Misty wrote: "Is any one else being driven crazy by the double "not"s in the title, or am I just completely anal?"
i actually didn't bother looking at this thread for the longest time because of that very thing.
but, i have something to add.Rumo And His Miraculous Adventures
and The City of Dreaming Books
by Walter Moers
were originally written in german. I've read Rumo, and I'm reading City now. I highly recommend them.
Sara wrote: "C wrote: "I liked Conor, but he seemed a little too perfect to me. I've also read the Fowl series, and it made me think that Colfer has a sort of thing for near-perfect characters."
Fascinating...Try The Supernaturalist and The Wish List... Especially the latter. Yeah... "
Totally. Meg and Lowrie are definitely not perfect characters. Good call.
I saw Jumper and I watched the special feature interview with Gould and it made me want to read Jumper because of how different he said they were. But it's never made it high on my TBR pile.
you've come to the right place. :) welcome.
welcome! what types of stories do you like to read?
I am so far. I got to start this one right away because it is in my boyfriend's extensive comic book collection. I noticed right off how each group gets a specific animal to represent them and I'm starting to wonder what the significance is of Polish non-jews being pigs. I get the cat (nazis) and mouse (jews). But pigs? Thoughts?
I finished Forbidden Tales Sword
by Da Chen
this morning for 1/3 of 2.25. 229 pages. :)
Very cool book. I've read just a couple Asian stories and they seem so extreme. The fights are brutal and precise and the relationships brief but incredibly passionate.
Misty wrote: "I love that as readers, we all panic when we're on our way to get a book, like "What if someone beats me to it?" Cause really, what are the odds? But because we are obsessive and reading is urgen..."
apparently in portland reading is urgent for a lot of people. there are consistently hold requests 20 deep on new YA books that come out and get bought by the library. in fact it's in the 30s for Hunger Games and I don't know if I'm actually going to get to participate in the discussion for that one because of it.
Oh this is frustrating. I know I've seen the movie Stardust, and I have the feeling that I've read the book but I can't actually remember doing it. It's not like I could flip through the book and determine it easily, because i've seen the movie and am familiar with the story through that. Sometimes I hate my swiss cheese brain. Gah!
This quote is from Ursula Le Guin's latest blog entry
. She's writing about being asked to choose the best three from a list of books which the top three voted books will then be the "Best Books since 1950". She refused to participate.
"It seems to me that an award, a “best of,” in literature, doesn’t serve literature at all. It serves to supply commercial booksellers with a readymade commodity, and lazy-minded readers and teachers with a readymade choice. They needn’t pay attention to the books that didn’t win the prize, they needn’t exercise their own critical faculties, they don’t have to think, they can just order the prize book and believe they’ve read all there is to read."
wow! what a worldly place this is. :)
Linda Grace wrote: "Thanks Jennifer for posting that. My internet was down last night.
Heather, your list looks good. You have some really good books on there! Have fun reading! "
thanks! I can't wait. I have one more book out from the library that I need to finish before August 1st. I've only got one re-read on the list (Bridge to Terabithia
has been one of my favorites since I was a kid.)
Sweet! Now I have my list:
1 – Official YA Challenge Section
5. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
10. Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1) by Tamora Pierce (Recommendation from Misty)
15. The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins
20. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (New Book/New Author – Savvy)
25. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) and The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2) by Rick Riordan
2 – Author’s Name A-Z Section
5. Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor
10. Dr. Sigmundus: The Cracked Mirror by Brian Keaney (Goodreads author)
15. The Saint of Dragons by Jason Hightman (My sweetie’s name is Jason)
20. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan and The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
25. Sword by Da Chen, Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin and The Sorceress (Nicholas Flamel, #3) by Michael Scott
3 – Newbery List Section
5. The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (2009 Honor book)
10. Julie of the Wolves (Book 1) by Jean Craighead George (Winner 1973, Honor 1960 with My Side of the Mountain)
15. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (1977) and Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1978)
20. Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (Winner 2003) and The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (Honor 2003)
25. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (Winner 2007, Pub. Nov. 2006) and Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City (Kiki Strike, Book 1) by Kirsten Miller (Pub. May 2006)
4 – Shelves Section, Please stick to books you haven’t read yet for this section!
5. Dreamquake (The Dreamhunter Duet, Book 2) by Elizabeth Knox (From Elissa)
10. Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
15. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
20. Ash by Malinda Lo (GLBT recommended by Kristin)
25. No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre (YALSA Drama List), Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley (Gothic), and Uglies (Uglies, #1) by Scott Westerfeld (Top 100 GR YA #16)
Please let me know if I need to change anything.
Hi all, could someone please recommend a historical fiction or a gay/lesbian book for me for task 4.20? Danke.
I have a question about 1.20. I didn't participate in the last challenge, so can I still do that task?
Misty wrote: "I will pull out a bunch of books, weigh them all in my hand and just touch them a little bit (I really couldn't tell you how this helps my decision making process. I guess I just need to know they are there. I'm weird), and often I will open up and read the first sentence of each and see which suits how I'm feeling. Sometimes I leave the whole stack out and just run my fingers over it when I walk by. As I said, I'm weird..."
not so weird. i've done each of those things myself many times. :)