We’re taking the opposite approach of The New Yorker’s recent “What We Read This Year” article and looking ahead to our book plans for 2010. It’s a brand new year, a brand new decade, and a brand new chance to broaden our collective horizons, so I asked the OOMers and some Scholastic friends which books are on their must-read-in-2010 list:
Ivy: “I’d like to learn to cook more in 2010, so I think this book will be the key to achieving my goal: Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard. It weaves recipes in with a romantic love story set in France! Now it’s just a matter of putting down the book and picking up the spatula.”
Jen: “I’m a little embarrassed to admit this…but I’m looking forward to April when the young adult prequel to Sex and the City comes out. Candace Bushnell’s The Carrie Diaries is on my must read list for 2010 (albeit in small, illegible handwriting).” (Note from Morgan: There is nothing embarrassing about wanting to get the fashion-filled, angsty, teenage scoop from Carrie Bradshaw!)
Sarah: “Carrie Ryan’s The Dead-Tossed Waves.”
Amanda: “The Hunger Games #3 by Suzanne Collins. Duh.”
Tyler: “Would it be totally lame to say The Hunger Games #3? Whatever the title may be…The other one I want to read right now is Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Know anyone who has a copy?”
Kyle Good: “Of course, I can’t wait to read the 3rd book in the Hunger Games trilogy but because everyone else will say the same thing, I’ll add that I’m anxious to read Solar by Ian McEwan because it’s about an individual who is skewered by the media. How could I resist?”
Suzanne Freeman: “The third book in the Hunger Games series! It’s the most exciting trilogy I’ve ever read! Why, why, why must we wait so long!?”
Sara Sinek: “I can’t wait to dig into The Help by Kathryn Stockett!”
Cathy Lasiewicz: “Miami Babylon, by Gerald Posner. I lived and worked there for five years…during the Cocaine Cowboy era, before South Beach became trendy and when Crocket and Tubbs were conceived. This should be a fun read.”
As for me, is it too ambitious to say “all of the above?” Probably; in which case, I should narrow it down: Maureen Johnson’s Scarlett Fever; Carol Goodman’s Arcadia Falls; The Baby-sitter’s Club prequel; and obviously, the final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy*. What books are you all looking forward to in 2010?
*note from OOM: In retrospect, we should have known our contributors would choose the final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy as the most anticipated book of 2010! Hey, at least we’re in good company.
Previously On Our Minds: