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Month in review

Reviews
Altered Realities by Alfred Bester
Angus and the Ducks
by Marjorie Flack
Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
Battlestar Galactica by Jeffrey A. Carver
Bhangra Babes by Narinder Dhami
The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner
Bone: Ghost Circles by Jeff Smith
Bone: Treasure Hunters by Jeff Smith
Coast to Coast by Catherine Donzel
Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman
The Devil's Arthmetic by Jane Yolen
The Dyodyne Experiment by James Doulgeris and V. Michael Santoro
The Emergence of Maps in Libraries by Walter William Ristow
Finding Marco by Kenneth C. Cancellara
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Klondike Cat by Julie Lawson
Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Little Rascals by Leonard Maltin
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins
More Flanimals by Ricky Gervais
Mr McGratt and the Ornery Cat by Marilyn Helmer
My Guy by Sarah Weeks
Pass It Down by Leonard S. Marcus
Pure by Terra Elan McVoy
The Quest for Merlin's Map (The Jumper Chronicles) by W. C. Peever
Pure by Terra Elan McVoy
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood
Texas Tomboy by Lois Lenski
Thief of Shadows by Fred Chappell
Wildfire by Sarah Micklem

Misc Thoughts:
In Search of Manning Coles


Rating System

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


Comments for October 2010 in Review

October in Review: 10/31/10

This month my reviews continue to be heavily slanted towards library reads. My research has cut into my usual high percentage of children's books (picture books, middle grades and young adult). My average rating was 3.4, so a mixed bag of great and so-so books.

I read 50 books and reviewed 31. Of the books I read, the vast majority of them were from the library. From the library books, most were either research related or picture books I read with my children. For the ROOB score, I'm up to a -1.54, having been tempted to read my recent picture book purchases immediately.

Books reviewed this month

    Rating out of 5 stars (as posted on GoodReads)

    Five Star books:

  1. Angus and the Ducks by Marjorie Flack (library book)
  2. Bone: Ghost Circles by Jeff Smith (library book)
  3. Bone: Treasure Hunters by Jeff Smith (library book)
  4. Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (library book)
  5. Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins (library book)
  6. Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine by Ann Hood (personal collection)

    Four Star books

  1. Altered Realities by Alfred Bester (library book)
  2. Bhangra Babes by Narinder Dhami (library book)
  3. The Emergence of Maps in Libraries by Walter William Ristow (library book)
  4. More Flanimals by Ricky Gervais (library book)
  5. Mr McGratt and the Ornery Cat by Marilyn Helmer (library book)
  6. Pass It On by Leonard S. Marcus (library book)
  7. The Quest for Merlin's Map (The Jumper Chronicles) by W. C. Peever (review copy)
  8. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (personal collection)

    Three Star books

  1. Battlestar Galactica by Jeffrey A. Carver (library book)
  2. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (library book)
  3. Coast to Coast by Catherine Donzel (library book)
  4. The Devil's Arthmetic by Jane Yolen (library book)
  5. The Dyodyne Experiment by James Doulgeris and V. Michael Santoro (review copy)
  6. The Klondike Cat by Julie Lawson (library book)
  7. Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin (personal collection)
  8. My Guy by Sarah Weeks (library book)
  9. Pure by Terra Elan McVoy (personal collection)

    Two Star books

  1. The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner (library book)
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (library book)
  3. The Little Rascals by Leonard Maltin (library book)
  4. Texas Tomboy by Lois Lenski (library book)
  5. Thief of Shadows by Fred Chappell (personal collection)
  6. Wildfire by Sarah Micklem (review copy)

    One Star books

  1. Finding Marco by Kenneth C. Cancellara (review copy)
Genre Source

Books and stories read this month (reviews coming)

    Personal Collection

  1. Equal Rites (Discworld, #3) by Terry Pratchett
  2. I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed by Lauren Child
  3. Kat Kong by Dav Pilkey
  4. Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion by Mo Willems
  5. Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer
  6. The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan

    Library book

  1. The Adventures of Tittletom by Ellis Credle
  2. Alex and Lulu: Two of a Kind by Lorena Siminovich
  3. Babymouse #12: Burns Rubber by Jennifer L. Holm
  4. Babymouse #13: Cupcake Tycoon by Jennifer L. Holm
  5. Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken by Daniel Manus Pinkwater
  6. Belinda the Ballerina by Amy Young
  7. Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising! by Patricia Hubbell
  8. Boundaries of Home: Mapping for Local Empowerment by Doug Aberley
  9. The Chick and the Duckling by Mirra Ginsburg
  10. Collective Intelligence: Mankind's Emerging World in Cyberspace by Pierre Lévy
  11. Early Hayward (CA) by Robert Phelps
  12. Echoes from the Macabre: Selected Stories by Daphne du Maurier
  13. Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
  14. Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems by Michael N. DeMers
  15. GIS Online: Information Retrieval, Mapping, and the Internet by Brandon Plewe
  16. Ground Truth: The Social Implications of Geographic Information Systems by John Pickles
  17. Harriet's Halloween Candy by Nancy Carlson
  18. Imagine a Place by Sarah L. Thomson
  19. Internet Freedom: Where Is the Limit? by Ann Kramer
  20. The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon by Robert Whitaker
  21. Monster Hunt by Rory Storm
  22. My Big Dog by Janet Stevens
  23. The Octonauts andthe Frown Fish by Meomi
  24. The Octonauts and The Only Lonely Monster by Meomi
  25. Oops-a-daisy! by Claire Freedman
  26. Paula Bunyan by Phyllis Root
  27. Pokemon Adventures, Vol. 8 by Hidenori Kusaka
  28. Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman
  29. San Leandro, California by Cynthia Vrilakas Simons
  30. Sector 7 by David Wiesner
  31. Sharing Geographic Information by Gerard Rushton
  32. Six Impossible Things by Elizabeth Cadell
  33. Sugar Would Not Eat It by Emily Jenkins
  34. Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture by Henry Jenkins
  35. Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R.L. LaFevers
  36. This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson
  37. A Toast to Tomorrow by Manning Coles
  38. A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry
  39. Uh-oh! by Rachel Isadora
  40. Web 2.0 for Librarians and Information Professionals by Ellyssa Kroski
  41. Yo, Jo! by Rachel Isadora

    Review copy

  1. Just Breeze by Beverly Stowe McClure
  2. The Quest for Merlin's Map (The Jumper Chronicles) by W. C. Peever
  3. Tuey's Course by James Ross

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Comment #1: Monday, November, 1, 2010 at 10:38:43

Freda

WOW! Fantastic month!



Comment #2: Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 11:17:03

Pussreboots

Thank you.