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What’s on My Stack: Linda

August 12, 2011

Today’s post comes from Linda, a marketing assistant to the children’s department in our New York office. Thank you, Linda, for sharing what you’re reading with us!

Now that stores have started setting up their Back-to-School merchandise, I realized that summer is nearly over and I’ve barely made a dent in my to-be-read pile!  Had I gotten slower in my ripe old age of twenty-eight?  When I was a tot, I read a book a day during the summer, sometimes even outdoors when my parents asked me to please go outside.  I didn’t have a full-time job then, so that might have something to do with my reduced reading speed. 

To be fair, my to-be-read pile is a bit daunting, currently taking up residence on my belabored bookshelf and tallying up to approximately two hundred books (not terribly unusual for us publishing folks)—most of them children’s, I’m proud to say.  My reading history is a bit backward.  I started with Dean Koontz in kindergarten and worked my way up to Seuss in my twenties.  Now I read children’s books a majority of the time and I can’t get enough—Dystopian, paranormal romance, sci-fi, fantasy, literary, you name it.  All I can say is keep ‘em coming!

That having been said, here are a couple Random House books I’ve recently read and loved:

  • Teenage Waistland by Lynn Biederman & Lisa PazerIt revolves around four obese teens who are candidates for a clinical weight loss surgery known as the lap band procedure, whereby an inflatable piece of silicone is placed around the upper portion of the stomach to restrict food intake.   Forced into support group sessions before the operation, painful pasts are shared, juicy secrets are revealed, and deep friendships (even romance) are forged.  Told from alternating points of view, you can’t help but laugh and cry with Bobby, Marcie, Char, and East.
  • The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan—Hard to believe that the last book of this zombie post-apocalyptic trilogy would be the best, but there you have it.  Someone once asked me what the deal was with zombie novels when she saw me reading it.  This one has it all—darkness, despair, gore, romance, familial bonds, and, ultimately, hope.  This final installment of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series features Annah, Gabry’s scarred twin sister.  Annah’s world ended when Elias left for the Recruiters and she’s been waiting for his return.  When she meets Catcher she begins to feel alive again.  They can never be together because of Catcher’s dark secret, but even if it were a possibility, would they survive the Horde long enough to escape the Dark City and build a future together? 

Now onto a sampling from my to-be-read tower:

  • The Death Cure by James Dashner—the finale to the Maze Runner trilogy.  You can’t trust WICKED!
  • Un Lun Dun by China Mieville—Mieville ventures into YA territory in this alternate reality London yarn.  Romantic Times Magazine reports that he intends to write a book in every genre, a feat he has nearly accomplished.  To make good on that, all he has to write next is a romance novel and his goal will be met (I’ll be watching for that one, Mieville).
  • Speaking of romance, I also intend to read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, especially now that it’s celebrating its 20th anniversary.  I’ve been meaning to read this for the past decade, so I’d say it’s time.

We’d love to hear from you…what’s on your stack? What have you read recently and loved?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2011 8:11 am

    My stack is huge, but some of the highlights are Domestic Violets, A Friend of the Family, When She Woke, and Holy Ghost Girl.

  2. August 12, 2011 9:56 am

    I am the same way- I read adult books as a teen, and now almost exclusively read YA. But it’s a good thing I love it because I teach middle school English! Great to know about The Dark and Hollow Places. I cannot wait to read it! Currently I am reading a book called Veracity. Amazingly, it is not YA, but it is dystopian, which is my favorite. I always have a huge stack that gets bigger and bigger. Not enough time to read everything I want!

  3. Angela K Sherrill permalink
    August 12, 2011 12:56 pm

    Three Recent Favorites:
    The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky (Europa Editions)
    The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Candlewick)
    Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian (Sleeping Bear Press)

    Three in the soon-to-be-read queue:
    Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera (Albert Whitman)
    Blue Fish (Candlewick)
    Unwanteds (Aladdin)

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