Showing posts with label books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label books. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Animorph Series

The Animorphs is a series of YA sci-fi books by K. A. Applegate that was published in the late 1990s/early 2000s.  The stories are told from the point of view of 5 young teenagers and one young alien, fighting a war against a parasitic alien race that is slowly infiltrating the entire human population.  Jacqueline read these books with the kids when the books were first being published, and recommended them to me. 

I've been reading them slowly but surely for several years now and am finding that the series is much more than just superficially entertaining, but actually delves into some pretty adult morality issues.  It's not a bad series to read if you enjoy YA novels, science fiction, or alien stories.  There was a TV series also made, of which I managed to watch one episode before giving up (it's bad), as well as a video game or two.  Also, there are recent rumors of a movie; I hope so, because I think it could be pretty awesome!

But about the books... It's important to read the series in order of publication, and while the main series is the Animorphs, there were several supplementary books published that *are* discussed in the main series, and can leave you wondering what the heck they're talking about.  There used to be a list on Wikipedia that included ALL the books in the right order, but it seems to have disappeared.  (Although there is still a chronological list of when the storylines take place, it's not the order in which the books are meant to be read.)  So I have decided to do the necessary research to recreate the list, so I can finish reading without skipping any of those companion books, and since there may be other Animorph fans to come along, this is for you as well...
  • Animorphs 1: The Invasion
  • Animorphs 2: The Visitor
  • Animorphs 3: The Encounter
  • Animorphs 4: The Message
  • Animorphs 5: The Predator
  • Animorphs 6: The Capture
  • Animorphs 7: The Stranger
  • Megamorphs 1: The Andalite's Gift
  • Animorphs 8: The Alien
  • Animorphs 9: The Secret
  • Animorphs 10: The Android
  • Animorphs 11: The Forgotten
  • Animorphs 12: The Reaction
  • Animorphs 13: The Change
  • The Andalite Chronicles
  • Animorphs 14: The Unknown
  • Animorphs 15: The Escape
  • Animorphs 16: The Warning
  • Animorphs 17: The Underground
  • Animorphs 18: The Decision
  • Megamorphs 2: In the Time of Dinosaurs
  • Animorphs 19: The Departure
  • Animorphs 20: The Discovery
  • Animorphs 21: The Threat
  • Animorphs 22: The Solution
  • The Hork-Bajir Chronicles
  • Animorphs 23: The Pretender
  • Animorphs 24: The Suspicion
  • Animorphs 25: The Extreme
  • Animorphs 26: The Attack
  • Animorphs 27: The Exposed
  • Alternamorphs 1: The First Journey (This book is like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, making *you* the main character, and follows the timelines of the Animorphs #1 & #11 and is therefore *probably* safe to read after those two although I've not read it yet to be sure.) I *really* should have listened to Jacqueline when she said the Alternamorphs were not worth reading. Yes, it's a choose-your-own adventure book, but I have good memories of them from high school, and yes, it tells the same story, but I liked them the first time around, right? So how bad can it be?

    BAD.

    The same story - actually TWO different books (about 150 pages each) - re-worded and paraphrased in places, so that *you* are the main character. It's all chopped up, diced and spliced, and reduced to a mere 115 pages. Also there is the assumption that you've read the original series (or seen the TV show) because there are whole parts that would leave someone new to the series befuddled & confused. Even having read the series, I felt befuddled and confused.

    Had I not been bored out of my mind, with nothing else to do, I wouldn't have read more than 20 pages. I will not be reading the 2nd.
  • Animorphs 28: The Experiment
  • Megamorphs 3: Elfangor's Secret
  • Animorphs 29: The Sickness
  • Animorphs 30: The Reunion
  • Animorphs 31: The Conspiracy
  • Animorphs 32: The Separation
  • Animorphs 33: The Illusion
  • Animorphs 34: The Prophecy
  • Animorphs 35: The Proposal
  • Visser
  • Animorphs 36: The Mutation
  • Animorphs 37: The Weakness
  • Animorphs 38: The Arrival
  • Animorphs 39: The Hidden
  • Alternamorphs 2: The Next Passage (This is another Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-type book, that loosely follows the timelines of the Animorphs #20 & #26, and Megamorphs #2, and is therefore *probably* safe to read after those two although I've not read it yet to be sure.)
  • Animorphs 40: The Other
  • Animorphs 41: The Familiar
  • Animorphs 42: The Journey
  • Megamorphs 4: Back to Before
  • Animorphs 43: The Test
  • Animorphs 44: The Unexpected
  • Animorphs 45: The Revelation
  • Animorphs 46: The Deception
  • The Ellimist Chronicles
  • Animorphs 47: The Resistance
  • Animorphs 48: The Return
  • Animorphs 49: The Diversion
  • Animorphs 50: The Ultimate
  • Animorphs 51: The Absolute
  • Animorphs 52: The Sacrifice
  • Animorphs 53: The Answer
  • Animorphs 54: The Beginning

Whew! That was hard to do without getting any spoilers!  That's a LOT of books!  More than the Xanth novels for sure!  (Of course Piers Anthony doesn't have ghost-writers helping...)  If I've made any mistakes, or you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment!  And happy reading!  ^-^

Thursday, January 03, 2013

2012 5-Star Books

I added 97 books to goodreads in 2012, and I think that's just about all of them. I may have missed a few but that's ok. I don't keep track because I am worried I am not reading enough, or want to read more, just because I have a bad memory and like to have a way to remember if I've read something or not... XD

Anyway, of those 97 books, these are the ones -- in no particular order -- that garnered 5 stars from me...

  • Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen (February)
    Comments: This was SUCH a good book! I rented the movie not too long ago and loved it. Since the book was also on my to-read list, I picked it up from the library next time I was there. The book draws out the story, gives more details, and is much more compelling and vivid than the movie.

  • Dark Whispers (Unicorn Chronicles #3), Bruce Coville (May)
    Comments: OMG! Every chapter seemed to end with a dun-dun-dun dramatic moment! And the end of the book, biggest of all! I cannot wait to get the final in the series...

  • The Last Hunt (Unicorn Chronicles #4), Bruce Coville (July)
    Comments: Kept me on the edge of my seat, turning pages til the wee hours of the morning! I think I may have even woken up Jacqueline a few times with my yelling at the author for leaving another cliff-hanging chapter... LOL! Wonderful ending to the series...

  • Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, Scott McCloud (January)
    Comments:This was an amazing book that delves into the elements of comics, its history, how art & words combine, and so much more... I would love to explore this book more in depth!

  • Cats and Carols, Lesley Anne Ivory (added in January)
    Comments: I got this book many years ago and bring it out every holiday season. Filled with delightful cat illustrations and the lyrics to some of my favorite holiday carols, it is one of my favorite holiday traditions.

  • Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card (February)
    Comments: Sci-fi isn't one of my favorite genres, and I don't like books about wars or battles and generally skip over those bits in most books. However this book was all that, but it was so much more. Don't let it's subject matter put you off of reading it.

  • Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!, Janet Stevens (May)
    Comments: I *LOVE* this book! Cook-a-Doodle-Doo updates the classic tale of the Little Red Hen, by telling us the story of her great-grandson, Big Brown Rooster, and how he and a few friends do some cooking of their own. Janet Stevens' art beautifully illustrates the story, rich with color and movement. The book also includes sidebars that define and explain different cooking terms, and at the end, you will find the recipe Big Brown Rooster and his friends used in the story. Best part of all? The story is FULL of puns, my favorite! I would recommend this book to children and adults alike, especially if you enjoy word play, retellings of old folk tales, and wonderful art.

  • Seven Tears Into the Sea, Terri Farley (June)
    Comments: I didn't write anything at the time I read it, but remember that it was a magical tale of a young girl's coming of age on the California coast. I won't say more...

  • Tide Knot (Ingo #2), Helen Dunmore (August)
    Comments: Another tale about the sea, part two in a great series. I am hoping I can get the next one soon!

  • The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1), Kelley Armstrong (August)
    The Awakening (Darkest Powers #2), Kelley Armstrong (August)
    The Reckoning (Darkest Powers #3), Kelley Armstrong (August)
    Comments: Great trilogy that takes place in a world much like our own, but some people have paranormal abilities, werewolves, vampires, necromancers...

  • The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1), Kelley Armstrong (August)
    The Calling (Darkness Rising #2), Kelley Armstrong (September)
    Comments: Takes place in the same universe as the Darkest Powers but follows a different storyline. I didn't write a review at the time I read it, and I am still waiting for the final book in the trilogy.

  • Prism, Faye Kellerman (September)
    Comments:Mysterious, dystopian, suspenseful... An amazing book that I would have read in one night if I wasn't so tired. As it stands I read it in two nights, and am left wishing there was more. The end does leave off in a way where there *could* be a sequel, but at this time there isn't. *sadface*

Monday, January 02, 2012

My Best Reads of 2011


Bunny Read Bookmark, available on Etsy


Someone on one of my Etsy groups asked about our favorite books from 2011 today, so I went to my Goodreads to check it out. I added 93 books to my 2011 Shelf - although I probably read more, just failed to record them - and there were 11 that to which I gave 5 stars. Those are:
  • The Candymakers by Wendy Mass - Told from the point of view of 4 12-year old contestants in a national candy making competition, this story has mystery, friendship, and a very satifying ending.
  • A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass - A coming-of-age story about a 13-year old girl with synesthesia and how she learns to cope with it and life.
  • The End of the Line by Angela Cerrito - An intense tale about a 13-year old boy coming to terms with accidentally killing his friend.
  • Keeper by Kathi Appelt - A tale of a 10-year old girl convinced her absent mother is really a mermaid, but is she? Finding out may be more tragic than never knowing.
  • The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry - A successful woman, on the brink of marriage, returns to her childhood home to care for her aging father, and in the process redraws the map of her life.
  • The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars by Steven Brust - Actually not the 1st time I had read this.  A story of an artist and his relationships with the artists he shares a studio with, which seems to mirror the fantasy of the Hungarian folk-tale he tells.
  • Debbie Harry Sings in French by Meagan Brothers - Another tale of a troubled young man who discovered that he wants to *be* Debbie Harry, although he doesn't think he's gay.  What to tell his girlfriend?
  • XVI (XVI, #1) by Julia Karr - Set in a dystopian future, this is the story of a 15-year old girl who doesn't want to turn 16, which means getting a tattoo to show the world they can have sex with her. Then she learns a shocking secret that turns her life upside down.
  • Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella - What seems like just a light-hearted, mystery/ghost story, turns out to be a touching tale of family and friendship.
  • Phenomena by Esme Parks - I know I am biased, but really it was great IMHO! Told from several points of view, this tale made me laugh out loud so many times!
  • Dragonbreath: Lair of the Bat Monster (Dragonbreath, #4) by Ursula Vernon - Comic illustrations combined with hilarious text and an exciting adventure make this entire series 5-star!
Another book that I've started that will be sure to get 5 stars, although I've not finished it yet, is Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. While I am not what one would call a comic geek, I do have an interest, especially from the art-side of things, and this book is such a great resource!

What were your favorite reads this past year?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Happy books?

Jacqueline & I read a LOT, and lately we're having a hard time finding books that are happy. It seems so many of the books we read are full of bad things, the characters go through all kinds of rough times, and it leaves us sad and discontent.


Sleeping at Last by Second.daughter

We'd like to find some books that don't have horrible things happening to the characters, stories that can take us away from the troubles of our own lives and give us a few moments worry-free, where the events are LOL funny and the endings are happy.

We like young adult and fantasy best, and also enjoy dystopian sci fi teen ones, and even the occasional romance lit. Some of our favorites have been:And some we're thinking about getting are:Have you got any recommendations? Any books along these lines that you read & loved?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Thought provoking quotes

...from The Girl with No Shadow...

"...and every time I looked at them they seemed to be laughing at me.

"I don't care. Who wants to be like those two?

"But then I see them with their heads together, and I can tell from the way they are looking at me that they're laughing at me again. Why? What is is about me? In the old days at least I knew what made me different. But now --

"Is it my hair? Is it my clothes? Is it because we've never bought anything at the [mall]? Is it because we never go skiing ... or to Cannes for the summer? Is it some kind of label on me, like a cheap pair of [sneakers], that warns them I'm second-rate?

"...There is nothing unusual about me; nothing to suggest we haven't got money. I wear the same clothes as everyone else. My schoolbag is the same as theirs. I see the right films, read the right books, listen to the right music. I ought to fit in. But somehow I still don't.

"The problem is me. I just don't match. I'm the wrong shape, somehow, the wrong color. I like the wrong books. I watch the wrong films in secret. I'm different, whether they like it or not, and I don't see why I should pretend otherwise.

"But it's hard when everyone else has friends. And it's hard when people only ever really like you when you're being someone else."

...

"I wouldn't mind if someone else was It sometimes. But they never are. It's always me."

...

"It's not that I'm shy. I like people. I get on with them. I like to talk... I'm not...too shy... touchy... or snobby... I'm always here to listen if someone's upset... but just when I think we're getting somewhere, she goes and starts some new thing... and when I say, ...don't do that, she just gives me that look and says it's only a joke, and so I have to laugh, even when I don't want to, because I don't want to be the one with no sense of humor. But it really doesn't feel funny to me... it's only funny when you're not It.

~ All above from Anouk's thoughts

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"Actually...in the seduction department, colored candles are vastly overrated when compared to oral sex." ~ Zozie's thoughts on what color candle to burn for a love spell

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"The thing about beauty... is that actually it doesn't have much to do with looks at all. It's not about the color of your hair, or your size, or your shape. It's all in here." She tapped her head. It's how you walk, and talk, and think...

"Call it attitude, if you like. Call it charisma, or chutzpah, or glamour, or charm. Because basically it's about standing straight, looking people in the eye, shooting them a killer smile, and saying, fuck off, I'm fabulous." ~Zozie on beauty

Monday, May 25, 2009

Book Review: Ghost of Spirit Bear

Ghost of Spirit Bear

Ghost of Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

My Review

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

While Touching Spirit Bear took place primarily on a remote island in Alaska, Ghost of Spirit Bear takes place in back in the grim and often violent urban high school Cole came from. Doing the right thing was easy on the island, but back in the city the right thing to do isn't so easy to see. This story is about how Cole figured it out, and helps make some major changes in his school, while sending an underlying message that happiness is a choice - no matter what's going on around you. At one part this was described as a semi passing by: you can jump in front of it and be miserable (having the worst reaction to this event) or you can smile and wave at the driver as he goes by. It's all about making your own reality, a message I think more people need to learn.


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Monday, April 13, 2009

AmazonFail Update

After much hullaballoo, to which I was a late-comer, Amazon has corrected an error in coding, made at an international division, that resulted in not only books with a GLBT theme, but also thousands of others. You can read more at SeattlePi:

http://blog.seattlepi.com/amazon/archives/166384.asp
http://blog.seattlepi.com/amazon/archives/166329.asp

Thank you Amazon for correcting the situation.

Amazon is Anti-Gay?

In a time when gays and lesbians are making strides toward equal rights, Amazon.com has taken a step back. A step back to a time when you didn't ask and didn't tell, a time when you hid your love for fear of persecution, a time when even the suspicion of homosexuality was enough to get beaten or even killed. Amazon.com has reclassified gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender books and movies as an adult product which blocks them from their sales rankings.

However, like Mark Probst said, "if they are really going to try and exclude so-called “adult” material, then how come this has an Amazon ranking?" And there are plenty of other *adult* themed books still ranked as well, as shown by this list. Curiously, if you put "homosexuality" into a search of their site, and you'll find books on "preventing" and "curing" homosexuality, but you won't find Brokeback Mountain or Tipping the Velvet or other previously high ranking books or movies.

Today, Amazon.com claims this was just a glitch that they are fixing now, but some authors lost their ranking way back in February, and only now is it getting any attention. And if it's just a glitch then why tell authors their books have been "classified as an Adult product" and "In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature." Obviously that's not just a glitch.

Like so many others are twittering, AmazonFAIL! Please sign the petition.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Awesome Book

If anyone is interested in intense poetry, this book is for you!

Pain in the Arms of Joy

(And no one can deny Mr. Austin's incredible hawt-ness... ~_^ )

Here's a little sample, fitting for today:

I Think Cupid's Out To Get Me

I think Cupid's out to get me
What did I ever do to that little man
Year after year of heartache
And now he sends another man

The way he looks at me
Makes my heart melt
And I think I do the same for him
This way I've never felt
I know that I could fall in love
If only he would let me
But he is taken by someone else

I think Cupid's out to get me

Friday, January 23, 2009

A Few Quotes

Where shall we get religion? Beneath the open sky,
The sphere of crystal silence surcharged with deity . . .
The midnight earth sends incense up, sweet with the breath of prayer --
Go out beneath the naked night and get religion there.

~Sam Walter Foss, Nature and Religion

If that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without. For behold, I have been with you from the beginning, and am that which is attained at the end of desire.

"I was struck by the simultaneity of darkness and light, of the tall buildings and the long shadows they cast at sunrise, of the homeless on the street corners where limousines awaited their well-heeled occupants, giddy after a night of partying. I witnessed the polarity but I sensed within it an extraordinary wisdom. Everything in the world was far from perfect, but there was something enlightening about the energy about the energy inherent in this chiaroscuro contradiction: The darkness defines the shape light assumes, negation expresses the possibility of what should be. In knowing this, I realized if we are ready to see the unseen - if we have the courage to face the shadows we normally seek to avoid - we can create what could be. In the face of everyday tragedies, the very possibility of healing and transformation made my heart sing."
~ Pyllis Curott, Book of Shadows

Friday, January 02, 2009

Fancy Nancy

Last night I got very cross. I have a lot of worries and no control over them at the moment. So I was very grumpy and trying not to be, because I know the people around me are *not* the cause of my frustrations. For some reason I was up very late and couldn't concentrate on the book I am reading when I got into bed. So I went searching for some lighter reading. I found Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. Yes, illustrated; it's a children's book, but let me tell you: Every book should have as much glitter on the cover - or more! - as this book does! And it's a beautiful iridescent glitter too. That alone helped alleviate my mood. Or perhaps it was my conversation with Jacqueline.

Bunny: (spoken sternly, remember I was grouchy) This book is *covered* with glitter!
Jacqueline: (looking for a solution with positivity) I'm sorry. Do you want me to scrape it off for you? I could glue it back on before we return it.
Bunny: (still gruff) No! Why would you want to do that?
Jacqueline: (almost laughing now) Well its presence seems to offend you...
Bunny: (sulkily) No. It's embossed on and I *like* glitter.

Or something like that anyway... Absurd!

Then I read the book. Obviously the book stars Nancy, who likes to make things fancy. Tiaras, feather boas, jewelry, bows... The first thing she does is make her room fancy, and it just reminds me of what I used to do... And still try to do, only a little less chaotically. Flowers, posters, lights, color, dangly things... And her favorite color is fuchsia (a fancy word for purple) and she even has fuchsia hair mousse (it's on the grocery list!). So many of the things she does resonate with me...

However, her family is a little boring: jeans & tees, very little color... So she gives them fancy lessons and gets them all fancied up! In celebration they decide to go out to eat all dressed up. It's so silly and wonderful and magical! I won't give away the details, but there is an accident, and Nancy wants to go home. And when they do, Nancy gets into her bathrobe and looks. Just. Like. Me! And the end of the book is just so sweet...

More books need to be written like this! More glitter, more fancy, more sweetness!

And it improved my mood...

Friday, October 17, 2008

Book Meme!

Hardback or paperback? This is always a hard decision. I like hardback books best, but since I read in bed mostly with the book propped on my chest, sometimes paperback isn't so uncomfortable, and then there's the whole stuffing it in your purse; paperbacks are better for that too...

Amazon or bookshop? Amazon, because I can find exactly what I want, but bookshops are nice to browse every once in a while, if we have spare money...

Bookmark or dog-ear? Bookmark where I am, dog-ear pages with good quotes or words to look up...

Keep, throw away or sell? Keep if I am going to want to read it again, NEVER throw away, sell if it's in good condition and you think someone will buy it, or release it! However, since 90% of the books I read are library books, mostly all I do is renew then return...

Keep bookjacket or throw it away? I hate book jackets when I am reading, even the plastic-covered, glued-on ones from the library drive me batty. However some of them have lovely art, and I do like them while they're on the shelf; so if it's a book I own, I usually keep it but take it off while I read it.

Read with bookjacket or without? See above.

Short story or novel? Depends on my mood and level of concentration.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket? Both! Or Xanth... :P

Stop reading when you're tired or after finishing a chapter? Finish chapter, or two, or three, or more... Unless I absolutely cannot keep my eyes open another moment...

“The night was cold and stormy” or “Once upon a time”? Once upon a time!

Buy or borrow? Mostly borrow because we's po'...

New or used? Doesn't matter so long as it doesn't smell musty, musty moldy smelling books make me gag...

Deciding what you buy: bestseller list, reviews, recommendations...? Recommendations, read other works by author, inside cover flap sounds good...

Closed end or Cliffhanger? CLOSED END! OMG I hate cliffhangers!!! Especially when I don't have the next book!!!

Do you read in the morning, at noon or at night? Mostly right before bed, but some lazy days I'll read before getting up, and if I've got a great book I'll read in the afternoon, but I also read on my lunch break at school and anytime I have a free moment.

Odd volume or series? I like the "odd volume" that you can read and be done with, but series are fun too, like revisiting friends.

Fave series? Piers Anthony's Xanth is my absolute favorite series ever ever ever!!!

Fave book of the ones you read last year? Can't pick just one... How about top 5 in no particular order: Night Flying, by Rita Murphy; The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks; Risking it All, by Heather Ingram; Mama had a Dancing Heart, by Libba Grey; Touching Spirit Bear, by Ben Mikaelsen; and Wildwood Dancing, by Juliet Marillier. Yeah I know, I gave ya 6... Oh well! ^_^

What book are you currently reading? Ophelia, by Lisa Klein

Fave book of all time? Change, by Ann Maxwell

Fave authors? Piers Anthony, and a bunch of others I can never remember til I'm halfway through another book and go, "Oh hey! This person wrote... too!"

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Banned Books Week Meme

(Thanks to baerana for the heads up...)

The ALA will be celebrating Banned Books Week from September 27 - October 4 this year, and I thought I'd start a small meme-age! ^_^ (I am so sure someone else is out there doing this right now as we speak, or already has, but haven't you ever heard of parallel development?)

You know the schpiel, bold what you've read, italicize the ones you want to read, and of course, feel free to add comments!

Top Ten Banned Books of the 20th Century
10. The Grapes of Wrath [1939] John Steinbeck
9. Lady Chatterley's Lover [1928] D. H. Lawrence
8. Slaughterhouse-Five [1969] Kurt Vonnegut - I dunno if I want to read this. The story sounds intriguing, but I don't like war stories...
7. To Kill a Mockingbird [1960] Harper Lee
6. Fahrenheit 451 [1953] Ray Bradbury - Again, not sure if I want to read this, intriguing plot, but violence, politics, war, etc. don't appeal to me.
5. The Catcher in the Rye [1951] J.D. Salinger
4. Tropic of Cancer [1934] Henry Miller
3. Naked Lunch [1959] William S. Burroughs - Sounds interesting, but like it might be difficult to follow...
2. Ulysses [1922] James Joyce
1. 1984 [1949] George Orwell - I found this book boring. It's been a long time, and perhaps my views may have changed, but I remember at the time, that it was incredibly dull.

Most Challenged Books of the 21st Century
10. "Forever" by Judy Blume
9. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
8. Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz - I don't like to read scary stories... *blush*
7. "It's Perfectly Normal" by Robie Harris - Hehehe... not that I *need* to read it, but it'd be neat to take a look at it...
6. "Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers - Like I said before, not all that into war stories...
5. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou
4. "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck - I know the story, and I think it's too sad for me to read the whole thing
3. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
2. "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier
1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Books & reading...

Well, there is one benefit to my job: I get to do a lot of reading.

Granted some of it falls under the category of easy readers, but when they're as cute as The April Rabbits, or as charming as My Mama had a Dancing Heart, how can I leave them off my list?

I can't, and thus I have bypassed my goal of 50 books this year. Well, I guess it wasn't a goal, because I honestly thought I read more than that, and was just curious as to how much I *do* read in a year...

Anyway, as of today, I am more than half way through my 51st book, Hoot, which unfortunately is not at home, but I am reading while in various classrooms. Lucky me that so many classes have it! LOL!

At home I am only a few pages into Crescent because I've just been so tired when I get home this week; I've fallen asleep for a nap nearly every day! (Although, I am wondering if not having the iron Rx is partly to blame...)

But I digress! So without further ado, here's my updated list of books read this year:

(For #1-22, you'll have to sign up for an LJ and friend me, then you can see this post...)
#AuthorTitlePgsStartedFinished*
23Curtis, Christopher PaulBud, Not Buddy2563/19/20083/21/20083
24Kidd, Sue MonkMermaid Chair, The 3353/22/20083/27/20083
25Sheth, KashmiraKeeping Corner2813/28/20083/31/20083
26Chichester, PageNWF Book of Family Nature Activities, The1324/2/20084/3/20084
27Scott, MichaelAlchemyst, The 4003/31/20084/7/20083
28Dahl, RoaldMagic Finger, The 634/7/20084/7/20083
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