Sunday, December 06, 2009

Sunday Salon: Reading, Read, To Read #49

If I were to sit down and write down all the things I have to do in the next week or so--even just the next 48 hours--I'm sure it would end in chocolate and tears. Which may or may not be a bad thing. So I'm not going to bother with making a to do list. And if I start to feel down, I'll just take a moment or two to count my blessings. After reading This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer, I have no reason to stress. I'd take my life over Miranda's any day!

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

The Year of the Bomb by Ronald Kidd. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 202 pages.
The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Prisoner's Dilemma. Trenton Lee Stewart. 2009. Little, Brown Young Readers. 391 pages.
Man and Wife. Wilkie Collins. 1870. 688 pages.

What I read this past week and reviewed:

God Gave Us Love. Lisa Tawn Bergren. 2009. Waterbrook Press.
God Gave Us Christmas. Lisa Tawn Bergren. 2006. Waterbrook Press.
Merry Christmas. Susan Leigh. Concordia Press. 2006.
Walking Backward. Catherine Austen. 2009. Orca. 167 pages.
Guardian. Julius Lester. 2008. HarperCollins. 136 pages.
The Unwritten Rule. Elizabeth Scott. 2010. Simon & Schuster. 210 pages.
This World We Live In. Susan Beth Pfeffer. 2010. Harcourt. 256 pages.
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle. 2008. Penguin. 352 pages.
Antsy Does Time. Neal Shusterman. 2008. Penguin. 247 pages.
The Way We Live Now. Anthony Trollope. 1875. 776 pages.
Treasured: Knowing God by the Things He Keeps. Leigh McLeroy. 2009. Waterbrook Press. 208 pages.

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

Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford. 2009. Penguin. 196 pages.
The Kind of Friends We Used To Be. Frances O'Roark Dowell. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 234 pages.
Anything But Typical. Nora Raleigh Baskin. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 195 pages.
Dear Pen Pal by Heather Vogel Frederick. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 412 pages.
Counterfeit Son. Elaine Marie Alphin. 2000. Houghton Mifflin. 180 pages.
Dani Noir. Nova Ren Suma. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 266 pages.
Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix. 2008. Simon & Schuster. 297 pages.

What I'm currently reading:

These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

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

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Ash 7:29 PM  

I really want to read some Georgette Heyer but I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Carl V. 8:26 PM  

I say skip the tears, but not the chocolate!!!

Natasha @ Maw Books 9:36 PM  

I have yet to read Susan Beth Pfeffer. Sigh . . . I'm feeling really left out.

The Book Chook 3:03 PM  

These Old Shades and Black Sheep are probably my very favourite Heyers. I've loved her since I was a young teen, and she is still my comfort read.

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