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January Book List

First off Happy Birthday to phoenixankaa !!


Books I read in January:

1. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling Yes, I finally got around to it! It was nice. It was about what I expected it to be, which is a good thing.

2. The Hollow Kingdom: Book I of The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy by Clare B. Dunkle This is a YA Fantasy story that I really like. It has a wonderful lead male character and it stressed that looks are not everything in a man or goblin and that marriage is just as much about keeping your promises and honoring commitments as it is about romantic love. I good message for a young lady I think. And it was a refreshing read for me as well. I recommend it.

3. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink Interesting, but a dense read. The prose is very weighty and philosophical. If you like that kind of thing, go for it. I personally found it to be depressing and as much as it seems the author wants to round out the characters throughout the story, I felt that they remained kind of flat. Just my opinion.

4. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
5. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
6. The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan

I was worried that this would be too HP-esque for my liking, but I was wrong. I was happily suprised by how enjoyable this series of books is. I am waiting for the most recent to come out in paper back or until I feel like I have more money to spend on myself, but I will definitely be reading it. This is an interesting world and it makes me wonder where all that info I got in my several Mythology classes went to in my brain! I made need some refresher courses! I recommend it if you want a good read.

7. The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
8. The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau

I read The City of Ember at the end of last year and decided to go ahead with the series. I skipped the third book because it was a flash back to an earlier time, and I don't know that I missed a whole lot. This is an okay series. It may simply be that it is geared for a younger audience than most of the YA fiction that I read, because I found it somewhat simplistic plot wise. But then again how often do you find Post-Apocolyptic Young Adult Fiction? You have to give the author props for even trying that genre out! Give it a whirl. I have a feeling the book was better than the movie, even if it did have Bill Murray in it.

Notable Children's Books from January:

I read and re-read and re-read MANY kids books to Max this month, but here is one title that we got at a used book store that was a really great find.

McDuff and the Baby Written by Rosemary Wells and Illustrated by Susan Jeffers
This little book is wonderful. It is a lovely little story about a West Highland Terrier who has his routine happy life interrupted by a new baby in the house. What is truly fabulous are the illustrations. The story is set in the 30's and the cars and clothes and even the comics in the newspaper that McDuff likes to be read are rendered wonderfully accurate to the period. This is one of those children's books that adults will appreciate the art work. And the story is really cute too, it is by Rosemary Wells who created the Max & Ruby books. It is for Infant-preschool age children and Max really loves it.


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Feb. 1st, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
I fangirl Percy Jackson, Annabeth, and Grover. :D Some folks on my flist turned me on to the series, and I blew through the first four in about 2 weeks. I'm currently anxiously awaiting May 5th, when the fifth comes out. (I'd totally be willing to go to a midnight release for it, too!)

I'll have to give The Hollow Kingdom a try, too. :D
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