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February 2009 In Review



These are a few of my favorite 'first' lines read in February 2009.

"Boys," said Sam, "you've been bamboozled."

"There was a moment not long ago when I thought, "This is it. I'm dead."

'Dunderhead!' 'Clodpole!' 'Ninnyhammer!' 'Booby!' 'Nitwit!'

"Imagine my surprise when, after three centuries of fighting with siblings over a spare furry teat and licking my water from a bowl, I was given a huge human nipple, all to myself, filled with warm mother's milk."

February's Top Five:

1. The Year The Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice.
2. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.
3. All God's Critters by Bill Staines. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
4. A Mighty Fine Time Machine by Suzanne Bloom.
5. The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket.


Number of Picture Books = 20

  1. All God's Critters by Bill Staines. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Simon & Schuster. 2009.
  2. My People by Langston Hughes. Photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr. Simon & Schuster. 2009.
  3. What a Good Big Brother by Diane Wright Landolf. Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. Random House. 2009.
  4. Cat by Matthew Van Fleet. Photographs by Brian Stanton. 2009. (February 2009). Simon & Schuster.
  5. Jazz On a Saturday Night by Leo & Diane Dillon. 2007. Blue Sky Press.
  6. This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt. 2006. Harcourt.
  7. A Mighty Fine Time Machine by Suzanne Bloom. 2009. (March 2009). Boyds Mills Press.
  8. Lovey and Dovey by Ellevan Lieshout and Erik van Os. 2009. Boyds Mills Press.
  9. Wee Little Lamb by Lauren Thompson. 2009. Simon & Schuster.
  10. He's Got The Whole World In His Hands. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. 2005. Dial Books.
  11. Rent Party Jazz by William Miller. 2001. Lee & Low Books.
  12. Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. 2005. Knopf
  13. Mama Don't Allow by Thacher Hurd. 1984. HarperCollins
  14. Punk Farm On Tour by Jarret J. Krosoczka. 2007. Knopf
  15. Ella's Big Chance by Shirley Hughes. 2003.
  16. Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins. 1969. Random House.
  17. Love That Puppy! by Jeff Jarka. 2009. (May publication) Henry Holt.
  18. Stuck in the Mud by Jane Clarke. 2008. Walker Books.
  19. I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow. 2008. Illustrated by Robert Neubecker. Simon & Schuster.
  20. Old MacNoah Had An Ark by Sally Lloyd-Jones. 2008. Harper Blessings.

Number of board books = 3

Beautiful Babies by Karma Wilson. 2009. Simon & Schuster.
Shake It Up, Baby by Karen Katz. 2009. Simon & Schuster.
My Dance Recital by Maryann Cocca-Leffler. 2009. Random House.

Number of children's books (under age 8) = 5
A Horn for Louis by Eric Kimmel. 2005.
Sword of the Ramurai. by Becky Ances. Illustrated by Ryan Wilson. 2008. 70 pages
Everyday Prayers edited by Jennifer Frantz. 2008. Early Reader. (Harper Blessings) 24 pages
Bedtime Prayers edited by Jennifer Frantz. 2008. Early Reader (Harper Blessings) 24 pages
The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket. HarperCollins. 2009.

Number of Christian books = 5

The Desires of Her Heart. Lyn Cote. Avon Inspire. 2009. 306 pages.
The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter. Thomas Nelson Publishers. 2008. 314 pages.
Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century by Hank Hanegraaff. 2009. 427 pages. Thomas Nelson.
Heart Of A Lion by Gilbert Morris. 2002. Bethany House. 344 pages.
Wycliffe New Testament. 1388/2002. British Library. 528 pages

Number of adult books = 6
Old Friends and New Fancies: An Imaginary Sequel to the Novels of Jane Austen. By Sybil G. Brinton. 1914/2008. Sourcebooks. 377 pages.
Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One. By Sharon Lathan. Sourcebooks. 2009. (March Pub). 309 pages.
The Banishment by Marion Chesney.
Pemberley Shades by D.A. Bonavia-Hunt. 1949/2008. Sourcebooks. 376 pages.
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. 1605/1615. (1998 Modern Library Edition) 1240 pages.
Silas Marner. by George Eliot. 1861. 186 pages. Bantam Classics.

Number of YA books = 9

Beneath My Mother's Feet. Amjed Qamar. 2008. Simon & Schuster. 198 pages. (YA Realistic Fiction)
A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve. 2006. HarperCollins. 559 pages. (YA Science Fiction/YA Adventure)
Winnie's War by Jenny Moss. 2009. Walker Books. (YA Historical Fiction)
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George. 2009. Bloomsbury (YA Fantasy/YA Romance) 276 pages.
Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman. 2009. Scholastic (YA Adventure/YA Thriller/YA Mystery) 185 pages.
Mothstorm by Philip Reeve. 2008. Bloomsbury. (YA Adventure/YA Fantasy/YA Science Fiction)
The Year The Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice. 2009. HarperCollins. 273 pages. (J Realistic Fiction)
The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King. 2009. Flux. 330 pages. (YA Adventure/YA Fantasy)
Just Another Girl by Melody Carlson. 2009. Revell. 221 pages. (YA Realistic Fiction/YA Romance)

Number of verse novels: 0

Number of graphic novels = 0

Number of nonfiction = 7

Duke Ellington His Life In Jazz by Stephanie Stein Grease. Chicago Review Press. 148 pages. (Nonfiction/YA Nonfiction)2009.
The Louis Armstrong You Never Knew by James Lincoln Collier. Scholastic. 2004. 80 pages.
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra by Anita Ganeri. Harcourt. 1996. 56 pages
Duke Ellington by Andrea Pinkney. 1998. (Picture Book Biography)
Ella Fitzgerald by Andrea Pinkney. 2002. (Picture Book Biography)
Dizzy by Jonah Winter. 2006. Scholastic. (Picture Book Biography)
Piano Starts Here. Robert Andrew Parker. 2008. Random House. (Picture Book Biography)

Number of short story collections/anthologies/poetry books = 2

Jazz ABZ by Wynton Marsalis. 2005. (Poetry)
Jazz by Walter Dean Myers. 2006. (Poetry)
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Books I'd like to read in March...I'm aiming for 31 books in March.

Childrens/YA Books (choose 12ish)

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Willow by Julia Hoban
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Love You, Hate You, Miss You by Elizabeth Scott
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Fade by Lisa McMann
Raven by Allison Van Diepen
Pieces of Me by Charlotte Gingras
The Mousehunter by Alex Milway
Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson
The Season by Sarah MacLean
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smithhttp://www.jacketflap.com/profile.asp?member=blbooks
Bloodline by Katy Moran
Daughter of the Flames by Zoe Marriott
Secrets of Greymoor
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
The Heights by Brian James
Everything is Fine by Ann Dee Ellis
A Finder's Magic by Philippa Pearce
The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve
My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath
Emil & Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn


Adult Books (Choose 3ish from this list)

Once and Future King by T.H. White
The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick
Eliza's Daughter by Joan Aiken
Pemberley by the Sea by Abigail Reynolds
Mansfield Park by Joan Aiken
The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer
The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer
The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer
Riding by H.S. Cross
Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Classics (Choose 3ish from this list)

Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens (or) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The Warden by Anthony Trollope
Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (or) another Steinbeck I find at the library


Christian Titles (choose 8ish from these)

Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross, edited by Nancy Guthrie
The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson
Journey to the Well by Diana Wallis Taylor
Michal by Jill Eileen Smith
Classic Bible Storybook by Kenneth N. Taylor
The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister
Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent
Fixing Abraham by Chris Tiegreen
The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark by Lawana Blackwell
The Jewel of Gresham Green by Lawana Blackwell
No Woman So Fair by Gilbert Morris
A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen
An Untamed Land by Lauraine Snelling


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January In Review


These are a few of my favorite 'first' lines read in January 2009.

It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.

Zeke's tree wouldn't speak to him.

Everyone's seen my mother naked.

The first time I met Mia we ended up in a hotel room by ourselves.

January's Top Five:

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran. 2007.
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran. (2008)
The Farwalker's Quest by Joni Sensel (Pub April 2009)
Clementine's Letter by Sara Pennypacker. 2008.
Books are for eating reading. by Suzy Becker. 2009. (Jan 2009)

Number of Picture Books = 7

What is God Like by Beverly Lewis. 2008.
Froggy Green by Anna Walker. 2009.
Thank You, God! Illustrated by Sophie Allsopp. 2009.
Questions from Little Hearts by Kathleen Long Bostrom. Illustrated by Elena Kucharik. 2009 (Feb Pub)
Never Talk to Strangers. by Irma Joyce. Illustrated by George Buckett. 1967/2009.
The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle --no author listed-- 2009. Little Simon/Little Green. Simon & Schuster.
Knitty Kitty by David Elliott. 2008

Number of board books = 8

Toddler Bible by Bethan James and Yorgus Sgouros. 2008.
How Do I Love You? by Marion Dane Bauer. (Pub Jan 2009)
I'm A Happy Hugglewug by Niamh Sharkey 2009.
Books are for eating reading. by Suzy Becker. 2009. (Jan 2009)
Duck & Goose: How are you feeling? by Tad Hills. 2009. (Jan 2009)
Planet Earth: Baby Penguins by Scholastic. 2009
My First Garden. 2009. Simon & Schuster
Baby Bible: Stories About Jesus. Currie, Robin. 2004.

Number of children's books (under age 8) = 3
The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. 1928.
Clementine's Letter by Sara Pennypacker. 2008.
Free To Be You and Me by Marlo Thomas and Friends. 2008.

Number of Christian books = 13

What is God Like by Beverly Lewis. 2008.
Thank You, God! Illustrated by Sophie Allsopp. 2009.
Questions from Little Hearts by Kathleen Long Bostrom. Illustrated by Elena Kucharik. 2009 (Feb Pub)
Toddler Bible by Bethan James and Yorgus Sgouros. 2008.
In the Company of Secrets by Judith Miller. 2007.
Whispers Along the Rail by Judith Miller. 2007.
Jonathan Edwards for Armchair Theologians. 2008.
An Uncertain Dream by Judith Miller. 2008.
On Church Leadership by Mark Driscoll. 2008.
Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter by Lawana Blackwell. 2007.
Red Letters edited by Timothy Beals. Crossway. 2009.
Gingham Mountain by Mary Connealy.
Baby Bible: Stories About Jesus. Currie, Robin. 2004.

Number of adult books = 6

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. 2005.
Nefertiti by Michelle Moran. 2007.
Anubis Gates by Tim Powers. 1983.
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran. (2008)
Fanny Hill by John Cleland. Wordsworth Classics. 1749.
Emma by Jane Austen. 1815.

Number of YA books = 19

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith (Pub. Jan. 2009)
Need by Carrie Jones (Pub. Dec. 2008)
Just One Wish by Janette Rallison. (Pub March 2009)
The Farwalker's Quest by Joni Sensel (Pub April 2009)
Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott. (Pub March 2009)
Veronica by Jane Claypool Miner. 1986.
Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah. (Pub Jan 2009)
Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith. Illustrations by E.B. Lewis. 2008.
Far From You by Lisa Schroeder. (Pub. Dec 2008)
What Would Emma Do by Eileen Cook. 2008. (Dec 2008)
Starry Rift: An Original Science Fiction Anthology. Edited by Jonathan Strahan. 2008.
Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before. David Yoo. 2008.
The ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro. 2009. (Jan 2009)
Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas. 2009 (April 2009).
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. 2003.
Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve. 2003.
Infernal Devices by Philp Reeve. 2005.
Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone: The Odyssey of Flight 33 by Mark Kneece.
Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone: The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street. by Mark Kneece.

Number of verse novels: 3

Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith. Illustrations by E.B. Lewis. 2008.
Far From You by Lisa Schroeder. (Pub. Dec 2008)
Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas. 2009 (April 2009).

Number of graphic novels = 2
Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone: The Odyssey of Flight 33 by Mark Kneece.
Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone: The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street. by Mark Kneece.

Number of short story collections/anthologies = 2

Starry Rift: An Original Science Fiction Anthology. Edited by Jonathan Strahan. 2008.
Free To Be You and Me by Marlo Thomas and Friends. 2008.
















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Books Checked Out of the Library


In this first library visit of the year, I went with a sci-fi theme:

#1 Dune by Frank Herbert
#2 Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
#3 Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
#4 God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
#5 Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert
#6 The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
#7 The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers
#8 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Notes: This will be a hit or miss batch...I'll either be drawn in by Dune...or I won't. No need for sequels if the first doesn't impress. I've never tried Tim Powers. Never even heard of him. But they look like they'd be good to try. And the Ishiguro looks intriguing as well. Plus it's on the 1001 Books You Must Read list and that challenge is coming to an end soon. So there you have it.
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Stars upon thars


six stars--

THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF OCTAVIAN NOTHING by M.T. Anderson

five stars--

THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY by Siobhan Dowd
TENDER MORSELS by Margo Lanagan
WE ARE THE SHIP by Kadir Nelson
NATION by Terry Pratchett

four stars--

GRACELING by Kristin Cashore (Morris shortlist)
THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
LINCOLN SHOT by Barry Denenberg
LITTLE BROTHER by Cory Doctorow
BOG CHILD by Siobhan Dowd (Guardian shortlist)
THE TROUBLE BEGINS AT 8 by Sid Fleischman
THE LINCOLNS by Candace Fleming
THE POSSIBILITIES OF SAINTHOOD by Donna Freitas
CORALINE by Neil Gaiman (graphic novel)
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaimain
THE DIAMOND OF DRURY LANE by Julia Golding
WELL WITCHED by Frances Hardinge
MY ONE HUNDRED ADVENTURES by Polly Horvath
THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS by E. Lockhart (NBA
finalist)
THE WILLOUGHBYS by Lois Lowry
FOREVER ROSE by Hilary McKay
MADAPPLE by Christina Meldrum (Morris shortlist)
SUNRISE OVER FALLUJAH by Walter Dean Myers
AIN'T NOTHING BUT A MAN by Scott Reynolds with Marc Aronson
HERE LIES ARTHUR by Philip Reeve
BLACK BOX by Julie Schumacher
REX ZERO, KING OF NOTHING by Tim Wynne-Jones

three stars--

OUR WHITE HOUSE: LOOKING OUT, LOOKING IN by 108 renowned authors and
illustrators
CHAINS by Laurie Halse Anderson (NBA finalist)
THE PENDERWICKS ON GARDAM STREET by Jeanne Birdsall
WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED by Judy Blundell (National Book Award)
AIRMAN by Eoin Colfer
WAITING FOR NORMAL by Leslie Connor
THE PORCUPINE YEAR by Louise Erdrich
WASHINGTON AT VALLEY FORGE by Russell Freedman
THE RED NECKLACE by Sally Gardner
PAPER TOWNS by John Green
CHRISTO AND JEAN-CLAUDE by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
RAPUNZEL'S REVENGE by Shannon Hale
BIRD LAKE MOON by Kevin Henkes
GHOSTGIRL by Tonya Hurley
WOULD YOU by Marthe Jocelyn
HOUSE OF MANY WAYS by Diana Wynne Jones
OUTSIDE BEAUTY by Cynthia Kadohata
THE BITE OF THE MANGO by Mariatu Kamara
SAVVY by Ingrid Law (BG-HB Honor)
PRETTY MONSTERS by Kelly Link
THE WAY WE WORK by David Macaulay
THE MISSING GIRL by Norma Fox Mazer
WHAT THE WORLD EATS by Peter Menzel
TIGER MOON by Antonia Michaelis
PRINCESS BEN by Catherine Murdock
WAYS TO LIVE FOREVER by Sarah Nichols
THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX by Mary Pearson
THE MAGIC THIEF by Sarah Prineas
LIVING DEAD GIRL by Elizabeth Scott
GULLY'S TRAVELS by Tor Seidler
ANTSY DOES TIME by Neal Shusterman
KEEPING THE NIGHT WATCH by Anita Hope Smith
LIFE ON EARTH--AND BEYOND by Pamela Turner
ME, THE MISSING, AND THE DEAD by Jenny Valentine (Guardian Prize,
Carnegie shortlist)
IMPOSSIBLE by Nancy Werlin

two stars--

CHERRY HEAVEN by L.J. Adlington
SHE TOUCHED THE WORLD by Sally Hobart Alexander
BILL GATES by Marc Aronson
THE SEER OF SHADOWS by Avi
THE CALDER GAME by Blue Balliett
THE BOY WHO DARED by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
AUDREY, WAIT! by Robin Benway
SHIFT by Jennifer Bradbury
MASTERPIECE by Elise Broach
WHERE THE STEPS WERE by Andrea Cheng
YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND ME by Rachel Cohn
AFRIKA by Colleen Craig
CROSSING TO PARADISE by Kevin Crossley-Holland (Carnegie
shortlist)
SHOOTING THE MOON by Frances O'Roark Dowell (BG-HB Honor)
LOOKS by Madeleine George
EON by Alison Goodman
THE LAST EXIT TO NORMAL by Michael Harmon
SNAKEHEAD by Ann Halam
DARK DUDE by Oscar Hijuelos
GENIUS SQUAD by Catherine Jinks
GETTING THE GIRL by Susan Juby
MY MOST EXCELLENT YEAR by Steve Kluger
THE LAST INVISIBLE BOY by Evan Kuhlman
NO CHOIRBOY by Susan Kuklin
EVER by Gail Carson Levine
SNOW FALLING IN SPRING by Moying Li
JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta
INK EXCHANGE by Melissa Marr
THE RUNAWAY DOLLS by Ann Martin
ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME by Maureen McCarthy
CHALICE by Robin McKinley
THE DOOR OF NO RETURN by Sarah Mussi
BLISS by Lauren Myracle
THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO by Patrick Ness (Guardian Prize)
KEEPING SCORE by Linda Sue Park
BLUE LIKE FRIDAY by Siobhan Parkinson
THE DEAD AND THE GONE by Susan Beth Pfeffer
HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE by Dana Reinhardt
THE MAZE OF BONES by Rick Riordan
JIMMY'S STARS by Mary Ann Rodman
DELICIOUS by Susan Goldman Rubin
THE CABINET OF WONDERS by Marie Rutkoski
HE FORGOT TO SAY GOODBYE by Benjamin Alire Saenz
LINCOLN THROUGH THE LENS by Martin Sandler
THE HOUSE OF DJINN by Suzanne Fisher Staples
STARRY RIFT edited by Jonathan Strahan
THE LAST OF THE HIGH KINGS by Kate Thompson
LUCKY by Rachel Vail
CLIMBING THE STAIRS by Padma Venkatraman
THE BROTHERS TORRES by Coert Voohees
BECOMING BILLIE HOLIDAY by Carole Boston Weatherford
LITTLE AUDREY by Ruth White
WHAT THEY ALWAYS TELL US by Martin Wilson
AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER by Jacqueline Woodson
SWEETHEARTS by Sara Zarr
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Have you read the best of 2008?


five lists--

NATION by Terry Pratchett
TENDER MORSELS by Margo Lanagan

four lists--

A COUPLE OF BOYS . . . by Marla Frazee (picture book)
TRACTION MAN MEETS TURBODOG by Mini Grey (picture book)

OCTAVIAN NOTHING by M.T. Anderson
THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
WE ARE THE SHIP by Kadir Nelson

three lists--

FROGS by Nic Bishop (picture book)
TEN LITTLE FINGERS AND TEN LITTLE TOES by Mem Fox (picture book)
WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE by Barbara Kerley (picture book)
WAVE by Suzy Lee (picture book)

OUR WHITE HOUSE (anthology)
LITTLE BROTHER by Cory Doctorow
THE LINCOLNS by Candace Fleming
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS by E. Lockhart
SUNRISE OVER FALLUJAH by Walter Dean Myers

two lists--

CHICKEN SAID, "CLUCK!" by Judyann Ackerman (picture book)
THE PENCIL by Allan Ahlberg (picture book)
A RIVER OF WORDS by Jen Bryant (picture book)
THE BLACK BOOK OF COLORS by Menena Cottin (picture book)
OLD BEAR by Kevin Henkes (picture book)
THE CARDBOARD PIANO by Lynne Rae Perkins (picture book)
HOW I LEARNED GEOGRAPHY by Uri Shulevitz (picture book)
SANDY'S CIRCUS by Tanya Lee Stone (picture book)
PALE MALE by Janet Schulman (picture book)
THERE ARE CATS IN THE HOUSE by Viviane Schwartz (picture book)
DINOSAUR VS. BEDTIME by Bob Shea (picture book)
THE HOUSE IN THE NIGHT by Susan Marie Swanson (picture book)

GRACELING by Kristin Cashore
WHAT THE WORLD EATS by Faith D'Aulusio
BOG CHILD by Siobhan Dowd
THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY by Siobhan Dowd
WASHINGTON AT VALLEY FORGE by Russell Freedman
CORALINE by Neil Gaiman (graphic novel)
PAPER TOWNS by John Green
MY ONE HUNDRED ADVENTURES by Polly Horvath
NO CHOIRBOY by Susan Kuklin
SAVVY by Ingrid Law
THE WAY WE WORK by David Macaulay
FOREVER ROSE by Hilary McKay
THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX by Mary Pearson
HERE LIES ARTHUR by Philip Reeve
BECOMING BILLIE HOLLIDAY BY Carole Boston Weatherford
IMPOSSIBLE by Nancy Werlin
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How To Deal DVD (North branch) (DVD How)
Mamma Mia (6 copies, various branches...76 holds...not very likely, huh????)
Across the Universe (4 copies; various branches) 1 hold...more likely...
Made of Honor (5 copies; 35 holds....it'll be a while)

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2009 Challenges


1. 2009 Decades Challenge (9 books minimum) (December 31, 2009)
2. 2009 Casual Classics (4 books minimum) (December 31, 2009)
3. First In A Series 2009 (12 books minimum) (December 31, 2009)
4. 2009 TBR Challenge (12 books minimum) (December 31, 2009)
5. 2009 YA Challenge (12 books minimum) (December 31, 2009)
6. War Through the Generations (8 books) (December 31, 2009)
7. A to Z Challenge (52 books) (December 31, 2009)
8. 999 Challenge (81 books) (December 31, 2009)
9. Countdown Challenge (45 books) (9/9/09)
10. 18th and 19th Century Women Writers (12) (December 2009)
11. Sarah Dessen (2) (Dec)
12. Daniel Defoe (2) (Dec)
13. John Steinbeck (2) (Dec)
14. Romance (5) (Dec)
15. Centuries (6) (December)
16. 42 Challenge (42) (December 3)
17. Themed REading (7) (July 31)
18. Really Old Classics (3) (July 31)
19. 2nd Canadian (13) July 1
20. Victorian (6) (June 30)
21. Daring Books (9) (June 15)
22. Unshelved (3) June 1
23. Book Awards (10) June 1
24. Hans Christian (4) (May 1
25. Jewish (4) (April 27)
26. Arthurian (6) (March 31)
27. Well Seasoned (3) (March 31)
28. Winter REading (6) (March 20)
29. 100 + Reading (100) (all of 2009)
30.  2009 TBR Lite (6) (all of 2009)
31. 1% Well Read (10) (February 28)
32. Sci Fi Experience (4) (February 28
33. Read Your Own Books (all of 2009)
34. Support Your Local Library (all of 2009)
35. L.M. Montgomery Mini-Challenge  (4 books) (November 30)
36. Dewey's Books (6) (all of 2009)
37. Christian Readers (8) (April 30)
38. My Year of Reading Dangerously (12) (all of 2009)
39. New Author Challenge (12)(all of 2009)
40. Celebrate the Author (all of 2009)
41. Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 3 (March 31)
42. Audio Challenge (12 books) (all of 2009)
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Favorite Non-Bookish Things in 2008


http://www.pizzainn.com/images/ourpizzas_baconcheeseburger.pngBacon Cheeseburger Pizza at Pizza Inn

Boil-in-a-bag Brown Rice
Jar








Whole Grain Pasta

Broccoli

The movie and soundtrack for Enchanted





The movie Penelope









The Disney movie Wall-E

Resurrection Letters by Andrew Peterson




http://media.pegasusnews.com/img/places/dentoncountyhamb520er_t520.jpg Cheeseburger Dinners at Kill-a-Cow (aka Denton County Independent Hamburger Company. There's a cool panoramic thingie for the link. But that is not the location where I'll be found. There are two of these in Denton.


http://images.buzzillions.com/images_products/07/24/planters_dry_roasted_peanuts_unsalted_reviews_149496_raw.jpgPlanters Unsalted Peanuts.

Unpictured-but-beloved-none-the-less hot ham and cheese sandwiches (ham, the real stuff not the lunchmeat)(provolone cheese)(mustard)(onions)(mushrooms)(wheat sub buns) all wrapped in foil and baked to delicous lip-smacking goodness.

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December Reads


December
  1. House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo. 295. 3.75/5
  2. The Stowaway by R.A. Salvatore and Geno Salvatore. 287. 3/5
  3. One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling. ?. 3/5
  4. Undone by Brooke Taylor. 310. 3.75/5
  5. Weeping Under This Same Moon. by Jana Laiz. 271. 3/5
  6. Freefall by Anna Levine. 250. 3.25/5
  7. Feathered by Laura Kasischke. 261. 2.5/5
  8. Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer. 282. 3.5/5
  9. Prom Kings and Drama Queens by Dorian Cirrone. 198. 3/5
  10. The Last Exit to Normal by Michael Harmon. 273. 3.5/5
  11. Sovay by Celia Rees. 404. 3.5/5
  12. Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn. ?. 3/5
  13. The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher. 153. 4/5
  14. They Called Me Red by Christina Kilbourne. 191. 3/5
  15. Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery. 339. 4/5
  16. Thaw by Monica M. Roe. 235. 4/5
  17. Swimming with the Sharks by Debbie Reed Fischer. 259. 3/5
  18. Split by A Kiss by Luisa Plaja. 309. 3.25/5
  19. A True and Faithful Narrative by Katherine Sturtevant. 247. 4/5
  20. Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix. 346. 5/5
  21. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. 296. 3.5/5
  22. Squad: Perfect Cover by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. 273. 4/5
  23. Everything You Want by Barbara Shoup. 307. 3.25/5
  24. Ringside, 1925 by Jen Bryant. 227. 3/5
  25. Shift by Jennifer Bradbury. 245. 3.5/5
  26. The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. 196. 3.25/5
  27. Girl Overboard by Justina Chen Headley. 339. 3/5
  28. Cassandra's Sister by Veronica Bennett. 240. 3/5
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  30. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. 86. 5/5
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