It’s so tempting to fall off the wagon at this point. Just eleven days left in the TBR Triple Dog Dare, but if you’re like me, then you already have a small stack of books you bought surreptitiously somewhere in your house tempting you to stray.
I confess that I have been to the bookstore twice already and that I do have a small pile of books almost as high as the stack off books I’m passing along to the Friends of the Library Book Sale when the TBR Triple Dog Dare ends. I won’t list them all but among them is my first Hap and Leonard book thanks in large part to a review over at Book Chase. Thanks, Sam. That’s probably what I’ll read first come April.
April Fool’s Day, when the TBR Triple Dog Dare comes to its final close, I’ll be in Los Angeles at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs annual conference listening to four days worth of author panels. I plan on skipping a couple to check out The Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. I hear the entire second floor is dollar books so I’m bringing along an extra suitcase. The Last Bookstore is the largest bookstore in California; many conference goers will be skipping out to visit at some point.
Anyone else going to the AWP? Want to meet up for lunch?
Today I’ll be reading The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick which I picked out from the far reaches of my TBR pile and my very first Mike Lupica book–I forget the title but it’s about basketball. I brought in a selection of sports books for my 7th graders this week–we’re playing book bingo and many of us need to cross off the book about sports square. The librarian selected several Tim Green and quite a few Mike Lupica books. Never having read either author, I asked my students which one I should read; they said Lupica so I’ll be giving him a go later today.
The librarian gave me just over twenty books about sports, mostly novels, only two of which were about girls. When I asked her about this she said she’s had a very tough time finding sports books about girls which surprised me. We have the Shark Girl books along with non-fiction about the true story they are based on and a couple of Girls Play to Win books–Girls Play to Win Lacrosse did get taken this week as did the Shark Girl books–but not much more. The only sports related series books for girls we have are books for reluctant readers. There does not seem to be a Tim Green, Mike Lupica, Matt Christopher equivalent for girls. If you know of one or any single titles, please let me know in a comment. We’re looking for middle school level books.
It’s supposed to rain all day today, so I should be able to complete Mr. Lupica’s book, maybe Mr. Dick’s book as well. Then I’ll reach over Bad Chili for another title from my TBR stack.
Just eleven more days. I can do that.