Hi. My name is Edgy, and I'm a bookaholic. Please do not confuse me with a bibliophile. I do love books and reading. However, whereas a bibliophile can sate his or her thirst for books at the library, I cannot; I must own books. I don't remember when it began, but it is a growing issue that I must face and deal with daily. I currently have 932 books on 9 bookshelves (3 in the office, 2 in the bedroom, 1 in the living room, 1 in the bathroom, and 2 at work--okay, so the one in the bathroom doesn't count since it doesn't have books on it, but I have to have someplace to put the magazines). I regularly must reorganize my books to reshuffle them to try and create a little space here and there.
It is for this reason that I should not be permitted to attend writers conferences. I especially shouldn't be allowed to attend UVSC's Forum on Children & Literature. Because there I'm confronted with people recommending books. And since I am weak, I must then buy those books.
So at last week's conference, I hit Pat Castelli's annual presentation on the Top Books of the Previous Year. Fortunately, I had an epiphany this year--the list consists primarily of those books that won awards (ALA Notable, Newbery, Caldecott, Batchelder, Siebert, King, Printz, Schneider, Belpre, Geisel, Horn Book, Greenaway, Carnegie, Beehive, Blue Ribbon, Gray, Edgar, Golden Kite, Fleischman, O'Dell) plus those that she feels were neglected. That's a relief to learn. Granted, it doesn't change the fact that I now need some books:
- Cyrus, Kurt. Hotel Deep: Light Verse from Dark Water.
- Grimes, Nikki. Dark Sons.
- Janeczko, Paul B. A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms.
- Nelson, Marilyn. A Wreath for Emmett Till.
- Lester, Julius. The Old African.
- Muth, Jon J. Zen Shorts.
- Reichert, Amy. While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat.
- Wormell, Christopher. Mice, Morals, & Monkey Business: Lively Lessons from Aesop's Fables.
- Allison, Jennifer. Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator.
- Anderson, M. T. Whales on Stilts!
- Broach, Elise. Shakespeare's Secret.
- Creech, Sharon. Replay.
- Gardner, Sally. I, Coriander.
- Stone, Jeff. Tiger.
- Whelan, Gloria. Listening for Lions.
- Wiles, Deborah. Each Little Bird That Sings.
- Green, John. Looking for Alaska.
- Gruber, Michael. The Witch's Boy.
- Holub, Josef. An Innocent Soldier.
- Lanagan, Margo. Black Juice.
- Lubar, David. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie.
- Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief.
- Zevin, Gabrielle. Elsewhere.
- Zusak, Markus. I Am the Messenger.
Nonfiction Picture Books
- Rosen, Michael. Michael Rosen's Sad Book.
- Aronson, Marc. The Real Revolution: The Global Story of American Independence.
- Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow.
- Giblin, James Cross. Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth.
- Partridge, Elizabeth. John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth.
- Walker, Sally M. Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H. L. Hunley.
Books for Grown-ups About Children's Literature
- The Art of Reading: Forty illustrators Celebrate RIF's 40th Anniversary.
Now, just because I have this monster list doesn't mean I'm going to actually buy every single one of these books, but it does mean I'm going to check them out.
And it also doesn't take into account the final session of the conference, "Our Favorite Books That We Didn't Write or Publish." Sigh.
Jennifer Holm, author, Our Only May Amelia
- Couloumbis, Audrey. The Misadventures of Maude March
- Ghigna, Charles. Mice Are Nice.
- We Three. (This is a graphic novel.)
Janet Stevens, illustrator, Tops & Bottoms
- Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan. The Yearling.
- Latimer, Jim. Going the Moose Way Home.
- Rylant, Cynthia. Dog Heaven.
Mark McVeigh, editor, Dutton's Children's Books
- Minarik, Else Holmelund. Little Bear.
- Jackson, Shirley. The Haunting of Hill House.
- LeBlanc, Adrian Nicole. Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx.
William Sederburg, president, UVSC
- Brown, Jeff. Flat Stanley.
- Piper, Watty. The Little Engine That Could.
- Peck, M. Scott. The Road Less Traveled.
- Peck, M. Scott. America Restored.
- Martin, Martin E. When Faiths Collide.
Margy Layton, owner, Read Leaf Bookstore
- Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak.
- DuPrau, Jeanne. City of Ember.
- DuPrau, Jeanne. The People of Sparks.
- Slonim, David. He Came with the Couch.
Carla Morris, librarian, Provo City Library
- Rylant, Cynthia. When I Was Young in the Mountains.
- Rylant, Cynthia. The Stars Will Also Shine.
- Lum, Kate. What? Cried Granny.
- Kloske, Geoffrey. Once Upon a Time, the End: Asleep in 60 Seconds.
And, yet, this still doesn't take into account any other books that may have been mentioned in passing.
A. E. Cannon, "Points to Ponder When Plotting"
- Schoen, Steven. The Truth About Fiction.
Mark McVeigh, "What Makes a Dutton Book"
- Marcus, Leonard S. Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom.
- Pinder, Margaret. But I Don't Want to Be a Movie Star.
- Libby. Blood Confession. (not yet released)
Mark McVeigh, "Publishing Etiquette"
- Simmons, Michael. Pool Boy.
Kimberley Heuston, "Ten Ways to Improve Your Writing Today"
- Enger, Leif. Peace Like a River.
- McLarty, Ron. The Memory of Running.
I'm thinking this should keep me busy for a while.