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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A New Fall Reading Challenge

I love a good reading challenge and Katrina over at Callapidder Days has come up with a nice easy going one.  Just what I need!  So without further ado...

My List
Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, coincidentally on Katrina's list.  I got the first one as a Friday Freebie on my Nook and have yet to read it.  There has been a lack of good dragon books of late, my favorites were always Ann McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series.  If this is good, I will read the whole series.
UPDATE: Read them, they were ok, readable but not good enough to revisit.

              Review/Update September 27th 2010 
His Majesty's Dragon, Naomi Novik
Think, Horatio Hornblower meets Dragonriders of Pern, but not as good as either.  I am half way through the 2nd in the series and I am enjoying the historical thread, especially the ease in which she incorporated the dragons into known military history. 
I am going to finish the series but I won't be likely to reread them.
UPDATE: Read them, they were ok, readable but not good enough to revisit.

Death's Head looks interesting.  Thought I would give it a try.  Most reviewers use the words, "smart" and "funny".  Since my world hasn't been the same since Fox canceled Firefly, it might fill at least the humor part of my space cowboy void.

Review/Update October 20, 2010
They forgot to mention lewd and crude.  NOT my type of reading thanks.  Barely made it through the first chapter hoping it would pick up somehow.  Yeah, so not.  Too bad. 

As this is supposed to be fun I have decided to give the Artemis Fowl series a go.
Described by it's author as "Die Hard with fairies", these sounded right up my alley and it was.  Thoroughly enjoyable and a take on the criminal mind and world of fairie that is, to say the least, unusual.  I don't find myself liking Artemis much, just yet, but he inspires the kind of loyalty from his people that suggests a deeper quality of character than I've yet to find.  That in mind, I am moving on in the series to book two.

I will also be reading and doing The Frazzled Female Bible study.  Check.  Done.
Alex Rider, Stormbreaker  Found this when I found the Artemis Fowl ones.  I read this, the first one and enjoyed it enough to want to read the rest.  Think a 14 year old James Bond but without the patriotism.  M16 treats this kid pretty shabby from the get go, makes him a more sympathetic character.  This was well written YA material and I enjoyed it.  There are a slew of these too and a movie spin-off to see as well.  I wouldn't mind reading more of young Alex's adventures. 

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Hunger Game 2, Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
Hunger Games 3, Mockingjay , Suzanne Collins
These were absolutely riveting.  I couldn't put them down and I am still not quite sure as to the why of that.  These had elements of Robin Hood as well as the Roman Colosseum.  There were political maneuverings, behind the scene machinations and Lord of the Flies type behavior.  I found myself not even liking the main character throughout most of the books.  Yet I couldn't wait to find out what she did next.  These are hard to describe and a genre all their own. A YA don't miss.

Wren to the Rescue, Sherwood Smith
Wren, Journeymage, Sherwood Smith
Wren's War, Sherwood Smith
Loved these, wish I had found them when I was my daughter's age.  I can't wait to turn her on to these.  This was the finest kind of Young Adult fantasy, before everyone and their mother thought they were JK Rowling or Stephanie Meyer.

I recently discovered Bill Bryson when I read, A Walk in the Woods.   One of my favorite "new" finds this year Bill Bryson had me howling during his adventures walking the Appalachian Trail and left wanting more.  One of my favorite quotes from the book,  "Black bears rarely attack. But here's the thing. Sometimes they do. All bears are agile, cunning and immensely strong, and they are always hungry. If they want to kill you and eat you, they can, and pretty much whenever they want. That doesn't happen often, but - and here is the absolutely salient point - once would be enough." 

Then there is my homeschool read aloud list for this semester.
The Silver Chair, C.S. Lewis
Tales of Ancient Egypt, Roger Lancelyn Green
d'Aulaire's Norse Myths , Ingri D'Aulaire
As You Like It, William Shakespeare
A Book of Golden Deeds, Charlotte Yonge
Minn of the Mississippi, Holling C. Holling
Xerxes, Jacob Abbott
Three Greek Children, Alfred Church
History of US, Book 7 A Reconstructing America, Joy Hakim
History of US, Book 8, An Age of Extremes, Joy Hakim 

Back to my own reading.......
86. Whatever You Do, Don't Run, True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide, Peter Allison
Really fun, a quick read.  

87. Sister Wendy's American Collection, Sister Wendy Beckett
Love Sister Wendy.
88. The Heroin Diaries, Nikki Sixx
Not my first choice, a friend said I should read it.  They were wrong.

89. The Two Towers, JRR Tolkien
Because I missed it.

90. Decision Points, George Busch
91. The Legend of the Silver Wolf, Alice Borchardt
The first in a trilogy, it was interesting.  Werewolf trilogy in Roman times.  Have yet to read the other two, most likely will at some point, just to see how they play out.  Readable.

92.  Our annual reading of Jotham's Journey, by Arnold Ytreeide for Advent begins the 28th of November  and the last page is read on Christmas Day.  One of our more delightful traditions this book/devotional is one we look forward to year after year.

The girls and I have listened to the Harry Potter series on audio all year.  Jim Dale is an amazing reader and they are an utter delight, an experience I wouldn't miss no matter how many times I read them myself.  Preparatory to the new movie we wrapped up the last on November 10th.  I am already listening to them again at bedtime.
  Harry Potter and the Sorcerors Stone
  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban
  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 
  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  The 39 Clues Book 1, The Maze of Bones, Rick Riordan
  The 39 Clues Book 2, One False Note, Gordon Korman
  The 39 Clues Book 3, The Sword Thief, Peter Lerangis
  The 39 Clues Book 4,  Beyond the Grave, Jude Watson
  The 39 Clues Book 5, The Black Circle, Patrick Carmen
  The 39 Clues Book 6,   In Too Deep, Jude Watson
  The 39 Clues Book 7, The Viper's Nest, Peter Lerangis
  The 39 Clues Book 8, The Emperor's Code
  The 39 Clues Book 9, Storm Warning, Linda Sue Park
  The 39 Clues Book 10, Into the Gauntlet, Margaret Peterson
There were really fun, targeted to the 9-12 age range I enjoyed them immensely.  Amy and Dan and their mysterious au pair are in a world of confusion, thrown into a hunt they don't understand exactly when they lose the one person closest to them.  A world wide adventure ensues and draws the kids, the au pair and a cat into a deep family secret.  Bonus, the first one was written by Rick Riordan. 

  The Vampire Diaries, The Awakening, L.J. Smith
On the fence.  It's no Twilight.  (she writes, tongue in cheek)

If you would like to join in the fun, write your post and link up here over at Callipidder Days Fall into Reading 2010


Shawntele September 22, 2010 at 5:58 PM  

"Die Hard with fairies"? Hmmm, that sounds interesting...maybe something for me to think about for the next challenge! Happy reading. :O)

Blossom September 22, 2010 at 6:14 PM  

We love the Narnia books! Haven't heard of many of the titles you've listed, will have to check them out :)

Ronnica September 27, 2010 at 11:02 AM  

I hope you'll also get to Dawn Treader this fall as it'll be out in theaters favorite of the series!

Katrina @ Callapidder Days September 27, 2010 at 9:39 PM  

Glad to hear you're enjoying the Naomi Novik books. My husband and I both grew up reading and loving the Pern books -- it was one of the things we discovered when we started dating. And I's hard to find good dragon books that can compare.

I've been curious about the Artemis Fowl books too... Someone suggested I check them out, but I just haven't done it yet.

Enjoy your fall reading, Lizzie, and thanks for being part of the challenge!

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