I have a huge pile of books to read — my book situation is so out-of-control, I only noticed tonight that I in fact already own “Code Name Verity,” because I picked it up at BEA in June. There was just a whole bag of BEA books in my office I had never bothered to unpack (woot!), so I can officially cross that book off my Christmas wishlist. Still, I couldn’t resist browsing my local library’s “Friend of the Library Sale,” where I picked up a bunch of books for $0.50 or $1.00 a piece. Here’s what I scored today:
2. Hardcover of “Fixing Delilah” by Sarah Ockler: I admit it; I picked this one up on a whim, although I have heard of “Twenty Boy Summer.” But after coming home from the library, I looked up Ockler’s blog and found an amazing essay she wrote about the issue of diversity (or lack thereof) in Young Adult literature. Given that I wholeheartedly agree with everything she said (including the line “sometimes a tamale is just a tamale”), I can’t wait to read her book.
3. Paperback of “Someone Like You” by Sarah Dessen: My friends — especially Tee at YA Crush — are always appalled at me for not reading Dessen, whom they claim is a fabulous contemporary fiction writer. So I’m finally taking the plunge and reading one of her books, and why not start with one of her older ones. Hopefully it will live up to my friends’ buzz.
4. Hardcover of “Very LeFreak” by Rachel Cohn: I’ve only read a couple of her collaborations with David Levithan but never her solo work. I’m looking forward to it, particularly after reading on her blog that it’s based on her very first idea for a novel. Also, I just realized Cohn grew up where I’m currently living in the DC ‘burbs, so I definitely want to read and support her now!
So if you’re on budget and looking for new (to you) books to read, check out your local library’s book sales. You’ll be helping your county’s library system and adding some great books to your collection!