Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday Salon: Reading, Read, To Read #42

Happy Sunday everyone!

I had an incredible week reading. Really. I think I read some of my favorite and my best for the year this past week. I don't know how I'll ever manage a top five for this month. I might have to cheat a little. Do you think I can get away with cheating?!

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

Emily's Ghost. Denise Giardina. 2009. W.W. Norton & Company. 335 pages.
Girl in the Arena. Lise Haines. 2009. Bloomsbury. 384 pages.
Jemma Hartman: Camper Extraordinaire. Brenda A. Ferber. 2009. FSG. 215 pages.
The Sisters 8: Annie's Adventures. Lauren Baratz-Logsted. 2008. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 136 pages.
Love, Aubrey. Suzanne LaFleur. 2009. Random House. 262 pages.
I Don't Want A Posh Dog by Emma Dodd. 2009. Little, Brown.

What I read this past week and reviewed:

If America Were A Village: A Book About the People of the United States. David J. Smith. 2009. Kids Can Press.
A Match for Mary Bennet by Eucharista Ward, O.S.F. 2009. Sourcebooks. 350 pages.
Twenty Boy Summer. Sarah Ockler. 2009. Little, Brown. 290 pages
Gullible Gus. Maxine Rose Schur. 2009. Clarion Books. 48 pages. (early reader/chapter book)
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell. 2008. HarperCollins. 171 pages
Umbrella Summer. Lisa Graff. 2009. HarperCollins. 235 pages.
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine. 2009. Penguin. 266 pages.
Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez. 2009. Little, Brown. 198 pages.

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

Heart of a Shepherd. Rosanne Parry. 2009. Random House. 161 pages.
A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell. 2005. Random House. 464 pages.
Dance with a Vampire by Ellen Schreiber. 2007. HarperCollins. 178 pages.
Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of A Tree. Lauren Tarshis. 2007. Penguin. 200 pages.
Ottoline Goes To School. Chris Riddell. 2009. Harpercollins. 170 pages.
Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle & Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me. Nan Marino. 2009. Roaring Brook Press. 154 pages.

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

What I'm currently reading:

Girl in A Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold
Willoughby's Return by Jane Odiwe
The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey
The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner

What I'm just fooling around that I'm reading:

Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Monk by Matthew Lewis
Darkness Be My Friend by John Marsden

What I've abandoned:

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Suko 10:45 PM  

Becky, you never cease to amaze me with all your reading and reviewing. Read on!

Debi 5:59 AM  

Cheat away, Becky! It would just be too sad to leave "someone" out who really deserves to be on the favorites list, right?

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

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

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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