Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday Salon: Reading, Read, To Read #41

You've still got one week to nominate your favorite books for the Cybils! You can also see what has already been nominated. I've been following these categories closely just so I can add some books to my wishlist! That's how I discovered Inside Out, Restoring Harmony, and Touch Blue. Nominations  remain open until October 15th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. What can you nominate? Children's/YA Books published between October 16, 2009 and October 15, 2010.


What I've Read This Week:

Ender's Game: Battle School. (Graphic Novel) Orson Scott Card. Pasqual Ferry. Christopher Yost. 2009. Marvel. 128 pages. 
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation. Ray Bradbury. Illustrated by Tim Hamilton. 2009. July 2009. FSG. 160 pages.
They Called Themselves the K.K.K: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group. Susan Campbell Bartoletti. 2010. August 2010. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 172 pages.
The Wee Free Men. Terry Pratchett. 2003. HarperCollins. 400 pages.
Touch Blue. Cynthia Lord. 2010. August 2010. Scholastic. 192 pages.
The Lighter Side of Life and Death. C.K. Kelly Martin. 2010. May 2010. Random House. 240 pages.
Dark Sons. Nikki Grimes. 2005. Hyperion. 218 pages.
Inside Out. Maria V. Snyder. 2010. April 2010. Harlequin Teen. 320 pages.
Restoring Harmony. Joelle Anthony. 2010. May 2010. Penguin. 320 pages.
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Alan Bradley. 2009. Random House. 304 pages.
Elizabeth, Captive Princess: Two Sisters, One Throne. Margaret Irwin. 2010. Sourcebooks. 352 pages.
God's Mighty Acts in Salvation. Starr Meade. 2010. August 2010. Crossway. 87 pages.
The Road to Paris. Nikki Grimes. 2006. Penguin. 160 pages.
I Will Rejoice. Karma Wilson. Illustrated by Amy June Bates. 2007. Zondervan. 32 pages.
ABC, Baby Me! Susan B. Katz. Illustrated by Alicia Padron. 2010. September 2010. Random House. 28 pages.
Baby Baby Baby! by Marilyn Janovitz. 2010. October 2010. Sourcebooks. 24 pages.
We Are In A Book! Elephant and Piggie Series. Mo Willems. 2010. September 2010. Hyperion. 64 pages.
Cat the Cat, Who Is That? Mo Willems. 2010. HarperCollins. 24 pages. 
Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion. Mo Willems. 2010. September 2010. HarperCollins. 52 pages.
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. Mo Willems. 2009. Hyperion. 40 pages.

Coming Soon:



A Hat Full of Sky. Terry Pratchett. 2004. HarperCollins. 288 pages


The Maze Runner. James Dashner. 2009. Random House. 384 pages.


Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance. Jennifer Armstrong. 1998. Random House. 144 pages.

Currently Reading:

Ballet Shoes. Noel Streatfeild. 1937. Random House. 256 pages.


Embers of Love (Striking a Match #1) Tracie Peterson. Bethany House. 352 pages.


Behemoth. Scott Westerfeld. 2010. October 2010. Simon & Schuster. 485 pages.



The Stories of Ray Bradbury. Introduction by Christopher Buckley. 2010. April 2010. Knopf, Doubleday. 1112 pages.

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1 comments:

Jessica (The Bluestocking Society) 6:44 PM  

You are a reading machine! I love the Cybils. It's great that book bloggers come together and donate so much time to the cause of promoting the best books.

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