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message 1: by Garret (last edited Jan 01, 2011 06:06PM) (new)

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JANUARY
1. In Too Deep In Too Deep (39 Clues, #6) by Jude Watson Jude Watson Jude Watson
Finish Date: Jan 1 2011
Rating:A
Read this one to my son. Part of a series called The 39 Clues (each with it's own title) of children's books. Each is written by a different author. My son loves them. This is the best written one so far. It is sort of a National Treasure with children solving the clues.


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2. Error of the Moon Error of the Moon by Sara Woods Sara Woods
Finish Date: Jan 2 2011
Rating:B
Read this cozy murder mystery from the 1960s in one day. Part of the Antony Maitland series. Maitland is a former war spy now turned barrister and sleuth. Well written British murder mystery thick on dialague and thin on action. Makes you think things through to understand what is going on through the dialogue. The last Maitland I read was more absorbing, Exit Murderer Exit Murderer by Sara Woods Sara Woods from later in the series. Woods was very popular in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. I started reading these when I learned that the great Alec Wilder counted her as a favorite author. Alec Wilder


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Bentley | 44207 comments Mod
Good for you Garret, great start.


message 4: by Garret (last edited Jan 06, 2011 04:53PM) (new)

Garret (ggannuch) JANUARY

3. In the Blue Light of African Dreams
In the Blue Light of African Dreams by Paul Watkins Paul Watkins Paul Watkins
Finish date: Jan 6 2011
Rating: A- (B++?)

This is a very good adventure story set just after WWI. The hero is a down and out pilot for the French Foreign Legion. The fist half of the book concerns the mess he has gotten himself into in Africa and the second half his dream to be the first to fly Paris to New York. This one has been on my list for a while. Though not a page turner it is very engaging and a quick read.

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Bentley | 44207 comments Mod
Garret, this looks great and I just love your images.


message 6: by Garret (new)

Garret (ggannuch) Bentley wrote: "Garret, this looks great and I just love your images."

Thanks!


message 7: by Garret (last edited Jan 26, 2011 07:47PM) (new)

Garret (ggannuch) JANUARY

4. The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family
The Poets' Corner The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family by John Lithgow John Lithgow John Lithgow

Finish date: Jan 6
Rating:A

I listened to this on audio and followed the poems along on ebook. The audio version is great. Lithgow reads most of it with some famous friends reading one of the two poems by each poet. He gives a short bio and background then an actor reads a poem. Lithgow then makes some remarks about the poem and more remarks about the poet, lists some favorite poems and then reads another poem by the same poet. Ends with a quote from the poet.

Nice to hear the poems read well aloud. Although this is short (the audio is just over 6 hours) it is best done in small doses. I hope to revisit occasionally. Not for young children despite the title.


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Bentley | 44207 comments Mod
That sounds great Garret; what fun for short rides in the car for example.


message 9: by Garret (new)

Garret (ggannuch) That's exactly how I did a lot of it.


message 10: by Garret (last edited Jan 26, 2011 07:47PM) (new)

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5. The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the ElementsThe Disappearing Spoon And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam KeanSam KeanSam Kean


Finished January 8
Rating: B-

I liked this story of the elements, their strange properties and scientific problems and the stories of their discoveries and biographies of the scientists who discovered them


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Bentley | 44207 comments Mod
This looks like a great book.


message 12: by Garret (last edited Jan 26, 2011 07:48PM) (new)

Garret (ggannuch) JANUARY
6.Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Seeker of Knowledge The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs by James Rumford James Rumford(no photo)
Finish date: jan 9
Rating:A
Read this very short bio to my 10 yo son who found this story about the man who deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs inspiring.


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7. The Golden Goose
The Golden Goose by Dick King-Smith Dick King-Smith Dick King-Smith

Finish Date: January 10
Rating: A

Another children's book I read to my 10 yo by the author of Babe: The Gallant Pig Babe The Gallant Pig (Babe) by Dick King-Smith Dick King-Smith Dick King-Smith

This one is short and a cute story that we both liked.


Elizabeth (Alaska) Garret, I just love that you're reading aloud with your 10 year old. Most parents have stopped reading aloud by the time their offspring reach that age.

The Read-Aloud Handbook Sixth Edition (Read-Aloud Handbook) by Jim Trelease Jim Trelease (no photo)


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Garret (ggannuch) Elizabeth (Alaska) wrote: "Garret, I just love that you're reading aloud with your 10 year old. Most parents have stopped reading aloud by the time their offspring reach that age.

[bookcover:The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixt..."


Thanks!


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Mckris10 | 20 comments Your books look so interesting, Garret. I've "stolen" a couple of them for myself. Thanks!!


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Elizabeth S (esorenson) | 2011 comments As so many others have said, what a fun list of interesting books! I also have enjoyed Dick King-Smith after discovering him as the author of Babe.

Babe The Gallant Pig (Babe) by Dick King-Smith by Dick King-Smith Dick King-Smith


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8. I really should be practicing
I really should be practicing by Gary Graffman Gary Graffman

Finish Date: Jan 12
Rating: A- (****) description


This is a must for pianists and pianophiles. Gary Graffman , though probably largely forgotten now, was a very successful concert pianist in the 50s, 60s and 70s until a hand injury ended his concert career. This out of print memoir is witty, engaging and an enlightening light read. There are many wonderful and funny anecdotes about some of the legends of the classical music world. My interest did wax and wane in the second half in a few places but I thoroughly enjoyed this one which has been sitting on my shelf for a decade. Here's to hoping he is writing a second volume covering his successful teaching career, left handed concert career and struggle with his injury.

Gary Graffman - Chopin Ballde No. 2

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message 19: by Elizabeth S (new)

Elizabeth S (esorenson) | 2011 comments Another one for the to-read list! Thanks, Garret.


message 20: by Garret (last edited Jan 26, 2011 07:51PM) (new)

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9. The Old Man and Me
The Old Man and Me by Elaine Dundy Elaine Dundy

Finish Date Jan 15
Rating: A (****)

I enjoyed this a lot. Perhaps the first female anti-hero?

This re-release is not quite as striking as the author's first book The Dud Avocado The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy Elaine Dundy which I read last year.


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10. Room

Room by Emma Donoghue Emma Donoghue Emma Donoghue

Finish Date Jan 16
Rating: A

This harrowing story told by a 5 yo was on most of the 10 best lists for 2010.


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'Aussie Rick' (aussierick) Your doing great Garret, some interesting books there as well :)


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11. The Viper's Nest The Viper's Nest (39 Clues, #7) by Peter Lerangis Peter Lerangis Peter Lerangis

Finish date: Jan 16
Rating: B

Listened to this with my 10 yo as audiobook. Book 7 in the 39 Clues Series for children.


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12 The 39 Clues: Book 8 - Audio The 39 Clues Book 8 - Audio by Gordon Korman Gordon Korman Gordon Korman

Finish date:Jan 21
Rating: B+

Another good entry in the 39 Clues series. My 10 yo and I listened to this one together. He loves these fun stories.


message 25: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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Thanks Garret - everything is fine now according to format. You are really off to a great start.


message 26: by Garret (last edited Feb 02, 2011 02:14PM) (new)

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#13
Unbroken Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand by Laura Hillenbrand Laura Hillenbrand

Finish date:February 1 2011
Rating: A

On lots of 10 best lists for 2010, this is a page turning narrative. Incredible true story of the life of an American Olympic athlete before, during and after WW II.

It may be weak on character development and it's psychoanalysis may fall short but what a well told and incredible story. The audio edition is well read.

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# 14 The Yiddish Policemen's Union The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon by Michael Chabon Michael Chabon read by Peter Riegert
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Finish date: Feb 2 2011
Rating: A (****)

Excellent, funny and well read audio edition. Hat tip to Bently.

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message 28: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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You are welcome Garret; I found myself laughing aloud in the car; I am sure that folks passing me wondered what I was laughing at. I thought that Riegert was fab.


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#15 Mr. Midshipman Hornblower Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forester C.S. Forester by C.S. Forester




Finish date: Feb 4

Rating: Held till after group read

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#16 Into the GauntletInto the Gauntlet (39 Clues, #10) by Margaret Peterson HaddixMargaret Peterson HaddixMargaret Peterson Haddix




Finish date: Feb 21

Rating: B ****

Finale to 39 clues, wraps up the series nicely. My son couldn't put it down. He read along with the audio edition, and we listened together.

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#17 Legacy of Ashes: the History of the CIALegacy of Ashes the History of the CIA by Tim WeinerTim WeinerTim Weiner




Finish date: Feb 28

Rating: held until club reading is over

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#18 The Mystery of Monster MountainThe Mystery of Monster Mountain (Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators, #20) by M.V. CareyM.V. Carey




Finish date: March 19

Rating: B ***1/2

I read this to my 10 yo son. He loved it and wants to read more from this series.

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Elizabeth S (esorenson) | 2011 comments You read good books to your son, Garrett. I like the whole Three Investigators series.


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