May 10th, 2010

Book 2-2010

A Recipe for Bees - Gail Anderson-Dargatz
My bf picked this out for me because he loved the bookcover. He judged this book rightly. It's lovely. I usually don't read books that are so endearing. I usually pick out books that are gross or dangerous. However, this book is quite beautiful. The heroine in this book, Augusta Olsen "has attitude, a wicked funny bone, a generous and wayward heart, and the gift of second sight." She's a great character. This book allowed me to really feel like I was living in the time period and the setting. Much the same way I felt I lived in To Kill a Mockingbird. The way the story is written you get the sense of life at the time. The marriage in this book was expertly written, no sugar or should i say "honey" coating here. haha it's been a long time since i even attempted a lil' pun.

If you're looking for a wonderful, rich summer read. This book would be a great book to take to the beach. I read it in my room because i don't live near a beach. haha It WAS fantastic though, I read it pretty fast because it was that good.
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Book 7 The Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick

The Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick
Pages: 352


"The Arcane Society was born in turmoil when the friendship of its two founders evolved into a fierce rivalry. Nicholas Winters's efforts led to the creation of a device of unknown powers called the Burning Lamp. Each generation of male descendents who inherits it is destined to develop multiple talents - and the curse of madness." "Plagued by hallucinations and nightmares, notorious crime lord Griffin Winters is convinced he has been struck with the Winters Curse. But even has he arranges a meeting with the mysterious woman Adelaide Pyne, he has no idea how closely their fates are bound, for she holds the missing lamp in her possession." But their dangerous psychic experiment makes them the target of forces both inside and outside of the Arcane Society. And though desire strengthens their power, their different lives will keep them apart - if death doesn't take them together.

Sigh. I am ready for Amanda Quick to stop writing the paranormal stuff. I love her books, but enough with the paranormal slant already. I have a hard time focusing on the story, because it just doesn’t fit inside my perception of Victorian England. I have no problem with her Harmony series set in the future on a planet colonized by residents of Earth.

Anyhow, that aside, I did enjoy seeing our hero come from the criminal underworld. That was a nice change of pace. A good read, but not one that compelled me to start and not stop until I was finished.

Books completed: 7/50
Pages completed: 223/15,000

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Book #25 -- Kelley Armstrong, Tales of the Otherworld, 387 pages.

A collection of short stories in Armstrong's "Women of the Otherworld" series. It fills in some great gaps in the novel series, especially the story of Eve and Kristof's romance. Nice quick read too.

Progress toward goals: 128/365 = 35.1%

Books: 25/100 = 25.0%

Pages: 6466/30000 = 21.6%

2010 Book List

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Books 36-40: Queen Victoria and Young Adult Literature

36. The Life and Times of Victoria by Dorothy Marshall (224 pages)
37. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (202 pages)
38. The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (189 pages)
39. Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush? by Jerry Spinelli (220 pages)
40. There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar (195 pages) 

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Italics: run away! It’s awful
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36. The Life and Times of Victoria by Dorothy Marshall (224 pages) Queen Victoria was perhaps the world's first career woman: a devoted wife and mother that also worked. That job just happened to be helping to run a country. This fascinating, passionate and emotional, yet Victorian, woman reigned a growing empire during the industrial revolution, during one of history's greatest period of change. With her passionate devotion to her family and husband, the Prince Consort Albert, her interest in the sciences, arts, and laboring movements, she defined the era that bears her name. A well-written biography of her life--both personal and professional--and her times, this book's one weakness is its brevity. Grade: A-

"It is easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say."
"What did he say? I didn't answer. I didn't know. I didn't speak."
37. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (202 pages) Something awful happened at a party, which caused Melinda to call the cops. Now, her friends won't talk to her and she is a social outcast. Melinda slowly begins to slip into depression and muteness. Because she once didn't speak when it mattered, she refuses to speak, to express herself, to speak up for herself. Her struggle against her internal and external worlds (and to make them one) is one of the most beautifully captured stories ever written. Along with S.E. Hinton's seminal classic The Outsiders, this book should be required reading for every high school freshman. Melinda's voice is so frightening, so funny, so sad, so upsetting, so refreshing, and so very, very real that you want to reach through the pages to her, and it is a very rare young adult novel that can so perfectly move you to complete pathos. Amazing book that reaches absolute perfection. Grade: A+

38. The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (189 pages) (reread for teaching)

 39. Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush? by Jerry Spinelli (220 pages) Greg and Megin are arch-enemies, and also happen to be brother and sister. Megin is a future professional hockey player who works for donuts to bring to her elderly best friend. Greg is bulking up for the love of his life, Jennifer. But when Jennifer moves away, he finds himself with her friend Sara. Will brother and sister ever be able to get along? This very early Spinelli work lacks much of his unique style, original character and plotting, characteristic wit and complexity of theme of his later works. Its ending is quite contrived and lacks the sophistication of his subtle, deep, and beautiful later books. A disappointment, but a decent young adult novel. Grade: C+

 40. There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar (195 pages) Bradley is a bad kid. He never does his homework, he doesn't play well with others. Then a new, young guidance councilor, Carla, sees the good in Bradley and helps him to make friends with the new student, Jeff. Sachar's child-like prose helps to capture the difficult world of childhood and being an outsider. A good middle grade read that doesn't quite move beyond average, though it does jerk a few tears. Grade: B-

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Book #26 -- Victor B. Scheffer, The Year of the Whale, 195 pages.

This book, published in 1969, purports to be a year in the life of a sperm whale calf, interspersed with anecdotes and information about whales. It's actually quite interesting to see what people at the time knew and thought about the largest creatures on Earth.

Progress toward goals: 128/365 = 35.1%

Books: 26/100 = 26.0%

Pages: 6661/30000 = 22.2%

2010 Book List

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