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So many, many books

So little time to actually read. Or rather, by the time in the day that I could devote time to reading, I'm brain dead. It still works out the same way.

Here's a list of what I've got around here that I mean to read, in order of how they pop into my head as I sit here at my computer. (Yeah, that'd be "without getting up and amassing them")


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Runaway Princess by Kate Coombs
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (ticking, b/c it's a library book) Fantastic. See review
Defining Dulcie by Paul Acampora
The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
Okay, pretty much anything by Cornelia Funke except for the Ghosthunters books
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Moss
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Shug by Jenny Han
Golden by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (S spirited it away when it arrived, but I can claim it now that's she's read it)
Jimmy Coates: Target by Joe Craig (smuggled into the US by juliewinkler)
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (also smuggled carried in by Ms. W.)
Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls by Bennett Madison
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean
Peter and the Shadow Thieves by David Barry and Ridley Pearson (proximity to "in Scarlet" for obvious reasons)
All the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer (particularly after listening to him on the 'net the other day, because Eoin (pronounced Owen, as it turns out) is one excellent dude)
The End by Lemony Snicket
The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages (once M is finished, of course)
Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
Magyk by Angie Sage
Flyte by Angie Sage (hey, I liked the Araminta Spookie chapter books, right?)
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle
Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg by Gail Carson Levine
How to Be Popular by Meg Cabot
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Wide Awake by David Levithan
Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Penderwicks (subtitle omitted here) by Jeanne Birdsall
Jumping the Scratch by Sarah Weeks
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Blue is for Nightmares by Laura Faria Stolarz (plus the 3 other colors)
Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson
Flipped by Wendelin von Draanen
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (I know, I know -- I just never got there)
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli (same)
Here Today by Anne M. Martin
Summerland by Michael Chabon
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (S adored this one)
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
King Dork by Frank Portman
Storky by Debra Garfinkle (sorry, Debbie -- it got lost in S's room, I think, but it's here somewhere!)
The entire Narnia series (yep, you read that right - I never read it when I was younger)
Teach Me by R.A. Nelson
Tithe by Holly Black
Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle
Girl, 16, Absolute Torture by Sue Limb
Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow
Love Among the Walnuts by Jean Ferris
Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, &c. ed. by McSweeney's
*Edited to add:
Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
Horns and Wrinkles by Joseph Helgerson
Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carol Oates
Cut by Patricia McCormick


The grown-up books I can remember having on hand:
Pirates! Two Adventures (subtitles cut) by Gideon Defoe (a flip-book for grown-ups)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Cod by Mark Kurlansky
The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl
Freaks of the Storm by Randy Cerveny


What's in progress:
Kiki Strike:Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller Excellent good fun. See review
Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Words by James Maguire
Edited to Add: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

(Wild that two fo the books that I've started reading are repetitive titles starting with "Ki", no?)

The funny thing is, there are so many more books in my house that I want to read and can't remember right now, many of which were snagged by my kids and have been coopted into their collections for now. And funnier still: there are a ton more at the store (and, to be fair, in the library) that I want to read.

I think some serious reading time is in order, don't you?

Suggestions or opinions on any of the listed books welcome.





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elizabethcbunce
Nov. 15th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)
Holy cow, I think your list is longer than mine!

Do yourself a favor and read THE DARK IS RISING. Amazing book.

And I will re-read your list again, while exercising restraing. Must...not...add...to...list....
kellyrfineman
Nov. 15th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
Are you referring to your list or my list? Because really, I'm always looking for good reads. As you can see by the ridiculous length of my list.

kellyrfineman
Nov. 28th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
It was fantabulous. I am going to score the additional books, by hook or by crook. So. Great.
elizabethcbunce
Nov. 28th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad! You can get the boxed set on Amazon for $17-something. We bought *two* this year, as my niece and nephew are finally the right age for it. My nephew wanted ELDEST, but since I'm buying I get to choose the books. Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 28th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
You've chosen very, very wisely.
linbinwriter
Nov. 15th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
In terms of Cornelia Funke's books, The Thief Lord was by far my favorite. It's probably my favorite of the books on the list that I've read ( not all that many. Many are on my to read list also).

A few are quick one night reads: Shug, Drums, Girls, etc.,Storky (I just read last night), even Speak you could read in one sitting.

Have you ever done audio books? The kids and I have caught up a few times this way. It's great for all the time in the car running errands and before you know it you can cross one off the list.

I really want to read Cod too. I compromised and read the kids version. It was interesting and as far as I'll probably get for a while.

The Book Thief has been sitting by my bed for months. I've reread the first chapter three times now. It's just not the perfect relaxing bedtime read I think.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 15th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
If The Book Thief is anything like I Am The Messenger, then it's a great read, but not a bedtime book. Which is the problem I'm having getting through Kira Kira (that and the fact that I know that it's going to be sad, and I don't love sad).
sheela_chari
Nov. 15th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
Snagging your list.
kellyrfineman
Nov. 15th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah? Well, good luck getting through it. ACK!
robinellen
Nov. 15th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
WEll, I'm awfully biased, but i'd read anything by L'Engle, and SWIFTLY TILTING PLANET is probably my favorite book by her (or tied with RING OF ENDLESS LIGHT)...Libba Bray's books are very enjoyable and quick reads...GOLDEN is great fun ;)
kellyrfineman
Nov. 15th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
I loved the first two in the Time Quartet, which is why the last two are on my list, so I'll definitely get to them. S loved the Libba Bray and Golden.
bluemalibu
Nov. 15th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
so many good titles there!

you will have a wonderful vacation!
and have a Happy Happy Thanksgiving!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 15th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Meg -- you too!
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kellyrfineman
Nov. 15th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
Perhaps you could shoot me an email then, since I'm happy to figure out what to avoid/leave until last. kelly at kellyfineman dot com
kelcrocker
Nov. 15th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
You've got a great list! Mine is terribly long, too. I need to stop buying books until I read all of the ones I have. (And I just came home yesterday from the library with a big stack.) A few quick, incomplete thoughts:
The Book Thief and Octavian Nothing are great books, but they're challenging and unusual. Read them, especially for their unusual approach to story-telling, but add some fun stuff in between. You've really got to read Speak, too. It's not long, but it really is wonderful, especially for interior monologue, which is critical when you have a main character who doesn't speak! I loved "What My Mother Doesn't Know," and "Girls, Drums and Dangerous Pie." Also enjoyed "Teach Me," "Sleeping Freshmen," "Shorty," Boyfriend List," " Nick and Norah's Infinate Playlist," "An Abundance of Katharines" and "Tithe," among many others on your list. Good luck!
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