Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Titles in green were my favorite reads.
total books: 132 -I'm not including some very short books, including some graphic novels, or the book I didn't finish, but sometimes they get included in other stats (131 )
average per month: 10.9 (10.9)
Fiction: 115 (117)
Nonfiction: 20 (14)
books for Around the World in 80 books: 17 (24)
books for Booking the 50 States: 7 (11)
Pulitzers: 2 this year + 8 previous = 10
Bookers: 6 this year + 5 previous = 11
new to me authors: 100 (76)
short story collections: 3 (7)
mystery: 16 (17)
young adult/children: 21(22)
Challenges Completed: I completed 38 challenges and didn't get 2 finished at all. Here's my list of them:
Year of Reading Dangerously - on haitus
It's the End of the World - DNF
decades challenge - done
Winter Holiday Reading Challenge - done
Japanese Literature Challenge - done
What an Animal! - done
A - Zed Author and Titles Challenge - done
888 Challenge - done
A Well-Rounded Challenge - done
2nds Challenge - done
RIP III - done
Books to Movies - done
Science Book Challenge - done
Nonfiction Five 2008 - done
mini-challenges 2008 done
African Reading Challenge - done
Cardathon Challenge - done
Orbis Terrarum Challenge - done
Graphics Novel Challenge - done
notable books 2007 - done
July Book Blowout - done
in their shoes - done
342745 Ways to Herd Cats - done
chunkster challenge 2 - done
Southern Reading Challenge 2008 - done
Heard It Through the Grapevine - done
In the Pub - done
Once Upon a Time II -done
novellas challenge - done
Canadian Book Challenge - done
Series Challenge - done
Man Booker Challenge - done
Book Award Challenge - done
What's in a Name? - done
Austen Mini-Challenge - done
YAC books - done
Themed Reading Challenge - done
Hometown Challenge -done
The Eponymous Challenge - done
The Book List:
132. Lisey's Story - Stephen King
131. Ukridge - PG Wodehouse
130. Voices - Arnaldur Indridason
The Christmas Shoes - Donna Van Liere
129. After Dark - Haruki Murakami
128. The Camel Bookmobile - Masha Hamilton
Weetzie Bat - Francesca Lia Block
127. Heart and Soul - Maeve Binchy
126. The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories - ed by Alberto Manguel SS
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston DNF
125. Montmorency - Eleanor Updale
124. Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon
123. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
122. The Xibalba Murders - Lyn Hamilton
121. Too Close to Home - Linwood Barclay
The Scream - Rohinton Mistry
120. Drive Like Hell - Dallas Hudgens
119. All She Was Worth - Miyuki Miyabe
The Borden Tragedy - Rick Geary (graphic novel) NF
118. Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer
117. The Night Country - Stewart O'Nan
116. People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks
115. High Spirits - Robertson Davies SS
114. Shiloh - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
113. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See
112. When Will There Be Good News? - Kate Atkinson
111. Miss Julia Hits the Road - Ann B Ross
110. Who Killed Palomino Molero? - Mario Vargas Llosa
109. A Complicated Kindness - Miriam Toews
108. Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith
107. A Pale View of Hills - Kazou Ishiguro
106. The Trouble with Physics - Lee Smolin NF
105. Creepers - Joanne Dahme
104. Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
103. The View from Saturday - EL Konisburg
102. Last Orders - Graham Swift
101. Exit Lines - Joan Barfoot
100. The Plague - Albert Camus
99. Rain Song - Alice J. Wisler
98. Flying Too High - Kerry Greenwood
97. The Stone Angel - Margaret Laurence
96. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict - Laurie Viera Rigler
95. The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
94. The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields
93. Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card
92. Out Stealing Horses - Per Petterson
91. Mama Makes Up Her Mind - Bailey White NF
90. Before Green Gables - Budge Wilson
Pedro and Me - Judd Winick NF
89. The Birth House - Ami MacKay
88. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
87. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher - Kate Summerscale NF
86. Pretties - Scott Westerfeld
85. A Fraction of the Whole - Steve Toltz
84. Maus I and II - Art Spiegelman NF
83. The Planets - Dava Sobel NF
82. Running With Scissors - Augusten Burroughs NF
81. The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
80. Crow Lake - Mary Lawson
79. The Night Watch - Sarah Waters
78. The Snack Thief - Andrea Camilleri
77. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
76. Miss Julia Throws a Wedding - Ann B Ross
75. Hotel du Lac - Anita Brookner
74. Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill
American Born Chinese - Gene Luen Yang
73. Mudbound - Hillary Jordan
72. A Case of Exploding Mangoes - Mohammed Hanif
71. A Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah NF
The Complete Fairy Tales - Oscar Wilde
70. The Awakening - Kate Chopin
69. The Cellist of Sarajevo - Steven Galloway
68. Shadow Family - Miyuki Miyabe
67. The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
66. How to be a Canadian - Will and Ian Ferguson NF
65. The Kalahari Typing School for Men - Alexander McCall Smith
64. The Interloper - Antoine Wilson
63. In the Country of Men - Hisham Matar
62. A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest J Gaines
61. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson NF
60. The Call of the Wild - Jack London
59. 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa - Stephanie Nolen NF
58. The Jane Austen Book Club - Karen Joy Fowler
57. The Goose Girl - Shannon Hale
56. Gods Behaving Badly - Marie Phillips
55. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
54. The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
53. The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier
52. The Outcast - Sadie Jones
51. The Gathering - Anne Enright
50. Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones
49. The Chatham School Affair - Thomas H Cook
48. This Blinding Absence of Light - Tahar Ben Jelloun
47. Stardust - Neil Gaiman
46. The Ravine - Paul Quarrington
45. Latitudes of Melt - Joan Clark
44. Beauty - Robin McKinley
43. Miss Julia Takes Over - Ann B Ross
42. Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli
41. Yellowknife - Steve Zipp
40. Zel - Donna Jo Napoli
39. The Bleeding Dusk - Colleen Gleason
38. Vegan Virgin Valentine - Carolyn Mackler
37. Lost in a Good Book - Jasper Fforde
36. Princess Academy - Shannon Hale
35. Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
34. Shopaholic and Baby - Sophie Kinsella
33. The Terra-Cotta Dog - Andrea Camilleri
32. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - Rachel Cohn
31. Life and Times of Michael K - JM Coetzee
30. The End of East - Jen Sookfong Lee
29. Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons - Lorna Landvik
28. Black Swan Green - David Mitchell
27. The Quirks and Quarks Guide to Space - Jim Lebans NF
26. Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella
25. Silence of the Grave - Arnaldur Indridason
24. All in Together Girls - Kate Sutherland SS
23. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things - Carolyn Mackler
22. Atonement - Ian McEwan
21. So Long, Jackie Robinson - Nancy Russell
20. Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi NF
19. Never Have Your Dog Stuffed - Alan Alda NF
18. Lorelei - Lori Derby Bingley
17. Shakespeare's Counselor - Charlaine Harris
16. Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell
15. Booked to Die - John Dunning
14. Persepolis 1,and 2 - Marjane Satrapi NF
13. Ex Libris - Anne Fadiman NF
12. House of Meetings - Martin Amis
11. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
10. Eleanor Rigby - Douglas Coupland
9. The Case of the Missing Books - Ian Sansom
8. Shakespeare's Trollop - Charlaine Harris
7. The Remains of the Day - Kazou Ishiguro
6. 84, Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff NF
5. The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak
4. Housekeeping vs The Dirt - Nick Hornby NF
3. Brainiac - Ken Jennings NF
2. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler - E.L. Konisburg
1. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz - Mordecai Richler
book awards: Bram Stoker, 2006; genre: horror
I haven't read a King book in quite a while, but this one was great and a reminder how great a story teller he is. All the usual King stuff is here: Castle Rock, Maine setting, writer character, catch phrases repeated, and a peak into the dark side of a world we don't see. This book is also about sisters and the special relationships that can exist in families.
Scott Landon was a famous writer who died. Two years later, his widow is having difficulty moving on, but part of that is because Scott has a job for her to complete and it involves saving her sister. The amazing world King has developed, over there, where we all go to the pool - for ideas, for words, for life-giving force, helps explain how crazy could be. It's pretty scary and so well explained that I almost believe this could happen.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
You have your choice of ONE of the 3 options:
OPTION A: read 6 books in 12 months ~ your list of books CANNOT be changed, but you are allowed to have an “Alternates” list to choose from (like in the Original TBR Challenge).
Books I've bought but haven't read in about a year:
- Cloud Atlas David Mitchell Jan 24/09
- Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl Oct 18/09
- Then We Came to the End Joshua Ferris May 12/09
- In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant Aug 23/09
- With No One as a Witness by Elizabeth George
- Lost Highway by David Adams Richards
Saturday, December 27, 2008
unread authors; decades: 1920s
While more famous for his Jeeves and Bertie characters, Ukridge is another of Wodehouse's humorous characters cavorting in the early part of the 20th century in England. I picked this one solely to complete the decades challenge; I hated the thought of only missing the 1920s to get 8 in a row and complete the challenge. I put this on order at the library and they had to bring it up form the basement storage. Turns out to be probably from the 1920s itself, if I judge by the dates stamped in the back of this book on the old fashioned card, beginning in 1938.
Ukridge appears to be a series of short stories put together into his adventures in money making. Ever the optimist, Ukridge rolls around town looking to make easy money and instead, getting himself and his friends into scrapes. Nothing ever works out the way he hopes, but to his friend, the narrator, maddeningly, Ukridge usually ends up smelling like a rose.
Amusing little read but not my particular brand of laugh out loud funny. I recognize the classicness of the stories, and fans of British humor and P.G. Wodehouse will be delighted. And I finished the last challenge of 2008 that I hoped to.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
2) What would you like to see change for next year?
3) About the rules, or the non-existent rules...did you like that?
4) Are you going to join us next year?
5) Pretty please give me any suggestions for changes, the betterment of the challenge, or just anything that you would like to see changed for next year.
6) Would you like the challenge to be more involved? What if we read books together sometimes? Would that interest you?
7) Would you be interested in helping somehow next year? How would you like to help?
The list of my books, I added a few that I finished after I 'officially' finished:
- The Plague - Albert Camus (Algeria)
- A Case of Exploding Mangoes - Mohammad Hanif (Pakistan)
- Who Killed Palimino Molero? - Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)
- This Blinding Absense of Light - Ben Jelloun, Tahar (Morocco)
- In the Country of Men - Hisham Matar (Libya)
- The Secret Scriptures - Sebastian Barry (Ireland)
- A Fraction of the Whole - Steve Toltz (Australia)
- Shadow Family - Miyuki Miyabe (Japan)
- The Snack Thief - Andrea Camilleri (Italy)
- Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones (New Zealand)
- Things Fall Apart - Chiua Achebe (Nigeria)
- Out Stealing Horses - Per Petterson (Norway)
- Voices - Arnaldur Indridason (Iceland)
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
"Dave Cooks the Turkey" by Stuart McLean, 22 pages
Classic hilarious short story by Stuart McLean. Dave from the Vinyl Cafe tries to help his wife Morley achieve the perfect Christmas by offering to do his share, and then, in classic Dave mode, forgetting. The rest of the story is Dave trying to cover up his forgetfulness. It's better to read this one after hearing McLean read it to get the perfect pauses and inflections that make these stories classic Canadian comedies.
The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories, edited by Alberto Manguel, 317 pages
I reviewed this book of short stories here on my blog. Lots of great authors from around the world.
"The Christmas Shoes" by Donna Van Liere, 109 pages
I confess to not knowing the song that this book is based on. Not my usual type of book, pretty sentimental and corny, but I shed a tear or two, as expected, even if you can see the ending from the beginning.
I have Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark to read. I may get around to reading it some day when I am really tired and need and easy book to read. I read one of her Christmas stories last year. I think it is neat that she writes books specifically for Christmas each year. Nice tradition for her fans to enjoy.
I also just noticed the next book I started, Voices by Arnaldur Indridason is set the week before Christmas in Iceland and begins with a man in a Santa suit getting murdered. I didn't even plan it and I'm reading another Christmas-y book.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
The dates are: February 1, 2009 - July 31, 2009
I am going to read epistolary [An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used] novels. I always enjoy them when I read them, like 84 Charing Cross Road, Bridget Jones, and Jaclyn Moriarity's other book, The Year of Secret Assignments. Here's a list of books in the library that fit this category
- The Pull of the Moon - Elizabeth Berg Apr 10/09
- Last Days of Summer - Steve Kluger Feb 9/09
- Dear Mr Henshaw - Beverly Cleary Apr 7/09
- A Celibate Season - Carol Shields, Blanche Howard Apr 12/09
- Angus, Thong, and Full-Frontal Snogging - Louise Rennison April 10/09
- Clara Callen - Richard B Wright July 10/09
- Feeling Sorry for Celia - Jaclyn Moriarity
- Gilead - Marilynne Robinson Feb 8/09
- From A - Z: A Story in Letters - John Berger
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (I'm on the list at the library and it might come in before February. If it does, I am going to count it for this challenge because it was this book that made me think of the theme and I thought this challenge was going to start in January!) Jan/09
- Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell - turns out to be written in many forms of letters, diaries, and interviews. Jan/09
Other possible themes include:
- books I've bought for my children
- catching up on a series like Miss Julia, #1 Ladies Detective, Insp Lynley
- books I've won from other bloggers
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Can you see what I got? I got the book Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez, a delightful looking nonfiction memoir; two bookmarks - one is called book jewelry; a small notepad which looks homemade, made of book covers; and a short story called "The Drawer" by Aleksandar Hemon. It is a little pamphlet, individually published. I think more short stories should be published like this. It looks so old-fashioned! Very cool!
So thank you to Molly, you picked perfectly. I know it isn't easy to buy for someone you don't know, but you hit it perfectly. Merry Christmas to you, and thank you to Nymeth, and of course Dewey, for bringing us all together.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
What an Animal! challenge; Kenya around the world
(review is an homage to bookfool)
Is this a boring old nonfiction account of bringing books to the outskirts of Kenya?
No, not at all. I wasn't sure what I thought this would be about, but it wasn't boring at all. Hamilton based the novel on a true event of bringing literacy on camels to the rural areas of Kenya, but the story is really about the people and the relationships during a short time period.
What book did this remind you of?
The Number One Ladies Detective Agency has the same sort of feel, of way of life in Africa, of feeling like not much happens, when there is so much below the surface. In some ways, not much happens: a bookmobile that visits a nomadic community returns to find 2 books have been lost. The community needs to find the books for several reasons. But the relationships, motives, and behaviors of the characters are so much more than they seem.
Who are the characters?
The American, the Librarian, the Teacher, the Girl, the Grandmother, the Teacher's Wife, the Drum Maker, and Scar Boy. Each chapter is named for one of the characters, but it is all told in third person. I was surprised at how quickly each character came to life with a whole back story, with hopes and thoughts and decisions. Not all are likable, but like people everywhere, they have their reasons.
Not a happily ever after ending, but certainly realistic.
Where did you hear of this book?
I wish I could remember the person, but it was online. Somebody wrote a review last year and it was the first I'd heard of it and it sounded wonderful. I ordered it and then looked at it on my shelf for far too long.
Big lessons or themes?
Change is difficult, the constant battle between old customs and new ideas, progress versus tradition, finding love, looking for adventure, the importance of literacy and learning.
Who would like this book?
People interested in learning more about African culture, books about books, and slow-paced, character driven books.
Did you say this review had something to do with bookfool?
I thought I could mimic her humorous, self-questioning book review style, but I added no humor and could hardly come up with any questions. I have even more admiration for her great reivews now. Maybe I don't talk to myself as much as I thought I did? Or I am not as interesting as I thought I was?
also reviewed by Robin and Alison
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
2. The other option is to read 5 books that Dewey reviewed. These can be from any year and I’m guessing that each of us has at least 5 books on our TBR list because of Dewey!
The Sister by Poppy Adams my review here June 30/09
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff; my review here Nov 04/09
*edit (Nov 2009) The links aren't going to Dewey's site anymore. I can still read her reviews on my Google Reader if I search for them. It's harder then, to find the books that Dewey read and reviewed.*
Sunday, December 14, 2008
- The People of Sparks - Jeanne DuPrau
10. Stargirl/The Library Card - Jerry Spinelli
Saturday, December 13, 2008
genre: young adult
What a sweet little fairy tale! Well, modern fairy tale, with Weetzie, a decidedly eccentric LA teen and Dirk, her gay best friend, out looking for Ducks (boyfriends.) They aren't battling ogres and dragons, but separated parents and AIDS. Not wolves and bears, but the club scene and babies. Not witches and, no wait, there are witches in the book, and genies and wishes that come true.
It is young adult in the true sense, as Weetzie and Dirk are in their twenties, although they met in high school. The writing style is very fairy tale, with no descriptions, just events occurring, and then this next event happens. The plot jumps from major event to major event as Weetzie learns what makes her happy and how to live happily ever after. Having the book set in Los Angeles and Hollywood lends to the unrealness of their life.
[Secret Agent Lover Man] kissed her.
A kiss about apple pie a la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pie heat. A kiss about chocolate, when you haven't eaten chocolate in a year. A kiss about palm trees speeding by, trailing pink clouds when you drive down the Strip sizzling with champagne. A kiss about spotlights fanning the sky and the swollen sea spilling like tears all over your legs.
I was quite enchanted.
genre challenge: romance
Fiction or non-fiction? fiction
What led you to pick up this book? I love Maeve Binchy, and it is her newest release. A staff member at school brought it in and I scooped it right up.
Summarize the plot, but don't give away the ending!
Following the lives and loves of the staff of a cardiac clinic in Dublin, Ireland.
What did you like most about the book? What did you like least?
I loved that characters from many of Binchy's other books were in this one. It gives an update on some characters from Evening Class, Scarlett Feather, Quentins, Whitethorn Hills and Nights of Rain and Stars.
The characters are realistic, modern people that fight with their family, have good friends, and hope for a better life and love.
That was only a problem in that it has been many years since I've read some of the books. It isn't necessary to know all the back story, but it provides a sense of remembrance. There are so many characters that if feels a bit like a series of short, interconnected stories. I would just get to know a character and then their part of the story was done.
Have you read any other books by this author? What did you think of those books? I've read all of Binchy's books, she's one of my favorite authors.
What did you think of the main character? I guess Clare was the main character. She was strong in her job and inspired loyalty, but didn't get along with her daughters. Fiona was also a main character and she was also a wonder woman type, everyone loved her and she knew how to deal with everyone, but was fighting some internal battles.
Any other particularly interesting characters?
The twins, Maud and Simon are quite amusing and I foresee a story of their own soon.
Share a favorite scene from the book. The wedding at the end, with all the characters.
What about the ending? Aw, wonderful ending all tied up with all the characters. You don't read Maeve Binchy to have the characters end up unhappy.
Which of your readers are most likely to enjoy this book? Why?
If you haven't read any Binchy, I wouldn't start with this one. Evening Class, Whitethorn Hills and Nights of Rain and Stars are more stand-alone stories and would be what I would recommend. If you've read Binchy before, I don't have to tell you to read this one. You've already got it.
I would recommend Binchy to fans of LM Montgomery. They both set a location and character so well, with star-crossed lovers, pride and honor getting in the way, and then pretty much perfect, idealized endings. I get the same sense of comfort reading both authors.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Winter Holiday Reading Challenge hosted by bookinhand
A collection of short stories, from around the world, by some very well known authors. Writers like John Cheever, Mavis Gallant, Graham Greene, Alistair MacLeod, Alice Munro, Vladimir Nabokov, Jeanette Winterson. Pretty impressive crowd. And the countries represented? Japan, Nicaragua, Canada, Germany, Ukraine, Argentina, England, USA, Australia.
Like most collections, some stories resonated with me more, others I skipped. Not all were explicity Christmas and I liked the world view. I'm not sure I often 'get' short stories, and a few didn't tie up enough to satisfy, but all in all, enough good ones to enjoy, if not remember, since the book has been returned to the library.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Anne Michaels Fugitive Pieces
Sarah Dessen Keeping the Moon
Alice Munro - The View From Castle Rock
Sarah Dunant - In the Company of the Courtesan
Robertson Davies - Fifth Business
Andrea Camilleri - Patience of the Spider
Marish Pessl - Special Topics in Calamity Physics
Charlaine Harris - Dead Until Dark
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
In reading, I have just entered the newly opened Cardiac Clinic at St Bridget's Hospital in Dublin. It is good to be back in a comfortable Maeve Binchy setting. And my favorite thing has just happened - a characters from another book, Days of Nights and Stars have just shown up, plus, they are eating at Quentins all the time. (Heart and Soul, Maeve Binchy)
Where is reading taking you today?
Welcome to my little part of the Advent Tour. Christmas holidays seem like the time of the year we are most likely to get out the board games and play games as a family. A chance to try out the new games, like Cranium or Rock Band, or play the old favorites, like Clue, Payday, or Life. Even the cards come out, with rousing games of crib, auction, and hearts. It must be something about family time, and being together for Christmas that makes us turn off the television and play.
In that spirit I have a little guessing game for you. Have you watched any seasonal movies yet this year? Do you have a favorite you bring out at Christmas? There are the old favorites, and then the new modern movies that are quickly becoming classics, at least at out house. I haven't seen all of these, but they are all seasonal in some way. Can you identify the movie the quotes are from. Read them over, make a guess, and then, if you highlight the space at the end of each clue, you can see how well you did.
Raidergirl3's Christmas Movie Quiz
2. -I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!
-You'll shoot your eye out, kid. A Christmas Story
3. The words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote: Stink, stank, stunk!
4. I just don't understand Christmas, I guess. I like getting presents and sending Christmas cards and decorating trees and all that, but I'm still not happy. I always end up feeling depressed. A Charlie Brown Christmas
5. The most enjoying traditions of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin. Thith tree is a thymbol of the thpirit of the Griswold family Chrithmath. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
6. Now wait a minute, Susie. Just because every child can't get his wish that doesn't mean there isn't a Santa Claus. Miracle on 34th Street
7. Fozziwig: At this time in the proceedings, it is a tradition for me to make a little speech.
Jacob Marley: And it is a tradition for us to take a little nap.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
8. You've been given a great gift, George: A chance to see what the world would be like without you. It's a Wonderful Life
9. SANTA! OH MY GOD! SANTA'S COMING! I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM! Elf
10. You left Claire for Frisbee the dog? Frank, let me sum this up for you: you don't know who you are, you don't know what you want, and you don't know what the hell is going on. Scrooged
11. At one time most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I've grown old the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe. The Polar Express
12. -I'm going to be Mary in the Christmas play. And if you try to be, or raise your arm, you'll wish you didn't.
- I'm always Mary in the Christmas play.
- Go ahead then. And next spring when the pussy-willows come out, I'm going to stick a pussy-willow so far down your ear where nobody can reach it. And it'll sit there and grow and grow and grow so for the rest of your life, there'll be a pussy-willow bush growing out of your ear. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
13. This is *Christmas*. The season of perpetual hope. And I don't care if I have to get out on your runway and hitchhike. If it costs me everything I own, if I have to sell my soul to the devil himself, I am going to get home to my son. Home Alone
14. God bless us, every one! Scrooge (A Christmas Carol)
15. Scott Calvin: Look, I am not Santa Claus! Ahhh!
Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the season, however you celebrate!
Don't forget to stop by Sherrie's Just Books for her turn on the Blog Tour today too.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Thanks to Joy for hosting this; the official blog helped me find some authors and titles that I was getting stuck on. Next year Becky will host this one. I'm not going to attempt this one, I am going to stop on a successful note. My suggestions for readers attempting this one is to feel free to move titles and authors around, don't feel a books is locked into one slot. And try not to leave all the hard ones until the end.
Here is the list of books I completed in 2008
A - Anderson, Laurie Halse - Speak
B - Ben Jelloun, Tahar - This Blinding Absence of Light
C - Cook, Thomas H - The Chatham School Affair
D - Dunning, John - Booked to Die
E - Enright, Anne - The Gathering
F - Fforde, Jasper - The Eyre Affair
G - Gleason, Colleen - The Bleeding Dusk
H - Hale, Shannon - Princess Academy
I - Ishiguro, Kazou - The Remains of the Day
J - Jennings, Ken - Brainiac
K - Kinsella, Sophie - Remember Me?
L - Landvik, Lorna - Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons
M - Mitchell, David - Black Swan Green
N - Nafisi, Azar - Reading Lolita in Tehran
O - O'Dell, Scott - Island of the Blue Dolphins
P - Phillips, Marie - Gods Behaving Badly
Q - Quarrington, Paul - The Ravine
R - Ross, Ann B - Miss Julia Takes Over
S - Sansom, Ian - The Case of the Missing Books
T - Toltz, Steve - A Fraction of the Whole
U - Updale, Eleanor - Montmorency: thief, liar, gentleman?
V - Vargas Llosa, Mario - Who Killed Palomino Molero?
W - Waters, Sarah - The Night Watch
X - Xiong, Blia - Nine-In-One Grr! Grr! (children's book)
Y - Yang, Gene Luen - American Born Chinese
Z - Zusak, Markus - The Book Thief
A - Atonement - Ian McEwan
B - Beauty - Robin McKinley
C - The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier
D - Drive Like Hell - Dallas Hudgens
E - Eleanor Rigby - Douglas Coupland
F - From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler - EL Konisburg
G - The Goose Girl - Shannon Hale
H - House of Meeting - Martin Amis
I - The Interloper - Antoine Wilson
J - The Jane Austen Book Club - Karen Joy Fowler
K - The Kalahari Typing School for Men - Alexander McCall Smith
L - Latitudes of Melt - Joan Clark
M - Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones
N - Never Have Your Dog Stuffed - Alan Alda
O - The Outcast - Sadie Jones
P - Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi
Q - The Quirks and Quarks Guide to Space
R - Running With Scissors - Augusten Burroughs
S - Shakespeare's Trollop - Charlaine Harris
T - Terra Cotta Dog - Andrea Camilleri
U - The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
V - Vegan, Virgin, Valentine - Carolyn Mackler
W - Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
X - The Xibalba Murders - Lyn Hamilton
Y - Yellowknife - Steve Zipp
Z - Zel - Donna Jo Napoli
Sunday, December 7, 2008
last book in the A - Zed title and author challenge
Imagine life in London before the sewer system was installed. The stench, the disease, the grossness. Montmorency, in jail for assorted thievery and recovering from horrendous injuries, begins to think of the new sewer system as a way to change his life. Talk about looking on the sunny side of things.
His injuries kept him in contact with a doctor, who based his growing reputation on the surgeries he did on Montmorency. This gives Montmorency a chance to see how gentlemen live. He decides to use the sewers as a way to get around London and to quickly escape notice of the police. The book follows his release from prison and the double life his leads, building up a fortune as a thief and living the high life as a gentleman.
I usually like Victorian books and this didn't disappoint. It is rated as a Young Adult book, and my 11 year old read it first. We both liked it but not loved it. It is the first book in a series and we agreed we would read another in the series but we didn't need to run out and get the next book. The character of Montmorency was interesting and complex, as he progresses from convict to gentleman with a conscience.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
2. Have you read everything he or she has written? I think so. There are a few short stories maybe, and I have her newest book, Heart and Soul here, ready and waiting to read. I've been saving it, and looking forward to it. I think I'll need a weekend, to be able to read without stopping.
3. Did you LIKE everything? Overall, yes. Some of her early novels weren't as strong, but still great story telling and characters.
4. How about a least favorite author?
5. An author you wanted to like, but didn’t? Oscar Wilde is an author I wanted to like more. I like the plot of his books but I find the reading to be very difficult. there are probably a lot more of those classics authors that I wish I liked reading more. I would almost put Jane Austen here, but I do like her stories, I just don't love them.