Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sunday Salon: Reading, Read, To Read #2

Happy Sunday everyone! Have you read any good books this year? Any that you'd especially recommend? I'm looking for a couple of good recommendations for science fiction if you've got any!

What I've Reviewed This Week:

Bedtime for Mommy. Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 2010. (March 2010). Bloomsbury. 32 pages.
I'm Number One by Michael Rosen. Illustrated by Bob Graham. 2009. (December 2009). Candlewick Press. 32 pages.
The Perfect Gift. By Mary Newell Depalma. 2010. (January 2010). Scholastic. 32 pages.
Finn Throws A Fit! By David Elliott. Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering. 2009. Candlewick Press. 32 pages.
Milo Armadillo. By Jan Fearnley. 2009. (December 2009). Candlewick Press. 40 pages.
The Dog in the Wood. By Monika Schroder. 2009. (November 2009). Boyds Mill Press. 168 pages. [MG Historical Fiction]
The Magician's Elephant. By Kate DiCamillo. 2009. (September 2009). Candlewick Press. 208 pages.
Food, Girls, And Other Things I Can't Have. By Allen Zadoff. 2009 [September 2009] Egmont USA. 320 pages. [YA Realistic Fiction/YA Sports]
The Apothecary's Daughter. By Julie Klassen. 2009. [January 2009] Bethany House. 416 pages. [Historical Fiction/Romance]
The Silent Governess. By Julie Klassen. 2010. (January 2010). Bethany House. 448 pages. [Historical Fiction/Romance]
The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy). Barbara Kerley. 2010. (January 2010). Scholastic. [Picture Book Biography/Picture Book Nonfiction] 48 pages.
The First Escape (The Doppel Ganger Chronicles #1) by G.P. Taylor. 2008. Tyndale. 288 pages. (MG)
Science Fiction Classics: Graphic Classics Volume Seventeen. Featuring Stories by Jules Verne, Stanley G. Weinbaum, E.M. Forster, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Lord Dunsany. 2009. (June 2009). Eureka Productions. 144 pages. (Edited by Tom Pomplun.) (YA)

What I'm Currently Reading:



The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. 1860/2005. Simon & Schuster. 784 pages. (Classic)


Under the Dome. By Stephen King. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 1088 pages. (Adult Horror/Science Fiction)



A Lady Like Sarah by Margaret Brownley. 2009. Thomas Nelson. 320 pages.


The Gospel In Genesis: From Fig Leaves to Faith by Martin Lloyd-Jones. 2009. Crossway. 160 pages.



Blackstone Key by Rose Melikan. Simon & Schuster. 435 pages. (Adult Historical Fiction)

What I Hope To Begin/Finish Soon:



The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer. 1921/2009. Sourcebooks. 355 pages.



Saving Juliet. By Suzanne Selfors. 2008. Walker. (Bloomsbury) 256 pages.


Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard. 2009. Penguin. 288 pages.


The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1938. 256 pages.

Movies Reviewed This Week:

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)

Challenges Joined This Week:

2010 Christian Historical Fiction Challenge
O.A.T.E.S. Challenge
Buy One Book Reading Challenge

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5 comments:

Paige Y. 3:24 PM  

I just read and reviewed The Comet's Curse by Dom Testa. I really enjoyed it

"Confuzzled" Shannon 4:39 PM  

I read Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin. It's historical fiction about the real woman who inspired Alice in Wonderland. It's realy good!

Elisabeth Marie 9:02 PM  

Have you never read The Hobbit? I hope you enjoy it! I thought it was much better than the Lord of the Rings...

Anonymous,  5:16 AM  

Science fiction - have you read A E van Vogt? "Empire of the Atom" and "The Wizard of Linn". L.

vanessa 10:10 PM  

I've never seen that Hobbit cover--it's gorgeous!

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