Friday, June 08, 2007

Let the Games Begin - 48-Hour Book Challenge Is On

I just returned from the library with an armful of books. Will I get through them all? It's doubtful, but I'm sure going to try. Since I'm not yet sleeping more than 3 or 4 hours a night (unless drugged), I may as well take advantage of the time and read. As soon as I get dinner on the table, I'm starting. For the sake of argument, let's call it 7 pm Friday to 7 pm Sunday for me. My pile of books includes:
  • Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park - My trip to a silk factory in China inspired me to finally pick this one up.
  • Resurrection Men by T.K. Welsh - The only encouragement I needed to check this one out was a recommendation from someone with exquisite taste. Thanks Kelly!
  • Cupid: A Tale of Love and Desire by Julius Lester - Lester is one of my favorite authors, and besides, I couldn't resist a book with flap copy that reads: "Cupid is the god of love and a tireless maker of mischief. When he breaks out his bow and quiver, nobody's safe. Sleepless nights, embarrassing poetry, nausea . . . What could be more fun? Only, perhaps, seeing the god of love humbled with a little heartache of his own."
  • Magic or Madness and Magic Lessons by Justine Larbalestier - I've been reading her blog, so I guess it's time I picked up her books!
  • Two "teacher" books I simply haven't read yet, even though my students keep recommending them: Educating Esme by Esme Raji Codell (finally!) and There are No Shortcuts by Rafe Esquith.
  • I Am a Pencil by Sam Swope - What could be better than reading about the experience of writing poetry with kids?
  • Class Matters - This was the book for UR's "One Book, One Campus: Dialogues in Social Justice" project during the 06-07 academic year. I've been meaning to read it all year.
  • Finally, I've been saving The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak ever since I heard her interviewed on NPR. Now that I have a friend leaving for Istanbul, I'm more than inspired to read it.
I doubt I'll get through the entire list, but it will be fun trying.


  1. Tricia, if you fall in love with the Larbalestier books, I have an ARC of the last one, Magic's Child, that I'd be happy to share. Just let me know--

  2. Enjoy, Tricia! I hope you like Resurrection Men and the Magic books.

  3. Oh! And I love "Project Mulberry." It's a classic MG novel--one of my favorites.

  4. What interesting choices you have. I can't wait to read about them.

    (btw, I did get your package in the mail. Can't remember if I let you know or not. So, so busy. But let me say again, THANK YOU.)