I like to browse books on Amazon and click on the “Look inside” button of possible books to stack on top of my To Be Read pile. Last night, I was reading the first paragraphs of mostly YA and Middle Grade books when I began to see patterns in narrative points of view. YA books (most, not all) are written in the 1st person POV while Middle Grade novels are told from 3rd person limited.


My very rough interpretation: Teens want to be in the story whereas children are still in the ‘tell me a story’ stage. A divide between  Being the protagonist vs. Reading about the protagonist?

Lend me your thoughts! Curious minds—mostly my curious mind—begs an answer. Educate me!

TBR Galore

Why do I persist in adding more books to my TBR list when I cannot possibly handle the load? Likewise, why do I persist in checking out stack upon stack of books at the library when I’ve already got a monster pile threatening to topple over at home? It’s a sickness I tell you! I’m a greedy little book hoarder.

Here is this year’s TBR list. The notebook paper I keep it on is about to disintegrate so in the interest of good housekeeping, I’m transcribing it here.

Lets see if I made much of a dent:

Crossed out: Finished

Italics: Abandoned (not necessarily abandoned forever) or ‘put down to read at another time.’

TBR 2008

  1. Out of Africa—Isak Dinesen
  2. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow—Washington Irving
  3. Wide Sargasso Sea—Jean Rhys
  4. Captain Blood–Rafael Sabatini
  5. Travels with Charlie in Search of America—John Steinbeck
  6. Seven Gothic Tales—Isak Dinesen
  7. Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire—Amanda Foreman
  8. Charlotte Sometimes—Penelope Farmer
  9. A Little Princess—Frances Hodgson Burnett
  10. The Little Prince—Antoine Saint-Exupery
  11. Lock and Key—Sarah Dessen
  12. Ten Cents a Dance—Christine Fletcher
  13. The Host—Stephenie Meyer
  14. Breaking Dawn–Stephenie Meyer
  15. Bird by Bird—Anne Lamott
  16. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks —E. Lockhart
  17. Saving Juliet—Suzanne Selfors
  18. The Luxe—Anna Godbersen
  19. Life As We Knew It—Susan Beth Pfeffer
  20. Fearless Fourteen—Janet Evanovich
  21. The Somnambulist—Jonathan Barnes
  22. The Pillars of the Earth–Ken Follet
  23. The Time Traveler’s Wife–Audrey Niffenegger
  24. The Winter Rose—Jennifer Donnelly
  25. PS, I Love You—Cecelia Ahern
  26. Doubt—John Patrick Shanley
  27. American Gods—Neil Gaiman
  28. Neverwhere—Neil Gaiman
  29. Smoke and Mirrors—Neil Gaiman
  30. Sovay–Celia Rees
  31. Beastly–Alex Finn
  32. Thirteen Reasons Why—Jay Asher
  33. How I live Now—Meg Rosoff
  34. Girl, 13–Starla Griffin
  35. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos–R.L. La Fevers
  36. Sloppy Firsts—Megan McCafferty
  37. The Virgin Suicides—Jeff Eugenedies
  38. Good Masters, Sweet Ladies! —Laura Amy Schlitz
  39. Inkheart—Cornelia Funke
  40. Henry V—William Shakespeare
  41. Paper Moon—Joe David Brown
  42. The Witchcraft of Salem Villiage—Shirley Jackson
  43. The Bloody Chamber–Anglea Carter
  44. Matilda–Roalh Dalh
  45. The Witches–Roalh Dalh
  46. The Twits–Roalh Dalh
  47. Click 8–Nick Hornby
  48. Housekeeping vs. the Dirt–Nick Hornby
  49. Angela’s Ashes—Frank McCourt
  50. Watchman–Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  51. Rumors–Anna Godberson
  52. The Tea Rose–Jennifer Donnelly
  53. Forever Amber—Kathleen Winsor
  54. A Woman of Substance—Barbara Taylor Bradford
  55. The House of Riverton—Kate Morton
  56. Dead until Dark—Charlene Harris
  57. Sin in the Second City: Madamns, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul—Karen Abbott
  58. Seasons of Passage—Christopher Pike
  59. The Ruby in the Smoke—Philip Pullman
  60. Out–Natsuo Kirino
  61. The Outlaws of Sherwood—Robin McKinley
  62. Beauty—Robin McKinley
  63. Paper Towns—John Green
  64. Rapunzel’s Revenge—Shannon Hale
  65. Chains—Laurie Halse Anderson
  66. The Hunger Games–Suzanne Collins
  67. The Graveyard Book–Neil Gaiman
  68. The Explosionist—Jenny Davidson
  69. Dracula–Bram Stoker
  70. The Minister’s Daughter—Julie Hern
  71. Nefertiti—Michelle Moran
  72. Mystic River–Dennis Lehane
  73. Shutter Island—Dennis Lehane
  74. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil—John Berendt
  75. Dandelion Wine—Ray Bradbury
  76. The Martian Chronicles—Ray Bradbury
  77. About a Boy–Nick Hornby
  78. Strangers on a Train–Patricia Highsmith
  79. The Talented Mr. Ripley—Patricia Highsmith
  80. The Thin Man–Raymond Chandler
  81. What I Saw and How I Lied–Judy Blundell
  82. Peeled–Joan Bauer
  83. Fingersmith–Sarah Waters
  84. Asylum–Patrick Mcgrath
  85. The Pale Blue Eyes (P.S.) —Louis Bayard
  86. The Ghost Writer–John Harwood
  87. Five Mile House–Karen Novak
  88. The Haunting of Hill House—Shirley Jackson
  89. Dragonwyck–Anya Sexton
  90. The Thorn Birds—Colleen McCullough