Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Salon: Reading, Read, To Read #17

Happy Sunday! Have you seen the latest edition of the Bookworms Carnival? It's up at Linus's Blanket. You can find out more about upcoming editions here.

And if you love science fiction and fantasy, you need to check out Charlotte's weekly updates.

And what about the Carnegie shortlist? I've read four of the books: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness, and Nation by Terry Pratchett. I do want to read Philip Reeve's Fever Crumb. Though the U.S. cover looks nothing like the UK's. Which do you prefer?

What I've Reviewed This Week:

Splendor. Anna Godbersen. 2009. HarperCollins. 391 pages.
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. 1996. HarperCollins. 224 pages.
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner. 2000. HarperCollins. 288 pages.
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner. 2006. HarperCollins. 400 pages.
Princess of Glass. Jessica Day George. 2010. May 2010. Bloomsbury USA. 272 pages.
If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking The Secrets of Stonehenge. Marc Aronson. 2010. March 2010. National Geographic. 64 pages.
The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott. Kelly O'Connor McNees. 2010. Penguin. 336 pages.
The Darcy Cousins. Monica Fairview. 2010. Sourcebooks. 432 pages.
Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford. 2009. [December 2009]. Random House. 320 pages.
Max Spaniel: Funny Lunch. David Catrow. 2010. May 2010. Scholastic. 40 pages.
I Am Going! (An Elephant & Piggie Book). Mo Willems. 2010. Hyperion. 64 pages.
Farm. Elisha Cooper. 2010. April 2010. Scholastic. 48 pages.
Moon Bear. Brenda Z. Guiberson. Illustrated by Ed Young. 2010. May 2010. Henry Holt. 40 pages.
Let's Say Hi to Friends Who Fly (A Cat the Cat Book) by Mo Willems. 2010. February 2010. HarperCollins. 24 pages.
What's Your Sound, Hound the Hound (A Cat the Cat book) by Mo Willems. 2010. April 2010. HarperCollins. 32 pages.

Currently Reading:


Within the Hollow Crown. Margaret Campbell Barnes. 1948/2010. SourceBooks. 368 pages.


A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner. 2010. March 2010. HarperCollins. 316 pages.


Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes. 2010. April 2010. Tyndale. 384 pages.


Paisley Hanover Kisses and Tells by Cameron Tuttle. 2010. July 2010. 352 pages.

What I Hope To Begin/Finish Soon:



Crispin: The End of Time. Avi. 2010. June 2010. HarperCollins. 240 pages.


This Is Me From Now On by Barbara Dee. 2010. April 2010. Simon & Schuster. 272 pages.


Countdown by Deborah Wiles. 2010. May 2010. Scholastic. 400 pages.


Fever Crumb. Philip Reeve. 2010. April 2010. Scholastic. 336 pages.

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