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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

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

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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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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
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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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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.



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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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Cathe, I get lots of good book recs from you....

Thanks!

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i'm a huge suzanne collins fan, so i devoured (hehehe) the hunger games and gregor books.

i read a great deal of juv/ya lit because my 15 and 11 yr olds are avid readers. also loved percy jackson, the alchemist series, septimus heap series, uglies, pretties, others series, the nightworld collections, the house of night series, all the maximum ride books...i could go on i was on bedrest for 15 weeks last summer so i read!

the markus zusak books are amazing. i cried so hard all through the book thief. my dd brought home the latest mortal instruments book so i've gotta get reading!

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I finished House Rules... and I think I'm done with reading Jodi Picoult's books. This one had such a crappy ending, and the plot twist was one I figured out in the middle of the book.

I'm now going to work more on my list of 50 books to read this year.
1-9 Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
10- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
11- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
12-Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
13- 1984 by George Orwell
14- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
15- These Is My Words by Nancy Turner
16- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
17- The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
18- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
19- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
20- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
21- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
22- Possession by A.S. Byatt
23-26 The Hobbit/ The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
27- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
28- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
29- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
30- For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
31- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
32- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
33- The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha edited by E.A. Burtt
34- Bhagavad-Gita
35- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
36- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
37- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
38- We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
39- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenace by Robert M. Pirsig
40- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

And the last ten are books I want to re-read:
41- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
42- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
43- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
44- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
45- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
46- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
47- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
48- Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
49- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
50- Animal Farm by George Orwell

So far, I have finished 20, 32, 34 (switched to The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner), 35, 38 (switched to the juvie works of Roald Dahl), 41, 42, and 48. I'm going to start Little House in the Big Woods tomorrow to hopefully get 1-9 done this month.
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I finished House Rules... and I think I'm done with reading Jodi Picoult's books. This one had such a crappy ending, and the plot twist was one I figured out in the middle of the book.

I'm now going to work more on my list of 50 books to read this year.
1-9 Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
10- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
11- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
12-Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
13- 1984 by George Orwell
14- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
15- These Is My Words by Nancy Turner
16- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
17- The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
18- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
19- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
20- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
21- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
22- Possession by A.S. Byatt
23-26 The Hobbit/ The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
27- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
28- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
29- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
30- For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
31- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
32- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
33- The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha edited by E.A. Burtt
34- Bhagavad-Gita
35- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
36- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
37- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
38- We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
39- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenace by Robert M. Pirsig
40- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

And the last ten are books I want to re-read:
41- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
42- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
43- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
44- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
45- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
46- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
47- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
48- Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
49- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
50- Animal Farm by George Orwell

So far, I have finished 20, 32, 34 (switched to The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner), 35, 38 (switched to the juvie works of Roald Dahl), 41, 42, and 48. I'm going to start Little House in the Big Woods tomorrow to hopefully get 1-9 done this month.
Wow, that is an impressive list!

A bunch of my favorites and many that I would like to read.

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#73 The Tulip and the Pope: A Nun's Story by Deborah Larsen

Memoir -- author entered the convent in 1960 at the age of 19.

Reading this one right after Living Oprah, I've been struck by some very odd similarities that I wouldn't have expected. For example, both authors felt, at some point, a sense of freedom about decision making, that someone else was making all choices for them...
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The Last Olympian

Last in the Percy Jackson series, and perhaps my favorite out of all the books. I thought it wrapped the series together nicely and still left room for another series at some point.


Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

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Cooking good food from scratch is a skill that can save you money, keep you healthy, and make you and your family and friends happy. What I've tried to do in this book is pick a whole load of meals that we all love to eat and break them down to make them as simple as possible. There are plenty of clear instructions and step-by-step pictures, so whether you're an accomplished cook or a complete beginner, you'll be able to enjoy cooking and achieve great results in the kitchen.
Posh Chicken (chicken breasts cooked w/prosciutto and parmaesan) are SO GOOD, it's worth the book just for that.

The Orientalist, Reiss

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Lev Nussimbaum fabricated a life that in its brief arc encompassed the whole of the Western and Near Eastern culture of his time. A Jew from the Caucasus, born in the first throes of the Russian Revolution, he styled himself a Muslim prince. As Kurban Said, he wrote a best-selling novel that made him the toast of Nazi Germany. Inventing and reinventing himself, he left a confused and perplexing trail.
Fascinating biography -- provides the history of the region and the man himself.


The Labyrinth, Mosse

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In 2005, Alice Tanner stumbles into a hidden cave while on an archeological dig in southwest France. Her discovery—two skeletons and a labyrinth pattern engraved on the wall and on a ring—triggers visions of the past and propels her into a dangerous race against those who want the mystery of the cave for themselves. Alaïs, in the year 1209, is a plucky 17-year-old living in the French city of Carcassone, an outpost of the tolerant Cathar Christian sect that has been declared heretical by the Catholic Church. As Carcassonne comes under siege by the Crusaders, Alaïs's father, Bertrand Pelletier,entrusts her with a book that is part of a sacred trilogy connected to the Holy Grail.
#1-World Without End, #2-Giada's Family Dinners, #3 When You Are Engulfed in Flames, #4 Her Fearful Symmetry, #5 First Among Sequels , #6 Under the Dome, #7 Look Again, #8 The Lost Symbol, #9 Sea of Monsters, #10 Protecting the Gift, #11 Titan's Curse, #12 Never Tell a Lie, #13 Man in the Dark Suit, #14 Battle of the Labyrinth, #15 An Abundance of Katherines, #16 Shanghai Girls, #17 Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, #18 The Last Olympian, #19 The Orientalist, #20 Labyrinth, #21 Shutter Island, #22 The Scarecrow, #23 The Road, #24 The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, #25 The Graveyard Book, #26 The Last Dickens, #27 City of Bones, #28 The Fate of Katherine Carr, #29 Just After Sunset, #30 The Last Town on Earth, #31 The Alexandria Link, #32 A Complicated Kindness, #33 The Revolution will not be Microwaved
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Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

I'd never actually read the book but it really, really was almost exactly like the movie -- except in the book, the guy wasn't having the affair with the older woman. Since it was just a novella, there were also short stories included in the book.

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Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution



Posh Chicken (chicken breasts cooked w/prosciutto and parmaesan) are SO GOOD, it's worth the book just for that.
I keep flipping through this at Borders and I'm going to ask for it for my birthday. I made the chopped salad and it was really good.
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We just returned from vacation and I did not have time to post March’s’ books before.
I’ve read 5 fantastic ones.
Before we left I’d been finishing Bear Daughter by Judith Berman http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/judith-berman/bear-daughter.htm[/url] When I went to the book store to buy my own copy I was told this book is out of print. I guess it did not sell well. This is unfortunate because it is really an amazing book. I think some of it may have to do with the cover. I read that the author was also not happy with it. It is misleading. According to the author Judith Berman in an interview with Strange Horizons http://www.strangehorizons.com/2005/...an-int-a.shtml “The cover that Ace gave the book, while it's very pretty, is problematic in this regard, and not just because Cloud to me looks rather Caucasian. The publisher wants to tell potential readers what to expect inside, many of whom will be genre readers. For most genre readers, the symbols on the cover that say "Indian" are already in quotes; they know what's inside will be a stew of historical source material and made-up stuff. But not everyone will know the symbols are meant to be read that way, or will like the fact that they're used at all.” In fact the novel takes place in an alternative universe and Berman, an anthropologist combines both First Nation and European myths and legends to create a new story.
Next the Mystery of Grace by Charles De Lint
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/d/...y-of-grace.htm
What a wonderful story! Had someone told me what it was about ahead of time, it would have seemed so depressing I might not have wanted to read it. While it is indeed bittersweet, it is not a downer at all. It could have also been kitschy had it been written by a less skilled writer. I was also amazed with the sensitivity with which De Lint describes the Southwest-Mexican version of Catholicism. My family on my Mothers’ side are all from New Mexico. The Virgin Mary and all the Santos are omnipresent and are revered by everyone there, even those who don’t go to church. The shrines and statues everywhere are very beautiful and magical.
Terri Windling's The Wood Wife http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/w/.../wood-wife.htm
I did not like this one as much as Bear Daughter and the Mystery of Grace never the less it is still a good read.
Finally Ds and I are continuing on with the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
We both love this series!
The Sea of Monsters http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/r/...f-monsters.htm and
The Titans’ Curse http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/r/...an-s-curse.htm
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I finished the first book in the Little House series amd loved it! I want to watch the show on dvd again now. It's so crazy how different our world is now compared to then.

I've started on Little House on the Prairie, and I am also reading Miss Match by Erynn Mangum. It looked like a fun romance type book that was free on the Kindle (I have an iTouch with the Kindle app). It's okay, but it does have a definite Christian bent to it which I did not notice when I ordered it. At least it was free, right?
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