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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Reading List 2008-2009

  • Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr - a teen wants a certain tatoo - not realizing it will lead her into faerie courts intrigue
  • Devil in the Details by Jennifer Traig - what a hoot! Who knew OCD can be a hilarious accounting.
  • All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard - two friends are in an accident and mistaken identity occurs with who lives, and who died
  • Impossible by Nancy Werlin - a young Scarborough girl discovers she comes from a cursed line of women - when they become pregnant they must complete three impossible tasks or go mad when the child is born
  • The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry - Sprague Book Club May read - lace reading, yellow dogs, abuse, mental issues, and witches - a good read
  • Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd - another wonderful story - Fergus and his Uncle discover a childs arm while stealing turf - a tale of Ireland, the Troubles and we hear Mel's story unearthed from his dreams - I was saddened to hear that Siobhan has died from cancer, what a loss.
  • Valiant by Holly Black - didn't care for this one.
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Sprague Book Club read for April - a great read! I never noticed the islands between France and England before! A great tale of letters about the island and what people went through during their german occupation.
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett - wonderful descriptions in here, glad to have read it
  • Tithe - a modern faerie tale by Molly Black - nice edgy urban faerie tale, I will read the next one as well
  • Peak by Roland Smith - enjoyed this immensely! A boy gets caught climbing skyscrappers and is sent off with his father who organizes Everest expeditions. I really enjoyed the mountaineering bits since I've done some of that.
  • The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner - amazing book! Lots of grist for the mind mill and probably one of my faves for the year.
  • Born Naked - Farley Mowat - his biography of his early years - did you know his dad was a librarian?
  • Deja Demon by Julie Kenner - I love these - this demon hunting soccer mom is a hoot to read
  • Cane River by Lalita Tademy - Sprague Book Club March Book - a good read of a 'Roots' variety
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson - 2005 Pulitzer Prize Winner - an incredibly beautiful book about an elderly (78) minister leaving a memoir to his 7 year old son - a book to savor.
  • The Shack by William Young - this author is coming to Oregon Christian Writers Winter Conference the end of February - thought I should give it a read before then - some parts very hard to swallow, others give assurance that wells up inside
  • The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer - Sprague Book Club for February - quick read - I'm not sure I bought all of this, but we all like the Superman parts!
  • Incident at Badamya by Dorothy Gilman - a girl in Burma finds unexpected companions and a twist of coincidence
  • The True Meaning of Smek Day by Adam Rex - hilarious sci-fi!
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang - amazing graphic story that all comes together in a surprising way!
  • Inkspell - Cornelia Funke - enjoyed this one more than Inkheart
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret—Brian Selznick - wonderful story and amazing pencil drawings
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke - not quite what I thought it would be, but a good read - originally Tintenherz in German!
  • Star Bright! by Andrew Greeley - a nice boy meets Russian Orthodox girl Christmas Story
  • Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle - her thoughts on the writer's art and faith
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski - Sprague Book Club January read - great until the end - I rewrote the ending the way I thought it should have happened!
  • The Humming of Numbers by Joni Sensel - enjoyed this one muchly! Thanks Mrs. H!
  • The Illuminator by Brenda Vantrease - our Sprague Book Club December book - historical fiction, loved the Julian of Norwich parts
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zaf√≥n - quite the intertwining plot
  • Breath - Tim Winton - a coming of age story
  • The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara - for our Sprague Book Club for November - great civil war read
  • Brisingr by Christopher Paolini "I own a book, he thought, delighted."
  • A Fortune-Teller Told Me by Tiziano Terzani - a year without flying, an interesting journey in the life of an Asian reporter
  • The Ivory and the Horn by Charles de Lint - classic de Lint urban myths
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson - chuckled all the way through this one

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