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Finally updating my list!!! 


#38 Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger

Pretty good, creepy.


#39 The Shining by Stephen King 

That was really good!  LOVED it!

#40 White Like Me by Tim Wise

Anyone who is anti-racism should read this.  Actually, anyone should read it.  Tim Wise is wise.


#41 How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Funny feminist manifesto for the modern age.  Another read for everyone.


#42 The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory


#43 The White Queen by Philippa Gregory


#44 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling

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46) Scat by Carl Hiaasen. Another read aloud with the kids. Very enjoyable for all of us. This makes us want to travel to Florida for a nature trip, not a trip to Disney.




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True Believer, Wolff


When LaVaughn was little, the obstacles in her life didn't seem so bad. If she had a fight with Myrtle or Annie, it would never last long. If she was mad at her mother, they made up by bedtime. School was simple. Boys were buddies. Everything made sense.

But LaVaughn is fifteen and the obstacles aren't going away anymore. Big questions separate her from her friends. Her mother is distracted by a new man. School could slip away from her so easily. And the boy who's a miracle in her life acts just as if he's in love with her. Only he's not in love with her.

Returning to the characters and language she explored so profoundly in Make Lemonade, Virginia Euwer Wolff rises to the occasion in this astonishing second of three novels about LaVaughn, her family, and her community.



This Full House, Wolff



Each discovery disturbs the arrangements of the known world, and it is our job to stay alert to all possibilities.

LaVaughn believes she is keeping alert to all possibilities. She has made it through the projects, she's gotten over heartbreak, she's grown up, and now she's been admitted to the Women in Science program that might finally be her ticket to COLLEGE. But the discoveries she makes during her senior year in high school--two girls pregnant, with very few options--disturb everything in her known world. And in an effort to bring together people who should love each other, she jeopardizes the one prize she has sought her whole life long.

When do you know whether you're doing the right thing? What happens when you can't find a way to make lemonade out of lemons? Virginia Euwer Wolff takes on the biggest questions--about life and love, certainly, but also about girls and women, sacrifice and compassion--and has something quite rev-elatory to say about them in this full house.




These books are really, truly beautiful.  They speak to me so much of the young women I work with, the challenges they face, and the support they need to achieve those dreams.  I would like to speak with whoever chose a cover photo featuring a young blond woman in a fancy, clean, light-infused school, however...


Before I go to sleep, Watson


Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is. Her memories disappear every time she falls asleep. Her husband, Ben, is a stranger to her, and he's obligated to explain their life together on a daily basis--all the result of a mysterious accident that made Christine an amnesiac. With the encouragement of her doctor, Christine starts a journal to help jog her memory every day. One morning, she opens it and sees that she's written three unexpected and terrifying words: "Don't trust Ben." Suddenly everything her husband has told her falls under suspicion. What kind of accident caused her condition? Who can she trust? Why is Ben lying to her? And, for the reader: Can Christine’s story be trusted? At the heart of S. J. Watson's Before I Go To Sleep is the petrifying question: How can anyone function when they can't even trust themselves? Suspenseful from start to finish, the strength of Watson's writing allows Before I Go to Sleep to transcend the basic premise and present profound questions about memory and identity.


Suspenseful, kept my interest throughout!

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47) Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones. We read this one aloud yesterday afternoon with the rain and wind going on outside. It was a fun one to read with Halloween coming.



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The Last Dragonslayer, Fforde


In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.


Another fabulously funny story by Jasper Fforde...written for a younger audience than the tuesday next series.



Orientation and Other Stories, Orozco


“Orientation” is a story from Daniel Orozco’s critically acclaimed collection of the same name, which leads the reader through the hidden lives and moral philosophies of bridge painters, men housebound by obesity, office temps, and warehouse workers. He reveals the secret pleasures of late-night supermarket trips for cookie binges, exceptional data entry, and an exiled dictator’s occasional piss on the U.S. embassy. A love affair blooms between two officers in the impartially worded pages of a police blotter; during an earthquake, the consciousness of the entire state of California shakes free for examination.


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48) Slaughterhouse 5 Kurt Vonnegut. I am not sure if I had to read this in HS or not. It was an interesting book. I forgot how much I enjoy Vonnegut's style. I will be reading more of him.


49) The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech as a read aloud with my kids. Such a sweet, funny story. We all enjoyed it (10 y/o son and 7 y/o daughter). We will read more of her books too!

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Tales of the Madman Underground, Barnes



September 1973: The beginning of Karl Shoemaker's senior year in stifling Lightsburg, Ohio. For years, Karl's been part of "the Madman Underground"- kids forced to attend group therapy during school. Karl has decided that he is going to get out of the Madman Underground for good. He is going to act-and be-Normal. But Normal, of course, is relative. Karl has two after-school jobs, one dead father, one seriously unhinged drunk mother . . . and a huge attitude. Welcome to a gritty, uncensored rollercoaster ride, narrated by the singular Karl Shoemaker.


I really enjoyed this book.  Winner of the Printz award in 2009, it details the life of Karl Shoemaker, known as "psycho shoemaker" to his classmates.  Karl's goal for his senior year of high school is to work at his 4 jobs, see his friends, but primarily to stay out of the therapy groups his school has had him attend since the fourth grade.  Known as the Madman Underground, these group of children share a depressing home life, but a warm concern for each other. 



Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Greene and Levithan

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage. Told in alternating voices from two YA superstars, this collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of fans.



Not really about either of the Will Graysons -- but about Tiny Cooper, the best friend of one of the Will Graysons.  Very funny and classic John Greene.


Kingdom Keepers Power Play, Pearson

For the five teens who modeled as Disney Hologram Imaging hosts, life is beginning to settle down when an intriguing video arrives to Philby's computer at school. It's a call for action: the Overtakers, a group of Disney villains, seem to be plotting to attempt a rescue of two of their leaders, both of whom the Disney Imagineers have hidden away somewhere following a violent encounter in Epcot. A staged attack by new Overtakers at Downtown Disney, startles the group.  One of their own, Charlene, is acting strange of late. Has she tired of her role as a Kingdom Keeper or is there something more sinister at play? When caught sneaking into Epcot as her DHI, acting strictly against the group's rules, Finn and Philby take action.

Has the "impossible" occurred? Have the Overtakers created their own holograms? Have they found a way to "jump" from the Virtual Maintenance Network onto the Internet, and if so, what does that mean for the safety of the parks, and the spread and reach of the Overtakers? Are they recruiting an army from outside the parks?


Okay, I really enjoy the plot of these books.  But honestly, the writing just isn't that great.  After about the fourth time it came up -- in this installment in the series, never mind the others -- I wanted to yell,  YES I KNOW THEY AREN"T SUPPOSED TO GO INTO THE PARKS WITHOUT PERMISSION.  AND THEY COULD GET IN TROUBLE.  Also, I listened to this one in audio (I had read the others) and I really hated how the narrator voiced the girls' voices.  It couldn't have been whinier.  That said, I'm sure I'll still read the next one to find out what happens.

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