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April 2010 Book Challenge Thread

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Is it April already? What the hell's happened to the year already? Wow.

So, just by way of clarification (for comers both new and old), new and improved guidelines for the Book Challenge Thread are as follows:

1) Post the books you read ... or not
2) Post a recommendation ... or not
3) Number your book ... or not
4) Make a goal ... or not
5) Have fun with books (This one, unfortunately, is MANDATORY)



So, with that, avante, allons-y and a happy reading March to everyone!

2009's Thread can be found HERE
January's Thread can be found HERE
February's Thread can be found HERE
March's Thread can be found HERE
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Not exactly....
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Happy April everybody!
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newbie...i'm reading the pellinor(allison croggon)series right now. book 3 is from hem's perspective, so it has taken me a bit to get into it. i was reading piers anthony, but i'm worn out on puns. any other good fantasy/sf out there while i await the final inheritance book? i've read most of frank and brian herbert, and some asimov.

i'd recommend anything by daniel quinn, but especially ishmael if you aren't offended by evolution and the common ancestor theory.
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Holy Moly April already!?! Can't believe it.

I'm reading Shantaram right now. Really good but I think it might be a while before I post anything else b/c it's huge, almost 1000 pages. Although, I am just about to go on vacation to Portland and the Redwoods and San Francisco. Road Trip!!!! So maybe I'll get some reading done then



Welcome Boobs4milk A sort of sf book that I really really loved was The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway. It's a Nancy Pearl recommendation. Super good stuff.

Happy April Fool's Day everyone!
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It seesm that most of my reading is on the weekends right now . . . between work, family, school, and everything else. I'm reading Breakfast at Tiffany's for my book/movie club.
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Currently reading "Her Fearful Symmetry" by Audrey Niffeneger, who also wrote the Time Traveler's Wife. Both are really awesome books, but I am only part of the way into Her Fearful Symmetry. she also has a couple of other books I will probably read next. (I tend to go on "author binges")Also just finished Bram Stoker's Dracula. Very good, a lot different than I expected. Felt like hoping on the vampire bandwagon in my own way... taking it back old school, lol.
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back for more...
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I'm starting King's Dark Tower series. I've read all of the books, but spread out between a number of years, so I'm looking forward to reading them together.


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Although, I am just about to go on vacation to Portland and the Redwoods and San Francisco. Road Trip!!!! So maybe I'll get some reading done then
Have fun!!
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thank you for the welcome and rec fremontmama. i forgot to say that i loved the earth's children series but didn't finish #5...need to do that, then i'll see if the library has that one!
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newbie.. any other good fantasy/sf out there while i await the final inheritance book? i've read most of frank and brian herbert, and some asimov.
Welcome! Have you tried Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins? I thought it was great.

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Holy Moly April already!?! Can't believe it.

I'm reading Shantaram right now. Really good but I think it might be a while before I post anything else b/c it's huge, almost 1000 pages. Although, I am just about to go on vacation to Portland and the Redwoods and San Francisco. Road Trip!!!! So maybe I'll get some reading done then
Sounds like you have a nice giant book to take along for your trip.

I'm planning to do this : http://24hourreadathon.com/2010/03/2...r-read-a-thon/
a week from tomorrow -- Definitely looking forward to it, and thinking of putting a short stack of books specifically for the Read-A-Thon (and when I finish those, moving on to whatever random book I want. )
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#70 The Elsewhere Chronicles: Book One: The Shadow Door
Art by Bannister, Story by Nykko, Colors by Jaffre

Short graphic novel (really short, more of a story) for younger readers (maybe 8-12?). I felt like it was sort of hard to follow and wondered if it was simply because I don't read graphic novels very often but DH said that he thinks the issue was with the book itself... three boys meet a girl at her grandfather's funeral and start to explore his creepy house.
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#71 Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Walk the Walk of the Queen of Talk by Robyn Okrant

I'm only on page 39, but I can tell that this is going to be a fast and interesting read. (Perhaps I should have saved it for Saturday's Read-a-Thon). I know this rec came from here, thanks!
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The Wish Stealers by Tracy Trivas

Twelve-year-old Griffin's life is turned upside-down when a scary old woman gives her a box of pennies and a curse that her good wishes won't come true but her bad wishes will. She must find a way to return the stolen wishes or she is doomed to be a "wish stealer" forever. This book is told through very short chapters and moves quickly. I found most of the story to be way too full of coincidences. Griffin seems to have just too easy of a time returning the wishes . . . also the connections of her grandmother to the wish stealer also seems overly coincidental. I did, however, like the main character--her honesty, her struggle to be better, and her mission to save the planet by raising pennies. I will pass this on to my 5th grade daughter to see what she thinks.
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Hey, I'm new to this thread. I definitely recommend The Hunger Games like Bufomander said. That series is so good!

So far in April, I have read I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak. Very good! If you haven't read this one, or his more well-known book The Book Thief, please do.

I'm currently reading House Rules by Jodi Picoult. I don't know if I'll keep reading her books- it all depends on how this one goes. I get to a point with authors (especially authors of series) where I feel they are just recycling an old formula or story that has been successful for them. I'm feeling a little bit like that with Jodi Picoult, so we shall see how I like House Rules.
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I was just reading about I Am the Messenger and added it to my to-read list. I absolutely loved Book Thief.
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#72 Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie
Read this one with my daughter -- a re-read for me. Not my absolute favorite of hers, but a good one. DH, not a regular mystery reader, enjoyed some of the dry humor he overheard.Welc

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Hey, I'm new to this thread. I definitely recommend The Hunger Games like Bufomander said. That series is so good!

So far in April, I have read I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak. Very good! If you haven't read this one, or his more well-known book The Book Thief, please do.

I'm currently reading House Rules by Jodi Picoult. I don't know if I'll keep reading her books- it all depends on how this one goes. I get to a point with authors (especially authors of series) where I feel they are just recycling an old formula or story that has been successful for them. I'm feeling a little bit like that with Jodi Picoult, so we shall see how I like House Rules.
Welcome!! You are going to love it around here!
I really need to add both of the Zusak books to my list -- it's scandalous they aren't there yet, really.
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So far in April, I have read I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak. Very good! If you haven't read this one, or his more well-known book The Book Thief, please do.
another Book Thief fan here

enjoying Atlas of Unknowns by Tania James. it is great so far but i am moving slowly.
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Another *The Book Thief* and *The Hunger Games, Catching Fire* fan.

I just finished *The Carbon Diaries series*. Another great YA series set in the U.K. only 5 years in the future. Climate change has necessitated drastic changes and the U.K. is the first country to create a carbon allotment for each person.

I am a part time librarian for a small private school, I read a lot of children's literature so I can recommend books with enthusiasm. I am finding more and more of my favorites in the YA genre.

It has been a long time since I have posted what I am reading but I am always checking in to see what everyone is enjoying.



Blessings,
~traci
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Tracy, I'm the librarian at an elementary school so read a lot of juv lit as well (plus also a YA fan).
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