Books I’ve already talked about:
The List by Siobhan Vivian
The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell
Black Heart by Holly Black
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
A Coalition of Lions by Elizabeth Wein
Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers
Invisible Sisters by Jessica Handler: Elizabeth Wein recommended this in a recent blog post and we happened to have it in so I picked it up. It’s a rather haunted book, the memoir of a woman who lost her two sisters to medically opposite diseases. I thought it was beautifully written, thoughtful without being self-indulgent and honest about the way the family broke apart under the strain.
Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace: A childhood favorite. I said recently on Twitter that it’s hard to overstate the importance of Betsy Ray. This is the one with Mrs. Poppy and Uncle Keith. They’re all wonderful, of course, but it was a pure pleasure to re-read this one.
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan: I can’t say anything about this one until closer to the release date, but I can’t wait for everyone to be able to read it!
Green Boy by Susan Cooper: I described this to a co-worker as a multicultural environmental fantasy set in the Bahamas. Which is a fairly accurate description, but doesn’t capture the wonderful oddness of this. Cooper is familiar with the Bahamas which helps to ground the story and to keep it from feeling exploitative.
The Traitor in the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee: I thought there were only going to be three books in the series, but I was wrong! There’s a fourth! I can’t wait! As usual, Mary is awesome and James is swoony. I liked the personal connection to the mystery and the way Mary had to confront her own choices. In short, this is a great series. Read them, if you haven’t already!
After the Snow by S.D. Crockett: This book lies in the borderland between post-apocalyptic and dystopian, but it owes more to The Knife of Never Letting Go than it does to The Hunger Games. (I was also reminded of Blood Red Road, both because of the setting–they’re opposites!–and because of the narration.) It’s a skilful, troubling story, but I had a hard time finding an emotional connection to it.
The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope: Pope’s other book. I find it delightful and enjoy the way the past and present interweave. It’s more lighthearted than The Perilous Gard, but I also don’t find it has quite the commanding depth that TPG does. Still, it makes me wish, again, that Pope had written more than two books.
Midshipman Quinn omnibus by Showell Stytes: These are delightful! They’d be perfect for the kid who’s going to love Hornblower in a few years but hasn’t quite gotten there yet. With my Hornblower/Aubrey trained sensibilities, it was hard not to notice all the things that never would have happened, but that’s okay. They’re really just fun romps through the Napoleonic Wars, though the last one turns unexpectedly serious.
Winterling by Sarah Prineas
The Joys of Love by Madeleine L’Engle
Laughter on the Stairs by Beverley Nichols
The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie
Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Crusie
gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
Rapunzels’s Revenge by Shannon, Dean, and Nathan Hale
Calamity Jack by Shannon, Dean, and Nathan Hale