Books!

+JMJ+


As you can see from this page, my taste in books is very eclectic. I make an effort not to read too many of the same type of book in a row. It's more fun to change things up a little--and to see connections between books that seem worlds apart!

My main approach to writing about books is to give an idea of what it's about, to say what I thought of it, and to relate it to something bigger, be it the conventions of its genre or something relevant that was going on in my life when I read the book. I'm sure that everyone will find something to interest him and something to chew over in these posts about my reading. Enjoy! =)



The "Two or Three" Book Club

The format is simple: I pick two books for readers to vote on, then host a readalong of the winning book. Although I favour the classics, when all is said and done, I want our "portfolio" to be as eclectic as possible. Please feel free to join the current discussions by writing and linking up your own post or just leaving your comments on mine!

CURRENTLY DISCUSSING:
Selections from Fiabe Italiane by Italo Calvino
Meetings 129 -- 130 -- 131 -- 132 -- 133 -- 134 -- 135 -- 136 -- 137 -- 138 -- 139 -- 140 -- FINISHED!

PAST PICKS:
Classic Radio Dramas
Meetings 66 -- 67 -- 68 -- 69 -- 70 -- 71 -- 72 -- 73 -- 74 -- 75 -- 76 -- 77 -- 78 -- 79 -- 80
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Meetings 55 -- 56 -- 57 -- 58 -- 59 -- 60 -- 61 -- 62 -- 63 -- 64 -- 65
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Meetings 105 -- 106 -- 107 -- 108 -- 109 -- 110 -- 111 -- 112
Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales
Meetings 113 -- 114 -- 115-- 116 -- 117 -- 118 -- 119 -- 120 -- 121
Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week by Pope Benedict XVI
Meetings 38 -- 39 -- 40 -- 41 -- 42 -- 43 -- 44 -- 45 -- 46 -- 47 -- 48
Der Kleine Prinz by Antoine de Saint Exupery
Meetings 122 -- 123 -- 124 -- 125 -- 126 -- 127 -- 128

The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Meetings 23 -- 24 -- 25 -- 26 -- 27 -- 28 -- 29 -- 30 -- 31 -- 32 -- 33 -- 34 -- 35 -- 36 -- 37
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Meetings 98 -- 99 -- 100 -- 101 -- 102 -- 103 -- 104
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Meetings 6 -- 7 -- 7.5 -- 8 -- 9 -- 10 -- 11
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Meetings 12 -- 13 -- 14 -- 15 -- 16 -- 17 -- 18 -- 19 -- 20
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
Meetings 1 -- 1.5 -- 2 -- 3 -- 4 -- 5
The Secret of the Rosary by St. Louis de Montfort
Meetings 91 -- 92 -- 93 -- 94 -- 95 -- 96 -- 97
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
Meetings 49 -- 50 -- 51 -- 52 -- 53 -- 54
State of Fear by Michael Crichton
Meetings 81 -- 82 -- 83 -- 84 -- 85 -- 86 -- 87 -- 88 -- 89 -- 90


Note: The name may be a scriptural allusion ("Wherever two or three are gathered to read a book together . . ."), but it doesn't necessarily belong to a religious reading group.




The Baby-sitters Club Project

Early in 2010, I decided to start reading this 80s juvenile series from the beginning, in order, and with only used copies. These self-imposed rules mean that I don't get to read the books as quickly and regularly as I'd like. But I'm a little savvier about snapping up books these days, and now I buy at least five titles in advance!



* Until I find another place for them, all other Juvenile Series books go here, too.



The Classics and the Classy

C.S. Lewis once recommended that everyone read at least one "old" book for every three "new" books. Whether old books are (as a friend suggested) from at least fifty years in the past or (as I've happily twisted it) from at least fifty years before one's year of birth, I've been trying to squeeze more and more of them into my reading regimen.


Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters *
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee *
King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves
The Last Station by Jay Parini *
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Maternity by Lilika Nakos (Short Story)
A Priest in the Family by Leo Kennedy (Short Story)
Vibora! by F. Sionil Jose *
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

From my Frances Hodgson Burnett reading project:
A Little Princess -- Little Lord Fauntleroy --The Lost Prince -- The Secret Garden
From my Jean Webster reading project:
Daddy-Long-Legs -- Dear Enemy -- When Patty Went to College

* This list is also for "classy" Contemporary Literature--because otherwise I'd have no place to put them!


June Giveaway Books

My annual June Giveaway is my way of promoting some great Filipino authors to international readers who might never have heard of them before.

Banana Heart Summer by Merlinda Bobis
Barefoot in Fire: A World War II Childhood by Barbara Gamboa-Lewis
The Best of Lola Basyang by Severino Reyes
By Sword and Fire: The Destruction of Manila in World War II by Alfonso J. Aluit
Cave and Shadows by Nick Joaquin
Elmer: A Comic Book by Gerry Alanguilan
Ermita: A Novel by F. Sionil Jose
The God Stealer by F. Sionil Jose
Mama Mary and Her Children by James B. Reuter, SJ
The Manila We Knew edited by Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio
Owl Friends by Carla M. Pacis
Po-on by F. Sionil Jose
The Secret by Lin Acacio-Flores
Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
The Woman Who Had Two Navels by Nick Joaquin
If you missed the giveaway last year, please come back this June and try your luck!



Non-Fiction and Non-Typical

Although the bulk of my reading is obviously made up of novels, some of the most memorable and helpful books I've ever read fall in the Non-Fiction category.
The Beauty of Colour by Iman
Call Me Anna by Patty Duke and Kenneth Turan
I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous + Obscure
The Final Four of Everything by Mark Reiter and Richer Sandomir (editors)
Pep Talk: Inspiration from America's Greatest Coaches
A Planet Full of Doofuses by Bob Wallace
Talking to Girls about Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield

I hope to be more conscious about broadening my "real world" reading in the future.





Rated R for Romance

After all the Romance reading I used to do, I'm kind of surprised that I only have a handful of posts about novels in this genre . . . especially since one of my reading refrains is that Romance is not as bad a genre as its reputation suggests.

A Lady's Secret by Jo Beverley
Violet (Seven Brides) by Leigh Greenwood
Woman on the Run by Lisa Marie Rice

Okay, okay, I'll work on it, too . . . In the meantime, you can find other Romance-related posts on this blog using the Rated R(omance) tab.




Young (at Heart) Adult Reading

Young Adult and Middle Grade novels are still my favourite books in the world and I love discussing them with people.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott
Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry *
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer *
Crash by Jerry Spinelli
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J. Sobol
Fallen by Lauren Kate
The Fallen by Thomas E. Sniegoski *
Father's Arcane Daughter by E.L. Konigsburg
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins *
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan *
Matilda by Roald Dahl *
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson *
The Moon by Night by Madeleine L'Engle *
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer *
The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Note that the posts marked with * are not reviews. They are chatty "Reading Diary" entries about my experience with the books--but they won't necessarily tell you anything about the books themselves. =P


Book-Themed Memes:


This is my own meme: a chance to look more closely at places in literature. Anyone is welcome to link up a post on the weekend. You can also check out the special page Locus Focus has all to itself!


Across the Universe by Beth Revis
#88 -- Godspeed
Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
#126 -- The Shrine of St. Swithin
Aliens *
#90 -- LV-426
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
#31 -- New York City
At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
#15 -- The Country at the Back of the North Wind
Barefoot in Fire: A World War II Childhood by Barbara-Ann Gamboa Lewis
#6 -- Number 75, Ortega Street
Beauty and the Beast *
#71 -- The Library
The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell
#49 -- The Church High on the Bluff
The Blob *
#115 -- The Colonial Theatre

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
#65 -- Malpais
The Breakfast Club (Movie) *
#51 -- Shermer High School Library
BSC#5: Dawn and the Impossible Three by Ann M. Martin
#100 -- Stoneybrook, Connecticut
Cave and Shadows by Nick Joaquin
#57 -- The Cave
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
#20 -- Classroom Nineteen
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
#85 -- The Cratchit Family's "Dining Room"
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
#33 -- Cair Paravel
Common People by Pulp *
#68 -- The Room above a Shop
Confessions of a Volcano by Eric Gamalinda
#121 -- Miyajuki

Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
#79 -- A Tomb
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
#111 -- The Gentle Lord's Castle
Dance Till Dawn *
#118 -- Aero Theatre
The Day the Dancers Came by Bienvenido Santos
#119 -- Chicago
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
#84 -- The Isaacs Family's Dining Room
Downsiders by Neal Shusterman
#13 -- The Downside
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
#107 -- Monongahela, Pennsylvania
Eden Burning by Elizabeth Lowell
#41 -- Hawaii
Ed Wood *
#116 -- Paramount Theatre, Hollywood

The Encyclopedia Brown Series by Donald J. Sobol
#83 -- The Brown Family's Dining Room
Ermita: A Filipino Novel by F. Sionil Jose
#78 -- The Orphanage
Empire of Memory by Eric Gamalinda
#131 -- The Film Palace
Entwined by Heather Dixon
#112 -- The Royal Palace
Fallen by Lauren Kate
#19 -- Sword & Cross Reform School
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
#110 -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
#11 -- The Wynand House
Friday the 13th Franchise (Movies) *
#52 -- Crystal Lake
Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman
#21 -- Our Lady of Perpetual Reflections

Funny Face (Movie) *
#93 -- Paris
The Genesee Diary by Henri J.M. Nouwen
#47 -- Genesee Abbey
The God Stealer by F. Sionil Jose
#55 -- Ifugao
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
#2 -- Tadfield
Grisu Il Draghetto *
#127 -- "Dragon Valley"
Guardia de Honor by Nick Joaquin
#77 -- The Bedroom
Hannah and Her Sisters (Movie) *
#73 -- Pageant Book & Print Shop
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
#32 -- Platform Nine and Three-Quarters
#62 -- The Great Hall

High School Musical (Movie) *
#92 -- East High
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
#46 -- Rivendell
Holes by Louis Sachar
#63 -- Camp Green Lake
Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz
#28 -- China
Hotel California by The Eagles *
#67 -- Hotel California
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
#114 -- The 74th Hunger Games Arena
Inferno by Dante
#14 -- Circle VIII
#22 -- Circle IX
Jake by Leigh Greenwood
#108 -- Hill Country Texas, 1866

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
#24 -- Thornfield Hall
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
#99 -- China
Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
#40 -- Highlands of Scotland
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
#89 -- Asteroid B-612
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
#1 -- Two Mills
The Manila We Knew edited by Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio
#5 -- The Escolta
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
#3 -- Sunday's Home
The Marching Morons by C.M. Kornbluth
#123 -- Venus
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
#87 -- Mr. and Mrs. K's Home
The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
#23 -- The Imperial Suite

Meet Me in St. Louis (Movie) *
#91 -- St. Louis
Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas
#9 -- Ramsay House
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
#12 -- The New House
The Moon by Night by Madeleine L'Engle
#124 -- Grand Canyon
Mrs. Doubtfire (Movie) *
#86 -- The Hillard Family's Dining Room
My Lady Notorious by Jo Beverley
#43 -- Quebec, Late 1750s
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
#109 -- The Catskill Mountains
The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G.K. Chesterton
#128 -- Mr. Turnbull's Shop
Night of the Living Dead (Movie) *
#82 -- Evans City Cemetery
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
#37 -- Mr. Charrington's Shop

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
#7 -- Northanger Abbey
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
#44 -- The Village by the Sea
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso *
#117 -- Cinema Paradiso
Owl Friends by Clara M. Pacis
#4 -- Loob Bunga
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
#125 -- The Malabar Caves
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
#10 -- The Home under the Ground
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
#27 -- Pemberley
The Pirates of Pompeii (Roman Mysteries #3) by Caroline Lawrence
#45 -- The Refugee Camp
The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel by L. Neil Smith and Scott Beiser
#36 -- North American Confederacy

Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb
#39 -- Mount Olympus Resort
A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle
#80 -- Commander Rodney's Grave
Robo-Cop (Movie) *
#38 -- Old Detroit
Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
#42 -- Stony Cross Park
Scream 3 (Movie) *
#25 -- Hollywood
A Season of Grace by N.V.M. Gonzalez
#95 -- The Agnas Family's Homestead
Skyworld, Volume 1 by Mervin Igancio, illustrated by Ian Sta. Maria
#96 -- Quiapo Church
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
#17 -- Alberto's Apartment
The Sound of Music (Movie) *
#54 -- "Salzburg, Austria, in the last golden days of the Thirties"

The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull by John Bellairs
#48 -- St. Michael's Church
Spindle's End by Robin McKinley
#113 -- The Country
A Taste of Home edited by Edgar B. Maranan and Len S. Maranan-Goldstein
#122 -- Germany
Thirteen Book Prelude by William Wordsworth
#30 -- Mount Snowdon
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
#35 -- The Place of Green Porcelain
Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas by Jules Verne
#81 -- The Coral Cemetery
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
#66 -- Phoenix, Arizona
Ultraviolet by McFly *
#69 -- Wonderland
The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer
#34 -- St. Paul, Minnesota

Viajero: A Filipino Novel by F. Sionil Jose
#120 -- Kyoto
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
#129 -- Numero 3, Rue de Mages
The Volcano by Bienvenido N. Santos
#76 -- Mount Mayon
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
#29 -- Deathwater Island
What Katy Did Next by Susan Coolidge
#50 -- St. Peter's Basilica
Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran by Andy Taylor
#26 -- JFK Stadium, Philadelphia
A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
#18 -- Metron Ariston
Windswept House: A Vatican Novel
#130 -- The Room of the Meridian
The Woman Who Had Two Navels by Nick Joaquin
#8 -- St. Andrew's Convent
You've Got Mail (Movie) *
#72 -- Fox & Sons Books
Locus Focus-Top Ten Picks Crossover
#16 -- Favourite Fictional Places

* I sometimes write about places in movies and TV, too!
* And I've just started writing about places in songs!



"Character Connection" is one of my favourite memes to join because it lets me write in depth about a book without producing a formal review. It is hosted every Thursday at The Introverted Reader.

"Book Boyfriend of the Week" is a similar meme with the more specific challenge of writing about (male) characters from a romantic perspective. I started doing it while "Character Connection" was on extended hiatus. It is hosted every Saturday at Stuck in Books.

Character Connection:
Ask a Foolish Question by Robert Sheckley
#48 -- Answerer
Banana Heart Summer by Merlinda Bobis
#29 -- Maria Corazon Alano
Ben Singkol by F. Sionil Jose
#45 -- Froilan Dawel
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
#20 -- Mary Woodlawn
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
#33 -- Annie Cresta
Cave and Shadows by Nick Joaquin
#30 -- Nenita Coogan
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
#41 -- Alex
Elmer: A Comic Book by Gerry Alanguilan
#36 -- Farmer Ben
Ermita: A Filipino Novel by F. Sionil Jose
#35 -- Macarthur

The Filipino Heroes League, Book One: Sticks and Stones by Paolo Fabregas
#50 -- Maria Constantino
Guardia de Honor by Nick Joaquin
#37 -- Natalia and Josie
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
#19 -- Percy Weasley
Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen von J.K. Rowling
#53 -- Draco Malfoy
Henry Huggins by Beverley Cleary
#24 -- Mrs. Huggins
The Innocence of Father Brown, et al by G.K. Chesterton
#3 -- Father Brown
In the Dark by Sally Thomas
#44 -- Anne
Iris by Leigh Greenwood
#46 -- Betty Crane
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
#13 -- Helen Burns
#14 -- Jane Eyre

Leaf and Shadow by Cyan Abad-Jugo
#42 -- Daisy
A Little Princess by Frances Hogdson Burnett
#2 -- Sara Crewe
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
#15 -- Meg March
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
#5 -- Earl Grayson
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
#6 -- The Council of Days
Middlemarch by George Eliot
#34 -- Dorothea Brooke
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
#12 -- Jane Moffat
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
#27 -- Mrs. Jonathan Frisby
My Sweet Folly by Laura Kinsale
#47 -- The Landlady

The Night's Dark Shade by Elena Maria Vidal
#16 -- Lady Esclarmonde
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
#11 -- Catherine Morland
Pete by Leigh Greenwood
#18 -- Mrs. Horace Dean
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
#10 -- Peter Pan
#25 -- Mrs. Mary Darling
Po-on by F. Sionil Jose
#8 -- Eustaquio "Istak" Salvador
The Rescuers by Margery Sharp
#43 -- Miss Bianca
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde
#31 -- Rumpelstiltskin
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
#49 -- The Comtesse de Tournay de Basserive

Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
#7 -- Gus Saenz, SJ
Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
#38 -- Dane
So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
#22 -- Fred
Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
#28 -- Bernardo Hipolito
The "Time Quintet" by Madeleine L'Engle
#26 -- Meg Murry-O'Keefe
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
#1 -- Spud and Renton
The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer
#17 -- Midgely
The Vampire Island Trilogy by Adele Griffin
#32 -- Lexie Livingstone
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
#40 -- Miss Elphinstone


Welcome to Envy Park by Mina V. Esguerra
#51 -- Mrs. Vasquez
Windswept House: A Vatican Novel by Father Malachi Martin
#52 -- Francesca "Cessi" Gladstone
The Woman Who Had Two Navels by Nick Joaquin
#9 -- Pepe Monson
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
#39 -- Aunt Beast
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
#21 -- Heathcliff
The "Zachary Gray" Quartet by Madeleine L'Engle
#4 Zachary Gray

Book Boyfriend of the Week:
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
#1 -- Jervis Pendleton
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
#3 -- Viktor Krum
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
#5 -- "Laurie" Laurence
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
#4 -- Reth
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
#2 -- Frederick Chase
The Recorded History of a Girl by Celine Lopez
#6 -- Trevor





What I love about these memes is that they remind me that before I fell in love with good writing, I was in love with good storytelling. Even in print, there are countless versions of each fairy tale: paradoxical proof that they still belong primarily to an oral tradition.


Bluebeard vs. Little Red Riding Hood (#6)
Cinderella vs. Donkey Skin (#1)
The Forgotten Prince vs. Sleeping Beauty (#7)
The Frog Prince vs. The Princess and the Pea (#2)
Hansel and Gretel vs. Jack and the Beanstalk (#3)
King Thrushbeard vs. The Swineherd (#4)
The Nutcracker vs. The Steadfast Tin Soldier (#5)
Rapunzel vs. Thumbelina (#8)

My Top 5 "Golden" Fairy Tales

I hope to add to this list in the near future.






Sharing for the sake of sharing has never appealed to me . . . nor has traffic for the sake of traffic. I join these two memes only when I see a point to a post built on nothing but an excerpt from my latest read.


Teaser Tuesdays:
And Both Were Young by Madeleine L'Engle
Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel S.F. Heller
Encyclopedia Brown Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
Endless Journey by Jose T. Almonte, as told to Marites Danguilan Vitug
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Reportage on the Marcoses by Quijano de Manila
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Woman Who Had Two Navels by Nick Joaquin

(Sometimes it takes two legs on the cover--because two random sentences that perfectly represent a text are like two legs it can walk around on.)

Theme Thursday:
Between Two Ends by David Ward -- Drink
Butterfly People by Robin Lim -- Touch
By Sword and Fire: The Destruction of Manila in World War II by Alfonso J. Aluit -- Male Person
"Gotita de Dragon" and Other Stories by Nick Joaquin -- Vehicle
Holes by Louis Sachar -- Name
How to Develop Self-confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie -- Conversation
Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales -- Animal
Der Kleine Prinz by Antoine de Saint-Exupery -- Emotion
Mama Mary and Her Children by James B. Reuter, SJ -- Tree
No Talking by Andrew Clements -- Action
Persuasion by Jane Austen -- Driving
The Primary Education of the Camiroi by R.A. Lafferty -- Buildings
Project 17 by Eliza Victoria -- Furniture
Purgatorio by Dante, translated by Anthony Esolen -- Female Person
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger -- Crockery/Utensil
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer -- Food
The Virginian by Owen Wister -- Love
Wringer by Jerry Spinelli -- Body Parts

(Sometimes all it takes is a theme I can have fun with.)





Making lists is fun, too, although I don't do it very often. Now guess which list Stephenie Meyer's New Moon managed to make. You get only one guess! =P


See my Lists Page for other book-themed lists!






Being a bibliomaniac as well as a bibliophile--someone who loves to collect books as much as she loves to read them--I believe that the books one hasn't read yet are as significant as the books one has already read. These three memes help me tell the "outside" stories of books whose "inside" stories I have yet to discover.

Shelf Share Thursday:
A -- C -- G -- M

Bargain Book Bonanza:
#1 -- #2 -- #3 -- #4 -- #5 -- #6 -- #7 -- #8 -- #9 -- #10 -- #11

TBR Tuesday:
By Sword and Fire: The Destruction of Manila in World War II by Alfonso J. Aluit (#2)
Cuentos Hispanofilipinos by Edmundo Farolan and Paola Constancia (#4)
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (#3)
Lunch Money by Andrew Clements (#5)
The Silver Child by Cliff McNish (#1)


Note that the Bargain Book Bonanza and TBR Tuesday memes are usually "cross-overs"!





Life as a Reading Challenge

I used to say that I never sign up for reading challenges because my whole life already is one big reading challenge. Then I found four 2011 challenges that I couldn't resist . . .

YA of the 80s and 90s Reading Challenge Photobucket

And since there is more to a reading challenge than one's destination, I like to write about stuff that occurs to me during the journey. So along with my review-type posts, I have the following reading-related musings:

Chapter 1 -- Chapter 2 -- Chapter 3 -- Chapter 4 -- Chapter 5 -- Musical Intermission -- Chapter 6 -- Chapter 7 -- Chapter 8 -- Chapter 9 -- Chapter 10 -- Chapter 11 -- Chapter 12 -- Chapter 13 -- Chapter 14 -- Chapter 15 -- Chapter 16 -- Chapter 17 -- Chapter 18


Reading Smackdowns

See: Bringing the Brackets


Image Sources: 2) Fiabe Italiane, 3) Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein, a) BSC #1 Kristy's Great Idea, b) Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves, c) Po-on by F. Sionil Jose, d) The Final Four of Everything, e) Seven Brides: Violet by Leigh Greenwood, f) Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien, g) Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray, h) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, i) Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee, j) Ermita by F. Sionil Jose, k) High School Musical DVD, Encore edition, l) Inferno by Dante, m) Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning, n) My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, o) The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel by L. Neil Smith and Scott Bieser, p) The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull by John Bellairs, q) Major Works by William Wordsworth, r) Wild Boy by Andy Taylor, s) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, t) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, u) Middlemarch by George Eliot, v) Pete by Leigh Greenwood, w) An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L'Engle, x) Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, y) The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann, z) The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, aa) Introduction to a Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales, ab) New Moon by Stephenie Meyer, ac) By Sword and by Fire: The Destruction of Manila in World War II, 3 February - 3 March 1945 by Alfonso J. Aluit