We’re on board with weekly birthday celebrations – it’s pretty impossible to max us out on cake and ice cream at Figment. There are lots of good books entering the world this week, but here are the five we’re most excited about seeing all snuggled up in their little cuddly blankies as they’re wheeled from the nursery:
Withering Tights by Louise Rennison (6/28/11)
I’m dancing in my nuddy pants in excitement over this one (not actually – I’m in an office, that would be weird). I LOVE Georgia Nicolson, and if her cousin Tallulah Casey, the main character of Withering Tights, is half as hilarious, I’m sure I’ll love her too. Plus, the title is classic Rennison.
The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder (6/28/11)
I wasn’t a huge fan of novels in verse until I read Family by Micol Ostow, but now I really like them. I can’t read verse all the time – I’ll try maybe one verse book for every fifty prose – but I think The Day Before has the potential to be a summer verse book for me. In it, the main character tries to create a perfect day and falls in insta-love with the dark, gloomy, crazily attractive Cade. I’m super curious as to what the “before” is here, too.
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma (6/28/11)
This book has gotten a ton of buzz, and I’m dying to pick it up. It IS about incest, but it’s a love story at its core. Lochan and Maya have been forced to act as parents to their younger siblings since their own parents abandoned them, and their familial love has bloomed into true physical, emotional, couple love. Do you think you can get past the “yuck” factor?
Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson, Laura Park and Chris Tebbetts (6/27/11)
This is a book about breaking rules in middle school – something all of us wish we were bold enough to do. If you need some comedic relief to get you through your middle school years (or those post-traumatic flashbacks you keep having), pick this up.
The Rites and Wrongs of Janice Wills by Joanna Pearson (7/1/11)
I took an Anthropology class once that I really enjoyed. And since becoming a New Yorker, I have thought to myself at least twice that I should check out the Natural History Museum. So I think The Rites and Wrongs of Janice Wills, a book about a teenage anthropologist who treats high school like a culture study, is definitely going to find its way onto my to-read list this summer.