The Texas Library Association puts out a Lone Star Reading list every year. They just released their 2020 list last week. I try to read as many of them as I can each year and I’m never disappointed! The books are selected by librarians across the state. The books are well written and highly engaging for teens and adults.
Every year I try to read as many of the books on the list as I can. This year is the year I’m going to read them ALL!
I took the list they created and turned it into a checklist, so you can mark off books you’ve read and see the progress you’ve made. I look forward to reading these books and I hope you do too! I also got designed an A5 size page for those of you who use a Bullet Journal. I made it like other BuJo Book trackers to look like bookshelves with blank book spines which you color in after you read that book. My version is not blank though; I have typed in each of the Lone Star List book titles on a spine. Plus there are a few extra blank spines for a handful of other books you may read along the way.
The books on this list have been popular since their release, and will likely become more popular due to the exposure of this list, so I was really surprised to find 2 of these books available in audio format at my local library! I borrowed Secret Soldiers first.
Some of the books I was already drooling over before the list was released and I’m most excited about are:
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden. I read The Bear and the Nightingale earlier this year and I adore this author’s writing!
“Ollie loves books, but the book she rescues from the river is different. It tells the story of a woman who is tormented by living scarecrows and the mysterious “smiling man.” When Ollie’s bus breaks down on a class field trip, she realizes everything in the book was real, and she and her classmates are in danger. Can Ollie outwit the smiling man and his army of scarecrows?” – from TLA Annotated List
My Co-Teacher read The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunshine. This type of story is not usually my cup of tea, but Sarah raved about this book. She showed me a few passages and I was impressed. The writing looks excellent.
“Coyote and her father have been on a never-ending road trip in a converted school bus since her mother and sisters died in an accident, but now Coyote wants to go home. She knows she will have to trick her father into it, and she will have help from some unlikely passengers they pick up along the way including one adorable kitten.” – from TLA Annotated List
Sorcery of Thorns is a book a got last summer in an Owl Crate box, signed by the author and with a purple cover instead of the green cover. It is beautiful! I started reading the first couple pages this week and it is AMAZING! I am gong to enjoy this one for sure!
“All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire, and Elisabeth is implicated in the crime. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.” -from Amazon Description
I could go on and on about each one of these books. Read them with me or wait until you see each review from me to help you decide if the book is right for you.