Saturday, May 31, 2008

Book Binge Challenge Completed--# of May Books Read

book bingeA Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck. 148. 5/5
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck. 130. 5/5
Blackness Tower by Lillian Stewart Carl. 367. 2.5/5
Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block. 478. 3.5/5
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. 330. 4/5
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. 361. 5/5
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. 256. 5/5
Bronte's Book Club by Kristiana Gregory. 148. 3.5/5
The Sky Inside by Clare B. Dunkle. 229. 5/5
Crispin: At the Edge of the World by Avi. 256. 3/5
Greetings From Nowhere by Barbara O'Connor. 208. 4/5
The Patron Saints of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante. 292. 4/5
The Sisters Grimm: Magic and Other Misdemeanors by Michael Buckley. 282. 4/5
Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park. 201. 3.75/5
The Sisters Grimm: Tales From the Hood. by Michael Buckley. 274. 3.75/5
Once Upon A Prom: Dream by Jeanine Le Ny. 218. 3/5
The Host by Stephenie Meyer. 619. 4/5
East by Edith Pattou. 494. 4/5
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis. 3/5
Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson. 389. 3.5/5
gods behaving badly by Marie Phillips. 292. 3/5
Good Enough by Paula Yoo. 322. 4/5
Once Upon A Prom: Dress. by Jeanine Le Ny. 217. 3/5
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters. 392. 3/5
Once Upon A Prom: Date by Jeanine Le Ny. 223. 3/5
The Road by Cormac McCarthy. 287. 4.75/5
Mandy by Julie Edwards. 279. 5/5
Fearless by Tim Lott. 263. 3/5
Manga Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, illustrated by Sonia Leong. 195. ???
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. 184. 3/5
Double-Click for Trouble by Chris Woodworth. 162. 3.5/5
Don't Know Where, Don't Know When by Annette Laing. 206. 3/5
The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers. 375. 4.5/5
The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu. 336. 3.5/5
Rumors by Anna Godbersen. 423. 1/5
The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie. 224. 4.75/5
Neptune's Children by Bonnie Dobkin. 262. 3.5/5

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3 comments:

Mrs S 12:41 PM  

36 books?? Wow! You put my 8 to shame *tee hee*

I wish I had time to read that many books in a month - I'd clear my TBR mountain in less than a 6 months!

Hairline Fracture 2:17 PM  

Wow! That's amazing!

MaryP 8:44 AM  

Holy crap, what a list! Is there one that stands out for you? One in particular that you'd recommend, or were they all uniformly enjoyable?

Though generally mangas are lost on me (and I see a lot, having five teens in and around the house), I'm intrigued by the idea of a Romeo and Juliet one. Maybe I'll start there...

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