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Ann Can Fly by Fred Phleger
The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry
The Blues Go Birding Across America by Carol L. Malnor and Sandy F. Fuller
The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd
The Egyptian Jukebox by Nick Bantock
Flanimals Pop-up by Ricky Gervais
The Function of Ornament by Michael Kubo
The Illusions of Tranquility by Brendan DuBois
In Mike We Trust by P.E. Ryan
The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
The Most Wonderful Egg in the World by Helme Heine
My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World by Gilles Bachelet
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
On a Scary Scary Night by Walter Wick
Owls by Gail Gibbons
Owl Lake by Keizaburo Tejima
Paula Bunyan by Phyllis Root
Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf
Pump Six and Other Stories by Paolo Bacigalupi
Sky Burial by Xinran
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
Tirissa and the Necklace of Nulidor by Willow
Three Leaves of Aloe by Rand B. Lee
Treehorn's Treasure by Florence Parry Heide
What Do You Love? by Jonathan London
Wheel of the Moon by Sandra Forrester
Where is that Cat? by Carol Greene

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2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for April 2011 in Review

April in Review: 04/30/11

I read nearly the same amount in April as I did in March. The vast majority of these books were read for a graduate school project. I doubt I will review most of what I read in April in upcoming months. As most of these books were school reads, the library ended up being my primary source again.

Not all of the picture books read, though, were for school. My daughter can read now and she loves to read to me. I love to listen to her. So some of the books on my list are ones that she read to me. Her current favorite author is Mo Willems.

I continue to be obsessed with Fullmetal Alchemist. I managed to read six volumes and I have two more volumes at home. I'm also working through xxxHolic and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, both by CLAMP, Black Butler and Soul Eater. Manga makes the perfect read over breakfast and coffee before I get started on my homework.

This month was the Scholastic Book Fair at my son's school. Combine that with a new books that I just couldn't resist reading, my ROOB score rose to -2.15, the second worst since October 2010.

Books reviewed this month

    Rating out of 5 stars (as posted on GoodReads)

    Five Stars:

  1. The Egyptian Jukebox by Nick Bantock
  2. The Illusions of Tranquility by Brendan DuBois
  3. In Mike We Trust by P.E. Ryan
  4. The Most Wonderful Egg in the World by Helme Heine
  5. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  6. Owls by Gail Gibbons
  7. Owl Lake by Keizaburo Tejima
  8. Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  9. Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
  10. Three Leaves of Aloe by Rand B. Lee
  11. Where is that Cat? by Carol Greene

    Four Stars:

  1. Ann Can Fly by Fred Phleger
  2. The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry
  3. Flanimals Pop-up by Ricky Gervais
  4. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  5. Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
  6. My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World by Gilles Bachelet
  7. Paula Bunyan by Phyllis Root
  8. Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf
  9. Pump Six and Other Stories by Paolo Bacigalupi
  10. Sky Burial by Xinran
  11. Tirissa and the Necklace of Nulidor by Willow
  12. Treehorn's Treasure by Florence Parry Heide
  13. What Do You Love? by Jonathan London

    Three Stars:

  1. The Blues Go Birding Across America by Carol L. Malnor and Sandy F. Fuller
  2. On a Scary Scary Night by Walter Wick
  3. The Function of Ornament by Michael Kubo

    Two Stars:

  1. The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
  2. Wheel of the Moon by Sandra Forrester

    One Star:

  1. The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd
Genre Source

Books and stories read this month (reviews coming)

    Personal Collection

  1. "Blind Spot" by Rick Wilber and Nick DiChario (FSF Sept/Oct 2010)
  2. "The Door in the Earth" by Alexandra Duncan (FSF Sept/Oct 2010)
  3. From Cover to Cover by Kathleen T. Horning
  4. "F&SF Mailbag" by David Gerrold (FSF Sept/Oct 2010)
  5. How to Survive a Killer Seance by Penny Warner
  6. Introduction to Cataloging and Classification by Arlene G. Taylor
  7. Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 2 by Bisco Hatori
  8. Pirate Fairies of the 8th Sea by George Webber
  9. Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century by Kay Ann Cassell
  10. Silverlicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
  11. Soul Eater, Vol. 1 by Atsushi Ohkubo
  12. "Steadfast Castle" by Michael Swanwick (FSF Sept/Oct 2010)
  13. XXXholic Volume 1 by CLAMP

    Library book

  1. The Brother Gardeners by Andrea Wulf
  2. Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury
  3. Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems
  4. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
  5. Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
  6. Clementine's Letter by Sara Pennypacker
  7. Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones
  8. Every Soul A Star by Wendy Mass
  9. Fortune Cookies by Albert Bitterman
  10. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 09 by Hiromu Arakawa
  11. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 10 by Hiromu Arakawa
  12. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 11 by Hiromu Arakawa
  13. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 12 by Hiromu Arakawa
  14. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 13 by Hiromu Arakawa
  15. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 14 by Hiromu Arakawa
  16. Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand
  17. Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
  18. Gracias / Thanks by Pat Mora
  19. Highway Robbery by Kate Thompson
  20. Homemade Love by Bell Hooks
  21. How to Grow Up and Rule the World by Scott Seegert
  22. Job Site by Nathan Clement
  23. Kitten's Autumn by Eugenie Fernandes
  24. Madeline at the White House by John Bemelmans Marciano
  25. Maneki Neko: The Tale of the Beckoning Cat by Susan Lendroth
  26. Mortal Love: A Novel by Elizabeth Hand
  27. My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete
  28. Olivia Trains Her Cat (Ready-to-Read. Level 1) by Sarah Albee
  29. The Owl and the Pussycat by Anne Mortimer
  30. The Pepins and Their Problems by Polly Horvath
  31. Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor
  32. Poppleton Forever by Cynthia Rylant
  33. Punished! by David Lubar
  34. Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson
  35. Shadow by Suzy Lee
  36. The Stainless Steel Rat Returns by Harry Harrison
  37. Teeth, Tails, & Tentacles: An Animal Counting Book by Christopher Wormell
  38. Ten copycats in a boat, and other riddles by Alvin Schwartz
  39. That Bad, Bad Cat! by Claire Masurel
  40. There Is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems
  41. Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Volume 1 by CLAMP
  42. Watch Me Throw the Ball by Mo Willems
  43. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale by Verna Aardema
  44. XXXholic Volume 2 by CLAMP
  45. XXXholic Volume 3 by CLAMP
  46. XXXholic Volume 4 by CLAMP

    Review copy

  1. The Best American Comics 2010 by Neil Gaiman (ebook)
  2. Hot X by Danica McKellar
  3. The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt (ebook)

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Comment #1: Sunday, May, 1, 2011 at 10:26:28

Erika

I love the anime xxxHolic (one of my top favourites). I haven't picked up the manga yet though. And wow...you read a lot of books. Even more than one a day.



Comment #2: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 23:08:02

Pussreboots

You should read xxxHolic if you can. There's more to the story that isn't covered in the anime.

Most of the books I read were short. Plus the text books I've been working on for weeks. I just happened to finish them now because we've come to the end of the semester.



Comment #3: Sunday, May, 1, 2011 at 10:27:33

Nikki-ann

Wow, that's a lot of book ina month!

I remember reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes in school (many years ago!).



Comment #4: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 23:15:02

Pussreboots

I only heard of the book after the movie.



Comment #5: Sunday, May, 1, 2011 at 11:01:39

Freda

You had a great month!
Happy May Reading!



Comment #6: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 23:18:10

Pussreboots

Thank you!