October 2009 Book Challenge - Page 5 - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
Reply
 
Thread Tools
#121 of 135 Old 10-29-2009, 01:17 PM
 
Bufomander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,345
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by NewCrunchyDaddy View Post
I liked it (and DS loved it) but it is only good completely independent of and distinct from the book.
funny -- when I posted about it (the movie of Coraline) I thought to myself, "NCD is going to have something to say about this". I think it was partially because we had a disc of Battlestar Galactica also out of the library and so I was evaluating it via the fact that my time could've been spent watching that -- if that makes any sense...

Quote:
Originally Posted by cathe View Post
Guess what? I got a job as a school librarian at a local elementary school. I start next week!
Giant congratulations, Cathe!!!
Bufomander is offline  
#122 of 135 Old 10-29-2009, 01:38 PM
 
cathe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Central Coast, California
Posts: 5,735
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
PW picks the top books of 2009. This is an excerpt from their weekly e-newsletter:

"The top picks of the year; which include both fiction and nonfiction titles, are: The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes (Pantheon); Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon (Ballantine); Big Machine by Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau); Cheever by Blake Bailey (Knopf); A Fiery Peace in a Cold War by Neil Sheehan (Random); In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin (Norton); Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer (Pantheon); Lost City of Z by David Grann (Doubleday); Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford (Penguin Press); and Stitches by David Small (Norton).

The complete list of the 100 adult best books of the year, broken down by major categories, as well as 30 best children’s books of 2009, will appear in the November 2 issue of PW."

I haven't heard of any of those . . . here's a link to the reviews if you're interested:

Cathe Olson, author The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook, Simply Natural Baby Food, and LIck It! Creamy Dreamy Vegan Ice Creams Your Mouth Will Love.  
cathe is offline  
#123 of 135 Old 10-29-2009, 02:27 PM - Thread Starter
 
NewCrunchyDaddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The Burrow
Posts: 2,649
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cathe View Post
PW picks the top books of 2009. This is an excerpt from their weekly e-newsletter:

"The top picks of the year; which include both fiction and nonfiction titles, are: The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes (Pantheon); Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon (Ballantine); Big Machine by Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau); Cheever by Blake Bailey (Knopf); A Fiery Peace in a Cold War by Neil Sheehan (Random); In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin (Norton); Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer (Pantheon); Lost City of Z by David Grann (Doubleday); Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford (Penguin Press); and Stitches by David Small (Norton).

The complete list of the 100 adult best books of the year, broken down by major categories, as well as 30 best children’s books of 2009, will appear in the November 2 issue of PW."

I haven't heard of any of those . . . here's a link to the reviews if you're interested:
Lost City of Z is incredible. I listened to the audiobook back in June. My review is HERE. The rest are new to me, though I think I saw Matthew B. Crawford and Shop Class as Soulcraft interviewed on either The Daily Show or The Colbert Report ... the book title is ringing a dim bell.

"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." - Tyrion Lannister

NewCrunchyDaddy is offline  
#124 of 135 Old 10-29-2009, 03:43 PM
 
fremontmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: PNW
Posts: 2,476
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cathe View Post
Guess what? I got a job as a school librarian at a local elementary school. I start next week!
Super big congrats! That does seem like a really cool job. Dh wants to be a librarian

Quote:
Originally Posted by cathe View Post
PW picks the top books of 2009. This is an excerpt from their weekly e-newsletter:

"The top picks of the year; which include both fiction and nonfiction titles, are: The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes (Pantheon); Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon (Ballantine); Big Machine by Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau); Cheever by Blake Bailey (Knopf); A Fiery Peace in a Cold War by Neil Sheehan (Random); In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin (Norton); Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer (Pantheon); Lost City of Z by David Grann (Doubleday); Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford (Penguin Press); and Stitches by David Small (Norton).

The complete list of the 100 adult best books of the year, broken down by major categories, as well as 30 best children’s books of 2009, will appear in the November 2 issue of PW."

I haven't heard of any of those . . . here's a link to the reviews if you're interested:
Oh fun! Shop Class as Soulcraft sounds interesting. I was just reading about that book somewhere. Mark Morford's weekly column maybe?
fremontmama is offline  
#125 of 135 Old 10-29-2009, 05:01 PM
 
kbond's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Seattle
Posts: 358
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
As usual, people are posting really intriguing books, and I don't have any time at all to read! 21 credits this term might just kill me yet. On the other hand, I'll be DONE once I finish.

Wife 6/2005, Mommy 9/2008 to DD and 1/2011 to DS:
sci-fi loving, theater loving, lawyer mama.
kbond is offline  
#126 of 135 Old 10-29-2009, 05:20 PM - Thread Starter
 
NewCrunchyDaddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The Burrow
Posts: 2,649
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by kbond View Post
As usual, people are posting really intriguing books, and I don't have any time at all to read! 21 credits this term might just kill me yet. On the other hand, I'll be DONE once I finish.
Well, don't feel too bad. My reading has come at the cost of my schooling. Teaching Freshman Composition, and taking a Pedagogy Class and a Lit Crit class has me so burned out that often I have to throw it all out when I get home and pick up something I can just enjoy and don't have to think about. But that means that I am behind in my grading papers, and haven't read the articles and essays for my classes. So, at least you're keeping focus.

"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." - Tyrion Lannister

NewCrunchyDaddy is offline  
#127 of 135 Old 10-29-2009, 08:08 PM
 
Bufomander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,345
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cathe View Post
PW picks the top books of 2009. This is an excerpt from their weekly e-newsletter:

"The top picks of the year; which include both fiction and nonfiction titles, are: The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes (Pantheon); Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon (Ballantine); Big Machine by Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau); Cheever by Blake Bailey (Knopf); A Fiery Peace in a Cold War by Neil Sheehan (Random); In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin (Norton); Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer (Pantheon); Lost City of Z by David Grann (Doubleday); Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford (Penguin Press); and Stitches by David Small (Norton).

The complete list of the 100 adult best books of the year, broken down by major categories, as well as 30 best children’s books of 2009, will appear in the November 2 issue of PW."

I haven't heard of any of those . . . here's a link to the reviews if you're interested:
I just read Await Your Reply recently -- Guess it's my #112 -- It was interesting, one of those "completely unrelated people's lives eventually intersect by the end" kind of books. wasn't rave-worthy to me, but I could see how it would be for some.
Bufomander is offline  
#128 of 135 Old 10-30-2009, 10:25 AM
 
friendtoall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: hidden in a wooded valley in IN
Posts: 939
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cathe View Post
PW picks the top books of 2009. This is an excerpt from their weekly e-newsletter:

"The top picks of the year; which include both fiction and nonfiction titles, are: The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes (Pantheon); Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon (Ballantine); Big Machine by Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau); Cheever by Blake Bailey (Knopf); A Fiery Peace in a Cold War by Neil Sheehan (Random); In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin (Norton); Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer (Pantheon); Lost City of Z by David Grann (Doubleday); Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford (Penguin Press); and Stitches by David Small (Norton).

The complete list of the 100 adult best books of the year, broken down by major categories, as well as 30 best children’s books of 2009, will appear in the November 2 issue of PW."

I haven't heard of any of those . . . here's a link to the reviews if you're interested:
"The Age of Wonder" is on my rather extensive to-read list. If I didn't get the referral here, I wonder where I heard of it? And I heard an interview with Matthew Crawford on CBC or PBS (can't remember where I was living at the time) and the book sounded very interesting, but I figured it was another preaching-to-the-choir type of book.
friendtoall is offline  
#129 of 135 Old 10-30-2009, 10:48 AM
 
Bufomander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,345
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
#113 Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
a re-read -- still very good. retelling of a Grimm's fairy tale. almost 400 pages long.
Bufomander is offline  
#130 of 135 Old 10-30-2009, 11:18 AM
 
kbond's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Seattle
Posts: 358
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by NewCrunchyDaddy View Post
Well, don't feel too bad. My reading has come at the cost of my schooling. Teaching Freshman Composition, and taking a Pedagogy Class and a Lit Crit class has me so burned out that often I have to throw it all out when I get home and pick up something I can just enjoy and don't have to think about. But that means that I am behind in my grading papers, and haven't read the articles and essays for my classes. So, at least you're keeping focus.
I suppose that's one way to think of it. God, I don't miss grading papers. More power to you for doing it.

Wife 6/2005, Mommy 9/2008 to DD and 1/2011 to DS:
sci-fi loving, theater loving, lawyer mama.
kbond is offline  
#131 of 135 Old 10-30-2009, 05:06 PM
 
fremontmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: PNW
Posts: 2,476
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
#Kristin Lavransdatter The Bridal Wreath by Sigrid Undset

I found this a little slow to start, but probably that was just my getting used to the early 20th century writing style, and maybe the translation? Anyway, by the time I got to the end, I found myself surprised at how juicy the story had become! I'm not running out to read the other ones quite yet, but when I do get the chance to read them, I know it will be fun.

It's the story of a young woman in Sweden set in 1300's or so, about her growing up and her romance with a young man that her parents do not approve of.

oh, shoot, i forgot about that smilie again. i'll leave it b/c it cracks me up
fremontmama is offline  
#132 of 135 Old 10-31-2009, 10:18 AM
 
Bufomander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,345
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
#114 The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
#115 The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer

These are the first two in the Enola Holmes series for kids, about Sherlock Holmes (fictional sister) I think they are fun. Not quite ready to read them to 5 yo DD, but they are fun.
Bufomander is offline  
#133 of 135 Old 11-01-2009, 04:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
NewCrunchyDaddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The Burrow
Posts: 2,649
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
November's Thread is ready and rarin' to go HERE

"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." - Tyrion Lannister

NewCrunchyDaddy is offline  
#134 of 135 Old 11-01-2009, 06:13 PM
 
mammastar2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 2,754
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
#63 - Remaking Queen Victoria (edited collection)

Don't have it in front of me to remind me who the editors were. This is a heavily academic collection of essentially cultural history essays centered around Queen Victoria. I haven't read anything sort of post-moderny/academicy in years. It's nice to know I can still do it, and was fun to do it at leisure, but man, communicating clearly and interestingly is not exactly a priority in academia! There was certainly stuff I found interesting to think about, and new to know, but you do have to wade through a lot...
mammastar2 is offline  
#135 of 135 Old 11-01-2009, 07:01 PM
 
raksmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: by the Rideau River
Posts: 1,165
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'll add these books:

#4 Bitten by Kelly Armstrong. Although she is a good writer, I would not recommend it unless you like Horror. Too much fighting for me.

#5 Stephanie Plum One for the Money by Janet Evanovitch.
What a pleasant surprise. I loved it and I did not think I would.

#1. Jack of Kinrowan by Charles De Lint, http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/d/charles-de-lint/ http://www.sfsite.com/lists/cdl.htm
I really LOVE his style. Jack of Kinrowan has two novels Jacky the Giant Killer and Drink Down the Moon. http://www.sfsite.com/10b/jack67.htm

#2. Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho. He is usually one of my favourite writers but I don’t like this one as much as the Alchemist or Veronica Decides to Die. I can't tell if it is just because ever since I got into Urban Fantasy this the summer regular fiction just seems dull.

# 3. Moonheart by Charles De Lint
http://www.sfsite.com/charlesdelint/...art-desc01.htm
Kind of a cross between Tolkien,Carlos Castaneda,and X-files with a nice romance in it as well. Really Really Good!
raksmama is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off