Thus, my only goals for this weekend were to spend my time wisely, to get everything done that needed to be done, to enjoy the events I attended and do my part to ensure that they were successful, to read whenever I could and enjoy what I read, and to make sure that I slept a decent amount of time each night. When all was said and done, I only had a handful of hours to read, and they weren't in a row. They were here and there. I crammed in reading as little pockets of time presented themselves: as I walked somewhere; a bit of time before I fell asleep; when I was on the way to an event; while I cooked macaroni elbows (and got ketchup all over my book); and so on.
Here's what I read this weekend:
How I Survived Middle School #10: Into the Woods by Nancy Krulik
116 pages, 30 minutes
This series revolves around a sixth-grade girl named Jenny and her classmates. Into the Woods follows them on a school trip to science camp. One of the popular girls brings her hair dryer and hair straightener and proceeds to blow out the fuses. This series = clean reads for tweens.
Julia Gillian (and the Quest for Joy) by Alison McGhee, with art by Drazen Kozjan
313 pages, 90 minutes
Fifth-grade student Julia worries that her best friend, Bonwit, is keeping something from her because he won't let her go to his house any more. Meanwhile, they've both taken up the trumpet at school, but Julia can't seem to play a note, something she tries to hide from her classmates, her teachers, and her family. Through it all, she confides in her St. Bernard, Bigfoot. Sequel to Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing). Actually, it's the second in a planned trilogy, as Julia Gillian (and the Art of Being Human) is scheduled to be released in June 2010.
Water Baby written and illustrated by Ross Campbell, with lettering by Jared K. Fletcher - 156 pages, 30 minutes
What happens to a girl after a shark bites off the majority of one of her legs while she's surfing. Part of the Minx imprint. Sadly, very little happens in this book. I wanted it to detail her physical therapy, her emotional and physical journey and recovery. It didn't. Instead, it was mostly about her ex-boyfriend overstaying his welcome. Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham is infinitely better. I recommend that book instead.
My New Best Friend by Julie Bowe
181 pages, 45 minutes
Ida May's new best friend, Stacey, is full of ideas, and they usually lead to fun things. Lately, though, Stacey's been lying to her divorced parents about where she is - and she's not going anywhere 'bad' or doing anything 'wild,' she'd just rather stay at Ida's for the weekend than go to her dad's place. Caught in the middle, Ida isn't sure if she should tell on her best friend. The sequel to My Last Best Friend.
It's Not You, It's Me by Kerry Cohen Hoffmann
176 pages, 75 minutes
A sixteen-year-old girl is dumped by her boyfriend of six months. This book chronicles the first thirty days after their breakup, as she tries to figure out why he broke up with her and how to win him back. With thoughtful writing and a quick pace, this book was a pleasant surprise.
Total: 942 pages, five books, in four and a half hours, aka 270 minutes.
3.49 pages per minute.
Recurring themes were friendship, loyalty, honesty, and music - some of my favorite things!
I would have read more tonight, but I'm treating myself to The Tonys!