Monday, January 19, 2009

The A - Z Reading Challenge

If I'm going to try it, I might as well keep track of it.
And I suppose I might as well publish it, too, rather than keep it here on edit for all time...To be continuously updated. I hope!

A- Animal Vegetable Miracle by B Kingsolver
B- Brain that Changes Itself - Intriguing book, I learned a lot!
C- Cereal for Dinner -
D- Deerskin by Robin Mckinley - Enjoyed it; not appropriate at all for Penguin.
E- Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn - I'm not really a fan of the epistolary novel, but this one had a neat premise. Quick read, loved the way the letters got more academic and then turned rather red-neck before resolution occurred.
F- the Frog Princess By E.D. Baker - This is our current read aloud series. Very cute books.
H- Healing the New Childhood Epidemics - Good book about various (alternative) treatments to allergies, asthma, ADHD and autism. Kind of a "bring to the dr with you" sort of thing, though.
J- Jerome K. Jerome's 3 men in a Boat - OMG, why had I never heard of this guy before? Loved it! And it's still totally relevant. Maybe a little outdated...but not so much that I had to stretch my imagination. I ended up reading quite a bit out loud to my dh.
K- Kabul Beauty School -
L- Loving Frank - Interesting read. I didn't like it, exactly. I was frustrated by their attitudes about "Living True". But, it was intriguing and I'm interested in looking up Ellen Keys work. (Oddly, I agree with the conflicting attitudes although they confused the heroine.) Did not see the end coming, I guess my history lessons were lacking!!!
M- March - Okay, I really liked this book, except for the gory bits. I'm squeamish, but it was a good read. Based on the life of Mr. Alcott, as Little Women was based on Louisa May's family life.
P- Picture of Dorian Gray by Wilde (Loved the beginning, the story however disturbed me more than anticipated.) Also screened Princess Ben for Penguin; totally appropriate and I ended up reading the whole thing.
Q- Queen Bees and Wannabees - As the mother of a tweenager, I really wish I hadn't read this book! Okay, okay, I know I *needed* to. But, ouch. I want to lock my baby up forever, now. (And I realized that some people never really outgrow cliques. Explains a few things.)
R- Rose Daughter by McKinley - The ending was a little too much. But I still enjoyed it.
S- Spindle's End by Mckinley -- OMG. could not put it down! Penguin and I have been playing tug of war with this one. Might even be worth owning. This is the 3rd McKinley book I've read this year, hmmm...Maybe I need to branch out a little...
T- To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis -- I'm not usually a sci-fi fan, but I really enjoyed this one! I found myself laughing out loud a few times.
U- The Unhealthy Truth by Robyn O'brian -- Wow. I just don't know what else to say.
W- Who the H*ll is Pansy O'Hara -- Rather a dry read, but very interesting. Lists the back story on great books and authors of our time.

**And I've even decided to add my thoughts on the books. You'll have to forgive the frequent editing; I'm not sure how else to keep it updated. And if I log it with the intention of reading THROUGH the alphabet, I'm more motivated to find a good book...

1 comment:

Noe said...

May I recommend "Tailchaser's Song" by Tad Williams. It's an excellent fantasy similar to "Watership Down" but with cats instead of bunnies. The girls may enjoy it as well. :D