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1. Five Days in London (Embejo)
2. The Thirteenth Tale (Embejo)
3. Shopaholic Abroad (Sandra)
4. Imperium (CoversGirl)
5. Alaine
6. The Borrowers(Embejo)
7. Melissa
8. A Study in Scarlet (Sandra)
9. Alice\'s Adventures in Wonderland (Becky)
10. An Absolute Gentleman (bookworm)
11. Amy(Clouds Over Mountains)
12. Cindy B
13. raidergirl3 (Latitudes of Melt)
14. Diary of a Young Girl (Becky)
15. Blue Dahlia (bookworm)
16. Free Life (Cafeshree)
17. Amy(Bootlegger\'s Daughter)
18. Tiny Librarian (Deep Dish)
19. Tiny Librarian (Agnes and the Hitman)
20. Tiny Librarian (1 of those hideous books)
21. raidergirl3(The Ravine)
22. Change of Heart (Alaine)
23. Tiny Librarian (Tantalize)
24. A Thousand Acres (Biblio Brat)
25. Prince Caspian (Becky)
26. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (Becky)
27. Amy(Mayada, Daughter of Iraq)
28. Beezus and Ramona (Becky)
29. The Ice Queen (bookworm)
30. Ramona the Pest (Becky)
31. Camilla by Fanny Burney (Becky)
32. Ramona the Brave (Becky)
33. The Princess and The Pea (Strlady)
34. Ramona And Her Father (Becky)
35. The Shadow of the Wind (CoversGirl)
36. Under the Greenwood Tree (CoversGirl)
37. Left To Tell (Embejo)
38. Long Way Gone(Embejo)
39. The English Patient(Embejo)
40. Ramona And Her Mother (Becky)
41. Ramona Quimby Age 8 (Becky)
42. Frozen Moments
43. Wendy (Angle of Repose)
44. The Interpretation of Murder (Biblio Brat)
45. Entangled (bookworm)
46. The Crimson Petal and the White (CoversGirl)
47. Throne of Jade (Yati)
48. Enticed (bookworm)
49. The Female Quixote (Ashleigh)
50. I Have Lived A Thousand Years (Becky)
51. Ramona Forever (Becky)
52. raidergirl3 (Mister Pip)
53. Black Powder War (Yati)
54. Dragonrider (Strlady)
55. varun
56. Wendy (Lost and Found)
57. Tammy (The Forbidden Body)
58. Tammy (Sex For One)
59. The Notebook(Embejo)
60. I Am David (Embejo)
61. Tiny Librarian (Enchanted, Inc)
62. My Bridges of Hope (Becky)
63. Ramona\'s World (Becky)
64. raidergirl3(The Gathering)
65. Gone With The Wind (Becky)
66. The Secret Scroll (bookworm)
67. Sleuthfoot
68. Queens\' Play (Yati)
69. The Middle Place (Lead Momma)
70. nadine
71. Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck)
72. The Outlaw Demon Wailes (Shron
73. TThe memory Keeper\'s Daughter (Sharon)
74. The House of Sand and Fog
75. Dark Watch (Sharon)
76. Crime and Punishment(Sharon)
77. The Unnatural Inquirer(Sharon)
78. The World Below (Wendy)
79. The Colorado Kid (bookworm)
80. raidergirl3(The Outcast)
81. Tammy (Legends)
82. Tammy (Quotable Star Wars)
83. Amy(Dear Enemy)
84. N. Vasillis (The Arrival)
85. N. Vasillis (Love Walked In)
86. Tiny Librarian (Shakespeare\'s Landlord)

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Posted by 1morechapter at 4/30/2008 01:05:00 PM 5 comments

Book Review: 1776

I heard so many things about this book, and I was really looking forward to reading it. So here's my take.


The opening. Every other Revolutionary War book starts with the Americans. This one started with the British. There was some great stuff in there I'd never read before, and I really enjoyed the reminder that this was a war with TWO sides.

The information. Lots of good stuff in there, thoroughly researched.


A little too much information. Get to the action already!

The layout. There were 2 or 3 sections of pictures and maps and that was it.

No maps. Maybe it's just me, but I have trouble following the action of a battle. A map right where the battle is being described is much more helpful than if I have to turn back to look at it. There actually were 2 maps, both drawn at the time and almost impossible to read. Not helpful.

In summary, I compared this with Washington's Crossing which I read this year and I found 1776 lacking. I wasn't as motivated to pick it up and keep reading. Still, I'm glad I read it. But if you wanted to read a book on the subject, I would recommend Washington's Crossing and not this one.

Posted by Cindy B at 4/29/2008 11:44:00 AM 0 comments

Paula's 8/8/8

Hi, my name is Paula. I am still working on my creating my list, it is subject to change.
Here is my 8/8/8 list: Books in blue are completed. Happy Reading!


Robinson Crusoe
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Three Musketeers
  • Dante's Inferno
  • Don Quixote
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • Hamlet
  • Canterbury Tales (selected sections)

  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
    1. The Hobbit
    2. Journey to the Center of the Earth
    3. 20,000 leagues under the Sea
    4. The Time Machine
    5. Raising Dragons
    6. The Candlestone
    7. A Wrinkle in Time
    8. Ender's Game

    Youth Fiction
    1. The Great Brain
    2. Caddie Woodlawn
    3. Stormbreaker
    4. Point Break
    5. Skeleton Key
    6. Wind in the Willows


    1. Plot & Structure
    2. The Creative Call
    3. Man's Search for Meaning
    4. The Unheard Cry of Meaning
    5. Latin Centered Curriculum
    6. Write Great Fiction - Revision & Self Editing
    7. Destination Moon - Jim Irwin

    Historical Fiction

    Devil's Arithmetic
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry
  • Let the Circle be Unbroken
  • Bully for you, Teddy Roosevelt
  • Journal of Sean Sullivan
  • Golden Goblet
  • Bronze Bow

  • Christian

    1. Case for the Creator - Student Edition
    2. Case for Faith - Student Edition
    3. Case for Christ - Student Edition
    4. Pilgrim's Progress

    Books begging to be read

    Tales of King Arthur
  • Jane Austen book club
  • Sense & Sensibility
  • Books that call to me throughout the year

    1. Common Sense - Thomas Paine

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    CoversGirl's List

    I didn’t originally intend to sign up for this challenge, as I never know in advance what books I’ll get to read each year; it all depends on the availability at the BookFest and the library. But then it occurred to me that I could put my own spin on it: instead of a list of books I must read, I could compose a list of books I will read if at all possible and let serendipity take care of the rest. If I can track them down, great; if I can’t, it doesn’t matter. A pressure-free challenge with the added fun of testing fate!

    1. The Collections

    Books composed of short stories

    Cat o’ Nine Tales - Jeffrey Archer

    The Ladies of Grace Adieu - Susanna Clarke

    Ghost Stories - Charles Dickens

    In a Glass Darkly - J. Sheridan le Fanu

    Life’s Little Ironies - Thomas Hardy

    Fragile Things - Neil Gaiman

    Smoke and Mirrors - Neil Gaiman

    Waifs and Strays - Charles de Lint

    2. Eighteen Hundred and Something

    Books that have withstood the test of time

    Shirley - Charlotte Brontë

    The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

    Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

    She - H. Rider Haggard

    Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy

    The Aspern Papers - Henry James

    Indiana - George Sand

    The Way We Live Now - Anthony Trollope

    3. A Little Light Reading

    Books that are fun to read

    Welcome to Temptation - Jennifer Crusie

    The Big Over-Easy - Jasper Fforde

    Lola Carlyle Reveals All - Rachel Gibson

    Under the Greenwood Tree - Thomas Hardy

    Austenland - Shannon Hale

    Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome

    The Man with Two Left Feet - P. G. Wodehouse

    The Trials of Tiffany Trott - Isabel Wolff

    4. Next, Please

    Books that are next in a series or sequence

    So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish - Douglas Adams

    Seeing Redd - Frank Beddor

    The Angel of Darkness - Caleb Carr

    Venus in Copper- Lindsay Davis

    Cat in a Midnight Choir - Carole Nelson Douglas

    Voyager - Diana Gabaldon

    Rosa and the Veil of Gold - Kim Wilkins

    To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis

    5. The Rest of the World

    Books set in the past of a country outside Britain

    Shogun - James Clavell (1600s Japan)

    Cocaine Blues - Kerry Greenwood (1900s Australia)

    Imperium - Robert Harris (100s BC Rome)

    Jerusalem - Cecelia Holland (1100s and guess where?)

    Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry (1800s America)

    The Honest Courtesan - Margaret Rosenthal (1500s Italy)

    Perfume - Patrick Süskind (1700s France)

    The Book Thief - Markus Zusak (WW2 Germany)

    6. Screen First, Page Second

    Books I've seen an adaptation of

    Bleak House - Charles Dickens

    A Room with a View - E. M. Forster

    The Quiet American - Graham Greene

    Runaway Jury - John Grisham

    Seabiscuit - Laura Hillenbrand

    Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman

    The Cider House Rules - John Irving

    Fingersmith - Sarah Waters

    7. Things that Go Bump in the Night

    Books that are mysterious, spooky, or just plain weird

    Every Dead Thing - John Connolly

    Neuromancer - William Gibson

    The Woman in Black - Susan Hill

    The Boys from Brazil - Ira Levin

    Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake

    Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake

    Titus Alone - Mervyn Peake

    The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

    8. We Meet at Last

    Books I've been wanting to read for ages

    Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel

    The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Euginedes

    The Crimson Petal and the White- Michel Faber

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

    Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

    Northern Lights (a.k.a The Golden Compass) - Philip Pullman

    The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

    Posted by Amat Libris at 4/19/2008 12:12:00 AM 2 comments

    Cindy B's 888

    I'm making this even more difficult on myself by trying to get it done by 8/8/08 - or August 8th. I'm almost halfway there, and if I can just avoid getting distracted by new and more fabulous books, I'll be just fine. So here are my categories:

    1. Books I gathering dust - ones I've had for more than a year and haven't read. 3/8

    1. The Golden Goblet - done
    2. Goodbye to Poplarhaven - written by one of my professors at BYU - currently reading
    3. Fear Nothing - tbr
    4. A Devilish Dilemma - tbr
    5. The Bourne Identity - tbr
    6. Diary of a Nobody - done
    7. Eminent Victorians - tbr
    8. The Girl with a Secret - done

    2. Science/History books 7/8

    1. The Book of Man - This was an easy to read account of the Human Genome Project. - done
    2. Weighing the soul - About scientific discoveries that caused controversy. - done
    3. A Brief History of Time - tbr
    4. Chaos: making a New Science - done
    5. Women Astronomers: Reaching for the Stars - done
    6. Krakatoa:The Day the World Exploded - done
    7. The 13th Element - done
    8. The Signers - done!

    3. Teen/kids books 4/8

    1. Ark Angel - tbr
    2. Snakehead - tbr
    3. The Ruins of Gorlan - tbr
    4. The Sisters Grimm: Unusual Suspects - done
    5. The King's Swift Rider - tbr
    6. The Thief of Always - done
    7. Stone Fox - done
    8. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents - done

    4. Books about faith and religion 4/8

    1. Just as I am by Virginia Smith - funny story (but not funny enough for list 8, as I didn't actually laugh out loud) of a wild child's baptism into Christianity. - done
    2. Way to Be! - tbr
    3. Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism - done
    4. Sugar House Hill - done
    5. Inspiring Experiences that Build Faith - done
    6. Amazing Love - currently reading
    7. not sure yet!
    8. not sure yet!

    5. Books with little or no redeeming value 7/8

    1. Hitched by Carol Higgins Clark - fun Valentine's read. - done
    2. The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars by Anthony Boucher - done
    3. Around the Rugged Rock by Elizabeth Cadell - done
    4. The Lexicon of Stupidity - done-- funny!
    5. Down Under by Patricia Wentworth - so done!
    6. Five Rings, Six Crises etc. - a book of lists - done
    7. World's Worsts - another book of lists - done

    6. Recommended by others 5/8

    1. 1776 - tbr
    2. The Historian - done! (I gave up)
    3. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive - tbr
    4. Deliver Us From Normal - done
    5. Fablehaven - done
    6. The Master of Ballantrae - done!
    7. The Zookeeper's Wife - tbr
    8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - done

    7. Tried and true - books I am rereading 8/8

    1. Charmed Life - all done!
    2. The Mysterious Commission - done
    3. Kaleidoscope by Dorothy Gilman- still pretty good, but not great. - done
    4. Dead Men Don't Ski - done
    5. Murder a la Mode - done
    6. Death on the Agenda - done
    7. Death and the Dutch Uncle - done
    8. Black Widower - done

    8. Books that made me laugh out loud 5/8

    1. Murder With Peacocks - done
    2. For Time and All Absurdity - done
    3. Bachelors Anonymous - done
    4. Leaven of Malice (audio) - done
    5. Moving Pictures - done

    Posted by Cindy B at 4/07/2008 02:25:00 PM 0 comments

    I saw the list of categories on the right. How do I add my categories to those?

    So excited to sign up!

    Posted by Cindy B at 4/05/2008 05:11:00 PM 2 comments

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