Saturday, January 2, 2010

Little Shop's Reading Resolutions for 2010:Part I

Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Welcome to the first Little Shop of Stories blog entry of the new year!

While we're still looking back fondly on all the good times and achievements of 2009, we're also already fired up and excited about the things we have planned for 2010.

Events and parties aren't the only thing that keep you coming back to us, however. Our book knowledge and ability to pair you with just the right next thing to read also has a bit to do with it. But to keep up with all of you, we've got to keep up with our own reading. And for some of us, there are some embarassingly big gaps that need filling.

Here is a glimpse of what we Little Shoppers resolve to read in 2010 . . .

"The covers to the Sammy Keyes books always looked dopey to me. But we all know you should never judge a book by its cover. I read some other Wendelin Van Draanen books to my kids and I loved them as much as they did. I hope the Sammy Keyes books are as good.
             "Growing up I learned more from movies than from school. I admire what David Gilmour did, but I'm quite sure my wife will never let me do it with our kids. Maybe if I read The Film Club to her, she'll change her mind."  --Al

"1984 is yet another book I didn't read (but should have) in high school. If only my 10th grade Lit teacher could see me now . . . she'd be so proud! No Country for Old Men: This movie terrified me (in a good way). Hopefully the book will too!"  --Matt 

"With all the amazing Nigerian authors making a splash these days, it's time to pick up the granddaddy of African fiction: Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. New Stories from the South is also an annual ritual for me, like a pilgrimage, or a reunion, or a feast with strangers. Local author Amanda Gable's first novel looks interesting, too. No other reason to read The Confederate General Rides North, other than the fantastic title."  --Justin

"All my good buds at LSOS have read and LOVED the Ranger's Apprentice series, so I want to find out what all the fuss is about! And can you believe I haven't read Eat, Pray, Love yet? With Elizabeth Gilbert visiting Agnes Scott this year, I'd better hurry up! In 2009 I also managed to get through Dan Simmons' colossal novel, Drood, so I plan to tackle another big fat read--2666. I'm hoping I like this one better!" --Terra  

We hope that your bedside book piles are big, fat and healthy, and that you have lots of things you're looking forward to reading, re-reading, discovering and delighting in for the new year! Add a comment and let us know what's on your list.

Happy New Year!  

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