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What Are You Reading: May 23, 2011: 05/23/11

What Are You Reading?

I finished ten books this week which actually surprises me because I hardly did any reading during my usual fun reading time. I finished one manga over coffee as well as one tween mystery, The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer.

Although Ranma 1/2 is a manga I read it at home while I was recovering from a cold. It's a much older manga and the translation was mirrored so that the book will read from left to right. Ranma 1/2 was one of my earliest introductions to anime but I've never bothered to read the manga. Turns out I like the manga better than the anime.

My daughter of course still loves story time before bed so my list includes my reading with her: Babyberry Pie, Miss Lina's Ballerinas and Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire! Our favorite by far was Miss Lina's Ballerinas. We're both fans of the Madeline series and Miss Lina's Ballerinas is written and illustrated in the style of the books.

This week I hope to finish two volumes of xxxHolic, Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend and Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh.

Finished Last Week:

  1. Babyberry Pie by Heather Vogel Frederick (library book)
  2. The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #1) by Nancy Springer (library book)
  3. Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire! by Jane O'Connor
  4. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 18 by Hiromu Arakawa (library book)
  5. Miss Lina's Ballerinas by Grace MacCarone (library book)
  6. Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman (library book)
  7. The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz (library book)
  8. "Literomancer" by Ken Liu FSF Sept/Oct 2010 (personal collection)
  9. Ranma 1/2, Volume 1 by Rumiko Takahashi (library book)
  10. The Road to Oz by Kathleen Krull (library book)

Currently Reading:

  1. The Arcanum by Thomas Wheeler (personal collection)
  2. Blood Fruit by James E.M. Rasmussen (review copy)
  3. From a Changeling Star by Jeffrey A. Carver (personal collection)
  4. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (personal collection)
  5. Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh by R.L. Fevers (library book)
  6. Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend by Carrie Jones (personal collection)
  7. xxxHolic Volume 6 by CLAMP (library book)

Reviews Posted:

  1. Avenue of the Dead by Evelyn Anthony (library book)
  2. Bollywood Babes by Narinder Dhami (library book)
  3. Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith (library book)
  4. Hattie the Bad by Jane Devlin (library book)
  5. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff (library book)
  6. Shark vs Train by Chris Barton (library book)
  7. Ten Little Mummies by Philip Yates (library book)

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Comment #1: Sunday, May, 22, 2011 at 16:32:57

Mouseprints (Megan)

My girls love the Fancy Nancy books. I haven't seen the Miss Lina book; I'll have to look into it.
Did you like The Night Fairy? It's on my TBR pile.
The Enola Holmes Mysteries are on my TBR pile, too.



Comment #2: Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 20:29:03

Pussreboots

I liked The Night Fairy and gave it a 4 out of 5. The first Enola Holmes mystery I loved and gave it a perfect 5.



Comment #3: Sunday, May, 22, 2011 at 19:52:07

Mary Mary

Where do you find the time to do so much reading ; ) ! With life so busy, I'm lucky to get done what I get done in a week. Congrats to you on getting through so much literature!



Comment #4: Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 20:30:35

Pussreboots

Most of the books I read this week had between 32 and 40 pages in them. Basically all those books equal two 400+ page books.



Comment #5: Sunday, May, 22, 2011 at 22:47:21

Crystal (I Totally Paused!)

I might have to pick up the Gay (ex) Boyfriend one - I kind of want a gay husband, lol.



Comment #6: Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 20:32:24

Pussreboots

It's an interesting book. Good luck!



Comment #7: Sunday, May, 22, 2011 at 22:52:06

Kayleigh

Nice achievement! Unfortunately I can't read Japanese (although i'm learning) so I can't read manga the way it is originally written but I much prefer my translations to still be in the Japanese tradition of reading from back to front, right to left, it's just one of those quirks of mine I guess, not rational reason!



Comment #8: Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 20:35:25

Pussreboots

The vast majority of the manga I read are translations in the traditional Japanese layout. I mentioned Ramna's reversal just to point out how much older it is than the bulk of what I read. It took a while for publishers to catch on to the fact that the readers could handle reading the book right to left in translation.



Comment #9: Sunday, May, 22, 2011 at 23:10:15

Bluestocking

Wow! That's a lot of books.



Comment #10: Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 20:37:31

Pussreboots

It's 1052 pages or roughly two full length fantasy novels.



Comment #11: Sunday, May, 22, 2011 at 23:50:39

Sharon C (Obsession with Books)

Wow, 10 books! well done :) a great selection.

Please feel free to drop by my blog.

Have a nice week.



Comment #12: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:48:35

Pussreboots

Thank you. The books are mostly short. That's why there are so many.



Comment #13: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 01:46:54

Teddyree

Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend sounds like a fun read. Have a great read and enjoy your books :)



Comment #14: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:49:14

Pussreboots

It's a page turner.



Comment #15: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 04:18:59

Ange

Wow you did a lot of reading last week!!



Comment #16: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:50:41

Pussreboots

I read about 150 pages a day but mostly in the form of picture books and manga (also low on word count).



Comment #17: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 06:42:23

Uniflame

I have the xxxHolic series myself (well part of it) but haven't really started on it yet. I did watch the anime though.



Comment #18: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:52:04

Pussreboots

My son and I are reading the xxxHolic series. He gets first dibs on the new volumes when I bring them home from the library.



Comment #19: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 08:42:35

Helen Murdoch

Fancy Nancy was always one of our favorites!



Comment #20: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:55:24

Pussreboots

That was the first Fancy Nancy I read with my daughter. Prior to that it's been my son who has liked them. He likes all the vocabulary that's introduced in the books.



Comment #21: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 09:47:55

Laurel-Rain Snow http://laurelrainsnow.wordpress.com/

Bollywood Babes piqued my interest.

And...I love Fancy Nancy. I have a Fancy Nancy doll that I perch next to books, especially in photos.

Thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #22: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:56:34

Pussreboots

Bollywood Babes is part of a trilogy. I've read two of the three and they're very good. I've seen the Fancy Nancy Doll in your photos, although I didn't recognize her.



Comment #23: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 14:27:56

MarthaE

As always you have been reading alot. :-) I just started 39 Clues by Rick Riordan - fun. Hope you have a lovely week. Martha



Comment #24: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:58:42

Pussreboots

I plan to give the 39 Clues series a try some day too but I have so much already on hand to read.



Comment #25: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 15:26:45

Kaity

I'm hoping to read The Lost Hero sometime this summer, hope you enjoy it :) Wow, you are quite the reading machine! Wish I had the time to do that.



Comment #26: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 17:26:52

Pussreboots

I read short books. I don't watch a lot of TV. This week I read the equivalent of two full length fantasy novels.



Comment #27: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 16:35:10

Quixotic magpie

I loved Shark vs. Train! I just bought a few copies for our school library, and hte principal read it to the lower grades at lunch. What a fun book for kids!



Comment #28: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 17:27:03

Pussreboots

Shark vs Train was one of thos surprise books for me. I wasn't expecting to like it even though it's been winning awards. But it ended up being delightful and silly and a great way to teach score keeping.



Comment #29: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 18:27:51

Miel et Lait

Wow! I thought reading 3 at a time was a lot! You have an impressive list of books read & to be read!



Comment #30: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 17:27:03

Pussreboots

Keeping track of the different plots is no different than watching a bunch of TV series in a week and keeping thrack of their plots and characters. Most of the books I read were short. I read the same amount as if I'd read two full length fantasy novels.



Comment #31: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 18:58:11

Staci

I think it's so great that you read to your daughter every night!! Have a great week of books!



Comment #32: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 17:31:25

Pussreboots

It's not every night. Some nights she reads to herself. But I read a few times a week to her.



Comment #33: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 19:50:33

Samantha

It's interesting how manga is translated into anime. One of my favorite anime movie's is Howl's Moving Castle. Have you seen that one? Thanks for stopping by my blog!



Comment #34: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 17:32:35

Pussreboots

I've seen Howl's Moving Castle many times. Have you read the book by Diana Wynne Jones?



Comment #35: Monday, May, 23, 2011 at 20:40:34

Samantha

I haven't but I'd like to!



Comment #36: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 22:17:04

Pussreboots

I hope you get a chance to.



Comment #37:

RAnn

You crank out more books than just about anyone else; and when you are looking at book bloggers, we read a lot!



Comment #38: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 22:19:21

Pussreboots

I don't crank out books. I just read short books. Not many bloggers review picture books. If you look at the total page number I finished the equivalent of two full length fantasy novels.



Comment #39: Tuesday, May, 24, 2011 at 00:58:33

Kim

What a great list... I sure miss reading to my kids at night...such happy warm memories I have though! Have a great week--
*smiles



Comment #40: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 22:19:21

Pussreboots

I typically read to them before dinner.



Comment #41: Wednesday, May, 25, 2011 at 04:34:14

Mardel

In all your reading of picture books, do you have any recommendations for good (and preferably humorous) POC books? I especially want to find some with Spanish characters = although I would love to find books with all variety of country and characters. Love to hear any recommendations you have of books you enjoyed.



Comment #42: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 11:29:43

Pussreboots

I have a few recommendations of specifically hispanic POC picture books. If you're interested in other cultures as well, I can broaded my recommendations. Here are ones that match your request: What Can You Do with a Rebozo by Carmen Tafolla, Gracias / Thanks by Pat Mora, Just in Case by Yuyi Morales and Elena's Serenade by Campbell Geeslin.

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