Sunday, June 07, 2009

Sunday Salon: Reading, Read, To Read #23

Happy Sunday everyone! My 48 Hour Book Challenge is just about complete. Technically, I've got about ten minutes left. But I'm using that time to write up this post. (I've already published my totals, see above link.) I was able to read nine books. And from those nine, I was able to review five. Reviews of the other four will happen in the next week (or so.) I would feel slightly guilty for counting two of those nine because I was already halfway through them before this weekend. But she's only tallying up hours spent. And it didn't matter how many (or how few) books you read. A chapter is a chapter is a chapter after all. (They did have to be fifth grade level and above. But still.) If you participated, what was your favorite book? I'm not sure which mine would be. I mean, I really enjoyed Along for The Ride, of course, I expected to. Dessen is just awesome like that. Emily Climbs was delightful, but when is L.M. Montgomery not delightful? Alcatraz Versus The Scrivener's Bones was fun. But again, it was expected to be. How could it not be?

What I read in a previous week, but reviewed this week:

The Dragon of Trelian. Michelle Knudsen. 2009. Candlewick Press. 407 pages.

What I read this past week and reviewed:

When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne. 1924.
Now We Are Six. A.A. Milne. 1927.
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. 1986. 329 pages.
Skellig by David Almond. 1998. Thorndike Press (Large Print Copy) 204 pages.
Bound by Donna Jo Napoli. 2004. 186 pages.
Two Parties, One Tux, And A Very Short Film About the Grapes of Wrath. Steven Goldman. 2008.
Liar by Justine Labaralestier. 2009. Bloomsbury. 388 pages.
Alcatraz Versus The Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson. 2008. 322 pages.
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein. 1966. 382 pages.

What I read this past week and haven't reviewed yet:

Darkwood by M.E. Breen. 2009. Bloomsbury. 273 pages.
Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery. 1925. 325 pages.
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen. 2009. 400 pages.
The Painter From Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein. 2008. 416 pages.

What I've read and really really need to review:

The House in Grosvenor Square by Linore Rose Burkard. 2009. Harvest House. 338 pages.
The Summoning. Kelley Armstrong. 2008. HarperCollins. 390 pages.
When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton. 2009. Penguin. 162 pages.

What I'm currently reading:

Middlemarch by George Eliot
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

What I'm just fooling around that I'm reading: (none this week)

What I've abandoned: (none this week)

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

5 comments:

Molly 9:32 PM  

Awesome job, Becky! I hope to participate next year.

Shona 10:34 PM  

Congrats for completing the challenge.Looking forward to your reviews.

Kailana 4:42 AM  

You have Cleopatra's Daughter already? That's very cool! Congrats on reading so many great books! (I still have only read one Emily book... People like her better than Anne, but I haven't got around to reading the whole trilogy to make a fair comparison!)

DesLily 6:41 AM  

ohhhh, thank you Becky for the flash of memories over Pooh Bear.. how I wish I had the Pooh books and the one you just read ! I had them when my kids were young but what happened to them I don't know.

Jess 10:40 AM  

Congrats on the 48 hour read a thon!

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I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

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  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

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