Pre-summer reading checkpoint

It’s that time of year again: The Brooklyn Public Library summer reading program rolled out a few weeks ago. Every year I try to read along with the teen list, so here’s my pre-summer status check in:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie [Read it and LOVED it!]
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga [Cool, and definitely on my list]
Breaking Up by Aimee Friedman [Another great pick I’ve already read]
Catwalk by Deborah Gregory [Totally not my thing, which probably means I should give it a try for the sake of my fashion-obsessed students.]
The Cute Book by Aranzi Aronzo [Amiguruni? Sweet.]
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah [Have this, love the cover, will probably read it.]
Dramarama by E. Lockhart [By the author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, so maybe I should read them together.]
Freak Show by James St. James [Totally looking forward to this… got a great rec from Jennifer, one of my D15 librarian peeps.]
King Dork by Frank Portman [The Salinger angle does not entice me as it might others, but still sounds pretty good.]
Real Food, Real Fast by Sam Stern [A cookbook! This is a great pick, and I’ll definitely check it out and try cooking from it.]
Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls edited by Marisa Anderson [Cool selection, probably won’t read it.]
The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur [Um? Fine, but this book is mad old. Do kids even care about Tupac anymore?]
Skateboarding Skills: The Rider’s Guide by Ben Powell [Not on my busted knee.]
Street Scene: How to Draw Graffiti-Style by John Lee […. kids these days.]
Tyrell by Coe Booth [Should probably bite the bullet and read this one… heard mixed reviews, and I generally resist the gritty realistic fiction.]

Selected titles I might read from the kiddie list: A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban, A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz, Flush by Carl Hiaasen, Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka, Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (a re-read with Hate That Cat), The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, Rules by Cynthia Lord

And from the adult list: The Geography of Bliss; Outliers; Dear American Airlines; The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society;  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

That’s a lot of reading, especially if you count the bin of books I normally schlep home from school for the summer, the backlog of library books, some Pulitzers, and the acquisitions from trips home when my mom and I go used-bookstore crawling across upstate NY. But isn’t that what summer vacation is for?

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  1. Freak Show is WONDERFUL and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks was one of my favorite novels of 2008. I have bought so many copies for friends, man. SO MANY.

  2. Awesome. Maybe I’ll kick my summer off with Freak Show if I can swing by and grab it off the shelf on Saturday. I’m always a little behind on my awarded books reading, so I’ve been holding onto my library’s copy of Disreputable History for a little while now. I had really smart cool 8th graders who loved it, though.

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