Book Post

Jan. 17th, 2008 03:08 pm
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I think I mentioned before that I'm embarking on another year of reading new books (or rereading books I haven't read in years in one case). I'm paper journaling, since I'm expecting my students to do so, but I'm also keeping a record here - with reviews for some of them.

Here's my list so far:

1. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg *
2. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
3. Digging to America by Anne Tyler *
4. A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
5. A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
6. Mary Anne and the Little Princess by Ann M Martin
7. The Reading Environment by Aidan Chambers
8. Stacey's Secret Friend by Ann M Martin
9. On Tour with the Ballet School Mal Lewis Jones
10. Gemma by Noel Streatfield *
11. Gemma and Sisters by Noel Streatfield *
12. The Secret Life of Mary Anne Spier by Ann M Martin
13. Sisters: Phoebe by Marilyn Kaye
14. Davita's Harp by Chaim Potok *

* = review to come

I've also reread the Drina books I have and some of the Cherubs - but I reread them so often they don't count.

Books to be read:

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
It's Your Time You're Wasting: A Teacher's Tale of Classroom Hell by Frank Chalk

along with a pile of children's classics I want to read before I recommend them to my students
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Book 94: Mary Anne and the Secret in the Attic by Ann M. Martin

The one 'Mystery' book that actually matters )

Book 97: Claudia and the Terrible Truth by Ann M. Martin

An interesting 'issues' filled BSC )

Book 108: Kilmeny of the Orchard by L. M. Montgomery

A really Sweet Story )

Book 114: Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller

Lovely and Unusual With Completely Fantastic Characters )

Book 140: Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery

I think I want to be Jane when I grow up )

Check out the post before this one for a list of books if you want me to review one of the books I've read. Now, time for more beer . . .

Book Post

May. 18th, 2006 07:06 am
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(I will get through these. I will)

Book 88: Our Enemy, My Friend by Jenny Blackman

When Father said grace he prayed for our German friends. I thought that was a bit strange. What can possibly happen to them in a quiet village like Wirreebilla, so far away from the war?

Another My Story book )

Book Post

May. 17th, 2006 09:04 am
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Book 86:Love Lessons by Jacqueline wilson

"I don't want you to go to school, poppet. Heaven knows, I hated it myself. But now your dad's not able to teach you we'll just have to give it a go. And maybe . . . maybe it's time you two learned to fit in more. I just want you both to be happy."

Review is here )

Book 87: A Tale of Two Families by Jenny Pausacker

My family looks normal on the surface, same as the Maxwells, but underneath there's all these secrets. Terry being secretly famous. Mum being a secret Women's Libber. My life's not quite as normal and boring as I thought.

Another review )
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I still have ten book reviews to get through *g*

Book 84: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

As he stood up, Langdon was beginning to suspect it was going to be a very long night.

A rather unknown book . . .  )

Book 85: Bend it Like Beckham by Narinder Dhami

"Anyone can cook aloo gobi," I muttered. "But who can bend a ball like Beckham?"

Almost as cute as the movie )
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Number of books read: 26
Best Book Read: Here Today (Ann M Martin)
Worst Book Read: Changing Emma (John Brindley)
Longest Book Read: Here Today (Ann M Marin) 308 pages
Shortest Book Read: The Sleepover Secret (Judy Katschke) 86 pages

Number of pages read this month: 4592
Number of pages read this year: 16962

The Books )
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The book post after OD-ing on Sweet Valley Twins books

Book 81: Elizabeth's First Kiss by Jamie Suzanne

”While we're at it, I could show you a few makeup tricks, too. After all, if you're going to change your hair, you might as well try some other new looks”

Elizabeth and Todd 4Eva )

Book 82: The Middle School Gets Married by Jamie Suzanne

Inside the basket were eggs. Lots of eggs. Some of them had pink stickers on them, and some of them had blue stickers.

The Egg Experiment )

Book 83: The Battle of the Cheerleaders by Jamie Suzanne

”Let's vote. Who wants to start the first all-girl basketball team at SVMS?”
Eleven voices yelled aye, clear and loud.
“So it's set,” Jessica said triumphantly. “As of tomorrow, we're a team!”

The feminist Sweet Valley Twins )
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Book 76: Wishes and Dreams by Kathy Clark

”Okay Mary-Kate. Let's start with the facts. Your party is two weeks from Thursday and you don't know where you're having it yet?”

Mary-Kate and Ashley Aged 16 )

Book 77: The Au Pairs by Melissa De La Cruz

”Ah, de Hamptons, berry, berry rich people there”

Meeting the berry rich people )

Book 78: Second Sight by Isobel Bird

'Reveal that which has been hidden.' The voice called to Cooper faintly, as if the person speaking the words was in another room.

Another Circle of Three Book )

Book 79: Mary Anne and the Zoo mystery by Ann M Martin

”The emu. She escaped.”

Emus and Seals and Bears, oh my )

Book 80: Changing Emma by John Brindley

Helen had looked at her strangely. Helen's parents were more than a little surprised by all the champagne. Then she told them about the twenty-three and a half million pound lottery win.

Everything changed.

Can someone please kill this author. And his poorly constructed sentences. )

Book Post

May. 10th, 2006 07:00 am
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Yes, I'm a little behind here. I've read 84 books now, but I'm only up to reviewing 75. Hopefully I'll get some more out of the way in the next day or so.

Book 70: So Mote It Be by Isobel Bird

”The Come to Me Love Spell should be used when you want to attract the attention of someone special” she read. “It will draw love to you and make you irresistible.”

In time honoured tradition of love spells . . . )

Book 71 - 73: Winging It. Losing the Plot and Flying High by Annie Dalton

Apparently when some people arrive on The Other Side, as my Great Nan used to call it, they take one look and go, “oh, hello, I must have died and gone to heaven!”

But I was only thirteen. It didn't occur to me that I was dead.

The Heavenly Collection )

Book 74: Here Today by Ann M. Martin

In 1963, Ellie's mother, Doris Day Dingman, was crowned the Bosetti Beauty at Mr. Bosetti's supermarket. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and the Dingman's began to fall apart.

Another Post BSC Book )

Book 75: Lauren: Seeing Stars by Jennie Walters

”We're so alike . . . you could be my kid sister!”

Yet another instant starlet )
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Book 67: Dancing Queen by Thalia Kalkipsakis

"Weeeeeeeelcome, Charlie!" Rosie, the dance teacher, yelled above the music. As she clapped her hands, her nail polish glittered. "Just find a spot at the barre."

Apparently, ballet just isn't *cool* )

Book 68: Make Friends With Jade/Amy by Ann Bryant

Jade's spirits sank down to her socks because if she told the truth about what she was doing at the weekend, some people might think she was showing off. Being a show off was as bad as being a teacher's pet.

Now read up children, and learn your lesson )

Book 69: Amy Peppercorn: Beyond the Stars by John Brindley

"France!" Ray Ray had yapped at my dad. "France first. Then after, the states. France, the States!."
My dad had turned to my mum, "Did you hear that?" he said, as if she'd suddenly become extremely hard of hearing, 'France! America!"

Sir. Please step away from the drugs when writing a children's book. )

Book Post

Apr. 14th, 2006 04:06 pm
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BTW: If anyone's interested in looking at all the (new) books I've read this year in one place - I've set up an account at Library Thing for that purpose. You can find my profile right here and then look at my catalogue from there.

Book 62: Charm School by Anne Fine

"All day I want to see your Prettiest Eyes and your Prettiest Smiles!"

Charming? )

Book 63: The Sleep-Over Secret by Judy Katschke

"I have just one question," Mary-Kate Burke said. She unwrapped her peanut butter sandwich in the school lunchroom. "Why do they call them sleepovers if nobody ever sleeps?"

I actually read a Mary-Kate and Ashley book . . . )

Book 64: Spy High: The Frankenstein Factory by A. J. Butcher

Senior Tutor Elmore Grant sighed and ran his hands through his worryingly greying hair. It was a gesture he allowed himself only when sitting alone in his darkened study at Spy High, as he was now.

Futuristic Children Spies )

Book 65: Stealing Stacey by Lynne Reid Banks

It was mid-afternoon when we finally turned off the road and drove along the dirt track for about a mile. On each side of us was just more desert, not empty desert but red sand dotted with low bushes and a few mulga trees, mostly dead. Then I saw the station.

Review with Home and Away reference here )

Book 66: Finding Serenity edited by Jane Espenson

Damndest thing about Firefly is that sometimes it made me feel like I was coming home

Review here )

There are still three more books to catch up on, but I'm too tired for that now.
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So, yesterday, I went to the library. *rubs hands with glee* And there's a couple of other books I hadn't reviewed yet.

Book 57: Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

The warning was lost on Artemis. He was already somewhere else. A familiar electric buzz was crackling over his skin. This was the beginning of something. He could feel it.

Russians and goblins and evil meglomaniacs, oh my. )

Now for the April books.

Book 58: The Sixth Form at St Clare's by Pamela Cox

Pat and Isabel O'sullivan walked along the station platform in a sedate manner, as befitted the head girls of St Clare's.

Can Authorized Fan Fiction Ever Work? )

Book 59: Supernova by Catherine Hapka

She touched her silver star pendant. If her parents were here, she knew what they would say. Follow your dreams, Star. Always follow your dreams.

It gets less scary once you get past the Nikki Webster look-alike on the cover )

Book 60: Skinny Dipping by Melissa De La Cruz

Before Buffalo and Bankruptcy, Eliza had been famous for being the prettiest, most popular girl on the New York private school circuit.

The Baby-Sitter's Club grow up and begin drinking . . . )

Book 61: Starting Gate by Bonnie Bryant

"I think you're being unfair, George," protested Skye. "These girls are expert horsewomen. Far better riders than I am."

Horses and movies )

I think I'll leave it there now - there's two more books, but they can wait.
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A smaller list this month - I was a little busy with moving etc.

Number of books read: 11
Best Book Read: Twins (Marcy Dermansky)
Worst Book Read: Devil's Food (Kerry Greenwood)
Longest Book Read: Twins (Marcy Dermansky) 308 pages
Shortest Book Read: Almost Ten and a Half (Candice F Ransom) 168 pages

Number of pages read this month: 2682
Number of pages read this year: 12360

The Books )
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I'm so behind on book posts. Blame the moving.

Book 54: Well Remembered Days by Arthur Mathews

I always say about Gloinn that he has the patience of Mother Theresa mixed with the charisma of Hitler, but these are only two of his numerous qualities.

Review )

Book 55: Fish Feet by Veronica Bennett

"The Royal Ballet School isn't a pathetic little tin-pot ballet school!"

Review )

Book 56: Moral Hazard by Kate Jennings

I will tell my story as straight as I can, as straight as anyone's crooked recollections allow.

Review )

Book Post

Mar. 14th, 2006 07:49 am
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Book 51: Almost Ten and a Half by Candice Ransom

Mrs Blevins had the sweetest face I'd ever seen, with soft pink skin and dimples. Her snowy hair was piled on top of her head like whipped cream. She had glasses made of thin silvery wires. Over her dumpling shape, she wore a white apron and a dress printed with blue flowers.

Review Here )

Book 52: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

There is no doubt that Artemis is a child prodigy. But why does someone of such brilliance dedicate himself to criminal activities? This is a question that can be answered by only one person. And he delights in not talking.

Review )

Book 53: A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin

Last summer, the summer I turned twelve, was the summer Adam came. And forever after I will think of events as Before Adam or After Adam. Tonight, which is several months After Adam, I finally have an evening alone.

Review )
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Book 47: Earthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood

"I kick at the wall with a furious foot, a waste of effort, for when they built this building they built it to survive anything short of an exploding volcano. I swear into the chill grey pre-dawn light. Then I see a figure slumped on my ventilation grate."

Why the hell is this author so popular? )

Book 48: Heavenly Pleasures by Kerry Greenwood

My name is Corrina Chapman and I am a baker

And on to the second )

Book 49: Devil's Food by Kerry Greenwood

It was one of the most horrible sound-effects I had ever heard. A thud, then a sick, wet crack, as though the victim's skull had been cloven . . .

Oh boy. Why oh why? )

Book 50: Twins by Marcy Dermansky

I wanted tattoos for our thirteenth birthday. Chloe didn't. Chloe refused. I told her I did not know what I would do if she kept saying no.

Am I up to 50 books already? )
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Number of books read: 12
Best Books Read: Bee Season (Myra Goldberg), The Birth of a New Moon (Laurie R. King), The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (Terry Ryan)
Worst Book Read: Until Death (Sandy Curtis)
Longest Book Read: Tipping the Velvet (Sarah Waters) 472 pages
Shortest Book Read: Kristy and the Vampires (Ann M Martin) 145 pages

Number of pages read this month: 3846
Number of pages read this year: 9533

The Books )
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Book 38:A Grave Talent by Laurie R. King

San Francisco was stil dark when the telephone erupted a foot from the ear of Katarina Cecilia Martinelli, Casey to her colleagues, Kate to her few friends.

The review )

Book 39: To Play the Fool by Laurie R. King

"Life has not been funny, Al."

Review )

Book 40: Night Work by Laurie R. King

Kate Martinelli sat in her uncomfortable metal folding chair and watched the world come to an end.

Review )

Book 41: Cocaine Blues and book 42: Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood

"Well, I shall try being a perfect Lady Detective in Melbourne . . . "

Review )

Book 43: The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman

The lake in my dreams is always frozen

Review )

Book 44: The Bombmaker (Reader's Digest Version) by Stephen Leather

It wasn't an especially big bomb.

Review )

Book 45: Until Death by Sandy Curtis

As the Holden Statesman pulled into the ground-floor car park of Brisbane's Anzac Square Building, the security guard looked up

Review )

Book 46: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan

"Race little roadster,
Fairly fly.
You'll be used parts
By and By."

The last review )

Book Post

Feb. 8th, 2006 08:33 am
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Book 34: Kristy and the Vampires by Ann M. Martin

"I gasped. There was a heavy white card inside, with writing all over it. And the writing looked like it had been done in blood!"

Review is here )

Book 35: Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

"She looked, I suppose, like a very pretty boy, for her face was a perfect oval, and her eyes were large and dark at the lashes, and her lips were rosy and full. Her figure, too, was boy-like and slender - yet rounded, vaguely but unmistakably, at the bosom, the stomach, and the hips, in a way no real boys ever was; and her shoes, I noticed after a moment, had two-inch heels to them."

There are spoilers in this review )

Book 36: The Birth of a New Moon by Laurie R. King

"A delicate sliver of bright new moon hung above her in the cloudless expanse of black sky, sharp-edges and brilliant among the hard points of a million stars. A new moon was a good omen, Anne decided - at least, Ana Wakefield was sure to think so."

Another cut, another review )

Book 37: Bee Season by Myla Goldberg

"From the first time she steps to the microphone the words are there, radiant as neon. She hears the word and suddenly it is inside her head, translated from sound into physical form."

The last review of today )
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Number of books read: 33
Best Books Read: No Highway (Nevil Shute), Contact Zero (David Wolstencroft), The Wee Free Men (Terry Pratchett), With Child (Laurie R. King)
Worst Book Read: Holy Smoke (Anna and Jane Campion)
Longest Book Read: Contact Zero (David Wolstencroft) 433 pages
Shortest Book Read: Rival Gymnast (Sheila Haigh) 96 pages

Number of pages read this month: 5687
Number of pages read this year: 5687

The books I Read )


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