- The Redheaded Princess - Ann Rinaldi Pretty good biography about Queen Elizabeth's youth. Plus, I love Ann Rinaldi.
- Slipping - Cathleen Davitt Bell Kind of time-traveley, touchy-feeling family book. For boys. Yes, it was a bit strange.
- Caught Between the Pages - Marlene Carvell Unbelievably forgettable. As in, I can't really think of a thing to say about it.
- The Juliet Club - Suzanne Harper Girl goes to Italy to study Shakespeare and SURPRISE! Falls in love.
- My Dad's a Birdman - David Almond Too weird for my blood. And if my dad was eating bugs off the floor, I would lose my mind.
- Revolution is not a Dinner Party - Ying Chang Compestine Communist Revolution books? Yes please.
- The Willoughbys - Lois Lowry Funny, but still not quite funny enough.
- Audrey, Wait! - Robin Benway Minus the copious swearing, a really amusing book.
- My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park - Steve Kluger Uneven - sometimes hilarious, sometimes just weird and stupid.
- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clark Harry Potter for adults? I think not.
- Rapunzel's Revenge - Shannon and Dean Hale An excellent graphic novel. Fun and funny. Anyone with braids that can be used as lassos is a winner in my book.
- Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer The more I think about this book, the more I seethe with rage. I try not to dwell on it.
- Alive and Well in Prague, New York - Daphne Grab I find it hard to believe that, even in Prague, New York, someone would willingly wear overalls.
- Planet Pregnancy - Linda Oatman High I read this book in about thirty minutes. Thank you, blank verse.
- The Loser's Guide to Life and Love - A. E. Cannon Delightful and funny. Midsummer Night's Dream has never been so charmingly modern.
- Twilight - Stephenie Meyer What more is there to say?
- New Moon - Stephenie Meyer Much better the second time when I wasn't all consumed with IS EDWARD EVER COMING BACK!?!?!?
- Keys to the Kingdom: Mister Monday - Garth Nix Amusing and clever, but not really my style.
- Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer My favorite of the series. I will not apologize for bawling through the end when she tells Jacob she picks Edward. Sob!
- Monster - Dean Walter Myers Meh.
- Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer Worse the second time. Yes, I read this twice in three weeks.
- The Possibilities of Sainthood - Donna Freitas Cute, but a little repetitive.
- The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins This book is out now. Go read it, pronto.
- Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos - R.L. LaFevers Frankly? I've never been so bored by Egyptian curses.
- Al Capone Does My Shirts - Gennifer Choldenko I read this after we visited Alcatraz. It was a really good book.
- Forever - Judy Blume My first ever Judy Blume book, if you can believe it. This didn't really make me want to run out and read more.
- Jip, His Story - Katherine Paterson Not as good as Bridge to Terabithia but a bazillion times better than Jacob Have I
- Geography Club - Brent Hartinger So unrealistic in so many ways. I cannot even begin to list my issues with this book. Fortunately, we talked about it in class and I got to publicly air my grievances.
- Thoreau at Walden - John Porcellino A top-notch graphic novel. Plus I felt uber-smart reading actual Thoreau (albeit with pictures).
- Sweethearts - Sara Zarr A stellar book - definitely one of my favorites from the quarter.
- Show and Tell: The Find Art of Picture Book Illustration - Dilys Evans Best book about illustration ever. Or, the only book about illustration I have ever read.
- Story of a Girl - Sara Zarr Sweethearts was much better.
- Tex - S. E. Hinton Loved! So well-written that I didn't even mind reading about horses.
- The Declaration - Gemma Malley Interesting but very predictable. Also, the main character was kind of annoying, which is a downer.
- How NOT to be Popular - Jennifer Ziegler Funny, predictable, disappointing ending. What else is there to say?
- Shakespeare's Secret - Elise Broach I could not wrap my head around this book. It was mystery! romance! history! but only sort of a bit of each.
- High Dive - Tammar Stein Review forthcoming. For now, suffice it to say, this book was top-notch.
September 30, 2008
Third Quarter Reading
I read 37 books this quarter, putting my year-to-date total at 112. I've gotta admit, I'm feeling pretty good about myself today.
Labels: Quarterly Report