Musings on children's and YA literature, the academy, and the relationship between them, from an English professor and mother.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

And you call yourself an English professor?

The NYTimes list of 100 notable books for 2006 is out, and I have not read a single one. Not one. What do I do all day?

Don't answer that. I do, of course, read, and I even read new books on occasion. I used not to read very many, when I was mostly a Victorianist, but now that I work more on children's literature I do read some books the year they come out. This year I read Wintersmith, Clay, and Octavian Nothing, not to mention Clementine and Notes from the Midnight Driver--all brand new books, really!

And it's not that there aren't books on the list I'd like to read. From the nonfiction list, I've got my eye on Eat, Pray, Love and on Fun Home, Heat, The Omnivore's Dilemma, Self-Made Man, and The United States of Arugula. (Sorry, too lazy to link. Check them out through the NYTimes link above, ok?) From the fiction list, After This, The Dissident, The Emperor's Children, The Inheritance of Loss, Intuition, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, and The Uses of Enchantment all piqued my interest when I read the reviews...and I am sure there are more as well. But, when?

Don't answer that one, either.

1 comment:

  1. I've read Mayflower and have the Anne Tyler book on my "to read" list. The Edward Jones book (I LOVE this man) is on my dresser as the next book to read.