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Megan | 86 comments My first goal is to read 100 books this year, which I'm not too worried about. To make things a little more tricky I'm currently attempting to read a book for each letter of the alphabet...twice, so I read an "A" title as well as an "A" author.

message 2: by Megan (last edited May 21, 2009 10:14AM) (new)

Megan | 86 comments So far my lists look like this (what I've finished):

A- Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
B- Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
C- Crispin The Cross of Lead by Avi
D- The Duchess of Malfi, Fourth Edition by John Webster
E- The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
F- The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien
G- The Golden Age by Kenneth Grahame
H- Harrowing the Dragon by Patricia A. McKillip
I- Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
K- The Know-It-All One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs
L- Light of the Oracle by Victoria Hanley
M- The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
N- Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 4 by Hayoa Miyazaki
P- The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
Q- The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
S- The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith
T- Two-thousand One: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
U- Unexpected Magic Collected Stories by Diana Wynne Jones
V- Villette by Charlotte Bronte
W- The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

message 3: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments That is a funny way Megan! But might give yous ome surprise choices too! I have only read the Tolkien book from your list.

message 4: by Megan (last edited May 21, 2009 10:15AM) (new)

Megan | 86 comments I had to run unexpectedly earlier, so I didn't get to post my authors list, so here it is.

A- Austen, Jane; Mansfield Park
B- Beddor, Frank; The Looking Glass Wars
C- Card, Orson Scott; Speaker for the Dead
D- Dickens, Charles; Great Expectation
F- Fforde, Jasper; The Eyre Affair
G- Gray, Elizabeth Janet; Adam of the Road
H- Hiaasen, Carl; Hoot
I- Ibbotson, Eva; The Star of Kazan
J- Jones, Diana Wynne; House of Many Ways
K- Keats, John; Lyric Poems
M- Millay, Edna St. Vincent; Early Works
N- Nesbit, E.; Five Children and It
O- O'Dell, Scott; Sing Down the Moon
P- Plato; The Trial and Death of Socrates
R- Rowling, J.K.; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
S- Sanderson, Brandon; The Hero of Ages
T- Twain, Mark; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
W- Walpole, Horace; The Castle of Otranto A Gothic Story

message 5: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments I'm really excited for when I get fewer and fewer letters left, so my reading choices will have to get more specific, instead of just whatever looks good. I think I may find some things I wouldn't otherwise have read.

message 6: by Beth Ann (new)

Beth Ann (bagrover) That's awesome! I never thought to do an alphabet theme!! What a great idea!

message 7: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments Yeah, I'm really enjoying it. More fun than just checking books off a never-ending list. (Although I do that too).

When I finish these alphabets, I think I might focus on my owned-to-be-reads, but I don't know if I'm strong enough to put myself on a book-buying ban, though I really should. :(

message 8: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments Just added The Sunday Philosophy Club (really good), I had to rearrange a bit, since I already had a book on S (Sing Down the Moon), but everything still fits.

message 9: by Megan (last edited Feb 26, 2009 11:03AM) (new)

Megan | 86 comments Recently added

23. The Duchess of Malfi
24. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

message 10: by Arya (new)

Arya (izlandzadi) | 12 comments Megan,

What did you think about The Light of the Oracle?

message 11: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments hmmm, good question. I liked it over all. I got bogged down in the middle, and I felt that Clea and the Feathers were a little preposterous. Only a sociopath would attempt to drown a girl, and never break emotional stride. And I don't know, a sociopath can't be that easy to write, even they have to be driven by something...I think I'm beginning to ramble.
I read The Seer and the Sword last year and liked it much better, but still, I did like The Light of the Oracle.

message 12: by Arya (new)

Arya (izlandzadi) | 12 comments I'm glad you enjoyed it, though you are right, The Seer and the Sword was very, very good, much beter than The Light of the Oracle!

Have you read Healer's Keep, her other story?

message 13: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments It's on my list, sadly my list is really long. Actually, my Mom just started it (she recomended The Seer and the Sword to me), so maybe I'll read it when she's finished.

Have you read it, and if so, what'd you think?

message 14: by Jeane (new)

Jeane | 4891 comments Megan wrote: "Recently added

23. The Duchess of Malfi
24. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians"

How was the duchess of Malfi?

message 15: by Robin (new)

Robin (robinsullivan) | 997 comments Sweet idea!

message 16: by Arya (new)

Arya (izlandzadi) | 12 comments I liked Healer's Keep, marvelous idea, though it is a bit more like The Light of the Oracle than The Seer and the Sword (though one of the main characters is "the Seer's" daughtr) all in all a good book!

message 17: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments Good to hear.
Jeane, I really like the Duchess of Malfi, it wasn't what I expected and that's always nice.

I just finished number 25 for this year, Great Expectations, which possibly replaces Hard Times as my favorite Dickens nove.

message 18: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments 26. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
...sadly it doesn't fit in my alphabet, but now I can start Xenocide which will cover me on X.

message 19: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments 27. The Mayor of Casterbridge

(and I lied before, I got Speaker for the Dead into the alphabet after all)

message 20: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments 28. The Queen of Attolia

Such a great book! If anyone's looking for reccomendations it's high on my list (though you'd have to read The Thief first, which is also very good).

message 21: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments 29. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

message 22: by Arya (new)

Arya (izlandzadi) | 12 comments LOVE that book!!
YAY!! Enjoy?

message 23: by Carol (new)

Carol (caroldias) Harry Potter is great. I listen to it everyday lol

message 24: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments haha, yeah, this is the part where I guiltily admit that that's at least the fifth time I've read it. The only book in the series I haven't read over is The Deathly Hallows, but I figured I'd start back at the beginning and read all seven.

message 25: by Carol (new)

Carol (caroldias) You should read all seven indeed. The last one is pretty different of course, but I don´t think any of the HP is bad (ok, maybe Chamber of Secrets is a little bad lol).

For you don´t feel alone is the love, I just bought a new copy of Order of the Phoenix lol

message 26: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments 30. The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson

message 27: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments 31. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
32. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
33. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
34. Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
35. Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

message 28: by Arya (new)

Arya (izlandzadi) | 12 comments did you like Mansfield Park?

message 29: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments Ummm, yes and no. It definitely wasn't my favorite Jane Austen, but it was still good. I guess since I sort of disliked both the hero and the heroine by the end of the book it could be called her most realistic. I liked it, but, I don't know, I'm still holding little grudges against the characters.

message 30: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments 36. Talking to Dragons- Patricia C. Wrede
37. Book of a Thousand Days- Shannon Hale
38. The Know-It-All- A.J. Jacobs

message 31: by Megan (new)

Megan | 86 comments Recently finished
39. Adam of the Road- Elizabeth Janet Gray
40. The Invention of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick
41. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!- Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

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