Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Salon: Reading, Read, To Read #9

Happy Sunday! Have you been watching the Olympics? Do you have any favorite moments you'd like to share? I enjoyed watching the figure skating. Mostly. I did get really annoyed at how little coverage some of the figure skating received. Anyone else frustrated that it took forever and a day for the ladies' figure skating to air? I don't know why the powers that be think viewers are only interested in watching the top six or top eight or whatever.

I've been spending time with Emma. Watching the new movie adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. Reading Mr. Knightley's Diary by Amanda Grange. Reading Emma Brown by Charlotte Bronte and Clare Boylan. Reading The Hotel Under the Sand by Kage Baker. It's a bit strange to be reading about so many different Emma's all at once. But it just happened to work out that way.

I'm a bit discouraged in my Tolkien reading. I didn't finish the Fellowship of the Ring in time for the readalong. And to be honest, I haven't touched it in over a week. As much as I want to read those books, I'm not finding the time to fit it in.

What I've Reviewed This Week:

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. 2010. [March 2010]. HarperCollins. 480 pages.
Blue Plate Special by Michelle D. Kwasney. 2009. Chronicle Books. 366 pages.
Kaleidoscope Eyes. Jen Bryant. 2009. Random House. 264 pages.
The Hotel Under the Sand. By Kage Baker. 2009. [July 2009] Tachyon Publications. 144 pages.
Cloud Tea Monkeys. By Mal Peet & Elspeth Graham. Illustrated by Juan Wijngaard. 2010. [February 2010.] Candlewick Press. 56 pages.
Morris the Moose. B. Wiseman. 1959. HarperCollins. 32 pages.
Morris Goes To School. B. Wiseman. 1970. HarperCollins. 64 pages.
Good Night, Little Bunny: A Touch and Feel Bedtime Story. Jane Yolen. Illustrated by Sam Williams. 2010. [January 2010] Simon & Schuster. 12 pages.
Doodle Bites. A Tilly and Friends Book. Polly Dunbar. 2009. [October 2009] Candlewick. 32 pages.
Good Night, Tiptoe. By Polly Dunbar. 2009. [October 2009] Candlewick. 32 pages.
Footprints On the Moon by Mark Haddon. Illustrated by Christian Birmingham. 2009. [March 2009] Candlewick Press. 32 pages.
Animal Poems. By Valerie Worth. Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. 2007. FSG. 48 pages.
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11. By Brian Floca. 2009. [April 2009]. Simon & Schuster. 48 pages.
John Steinbeck (Up Close Series) By Milton Meltzer. 2008. Penguin. 208 pages.
Abigail. Jill Eileen Smith. 2010. February 2010. Revell. 368 pages.

What I'm Currently Reading:



Cosmic. Frank Cottrell Boyce. 2010. [January 2010] HarperCollins 313 pages.


Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata. 2007. Simon & Schuster. 320 pages.



Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler. 2009. [December 2009] Penguin. 256 pages.


The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran. 2010 [February 2010] Random House. 384 pages.



The Stolen Crown. Susan Higginbotham. 2010. [March 2010] SourceBooks. 400 pages.

What I Hope To Begin/Finish Soon:



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



Young Bess by Margaret Irwin. 1944/2010. [March 2010] SourceBooks. 400 pages.

Movies I've Reviewed:

Emma (2009)

Challenges Joined This Week:


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1 comments:

Diane 6:37 PM  

WOW!!

You, once again, had an amazing week; great books/great reviews.

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