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message 1: by Muphyn (last edited Feb 02, 2009 11:49PM) (new)

Muphyn 1. Stephenie Meyer Twilight [image error]

2. Stephenie Meyer New Moon New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) by Stephenie Meyer

3. Stephenie Meyer Eclipse Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer

4. Axel Hacke Der weisse Neger Wumbaba. Kleines Handbuch des Verhörens (german)
Der weisse Neger Wumbaba. Kleines Handbuch des Verhörens by Axel Hacke

5. Stephenie Meyer Breaking Dawn
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6. Agatha Christie 4 50 From Paddington A Miss Marple Mystery 4.50 from Paddington (BBC Radio Collection Crimes and Thrillers) by Agatha Christie


message 2: by Muphyn (last edited Feb 06, 2009 03:58AM) (new)

Muphyn 7. Another YA book :)

Emily Rodda The Wizard of Rondo The Wizard of Rondo by Emily Rodda

The sequel to The Key to Rondo - wasn't as good as the first one, though still enjoyable. a little bit too much on the descriptive side.


message 3: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn Ok, not a YA book this time!

8. Henry Reynolds Why Weren't We Told? Why Weren't We Told? by Henry Reynolds

It's part memoir, dealing with the treatment of Aboriginies in Australia, both from the author's personal experience as well as from his perspective as a historian. Found it quite emotional in parts and highly illuminating.


message 4: by Muphyn (last edited Feb 12, 2009 04:29PM) (new)

Muphyn 9. Nicole Krauss The History of Love A Novel
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

Part love story, part historical, set in New York and quietly told, with subtle twists and turns. Found it intriguing from the start.


10. Robert Cormier The Chocolate War
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

YA novel about bullying, corruption at (private) schools and standing up for what you believe in. Thought it was brilliant!


message 5: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 487 comments Hi Muphyn- I completely forgot about The Chocolate War - I read it ages ago and remember really enjoying it. Glad you liked it!


message 6: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn Melanie wrote: "Hi Muphyn- I completely forgot about The Chocolate War - I read it ages ago and remember really enjoying it. Glad you liked it!"

The YA group on GR read it as their Feb book club read and I'm still so stunned that basically none of them liked it! they couldn't get into it, thought it was boring and there was I thinking that it was a brilliant book! huh?! maybe it doesn't speak to today's teenager population/culture anymore and/or maybe I'm too old (i don't even feel like i'm approaching 30 this year but huh, what do I know I guess... :) ). Sounds like you liked it too. did you have to read it for school?


message 7: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments Pin a chocolate rose on you!


message 8: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 487 comments I actually read it on my own when I was a teenager.


message 9: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn More YA fiction!! I'm so hooked on YA books at the moment, can't seem to stop. :) Have almost finished Pullman's Sally Lockheart trilogy, onto the last part now.

11. Philip Pullman The Ruby in the Smoke
The Ruby in the Smoke Unabridged (Cover to Cover) by Philip Pullman

12. Philip Pullman The Shadow in the North
The Shadow in the North (Sally Lockhart Mystery) by Philip Pullman


message 10: by Melanie (last edited Feb 18, 2009 09:40PM) (new)

Melanie | 487 comments Muphyn,
Have you read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins? I think that is technically YA fiction. Really good - though my really only other recent foray into YA were the Twilight books so I am not sure if we want to gauge it by that... : )


message 11: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn Melanie,
no, haven't read or heard of "The Hunger Games" - just read the synopsis on the book page and it sounds really good!! i'll let you know what I think of it! yay, more YA!!! :)


message 12: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 487 comments I hope you like it - I am a sucker for post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels.


message 13: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn The last in the Sally Lockheart series:

13. Philip Pullman The Tiger in the Well
The Tiger in the Well (Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 3) by Philip Pullman

Great stuff!! Thoroughly enjoyed the series and the historical backdrop, especially in the last one when there's a lot about Jewish immigrants, socialism, unions etc. going on! Adds a nice dimension to the story.


message 14: by Muphyn (last edited Feb 26, 2009 02:07AM) (new)

Muphyn 14. Victor Hugo Les Misérables
Les Miserables (Classic Fiction) by Victor Hugo

Admittedly, it's an abriged production I listened to (4 audio CDs) but never mind, it's another step towards reaching that "magical" 50! Enjoyed the classical music that is part of the production but not so much the reader, sounded a little too pretentious for my liking.


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Muphyn 15. John Connolly The Book of Lost Things
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Fantasy and sort of YA but not really - too dark and gruesome. Haven't quite decided yet what I make of it. I really enjoyed parts of it and other parts were really scary and gruesome.


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Muphyn 16. J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit Or There and Back Again
The Hobbit (BBC Radio Collection) by J.R.R. Tolkien

Didn't mind "The Hobbit" as much as when I first read it but it's still not a favourite one of mine. The BBC production, however, was simply awful; often enough it just felt like a lot of noise rather than story telling.

17. Mende Nazer Slave
Slave by Mende Nazer

Memoirs of a Sudanese slave girl. Quite touching.


message 17: by Muphyn (last edited Mar 27, 2009 06:21PM) (new)

Muphyn 18. Neil Gaiman Coraline
Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Creepy, little tale about a girl named Coraline. Enjoyed it heaps!

19. Ian McEwan Black Dogs
Black Dogs by Ian McEwan

I just love Ian McEwan's writing style, it is just beautiful and lyrical. Loved the book too. Quite different to "Atonement" but still told in the same "tone".


message 18: by Muphyn (last edited Mar 27, 2009 06:21PM) (new)

Muphyn 20. Kate Morton The Shifting Fog (published as The House at Riverton in the US)
The Shifting Fog by Kate Morton

Great story, really enthralling plot, set in early 20th century England. Totally absorbed me!

21. Randa Abdel-Fattah Where the Streets Had a Name
Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Something different... YA fiction that's set in the Middle East, dealing with the Israel-Palastinian conflict. New terroritory for me but I found it quite engaging.


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Muphyn 22. Jane Austen Emma
Emma (Classic Fiction) by Jane Austen

Abriged version but not too bad. Great if you just want a quick overview of the plot rather than all the intricate details (not saying it's not worthwhile).

23. Colin Thompson The Floods #1 Good Neighbors
The Floods Neighbours (Book 1) by Colin Thompson

Funny, creepy, morbid story about an Adam's Family-type family. Dark, very British humour! Kinda a children's book but not really.


message 20: by Muphyn (last edited Apr 07, 2009 08:36PM) (new)

Muphyn 24. Cornelia Funke Inkheart
Inkheart (Inkheart, Book 1) by Cornelia Funke

25. M.I. McAllister The Mistmantle Chronicles, Book 2 Urchin and the Heartstone
The Mistmantle Chronicles, Book 2 Urchin and the Heartstone by M.I. McAllister

Second book in the Mistmantle Chronicles - great animal story for kiddies!


message 21: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments You are half-way there!!! whoohoo!


message 22: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn Oh YES!!! I hadn't even realised!!! :) Thanks Mary Todd!!!


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Muphyn 26. Colin Thompson The Floods Playschool
The Floods Playschool (Book 2) by Colin Thompson

A tale about a morbid family - highly enjoyable!

27. Colin Thompson The Floods Home & Away
The Floods Home & Away (Book 3) by Colin Thompson

28. M.A. McAllister
The Mistmantle Chronicles, Book 3 The Heir of Mistmantle

The Mistmantle Chronicles, Book 3 The Heir of Mistmantle by M.I. McAllister

29. Kate Morton The Forgotten Garden
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

30. Dianna Wynne Jones Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

31. M.A. McAllister The Mistmantle Chronicles, Book 4 Urchin and the Raven War
The Mistmantle Chronicles, Book 4 Urchin and the Raven War by M.I. McAllister


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Muphyn 32. Rachel Billington Emma & Knightley The Sequel to Jane Austen's Emma
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33. Cornelia Funke Inkspell
Inkspell (Inkheart, Book 2) by Cornelia Funke

34. Sonya Hartnett The Ghost's Child
The Ghost's Child by Sonya Hartnett

35. Francis Durbridge News of Paul Temple
News of Paul Temple (BBC Audio) by Francis Durbridge

36. Shannon Hale The Goose Girl
The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern #1) by Shannon Hale


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Muphyn 37. Cornelia Funke Inkdeath
Inkdeath (Inkheart, Book 3) by Cornelia Funke

38. Walter Wangerin Jr. Jesus
Jesus by Walter Wangerin, Jr.

just terrible. had to force myself to finish it.

39. Henry Blackaby Experiencing the Spirit The Power of Pentecost Every Day
Experiencing the Spirit The Power of Pentecost Every Day by Henry Blackaby

40. Bernard Beckett Genesis
Genesis by Bernard Beckett

Brilliant!

41. Tim Ecott Stealing Water A Secret Life in an African City
Stealing Water A Secret Life in an African City by Tim Ecott

Interesting memoir about a childhood spent in South Africa and Ireland.

42. Yann Martel Life of Pi
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Tried reading this 1.5 years ago and couldn't get into it. this time it wasn't too bad - maybe listening to the audio version helped.


message 26: by Vi (new)

Vi (BookJunkyV) | 75 comments If you don't mind reading some fantasy young adult fiction I highly recommend the Pendragon Series. Here's the first book: [image error]


message 27: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn Vi wrote: "If you don't mind reading some fantasy young adult fiction I highly recommend the Pendragon Series. Here's the first book: [image error]"

Thanks for the rec, Vi! I don't mind reading YA fantasy, in fact, I really love it!! :) I'll see if I can get the Pendragon series at the my local public library.


message 28: by Vi (new)

Vi (BookJunkyV) | 75 comments I hope you like it. I really enjoy the series so far. The last one just came out, and I can't wait to read it!




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