I keep having dreams about book award announcements. I’m either transcribing the results or I’ve slept through them. Why can’t my brain figure out which day it is? Or at least accurately convey the results to me via a prophetic dream? That would be fun. As it is, they just make me feel anxious.
Part of it is that I’ve been charged with ordering any books that my library doesn’t already own, and ordering duplicates of the Newbery and Caldecott winners. Because Monday is a holiday, the library is closed. And because the library is closed, our catalog is getting an upgrade that day, while no one needs to use it. Except ME who wants to get an order in pronto, especially if there are some obscure winners and everyone is scrambling for copies. And if I can’t see the catalog, I don’t know what I need to order (I’m up on what’s in my section – juv fiction – but not necessarily picture books and non-fiction). Which means I wait till Tuesday. And yes, that annoys me profoundly.
On the other hand, I could get up at 4:45 am for the awards and send in an order from home before the catalog goes down at 6:30 am. HAHAHA. That’s a good one. I don’t even know if I’d trust myself to place an order at that hour of the morning, even if I were up.
In other news, my reading has been a little scattered this week. I finished up Ballad (oh, the snark! How I love thee!) I was quite taken by the Morris finalist Hold Still – I kept thinking of Thirteen Reasons Why, because I felt like HS did everything right that TRW did wrong. Sad, but still lovely. Then I picked up another Morris finalist, Flash Burnout, which coincidentally also involves photography as a major theme in the story, and which I was intrigued to find out is written by a fellow Portlander and is set in Portland – I came across a street name and immediately had to check the author bio. Plus, it has a nice sense of place so far – it’s not just set here for the sake of giving it a real location.
Yesterday I real the Mock Printz title All the Broken Pieces in two sittings – I thought it was excellently done and I’m curious to hear how it fares in dicussions (this afternoon!) I kind of read the last MP title over breakfast – The Eternal Smile. Which is to say, I read the first story and the last story, and artwork in the middle story is so off-putting to me that I kind of gave up. After my experiences at the first Mock Newbery I went to (the year Criss Cross won), I never expect other people to have the same reaction as I did – because I couldn’t finish Criss Cross for the discussion, and people at the MN raved about it. So. I’m looking forward to the discussion.
In audio land, I finished up Once Was Lost – a fantastic book, I wish it were part of our Mock Printz discussion – and started listening to the full-cast Graceling (because audio books are a great excuse to reread).
I also went a little crazy one night and started Leaving the Bellweathers, one of those juv titles I ordered and then wanted to read and have had sitting on my shelf for ages. And because I finished All the Broken Pieces before my lunch break was over yesterday, I started another title in that category – Escape Under the Forever Sky – which I’d had sitting on my shelf at work. The non-fiction that I’m planning on reading has been sadly neglected, and I even added to the pile by picking up Jim Murphy’s Truce, which I’m really looking forward to.
Whew! Now it’s time to get ready to meet fellow book nerd Kitri for lunch before we head to the Mock Printz. Back with results later!