I have a couple of bookshelves full of books I had to buy (at the time) but are still languishing there, unread. It’s a problem! Interestingly, it’s a YA and adult problem. I had to go over my collection with a fine-tooth comb to find ten middle grade books I bought but haven’t read. Most of them were recent purchases that live on the Kindle app on my phone. I think that speaks pretty well for the genre. And why middle grade, again? Because it’s Middle Grade March, of course!
Top Ten Middle Grade Books I Had To Buy…But Remain Unread
1. Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland – I bought this one for a Jane Austen reading challenge a couple of years ago, but never got around to reading it. Baking and middle grade are totally my thing, though, so it will move to ‘read’ status soon.
2. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien – I was completely freaked out by the film version of this story as a kid, and so when I saw the paperback at a book fair I (naturally) picked it up. It’s in the ‘I’ll get to it someday’ category (maybe when there’s someone I can read it aloud to).
3. The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen by Delia Sherman – I very much enjoyed Changeling, so I picked up its sequel as soon as I heard about it. What’s holding me back? I want to reread the first book before I dip into the second.
4. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia – This one won awards all around, and my roommate pushed me to pick it up. Then there was an ebook deal, and I bought it! And I’m just slow.
5. Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway – A couple of fellow bloggers wrote such gorgeous things about Ordinary Magic that I bought it immediately… and it’s one I’m saving for a particularly bad day (I think it’ll be the perfect antidote).
6. A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz – Another ebook deal that caught my eye because of the pretty cover art and the author’s name (I met Schlitz briefly at BEA last year, when she was promoting Splendors and Glooms).
7. Cold Cereal by Adam Rex – Rex’s name is a ubiquitous one in children’s lit. It turns out that if I ‘know’ the author when an ebook deal comes around, I tend to buy it, sight unseen. Cold Cereal, meet Cecelia’s ebook collection.
8. Savvy by Ingrid Law – I’ve had this one in hardcover since just after its release – I was swayed by positive (ecstatic!) reviews and I have no idea why it hasn’t been a priority. Need to fix that!
9. The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau – I read The City of Ember many years ago on a whim and enjoyed it immensely. I thought the film didn’t do justice to it, but at least it brought my attention to the fact that there were sequels. I thought I wanted to continue the story at the time, but I’ve been reluctant to go on (series fatigue, maybe?).
10. The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski – When I first heard about steampunk I tried to round up all of the books in children’s and YA that had a hint of it, and this was one. I now have TWO copies on my shelf, both still unread. Travesty!
What books have you bought but haven’t read?