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Books Read in February 2009

This is a list of all of the books that I read in February, broken up into Picture Books, Middle Grade Books, Young Adult Books, and Adult Fiction. I closed out the month by reading a bunch of picture books - reviews of several of these will be forthcoming.

Picture Books

  1. Michael Sandler: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots: Super Bowl XXXVIII. Bearport Publishing. Completed February 28, 2009.
  2. Michael Sandler: LeBron James: I Love Challenges! (Defining Moments) Bearport Publishing. Completed February 28, 2009.
  3. Meish Goldish: Michael Phelps: Anything is Possible! (Defining Moments) Bearport Publishing. Completed February 28, 2009.
  4. Natalie Lunis: Chihuahua: Senor Tiny (Little Dogs Rock!). Bearport Publishing. Completed February 28, 2009.
  5. Natalile Lunis: Dachshund: The Hot Dogger (Little Dogs Rock!). Bearport Publishing. Completed February 28, 2009.
  6. Patricia Marx and Roz Chast: Dot in Larryland: The Big Little Book of an Odd-Sized Friendship. Bloomsbury. Completed February 28, 2009.
  7. Andrew Larsen (ill. Irene Luxbacher): The Imaginary Garden. Kids Can Press. Completed February 28, 2009.
  8. Scot Ritchie: Follow That Map!: A First Book of Mapping Skills. Kids Can Press. Completed February 28, 2009.
  9. Barbara Todd (ill. Patricia Storms): Edward and the Eureka Lucky Wish Company. Kids Can Press. Completed February 28, 2009.

Middle Grade Books

  1. Jon Scieszka: Knucklehead. Completed February 10, 2009. Not reviewed because it was an audiobook, but a very entertaining read, recommended for kids and adults.
  2. Fiona Bayrock (ill. Carolyn Conahan): Bubble Homes and Fish Farts. Charlesbridge. Completed February 27, 2009. (Review scheduled for March 2.)
  3. Allan Peterkin (ill. Mike Shiell): Chill: Discover the Cool (and Creative) Side of Your Fridge. Kids Can Press. Completed February 27, 2009. (Review scheduled for March 9.)

Young Adult Books

  1. Jenny Moss: Winnie's War. Walker Books for Young Readers. Completed February 2, 2009. My review.
  2. Anna Godbersen: Rumors: A Luxe Novel. HarperCollins. Completed February 5, 2009. Not reviewed because it was an audio book, but definitely enjoyed. This is the second Luxe book.
  3. Laurie Halse Anderson: Wintergirls. Viking. Completed February 10, 2009. My review.
  4. Garret Freymann-Weyr: After the Moment. Houghton Mifflin. Completed February 15, 2009. My review.
  5. Julie Bertagna: Zenith. Walker Books for Young Readers. Completed February 23, 2009. My review.

Adult Fiction

  1. Sean Chercover: Big City, Bad Blood. Harper. Completed February 7, 2009. First book of a new private investigator series. I enjoyed it, and will definitely be reading the next book.
  2. Douglas Preston: Blasphemy. Forge. Completed February 8, 2009.
  3. Thomas Perry: Runner. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Completed February 15, 2009. Perry returns to the Jane Whitefield series after a several year-long gap, and hints at another title on the way.
  4. Jacqueline Winspear: Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs series). Henry Holt. Completed February 26, 2009. The latest book in the Maisie Dobbs series, which I always enjoy.
  5. D. E. Stevenson: Anna and her Daughters. Rinehart. Completed February 27, 2008. A comfort read by one of my favorite authors. I don't think this one is her best, but I like it because it included a little window about what happens to the characters from my favorite title, after the end of that book.
  6. D. E. Stevenson: Charlotte Fairlie. Rinehart. Completed February 28, 2009. Another comfort read, this one is a favorite of mine from Stevenson's books.

© 2009 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved.


Books Read in January

This is a list of the books that I read in January, broken up into Picture Books, Easy Readers, Middle Grade Books, Young Adult Books, and Adult Fiction. I don't have a goal for total number of books read this year. I generally find that however many books I did read in a given month, I always hope to have time for more in the next month. So we'll see... Wishing all of you time to read in February and beyond.

Picture Books

  1. Bob Staake: Trucks Go Pop. LB Kids. Completed January 3, 2009.
  2. Tad Hills: What's Up, Duck? A Book of Opposites (Board Book). Schwartz & Wade. Completed January 8, 2009.

Easy Readers

(Note: the Easy Readers are all excellent. I read them for the Cybils, and can't comment in more detail until the awards are announced)

  1. Mo Willems: I Love My New Toy! An Elephant & Piggie Book. Hyperion. Completed January 6, 2009.
  2. Mo Willems: I Will Surprise My Friend! An Elephant & Piggie Book. Hyperion. Completed January 6, 2009.
  3. Katie Speck (ill. Paul Ratz de Tagyos): Maybelle Goes to Tea. Henry Holt. Completed January 6, 2009.
  4. Kate DiCamillo (ill. Chris Van Dusan): Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig. Candlewick Press. Completed January 6, 2009.
  5. James Howe (ill. Marie-Louise Gay): Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time. Candlewick Press. Completed January 6, 2009.

Middle Grade Books

  1. Nancy Werlin: Double Helix. Puffin Sleuth. Completed January 3, 2009. My review.
  2. Ellen Booraem: The Unnameables. Harcourt Children's Books. Completed January 13, 2009.
  3. Jeff Kinney: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw. Amulet. Completed January 17, 2009.  Having read this book, I now understand what the fuss has been about this series. It is SO funny!
  4. David Ward: Beneath the Mask. Amulet. Completed January 17, 2009. My review.
  5. James Preller: Six Innings. Feiwel & Friends. Completed January 24, 2009. My review.

Young Adult Books

  1. A. M. Jenkins: Repossessed: A Novel. Harper Teen. Completed January 3, 2009. My review.
  2. Patrick Ness: The Knife of Never Letting Go. Candlewick. Completed January 9, 2009. My review.
  3. Christine Fletcher: Ten Cents A Dance. Bloomsbury. Completed January 10, 2009. My review.
  4. Ann Brashares: Three Willows: The Sisterhood Grows. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed January 18, 2009. My review.
  5. Denise Vega: Fact of Life #31. Knopf Book for Young Readers. Completed January 19, 2009. This book is excellent, much more substantial than the pink and white cover would indicate. I just haven't had time to review it.
  6. Mitali Perkins: Secret Keeper. Delacorte Press. Completed January 24, 2009. My review.

Adult Fiction

  1. Carol O'Connell: Bone by Bone. Putnam Adult. Completed January 5, 2009.

Books Read in 2008

This is a list of all of the books that I've read in 2008, broken up into Picture Books, Middle Grade Books, Young Adult Books, Adult Fiction, and Adult Nonfiction. The grand total is 211 books read, but 50 of them were picture books, so I ended well short of my goal of reading 200 books not counting picture books. (Did I really only read 5 books in December? I find that very sad!) Still, I managed to review a pretty good percentage of the books that I read this year (123 to date, or nearly 60%, with a few additional picture book reviews pending), so that's a happy thing. Here's hoping for more reading and reviewing time in 2009!

Picture Books

  1. Alice B. McGinty (ill. Nancy Speir): Eliza's Kindergarten Surprise. Marshall Cavendish. Completed January 12, 2008. My review.
  2. Charles Santore: The Silk Princess. Random House. Completed January 20, 2008. My review.
  3. Karen Katz: Princess Baby. Schwartz & Wade. Completed January 20, 2008. My review.
  4. Timothy Knapman (ill. Gwen Millward): Guess What I Found in Dragon Wood?. Bloomsbury. Completed January 23, 2008. My review.
  5. Kate Bernheimer (ill. Nicoletta Ceccoli): The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum. Schwartz & Wade. Completed January 24, 2008. My review.
  6. Michael Sandler: Manny Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox. Bearport Publishing. Completed January 24, 2008. My review.
  7. Michael Sandler: Pararescuemen. Bearport Publishing. Completed January 24, 2008. (A picture book, but more suitable for older kids). My review.
  8. Meish Goldish: Smelly Stink Bugs. Bearport Publishing. Completed January 24, 2008.
  9. Jon Scieszka (ill. David Shannon, Loren Long, and David Gordon): Smash! Crash! (Trucktown): Simon & Schuster. Completed January 25, 2008. My review.
  10. Barbara Park (ill Viviana Garofoli): Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here! A Word from Your Baby-in-Waiting. Random House. Completed January 26, 2008.
  11. Andrea Beaty (ill. Pascal Lemaitre): Doctor Ted. Margaret K. McElderry. Completed January 30, 2008. My review.
  12. Jack Lechner (ill. Bob Staake): Mary Had a Little Lamp. Bloomsbury. Completed January 30, 2008. My review.
  13. Sallie Wolf (ill. Andy Robert Davies): Truck Stuck. Charlesbridge. Completed January 30, 2008. My review.
  14. Dianna Hutts Aston (ill. Frank W. Dormer): Not So Tall for Six. Charlesbridge. Completed January 30, 2008. My review.
  15. Jay Lynch and Frank Cammuso: Otto's Orange Day. Toon Books. Completed January 31, 2008. This is a graphic novel for younger kids, not technically a picture book, but aimed at the same audience.
  16. Felice Arena: Sally and Dave, a Slug Story. Kane/Miller. Completed February 1, 2008. My review.
  17. Melanie Watt: Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach. Kids Can Press. Completed February 23, 2008.
  18. Chris Monroe: Monkey with a Tool Belt. Carolrhoda Books. Completed March 1, 2008. My review.
  19. Tomie dePaola: Strega Nona. Editorial Everest. Completed March 7, 2008.
  20. Arlene Mosel: Tikki Tikki Tembo. Square Fish. Completed March 7, 2008.
  21. Heather Amery: The Naughty Sheep. Usborne. Completed March 7, 2008.
  22. Bonny Becker (ill. Kady Macdonald Denton): A Visitor for Bear. Candlewick. Completed April 16, 2008.
  23. Barbara Lehman: Trainstop. Houghton Mifflin. Completed May 10, 2008. My review.
  24. Tim Myers (ill. Ariel Ya-Wen Pang): The Outfoxed Fox. Marshall Cavendish. Completed May 10, 2008.
  25. Daniel Pinkwater (ill. Jill Pinkwater): Sleepeover Larry. Marshall Cavendish. Completed May 10, 2008.
  26. Eugene W. Field (ill. Giselle Potter): Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. Schwartz & Wade. Completed May 10, 2008. My review.
  27. Caroline Lazo (ill. Krysten Brooker): Someday When My Cat Can Talk. Schwartz & Wade. Completed May 10, 2008.
  28. Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery (ill. Jean Cassels): Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricann Katrina, Friendship, and Survival. Walker. Completed August 23, 2008. My review.
  29. Jon Ritchie (ill. Alex Ritchie): Babies are Boring. Purple Possum Publishing. Completed August 23, 2008.
  30. Anji Yamamura: Hannah Duck. Kane/Miller. Completed August 23, 2008.
  31. Jennifer Fosberry (ill. Mike Litwin): My Name Is Not Isabella. Monkey Barrel Press. Completed August 23, 2008. My review.
  32. Gene Barretta: Jack the Tripper. Harcourt. Completed August 23, 2008. My review.
  33. Lane Smith: Madam President. Hyperion. Completed August 23, 2008. My review.
  34. Melanie Watt: Chester's Back. Kids Can Press. Completed August 23, 2008. My review.
  35. Kyle Mewburn (ill. Ali Teo & John O'Reilly): Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! Peachtree Publishers. Completed August 23, 2008. My review.
  36. Judy Sierra (ill. Marc Brown): Born to Read. Knopf. Completed August 23, 2008. My review.
  37. Tim Egan: Dodsworth in Paris. Houghton Mifflin. Completed September 27, 2008. My review.
  38. Amy Hest (ill. Amy Bates): The Dog Who Belonged to No One. Abrams Books for Young Readers. Completed November 2, 2008.
  39. Kashmira Sheth (ill. Yoshiko Jaeggi): Monsoon Afternoon. Peachtree Publishers. Completed November 2, 2008.
  40. Tera Johnson (ill. Tania Howells): Berkeley's Barn Owl Dance. Kids Can Press. Completed November 2, 2008.
  41. Brian Lies: Bats at the Library. Houghton Mifflin. Completed November 2, 2008.
  42. Vincent X. Kirsch: Natalie & Naughtily. Bloomsbury USA Children's Books. Completed November 2, 2008.
  43. Deb Lund (ill. Robert Neubecker): Monsters on Machines. Harcourt Children's Books. Completed November 2, 2008.
  44. Marjorie Priceman: How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Completed November 2, 2008. My review.
  45. Bob Staake: The Donut Chef. Golden Books (Random House). Completed November 2, 2008.
  46. Alison Randall (ill. Bill Farnsworth): The Wheat Doll. Peachtree Publishers. Completed November 2, 2008.
  47. Elizabeth Van Steenwyk (ill. Michael Montgomery): First Dog Fala. Peachtree Publishers. Completed November 2, 2008. My review.
  48. Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz (ill. Elena Odriozola): The Story Blanket. Peachtree Publishers. Completed November 2, 2008.
  49. Vivian French (ill. Jackie Morris): Singing to the Sun: A Fairy Tale. Kane/Miller Book Publishers. Completed November 2, 2008.
  50. Helen Lester (ill. Lynn M. Munsinger): Tacky the Penguin. Houghton Mifflin. Completed November 2, 2008. My review.

Middle Grade Books

  1. P.J. Haarsma: The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1. Candlewick. Completed January 10, 2008.
  2. John Christopher: The Prince in Waiting. Macmillan. Completed January 10, 2008. My review.
  3. Michelle Edwards: Pa Lia's First Day: A Jackson Friends Book. Harcourt. Completed January 12, 2008. My review.
  4. Alexander McCall Smith (ill. Laura Rankin): The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean. Bloomsbury USA. Completed January 13, 2008. My review.
  5. Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm: Babymouse: Puppy Love. Random House. Completed January 20, 2008. My review.
  6. John Christopher: Beyond the Burning Lands. Simon Pulse. Completed January 25, 2008. My review.
  7. John Christopher: Sword of the Spirits. Simon Pulse. Completed January 25, 2008. My review.
  8. P. G. Kain: The Social Experiments of Dorie Dilts: The School for Cool. Aladdin. Completed January 28, 2008. My review.
  9. N. D. Wilson: Leepike Ridge. Random House. Completed January 30, 2008. My review.
  10. Linda Buckley Archer: The Time Thief (Book 2 in the Gideon Trilogy). Completed February 3, 2008. My review.
  11. Emma Young: STORM: The Infinity Code. Dial. Completed February 8, 2008. My review.
  12. Kerry Madden: Gentle's Holler. Viking Juvenile. Completed February 24, 2008.
  13. Kerry Madden: Louisiana's Song. Viking Juvenile. Completed February 29, 2008.
  14. Nancy Springer: The Case of the Left-Handed Lady (Enola Holmes). Philomel. Completed March 19, 2008.
  15. Kerry Madden: Jessie's Mountain. Viking Juvenile. Completed April 4, 2008. See my review of all three Maggie Valley books.
  16. Jeanne Birdsall: The Penderwicks on Gardam Street. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Completed April 29, 2008. My review.
  17. Trenton Lee Stewart (ill. Diana Sudyka): The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey. Little, Brown Young Readers. Completed May 15, 2008. My review.
  18. Rick Riordan: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Book 4, Percy Jackson and the Olympians). Hyperion. Completed May 25, 2008. My review.
  19. Sara Pennypacker (ill. Marla Frazee): Clementine's Letter. Hyperion. Completed May 28, 2008. My review.
  20. John Hulme and Michael Wexler: The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep. Bloomsbury USA Children's Books. Completed June 2, 2008 (audio edition).
  21. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Running Out of Time. Aladdin. Completed June 6, 2008. My review.
  22. Elizabeth Cody Kimmel: Suddenly Supernatural: School Spirit. Little, Brown. Completed June 6, 2008. My review.
  23. Hilary McKay: Saffy's Angel. Aladdin. Completed June 6, 2008. My review.
  24. Bonnie Dobkin: Neptune's Children. Walker Books for Young Readers. Completed June 6, 2008. My review.
  25. Andrea Beaty: Cicada Summer. Amulet. Completed June 7, 2008. My review.
  26. Lois Lowry: The Willoughbys. Houghton Mifflin. Completed June 7, 2008. My review.
  27. N. D. Wilson: 100 Cupboards. Random House. Completed June 7, 2008. My review.
  28. Patricia Martin: Lulu Atlantis and the Quest for True Blue Love. Schwartz & Wade. Completed June 7, 2008. My review.
  29. Patricia Reilly Giff: Eleven. Wendy Lamb Books. Completed June 8, 2008. My review.
  30. Mary Downing Hahn: All the Lovely Bad Ones. Clarion Books. Completed June 8, 2008. My review.
  31. Debbie Levy: Underwater. Darby Creek Publishing. Completed June 8, 2008. My review.
  32. Gail Gauthier: A Girl, A Boy, and Three Robbers. Putnam. Completed June 13, 2008. My review.
  33. Charise Mericle Harper: Just Grace. Hougton Mifflin. Completed June 15, 2008. My review.
  34. Ruth McNally Barshaw: Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School. Bloomsbury. Completed June 15, 2008. My review.
  35. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Found (the Missing). Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. Completed June 16, 2008. My review.
  36. MAC: Anna Smudge: Professional Shrink. Toasted Coconut Media. Completed July 2, 2008. My review.
  37. Jill Santopolo: The Nina, the Pinta, and the Vanishing Treasure (Alec Flint, Super Sleuth). Orchard Books. Completed July 3, 2008. My review.
  38. Cornelia Funke: Inkdeath. Chicken House (Scholastic). Completed July 13, 2008. My review.
  39. Kathi Appelt: The Underneath. Atheneum. Completed July 14, 2008. My review.
  40. Karen Day: No Cream Puffs. Wendy Lamb Books. Completed July 16, 2008. My review.
  41. Jeanne DuPrau: The Diamond of Darkhold (The Fourth Book of Ember). Random House. Completed July 20, 2008. My review.
  42. P. J. Hoover: The Emerald Tablet. Blooming Tree Press. Completed July 31, 2008. My review.
  43. Judy Blume: Soupy Saturday with the Pain and the Great One. Completed August 4, 2008.
  44. Judy Blume: Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed August 4, 2008.
  45. Scott Mebus: Gods of Manhattan. Dutton. Completed August 8, 2008. My review.
  46. Terence Blacker: The Angel Factory. Aladdin. Completed August 18, 2008 (on MP3).
  47. Ellen Klages. White Sands, Red Menace. Viking Juvenile. Completed August 19, 2008. My review.
  48. Karen Hesse: Brooklyn Bridge. Feiwel & Friends. Completed August 31, 2008. My review.
  49. Chris Grabenstein: The Crossroads. Random House. Completed September 5, 2008. My review.
  50. Michael Scott: The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed September 11, 2008. My review.
  51. Terry Trueman: Hurricane. HarperCollins. Completed September 11, 2008. My review.
  52. Roald Dahl: Matilda. Viking. Completed September 13, 2008.
  53. Alexander Key: The Forgotten Door. Scholastic. Completed September 17, 2008. My review.
  54. Michael Scott: The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. Delacorte. Completed September 19, 2008. My review.
  55. Jordan Sonnenblick: Dodger and Me. Feiwel & Friends. Completed September 20, 2008. My review.
  56. Danette Haworth: Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning. Walker. Completed September 20, 2008. My review.
  57. Neal Layton: The Mammoth Academy. Henry Holt. Completed September 20, 2008. My review.
  58. Peggy Gifford (ill. Valorie Fisher). Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-You Notes. Schwartz & Wade. Completed September 20, 2008. My review.
  59. Kimberly Willis Holt (ill. Christine Davenier): Piper Reed: The Great Gypsy. Henry Holt. Completed September 20, 2008. My review.
  60. Rick Riordan: The 39 Clues (The Maze of Bones, Book 1). Scholastic Press. Completed September 25, 2008.
  61. Alexander Key: Escape to Witch Mountain. Pocket Books. Completed October 11, 2008.
  62. R. L. LaFevers: Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris. Houghton Mifflin. Completed October 15, 2008. My review.
  63. Neil Gaiman: The Graveyard Book. HarperCollins. Completed October 23, 2008.
  64. Laurie Halse Anderson: Chains. Simon & Schuster. Completed October 31, 2008. My review.
  65. Lesley M. M. Blume: Tennyson. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Completed November 5, 2008. My review.
  66. Ingrid Law: Savvy. Dial. Completed November 7, 2008. My review.
  67. Ann Clare LeZotte: T4: A Novel. Houghton Mifflin. Completed November 9, 2008. My review.
  68. Elizabeth Enright: Then There Were Five. Henry Holt. Completed November 15, 2008.
  69. Penny Colman: Thanksgiving: The True Story. Henry Holt. Completed November 23, 2008. My review.
  70. Brian Anderson (ill. Doug Holgate): The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Red Giant. Aladdin. Completed November 24, 2008. Reviewed here (all three books together)
  71. Brian Anderson (ill. Doug Holgate): The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Warlords of Nibblecheese. Aladdin. Completed November 25, 2008.
  72. Brian Anderson (ill. Doug Holgate): The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Wrong Planet. Aladdin. Completed November 25, 2008.
  73. Eva Ibbotson: The Dragonfly Pool. Dutton Juvenile. Completed December 16, 2008.
  74. David Ward: Escape the Mask. Amulet. Completed December 30, 2008. My review.

Young Adult Books

  1. Ellen Emerson White: Long May She Reign. Feiwel & Friends. Completed January 1, 2008. My review.
  2. Julie Bertagna: Exodus. Walker Books for Young Readers. Completed January 4, 2008. My review.
  3. Carrie Jones: Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend. Flux. Completed January 13, 2008.
  4. Nancy Crocker: Billie Standish Was Here. Simon & Schuster. Completed January 14, 2008.
  5. Sherman Alexie: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Little, Brown Young Readers. Completed January 15, 2008.
  6. Laura Resau: Red Glass. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed January 19, 2008.
  7. Charlie Higson: Blood Fever (The Young James Bond, Book 2). Miramax. Completed February 6, 2008.
  8. Malcolm Rose: Blood Brother (Traces). Kingfisher. Completed February 9, 2008. My review.
  9. Gary Schmidt: The Wednesday Wars. Clarion. Completed February 12, 2008.
  10. Carrie Jones: Love and Other Uses for Duct Tape. Flux. Completed February 20, 2008.
  11. Susan Vaught: Big Fat Manifesto. Bloomsbury. Completed March 19, 2008.
  12. Libba Bray: A Great and Terrible Beauty. Completed April 9, 2008. (On MP3)
  13. S. A. Bodeen: The Compound. Feiwel & Friends. Completed April 21, 2008. My review.
  14. Robin Benway: Audrey, Wait! Razorbill. Completed April 28, 2008. My review.
  15. Jennifer Ziegler: How Not To Be Popular. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed June 1, 2008. My review.
  16. Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch: Daughter of War. Fitzhenry and Whiteside. Completed June 5, 2008. My review.
  17. Ridley Pearson: Steel Trapp: The Challenge. Disney. Completed June 11, 2008. My review.
  18. Mary E. Pearson: The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Henry Holt. Completed June 12, 2008. My review.
  19. Tanita S. Davis. A La Carte. Knopf. Completed June 16, 2008.
  20. Cory Doctorow: Little Brother. Tor Teen. Completed June 22, 2008. My review.
  21. Allegra Goodman: The Other Side of the Island. Razorbill. Completed June 23, 2008. My review.
  22. Cylin Busby and John Busby: The Year We Disappeared. Bloomsbury USA. Completed June 23, 2008. My review.
  23. F. Paul Wilson: Jack: Secret Histories. Tor Teen. Completed July 12, 2008. My review.
  24. Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games. Scholastic. Completely July 25, 2008. My review.
  25. E. L. Young: STORM: The Ghost Machine. Completed July 28, 2008. (not on Amazon yet)
  26. Gemma Malley: The Resistance. Bloomsbury. Completed July 31, 2008. My review.
  27. Catherine Banner: The Eyes of a King. Random House. Completed August 11, 2008. My review.
  28. Stephenie Meyer: Breaking Dawn. Little Brown. Completed August 14, 2008. My review.
  29. Robin Wasserman: Skinned. Simon Pulse. Completed August 24, 2008. My review.
  30. John Green: Paper Towns. Dutton Juvenile. Completed August 27, 2008. My review.
  31. Linda Singleton: Dead Girl Walking. Flux. Completed September 1, 2008. My review.
  32. Brian James: Zombie Blondes. Feiwel & Friends. Completed September 2, 2008. My review.
  33. Michael Grant: Gone. HarperTeen. Completed September 7, 2008. My review.
  34. Cecilia Galante: The Patron Saint of Butterflies. Bloomsbury USA. Completed September 14, 2008. My review.
  35. Linda Gerber: Death by Bikini. Sleuth. Completed September 28, 2008.
  36. Clare B. Dunkle: The Sky Inside. Ginee Seo Books. Completed September 28, 2008.
  37. Neal Shusterman: The Dark Side of Nowhere. Starscape. Completed October 4, 2008.
  38. Barbara Shoup: Everything You Want. Flux. Completed October 5, 2008. My review.
  39. Lynn Weingarten: Wherever Nina Lies. Point. Completed October 7, 2008.
  40. A. S. King: The Dust of 100 Dogs. Flux. Completed October 12, 2008. My review.
  41. Jennifer Lynn Barnes: The Squad: Perfect Cover. Laurel Leaf. Completed October 24, 2008. My review.
  42. Jennifer Lynn Barnes: The Squad: Killer Spirit. Laurel Leaf. Completed October 25, 2008. My review
  43. Janette Rallison: Just One Wish. Putnam Juvenile. Completed October 27, 2008. My review.
  44. Lisa McMann: Wake. Simon Pulse. Completed October 28, 2008. My review.
  45. Lisa McMann: Fade. Simon Pulse. Completed October 28, 2008. My review.
  46. Maggie Stiefvater: Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception. Flux. Completed October 30, 2008. My review.
  47. April Lurie: The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed November 6, 2008.
  48. Christine Fletcher: Tallulah Falls. Bloomsbury USA Children's Books. Completed November 12, 2008. My review.
  49. Terry Pratchett: Nation. HarperCollins. Completed November 15, 2008.
  50. Anna Godbersen: The Luxe. HarperCollins. Completed November 20, 2008. My review.
  51. E. Lockhart: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Hyperion. Completed November 20, 2008.
  52. Dana Reinhardt: How to Build a House. Wendy Lamb Books. Completed November 21, 2008. My review.
  53. Cecil Castellucci: Beige. Candlewick. Completed November 22, 2008. My review.
  54. Kristin Cashore: Graceling. Harcourt. Completed December 8, 2008. My review.

Adult Fiction

  1. Laura Lippman: What the Dead Know. William Morrow. Completed January 23, 2008.
  2. Mameve Medwed: How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life. Avon. Completed February 6, 2008.
  3. Georgette Heyer: Cotillion. Casablanca Press. Completed February 10, 2008.
  4. Georgette Heyer: Venetia. HQN Books. Completed February 11, 2008.
  5. Deborah Crombie: Water Like A Stone. William Morrow. Completed March 8, 2008.
  6. Louise Penny. A Fatal Grace. St. Martins Minotaur. Completed March 9, 2008.
  7. Shirley Tallman: The Cliff House Strangler. St. Martin's Minotaur. Completed March 11, 2008.
  8. Max Brooks: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Three Rivers Press. Completed April 21, 2008.
  9. Nelson DeMille: Wild Fire. Vision. Completed May 3, 2008.
  10. Julia Spencer-Fleming: I Shall Not Want. St. Martins Minotaur. Completed May 20, 2008. My review.
  11. Tana French: In the Woods. Penguin. Completed July 1, 2008. (Listened on MP3)
  12. James Rollins: The Judas Strain. Harper Collins. Completed July 1, 2008.
  13. Victoria Thompson: Murder in Chinatown. Berkley. Completed July 17, 2008, on MP3. I really like this series (historical mystery set in New York City in the early 1900s). However, I had a bit of trouble with this one because I figured out the solution by half-way through the book, and then was frustrated while the characters struggled to find the solution.
  14. Janet Evanovich: Fearless Fourteen. St. Martin's Press. Completed July 25, 2008 (on MP3).
  15. Harlan Coben: The Woods. Signet. Completed July 27, 2008.
  16. Lisa Lutz: The Spellman Files. Completed August 1, 2008.
  17. Jo Dereske: Index to Murder. Avon. Completed August 4, 2008.
  18. Cornelia Read: A Field of Darkness. Grand Central Publishing. Completed August 6, 2008.
  19. Andrea Camilleri. The Paper Moon (Inspector Montalbano). Penguin. Completed August 7, 2008.
  20. Georgette Heyer: The Black Sheep. Sourcebook. Completed August 8, 2008.
  21. Jane Austen: Persuasion. Penguin Classics. Completed August 15, 2008.
  22. Deborah Crombie: Where Memories Lie. William Morrow. Completed August 17, 2008.
  23. Lee Child: Nothing to Lose. Delacorte Press. Completed August 19, 2008.
  24. D. E. Stevenson. Listening Valley. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Completed August 21, 2008. My review.
  25. Nancy Atherton: Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter. Viking Adult. Completed August 26, 2008.
  26. Linwood Barclay: No Time for Goodbye. Bantam. Completed August 27, 2008
  27. Rick Riordan: Rebel Island. Bantam. Completed September 7, 2008 (on MP3).
  28. Katherine Neville: The Eight. Ballantine Books. Completed October 18, 2008. This is one of my favorite books - I just re-read it for the third time, prior to reading the long-awaited sequel, The Fire.
  29. Katherine Neville: The Fire. Ballantine Books. Completed October 22, 2008.
  30. Mary Doria Russell: The Sparrow. Ballantine. Completed October 22, 2008.
  31. Orson Scott Card: Ender in Exile. Tor. Completed December 15, 2008, on MP3.
  32. Barry Maitland: Spider Trap. St. Martin's Minotaur. Completed December 28, 2008.

Adult Nonfiction

  1. Laurie Helgoe: Introvert Power. Sourcebooks, Inc. Completed September 8, 2008. My review.

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Books Read in November

This is a list of the books that I read in November, broken up into Picture Books, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books. I didn't complete any adult titles this month (though I started and shelved a couple), but I did read a bunch of lovely picture books (reviews still forthcoming of several titles). I'm at 206 books read for the year, but that includes 50 picture books, so it doesn't look like I'll reach my goal of 200 non picture book titles. But I have read some great stuff!

Picture Books

  1. Amy Hest (ill. Amy Bates): The Dog Who Belonged to No One. Abrams Books for Young Readers. Completed November 2, 2008.
  2. Kashmira Sheth (ill. Yoshiko Jaeggi): Monsoon Afternoon. Peachtree Publishers. Completed November 2, 2008.
  3. Tera Johnson (ill. Tania Howells): Berkeley's Barn Owl Dance. Kids Can Press. Completed November 2, 2008.
  4. Brian Lies: Bats at the Library. Houghton Mifflin. Completed November 2, 2008.
  5. Vincent X. Kirsch: Natalie & Naughtily. Bloomsbury USA Children's Books. Completed November 2, 2008.
  6. Deb Lund (ill. Robert Neubecker): Monsters on Machines. Harcourt Children's Books. Completed November 2, 2008.
  7. Marjorie Priceman: How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Completed November 2, 2008. My review.
  8. Bob Staake: The Donut Chef. Golden Books (Random House). Completed November 2, 2008.
  9. Alison Randall (ill. Bill Farnsworth): The Wheat Doll. Peachtree Publishers. Completed November 2, 2008.
  10. Elizabeth Van Steenwyk (ill. Michael Montgomery): First Dog Fala. Peachtree Publishers. Completed November 2, 2008. My review.
  11. Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz (ill. Elena Odriozola): The Story Blanket. Peachtree Publishers. Completed November 2, 2008.
  12. Vivian French (ill. Jackie Morris): Singing to the Sun: A Fairy Tale. Kane/Miller Book Publishers. Completed November 2, 2008.
  13. Helen Lester (ill. Lynn M. Munsinger): Tacky the Penguin. Houghton Mifflin. Completed November 2, 2008. My review.

Middle Grade Books

  1. Lesley M. M. Blume: Tennyson. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Completed November 5, 2008. My review.
  2. Ingrid Law: Savvy. Dial. Completed Novembere 7, 2008. My review.
  3. Ann Clare LeZotte: T4: A Novel. Houghton Mifflin. Completed November 9, 2008. My review.
  4. Elizabeth Enright: Then There Were Five. Henry Holt. Completed November 15, 2008.
  5. Penny Colman: Thanksgiving: The True Story. Henry Holt. Completed November 23, 2008. My review.
  6. Brian Anderson (ill. Doug Holgate): The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Red Giant. Aladdin. Completed November 24, 2008.
  7. Brian Anderson (ill. Doug Holgate): The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Warlords of Nibblecheese. Aladdin. Completed November 25, 2008.
  8. Brian Anderson (ill. Doug Holgate): The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Wrong Planet. Aladdin. Completed November 25, 2008. (I'm planning a review of these three fun titles for early readers.)

Young Adult Books

  1. April Lurie: The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed November 6, 2008.
  2. Christine Fletcher: Tallulah Falls. Bloomsbury USA Children's Books. Completed November 12, 2008. My review.
  3. Terry Pratchett: Nation. HarperCollins. Completed November 15, 2008. Loved it but didn't review it because I listened to it on audio.
  4. Anna Godbersen: The Luxe. HarperCollins. Completed November 20, 2008. (Review scheduled for later this week)
  5. E. Lockhart: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Hyperion. Completed November 20, 2008.
  6. Dana Reinhardt: How to Build a House. Wendy Lamb Books. Completed November 21, 2008. (Review scheduled for later this week)
  7. Cecil Castellucci: Beige. Candlewick. Completed November 22, 2008. My review.

Books Read in October

This is a list of the books that I read in October, broken up into Middle Grade Books, Young Adult Books, and Adult Fiction. Sadly, I did not read any picture books in October. I'll have to remedy this in the coming month - I've been on a bit of a young adult fiction binge lately. I'm also a bit behind on reviews of these titles, and hope to make some progress on review this weekend.

Middle Grade Books

  1. Alexander Key: Escape to Witch Mountain. Pocket Books. Completed October 11, 2008.
  2. R. L. LaFevers: Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris. Houghton Mifflin. Completed October 15, 2008. My review.
  3. Neil Gaiman: The Graveyard Book. HarperCollins. Completed October 23, 2008.
  4. Laurie Halse Anderson: Chains. Simon & Schuster. Completed October 31, 2008.

Young Adult Books

  1. Neal Shusterman: The Dark Side of Nowhere. Starscape. Completed October 4, 2008.
  2. Barbara Shoup: Everything You Want. Flux. Completed October 5, 2008. My review.
  3. Lynn Weingarten: Wherever Nina Lies. Point. Completed October 7, 2008.
  4. A. S. King: The Dust of 100 Dogs. Flux. Completed October 12, 2008. My review.
  5. Jennifer Lynn Barnes: The Squad: Perfect Cover. Laurel Leaf. Completed October 24, 2008.
  6. Jennifer Lynn Barnes: The Squad: Killer Spirit. Laurel Leaf. Completed October 25, 2008.
  7. Janette Rallison: Just One Wish. Putnam Juvenile. Completed October 27, 2008.
  8. Lisa McMann: Wake. Simon Pulse. Completed October 28, 2008. My review.
  9. Lisa McMann: Fade. Simon Pulse. Completed October 28, 2008. My review.
  10. Maggie Stiefvater: Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception. Flux. Completed October 30, 2008.

Adult Fiction

  1. Katherine Neville: The Eight. Ballantine Books. Completed October 18, 2008. This is one of my favorite books - I just re-read it for the third time, prior to reading the long-awaited sequel, The Fire.
  2. Katherine Neville: The Fire. Ballantine Books. Completed October 22, 2008.
  3. Mary Doria Russell: The Sparrow. Ballantine. Completed October 22, 2008.

Books Read in August

This is a list of all of the books that I read in August, broken up into Picture Books, Middle Grade Books, Young Adult Books, and Adult Fiction. August was a good reading month, 30 books total, of which 9 were picture books. In an unusual breakdown for me, I actually read more adult titles than middle grade and YA combined. This you can chalk up to a bit of burn-out, which led me to read mostly mysteries during the blog vacation that I took in late July and early August. I expect things to get back to normal in September - I have many excellents children's and young adult titles waiting for me (as well as reviews pending of several recently completed titles).

Picture Books

  1. Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery (ill. Jean Cassels): Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricann Katrina, Friendship, and Survival. Walker. Completed August 23, 2008. My review.
  2. Jon Ritchie (ill. Alex Ritchie): Babies are Boring. Purple Possum Publishing. Completed August 23, 2008.
  3. Anji Yamamura: Hannah Duck. Kane/Miller. Completed August 23, 2008.
  4. Jennifer Fosberry (ill. Mike Litwin): My Name Is Not Isabella. Monkey Barrel Press. Completed August 23, 2008.
  5. Gene Barretta: Jack the Tripper. Harcourt. Completed August 23, 2008.
  6. Lane Smith: Madam President. Hyperion. Completed August 23, 2008. My review.
  7. Melanie Watt: Chester's Back. Kids Can Press. Completed August 23, 2008. My review.
  8. Kyle Mewburn (ill. Ali Teo & John O'Reilly): Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! Peachtree Publishers. Completed August 23, 2008. My review.
  9. Judy Sierra (ill. Marc Brown): Born to Read. Knopf. Completed August 23, 2008.

Middle Grade Books

  1. Judy Blume: Soupy Saturday with the Pain and the Great One. Completed August 4, 2008.
  2. Judy Blume: Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed August 4, 2008.
  3. Scott Mebus: Gods of Manhattan. Dutton. Completed August 8, 2008. My review.
  4. Terence Blacker: The Angel Factory. Aladdin. Completed August 18, 2008 (on MP3).
  5. Ellen Klages. White Sands, Red Menace. Viking Juvenile. Completed August 19, 2008. My review.
  6. Karen Hesse: Brooklyn Bridge. Feiwel & Friends. Completed August 31, 2008.

Young Adult Books

  1. Catherine Banner: The Eyes of a King. Random House. Completed August 11, 2008. My review.
  2. Stephenie Meyer: Breaking Dawn. Little Brown. Completed August 14, 2008. My review.
  3. Robin Wasserman: Skinned. Simon Pulse. Completed August 24, 2008.
  4. John Green: Paper Towns. Dutton Juvenile. Completed August 27, 2008.

Adult Fiction

  1. Lisa Lutz: The Spellman Files. Completed August 1, 2008.
  2. Jo Dereske: Index to Murder. Avon. Completed August 4, 2008.
  3. Cornelia Read: A Field of Darkness. Grand Central Publishing. Completed August 6, 2008.
  4. Andrea Camilleri. The Paper Moon (Inspector Montalbano). Penguin. Completed August 7, 2008.
  5. Georgette Heyer: The Black Sheep. Sourcebook. Completed August 8, 2008.
  6. Jane Austen: Persuasion. Penguin Classics. Completed August 15, 2008.
  7. Deborah Crombie: Where Memories Lie. William Morrow. Completed August 17, 2008.
  8. Lee Child: Nothing to Lose. Delacorte Press. Completed August 19, 2008.
  9. D. E. Stevenson. Listening Valley. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Completed August 21, 2008. My review.
  10. Nancy Atherton: Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter. Viking Adult. Completed August 26, 2008.
  11. Linwood Barclay: No Time for Goodbye. Bantam. Completed August 27, 2008

Books Read So Far in 2008

This is a list of all of the books that I've read so far in 2008, broken up into Picture Books, Middle Grade Books, Young Adult Books, and Adult Fiction. The total is 96, including 27 picture books. My goal was to read 200 books this year, not including picture books. Clearly, I'm way off from that goal at this year's half-way point. I didn't anticipate how much my move in February and March was going to take away from my reading time. But I think I'll get to 200 total, including the picture books. And I think that the second half of the year will be better for reading than the first half of the year.

Picture Books

  1. Alice B. McGinty (ill. Nancy Speir): Eliza's Kindergarten Surprise. Marshall Cavendish. Completed January 12, 2008. My review.
  2. Charles Santore: The Silk Princess. Random House. Completed January 20, 2008. My review.
  3. Karen Katz: Princess Baby. Schwartz & Wade. Completed January 20, 2008. My review.
  4. Timothy Knapman (ill. Gwen Millward): Guess What I Found in Dragon Wood?. Bloomsbury. Completed January 23, 2008. My review.
  5. Kate Bernheimer (ill. Nicoletta Ceccoli): The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum. Schwartz & Wade. Completed January 24, 2008. My review.
  6. Michael Sandler: Manny Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox. Bearport Publishing. Completed January 24, 2008. My review.
  7. Michael Sandler: Pararescuemen. Bearport Publishing. Completed January 24, 2008. (A picture book, but more suitable for older kids). My review.
  8. Meish Goldish: Smelly Stink Bugs. Bearport Publishing. Completed January 24, 2008.
  9. Jon Scieszka (ill. David Shannon, Loren Long, and David Gordon): Smash! Crash! (Trucktown): Simon & Schuster. Completed January 25, 2008. My review.
  10. Barbara Park (ill Viviana Garofoli): Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here! A Word from Your Baby-in-Waiting. Random House. Completed January 26, 2008.
  11. Andrea Beaty (ill. Pascal Lemaitre): Doctor Ted. Margaret K. McElderry. Completed January 30, 2008. My review.
  12. Jack Lechner (ill. Bob Staake): Mary Had a Little Lamp. Bloomsbury. Completed January 30, 2008. My review.
  13. Sallie Wolf (ill. Andy Robert Davies): Truck Stuck. Charlesbridge. Completed January 30, 2008. My review.
  14. Dianna Hutts Aston (ill. Frank W. Dormer): Not So Tall for Six. Charlesbridge. Completed January 30, 2008. My review.
  15. Jay Lynch and Frank Cammuso: Otto's Orange Day. Toon Books. Completed January 31, 2008. This is a graphic novel for younger kids, not technically a picture book, but aimed at the same audience.
  16. Felice Arena: Sally and Dave, a Slug Story. Kane/Miller. Completed February 1, 2008. My review.
  17. Melanie Watt: Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach. Kids Can Press. Completed February 23, 2008.
  18. Chris Monroe: Monkey with a Tool Belt. Carolrhoda Books. Completed March 1, 2008. My review.
  19. Tomie dePaola: Strega Nona. Editorial Everest. Completed March 7, 2008.
  20. Arlene Mosel: Tikki Tikki Tembo. Square Fish. Completed March 7, 2008.
  21. Heather Amery: The Naughty Sheep. Usborne. Completed March 7, 2008.
  22. Bonny Becker (ill. Kady Macdonald Denton): A Visitor for Bear. Candlewick. Completed April 16, 2008.
  23. Barbara Lehman: Trainstop. Houghton Mifflin. Completed May 10, 2008. My review.
  24. Tim Myers (ill. Ariel Ya-Wen Pang): The Outfoxed Fox. Marshall Cavendish. Completed May 10, 2008.
  25. Daniel Pinkwater (ill. Jill Pinkwater): Sleepeover Larry. Marshall Cavendish. Completed May 10, 2008.
  26. Eugene W. Field (ill. Giselle Potter): Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. Schwartz & Wade. Completed May 10, 2008. My review.
  27. Caroline Lazo (ill. Krysten Brooker): Someday When My Cat Can Talk. Schwartz & Wade. Completed May 10, 2008.

Middle Grade Books

  1. P.J. Haarsma: The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1. Candlewick. Completed January 10, 2008.
  2. John Christopher: The Prince in Waiting. Macmillan. Completed January 10, 2008. My review.
  3. Michelle Edwards: Pa Lia's First Day: A Jackson Friends Book. Harcourt. Completed January 12, 2008. My review.
  4. Alexander McCall Smith (ill. Laura Rankin): The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean. Bloomsbury USA. Completed January 13, 2008. My review.
  5. Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm: Babymouse: Puppy Love. Random House. Completed January 20, 2008. My review.
  6. John Christopher: Beyond the Burning Lands. Simon Pulse. Completed January 25, 2008. My review.
  7. John Christopher: Sword of the Spirits. Simon Pulse. Completed January 25, 2008. My review.
  8. P. G. Kain: The Social Experiments of Dorie Dilts: The School for Cool. Aladdin. Completed January 28, 2008. My review.
  9. N. D. Wilson: Leepike Ridge. Random House. Completed January 30, 2008. My review.
  10. Linda Buckley Archer: The Time Thief (Book 2 in the Gideon Trilogy). Completed February 3, 2008. My review.
  11. Emma Young: STORM: The Infinity Code. Dial. Completed February 8, 2008. My review.
  12. Kerry Madden: Gentle's Holler. Viking Juvenile. Completed February 24, 2008.
  13. Kerry Madden: Louisiana's Song. Viking Juvenile. Completed February 29, 2008.
  14. Nancy Springer: The Case of the Left-Handed Lady (Enola Holmes). Philomel. Completed March 19, 2008.
  15. Kerry Madden: Jessie's Mountain. Viking Juvenile. Completed April 4, 2008. See my review of all three Maggie Valley books.
  16. Jeanne Birdsall: The Penderwicks on Gardam Street. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Completed April 29, 2008. My review.
  17. Trenton Lee Stewart (ill. Diana Sudyka): The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey. Little, Brown Young Readers. Completed May 15, 2008. My review.
  18. Rick Riordan: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Book 4, Percy Jackson and the Olympians). Hyperion. Completed May 25, 2008. My review.
  19. Sara Pennypacker (ill. Marla Frazee): Clementine's Letter. Hyperion. Completed May 28, 2008. My review.
  20. John Hulme and Michael Wexler: The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep. Bloomsbury USA Children's Books. Completed June 2, 2008 (audio edition).
  21. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Running Out of Time. Aladdin. Completed June 6, 2008. My review.
  22. Elizabeth Cody Kimmel: Suddenly Supernatural: School Spirit. Little, Brown. Completed June 6, 2008. My review.
  23. Hilary McKay: Saffy's Angel. Aladdin. Completed June 6, 2008. My review.
  24. Bonnie Dobkin: Neptune's Children. Walker Books for Young Readers. Completed June 6, 2008. My review.
  25. Andrea Beaty: Cicada Summer. Amulet. Completed June 7, 2008. My review.
  26. Lois Lowry: The Willoughbys. Houghton Mifflin. Completed June 7, 2008. My review.
  27. N. D. Wilson: 100 Cupboards. Random House. Completed June 7, 2008. My review.
  28. Patricia Martin: Lulu Atlantis and the Quest for True Blue Love. Schwartz & Wade. Completed June 7, 2008. My review.
  29. Patricia Reilly Giff: Eleven. Wendy Lamb Books. Completed June 8, 2008. My review.
  30. Mary Downing Hahn: All the Lovely Bad Ones. Clarion Books. Completed June 8, 2008. My review.
  31. Debbie Levy: Underwater. Darby Creek Publishing. Completed June 8, 2008. My review.
  32. Gail Gauthier: A Girl, A Boy, and Three Robbers. Putnam. Completed June 13, 2008. My review.
  33. Charise Mericle Harper: Just Grace. Hougton Mifflin. Completed June 15, 2008. My review.
  34. Ruth McNally Barshaw: Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School. Bloomsbury. Completed June 15, 2008. My review.
  35. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Found (the Missing). Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. Completed June 16, 2008. My review.

Young Adult Books

  1. Ellen Emerson White: Long May She Reign. Feiwel & Friends. Completed January 1, 2008. My review.
  2. Julie Bertagna: Exodus. Walker Books for Young Readers. Completed January 4, 2008. My review.
  3. Carrie Jones: Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend. Flux. Completed January 13, 2008.
  4. Nancy Crocker: Billie Standish Was Here. Simon & Schuster. Completed January 14, 2008.
  5. Sherman Alexie: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Little, Brown Young Readers. Completed January 15, 2008.
  6. Laura Resau: Red Glass. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed January 19, 2008.
  7. Charlie Higson: Blood Fever (The Young James Bond, Book 2). Miramax. Completed February 6, 2008.
  8. Malcolm Rose: Blood Brother (Traces). Kingfisher. Completed February 9, 2008. My review.
  9. Gary Schmidt: The Wednesday Wars. Clarion. Completed February 12, 2008.
  10. Carrie Jones: Love and Other Uses for Duct Tape. Flux. Completed February 20, 2008.
  11. Susan Vaught: Big Fat Manifesto. Bloomsbury. Completed March 19, 2008.
  12. Libba Bray: A Great and Terrible Beauty. Completed April 9, 2008. (On MP3)
  13. S. A. Bodeen: The Compound. Feiwel & Friends. Completed April 21, 2008. My review.
  14. Robin Benway: Audrey, Wait! Razorbill. Completed April 28, 2008. My review.
  15. Jennifer Ziegler: How Not To Be Popular. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed June 1, 2008. My review.
  16. Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch: Daughter of War. Fitzhenry and Whiteside. Completed June 5, 2008. My review.
  17. Ridley Pearson: Steel Trapp: The Challenge. Disney. Completed June 11, 2008. My review.
  18. Mary E. Pearson: The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Henry Holt. Completed June 12, 2008. My review.
  19. Tanita S. Davis. A La Carte. Knopf. Completed June 16, 2008.
  20. Cory Doctorow: Little Brother. Tor Teen. Completed June 22, 2008.
  21. Allegra Goodman: The Other Side of the Island. Razorbill. Completed June 23, 2008.
  22. Cylin Busby and John Busby: The Year We Disappeared. Bloomsbury USA. Completed June 23, 2008.

Adult Fiction

  1. Laura Lippman: What the Dead Know. William Morrow. Completed January 23, 2008.
  2. Mameve Medwed: How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life. Avon. Completed February 6, 2008.
  3. Georgette Heyer: Cotillion. Casablanca Press. Completed February 10, 2008.
  4. Georgette Heyer: Venetia. HQN Books. Completed February 11, 2008.
  5. Deborah Crombie: Water Like A Stone. William Morrow. Completed March 8, 2008.
  6. Louise Penny. A Fatal Grace. St. Martins Minotaur. Completed March 9, 2008.
  7. Shirley Tallman: The Cliff House Strangler. St. Martin's Minotaur. Completed March 11, 2008.
  8. Max Brooks: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Three Rivers Press. Completed April 21, 2008.
  9. Nelson DeMille: Wild Fire. Vision. Completed May 3, 2008.
  10. Julia Spencer-Fleming: I Shall Not Want. St. Martins Minotaur. Completed May 20, 2008. My review.
  11. Tana French: In the Woods. Penguin. Completed July 1, 2008. (Listened on MP3)
  12. James Rollins: The Judas Strain. Harper Collins. Completed July 1, 2008.

February 2008 Reading List

This is a list of all of the books that I read in February, broken up into Picture Books, Middle Grade Books, Young Adult Books, and Adult Fiction. Sadly, I didn't get much reading or reviewing done this month, putting me behind relative to my goal for the year. But hopefully future months will be better.

Picture Books

  1. Felice Arena: Sally and Dave, a Slug Story. Kane/Miller. Completed February 1, 2008. My review.
  2. Melanie Watt: Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach. Kids Can Press. Completed February 23, 2008.
  3. Chris Monroe: Monkey with a Tool Belt. Carolrhoda Books. Completed March 1, 2008. My review.

Middle Grade Books

  1. Linda Buckley Archer: The Time Thief (Book 2 in the Gideon Trilogy). Completed February 3, 2008. My review.
  2. Emma Young: STORM: The Infinity Code. Dial. Completed February 8, 2008. My review.
  3. Kerry Madden: Gentle's Holler. Viking Juvenile. Completed February 24, 2008.
  4. Kerry Madden: Louisiana's Song. Viking Juvenile. Completed February 29, 2008.

Young Adult Books

  1. Charlie Higson: Blood Fever (The Young James Bond, Book 2). Miramax. Completed February 6, 2008.
  2. Malcolm Rose: Blood Brother (Traces). Kingfisher. Completed February 9, 2008. My review.
  3. Gary Schmidt: The Wednesday Wars. Clarion. Completed February 12, 2008.
  4. Carrie Jones: Love and Other Uses for Duct Tape. Flux. Completed February 20, 2008.

Adult Fiction

  1. Mameve Medwed: How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life. Avon. Completed February 6, 2008.
  2. Georgette Heyer: Cotillion. Casablanca Press. Completed February 10, 2008.
  3. Georgette Heyer: Venetia. HQN Books. Completed February 11, 2008.

January 2008 Reading List

This is a list of all of the books that I read in January, broken up into Picture Books, Middle Grade Books, Young Adult Books, and Adult Books (well, book, in this case). I went on quite a picture book binge, and am just slightly below target for my goal of reading 200 titles that aren't picture books this year.

Picture Books

  1. Alice B. McGinty (ill. Nancy Speir): Eliza's Kindergarten Surprise. Marshall Cavendish. Completed January 12, 2008. My review.
  2. Charles Santore: The Silk Princess. Random House. Completed January 20, 2008. My review.
  3. Karen Katz: Princess Baby. Schwartz & Wade. Completed January 20, 2008. My review.
  4. Timothy Knapman (ill. Gwen Millward): Guess What I Found in Dragon Wood?. Bloomsbury. Completed January 23, 2008.
  5. Kate Bernheimer (ill. Nicoletta Ceccoli): The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum. Schwartz & Wade. Completed January 24, 2008.
  6. Michael Sandler: Manny Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox. Bearport Publishing. Completed January 24, 2008. My review.
  7. Michael Sandler: Pararescuemen. Bearport Publishing. Completed January 24, 2008. (A picture book, but more suitable for older kids)
  8. Meish Goldish: Smelly Stink Bugs. Bearport Publishing. Completed January 24, 2008.
  9. Jon Scieszka (ill. David Shannon, Loren Long, and David Gordon): Smash! Crash! (Trucktown): Simon & Schuster. Completed January 25, 2008. My review.
  10. Barbara Park (ill Viviana Garofoli): Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here! A Word from Your Baby-in-Waiting. Random House. Completed January 26, 2008.
  11. Andrea Beaty (ill. Pascal Lemaitre): Doctor Ted. Margaret K. McElderry. Completed January 30, 2008.
  12. Jack Lechner (ill. Bob Staake): Mary Had a Little Lamp. Bloomsbury. Completed January 30, 2008.
  13. Sallie Wolf (ill. Andy Robert Davies): Truck Stuck. Charlesbridge. Completed January 30, 2008.
  14. Dianna Hutts Aston (ill. Frank W. Dormer): Not So Tall for Six. Charlesbridge. Completed January 30, 2008.
  15. Jay Lynch and Frank Cammuso: Otto's Orange Day. Toon Books. Completed January 31, 2008. This is a graphic novel for younger kids, not technically a picture book, but aimed at the same audience.

Middle Grade Books

  1. P.J. Haarsma: The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1. Candlewick. Completed January 10, 2008.
  2. John Christopher: The Prince in Waiting. Macmillan. Completed January 10, 2008. My review.
  3. Michelle Edwards: Pa Lia's First Day: A Jackson Friends Book. Harcourt. Completed January 12, 2008. My review.
  4. Alexander McCall Smith (ill. Laura Rankin): The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean. Bloomsbury USA. Completed January 13, 2008. My review.
  5. Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm: Babymouse: Puppy Love. Random House. Completed January 20, 2008. My review.
  6. John Christopher: Beyond the Burning Lands. Simon Pulse. Completed January 25, 2008.
  7. John Christopher: Sword of the Spirits. Simon Pulse. Completed January 25, 2008.
  8. P. G. Kain: The Social Experiments of Dorie Dilts: The School for Cool. Aladdin. Completed January 28, 2008.
  9. N. D. Wilson: Leepike Ridge. Random House. Completed January 30, 2008. My review.

Young Adult Books

  1. Ellen Emerson White: Long May She Reign. Feiwel & Friends. Completed January 1, 2008. My review.
  2. Julie Bertagna: Exodus. Walker Books for Young Readers. Completed January 4, 2008. My review.
  3. Carrie Jones: Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend. Flux. Completed January 13, 2008.
  4. Nancy Crocker: Billie Standish Was Here. Simon & Schuster. Completed January 14, 2008.
  5. Sherman Alexie: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Little, Brown Young Readers. Completed January 15, 2008.
  6. Laura Resau: Red Glass. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed January 19, 2008.

Adult Fiction

  1. Laura Lippman: What the Dead Know. William Morrow. Completed January 23, 2008.

2008 Titles I'm Most Eager to Find

This morning I noticed that lots of people were writing about books that they are looking forward to reading in 2008, and I thought that I would join in. Colleen Mondor has the round-up of other participants - all great posts, well worth reading.

I'm not including books that are already in my to be read stack (because those are a foregone conclusion that I will get to them), or 2008 titles that I've already been fortunate enough to read (2007, 2008). But here are a few titles that come out this year that I don't already have that I am particularly looking forward to:

Middle Grade and YA Fiction

Adult Fiction


My 2007 Reading List and 2008 Plans

Here is the list of all of the books that I read in 2007, with links to my reviews, where applicable. (Some favorites are also highlighted here.) The list is broken up into Children's and Young Adult Books, Adult Fiction, and Adult Non-Fiction. My goal for this year was to read 200 books, slightly more than I read last year. Being a bit of an over-achiever, I ended up at 230, including 35 books for adults. For 2008, I'd like to read 200 books not counting picture books. I still plan to read picture books, but I'm going to keep track of them as a separate number. I would also like to continue publishing at least 3 book reviews a week throughout the year, though that one is likely a stretch goal. I wish you all a book-filled 2008!

Children's and Young Adult Books

  1. John Fardell: The 7 Professors of the Far North. Completed January 2, 2007. My review.
  2. Laura Amy Schlitz: A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama. Completed January 6, 2007. The Cybils winner for Middle Grade Fiction. My review.
  3. Heather Waldorf: Grist. Completed January 10, 2007. My review.
  4. Mike Lupica: Heat. Completed January 13, 2007. Also on the Cybils MG shortlist. My review.
  5. Frank Cottrell Boyce: Framed. Completed January 13, 2007. Also on the Cybils MG shortlist. My review.
  6. Cynthia Kadohata: Weedflower. Completed January 14, 2007. Also on the Cybils MG shortlist. My review.
  7. Frances Hodgson Burnett: Little Lord Fauntleroy. Completed January 14, 2007. My review.
  8. Susan Cooper: King of Shadows. Completed January 24, 2007. Read this for the Scholar's Blog Book Discussion Group. My review.
  9. Mo Willems: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Completed January 27, 2007. Wonderful, but already well known, so I didn't review it.
  10. David Wiesner: Flotsam. Completed January 27, 2007. My review.
  11. Doreen Cronin: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type. Completed January 27, 2007. Also wonderful, and well-known, and I didn't review it. I like to give this as a baby gift to my more keyboard-attached friends.
  12. Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record. Completed January 28, 2007. My review.
  13. Katherine Paterson: Bread and Roses, Too. Completed January 31, 2007. My review.
  14. Alma Fullerton: In the Garage. Red Deer Press. Completed February 3, 2007. My review.
  15. Malcolm Rose: Double Check. Kingfisher. Completed February 6, 2007. My review.
  16. Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm: Babymouse: Heartbreaker. Random House. Completed February 7, 2007. My review.
  17. David Patneaude: A Piece of the Sky. Albert Whitman. Completed February 9, 2007. My review.
  18. Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Knopf. Completed February 11, 2007. My review.
  19. Nancy Werlin: The Rules of Survival. Completed February 12, 2007.
  20. Suzanne Collins: Gregor and the Marks of Secret. Completed February 19, 2007. My review.
  21. Jordan Sonnenblick: Notes from the Midnight Driver. Completed February 23, 2007. My review.
  22. Margo Rabb: Cures for Heartbreak. Completed February 25, 2007. My review.
  23. Justina Chen Headley: Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies). Little, Brown and Company. Completed March 4, 2007. My review.
  24. Melanie Watt: Scaredy Squirrel. Kids Can Press. Completed March 10, 2007. This book won the Cybils award for fiction picture books. My review.
  25. Barbara Lehman: Rainstorm. Houghton Mifflin. Completed March 10, 2007. My review.
  26. Jez Alborough: Fix-It Duck. Kane/Miller (This is the American board book edition. It was originally published in Great Britian by HarperCollins in 2002). Completed March 10, 2007. My review.
  27. Anette Bley: And What Comes After a Thousand? Kane/Miller (translated edition, originally published in Germany). Completed March 10, 2007. My review.
  28. Suzy Lee: The Zoo. Kane/Miller. Completed March 10, 2007. My review.
  29. Jon J. Muth: Zen Shorts. Scholastic Press. Completed March 10, 2007.
  30. Edward Bloor: London Calling. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Completed March 17, 2007 (on MP3 from Audible).
  31. Olivier Dunrea: Ollie the Stomper. Houghton-Mifflin. Completed March 17, 2007. My review.
  32. E. Lockhart: The Boyfriend List. Delacorte. Completed March 20, 2007 (on MP3 from Audible). My review.
  33. R. L. LaFevers: Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos. Houghton Mifflin. Completed March 22, 2007. My review.
  34. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Among the Hidden. Aladdin. Completed March 24, 2007.
  35. Laurie Halse Anderson: Speak. Penguin. Completed March 24, 2007. My review.
  36. Sarah Beth Durst: Into the Wild. Razorbill. Completed March 25, 2007. My review.
  37. Susan Beth Pfeffer: Life As We Knew It. Harcourt Children's Books. Completed March 27, 2007. My review.
  38. Dian Curtis Regan: Princess Nevermore. Darby Creek Publishing. Completed March 27, 2007. My review.
  39. Michelle Knudsen (Author) and Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator): Library Lion. Candlewick. Completed March 31, 2007.
  40. Dian Curtis Regan: Cam's Quest. Darby Creek Publishing. Completed April 1, 2007. My review.
  41. Laura Hillman: I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler's List Survivor. Atheneum. Completed April 1, 2007.
  42. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Among the Imposters. Simon & Schuster. Completed April 2, 2007.
  43. Cecil Castellucci: Boy Proof. Candlewick. Completed April 4, 2007. My review.
  44. Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain: Bass Ackwards and Belly Up. Megan Tingley. Completed April 4, 2007.
  45. Karen Blumenthal: Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America. Atheneum. Completed April 5, 2007. (young adult non-fiction)
  46. Tina Schwager and Michele Schuerger (Authors), Elizabeth Verdick (Editor): Gutsy Girls: Young Women Who Dare. Free Spirit Publishing. Completed April 5, 2007
  47. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Among the Betrayed. Simon & Schuster. Completed April 5, 2007.
  48. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Among the Barons. Simon & Schuster. Completed April 5, 2007.
  49. Gail Gauthier: A Girl, A Boy, and a Monster Cat. Putnam. Completed April 7, 2007. My review.
  50. Melanie Watt: Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend. Kids Can Press. Completed April 7, 2007. My review.
  51. Tim Egan: The Pink Refrigerator. Houghton Mifflin. Completed April 8, 2007. My review.
  52. Robert Heidbreder (author) and Kady MacDonald Denton (illustrator): A Sea-Wishing Day. Kids Can Press. Completed April 8, 2007. My review.
  53. Jessica Meserve: Small Sister. Clarion. Completed April 8, 2007. My review.
  54. Scott Magoon: Hugo & Miles in I've Painted Everything!. Houghton Mifflin. Completed April 8, 2007. My review.
  55. Cece Meng (author) and Janet Pedersen (illustrator): The Wonderful Thing About Hiccups. Clarion. Completed April 8, 2007. My review.
  56. Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long. An Egg is Quiet. Chronicle Books. Completed April 8, 2007. My review.
  57. Nick Ruth (author) and Sue Concannon (illustrator): The Dark Dreamweaver (The Remin Chronicles). Completed April 11, 2007. My review.
  58. Crissa-Jean Chappell: Total Constant Order. Completed April 12, 2007. My review.
  59. Dana Reinhardt: Harmless. Completed April 13, 2007.
  60. Pete Hautman: Godless. Completed April 13, 2007.
  61. James Patterson: Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever. Completed April 15, 2007.
  62. Kenneth Oppel: Skybreaker. Eos Publishing. Completed April 23, 2007.
  63. Mitali Perkins: First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover. Dutton Juvenile. Completed April 26, 2007. My review.
  64. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Among the Brave. Aladdin. Completed April 28, 2007.
  65. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Among the Enemy. Aladdin. Completed April 29, 2007.
  66. Dia Calhoun: The Phoenix Dance. Completed May 2, 2007. My review.
  67. Linda Buckley-Archer: Gideon the Cutpurse. Simon & Schuster. Completed May 3, 2007.
  68. Kirsten Miller: Kiki Strike: The Empress's Tomb. Bloomsbury. Completed May 8, 2007.
  69. Rick Riordan: The Titan's Curse. Miramax. Completed May 11, 2007, on MP3.
  70. Eric Berlin: The Puzzling World of Winston Breen. Putnam Juvenile. Completed May 15, 2007. My review.
  71. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Among the Free. Simon & Schuster. Completed May 16, 2007. Mini-review at Dystopian Challenge Blog.
  72. Matthew Skelton: Endymion Spring. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed May 24, 2007, on MP3.
  73. Wendy Mass: Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. Little, Brown. Completed May 24, 2007. My review.
  74. Catherine Murdock: Dairy Queen. Houghton Mifflin. Completed May 29, 2007. My review.
  75. Mary Downing Hahn: Deep and Dark and Dangerous. Clarion Books. Completed June 1, 2007. My review
  76. Judy Gregerson: Bad Girls Club. Blooming Tree Press. Completed June 2, 2007. My review.
  77. Maurice Gee: The Fire-Raiser. Hougton-Mifflin. Completed June 2, 2007. My review.
  78. Greg Fishbone: The Penguins of Doom (From the Desk of Septina Nash). Blooming Tree Press. Completed June 3, 2007. My review.
  79. Catherine Gilbert Murdock: The Off Season. Houghton Mifflin. Completed June 6, 2007. My review.
  80. Ally Carter: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls). Hyperion. Completed June 7, 2007.
  81. Lisa Yee: Millicent Min, Girl Genius. Scholastic, Inc. Completed June 11, 2007.
  82. Annie Bryant: Maeve on the Red Carpet. Beacon Street Girls. Completed June 11, 2007. My review.
  83. Meg Cabot: Missing You: 1-800-Where-R-You. HarperTeen. Completed June 11, 2007.
  84. Rachel Cohn: Gingerbread. Simon Pulse. Completed June 13, 2007.
  85. J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Scholastic. Completed June 16, 2007.
  86. J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Scholastic. Completed June 19, 2007.
  87. Angie Sage: Flyte. HarperTrophy. Completed June 22, 2007.
  88. Dianna Hutts Aston (Author) and Sylvia Long (Illustrator): A Seed is Sleepy. Chronicle Books. Completed June 24, 2007. My review.
  89. J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3). Scholastic. Completed June 27, 2007.
  90. Susan Vaught: Trigger. Bloomsbury. Completed July 2, 2007. My review.
  91. J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire (Book 4). Scholastic. Completed July 5, 2007.
  92. John Marsden: Tomorrow, When the War Began (Book 1). Houghton Mifflin. Completed July 7, 2007. My review of the whole series.
  93. Suzanne Collins: Gregor and the Code of Claw (Underland Chronicles, Book 5). Scholastic. Completed July 7, 2007. My review.
  94. John Marsden: The Dead of Night (Tomorrow #2). Houghton Mifflin. Completed July 11, 2007.
  95. John Marsden: A Killing Frost (Tomorrow #3). Houghton Mifflin. Completed July 12, 2007.
  96. J. K. Rowling: The Order of the Phoenix (Book 5). Scholastic. Completed July 17, 2007.
  97. J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6). Scholastic. Completely July 20, 2007.
  98. J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7). Scholastic. Completed July 21, 2007.
  99. John Marsden: Darkness, Be My Friend (Book 4, Tomorrow series). Scholastic. Completed July 22, 2007.
  100. John Marsden: Burning for Revenge (Book 5, Tomorrow series). Scholastic. Completed July 23, 2007.
  101. Heather Brewer: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites. Dutton. Completed July 25, 2007. My review.
  102. Zilpha Keatley Snyder: The Treasures of Weatherby. Atheneum. Completed July 26, 2007. My review.
  103. Robert C. O'Brien: Z for Zachariah. Simon Pulse. Completed July 26, 2007.
  104. Tim Lott: Fearless. ARC from Candlewick, a dystopian fable about girls imprisoned in a hopeless school. Completed July 29, 2007. My review.
  105. Jo Knowles: Lessons from a Dead Girl. ARC from Candlewick, about what a girl has learned from her former best friend and tormentor. Completed July 29. My review.
  106. Jay Asher: 13 Reasons Why. ARC from Razorbill, about a boy who receives 13 audiotapes from a girl he had a crush on, who committed suicide. Completed July 30. My review.
  107. Rachel Cohn: Shrimp. Simon & Schuster, second book in the series that started with Gingerbread, about a rebellious teen living in San Francisco. Completed July 31, 2007.
  108. Jean-Luc Fromental: 365 Penguins. Abrams Books for Young Readers. Completed August 1, 2007. Very cute!
  109. John van de Ruit. Spud. ARC from Razorbill, about a young boy attending private school for the first time, in 1990 South Africa. Completed August 3, 2007. My review.
  110. John Marsden: Night is for Hunting (Book 6, Tomorrow series). Scholastic. Completed August 9, 2007.
  111. John Marsden: The Other Side of Dawn (Book 7, Tomorrow series). Scholastic. Completed August 11, 2007.
  112. Zilpha Keatley Snyder: Below the Root (Green Sky #1). BackInPrint.com. Completed August 15, 2007. My review.
  113. Zilpha Keatley Snyder: And All Between (Green Sky #2). BackInPrint.com. Completed August 16, 2007. My review.
  114. Gabrielle Zevin: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Completed August 16, 2007. Publication date August 21, 2007.
  115. Zilpha Keatley Snyder: Until the Celebration (Green Sky #3). BackInPrint.com. Completed August 19, 2007. My review.
  116. Zilpha Keatley Snyder: The Changeling. BackInPrint.com. Completed August 19, 2007. My review.
  117. Zilpha Keatley Snyder: The Velvet Room. BackInPrint.com. Completed August 22, 2007. My review.
  118. P. G. Kain: The Social Experiements of Dorie Dilts: Dumped by Popular Demand. Aladdin. Completed August 25, 2007. My review.
  119. Carolyn Mackler: Guyaholic. Candlewick Press. Completed August 29, 2007.
  120. Melissa Walker: Violet on the Runway. Berkley Trade. Completed August 29, 2007. My review.
  121. Stephenie Meyer: Eclipse. Little, Brown. Completed September 5, 2007. My review.
  122. Tim Egan: Dodsworth in New York. Houghton Mifflin. Completed September 11, 2007. My review.
  123. Justine Smith (ill. Jan Lewis): How To Be A Spy In 7 Days Or Less. Kingfisher. Completed September 11, 2007. My review.
  124. Trenton Lee Stewart (ill. Carson Ellis): The Mysterious Benedict Society. Little, Brown. Completed September 11, 2007. My review.
  125. Colin Thompson (ill. Amy Lissiat): The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley. Completed September 15, 2007.
  126. Josh Schneider: You'll Be Sorry. Clarion. Completed September 15, 2007. My review.
  127. Jane Yolen (ill. Mark Teague): How Do Dinosaurs Go To School?. Blue Sky Press. Completed September 15, 2007. My review.
  128. Lynn Plourde (ill. Mitch Vance): A Mountain of Mittens. Charlesbridge. Completed September 15, 2007. My review.
  129. Eve Bunting (ill. Judy Love): The Baby Shower. Charlesbridge. Completed September 15, 2007. My review.
  130. Pooja Makhijani (ill. Elena Gomez): Mama's Saris. Little, Brown. Completed September 15, 2007. My review.
  131. Elizabeth Ficocelli (ill. Glin Dibley): Kid Tea. Marshall Cavendish. Completed September 16, 2007. My review.
  132. Eric A. Kimmel (ill. Stephen Gilpin): The Three Cabritos. Marshall Cavendish. Completed September 16, 2007. My review.
  133. Jacqueline Davies (ill. Lee White): The House Takes a Vacation. Marshall Cavendish. Completed September 16, 2007. My review.
  134. Patricia Hubbell (ill. Viviana Garofoli): Firefighters! Speeding! Spraying! Saving! (Things that Go). Marshall Cavendish. Completed September 16, 2007.
  135. Tim Myers (ill. Robert McGuire): The Furry-Legged Teapot. Marshall Cavendish. Completed September 16, 2007.
  136. Derek Landy: Skulduggery Pleasant. HarperCollins. Completed September 17, 2007.
  137. Rick Yancey: Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon. Bloosmbury. Completed September 17, 2007. My review.
  138. Wendy Lichtman: Do the Math: Secrets, Lies and Algebra. HarperTeen. Completed September 17, 2007.
  139. Robin Brande: Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature. Knopf. Completed September 19, 2007. My review.
  140. Justina Chen Headley: Girl Overboard. Little, Brown Young Readers. Completed September 26, 2007. My review.
  141. Howard Whitehouse: Faceless Fiend, The: Being the Tale of a Criminal Mastermind, (Mad Misadventures of Emmaline and Rubberbones). Kids Can Press. Completed October 2, 2007.
  142. Ellen Klages: The Green Glass Sea. Viking Juvenile. Completed October 3, 2007.
  143. Barry Lyga: Boy Toy. Houghton Mifflin. Completed October 6, 2007.
  144. Sara Lewis Holmes: Letters from Rapunzel. Harper Collins. Completed October 7, 2007. My review.
  145. Amy Timberlake: That Girl Lucy Moon. Hyperion. Completed October 9, 2007.
  146. Scott Westerfeld: Extras. Simon Pulse. Completed October 20, 2007. My reivew.
  147. Linda Urban: A Crooked Kind of Perfect. Harcourt. Completed October 27, 2007. My review.
  148. Pseudonymous Bosch: The Name of this Book is Secret. Little Brown. Completed October 28, 2007. My review.
  149. Marlane Kennedy: Me and the Pumpkin Queen. Greenwillow. Completed October 30, 2007. My review.
  150. Rose Kent: Kimchi & Calamari. HarperCollins. Completed November 1, 2007. My review.
  151. Gemma Malley: The Declaration. Bloomsbury USA. Completed November 3, 2007. My review.
  152. Sara Zarr: Story of a Girl. Little, Brown. Completed November 4, 2007. My review.
  153. Ellen Potter (ill. Peter H. Reynolds): Olivia Kidney. Penguin. Completed November 6, 2007. My review.
  154. Sara Pennypacker (ill. Marla Frazee): Clementine. Hyperion. Completed November 7, 2007. My review.
  155. Rachel Vail (ill. Matthew Cordell): Righty and Lefty: A Tale of Two Feet. Scholastic. Completed November 10, 2007. My review.
  156. Janet Halfmann (ill. Laurie Allen Klein): Little Skink's Tale. Sylvan Dell. Completed November 10, 2007. My review.
  157. S. A. Harazin: Blood Brothers. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed November 11, 2007. My review.
  158. Mitali Perkins: Rickshaw Girl. Charlesbridge. Completed November 11, 2007. My review.
  159. Frank Asch: Gravity Buster: Journal #2 of a Cardboard Genius. Kids Can Press. Completed November 11, 2007. My review.
  160. Susan Beth Pfeffer: The Dead & the Gone. Harcourt. Completed November 17, 2007. My review.
  161. Maryrose Wood: My Life: The Musical. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed November 18, 2007. My review.
  162. J. M. Steele: The Market. Hyperion. Completed November 18, 2007. My review.
  163. Jenny Nimmo: Charlie Bone and the Beast (Children of the Red King, Book 6). Orchard Books. Completed November 27, 2007.
  164. Sara Pennypacker (ill. Marla Frazee): The Talented Clementine. Hyperion. Completed November 27, 2007. My review.
  165. Angie Sage: Physik (Septimus Heap, Book 3). Katherine Tegan Books. Completed November 29, 2007, on MP3.
  166. Charise Mericle Harper: When Randolph Turned Rotten. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House). Completed December 1, 2007. My review.
  167. Eva Montanari: My First... Houghton Mifflin. Completed December 1, 2007.
  168. John Stadler: Big and Little. Robin Corey Books (Random House). Completed December 1, 2007. My review.
  169. Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Punk Farm on Tour. Knopf. Completed December 1, 2007.
  170. Vivian Walsh (ill. J. Otto Seibold): Olive, the Other Reindeer. Chronicle Books. Completed December 1, 2007. My review.
  171. Stacey Gabel (ill. Richard Neuman): The New Blue Tractor. Dog Ear Publishing. Completed December 1, 2007. My review.
  172. Steve Kluger: My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park. Dial Books. Completed December 2, 2007. My review.
  173. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor: Simply Sarah: Patches and Scratches. Marshall Cavendish Children's Books. Completed December 2, 2007.
  174. Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon (ill. Guy Francis): Betsy Ross's Star (Blast to the Past). Aladdin. Completed December 2, 2007. My review.
  175. Laini Taylor: Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer. Putnam. Completed December 6, 2007. My review.
  176. Dian Curtis Regan (ill. Amanda Gulliver): Peek-A-Boo Zoo. Silver Caastle. Completed December 7, 2007. My review.
  177. Jonathan London (ill. Viviana Garofoli): My Big Rig. Marshall Cavendish. Completed December 7, 2007. My review.
  178. Siobhan Dowd: The London Eye Mystery. David Fickling Books. Completed December 12, 2007. My review.
  179. Dia Calhoun: The Return of the Light: A Christmas Tale. Marshall Cavendish. Completed December 12, 2007. My review.
  180. Joan M. Wolf: Someone Named Eva. Clarion. Completed December 13, 2007. My review.
  181. Sarah Miller: Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller. Atheneum. Completed December 15, 2007. My review.
  182. Nancy Elizabeth Wallace: Shells! Shells! Shells! Marshall Cavendish. Completed December 15, 2007. My review.
  183. Liz Lofthouse (ill. Robert Ingpen): Ziba Came on a Boat. Kane/Miller. Completed December 15, 2007. My review.
  184. Margaret Wild (ill. Janine Dawson): Bobbie Dazzler. Kane/Miller. Completed December 15, 2007.
  185. Eileen Christelow: Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping. Clarion. Completed December 15, 2007. My review.
  186. Neal Shusterman: Everlost. Simon Pulse. Completed December 18, 2007.
  187. Sara Zarr: Sweethearts. Little, Brown. Completed December 27, 2007.
  188. Jeannine Garsee: Before, After, and Somebody in Between. Bloomsbury. Completed December 27, 2007.
  189. Katherine Hannigan: Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World. HarperTrophy. Completed December 27, 2007.
  190. Brenda A. Ferber: Julia's Kitchen. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Completed December 28, 2007.
  191. Wendy Mass: Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall. Little, Brown. Completed December 28, 2007.
  192. Jennifer Allison: Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake. Penguin Sleuth. Completed December 28, 2007.
  193. Jenny Downham: Before I Die. David Fickling Books. Completed December 29, 2007.
  194. Gail Giles: Right Behind You. Little Brown. Completed December 30, 2007.
  195. Laurie Halse Anderson: Twisted. Viking Juvenile. Completed December 30, 2007.

Adult Fiction

  1. Jacqueline Winspear: Messenger of Truth. Completed January 4, 2007. The fourth book in the wonderful Maisie Dobbs series, historical fiction set in post-World War I England.
  2. Andrea Camillieri: The Smell of the Night. Completed January 18, 2007. My latest read from the Inspector Montalbano series, set in Sicily.
  3. Harlan Coben: Promise Me. Completed January 20, 2007. This is a new Myron Bolitar book, after several years absence. It's great to have him back!
  4. T. Jefferson Parker: The Fallen. Completed January 26, 2007. This is a standalone book about a cop who is thrown from a sixth floor window. He survives with a new ability: he sees emotions as colors, and can tell when people are lying to him.
  5. Lee Child: The Hard Way. Completed February 2, 2007. This is the latest in Child's Jack Reacher series, which I normally really enjoy. I didn't like this one as much as the other because a) I found the mystery and clues a bit too easy to figure out, and didn't understand why Reacher didn't figure them out and b) there was a searing recounting by a character of previous torture that I'm having trouble getting out of my mind.
  6. Jasper Fforde: The Fourth Bear: A Nursery Crime. Viking. Completed February 8, 2007, on MP3 from audible.com. This one took me a long time to get through, because I was listening at a time I wasn't walking very much. It was entertaining, but I still prefer Fforde's Thursday Next series to this one.
  7. Barry Maitland: No Trace. St. Martin's Minotaur. Completed February 15, 2007. The latest David Brock / Kathy Kolla mystery, this one involving three kidnapped girls, set in the cutting edge London art gallery scene. I suspected the bad guy from early on, but Maitland did an excellent job of mis-direction, keeping me thinking, "no, maybe this is what's going on." Definitely on the dark side of the mystery spectrum.
  8. P. J. Tracy: Snow Blind. Completed February 23, 2007. I found this suspense story well-written and engaging, but it left me dissatisfied. I thought that the ending was frustratingly ambiguous, and, on reflection, thought that the plot relied on too many coincidences. I have enjoyed the previous books in the series, and I probably would still read future books, but I didn't care for this one.
  9. Ann Benson: The Burning Road. Dell. Completed March 1, 2007. Sequel to The Plague Tales.
  10. M. C. Beaton: Agatha Raisin and The Deadly Dance. St. Martins. Completed March 7, 2007 This is an entertaining cozy series, centered around a somewhat grouchy retired career woman who lives in the English Cotswalds and stumbles upon various mysteries. I don't read very many cozy series, but something about the bite of Agatha's personality appeals to me.
  11. Laura Lippman: No Good Deeds. Harper. Completed March 8, 2007. This is a return by Lippman to her Tess Monaghan series. Tess is a Baltimore private investigator. In this installment, her boyfriend Crow, through an intended good deed, drags her into a dangerous situation.
  12. Ann Benson: The Physician's Tale. Delacorte Press. Completed March 17, 2007. This is the third, and apparently final, book in Benson's Plague Tales series. I found this book, set in a plague decimated world, utterly compelling, and kept thinking about it when I was away from the book.
  13. Julia Spencer-Fleming: All Mortal Flesh. Completed April 6, 2007. The latest in the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Allstyne series, about a female Episcopal priest who falls in love with a married small-town police chief. They solve mysteries togther. I'm a sucker for these star-crossed lover stories. The mystery in this one is a bit too close to home for the pair - the murder of Russ's wife, Linda, for which both Russ and Clare are suspects. This is one of my favorite series, and this one did not disappoint, and even surprised me with a major twist. Best sentence: "Meg's family room was always filled with sprawls of teenage boys, her kitchen overrun with giggles of girls."
  14. Victoria Thompson: Murder in Little Italy. Berkley Prime Crime. Completed April 8, 2007. Eighth book in the Gaslight Mystery series, set in New York during the 1890s (while Theodore Roosevelt was Police Commissioner), featuring Sarah Brandt, a midwife from a wealthy family, and Frank Malloy, one of the few honest police detectives in the city. This series just keeps getting better. The next book, Murder in Chinatown, is due out in June.
  15. Cormac McCarthy: The Road. Knopf. Completed April 9, 2007. A beautifully written tale set in an incredibly bleak post-apocalyptic future. I didn't find it as compelling as some post-apocalypse/dystopian stories because one of the key ingredients was largely missing. There's little wondering what you would do, because the available options have already shrunk down to "scrounge for food and warmth", pretty much. But still an interesting and quick read.
  16. Carol O'Connell: Find Me. Putnam. Completed April 21, 2007. Latest book in the Mallory series, as compelling as the others, and revealing new layers of Mallory's character.
  17. Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale. Anchor Books. Completed May 9, 2007. Mini-review at Dystopian Challenge Blog.
  18. Robert Crais: The Watchman. Simon & Schuster. Completed May 20, 2007. This book is a twist on Crais' Elvis Cole series, featuring sidekick Joe Pike as the star.
  19. Lee Child: Bad Luck and Trouble. Delacorte Press. Completed June 14, 2007.
  20. Janet Evanovich: Lean Mean Thirteen. St. Martin's Press. Completed June 26, 2007. Very funny. I don't know how she manages to sustain the Morelli-Ranger tension, basically walking a tightrope through the whole book, but it works.
  21. Jeffrey Deaver: The Sleeping Doll. Simon & Schuster. Completed July 5, 2007, on MP3.
  22. Carrie Bebris: North by Northanger. Tor Books, the latest in an adult mystery series featuring Elizabeth Darcy, after Pride and Prejudice. Completed August 5, 2007.
  23. Andrea Camilleri: Rounding the Mark. Penguin Books, from the Inspector Montalbano series set in Sicily. Completed August 6, 2007.
  24. Andrea Camilleri: The Patience of the Spider. Penguin Books, from the above series. Completed August 7, 2007.
  25. Nancy Pickard: The Virgin of Small Plains. Ballantine Books, more a literary novel than a mystery, winner of the Agatha Award. Completed August 7, 2007.
  26. James Rollins: Black Order. Harper. Completed August 9, 2007.
  27. Elizabeth Kostova. The Historian. Little, Brown. Completed August 17, 2007, on MP3.
  28. Louise Penny: Still Life (A Three Pines Mystery). St. Martin's Minotaur. Completed August 31, 2007.
  29. Benjamin Black (aka John Banville): Christine Falls. Henry Holt. Completed September 6, 2007, on MP3. Well-written, very detailed characterization, but a bit slow-paced for listening on audio. I think I would have preferred it in print.
  30. Jodi Picoult: Nineteen Minutes. Atria. Completed September 22, 2007. My review.
  31. Nancy Atherton: Aunt Dimity Goes West. Viking. Completed October 14, 2007.
  32. Henning Mankell: The White Lioness. Vintage. Completed October 26, 2007.
  33. Jo Dereske: Catalogue of Death: A Miss Zukas Mystery. Avon. Completed December 23, 2007. My review.

Adult Non-Fiction

  1. Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger: Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World. Completed January 5, 2007. This book was a gift from my friend Jonathan White, who works closely with the authors as a member of Free the Children's board of directors. It's a great book that will give any reader food for thought about finding meaning and joy in life.
  2. Kathleen T. Horning (ill. Stacy Innerst): From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books. HarperTrophy. Completed March 16, 2007. While much of the material is introductory, I thought that the author made some excellent points about reviewing children's books thoughtfully and seriously.

© 2009 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved.


Favorite Reads from 2007

Colleen Mondor was kind enough to include me in her Recommendations from Many Bookish Folks series this holiday season. I'm in illustrious company, with editors and authors and the like. I'm grateful to Colleen for inspiring me to put together a favorites list, and I've elected to re-publish the list here, with links to reviews of each book.

I've read many wonderful books this year. These are just a few that stand out as personal favorites, books that I want to keep on my shelves. I'm not saying that these are the "best books" of 2007 (some of them are actually from 2006 or 2008). I'm saying that these are some children's and young adult titles that I first read this year that resonated with me personally. There are many others that I loved, too, including some re-reads, but I tried to keep the list to manageable proportions.

Picture Books:

Middle Grade (in age order):

Young Adult:

Thanks again, Colleen! And happy reading to all!

© 2009 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved.