Saturday, April 24, 2010

Top Ten Picks: Book Series

Random Ramblings
first Top Ten Picks topic was listing our top ten book series.

In no particular order because how could I ever choose?!

Anne series by L.M. Montgomery
Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn
Ramona series by Beverly Cleary
Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
Ender series by Orson Scott Card
Young Royals series by Carolyn Meyer
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Top Ten Picks: Books You Have To Read At Least Once

This 'Top Ten Picks' is from two weeks ago. But. I just loved the topic so much, I had to do it. The weekly feature "Top Ten Picks" is hosted by Random Rambling.
The topic for this list is the top ten books you have to read at least once.

The Bible. New Testament (At least).

I am a Christian. I don't hide that. So while I know this book wouldn't necessarily make every person's top ten list. It had to make mine to be true to who I am. I love the Bible. I do. I am passionate about the Bible. I love both the Old and New Testament. I love the history books. I even love the prophets--both minor and major! I love, love, love Isaiah and Jeremiah for example. But I think everyone should at least try to read some in the New Testament. I'd start with John.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I didn't always love Frankenstein. It took a while for me to connect--really connect--with this one. It was assigned reading in high school. And college. Both undergraduate and graduate. But once I fell for the monster, I fell hard. Oh, how I love this one. I really, truly think it's a book about what it means to be human. I have read it a couple of times since I've been blogging. I do write a new review each time. I never run out of new things (well, maybe some of my readers would disagree?!) to say about this one!

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

I love this one. I do. Here is a snippet from my first review of it:
"Imagine waking up one day to find that everything had changed practically over night. All over the world massive destruction due to one natural disaster after another. And what if there was no way to turn back the clock. To wake up knowing that each day will be worse than the one before. No electricity. No phone service. No gas or oil. Limited food supplies. What is there left to hope for? How would you live your last days?

Meet Miranda your personal guide through this terrifying adventure."
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.

Because every single person needs to know what it means to be real. It's a bittersweet story, to be sure, but I think it's well done.

Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne.

Because every one needs to know what ther means. There is nothing like reading Pooh. I mean, I enjoy the Disney film for what it is. But oh-the-joy of reading the original Pooh, the classic Pooh. The stories, the characters, the hums (and yes, I can sing almost all of them) they're just too good to miss.

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

There was a time when I would say without a doubt that this was my absolute favorite book. I loved Scarlett. I loved Rhett. I loved the passionate stubbornness of their love. While I wouldn't say I feel exactly the same way I do now as I did when I first read it (and loved it) as a teen, I still think it's a book that everyone needs to try. Don't be fooled, the book is NOT the movie!

The Complete Anne of Green Gables series. L.M. Montgomery.

I guessed that if B&N can sell them together as a set, I can count them all as one here! I love, love, love L.M. Montgomery. I do. And I love her Anne series. I do. I love Anne and Gilbert. I love Anne of Green Gables and Rilla of Ingleside especially. Though Anne of the Island has some great, great moments. (Like all the proposals that Anne gets!)

The Ramona series by Beverly Cleary.

I love, love, love Ramona Quimby. And I love, love, love the old illustrations. The newer ones (pictured here) just don't feel right to me. I don't know that I could pick a favorite between Ramona the Pest and Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Both are oh-so-good and oh-so-funny.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Part of me had a hard time choosing between The Giver and Number The Stars. Lois Lowry is so very good at what she does. And she writes so many different types of books. Like The Giver was probably one of the very first dystopic novels I ever, ever read. And Number the Stars was probably one of the very first holocaust novels I ever, ever read. I've since gone on to read many more of both types. But I think I'd recommend The Giver a little bit more often. (I also think it's a good way of seeing if a person is more of a glass-half-full or a glass-half-empty kind of person.)

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

This was my first science fiction novel. And oh-how-I-loved it. I've read it at least seven or eight times. There was a time when I would read it every single year. (The last time I read it was the fall of 2008). I don't feel the need to reread it as often as I used to. But. I still recommend this one because I think Card is amazing with characters. Even if you don't love science fiction, you might just find you like this one anyway.

Weekly Geeks 2010-13

This week's weekly geek assignment is to post something about poetry.

I thought I would share some of my *favorite* poems, YouTube style.

"When We Two Parted"

"She Walks In Beauty"

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Read, Remember, Recommend Teen Challenge

Bibliobabe is hosting the Read, Remember, Recommend Teen Challenge.
April 1, 2010 - April 1, 2011
There are four different levels to choose from.
All reviews will be posted at Becky's Book Reviews

I'm signing up for CYA - Covering Your Assignments

1. Dovey Coe by Frances O'Roark Dowell
2. Diary of Pelly D. by L.J. Adlington.
3. Scarlet Letter. Nathaniel Hawthorne
4. The Sign of the Beaver. Elizabeth George Speare

I was tempted to sign up for a more challenging level. But I don't have a copy in hand yet and no rereads are allowed. The good news is that we can change our commitment level at anytime!

See also this list of Teen Award Updates

To earn entries for the prizes, MUST POST LINKS TO REVIEW.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Year So Far

This "update" covers January through March.

Longest book read: Under the Dome by Stephen King (1088 pages)
Shortest book read: Who Do You See? by Will Grace (6 pages)
Favorite poetry book: The Wonder Book. Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
Favorite board book: What Does Baby Say? A Lift the Flap Book by Karen Katz.
Favorite picture book: Too Purpley. By Jean Reidy.
Favorite picture book biography: The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy). Barbara Kerley. OR Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal. Vaunda Micheaux Nelson.
Favorite nonfiction: Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared To Dream. Tanya Lee Stone.
Favorite graphic novel: Manga Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing. William Shakespeare. Adapted by Richard Appignanesi
Favorite children's book: Clementine, Friend of the Week. Sara Pennypacker.
Favorite middle grade book: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling. Maryrose Wood
Favorite YA book: For Keeps. Natasha Friend.
Favorite Adult book: Sweet Thursday. John Steinbeck.
Favorite Christian Book (for children): The Jesus Storybook Bible: Deluxe Edition. Sally Lloyd-Jones.
Favorite Christian Book (fiction): Hearts Awakening. Delia Parr.
Favorite Christian Book (nonfiction): Be Still, My Soul: Embracing God's Purpose & Provision in Suffering. Edited by Nancy Guthrie.

Number of review copies reviewed: 141
Number of library books reviewed: 71
Number of books I've bought and reviewed: 7
Number of borrowed books reviewed (not including library books): 10
Number of gift books reviewed: 1
Total number of books reviewed: 230 (or 229)
Total number of books I managed to list on GoodReads: 204*

Number of board books reviewed: 24
Number of picture books reviewed: 44
Number of children's books reviewed: 27
Number of middle grade books reviewed: 19
Number of young adult books reviewed: 29
Number of Christian books reviewed: 28
Number of adult books reviewed: 20
Number of nonfiction reviewed: 21
Number of poetry books reviewed: 8
Number of graphic novels reviewed: 8
Number of short story collections: 1

Number of pages read (so far): 36,488
Number by women**: 152
Number by men: 83

*I don't know *what* books happened to get missed. And I'm not likely to go through my lists to find out.
**This note is for both books by men and women. I did repeat authors. And I tallied for each book I read, not for each author. So I didn't read books by 152 different women and 83 different men. A handful of books had multiple authors, so I counted each author. That's why this total doesn't match the number of books read.

Pages Read Challenge Update #1

My goal for 2010 is to read 100,000 pages. This is my first update. It covers all of January, February and March. You should probably keep in mind that I read for all age groups. My longest book (so far) is Stephen King's Under the Dome. I've got at least three books--all board books--tied for the shortest book (so far) at just six pages each. If I did my math correctly (always up for debate) the "average" book length is 160 pages. (Number of pages read divided by number of books read.)

36,488 / 100,000 pages. 36% done!