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Musketeers is one of my all time favorites. (The Lady de Winter is one of the all-time greatest villainesses in literature; she and Professor Umbridge would get along quite well, me thinks.) Musketeers is up there with Moby-Dick and The Scarlet Letter. Man in the Iron Mask is a nother good'un, but the one I really want to read is Twenty Years After which is about the intervening years between Musketeer and Iron Mask, but it's difficult to get a copy of.
ooh, that's a really interesting parallel to draw between umbridge and Milady....

yeah, i'm still reading the intro to The Man in the Iron Mask (I read an abridged version when I was in grade school) and I feel uncomfortable about reading it before Twenty Years After, simply because I'm afraid I'll miss out on stuff... but the person writing the intro says that Dumas -- writing it as a serial -- was so aware of newcomers that he does a lot of reintroducing plotline/characters, etc. so that makes me feel better....

#21 The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery

late 19th century Japan, American little girl who is orphaned and (from the book flap): "takes shelter in Kyoto's beautiful and mysterious Baishan teahouse, a place that will open entirely new worlds to her -- and bring her a new family."

interesting story.
post #222 of 237
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oh, and snozzberry, I think you and I have 20 books in common so far.
I had thought we seemed to like the same sorts of books, so that makes sense!

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I made it my bathroom book (I can't decide if I should feel embarrassed about revealing that on a thread like this or not.) Classic, etc... Next bathroom book -- Man in the Iron Mask.
Hehe. I've shared things far more embarrassing on MDC so no worries!
post #223 of 237
My first books for 2007:

1) The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night- By Elizabeth Pantley

I am sure lots of people have read this, but I did find the suggestions useful

2) Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats - By Sally Fallon

Even though this is a cookbook, I included it because it is full of information and I read all of it.....really interesting and some good recipes too!
post #224 of 237
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I made it my bathroom book (I can't decide if I should feel embarrassed about revealing that on a thread like this or not.)
Hey, in this household every book is a bathroom book. We've even got a special book for DS that he only gets when he's on the potty as we work on potty training him.
post #225 of 237
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Hey, in this household every book is a bathroom book. We've even got a special book for DS that he only gets when he's on the potty as we work on potty training him.
Hey, great idea! I'm going to have to try that.
post #226 of 237
[QUOTE=NewCrunchyDaddy;7165527]Hey, in this household every book is a bathroom book. [QUOTE]

yeah, i'd say that's pretty much the way it is around here, too. and dd sure sits on the toilet a lot longer if she has a book in her hands.... but i know it grosses some people out to even consider taking a book to the bathroom -- of course, i'm not friends with those people....

#22 Attack of the Giant Octopus by Dan Greenburg

This is the 6th in the series -- Secrets of Dripping Fang. They are fairly short chapter books for younger readers. I started reading them when I was working in the children's room of a public library. They are fun. From the back cover: "Have you ever wondered what a human kid looks like when genetically crossed with evil giant ant larvae? (Hint: It ain't pretty.) Or perhaps you've pondered how a four-hundred-pound killer octopus might best attack its prey? If you've answered yes to either of these questions, you're in luck."

My favorite part in this one was listening to the twins' (who are the main characters) dad (who was dead, then a zombie, and now a vampire) trying to explain to the social worker why his children *were* orphans but no longer are.....
post #227 of 237
A few to add for the rest of January...

The Lifeguard by James Patterson -- really love his books : )

Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born by Tina Cassidy -- I found this really interesting but I agree with alot of the reviewers on Amazon that this author had a definite bias towards birth and it was evident in a few places (I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed : )) but I still would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about childbirth

An Innocent, A Broad by Ann Leary -- true story about how Dennis Leary and his wife are overseas and her water breaks prematurely (she is 26 weeks pg) and she continues to stay in London for many many months -- I liked the book and Ann's writing is good and truthful -- some parts are funny, scary and sad -- she is someone I would be friends with --

Monique and the Mango Rains:Two Years with a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway -- true story written by the peace corp worker who spends two years with Monique and lives side by side with her as she cares for the pregnant, birthing, and women with children in Mali -- read this book! I picked it up because the author is from MA and she is speaking at our library in February!!

with my girls I have read:
Ramona the Pest
Ramona and Beezus
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Ramona and Her Father
post #228 of 237
I'm not sure it would be a good idea for me to have a goal this year, since we'll be experiencing some major changes, including a brand new baby, but my goal will be to write down every book I read, so I'll start with January, since today is the last day of the month.

1. Ina May's Guide To Childbirth Ina May Gaskin
How could you not love it, if you're expecting and a member of MDC?

2. Brother Odd Dean Koontz
Always plow through his books. Great escapist reading and I just love Odd Thomas. He's such a likeable guy and I find myself chuckling as I read.

3. We Are All Welcome Here Elizabeth Berg
Touching story. Ms. Berg wrote it after a fan sent her a letter describing life with her mother, who was paralyzed from the neck down. Read it in one day, because it was easy and I couldn't put it down.

4. Brave New World Aldous Huxley
Interesting read. Disturbing in how the book was written so long ago, but so many of his projections are still under consideration and have even been partially realized. I felt let down by the ending, though.

5. Dune Frank Herbert
This is a re-read for me. I read it six years ago when pregnant with my 1st, so it's a comfortable book to go back to and always an interesting story. I just finished it today, except for the Appendices, which I'll read at lunch. I wanted to re-read it so I could read the other Dune books. I'll read House Atreides next, I think.

There are a couple of other books that I've dipped into here and there this month, mostly childbirth or baby name related.

I've also started 3 or 4 books and then stopped and moved on to something else because they were either depressing or I'm just not in the right frame of mind to read them right now. Here's the list of those ones.

The Crimson Portrait Jody Shields
I couldn't connect with any of the characters and it seemed disjointed to me. Set during WW......I can't even remember. I got halfway through and then it was too depressing, so I gave up.

The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
I've heard good things about this book but it was just too emotional and painful, so I stopped about 1/4 of the way through. Maybe someday.

The Lost Girls Laurie Fox
Again, too depressing. Probably because the men are all just not worth a dime and that's the premise of the entire book. It's kind of a Peter Pan story.

The Innkeeper's Song Peter S. Beagle
I kept thinking to myself, "come on, get with the story!" I couldn't get in to it and it was a little disjointed also. Couldn't identify with any of the characters, nor care much about their plight.

Ta-dah!
post #229 of 237
Okay, time to wrap up my January reads!

#5 Phillip Pullman's The Subtle Knife

#6 Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass

These are the second two books in the His Dark Materials trilogy. I did enjoy all of them, it was fascinating reading something with such an atheistic agenda. I felt surprisingly uncomfortable with some of his assertions but it was still a good read.

#7 Secret of NIMH (I'll have to edit in the author, sorry!). I'm reading this with dd. It's the story of a mouse mother who is searching for help to save her youngest son from being plowed under when the tractor comes to dig up the field they live in.

Hm, I guess I'm actually off to an okay start to my goal for the year!

#1 My Sister's Keeper, #2 Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, #3 The Golden Compass, #4 The Year of Magical Thinking, #5 The Subtle Knife, #6 The Amber Spyglass, #7 The Secret of NIMH
post #230 of 237
#4: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Audio)
by J.K. Rowling
read by Jim Dale

My review of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban can be found here.

#1 Beowulf: A New Verse Translation, #2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Audio), #3 Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins: Authoritative Texts, Textual Introduction and Tables of Variant Criticism, #4 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Audio)

ETA: I've got Thunderstruck by Erik Larson, The Coquette, or, the History of Eliza Wharton by Hannah W. Foster, I'm an English Major — Now What?: How English Majors Can Find Happiness, Success, and a Real Job by Tim Lemire, Billy Budd and Other Tales by Herman Melville, White Noise by Don DeLillo, The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Audio) by J.K. Rowling, read by Jim Dale in the queue ... the life of a Literary Studies major is one of reading, reading and more reading
post #231 of 237
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Musketeers is one of my all time favorites. (The Lady de Winter is one of the all-time greatest villainesses in literature; she and Professor Umbridge would get along quite well, me thinks.) Musketeers is up there with Moby-Dick and The Scarlet Letter. Man in the Iron Mask is a nother good'un, but the one I really want to read is Twenty Years After which is about the intervening years between Musketeer and Iron Mask, but it's difficult to get a copy of.
so i started the man in the iron mask and just couldn't make myself read it before Twenty Years After.... so, I put it back in my stack and put TYA on hold at the library.... now Ishmael is my bathroom book.
post #232 of 237
Last book for January:

3) Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination - By: Helen Fielding

This is by the author of Bridget Jones' Diary....nice fluffy quick read.
post #233 of 237
Do we have a new thread for February yet?
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Do we have a new thread for February yet?

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=608094
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post #237 of 237
I'm going to aim for 50 books this year too.

On the agenda:

To finish reading Once Upon a Country, A Palestinian Life by Sari Nussiebeh &

The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein

To Start:

The Mighty Heart by Mariane Pearl

The White Family by Maggie Gee

Purple Hibiscus by Adichie

The Earth has a Soul: The Nature Writings of C.G Jung
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