Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday Salon: Reading, Read, To Read #5

Happy Sunday everyone! I'll be posting my monthly 'accomplishments' later in the day. If you should be so curious to want to know every little thing I've read and reviewed this week. It also includes my favorite 'first' lines of the month and my top six favorite books. (I gave up on narrowing it to a top five. It seems there is always *one* more book that just begs to be on the list.)

What was your favorite book that you read this month? I'd love to know! I think mine would probably be Tiger Moon. I just loved this one.

What I've Reviewed This Week:

Under the Dome by Stephen King. 2009. [November 2009]. Simon & Schuster. 1088 pages.
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice. Phillip Hoose. 2009. FSG. 144 pages.
Mr. Darcy's Great Escape: A Tale of The Darcys and The Bingleys. Marsha Altman. 2010. (February 2010) Sourcebooks. 496 pages.
2001 A Space Odyssey. By Arthur C. Clarke. 1968. Penguin. 320 pages.
Of All The Stupid Things. Alexandra Diaz. 2009. [December 2009]. Egmont. 272 pages.
Once Was Lost. By Sara Zarr. 2009. [October 2009]. Little, Brown. 224 pages.
Tiger Moon. Antonia Michaelis. 2008. [November 2008]. Harry N. Abrams. 384 pages. (Translated into English by Anthea Bell.)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming. 1964*. Random House. 160 pages
Manga Shakespeare: As You Like It. William Shakespeare. 2009. Ill. Chie Kutsuwada. Adapted by Richard Appignanesi. 208 pages. (YA)
Me Hungry! By Jeremy Tankard. 2010 Board Book Edition. (February 2010). Candlewick. 34 pages.
Curious Baby: Music Play: A Book and CD. "By" H.A. Rey. 2009. (September 2009). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 10 pages.
The Very Best Mother Goose Book Tower. By Iona Opie. Illustrated by Rosemary Wells. 2010. (February 2010). Candlewick. 80 pages.
Higher! Higher! Leslie Patricelli. 2009. [March 2009] Candlewick Press. 32 pages.
The Lion & The Mouse. Jerry Pinkney. 2009. [September 2009] Little, Brown. 40 pages.
All The World. By Liz Garton Scanlon. Illustrated by Marla Frazee. 2009. [September 2009] Simon & Schuster. 40 pages.

What I'm Currently Reading:

American Rust by Philipp Meyer. 2009. Random House. 384 pages.

The Sea of Trolls. Nancy Farmer. 2004. Simon & Schuster. 480 pages.

The Counterfeit Guest by Rose Melikan. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 432 pages.

Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston. 1935. HarperCollins. 336 pages.

What I Hope To Begin/Finish Soon:

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

Mare's War. Tanita S. Davis. Random House. 352 pages.

Where The Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace Lin. Little, Brown. 288 pages.

A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata. 2010. (January 2010) Simon & Schuster. 216 pages.

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Jennie 7:14 PM  

Ooo! I haven't seen Mare's War or Where the Mountain Meets the Moon with their medals yet! So nice!

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