List-Mania – and a Few Other Notes….

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I’m looking at so many summer reading lists that I’m starting to worry that my summer reading will consist of lists!  So many lists, so little time….

Here are a few that stand out in a crowded field:

1. This article by Janet Maslin, one of the New York Times book critics, appeared in the paper on June 6. I just read it yesterday – on purpose. I love her annual list of beach (guilt- free) summer books so much that I held on to it until school was out for the summer and I could give it my full attention.  Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt sounds like a good beach read, doesn’t it?  Publication date is August 20. Here’s a link to Maslin’s article:

2. NPR has so much book coverage that, quite frankly, I often feel happily overwhelmed.  Here’s a link to their story: 5 Great Reads for Teens. The book I added to my own list from this piece — The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. Link to the other 4 titles:

3.  I love BuzzFeed’s list of “38 Perfect Books to Read With Kids.”  Perfect for this time of the year when there’s lots of time for reading aloud.

4. Publishers Weekly had an article about Betsey Detwiler, the long-time owner of Buttonwood Books and Toys (my favorite independent bookstore) who is retiring this summer – I was happy (and a bit relieved) to read that Buttonwood plans to stay right where it is!  Here’s the whole story:

5. And, finally….the picture of the dog bowls at the top of this post.  My sister’s travels through Michigan included a visit to Brilliant Books in Traverse City. How “brilliant” is this? Each bowl has a book cover above it – which must be dog language to make sure they drink from the corresponding watering station. I love that Biscuit is over the small bowl.  The owners have placed the cover of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle over the biggest bowl, but I think Clifford would be the appropriate choice!

I’ve been reading Elizabeth Wein’s Printz Honor book, Code Name Verity – and it’s as good as every glowing review promised. The story of a friendship between two young British women during WWII, it is written as a series of confessions by one of the two women after she is captured in Nazi-occupied France.  I was trying to read it before Wein’s new companion novel, Rose Under Fire, is published later this summer.  

Enjoy the lists….


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