Congratulate me, first of all, for overcoming laziness and finally being able to pay for my library fees. And so, there I was, one sunny Friday afternoon, walking briskly back and forth the teen and children’s sections of the library. Utilizing the local library surely saved me a bunch of dollar bills. Here are a few of the Cybils contenders and winners that I hope to feature until end of this month. Enjoy browsing! Let me know if any of the titles are familiar to you! =) **All book photos are taken by me.

Middle Grade Fiction and Fantasy

brixen and earwig

The Brixen Witch by Stacy DeKeyser | Earwig and the Witch by Dianna Wynne Jones

Both books were nominated in the 2012 Cybils for the fantasy category. I finished reading both and the reviews will follow.

may b and greyhound

May B by Caroline Starr Rose | A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle

May B was nominated in the 2012 Cybils middle grade fiction, while Roddy Doyle’s book was nominated in the 2012 Cybils for middle grade fantasy. I started reading A Greyhound of a Girl but only made it to Chapter 3 because I wanted to finish The Brixen Witch first so I could knock out three reviews at once.

crow, little rock, malone

Crow by Barbara Wright | The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine |
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

All these books were nominated in the 2012 Cybils for middle grade fiction. I was glad to find The Mighty Miss Malone in the list because I had encountered her character in Bud, Not Buddy. Crow and The Lions of Little Rock look like promising reads.

Graphic Novels


Artemis Fowl The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin,
art by Giovanni Rigano, color by Paolo Lamanna |
Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale

Artemis Fowl won the 2007 Cybils for middle grade graphic novel, while Rapunzel’s Revenge won the 2008 Cybils for middle grade graphic novel. I loved the Artemis Fowl series but it’s taking me a while to finish the graphic novel, and I don’t know why. I finished reading Rapunzel’s Revenge last week, and review will be posted soon. I’m hoping to make progress with Artemis Fowl this week.


told you so, mirror mirror

This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness
by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski |
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Poems by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josée Masse

This Is Just to Say won the 2008 Cybils for poetry, while Mirror Mirror – which I have recently featured in Poetry Friday – won the 2008 Cybils for poetry. Both books were such a delight to read, and I’m hoping to feature This Is Just to Say in one of the upcoming Poetry Fridays!

Young Adult Fiction

(Ah, here I allowed myself to borrow titles and covers which I find interesting. It’s quite exciting, really, to explore more YA novels than I normally would.)


The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart |
Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki, art by Steve Rolston |
The Boy on Cinammon Street by Phoebe Stone

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks won the 2008 Cybils for YA fiction. Emiko Superstar won the 2008 Cybils for YA graphic novel. The Boy on Cinammon Street was nominated in the 2012 Cybils for YA fiction. I finished Emiko Superstar, but I was really interested on The Boy on Cinammon Street.


The Difference Between You and Me by Madeline George |
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz |
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

All these books were nominated in the 2012 Cybils for YA fiction. I am dying to get my hands on these babies.

Miscellaneous Books from the Library

(Books I borrowed just because.)


Return of the Dapper Men by Jim McCann and Janet Lee |
Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge, illustrated by Andrea Deszo

Both books are simply gorgeous.


Are We There Yet? by David Levithan | There is No Long Distance Now by Naomi Shihab Nye

First reads from both authors. I’m pretty excited. I guess it’s safe to say that these are my featured books for today as well.

What about you?
What books did you acquire / borrow this week?

8 comments on “BHE (38): Because We’re Still Cybil-ized

  1. Wonderful wonderful wonderful titles, Fats! Love everything here! So many books! If only we have all the time in the world to just read, read, read. It’s a lazy Sunday here for us, so I am also doing advance posts. We just got back from the library and as per usual we maxed out all our library cards – for all three of us. I found Naomi Shihab Nye’s There is no long distance now. Whee! How about we do a collaborative blog post again for this one? I have my own copy of Are we there yet by David Levithan if I’m not mistaken – I think I bought it here for 2 dollars during the library warehouse sale. Aristotle and Dante looks like a fascinating read and I’ve always been intrigued by the disreputable history of frankie landau-banks – let me know how that one goes.
    I read Rapunzel’s Revenge last year when we did our fractured fairy tale theme, it’s glorious, isn’t it? Nice twists. Greyhound Girl also caught my eye. Happy reading, my lovely.


    • Fats Suela

      Oh thank you!! All these books got me really excited, that’s why I’ve been doing a lot of advance reading as much as I can. I hear ya about having all the time just to read, read, read. OR BETTER IF WE GET PAID FOR READING!! Haha.

      How many books are you allowed to borrow at a time? I’ve never maxed out my card but I’ve never tried borrowing so many books, either. Maybe one of these days I’ll do just that to find out.

      Oh we definitely can do a collaborative post on that one. Let’s figure out when and where we can feature that post. Would be really exciting.

      I enjoyed Rapunzel’s Revenge, and the cover of Aristotle and Dante looks luscious! Not to thrilled with Roddy Doyle’s writing for A Greyhound of a Girl but let’s hope that the story picks up somewhere in the middle. I still have to catch up on that one.

      Happy reading to you, too, my love. =)


  2. Good choices! I se a few of my favorites there, and hope you enjoy them as much as I did (very favorite – The Lions of Little Rock). Happy reading this week.


    • Fats Suela

      Thank you, Alex!! Glad to know that you liked The Lions of Little Rock the most. I’m hoping I’ll be able to read it on time so I can feature it. Thanks for dropping by. Happy reading to you, too. =)


  3. My answer to what have your borrowed from the library, Fats, is TOO MANY! But actually, it’s free, so that is a blessing. I have found numerous picture books which I’ll read & discuss tomorrow, & still have Feynman & The Ninth Ward to read. If only I could be a simultaneous reader (is there such a thing?). Thanks for all the great titles, some I don’t know from the past nominees. BTW-Lies, Knives & Girls In Red Dresses is a current nominee; I love the anthology This Is Just To Say, and I have the Naomi Nye Anthology, also on my TBR list. Thanks!


    • Fats Suela

      Oh the joy that library brings!! The best things in life are free, after all. I still have a lot on my TBR list so I’m trying to balance picture books and thick ones. Due to the numerous Cybils books I borrowed, with such thick pages and so little time, I might have transformed into a “simultaneous reader,” reading at least two chapters of each book per day. Two books at a time. Thanks for giving me the heads up on Lies, Knives & Girls in Red Dresses. I didn’t realize it was also a nominee. The cover is just beautiful. Happy reading, Linda! =)


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