New Year's Confessions, Plus One More Thing

  • After discovering last week that one of my favorite series-book heroines, Allie Finkle, of the “Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls” series by Meg Cabot, has a website devoted to her and her books, I have spent way, way, way too much time playing the geode game. It is a lot harder than it looks, especially since so many of the geodes are slight variations on a few different colors (mostly pink, purple and green). If you get caught too, here’s my tip:  say the colors out loud as you click on each geode; it makes it easier to remember where they are.
  • Speaking of series books, I confess that I never read a Baby Sitter’s Club book until a few years ago, when the release of graphic-novel versions of the first few BSC books prompted me to pick up the chapter-book original of Kristy’s Great Idea for comparison. I have to admit (another confession) that it didn’t grab me as much as either the graphic novel or Ann Martin’s later, stand-alone books, like A Dog’s Life, but my librarian-self, and my kid, are both very excited at the news that the original books are being reissued. This series was incredibly popular the first time around, and I bet they it will be again when the first few books (and new prequel) are re-released this spring.
  • The Cybils finalists for 2010 are posted! That’s a celebration, not a confession; my embarrassed confession is that I’ve only read four of the 50+ nominated titles: Watch Me Throw the Ball, by Mo Willems; 11 Birthdays, by Wendy Maas; Operation Yes, by Sara Lewis Holmes; and Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains. I liked all of them a lot, so that bodes well for the others, which I’m going to start hunting down so I can read them. I’m also quite sheepish because not only did I not volunteer for any Cybils panels this year, but didn’t even nominate any titles. But—New Year’s resolution!--I’m going to start noting down the copyright year for every book I read, so  it’ll be easier to nominate next year. Now, if I can just stop playing the geode game, I’ll have more time for all that reading.

Finally, not a confession, but very cool news:

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