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Al Capone Shines My Shoes (audio) by Gennifer Choldenko
Alameda County Breeding Bird Atlas by Bob Richmond
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
Born on a Blue Day (audio) by Daniel Tammet
Croak by Gina Damico
Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat by Caroline W. Smith
Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Googlization of Everything by Siva Vaidhyanathan
Ida B. (audio) by Katherine Hannigan
In Memory of the Map by Christopher Norment
The Legend of the Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Lost Cities by Dale Peck
The Lowdown on Denim by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
The Mermaid's Mirror by LK Madigan
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic ... but Didn't! by Tim Maltin
Outside In by Maria V. Snyder
Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder
The Pirate's Daughter by Robert Girardi
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean
Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
Stitches by David Small
Swahili for the Broken-Hearted by Peter Moore
Swish by Joel Derfner
Twin Spica 07 by Kou Yaginuma
Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin

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What Are You Reading: November 05, 2012: 11/04/12

What Are You Reading?

Ten of the fourteen books I read this week were for the CYBILS. I've completed 34 books out of the 80 or so I have to read.

My favorite non-CYBILS read was Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson. A former Broadway actress moves into a family run hotel and takes fifteen year old Scarlett, whom she nicknames O'Hara, under her wing. Together they help older brother Spencer with a small production of Hamlet.

As I mentioned for many weeks in a row, I still want to finish How to Dine on Killer Wine. I'm also feeling ready to push towards the end of 1Q84, a novel I've been reading since January! Once I'm finished with 1Q84, I will start on Vanity Fair as my chunskter of choice.

In more pedestrian reading, I plan to finish Me, Myself and Why? by MaryJanice Davidson. When I do, I will get started on Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell.

What about you?

Finished:

  1. Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang (CYBILS)
  2. Baby's in Black by Arne Bellstorf (CYBILS)
  3. Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott (library book)
  4. Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White (library book)
  5. Frostbite by Richelle Mead (CYBILS)
  6. Ghouls Gone Wild by Victoria Laurie (library book)
  7. Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre (CYBILS)
  8. The Golden Twine by Jo Rioux (CYBILS)
  9. Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson (CYBILS)
  10. Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke (CYBILS)
  11. Lily Renee, Escape Artist by Trina Robbins (CYBILS)
  12. Rooftop Cat by Frank Le Gall (CYBILS)
  13. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson (library book)
  14. Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke (library book)

Currently Reading:

  1. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (personal collection)
  2. Airborn (audio) by Kenneth Oppel (library book)
  3. Freddy Goes to Florida by Walter R. Brooks (personal collection)
  4. How to Dine on Killer Wine by Penny Warner (personal collection)
  5. The Main Corpse (audio) by Diane Mott Davidson (personal collection)
  6. Me, Myself and Why? by MaryJanice Davidson
  7. The Mummy Case (audio) by Elizabeth Peters (library book)
  8. The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones (personal collection)
  9. Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley (review copy)

Reviews Posted:

  1. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
  2. Chi's Sweet Home 01 by Kanata Konami
  3. I Must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal
  4. The Mermaid's Mirror by LK Madigan
  5. The School for Cats by Esther Averill
  6. Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
  7. Where Is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin



Comments (30)

Comment #1: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 01:30:29

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Me, Myself and Why sounds like a fun read. Both my kids and my husband are fans of the Avatar: Last Airbender cartoon series

Wishing you a great reading week



Comment #2: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 18:03:13

Pussreboots

It's certainly a memorable book but I'm not sure yet if it's "fun." My kids have watched both Airbender series. The graphic novel series fills in the story immediately following the defet of the Fire Lord.



Comment #3: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 07:20:26

Kah Woei @ The Books of My Life

Seems like you didn't enjoy The Alchemyst too ... it was the same for me although for different reasons.



Comment #4: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 18:06:12

Pussreboots

What were your reasons (if you don't mind sharing)?



Comment #5: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 08:18:35

Jo

Every time I visit here I am amazed all over again at the number of books you have going at all times. How long do you have to finish reading the CYBILS books?



Comment #6: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 18:08:58

Pussreboots

The short lists are announced on New Year's Eve. I think we have until mid December before we begin debating and voting onwhat we'll put on the short list.



Comment #7: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 08:33:28

Burgandy Ice

I always love your lists. Fun reviews. I love how you put so much thought behind them. Thx for all the links! Enjoy your week of reading!! Thx for hoppin' by my Monday!



Comment #8: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 18:10:23

Pussreboots

Thank you for the kind words. Happy reading.



Comment #9: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 08:53:24

Laurel-Rain Snow

I'm curious about Me, Myself and Why? Enjoy your reads, and thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #10: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 18:11:58

Pussreboots

It's about an FBI agent with multiple personalities who is trying to solve a string of serial killings. Completely improbable as the author explains in the introduction but still an interesting book.



Comment #11: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 09:21:53

Marie

14 books ;) Awesome. And those are all brand new to me also! Thanks for visiting my Monday post!



Comment #12: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 18:13:32

Pussreboots

You're welcome. Have a good week.



Comment #13: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 09:31:30

Logan

Thank you for visiting my blog earlier. Great book list! I hope you have a great reading week.



Comment #14: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 18:15:33

Pussreboots

I will have another busy week of reading for the CYBILS. I'm picking up another load of them tomorrow.



Comment #15: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 11:25:08

Jennifer

I hope you are able to finish IQ84 soon, I loved that book :)



Comment #16: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 18:18:18

Pussreboots

If I don't have it finished by the winter holidays, I'll bring the book along with me and finish it at my in-laws' home.



Comment #17: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 12:19:35

Erin @ Quixotic Magpie

Suite Scarlett sounds really good! And I loved The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson too. I will have to pick up Scarlett.



Comment #18: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 18:19:20

Pussreboots

It was very good, and a quick read.



Comment #19: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 21:01:01

Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text)

I'm intrigued by The Pinhoe Egg. I've only read Howl's Moving Castle by Wynne Jones, but really enjoyed it!



Comment #20: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 18:20:22

Pussreboots

It's the last of the Crestomanci books. I recommend starting with Charmed Life.



Comment #21: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 21:25:03

Brunette Librarian

Have an utterly lovely reading week and I wish you luck with IQ84!
Whatcha readin' this week @ the Brunette Librarian :)



Comment #22: Friday, November 09, 2012 at 12:40:12

Pussreboots

I've been happily reading 1Q84 since January 16th. I think it would be nice to finish it up before 2013 begins.



Comment #23: Monday, November 05, 2012 at 22:00:23

Lindsey

I like to read a big book along with smaller novels too. Have a good week!



Comment #24: Friday, November 09, 2012 at 12:44:20

Pussreboots

Most of the books I read are less than 400 pages in length (many in the 200 page range). But I usually have one large book (600 pages or more) going and I'll read it as slowly as I want. Since I know I'll be a slow poke, I typically buy these long books so I don't feel like I'm racing the clock as I would if it were a library book. 1Q84, for instance, I've been reading since January!



Comment #25: Tuesday, November, 6, 2012 at 10:16:33

Myra from GatheringBooks

The Gene Luen Yang Book is a must have for me. My ten year old daughter simply adores Yang's graphic novels - this is the only one she hasn't read yet. She just finished the Amulet series and loved it. I also enjoyed Lily Renee and reviewed it several months ago when they launched their blog tour. :)



Comment #26: Friday, November 09, 2012 at 12:48:01

Pussreboots

The Yang book does a good job of bridging the gap between the two Avatar series.



Comment #27: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 15:24:01

Earl

I wish I could have gotten into the The Alchemyst as well. The series had always seemed very interesting to me- but maybe the writing style was too flat for me or maybe I wasn't in the mood. The book that took me forever to read even though I enjoyed reading it was "The Time Traveler's Wife" taking me about 6 months to read it and 32 books later!



Comment #28: Friday, November 09, 2012 at 12:57:52

Pussreboots

Sometimes a book works and someimes it doesn't. Thankfully there are many to choose from. Happy reading.



Comment #29: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 14:02:28

Aseel Naji

Wow, that's alot of books! I hope you enjoy reading them.



Comment #30: Friday, November 09, 2012 at 12:58:40

Pussreboots

Thank you! Happy reading as well.





Recent posts


Month in review

Reviews
Al Capone Shines My Shoes (audio) by Gennifer Choldenko
Alameda County Breeding Bird Atlas by Bob Richmond
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
Born on a Blue Day (audio) by Daniel Tammet
Croak by Gina Damico
Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat by Caroline W. Smith
Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Googlization of Everything by Siva Vaidhyanathan
Ida B. (audio) by Katherine Hannigan
In Memory of the Map by Christopher Norment
The Legend of the Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Lost Cities by Dale Peck
The Lowdown on Denim by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
The Mermaid's Mirror by LK Madigan
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic ... but Didn't! by Tim Maltin
Outside In by Maria V. Snyder
Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder
The Pirate's Daughter by Robert Girardi
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean
Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
Stitches by David Small
Swahili for the Broken-Hearted by Peter Moore
Swish by Joel Derfner
Twin Spica 07 by Kou Yaginuma
Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin

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