: Read eight books published in 2008. I am excited about this challenge, because I want to add more recent books to my TBR pile.
Mistaken Identity by Don & Susie Van Ryn
- Finished 4/08
My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young
- Finished 4/30
Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
Can't wait to see what everyone else is reading.
Added by Erin on April 30, 2008 at 11:24pm —
I stole this from Debi
who stole it from Becky
. Here are the rules:
The rules: Top twenty favourite books in no particular order. Don’t think about it for too long. Take twenty minutes only to compile your list. Bold the ones you’ve read, or reread, since you’ve started blogging. Include novels, non fiction and… Continue
Added by Nymeth on April 30, 2008 at 5:14pm —
Added by Melissa on April 30, 2008 at 11:13am —
I don't generally do this on my everyday blog...but I always enjoy reading everyone else's monthly updates. Thought it might be fun. Though I'm afraid April was a might sparse month. Oh well...leaves lots of room for improvement for May, right?
Short stories read:
*"The Fog Horn" by Ray Bradbury (for the Short Story Reading Challenge, but I haven't written a review yet)
Picture Books read:
*Ready, Set, School!
by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Added by Debi on April 30, 2008 at 9:06am —
Any other House
fans out there? Weren't last night's episodes terrific? (Spoiler: If you are watching on DVD, and are a season behind, you'll want to scroll down past the next two paragraphs.)
I loved how House had them all thinking he had neuro-syph and that the antibiotics were making him "nicer." Also, I felt for the wife of the patient - the look on her face after he said, "I guess I don't like catsup. I wonder what else I… Continue
Added by CarrieK on April 30, 2008 at 1:07am —
I am currently reading My Enemy’s Cradle
by Sara Young. I chose this book based on a review posted by Catherine at Catherine Wheels
. So far, this novel is great! The last three books I read have all been wonderful, and they were all found through fellow bloggers. Coincidence? No way!
I started thinking about the books I have read this year that I did not enjoy. I picked all of these books, sure that I would love them.… Continue
Added by Erin on April 29, 2008 at 8:37pm —
An absolutely delightful book. I think I'm going to go out and get my own copy so I can reread it.
In post World War 2 England, rationing is ending, grand houses are tumbling down from neglect and lack of money and families are learning to cope with the losses of husbands and fathers.
In this setting, 18-year old Penelope's life changes when she accepts a cab ride with an unknown young woman and enjoys tea with the girl's eccentric… Continue
Added by Holly on April 29, 2008 at 3:30pm —
I've been keeping a list of books I need to read on paper, but I figured it was just as easy to stick it up here, and share my future reading plans with the World. (Or at least the Book Blogs network...) I'll keep the links in my monthly totals post, but I'll cross them off here when I do finish them. I'll also add ones as I pick them up.
Airman by Eoin Colfer
The Red-Haired Princess, by Ann Rinaldi
The Off Season,… Continue
Added by Melissa on April 29, 2008 at 10:30am —
This is our November book club choice, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sarah Vowell (also the voice of Violet Parr) provides us with an interesting history-based travelogue of sites associated with the assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley. She is witty and funny and sometimes cuts quick to the core. If you are going to be offended by her slams on the current Bush administration, do beware.
Otherwise, enjoy the journey.
Added by Tricia on April 29, 2008 at 9:45am —
And Other Words of Delicate Southern Wisdom
This book was hilarious.
Rivenbark is a humorist from right here in North Carolina. When I finally admitted to my book club I was reading this, others admitted they have read her other books and found them just as funny as I found this one. We then spent quite a bit of time retelling her funny stories.
The book is a collection of essays, making this is a good book to have sitting in your car if you have a moment to… Continue
Added by Tricia on April 29, 2008 at 9:44am —
Blatantly and shamelessly stealing this from Becky
Top twenty favorite books in no particular order. Don’t think about it for too long. Take only twenty minutes to compile your list. Bold the ones you’ve read, or reread, since you’ve started blogging. Include novels, non fiction and plays.
, by Stephen King
, by Neil Gaiman
To Kill a Mockingbird
, by… Continue
Added by Debi on April 29, 2008 at 9:42am —
This book is the most cheesiest, predictable piece of slop I have read in a long time.
And I gobbled up every page.
If you have two hours (and I don't, but I read it while I was waiting for my car to get serviced today) and want to get into the Christmas spirit I highly recommend it.
Added by Tricia on April 29, 2008 at 9:29am —
Set in the 1960's, this is the story of a motherless family on a quest to find the oldest brother who killed two neighborhood boys and escaped from prison.
Things I liked: Enger's writing style; the characters Rube and Swede; the themes of faith, hope, repentance and forgiveness found throughout the story.
Things I didn't like: Sense of foreboding throughout the whole book, feeling like I couldn't breathe every time Rube had an asthma attack, the setting--winter in… Continue
Added by Tricia on April 29, 2008 at 9:29am —
A - Archer, Jeffrey - Kane and Abel
B - Brooks, Geraldine - People of the Book
C - Coelho, Paulo - The Alchemist
D - Diamant, Anita - The Red Tent
E - Earley, Tony - Jim the Boy
F - Fforde, Jasper - The Eyre Affair
G - Green, Terence - Shadow of Ashland
H - Hale, Shannon - Book of a Thousand Days
I - Ihimaera, Witi - The Whale Rider
J - Jacobs, AJ - The Year of Living Biblically
K - Krauss, Nicole - The History of Love
L - Llewellyn,… Continue
Added by Tricia on April 29, 2008 at 9:22am —
This was another book for my social software class. The subtitle is How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter. Basically, the author argues that video/computer games, the Internet, TV and movies are not just feeding stupidity to the masses. Instead, they have important upsides including developing our logic and problem-solving skills.
Here's the thing: There are still only 24 hours in every day. When you add in all the things you "should" get done during the… Continue
Added by Tricia on April 29, 2008 at 9:21am —
Can you believe this is the ninth installment of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency? I just love Precious Ramotswe and the supporting cast of characters in Alexander McCall Smith's series set in Botswana. There is nothing earth-shattering about these books. They are relaxing, enjoyable, and entertaining. I feel transported to another place when I'm reading, and yet despite the marked cultural differences, the problems that plague all of us are the same.
There are three or four main… Continue
Added by Tricia on April 29, 2008 at 9:00am —
1 Star -- I finished it. That's about the only good thing I can say about it. It's over.
2 Stars -- Enjoyable in a few places. But had some flaws or quirks that annoyed me. Not hideous. But more frustrating than satisfying.
2.5 Stars -- Enjoyable in more than a few places. Yet something was missing that kept me from really enjoying this one. Almost but not quite.
3 Stars -- A good, solid, nice, enjoyable read. A respectable rating. The norm. Nothing to be ashamed about. A book… Continue
Added by Becky on April 28, 2008 at 9:30pm —
This story begins with the very unlikable Kitty Fane. She is selfish, vain, and is bored with her husband. After an adulterous affair, Kitty travels with her husband to an area stricken by cholera.
Kitty begins to work in the nearby convent while the nuns nurse those stricken with the disease. During this time, Kitty attempts to repair her broken marriage. Just when she begins to make amends, tragedy strikes. Kitty is left alone to face her demons.
I enjoyed watching… Continue
Added by Erin on April 28, 2008 at 7:17pm —
I should really learn not to make lists of goals. I never meet them by my deadlines...but then again I usually make some progress towards them, so it's not all bad, huh? Besides, I just love to make lists. Somewhat of an obsession, frankly.
Anyway, by next Monday:
*finish reading To be a Slave
, by Julian Lester
*write review of To be a Slave
*read The Underground Railroad in American History
, by Kem Knapp Sawyer
Added by Debi on April 28, 2008 at 7:00pm —
The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book - E Lockhart.
E Lockhart is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Her books are funny, insightful and full of great characters.
In The Boyfriend List Ruby (Roo) loses all her friends and becomes a leaper at her school after an unfortunate kissing incident at the spring fling. With the help of her therapist Doctor Z, Ruby works through The Boyfriend List - a list of all the boys she has ever kissed or thought about kissing. The book… Continue
Added by Alexa Not Enough Bookshelves on April 28, 2008 at 5:07pm —