Waiting on Wednesday to get on the plane to ALA on Friday--the books I want most badly of all

I am almost dizzy with anticipation about going to the American Library Association in D.C.--so excited and happy, and squee-ful I can hardly stand it! I will be seeing friends I've already met! I will be meeting friends I've never seen! One of the later is even going to come to a sleep-over at my (mother's) house! And that will be very nice, and I'm looking forward to that part of things considerably.

But really, what is filling my mind is the exhibit hall-- a goblin market of booths with all the tempting book wares displayed... I am practicing Being Strong. I will not give in to greed. I will only ask for/accept books that I really want. Or possibly, just want. But no books that I think maybe I might want next month because they look interesting. There is such a thing as too large a to be read pile, and I have enough guilt in my life....

That being said, there are more than a few books I really want. But of those books, here are the two that I want most. The two books that if I don't get them, will make all other happy things taste of dust and ashes...

Pegasus, by Robin McKinley (enough said)

The Ring of Solomon, by Johnathan Stroud. (Bartimaeus = best demonic being ever. Except maybe Nick (of The Demon's Lexicon et seq.)

My only anxiety is that I won't get to the exhibits hall before 6:30 on Friday (if I'm lucky) and all the arcs of these will be gone...and I will go to the kidlit drink night empty handed, trying to smile bravely...trying to be friendly, despite it all.

Life is so much more interesting when you exaggerate, and make small things into matters of huge importance...

(Waiting on Wednesday is the brainchild of Jill at Breaking the Spine)


  1. Pegasus! Now that's tempting. Good luck out there, Charlotte!

  2. pegasus looks so good! she's a great author, it has to be good :)

  3. Good luck getting these two! I already knew about Pegasus, but I had no idea there was another Bartimaeus book on its way. Woohoo!

  4. SERIOUS Goblin Market. Oooh, the things I have no room in my luggage for and should not be buying, but probably will.

  5. Those two books are in my anticipated 2010 reads! I really hope you can get both because I'd like to know what you think of them when you're done reading. Hope you have fun at ALA!

  6. Have fun! I can't wait to hear about it.

  7. hi charlotte

    here is a question that ive been wanting to ask. do you think its possible to do grim and gritty YA fantasy [on a joe abercrombie level, if you ever heard of him].

  8. Oh my goodness, I had NO IDEA there was a new Bartimaeus novel coming out! I want! I want!

  9. I can't make it - who thought ALA in the middle of summer reading was a good idea? - but if I was going I would be looking for Pat Walsh's The Crowfield Curse. I'm comforting myself with the thought that I got pretty much everything I was longing for at ALA Midwinter...

  10. Hope you get what you want! And wish I was going (again). Maybe midwinter...

  11. A new Bartimeaus? Ooooh. I hope you get it! Have fun; wish I was going.

  12. Dear Anon,

    I have thrown your question out to the wide world of people who read my blog, with suggestions gathered in this post: http://charlotteslibrary.blogspot.com/2010/06/great-grim-and-gritty-ya-fantasy.html

    I hope you come back and find it!


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