Monday, July 7, 2008

Halfway through

I am now officially halfway through all the Newbery winners.

That sounds really good, but it includes the (admittedly few) I'd read before beginning the project--though I think I might reread them anyway, even the ones I know well. I already reread The Westing Game for sort of a break, and it was even better than I remembered. It is, possibly, the best Newbery there is.

I've discovered some books I hadn't read before that I love, and I've suffered through a couple that I really didn't like. Most of them are pretty good.

But I do wish they weren't so heavy on historical fiction. Out of the 43 I've read, I think 19 are historical fiction. That doesn't include the ones that are less fiction and more history, or the ones that I'm not sure about--are they historical fiction, or were they contemporary? Some of the ones I read awhile ago, I can't remember. Strawberry Girl? Thimble Summer? I'm not sure. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, but I feel sort of... weighted down.