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Happy October everyone!

 

 

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 for how many books you want to read in 2011 ... or not
5) Have fun with books (This one, unfortunately, is MANDATORY

 

Happy reading everyone!

 

 

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Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

 

 

When 15-year-old Benny needs to find a job or lose his food rations, he ends up apprenticing for his older brother Tom as a zombie killer. He finds that out in the zombie-infested world of the "rot and ruin"--there there are living men who are much more evil than zombies. 
 
I loved this teen novel where the zombies are not the actually the bad guys. The book is excellently written, very suspenseful with just a touch of romance--but be warned, this is not for the faint of heart; there are many scenes that will make you cringe. What I like most about the book though is the message of looking beyond the surface--things are not always as black or white or as good or evil as they appear.
 
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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, Stewart

 

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As the book opens, the children reunite at Mr. Benedict’s home, where he has arranged a treasure hunt. Alas, they discover that Benedict and his assistant are being held captive somewhere, and dire consequences will result if Benedict’s evil twin doesn’t receive the information he desires in four days. The children undertake a worldwide journey to save Benedict and find the duskwort that will cure his narcolepsy. Lots of backstory is needed to set up this sequel, which makes for a choppy beginning. In the previous book, the protagonist’s personal stories provided heft, but this is pure adventure—lots of racing, scheming, fighting. Punches are pulled on the violence front, but the threat is always there, creating page-turning tension. It’s this roller coaster, along with the essential goodness of the characters (except, perhaps, for Constance), that will draw kids to this breathless follow-up.

 

The four friends are reunited!  Expecting to spend a pleasant time with Mr. Benedict, the children are surprised to arrive at his home and find he was kidnapped.  They must use each of their own special gifts to rescue him -- even Constance.  I enjoyed the characters, and I expect children would find the action thrilling.

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SERIES:

Mortal Instruments:

1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

2. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

3. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

4. City of Fallen Angels

 

 

5. Divergent by Veronica Roth

6. Cry No More by Linda Howard

7. Now You See Her by Linda Howard

8. Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

9. New York to Dallas by JD Robb

10. You Against Me by Jenny Downham

11. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyers

12. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 

Finished City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare.  I enjoyed it even more than the first book in the series.

 

Currently, I am halfway through Impulse by Ellen Hopkins and it's pretty intense, eye-opening and frightening.  I am really enjoying the free-verse writing style she uses for the book.

 

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Sometimes you don't wake up. But if you happen to, you know things will never be the same.

Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act — suicide.

Vanessa is beautiful and smart, but her secrets keep her answering the call of the blade.

Tony, after suffering a painful childhood, can only find peace through pills.

And Conner, outwardly, has the perfect life. But dig a little deeper and find a boy who is in constant battle with his parents, his life, himself.

In one instant each of these young people decided enough was enough. They grabbed the blade, the bottle, the gun — and tried to end it all. Now they have a second chance, and just maybe, with each other's help, they can find their way to a better life — but only if they're strong and can fight the demons that brought them here in the first place.

 

 

 


Edited by Holland73 - 10/2/11 at 9:21pm
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Wow October already!

Well I went back on my word reading something with Faeries in it again! I'd ordered this book a while back from the library and it finally arrived. The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope it is a pretty good read although necessarily it won't be one of my all time favourites. It takes place in the Elizabethan Era so fans of literature taking place in that time period will like it.

I then went on to another old passion of mine, 19th century Egypt. It is a fictitious account of the real life person, Lady Gordon Duff’s maid who supposedly married an Egyptian while she was serving her lady in Egypt.

The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6427742-the-mistress-of-nothing

 

<The Mistress Of Nothing Lady Duff Gordon is the toast of Victorian London. But when her debilitating tuberculosis requires healthier climate, she and her lady's maid, Sally, set sail for Egypt. It is Sally who describes, with a mixture of wonder and trepidation, the odd menage marshalled by the resourceful Omar, which travels down the Nile to a new life in Luxor. When Lady Duff Gordon undoes her ...moreLady Duff Gordon is the toast of Victorian London. But when her debilitating tuberculosis requires healthier climate, she and her lady's maid, Sally, set sail for Egypt. It is Sally who describes, with a mixture of wonder and trepidation, the odd menage marshalled by the resourceful Omar, which travels down the Nile to a new life in Luxor. When Lady Duff Gordon undoes her stays and takes to native dress, throwing herself into weekly salons, language lessons, excursions to the tombs, Sally too adapts to a new world, affording her heady and heartfelt freedoms never known before. But freedom is a luxury that a maid can ill-afford, and when Sally grasps more than her status entitles her to, she is brutally reminded that she is mistress of nothing.

In 1862, the real Lucie, Lady Duff Gordon, a well known writer and hostess, traveled to Egypt with her maid. Her letters form the basis for this historical novel.>

 

 

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Thanks for starting the thread Cathe! :)

 

 

 

These books are on my list :)  I just recommended them to a friend.  Their son is 7 and has read 3 or so of the Harry Potter books and is looking for something good to read.  We haven't read these yet, but have heard they are awesome :)

 

How many are there?

 

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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, Stewart

 

 

The four friends are reunited!  Expecting to spend a pleasant time with Mr. Benedict, the children are surprised to arrive at his home and find he was kidnapped.  They must use each of their own special gifts to rescue him -- even Constance.  I enjoyed the characters, and I expect children would find the action thrilling.



 

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Currently, I am halfway through Impulse by Ellen Hopkins and it's pretty intense, eye-opening and frightening.  I am really enjoying the free-verse writing style she uses for the book.

 

 

I finished Impulse because I honestly just couldn't put it down.  My ds was thankful as he watched more TV than I ever allow.  lol.gif 

 

This was the first book that has left me with tears in my eyes in a VERY long time.  What a journey... one I think will be staying with me for a long while.  The book was a great reminder as to why I am so passionate about working with teens.   

 

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Thanks for starting the thread Cathe! :)

 

 

 

These books are on my list :)  I just recommended them to a friend.  Their son is 7 and has read 3 or so of the Harry Potter books and is looking for something good to read.  We haven't read these yet, but have heard they are awesome :)

 

How many are there?

 

 



I believe there's one more novel after this -- The Prisoner's Dilemma -- and then it seems like there's a puzzle-type book?

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51) A Dance with Dragons (published in 2011) is the fifth of seven planned novels in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by American author George R. R. Martin. I was a bit disappointed with the ending because everything is completely up in the air! But that disappointment is more because I know I will be waiting a while to learn what happened. Ugh! I hope it is not 5 years!

 

 

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The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner by Andrea Smith

read this in two nights. it was a very enjoyable story of friends helping one another—though achy in parts. the main character is a woman who longs to have a child, but she and her husband have not conceived, and he is against adoption.

 

btw, i have a book club on my blog, and in Oct we are reading Made for Goodness by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu. it would be fun to have some MDC folks join me.

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Triangles by Ellen Hopkins

 

This emotional novel focuses on three women: Andrea a single mother searching for love; Marissa, married to a mostly absentee husband, is consumed with caring for her terminally ill daughter and struggling to come to terms with her son's homosexuality; and Holly who seems to have everything, but wants more excitement than she is getting as a wife and mother. Being a fan of Hopkins' teen novels, I was excited to see she had written a novel for adults and could not wait to read it. I was not disappointed. Her new novel Triangle speaks to mothers the way Crank spoke to young women. Just a warning, however, that this novel contains some pretty graphic sex scenes . . . this is definitely not for teens!

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52) The Hedge Knight a graphic Novel by George RR Martin. 

 

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I believe there's one more novel after this -- The Prisoner's Dilemma -- and then it seems like there's a puzzle-type book?



Oh, cool!.  Thanks for the info. :)



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The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner by Andrea Smith

read this in two nights. it was a very enjoyable story of friends helping one another—though achy in parts. the main character is a woman who longs to have a child, but she and her husband have not conceived, and he is against adoption.

 

btw, i have a book club on my blog, and in Oct we are reading Made for Goodness by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu. it would be fun to have some MDC folks join me.



That sounds interesting.  I love Desmond Tutu.



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Triangles by Ellen Hopkins

 

This emotional novel focuses on three women: Andrea a single mother searching for love; Marissa, married to a mostly absentee husband, is consumed with caring for her terminally ill daughter and struggling to come to terms with her son's homosexuality; and Holly who seems to have everything, but wants more excitement than she is getting as a wife and mother. Being a fan of Hopkins' teen novels, I was excited to see she had written a novel for adults and could not wait to read it. I was not disappointed. Her new novel Triangle speaks to mothers the way Crank spoke to young women. Just a warning, however, that this novel contains some pretty graphic sex scenes . . . this is definitely not for teens!


I just saw this book come up in my suggestions on Goodreads.  Sounds good!

 

 

 

Just finishing The Spellman Files.  That's really fun.  About to read a couple other books, and excited to read Something Wicked This Way Comes.  Every October, I want to read a creepy book and I never quite get around to it.  Doing it this year!

 

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53)  Impulse by Ellen Hopkins. Interesting book. I work with youth who have mental health diagnoses and it was pretty validating about what many of the youth tell me about their experiences in hospitals and residential facilities. I will definitely try to get Ellen Hopkins "Triangles" mentioned by a few other folks. Her style is different and works well to draw the reader into the minds of her characters.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

 

Listened to book 2 on audio...as book one, very well done and recommended for those who have already read the series!!

 

 

Lost in Shangri-La

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On May 13, 1945, twenty-four American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s bestselling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals.

But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through. Margaret Hastings, barefoot and burned, had no choice but to wear her dead best friend’s shoes. John McCollom, grieving the death of his twin brother also aboard the plane, masked his grief with stoicism. Kenneth Decker, too, was severely burned and suffered a gaping head wound.

 

Interesting enough...but the constant backstory of every person involved can get repetitive.  I also got annoyed at the references to the three survivors as "McCollom, Decker, and Margaret"

 

 

A Game of Thrones, Martin

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Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
 

 

 

I don't know why I've waited so long to start to read the series, it's really amazing.  Well-plotted, richly drawn characters, an imagined world that is believable yet not quite the same as ours.  Looking forward to the next.

 

 

 

   

 

post #18 of 80

Ive really enjoyed all of the Ellen Hopkins books, especially Identical

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post #20 of 80
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Wonder Struck by Brian Selznick

 

 

Two stories intertwine -- one in words takes place in 1977 about Ben a boy who has just lost his mother and his hearing who runs away to New York to find his father, and one in pictures  that takes place in 1927 about a young deaf girl running away to New York City to be with her movie star mother. Eventually the stories intertwine . . . in a heartwrenchingly wonderful way.
 
I absolutely LOVED this book. In fact, when I'm done writing this review I want to go back and read it again. It was so beautiful, so touching. I was actually tearing up at the end. I think in a way it's a shame this is categorized as a children's book because it has so much for adults as well.
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