Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Librarian Confessions

My post about Megan Whalen Turner reminded me about writing a post about librarian confessions. That is, what have you not read? What books, as a librarian, are you secretly ashamed of not having read? Perhaps books that you unabashedly recommend to youth in your library as "Oh this is good. You should check this out." When infact you have not read it. Fess up in the comments!

Here's my list of YA Fiction*:

1. Meg Cabot. (I swear I have not read one of her books. She just sits on my To Read list.)

2. Gossip Girl, The Clique, The A-List, Drama High, etc.

3. Lloyd Alexander

4. Robert Cormier

5. Karen Cushman (and her books are maybe 200 pages)

6. The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld

7. Eoin Colfer / Artemis Fowl

8. Neal Shusterman

9. T.A. Barron

10. Avi

11. Nancy Farmer

12. S.E. Hinton (Maybe 2 decades ago I read her. It's fuzzy.)

(*perhaps I'll post a juvenile fiction list in the future.)


proseandkahn said...

I've read something by every author on your list, except the Gossip Girl, A-list and Drama High. I know that I will not read any of those, ever.

The rest of your list contains many worthy authors. I hate to admit that I haven't read anything by Megan Whalen Turner though I mean to. Just recently, I took Terry Pratchett off this list.


LaurieA-B said...

Meg Cabot is really pretty terrific. I recommend Airhead. (It's much better than I was expecting a book about a geeky girl's brain being transplanted into the body of a supermodel to be.)

Lloyd Alexander's Westmark trilogy, I love.

Authors I haven't read: Richard Peck. Virginia Hamilton (on my mind because I have a plan to read her books this year). Megan Whalen Turner.

joanna said...

Brenda, I read my first Pratchett a couple years ago - the Tiffany Aching books. I listened to them on CD - so fantastic! I will get on Meg Cabot. Part of the problem is/was that her books were always checked out from my branch. Will remedy for 2010. She's very much my style & I love her blog. Just one of those things I can't believe has slipped by. (And I've also met her and she is just as fun as she comes across.)

I had my first Richard Peck with this year's A Season of Gifts (which I did enjoy). I may tackle more of him via audiobook.

Patti and I will probably post more about Megan Whalen Turner once she's read A Conspiracy of Kings. So good!

Patti said...

I just remedied my never reading Richard Peck with "A Season of Gifts." But hoo-boy, there is probably a lot out there I should have read. Of course I'm totally drawing a blank today.

DogEar said...

I'm so ashamed that I haven't read many Newbery winners: Criss-Cross, Kira-kira, View from Saturday, The Witch of Blackbird Pond... so many others.

And I just can't bring myself to read any Cristopher Paul Curtis, though I know I should.

But where would I even squeeze them in? My boyfriend is already aggravated by the amount of time I spend reading instead of on him!

alison said...

With all our Mock Discussions, it's hard to read anything published in a previous year or earlier! Everything's got to be 2010, which makes it really hard to catch up on the back catalog. I want to take KT Horning's Newbery class online one day - that would force me to pick up some Newbery's I haven't read.

I discovered my biggest whoops this weekend: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!

Trisha said...

I've never read Cormier, either.

I finished half of Uglies, but that was it. (I like his Midnighters series and Peeps though! Does that count for something?)

And, um, I've never read Forever. *is ashamed*

Patti said...

Oh, I've never read Forever either. This is so therapeutic!

joanna said...

Trisha, I do really like Westerfeld's Peeps books and I also enjoyed So Yesterday. I started listening to Uglies on CD and also got about 1/2 way. I'm sure I'd love it if I gave it another chance.

No FOREVER?!?!?! :)

Michelle said...

I love this post! It does feel like a confession...admitting what I haven't read. OK..here's mine. I only read the first Harry Potter. I haven't read Peter and the Star Catchers (which has made some of my students very upset). I haven't read any Avi or Michael Scott books (yet).

Thanks for the great post!!

joanna said...

I know, I know. Once I get through my committments for April (namely TLA) I am going to work on this list and try and read 1/2 of them before the end of the year. (I think I can I think I can)