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Feb 23, 2011 12:46PM

Feb 23, 2011 09:29AM

721 I do see some changes. My son reads a lot of YA adventure, which is really aimed at boys, and to me it seems there are a lot of brave girls. Yes, Percy Jackson and Artemis Fowl are boys (and so are the authors) but the girls in Flora Segunda, Fever Crumb, and Leviathan are amazing.

As far as the reviewers go - well, I guess I could feel bad for Jodi Picoult, but I don't go to reviews anyway. The internet is changing everything, and she needs to make sure she has a presence here on GR, too.

Bottom line is people will read what they want to, so long as they see it. I don't think burying me in Dan Brown and the Twilight series is going to make me any more likely to read them than I am to choose something by Marisa de los Santos, who was drawn to my attention only by an article in the "Costco Connection," a magazine for the warehouse store.

Picoult's books are well-displayed in the Target stores, and, I believe, in Costco - and I don't think the shoppers there read the New York Times supplement.

Sorry, not sure if my ramblings are making any sense. I'll be glad to read more observations from all you. :)
Feb 23, 2011 09:01AM

721 So, cyborg, how'd the potato bake go over? I wish I coulda had some!
Feb 22, 2011 03:48PM

721 Once I used the zoom feature to make the picture larger than a wallet photo it was easy. But then, my husband and I do play Hidden Object games together.
721 Gosh Monya - it certainly does sound good. Actually my library system (theoretically) has a copy so maybe I'll get a chance to read it. Then we'll get a description up on its page somehow for sure.
Feb 21, 2011 03:07PM

721 Well, yeah, if you read huge books like those (the two listed in msg 60) you're going to be pressed.... ;)
721 And to My Nephew Albert I Leave the Island What I Won Off Fatty Hagan in a Poker Game is by David Forrest. It is a great title. Goodreads has no description or reviews of it - can you tell us a little bit about it? Or write a little review for it maybe even?
Feb 20, 2011 03:38PM

721 Beastly was a quick read and not bad. Not great either. I read it for another group and the reaction as a whole was similar to mine. Feel free to look at my review.
Feb 19, 2011 02:08PM

Feb 19, 2011 12:01PM

721 Yay! Almost all of these are from Mt. TBR

1) The Colours of Autumn: Don't Tell the Grown-Ups: The Subversive Power of Children's Literature - my edition is red! *DONE* - pretty good if you like literary criticism or want to know more about folktales and/or authors like Beatrix Potter, Lewis Carroll, or William Mayne.

2) International Women‘s Day: Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women *DONE* more interesting than I thought it would be - great for classrooms but also for families or even interested adults, and many of the illustrations were neat little works of art.

3) Saint Patrick‘s Day: Celebrate with the Irish - Airman, by Eoin Colfer who is Irish. - update - had to give up on Airman as I did not like it, checked out a Maeve Binchy story collection instead. *DONE* The Return Journey was a sweet collection and most of the stories couldn't quite have been about anyone else but the Irish.

4) Australian Labour Day: Working Men: Stories Fourteen stories that explore the spectrum... *DONE* quite literary but interesting.

5) Celebrate Dr Seuss‘ birthday on March 2nd! Borgel *DONE* - another cute funny adventure from Pinkwater

6) REDUCE - Read a book from your TBR shelf Howl's Moving Castle *DONE*

7) RE-USE - Re-read an old favourite The Princess Bride *DONE* - Didn't like it as much as I did when young as Buttercup is just too weak & daft. The 30th anniversary edition is fun with all the extra 'layers' of framing story and appendices.

8) RECYCLE - Read any book from the library - TBD, depending on my other groups' group reads. *DONE* Read "Is Sex Necessary?" the classic by Thurber and White.

9) The Ides of March - Read a novel with a murder or assassination in the plot. My husband recommended James' Patterson's "Trial" to me. *DONE* Eww. Very murderous.

10) The days are getting shorter Nebula Award Stories: 1 changed my mind - someone sent me a link to Arthur C Clarke's short story "The Nine Billion Name of God" and I read it, so, *DONE*
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Feb 18, 2011 04:58PM

721 I would, but I don't like that genre or anything like it, very sorry. Best wishes.
Feb 18, 2011 04:13PM

721 ty for msg 175
Feb 18, 2011 01:36PM

721 Well cyborg, I hope your guests aren't on diets! :)
Feb 17, 2011 01:23PM

721 Now that's a well-done and charming website - good model for others to emulate. So, the little character is a modern creation by the authors. Interesting - he certainly looks traditional. Now I'm even more eager to find at least one of the books! Thank you Dee-Ann. :)
Feb 17, 2011 01:15PM

721 Good thing cats are smaller than we are. 'Adorable' is not the word I'd use. The soundtrack was great - thanks for looking it up Mandy.

Also I hope the Kiwis hold fast to their own use of the language.
721 Aussies are always perfectly nice.
Feb 15, 2011 11:20AM

721 Forgive my ignorance please, and don't hate me if I'm rekindling a rivalry or something - but would a New Zealand author count for this?
Feb 15, 2011 10:18AM

721 Poisonwood Bible and Phantom Tollbooth are both excellent reads, imo. I'll post my list shortly - I think 8 of them are coming straight off Mt. TBR - thank you!
721 I just finished The Akhenaten Adventure and haven't decided whether to continue. Have any of you read these Middle Grade books by Philip Kerr?
Feb 15, 2011 09:24AM

721 Mandy I like the recipes idea. I don't have anything like that from my family - it sure would be nice to.

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