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Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo
Babymouse Burns Rubber by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Babymouse Cupcake Tycoon by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Bite Me by Christopher Moore
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle
For Biddle's Sake by Gail Carson Levine
Fullmetal Alchemist 03 by Hiromu Arakawa
Fullmetal Alchemist 04 by Hiromu Arakawa
Ghostopolis by Doug TenNaple
The Green Ripper by John D. MacDonald
The Lost Elephants of Kenyisha by Ken Altabef
Mercury by Hope Larson
Meanwhile by Jason Shiga
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc
The Odyssey (All Action Classics 03) by Homer and Tim Mucci
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Queer Phenomenology by Sara Ahmed
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Twin Spica 01 by Kou Yaginuma
Twin Spica 02 by Kou Yaginuma
Urgent 2nd Class by Nick Bantock
The Way They Wove the Spells in Sippulgar by Robert Silverberg
West Coast Journeys by Caroline C. Leighton
Writers of the Future by Charles Oberndorf

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What Are You Reading: June 20, 2011: 06/20/11

What Are You Reading?

I'm well. My daughter's well. School is going well. My son has entered a summer reading contest at our local library. Since he's going every other day to feed his addiction (yay!) I'm reading too. Later today I will reach the halfway point of my reading goal to read 600 books this year. I think xxxHolic Volume 10 will have the honor of being book 300 for this year.

This was a rare week for me in that I finished a lot of review books. I don't take many arcs for review any longer but I'm experimenting with including a few more into my weekly reading mix. This week my favorite was a reissue of a book I read excerpts from in film school, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello. Junonia by Kevin Henkes was a gentle story that I think should be taught in school.

I'm still slowly plugging my way through Navajo Made Easier. It's a fascinating language but not having any native speakers of Diné bizaad around here I'll only get so far with the book. It's really only a book of phrases with some conjugation and cultural notes tossed in. It's meant to be used in the context of learning the language through immersion.

Coming up this week I want to finish Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 20 and starting more books from my wishlist. I will also be reading The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto.

Gave Up On:

  1. The Glimmering by Elizabeth Hand (library book)

Finished Last Week:

  1. The Arcanum by Thomas Wheeler (personal collection)
  2. Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello (review copy)
  3. The Bootlegger's Secret by Michael Springer (review copy)
  4. Bumped by Megan McCafferty (review copy)
  5. Junonia by Kevin Henkes (review copy)
  6. Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis (library book)
  7. Little Bo in Italy by Julie Andrews Edwards (library book)
  8. The Otherworldlies by Jennifer Anne Kogler (library book)
  9. Navajo ABC: A Diné Alphabet Book by Lucy Tapahanso (library book)
  10. XXXHolic, Volume 10 by CLAMP (library book)

Currently Reading:

  1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (personal collection)
  2. Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 20 by Hiromu Arakawa (library book)
  3. Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn (personal collection)
  4. Navajo Made Easier: A Course in Conversational Navajo by Irvy W. Goossen (library book)
  5. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
  6. The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (personal collection)
  7. XXXHolic, Volume 11 by CLAMP (library book)

Reviews Posted:

  1. Babymouse Burns Rubber by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (review copy)
  2. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (personal collection)
  3. The Lost Elephants of Kenyisha by Ken Altabef (personal collection)
  4. Meanwhile by Jason Shiga (review copy)
  5. Mercury by Hope Larson (review copy)
  6. Tuesday by David Wiesner (library book)
  7. Twin Spica 01 by Kou Yaginuma (review copy)

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Comment #1: Monday, June, 20, 2011 at 02:31:50

Ambur

You had a busy week, and you've got another busy one up ahead! Honestly, I'm blown away by how much you read, it's impressive! :D

I've been wanting to read The Otherworldlies too, I hope you liked it! :D

I hope you have an awesome week! Happy Reading! :D My "It's Monday, What Are You Reading?" Post



Comment #2: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 08:45:23

Pussreboots

Otherwordlies was a fun read. I hope you get a chance to read it soon.



Comment #3: Monday, June, 20, 2011 at 04:12:36

Uniflame

I am really curious what you thought of Bumped since it is on my list of books as well :)



Comment #4: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 08:46:41

Pussreboots

Bumped was okay. I can see it being taught in school. It could have been better.



Comment #5: Monday, June, 20, 2011 at 08:00:57

Kathy Martin

You have a goal of 600 books? Wow! I read Bumped recently and thought it was entertaining. I still have The Throne of Fire on my TBR mountain too. My Monday Report is here. Happy reading!



Comment #6: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 08:48:20

Pussreboots

Yes and I'm halfway there. Bumped was good but flawed.



Comment #7: Monday, June, 20, 2011 at 08:40:01

Laurel-Rain Snow

I remember enjoying The Shipping News...awhile ago.

You have an eclectic selection, which is a good thing!

Thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #8: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 08:49:24

Pussreboots

I really like her books, so I don't know why I've been digging my heals in starting The Shipping News. I'm absolutely loving it.



Comment #9: Monday, June, 20, 2011 at 09:43:41

Misha

Wow! You read 10 books in a week :O You're a super-fast reader. Happy Reading! :)



Comment #10: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 08:50:35

Pussreboots

I don't watch a lot of TV and the books I mostly read are tween and middle grade so they go pretty quickly.



Comment #11: Monday, June, 20, 2011 at 09:55:30

Samita @ Book Purring

Very awesome that you're reading the making of Psycho :D



Comment #12: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 08:52:35

Pussreboots

It was an interesting book both times I read it.



Comment #13: Monday, June, 20, 2011 at 11:46:18

Jennifer

WOW your week was am impressive one and your schedule for this week is very ambitious. Happy reading.



Comment #14: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 08:54:25

Pussreboots

It's not a schedule. Just a list of things I think I'll read next.



Comment #15: Monday, June, 20, 2011 at 11:58:31

Crystal (I Totally Paused!)

I've heard such fabulous things about Bumped, I'll have to come back and read your review!



Comment #16: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 15:45:15

Pussreboots

It will be a while before I get the review posted. I can tell you that the book has many interesting talking points and could be used in a high school English or social studies class.



Comment #17: Monday, June, 20, 2011 at 12:49:02

Lisa Almeda Sumner

I love Annie Proulx's work, but still have never read The Shipping News. I'll be interested to know what you think of it. Have you read her stories? Phenomenal writing.



Comment #18: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 15:48:24

Pussreboots

I have. I read a collection of them about a decade ago. The Shipping News is just as satisfying.



Comment #19: Monday, June, 20, 2011 at 14:29:02

Marla @ Starting the Next Chapter

Thanks for stopping by. That is a lot of review copies! It looks like you read some interesting books last week. I hope that you have an equally successful week this week!



Comment #20: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 15:52:42

Pussreboots

Thank you. I doubt I'll go through as many review copies this week. I don't typically read that many even in a month!



Comment #21: Monday, June, 20, 2011 at 15:00:59

JP

Ooooh, lots of good books! I really want to read Bumped!



Comment #22: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 15:54:50

Pussreboots

Bumped is a pretty quick read.



Comment #23: Monday, June, 20, 2011 at 15:54:08

Paula

looks like you have had some good reading great job keep up the great work!



Comment #24: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 15:56:55

Pussreboots

Thank you.



Comment #25: Monday, June, 20, 2011 at 20:01:34

Yvonne

You had a great week. Enjoy your books!



Comment #26: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 15:16:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. I hope I do. Happy reading.



Comment #27: Monday, June, 20, 2011 at 20:49:16

Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text)

I'm sorry to hear that Bumped was only okay. I'll probably still read it though. And the Hitchcock book sounds fascinating! Have a great week.



Comment #28: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 15:48:04

Pussreboots

Bumped is flawed but still pretty good. I can see it being taught in school along side books like The Scarlet Letter and The Handmaid's Tale.



Comment #29: Monday, June, 20, 2011 at 21:51:02

Mardel

I finally saw the movie, Shipping News - is that the same story? Interesting movie.

A lot of people love the City of Ashes series, I haven't read them yet though.

Happy reading week!
Glad you have such a reader - I love when kids read for fun.



Comment #30: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 15:53:15

Pussreboots

Yes, The Shipping News movie is the same as the novel but I haven't seen it. City of Bones is pretty good. It's an easy and humorous read. I have two readers but my youngest is in preschool over the summer so she doesn't have as much time to read for fun.



Comment #31: Monday, June, 20, 2011 at 22:59:48

Joy Weese Moll

Looks like a lot of great reading!



Comment #32: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 16:00:25

Pussreboots

It was. Thanks.



Comment #33: Tuesday, June, 21, 2011 at 00:14:14

RAnn

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you liked Bumped more than I did. Actually the story wasn't bad; I just hated the lack of ending.



Comment #34: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 16:02:01

Pussreboots

Bumped was pretty good. I've heard from a number of people that the ending was awful so I was expecting it to be worse than it was. The ending didn't bother me all the much.



Comment #35: Tuesday, June, 21, 2011 at 01:50:55

Jenny N

Wow, another great for you. I've heard some mixed things about Bumped but I love Megan McCafferty so will probably still read it.



Comment #36: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 16:04:15

Pussreboots

Bumped is good but flawed. Harmony's voice seemed better defined than Melody's, to the point that she ends up dominating the book even though she's only telling half the story.



Comment #37: Tuesday, June, 21, 2011 at 03:42:21

Hattie Norman

Luv your blog. Enjoyed reading over what you have read....etc. I have read THE SHIPPING NEWS BY PROULX. While reading it, I wanted to go to Newfoundland. Her writing style is so quiet. Under the surface of her writing is a big bang.



Comment #38: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 16:04:15

Pussreboots

Your discription of Proulx's writing style is spot on. I hope to finish the book soon. It's so well written.



Comment #39: Tuesday, June, 21, 2011 at 04:16:28

Mai Lene

I think you are better than me. I haven't heard about all the books but it looks interresting. Enjoy your reading and this week. =)



Comment #40: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 16:12:41

Pussreboots

I'm not. We are just reading different books. Happy reading.



Comment #41: Tuesday, June, 21, 2011 at 07:26:41

Teddyree

Wow impressive reading and reviewing list. I'll be interested to see what you think of The Lake. Have a great week and happy reading :)



Comment #42: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 16:14:12

Pussreboots

All I can tell you right now is that The Lake has a pretty cover and proceeds from the book sales go to Tsunami relief.



Comment #43: Tuesday, June, 21, 2011 at 10:49:07

Dollycas

The amount you are able to read just amazes me!!!



Comment #44: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 16:19:04

Pussreboots

Since I only have the one class this summer I have a little extra time to read.



Comment #45: Tuesday, June, 21, 2011 at 11:16:17

Aths

You have some great books! The Lost Elephants sounds interesting - need to look it up!



Comment #46: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 16:20:11

Pussreboots

The Lost Elephants is a short story that was printed in Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine last year.



Comment #47: Tuesday, June, 21, 2011 at 19:12:31

IntrovertedJen

I think Equal Rites is the one DiscWorld book I really loved. My sister keeps pushing me to try them again, and an old friend is encouraging me to try them on audio. I have a feeling I'll cave in to them soon. Enjoy your week!



Comment #48: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 16:25:31

Pussreboots

If you liked Equal Rites you should try other books in the series that have the same characters or settings. Not all of them use the same characters or are even set on the same part of the disc.



Comment #49: Tuesday, June, 21, 2011 at 19:59:34

Maria (bookchilla)

pretty busy week you had! Bumped is ony my TBR list :) thanks for dropping by my site!



Comment #50: Friday, June 24, 2011 at 11:46:35

Pussreboots

Bumped was good but flawed. I'll get it reviewed soon.