Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What's on my Nightstand: November

Here's what was on my nightstand last month, and how I did:

My Father's Paradise (Ariel Sabar): Loved it. Reviewed it.
The Gargoyle (Andrew Davidson): Loved some of it. Mini-reviewed it.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Mary Pearson): Didn't care for it much. Mini-reviewed it.
Little Brother (Cory Doctorow): Was able to renew this library copy, so managed to put it off a little longer.
Cures for Heartbreak (Margo Rabb): Liked it. Reviewed it.

Coming this week, reviews of Where Am I Wearing (Loved it) and Santa Responds (Liked it). I also read and reviewed The Plain Janes (loved it!), and The Ultimate Guide to Wilderness (had fun with it), and mini-reviewed three books: Time of My Life, Escape from Special, and Madapple (didn't love any of 'em).

Currently on my nightstand: Bitter Sweets by Roopa Farooki and Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz.

And on my reading list:

The Anatomy of Story (John Truby): This was recommended on a writing blog, I think it was Through the Tollbooth. It's due in 3 days, though, so I may not get to all of it.
Comfort Me with Apples (Ruth Reichl): This is for the New Classics Challenge, which I'm failing splendidly at.
My Most Excellent Year (Steve Kluger): For the Mock Printz Award workshop.
Beige (Cecil Castelluci): Author of the graphic novel The Plain Janes. This one's not a graphic novel, just a regular YA novel.
Letters to My Daughter (Maya Angelou): I tend to like the idea of Maya Angelou more than I like the actual books, but I want to give this one a try.

My kids and I read and reviewed Peak and See How They Run, a nonfiction book about politics. We also finished Rick Riordan's Sea of Monsters, which they liked very much. Next on their list is the next book in Riordan's Percy Jackson series (I think it's Sea of Titans, Ben could tell you). We're also trying to read Bat 6: A Novel, but at this point they're not enthused.

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1 comment:

  1. I just finished Little Brother two days ago. Very geeky. I can see a lot of boys liking it. I'll be interested to see what you think of it.