Of course, November is traditionally also the month when I notice that I'm far behind on my reading challenges, so I rush off getting the books I need to finish them. For example, I need about fifteen more Cybils books, so I requested them all from the library. I also need about fifteen more states for my state challenge, as well as a few colors for the Rainbow challenge. So I've got two incompatible goals here.
So, after hogging an entire shelf of the holds bookcase, I came home with:
- Endangered, Eliot Schrefer. Cybils finalist. YA. Set in Africa.
- Boy 21, Matthew Quick. Cybils finalist. YA. Takes place in Bellmont. I don't suppose that's in Delaware?
- Four Mile, Watt Key. Cybils finalist. YA. Alabama. The author sounds familiar.
- Moonbird, Phillip Hoose. Cybils finalist. YA NF. I thought this was about outer space, but the cover made me double check the author, so birds make more sense. Takes place globally.
- Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities, Mike Jung. Cybils finalist. Kidlit. Looks fun.
- Titanic: Voices From the Disaster, Deborah Hopkinson. Cybils finalist. YA NF. Will probably be depressing.
- The Cabinet of Earths, Anne Nesbit. Cybils finalist. Kidlit. Takes place in France. Why does nobody want to write about Vermont?
- The Storyteller, Antonia Michaelis. Cybils finalist. YA. Translated from the German, which I guess is as hint to its setting.
- The Peculiar, Stefan Bachmann. Cybils finalist. Kidlit. Takes place in Bath, which is probably in England.
- A Dangerous Talent, Charlotte & Aron Elkins. I believe this takes place in New Mexico. I checked it out last year but ran out of time before reading it, so I'm trying again. I think a friend recommended it when I asked for specific state books.
- The Lord of Mountains, S.M. Stirling. OK, this one wasn't even on the hold shelf, but I saw it in Quick Picks and knew it's on my list to read someday. So I grabbed it.
This means I now have 55 things out on my library cards, which is well over my age so I'm not allowed to buy any books this week. And before I got around to posting this I've noticed that I have another four books waiting for me.