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10 Best Nonfiction
10 Best Odd Balls
10 Best Picture Books
10 Best Scifi/ Fantasy
10 Best Tween Books

Reviews
The Adventures of Tittletom by Ellis Credle
Afternoon on the Amazon by Mary Pope Osborne
Alex and Lulu by Lorena Siminovich
Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel
Beautiful Yetta by Daniel Pinkwater
Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising! by Patricia Hubbell
Boundaries of Home by Doug Aberley
Brownie and Pearl Get Dolled Up by Cynthia Rylant
The Chick and the Duckling by Mirra Ginsburg
The Fairy's Return by Gail Carson Levine
Forever by Rachel Pollack
Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 by Eric Wight
Harriet's Halloween Candy by Nancy Carlson
A History of Cadmium by Elizabeth Bourne
Knitty Kitty by David Elliott
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
The Long Retreat by Robert Reed
Looking for Jake by China Miéville
Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower
Make-Believe by Michael Reaves
The Octonauts and the Frown Fish by Meomi
One to Nine by Andrew Hodges
Raiders' Ransom by Emily Diamand
The Secret of the Old Clock by Caroline Keene
Sector 7 by David Wiesner
The Tarot Cafe #3 by Sang-Sun Park
Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood
Waiting for the Phone to Ring by Richard Bowes
Waking Up Wendell by April Stevens
What Can You Do With a Rebozo? by Carmen Tafolla
When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden


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 December 2010 in Review

December in Review: 12/31/10

This month started off slowly for reading as I was focused on my term papers. It's the first month in ages where I reviewed more books than I read. I read 30 and reviewed 31. January will be dedicated to reading the short list books in the Graphic Novels category for the Cybils. I have been reading them from the long list so hopefully I will have already read a few of them!

I read fewer personal collection books in part because I lost of week of reading at the start of the month and because I was reading books off my wishlist. Those wishlist books, with the exception of Kraken and The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Periolous Journey which I'm still reading, were from the library.

I mostly reviewed picture books and tween books. The average rating was 4. Exactly half of the books reviewed were five star ratings. Like in November, I didn't have any abandoned books either in the review pile or the read pile. My ROOB score was -2.23, a little less good than last month but not my worst month.

Books reviewed this month

    Rating out of 5 stars (as posted on GoodReads)

    Five Star books:

  1. The Adventures of Tittletom by Ellis Credle (library book)
  2. Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel (personal collection)
  3. Beautiful Yetta by Daniel Pinkwater (library book)
  4. Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising! by Patricia Hubbell (library book)
  5. Harriet's Halloween Candy by Nancy Carlson (library book)
  6. A History of Cadmium by Elizabeth Bourne (personal collection)
  7. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker (review copy)
  8. The Long Retreat by Robert Reed (personal collection)
  9. Looking for Jake by China Miéville (library book)
  10. Make-Believe by Michael Reaves (personal collection)
  11. The Octonauts and the Frown Fish by Meomi (library book)
  12. Raiders' Ransom by Emily Diamand (library book)
  13. The Secret of the Old Clock by Caroline Keene (library books)
  14. Sector 7 by David Wiesner (library book)
  15. Waking Up Wendell by April Stevens (library book)
  16. What Can You Do With a Rebozo? by Carmen Tafolla (library book)

    Four Star books

  1. Alex and Lulu by Lorena Siminovich (library book)
  2. The Fairy's Return by Gail Carson Levine (library book)
  3. Forever by Rachel Pollack (personal collection)
  4. Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 by Eric Wight (library book)

    Three Star books

  1. Afternoon on the Amazon by Mary Pope Osborne (personal collection)
  2. Boundaries of Home by Doug Aberley (library book)
  3. Brownie and Pearl Get Dolled Up by Cynthia Rylant (library book)
  4. The Chick and the Duckling by Mirra Ginsburg (library book)
  5. Knitty Kitty by David Elliott (library book)
  6. Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower (review copy)
  7. The Tarot Cafe #3 by Sang-Sun Park (library book)
  8. Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood (library book)
  9. When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden (personal collection)

    Two Star books

  1. One to Nine by Andrew Hodges (library book)
  2. Waiting for the Phone to Ring by Richard Bowes (library book)

    One Star books

Genre Source

Books and stories read this month (reviews coming)

    Personal Collection

  1. The Batman Handbook by Scott Beatty
  2. Bite Me by Christopher Moore
  3. Information Seeking in Electronic Environments by Gary Marchionini
  4. Naked Heat by Richard Castle
  5. Night-Night Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton
  6. The Portable MLIS edited by Ken Haycock and Brooke E. Sheldon

    Library book

  1. Alison's Zinnia by Anita Lobel
  2. All Action Classics #3: The Odyssey by Homer and Tim Mucci
  3. The Ballerina with Webbed Feet by Pam Van Scoyoc
  4. Copper by Kizu Kibuishi
  5. The Country Child by Alison Uttley
  6. It Does Not Say Meow by Joanna C. Galdone
  7. Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin Jr.
  8. LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
  9. Monster Trucks by Mark Todd
  10. The New Gay Teenager by Ritch C. Savin-Williams
  11. The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki
  12. The Noisy Way to Bed by Ian Whybrow
  13. Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer
  14. One Halloween Night by Mark Teague
  15. Pump Six and Other Stories by Paolo Bagigalupi
  16. The Sign Painter by Allen Say
  17. "Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!" by Patricia Thomas
  18. Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus by R. L. LaFevers
  19. Tinkerbell and the Wings of Rani by Teresa Radice
  20. Waking Up Wendell by April Stevens
  21. Weblogs And Libraries by Laurel Anne Clyde
  22. The World at Night by Alan Furst
  23. The Z was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg

    Review copy

  1. Food, Girls, & Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff



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Comment #1: Saturday, January, 1, 2011 at 14:45:06

freda

I loved The Little Giant of Aberdeen County too! Another great month for you!

Happy new year!



Comment #2: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 18:46:44

Pussreboots

Happy New Year to you too! It felt like such a slow reading month for. First I was writing papers. Then I was traveling. And then I caught a cold. I feel like I've read more in the last four days than I did in all of December. It's not true, but it's how it feels.