Sunday, June 06, 2010

Sunday Salon: Reading, Read, To Read #23


It feels like I've done nothing but blog all weekend long. I've been participating in the 48 Hour Reading Challenge. (And there are so many update posts with that.) And I just had to participate in this week's Top Ten Picks. And then there was the Weekly Geeks post, since I was the one responsible for picking the topic this week, I had to join in, right? And I went to the library twice this weekend--once on Friday, once on Saturday. So there are two library loots that just had to be written! The Bloggiesta (hosted by Maw Books Blog) is next weekend. June 11-13th. I look forward to participating in that!

What I've Reviewed This Week:

Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Chrystallia. Brandon Sanderson. 2009. October 2009. Scholastic. 336 pages.
Mercury. Hope Larson. 2010. April 2010. Simon & Schuster. 234 pages.
The Sons of Liberty (#1). Alexander Lagos and Joseph Lagos. 2010. Random House. 176 pages.
The Sword. Bryan M. Litfin. 2010. April 2010. Crossway. 412 pages.
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 432 pages.
The Last River Child. Lori Ann Bloomfield. 2010. Second Story Press. 280 pages.
Sisters Red. Jackson Pearce. 2010. June 2010. Little, Brown. 328 pages.
Birthmarked. Caragh M. O'Brien. 2010. March 2010. Roaring Brook Press. 368 pages.
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba. Margarita Engle. 2010. Henry Holt. 160 pages.
Keeper. Kathi Appelt. 2010. Simon & Schuster. 399 pages.
The Sign of the Beaver. Elizabeth George Speare. 1983. Random House. 135 pages.
Trapped (The Prometheus Project #1) by Douglas E. Richards. 2010. (May 2010). Paragon Science Fiction. 192 pages.
Captured (Prometheus Project #2) Douglas Richards. Paragon Science Fiction. 256 pages.

I did not review any picture books or board books this week. I'm hoping to catch up this week on Young Readers.

Currently Reading:



The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Anne Bronte. 1848. 496 pages.


Pamela. Samuel Richardson. 1740/1801. (Penguin) 540 pages.



Anna Karenina. Leo Tolstoy. Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. 2004, this translation. Penguin. 864 pages.



A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer. 2010. June 2010. Bethany House. 352 pages.




Wayfarer by R.J. Anderson. 2010. June 2010. HarperCollins. 304 pages.

What I Hope To Begin/Finish Soon:


Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith. 2010. Quirk. 284 pages.


Soulless by Gail Carriger. 2009. Orbit. 384 pages.


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4 comments:

Julie P 10:13 PM  

You really did do a lot this weekend! I enjoyed reading your posts....

Josette 3:14 AM  

Creepy cover for Dawn of the Dreadfuls!

JaneGS 5:16 PM  

I just completed Part I of the same edition of Anna Karenina that you showed, and it magnificent. Why did I wait so long to read this book!

Becky 9:42 AM  

JaneGS, I know what you mean! I feel the same way. It is so much more accessible than I thought it would be.

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