Books Read in 2014

Here they are, the books I read in 2014! My typical goal is 50, but with a new baby this year and writing/editing books of my own, that proved to be…difficult. Still, I think I conquered a lot.
(* = book not yet released)

  1. DRAMA HIGH by Michael Sokolove
  2. PAGE BY PAIGE by Laura Lee Gulledge
  3. THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
  4. MAN MADE BOY by Jon Skovron
  5. BOXERS by Gene Luen Yang
  6. SAINTS by Gene Luen Yang
  7. THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU AND ME by Amanda Grace
  8. ROOMIES by Tara Altebrando and Sara Zarr
  9. THE SPECTACULAR NOW by Tim Tharp
  10. SEPTEMBER GIRLS by Bennett Madison
  11. THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson
  12. DUDE, YOU’RE GONNA BE A DAD by John Pfeiffer (I know, I know…)
  13. THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF JESSIE JEFFERSON by Paige Toon
  14. A USER’S GUIDE TO NEGLECTFUL PARENTING by Guy Delisle
  15. THE PROMISE OF AMAZING by Pamela Druckerman
  16. BRINGING UP BEBE by Pamela Druckerman
  17. BEBE BY DAY by Pamela Druckerman
  18. WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  19. HIDDEN: A CHILD’S STORY OF THE HOLOCAUST by Loic Dauvillier
  20. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING by Charles J Lockwood
  21. SEX CRIMINALS, VOL 1: ONE WEIRD TRICK by Matt Fraction, illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
  22. THE HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK by Harvey Karp
  23. WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart
  24. THIRTEEN WEDDINGS by Paige Toon
  25. BABY LAUGHS by Jenny McCarthy
  26. EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour
  27. FORGET HOW YOU FOUND US edited by Nathan Holic (with a chapter by ME!)
  28. THIS ONE SUMMER by Mariko Tamaki
  29. OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord
  30. CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert*
  31. MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES by Jasmine Warga*
  32. DENTON LITTLE’S DEATHDATE by Lance Rubin*
  33. SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli*
  34. STARBREAK by Phoebe North
  35. LOST AT SEA by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  36. SECONDS by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  37. IN REAL LIFE by Cory Doctorow
  38. PAPER AEROPLANES by Dawn O’Porter
  39. HAWKEYE, VOL 1: MY LIFE AS A WEAPON by Matt Fraction, illustrated by David Aja, Javier Pulido, Alan Davis
  40. ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins
  41. HAWKEYE, VOL 2: LITTLE HITS by Matt Fraction, illustrated by David Aja, Steve Lieber, Jesse Hamm, Francesco Francavilla, Matt Hollingsworth
  42. THIN SPACE by Jody Casella
  43. BETTER OFF FRIENDS by Elizabeth Eulberg
  44. THE RISE OF AURORA WEST by Paul Pope
  45. MS. MARVEL: #1: META MORPHOSIS by G. Willow Wilson
  46. ON THE FENCE by Kasie West
  47. BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson
  48. YES PLEASE by Amy Poehler
  49. SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE by Marcus Sedgwick
  50. MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME, edited by Stephanie Perkins
  51. A manuscript by my friend Joe
  52. A manuscript by my friend Jennifer

In all, YA beat out any other category (obviously), followed by graphic novels (some really great ones this year). Non-fiction primarily revolved around being a mom, which is not surprising. I also read a ton of picture books, which I didn’t list. (SO many beautiful ones! I must point out, specifically, THE ADVENTURES OF BEEKLE: THE UNIMAGINARY FRIEND, which both L and I adored.) So what are my reading goals for this year? More plays I think and more adult fiction. I don’t see either happening, though, because have you seen the amazing YA books coming out in 2015? Specifically by debut authors?

Exactly.

Happy reading!

Waiting Period

Hello!

As you might have noticed, I’ve been M.I.A. for a bit. It’s not because of some amazing news, or I’ve been hiding from the world or anything, I’ve just been…

  1. Experiencing pregnancy brain. I didn’t believe in this at first, figuring it was simply another pregnancy myth, but oh my. The other day, I literally said to a co-worker: “hey, can you get me…the…the um…the thing to put the books on so I can roll them around.” “A book cart?” “YES! THAT!” It was then that I became a believer.
  2. Preparing for said baby. I’ve been reading the books (they’re terrifying) and setting up the nursery with S (it’s adorable). You hear that babies need a lot of stuff, but it’s not until you see your house lined with Graco and Fisher Price boxes that you realize it’s all incredibly true. I also find myself using the word “snugapuppy” a lot. (It’s a baby swing. With a puppy on it. It’s adorable.) (Also, magically I can remember the non-word “snugapuppy” and not “book cart.”)
  3. Writing. Yes, despite the memory issues, I’m still trying to write. In fact, I want to get everything done prior to baby’s arrival. So right now a manuscript is with my beta readers (one my agent has already thankfully approved of, only now with many, many edits), and I’m writing away at another one. It’s weird and fun balancing three projects (TNWSY as well, of course), but they’re vastly different, so it’s easy separating them in my mind. And for the first time, I made a very detailed outline for a story so I can follow it when my mind does, eventually, go blank.
  4. Reading. Not just baby books! I’ve read 10 books so far this year. Some highlights… Drama High by Michael Sokolove was a fantastic non-fiction account of a high school drama department. Touching and lovely (and as someone who was part of a high school drama department, I was deeply invested). The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick was a fun, deep read that I checked out for my library’s book club. Admittedly, I saw the movie first (which I loved), but that didn’t spoil the book at all – they’re both different and lovely enough to stand on their own. September Girls by Bennett Madison. I’m usually not big on mermaid books, but this one blew me away. The writing was lyrical, the voice authentic and unforgiving. I was absorbed.
  5. Sleeping. Or attempting to sleep (it’s become quite hard). I plan my days around sleeping sometimes.

That is to say, not much is going on, but at the same time, so much is going on. My life is on the brink of changing in various ways, and I’m just about to take everything in. I’m just waiting…waiting excitedly. And, yet, also enjoying the wait.

Reading: 2013 In Review

I read some books this year. Check them out.

  1. Peter and the Starcatchers  – Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  2. Forgotten – Catherine McKenzie
  3. Guitar Notes  – Mary Amato
  4. Just One Day – Gayle Forman
  5. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight  – Jennifer E Smith
  6. Splintered – A.G. Howard
  7. A Visit from the Goon Squad  – Jennifer Egan
  8. The Wrap-Up List  – Steven Arntson
  9. Drama – Raina Telgemeier
  10. Eleanor & Park  – Rainbow Rowell
  11. Attachments – Rainbow Rowell
  12. Who Done It?  – ed. by Jon Scieszka
  13. Requiem – Lauren Oliver
  14. Anya’s Ghost – Vera Brosgol
  15. Friends with Boys – Faith Erin Hicks
  16. War at Ellsmere – Faith Erin Hicks
  17. Trickets – Kirsten Smith
  18. Graffiti Moon – Cath Crowley
  19. The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate
  20. The Geography of Girlhood  – Kirsten Smith
  21. Where’d You Go, Bernadette?  – Maria Semple
  22. This is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E Smith
  23. Winger – Andrew Smith
  24. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong – Faith Erin Hicks & Prudence Shen
  25. You Look Different in Real Life – Jennifer Castle
  26. Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia – Jenny Torres Sanchez
  27. All the Summer Girls – Meg Donohue
  28. Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin – Liesl Shurtliff
  29. The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen
  30. Blankets – Craig Thompson
  31. The Book of Broken Hearts – Sarah Ockler
  32. Doll Bones – Holly Black
  33. The Next Best Thing – Jennifer Weiner
  34. The Engagements – J. Courtney Sullivan
  35. Uses for Boys – Erica Scheidt
  36. Don’t Turn Around – Michelle Gagnon
  37. Starglass – Phoebe North
  38. In the Bag – Kate Klisse
  39. Wild Awake – Hilary T. Smith
  40. When You Were Here – Daisy Whitney
  41. The Longest Holiday – Paige Toon
  42. The Infinite Moment of Us – Lauren Myracle
  43. The Beginning of Everything – Robyn Schneider
  44. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
  45. The Vow – Jessica Martinez
  46. The History of You & Me – Amanda Grace
  47. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  48. Monster on the Hill – Rob Harrell
  49. Johnny’s GIrl – Paige Toon
  50. Horde – Ann Aguire
  51. Will & Whit – Laura Lee Gulledge
  52. Spring Awakening – Steven Sater
  53. Little Fish – Ramsey Beyer
  54. Year One – Ramsey Beyer
  55. Battling Boy – Paul Pope
  56. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  57. The Reece Malcolm List – Amy Spalding
  58. Going Vintage – Lindsey Leavitt
  59. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth – Jenny McCarthy

Though not a published book, I’m also counting my friend Joe’s adult fiction manuscript because it was wonderful, and is currently in search of an agent. So, 60 books! Yay!

Some observations: 

If I like an author, I will immediately read everything else they’ve written (or illustrated, in regards to graphic novelists).

Speaking of, this was the year of graphic novels for me. And, not surprisingly, YA books. For the library, I’m on the summer reading booklist committee, so I have to read a bunch to see what might be a great fit for our list. Thus, quite a few listed. I might not have read them on my own, so I’m glad I was asked to check them out. And that led to my newfound love of coming-of-age graphic novels.

It’s really neat looking at my list and seeing friends on it (hi, Panera crew). And books my agent represents. And books my editor edited. So proud!

All said, my adult reading was very light this year. Whoops? I wondered what my ratio was, so I’ve decided to make a pie chart for my 2013 reads. Observe!

piechart

Fiction: 12, Non-fiction: 1, YA: 30, MG: 4, GN: 11, Play 1

I guess to make up for this, the two books i’m currently reading are both non-fiction.

I’m happy to say that i’ve enjoyed all books read this year. Some I absolutely adored and will remain top books in my heart for a while.

And now, I look forward to what 2014 will bring!

What were your reading habits for 2013? Read anything great that you think I should check out? Let me know – I love recommendations!