Sunday, November 21, 2010
Sunday Salon: Reading, Read, To Read #47
Have you read Shannon Hale's post "Hone your internal reader, not your internal literary critic"? It fits nicely with her "How to Be A Reader" series. She writes, in part, "...it's so much more beneficial to focus on understanding our own internal reader, and therefore ourselves. Where did the story fail you? Where did it work for you? So, what does that say about you? What were you hoping for? What did you need from the story?" She continues, "But I hope to call into question the sometimes assumed idea that we read books to label them as either good or bad." I thought it was a great post.
And Kirkus announced their "best of the year" lists. 2010 Best Children's Books. 2010 Best Books for Teens. As did School Library Journal. Best Books 2010: Fiction. Best Books 2010: Picture Books. Best Books 2010: Nonfiction.
What I've Reviewed:
The Haunting of Charles Dickens. Lewis Buzbee. With illustrations by Greg Ruth. 2010. October 2010. Feiwel & Friends. 368 pages.
Desiree: The Bestselling Story of Napoleon's First Love. Annemarie Selinko. 1953/2010. Sourcebooks. 608 pages.
The Nonesuch. Georgette Heyer. 1962/2009. Sourcebooks. 352 pages.
Ray Bradbury: Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Wendy Mass. 2004. Enslow Publishers. (Authors Teens Love Series). 104 pages.
A Baby Born in Bethlehem. Martha Whitmore Hickman. Illustrated by Giuliano Ferri. 1999. Whitman. 32 pages.
This Is The Stable. Cynthia Cotten. Illustrated by Delana Bettoli. 2006. Henry Holt. 32 pages.
One Wintry Night. Ruth Bell Graham. Illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson. 1994. Baker. 72 pages.
The Hallelujah Flight. Phil Bidner. Illustrated by John Holyfield. 2010. Penguin. 32 pages.
Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star. Petr Horacek. 2009. Candlewick. 32 pages.
I Love Christmas. (Noodles Series). Hans Wilhelm. 2010. Scholastic. 32 pages.
Anna Hibiscus. Atinuke. Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. 2010. Kane/Miller. 112 pages.
Libyrinth. Pearl North. 2009. Tor. 336 pages.
Candy Bomber: The Story of The Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot". Michael O. Tunnell. 2010. Charlesbridge. 120 pages.
Unraveling Freedom: The Battle for Democracy on the Home Front During World War I. Ann Bausum. 2010. November 2010. 96 pages.
The Blending Time. Michael Kinch. 2010. Flux. 254 pages.
Enchanted Glass. Diana Wynne Jones. 2010. HarperCollins. 292 pages.
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James. 2007. HarperCollins. 352 pages.
He Knew He Was Right. Anthony Trollope. 1869/2009. Oxford University Press. 992 pages.
What I'm Hoping To (Properly) Begin Soon:
Black Radishes. Susan Lynn Meyer. 2010. Random House. 240 pages.
I Shall Wear Midnight. Terry Pratchett. 2010. HarperCollins. 355 pages.
© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews