When you are a 30ish year old guy that loves kid lit, two people that you look up two are John Schu and Travis Jonker. They run two of the best blogs on line: 100 Scope Notes and Watch.Connect.Read. They are lovers of kid lit, and they flat out know their stuff.
I have been looking forward to their annual list of top 20 for a long time. Once Thanksgiving rolled around, I started trying to guess which books would make their list.
Watching them roll out five top book a day last week was heaven. Today, I’m going to take a quick look at my reading and their list.
1. Overall Books Read
It was Meat Loaf that said, “Two out of three aint bad.” When the list came out I had read 17 out of 20 books. Meat Loaf says 67% isn’t bad, so I’m pretty happy with my 85%. I am now up to 90% after reading Amelia Lost by Candice Fleming yesterday.
2. My Goodreads Star Rating
I am always a little worried that when a book list comes out that I will have either hated the books on the list, or that I will have not heard of books on the list. Thankfully, this year I am happy to say that I LOVED all the books on John and Travis’s list.
We’ll use Goodreads to look at my star ratings of the books I’ve read from their list.
5 Stars: 16 books
4 Stars: 2 books
3. The 10%
Time to look at the two books I haven’t read from the list.
–Wonderstruck-I’m going to be honest. I am disappointed in myself for not reading this book. It came out at the absolute worst possible time for me as a reader. Wonderstruck came out right when I had to start reading for Cybils, and I pretty much blocked out all other novels for a couple of months. Lately, I have been frantically trying to check this book out from the library, but it is never available. When I saw it was #1 on the list, I ordered it. The book is on the way.
–The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True (Knights’ Tales, #3)-This is the only book on the list that I was surprised by. I just don’t know that much about it. I had seen the book come through on my Goodreads scroll every once in a while, but I hadn’t heard much chatter about it on Twitter. I’m excited to give this book a read over holiday break. It is waiting for me on hold at my local public library.
If you’d like a quick way to see which books you’ve read from the list, I’ve created a Goodreads shelf: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5186758-colby-sharp?page=1&shelf=mr-schu-and-mr-jonker-s-11-top-20&sort=position&view=table&visible_control=batchEdit
I’m looking forward to next December and another Schu-Jonker top 20.