Thursday, February 11, 2010

Library Loot! Middle-grade edition

It's funny the phases I go through when choosing books. Last time I was at the library it was all about graphic novels and choosing books I wouldn't normally read. The time before that it was non-fiction titles, and so on.

This week, the titles that caught my eye were in the middle-grade section. I picked up Harriet the Spy because I've never read it and I feel like I've missed out. Skellig because I heart David Almond. I picked up Flyaway because it has a gorgeous cover and I've read good things about it. I picked up Halo because I loved the Lionboy books that they wrote previously. I watched the film version of Tale of Despereaux the other day and enjoyed it enough to pick up the book. And finally, how could I not pick up the new Winnie the Pooh book? I want to know how it compares to the originals. (No photos today, lame)

1. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
2. Skellig by David Almond
3. Flyaway by Lucy Christopher
4. Halo by Zizou Corder
5. Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus
6. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

But perhaps even more exciting than the books I picked up from the library, here are the books that I acquired in the last week, either bought new, second-hand or via a book swapping website.

1. Understanding Children's Development
2. Introducing Child Psychology
3. Children's Minds by Margaret Donaldson
(These three are the required reading for next year's university course - Child Development. I'm actually really excited!)

4. The Great American Mousical by Julie Andrews
5. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
6. The Thing With Finn by Tom Kelly
7. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
8. Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
9. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
10. Last Orders by Graham Swift

The first three were picked up in a children's book sale, the next two were book swaps from a lovely lady who has just started her own book blog - asamum reads. You should check her out. And finally, I did pick up two books at my local charity shop. Because they had a sale on their books. Again.

That's it for me. What did you pick up this last week? Have you read any of the books that I've listed? What did you think?


  1. You have totally missed out by not reading Harriet the Spy - but I don't know how enjoyable it would be if you read it for the first time as a grown-up. I'm curious! Looking forward to seeing what you think.

  2. I love the books you have picked. I got Harriet the Spy just before Christmas through Book mooch and I can't wait to read it again.

    I also bought the first book by Maya Angelou,so I can't wait for that either.

    I read Last Orders years ago and really enjoyed it and you know how much I loved Skellig.

  3. Yay Skellig Skellig Skellig!!

    And the Tale of Despereaux too! Enjoy ;)

  4. I read Tiger Rising by DiCamillo and really enjoyed it. I need to give her other books a try. Enjoy your finds!

  5. I meant to read Tales of Desperaux last year when the movie came out. As it turns out I still haven't read the book or seen the movie.

    Enjoy your loot.

  6. Thank you for the mention that was very kind. Hope you enjoy the books.

  7. The Tale of Despereaux is one of my very favorite books to read aloud, as is the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, also by Kate DiCamillo. I hope you enjoy it! It's very different from the movie.


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