touching Snow/M. Sindy Felin
The Boyfriend List/E. Lockhart
Absolutely Maybe/Lisa Yee
Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers/Carolyn See
Take Joy: a Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft/Jane Yolen
Savvy/Ingrid Law
What Would Emma Do?/Eileen Cook
Everyone Is Beautiful/Katherine Center
I Thought It Was Just Me/Brene Brown
Knucklehead: Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka/John Scieszka


Don’t be afraid.  I read a lot, but not that much.  I request whatever catches my eye, or comes highly recommended, or new works from an author I like.  When I am looking for the next book to read, I scan through the piles.  I like choices.  😉

This post is too long now, so tomorrow, I’ll post the ones I actually read.


listening to: Bat for Lashes, Sleep Alone

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