As it appears I have very little aversion to tooting my own horn, allow me to point out that I've remembered to maintain (and even post!) this booklist two months in a row now. Please be duly impressed.
SOMEDAY THIS PAIN WILL BE USEFUL TO YOU (Peter Cameron)
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (JK Rowling)
PLAN B (Anne Lamott)
THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY (David Levithan)
LUCAS: A STORY OF LOVE AND HATE (Kevin Brooks)
WALK SOFTLY, RACHEL (Kate Banks)
CONFESSIONS OF A HEARTLESS GIRL (Martha Brooks)
BEFORE I DIE (Jenny Downham)
SNAP (Alison McGhee)
WAVES (Sharon Dogar)
THE SWEET FAR THING (Libba Bray)
Now for the monthly recommendation. While no clear preferent emerged, I did enjoy each of these novels. The most compelling, in my opinion, were SOMEDAY (kind of like a modern-day CATCHER IN THE RYE), LUCAS, and SNAP (which had a young, candid voice reminiscent of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, minus the magical realism). Also, BEFORE I DIE engendered more tears from my poor little eyeballs (or poor little tear ducts, whatever) than any other book I've encountered in my thirty-one years. Confirm a healthy Kleenex supply before attempting this read.
Happy bookworming, friends.
Click here for January's booklist.