Best Books Ever on the Let’s Get Busy podcast

Best Books Ever #LGBpodcast

I’m just going to go ahead and assume you are all listening to Matthew Winner’s Let’s Get Busy podcast, but if you aren’t: get over there.

Matthew’s a librarian at an elementary school in Maryland, and he’s created the most spectacular hangout online for authors, illustrators, and other members in the kidlit crew. He’s smart and funny and easygoing, and I promise you’ll like him a bunch.

And what’s even cooler is that my best pal Julie Falatko and I joined him recently to talk about our favorite books from this first quarter of 2015. It was a chat full of oh yes that one and book love and laughs.

You can listen to it here.

And check out Matthew’s Busy Librarian blog and Julie’s website too.

Did we forget your favorites? I know.

#bookguilt

Happy listening!

ch

There’s This Thing

There's This Thing by Connah Brecon

 

by Connah Brecon (Philomel, 2014)

I fell hard for this book. Heart-itching, squeal-worthy, big time bulging-eyeballs-love.

The title is perfect, right? An ode to the impossibility of putting all of the teensy intricacies of a crush into words.

There's This Thing by Connah Brecon

A girl. A hunt. But she doesn’t really know how to grasp this thing.

Because it’s all . . . 

and . . .

Picture sparkles streaming out of a bottle and a warm kitty snuggle. Impossible for words. Only colorful bursts of feeling.

There's This Thing by Connah Brecon (click to enlarge)

I love her green dress/red hair combo. Strong complementary colors for a stronger girl. She says she’s not brave, but she’s doing just the opposite.

She leaves a trail of crumbs. Sets a trap. And waits.

It doesn’t work.

There's This Thing by Connah Brecon (click to enlarge)

There's This Thing by Connah Brecon (click to enlarge)

Good question, little girl. (I love that her love parade is marching down Hope Street.)

So when the rain drips down the sign and the marching band has marched on, she is sad. So sad.

I really want to share my heart but I just can’t find the right way to open it.

The thing is, she had. She did. This whole time. And that’s worth a bang-up ending. You’ll see.

Here’s a fun look at Connah and his creative process, and if you haven’t given the Let’s Get Busy podcast yet, start here.

This is a perfect thing for any Valentine of your very own.

ch