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Month in review

Reviews:
Across the Pond by Storyheart (Barry Eva) review copy
The Cat's Book of Romance by Kate Ledger personal collection
The Dragons of Spratt Ohio by Linda Zinnen library book
Frog on His Own by Mercer Mayer library book
Gravitation Volume 1 by Maki Murakami personal collection
Harriet and the Roller Coaster by Nancy Carlton library book
Heat Wave by Richard Castle bookcrossing
If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond library book
Into the Volcano by Don Wood personal collection
Polar Bears Past Bedtime (Magic Tree House #12) by Mary Pope Osborne
So B. It by Sarah Weeks library book
Stop in the Name of Pants by Louise Rennison personal collection
There's a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer personal collection
Waterwise by Jeff Orff library book
Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf library book
Whoo-oo Is It? by Megan McDonald library book
Frog Goes to Dinner by Mercer Mayer library book
Ghost Town at Sundown (Magic Tree House #10) by Mary Pope Osborne library book
Harriet Beecher Stowe by Suzanne M. Coil library book
If You Can't Say Something Nice, Say it in Yiddish by Lita Epstein personal collection
Incubus, Succubus by Neil James Hudson review copy
Journey Around the World by Sarah Albee personal collection
King Ottokar's Scepre by Georges Remi Hergé library book
Mrs. Muffly's Monster by Sarah Dyer library book
Operation Starseed by JM Snyder personal collection
The X in Sex: How the X Chromosome Controls Our Lives by David Bainbridge
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss personal collection
You Had Me at Halo by Amanda Ashby personal collection
Can Kittens Take a Catnap? by Clair Palfreman-Bunker personal collection
Halfway to Each Other by Susan Pohlman review copy
I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears by Jag Bhalla library book
If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond library book
Junie B., First Grader: Aloha-ha-ha-ha!by Barbara Park personal collection
Junie B., First Grader: Boo and I Mean It! by Barbara Park personal collection
Lions at Lunchtime (Magic Tree House #11) by Mary Pope Osborne library book
Madras on Rainy Days by Samina Ali library book
Max's Christmas Stocking by Rosemary Wells library book
Me, Myself and I by Jane Louise Curry library book
Paddington Bear and the Busy Bee Carnival by Michael Bond personal collection
Where Are Maisy's Friends? by Lucy Cousins library book
The Divorce Party by Laura Dave review copy
Sarah Whitcher's Story by Elizabeth Yates personal collection
What Happy Working Mothers Know by Cathy L. Greenberg review copy
The Witches of Worm by Zipha Keatley Snyder library book
Murder in the Magick Club by Byron A. Lorrier review copy
Wolf Song Visions by Scott and Linda Reade review copy
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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for December in Review

December in Review: 12/31/09

December I had to concentrate on reading through the library books I had checked out. I also have been reading many more books to my children especially on days when they have colds or we've been stuck at home for rainy weather. So most of my December reviews were library books and children's picture books or chapter books.

The three authors I reviewed most were Barbara Park, Mercer Mayer and Mary Pope Osborne. My favorite book to read and review was Heat Wave by Richard Castle.

Going through my reading records for 2009, I read approximately 570 things (books and short stories). Looking at just books, I've read 467, although I would like to finish The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl. I end the year with a backlog of 166 reviews to post in 2010. If I post two a day, I'll be into March before I have to start reading again (assuming I don't read between now and then).

January and February will be devoted to reading for the Cybils but don't expect reviews for those until after the the winners are announced in mid February. If 2010 is like 2009, I might not get all the Cybils reviews posted until the very end of the year. Into the Volcano was a Cybils nominee for this year.

Books Reviewed This Month

Five Stars

  1. Across the Pond by Storyheart (Barry Eva) review copy
  2. The Cat's Book of Romance by Kate Ledger personal collection
  3. The Dragons of Spratt Ohio by Linda Zinnen library book
  4. Frog on His Own by Mercer Mayer library book
  5. Gravitation Volume 1 by Maki Murakami personal collection
  6. Harriet and the Roller Coaster by Nancy Carlton library book
  7. Heat Wave by Richard Castle bookcrossing
  8. If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond library book
  9. Into the Volcano by Don Wood personal collection
  10. Polar Bears Past Bedtime (Magic Tree House #12) by Mary Pope Osborne
  11. So B. It by Sarah Weeks library book
  12. Stop in the Name of Pants by Louise Rennison personal collection
  13. There's a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer personal collection
  14. Waterwise by Jeff Orff library book
  15. Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf library book
  16. Whoo-oo Is It? by Megan McDonald library book

Four Stars

  1. Frog Goes to Dinner by Mercer Mayer library book
  2. Ghost Town at Sundown (Magic Tree House #10) by Mary Pope Osborne library book
  3. Harriet Beecher Stowe by Suzanne M. Coil library book
  4. If You Can't Say Something Nice, Say it in Yiddish by Lita Epstein personal collection
  5. Incubus, Succubus by Neil James Hudson review copy
  6. Journey Around the World by Sarah Albee personal collection
  7. King Ottokar's Scepre by Georges Remi Hergé library book
  8. Mrs. Muffly's Monster by Sarah Dyer library book
  9. Operation Starseed by JM Snyder personal collection
  10. The X in Sex: How the X Chromosome Controls Our Lives by David Bainbridge
  11. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss personal collection
  12. You Had Me at Halo by Amanda Ashby personal collection

Three Stars

  1. Can Kittens Take a Catnap? by Clair Palfreman-Bunker personal collection
  2. Halfway to Each Other by Susan Pohlman review copy
  3. I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears by Jag Bhalla library book
  4. If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond library book
  5. Junie B., First Grader: Aloha-ha-ha-ha!by Barbara Park personal collection
  6. Junie B., First Grader: Boo and I Mean It! by Barbara Park personal collection
  7. Lions at Lunchtime (Magic Tree House #11) by Mary Pope Osborne library book
  8. Madras on Rainy Days by Samina Ali library book
  9. Max's Christmas Stocking by Rosemary Wells library book
  10. Me, Myself and I by Jane Louise Curry library book
  11. Paddington Bear and the Busy Bee Carnival by Michael Bond personal collection
  12. Where Are Maisy's Friends? by Lucy Cousins library book

Two Stars

  1. The Divorce Party by Laura Dave review copy
  2. Sarah Whitcher's Story by Elizabeth Yates personal collection
  3. What Happy Working Mothers Know by Cathy L. Greenberg review copy
  4. The Witches of Worm by Zipha Keatley Snyder library book

One Star

  1. Murder in the Magick Club by Byron A. Lorrier review copy
  2. Wolf Song Visions by Scott and Linda Reade review copy
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