Thursday, May 31, 2012

Okay-dokey then

I made the executive decision then and set On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck as our first official book to read in almost two years!!  Private Peaceful looked good too, but I'm in a no depressing anything mood.  Seriously, this pregnancy I can't handle anything sad.  And I rearranged our booklist--I didn't add any books, I just rearranged them to be somewhat less intimidating.  Let me know what you think.

Whatev, man.

I don't care what you do!  I'm too busy to do much reading, but I am finalizing my Crazy Book Aunt Summer Reading Program that I put together every year for my nieces and nephews, and I am still picking the last few titles.  Because of that, by the 7th, I want to have read the following:

Richard Peck, On the Wings of Heroes
Michael Morpurgo, Private Peaceful
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Uprising
Jeanette Ingold, The Big Burn

If you want to read any of those, I'd love to chime in.  If not, that's okay too.  If you have already read any of those--what did you think?????

yes, please

Busy or not, I'd like to read and discuss.

Start up again?

Just wondering if anyone is still interested in starting up again?  I'm not taking any more classes right now and we've moved and everything has settled down a lot.  I know Andrea's crazy busy, but maybe she wouldn't mind if we skipped a bunch of those longer books and read some like the Scarlet Pimpernel and Onion John, or Little Britches, something simple to start off again?  Let me know what you guys think and I'll be more than happy to rearrange our list.

New Reading List

Okay, sorry the title is misleading, it's not a new reading list for us.  It's actually a new list for my daughter.  I pay her $2 for any book she reads off of it.  This is her new one for 7th-8th grade.  I thought I'd put it up for any suggestions..... suggestions are always welcome!  Just FYI, I make the list of some harder books to challenge her, and then some books just so she'll branch out and read a wide variety of genres, and some I just put on because I like them. :)  She doesn't read without being required too, and she wouldn't read most of these without the monetary reward.

  • The Blue Sword -Robin McKinley
  • Kira-Kira -Cynthia Kadohata
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles -Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Lord of the Flies -William Golding
  • Dracula -Bram Stoker
  • The Hobbit -J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Rebecca -Daphne du Maurier
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin -Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Northanger Abbey -Jane Austin
  • Wuthering Heights -Emily Bronte
  • Ramona -Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Mrs. Mike -Benedict Freedman and Nancy Freedman
  • Kidnapped -Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Adrift:Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea - Steven Callahan
  • Little Women -Louisa May Alcott
  • Jurassic Park -Michael Crichton
  • Across Five Aprils -Irene Hunt
  • The Call of the Wild -Jack London
  • Anne of Green Gables -L.M. Montgomery
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm -Kate Douglas Wiggen
  • The Pearl -John Steinbeck
  • My Brother Sam is Dead -James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
  • The Outsiders -S.E. Hinton
  • The Cay -Theadore Taylor
  • A Day No Pigs Would Die -Robert Newton Peck
  • Night -Elie Wiesel
  • H.M.S. Ulysses -Allistair Maclean
  • Goodbye Mr. Chips -James Hilton
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins -Scott O’Dell
  • The Sea Wolf -Jack London
  • Treasure Island -Robert Louis Stevenson
  • On Fortune’s Wheel- Cynthia Voigt
  • The Forestwife -Theresa Thomlinson
  • The Bronze Bow -Elizabeth George Speare
  • The House of Seven Gables - Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • I Heard the Owl Call My Name -Margaret Craven
  • No Promises in the Wind -Irene Hunt
  • Obasan-Joy Kogawa
  • The River Between Us -Richard Peck
  • The Slave Dancer -Paula Fox
  • Silas Marner -George Eliot
  • Who Has Seen the Wind -W.O. Mitchell
  • Anthem -Ayn Rand
  • The Time It Never Rained -Elmer Kelton
  • All Creatures Great and Small -James Herriot
  • Goodnight, Mr. Tom -Michelle Magorian
  • The Robe -Lloyd C. Douglas
  • Believing Christ -Stephen E. Robinson
  • Our Search for Happiness -M. Russell Ballard
  • A Marvelous Work and A Wonder - LeGrand Richards
  • The Work and the Glory -Gerald N. Lund
  • Fishers of Men -Gerald N. Lund
  • By These Ten Bones -Claire B. Dunkle
  • The House of Many Rooms -Rodella Hunter
  • The Prisoner of Zenda -Anthony Hope
  • I Capture the Castle -Dodie Smith
  •   Juniper -Monica Furlong
  • Rifles for Watie -Harold Keith
  • Charlie’s Monument -Blaine M. Yorgason
  • And Then There Were None-Agatha Christie
  • Elantris- Brandon Sanderson
  • The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom
  • Follow the River - James Thom
  • A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
  • Billy Budd - Herman Melville
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel - Emmuska Orczy
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes- Ray Bradbury
  • The Maude Reed Tale -Norah Lofts
  • The Only Alien on the Planet- Kristen D. Randle
  • Freckles- Gene Statton-Porter
  • Soul Surfer - Bethany Hamiliton
  • Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World- Jennifer Armstrong
  • Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science - John Fleischman
  • An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy
  • Any (1 time only) Tony Hillerman
  • Any longer Louis L’Amour (ask me first)