I have read some fantastic books this week and some bummers too.
Newbery Challenge: The Cat Who Went to Heaven wasn't too bad, but Waterless Mountain was not one I will ever read again or recommend. It was a story of the Navajo people through the eyes of a white woman. Review here. Most people were more generous than I, but I just didn't like it.
Caldecott Challenge: Abraham Lincoln was not one of my favorites either. It was too much of a tall tale type of book. Alphabet City was a fun way to see the alphabet - found city objects. I loved re-reading Snowflake Bentley. Finally, Peppe the Lamplighter was a nice immigrant story though the dad was hard to accept for awhile.
Books for Adults: I was happy to get Readicide through Inter-library loan, but I also ordered it for my professional collection. and it just arrived. It is a fantastic look at how we kill the love of reading and how we can avoid doing that. I also read the adult novel After You'd Gone which was coincidentally somewhat similar to the Young Adult books that I read.
Middle Grade: Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner was exciting and fun.
Picture Books: Apple Pie ABC was cute. The Cazuela the Farm Maiden Stirred is a bright and engaging cumulative tale with a recipe that I am dying to try. And Waiting for the Biblioburro was precious.
Young Adult: If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman were both amazing. Where She Went was part of the Nerdy Awards nomination list so I started with that, but soon realized it was a sequel so I had to read the first one too. I read both of them in less than 24 hours. They were that compelling. Having a free afternoon helped too though. :)
For next week, I am working on re-reading Kashmira Sheth's books Boys Without Names and Blue Jasmine. I will also work on Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze and some Caldecotts. I am also hoping to get to Why We Broke Up.