bojojoti: (Magic Camera)

  1. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

  2. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

  3. Digital Photography, 3 book set by Scott Kelby

  4. Unnatural Inquirer by Simon R. Green

  5. The Man with the Golden Torc by Simon R. Green

  6. Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

  7. Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer

  8. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Pfeffer

  9. The World We Live In by Susan Pfeffer

  10. Daemons are Forever by Simon R. Green

  11. The Grand Tour by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

  12. Here, There be Dragons by James A. Owen

  13. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

  14. The Art of War by Ralph D. Sawyer (only read the parts by Sun-tzu—not the extraneous bits)

  15. The Quiet Eye by Sylvia Shaw Judson

  16. The Essential Dale Chihuly by William Warmus

  17. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

  18. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

  19. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

  20. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

  21. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

  22. The Quiet Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott

  23. Catch Me if You Can by Frank W. Abagnale

  24. Unicorn and Dragon by Lynn Abbey

  25. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

  26. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

  27. Amelia Bedelia goes Camping by Peggy Parrish

  28. Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

  29. The Boy Who Stole the Elephant by Julilly H. Kohler

  30. Arthur, For the Very First Time by Patricia MacLachlan

  31. Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan

  32. Caleb’s Story by Patricia MacLachlan

  33. Moorchild by Eloise McGraw

  34. Graveminder by Melissa Marr

  35. Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski

  36. Prairie Songs by Pam Conrad

  37. Grandfather’s Dance by Patricia MacLachlan

  38. Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman

  39. Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

  40. Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  41. Among the Imposters by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  42. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

  43. Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  44. Among the Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  45. Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  46. Among the Enemy by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  47. Among the Free by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  48. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow

  49. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

  50. The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

  51. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

  52. Enna Burning by Shannon Hale

  53. River Secrets by Shannon Hale

  54. The Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

  55. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

  56. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

  57. Split Heirs by Lawrence Watt-Evans, Esther Friesner

  58. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

  59. Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett

  60. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

  61. Divergent by Veronica Roth

  62. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

  63. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

  64. Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson

  65. Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

  66. Entwined by Heather Dixon

  67. Forest Born by Shannon Hale

  68. Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan

  69. Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo

  70. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

  71. The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett

  72. The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

  73. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

  74. How to Build a Time Machine by Paul Davies

  75. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

  76. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

  77. Genesis by Bernard Beckett

  78. The Postman by David Brin

bojojoti: (Magic Camera)

  1. Canticle by Ken Scholes 4/4

  2. Antiphon by Ken Scholes 4/4

  3. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson 4/4

  4. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White 5/5

  5. Sambo by Helen Bannerman

  6. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

  7. The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses by Robert W. Service

  8. Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett

  9. Johnny and the Dead by Terry Pratchett

  10. Johnny and the Bomb by Terry Pratchett

  11. Truckers by Terry Pratchett

  12. Diggers by Terry Pratchett

  13. Wings by Terry Pratchett

  14. I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

  15. Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

  16. The Ugly Little Boy by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg

  17. The Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan

  18. The Fat Man by Ken Harmon

  19. The Girl with 500 Middle Names by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  20. Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

  21. The Catch Colt by Mary O’Hara

  22. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

  23. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

  24. The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

  25. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

  26. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

  27. Give Us This Day by Clare Leighton

  28. Shukar Balan… The White Lamb by Mela Miesner Lindsay

  29. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

  30. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

  31. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

  32. A Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

  33. The Mirror of Her Dreams by Stephen R. Donaldson

  34. The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo

  35. A Man Rides Through by Stephen R. Donaldson

  36. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

  37. Sabriel by Garth Nix

  38. Lirael by Garth Nix

  39. Abhorsen by Garth Nix

  40. Uncharted Territory by Connie Willis

  41. Remake by Connie Willis

  42. Bellwether by Connie Willis

  43. What Kansas Means to Me edited by Thomas Fox Averill

bojojoti: (Magic Camera)
1.  Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
2.  The Highlander’s Last Song by George MacDonald
3.  Prospero Lost by L. Jagi Lamplighter
4.  The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
5.  Cat Stories by James Herriot
6.  Mean Streets by Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green
7.  Photos from Around the World by Dale K. Cole, O.D.
8.  My Antonia by Willa Cather
9.  In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
10. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
11. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
12. Changes by Jim Butcher
13. Holes by Louis Sachan
14. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
15. Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer
16. Thornyhold by Mary Stewart
17. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
18.  Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
19.  Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
20.  Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
21.  The Serpent’s Tale by Ariana Franklin
22. Father Brown Mystery Stories by G.K. Chesterton
23. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
24. Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright
25. Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb
26. Golden Fool by Robin Hobb
27. Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb
28. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
29. Prophecy of the Bane by Suzanne Collins
30. Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb
31. Forest Mage by Robin Hobb
32. Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb
33. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods
34. Gregor and the Marks of Secret
35. Gregor and the Code of Claw
36.  Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (5/5)
37. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (4/5)
38. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (4/5)
39. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (4/5)
40.  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (2/5)
41. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (5/5)
42. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (4/5)
43. Way Down Deep by Ruth White (5/5)
44. The Potter’s Field by Ellis Peters (4/5)
45. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (3/5)
46. Lamentation by Ken Scholes (4/5)
bojojoti: (Magic Camera)
1.  Fourteen by Janet Evanovich 3/5
2.  Inkheart by Cornelia Funke 3/5
3.  Wonders of the World by Mark Truman 3/5, gift of Krikketgirl
4.  Coraline by Neil Gaiman 4/5
5.  Null-A Continuum by John C. Wright 3/5
6.  The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 3/5
7.  Till We have Faces by C. S. Lewis 5/5
8.  Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland 3/5
9.  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 4/5
10.  Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones 4/5
11.  Beauty by Robin McKinley 4/5
12.  Alphonse Mucha, The Complete Graphic Works (Art Nouveau) 4/5
13.  Phantastes by George MacDonald
14.  Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
15.  Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
16.  The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery
17.  Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg
18.  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
19.  Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
20.  Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
21.  Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
22.  Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
23.  Joust by Mercedes Lackey 4/5
24.  Alta by Mercedes Lackey 3/5
25.  Sanctuary by Mercedes Lackey 2/5
26.  Aerie by Mercedes Lackey 1/5
27.  Specials by Scott Westerfeld 1/5
28.  The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls 4/5
bojojoti: (Magic Camera)
Best New to Me Author: Anne Lamott

I enjoyed Lamott's writing.  I think we would probably drive one another crazy in person, and I'm sure we have very diverse views on any number of things; still, I like Lamott as a person--as flawed and needy as any of us-- and I hope that if we ever met, we would have a mutual respect for one another.

Best (Modern) Classic: Fahrenheit 451
As an ardent lover of books and knowledge, this story resonated with me.  It has aged somewhat, but the core of the story still holds true.

Best Biography: The Hiding Place
This book was the
[info]readersrunamok selection that [info]ruthette taught this summer.  I had read Corrie ten Boom's story about 30 years ago, but it has held up well.  Knowing the outcome didn't lessen the impact of the story.  On the contrary, it was even more poignant and heart-breaking knowing what was to befall characters I have come to love well.

Best Inspirational: The Hiding Place
Bravo!  The Hiding Place wins in two categories!  As a Christian, the faith Corrie and her family display during the worst of times remains a shining example long after their deaths.  I've read many Holocaust stories by a number of people, but Corrie's book captures best how people can survive and hold onto hope in the midst of hellacious circumstances. 

Best Funny: Wintersmith
Terry Pratchett can make me laugh as no other writer.  It grieves me that he is suffering from Alzheimer's, and his creative voice may be silenced in too short a time.

Best Book for Portraying a Condition (autism): The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
This is a strange category to be sure, but what is even odder is that I had this same category last year! The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon is superior novel concerning autism. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a much simpler story and a faster read.

Most Disliked: Life of Pi
I really hated this book.  It was well written, and much of it was engaging.  I liked the beginning, and I would have loved for the author to expand on Pi's life as a child in India.  However, it turned into a fantastical allegory dedicated to exhibiting the depravity of man.   I disliked the moral of the story:  it doesn't matter what the truth is--all that matters is your perception.  I hated that the author thought so little of his readers that he had to explain, ad nauseum, his imagery.  As soon as an author begins explaining himself, I know that he either did a terrible job of writing, or he has no respect for the intelligence of his readers.  I doubt I will ever read anything by Martel again.

Best Horror: The Twilight series

Best Nonfiction: Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Best Guilty Pleasure: Stephanie Plum series

Best Science Fiction: The Host

Worst Reads in 2008: Minion, Awakening
The redeeming factors involved in those two books were the inclusion of vampires and the fact that they were gifts to me from Bojojr and Bumberjean.  Bless their hearts, and I will keep the books on my shelves for that very reason, but the award is richly deserved.  Hey, they could have been brilliant--one never knows until the reading.  And everyone has different tastes.

Introduction to Literature

In 2008, I started taking college classes, and I read the following:

I read the following for class. )
bojojoti: (Magic Camera)
My list is considerably shorter than last year.  I was afflicted with numerous eye dysfunctions that prevented me from reading as much as I would have liked.  I haven't resolved any of those issues, but I'm hoping prayer, time, castor oil, NAC, and fish oil will do the trick.  Honestly, if I knew where to buy snake oil, I'd give it a try!  That aside, I'm grateful for the books I did read.  It seems I was even "streakier" than usual, and when I had an author I liked, I'd stick with him/her for several books.  High on the list of favorite repeat authors this year were:  Ray Bradbury (thanks to [profile] arevanyefor starting me out with Dandelion Wine), Terry Pratchett, C. S. Lewis, and J. K. Rowling.

bojojoti: (Magic Camera)

  1. Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing:  a Novelist Looks at his Craft by David Morrell

  2. The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton

  3. To See a World in a Grain of Sand by Caesar Johnson

  4. The Body Sculpting Bible for Women by Villepigue and Rivera

  5. The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman

  6. Hunter’s Green by Phyllis A. Whitney

  7. The Life of David Livingstone by Mrs. J. H. Worcester Jr.

  8. Rhapsody:  Child of Blood by Elizabeth Haydon

  9. Prophecy:  Child of Earth by Elizabeth Haydon

  10. Destiny:  Child of the Sky by Elizabeth Haydon

  11. Requiem for the Sun by Elizabeth Haydon

  12. Elegy for a Lost Star by Elizabeth Haydon

  13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

  14. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

  15. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

  16. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

  17. Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

  18. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

  19. On Writing by Stephen King

  20. Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

  21. Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind

  22. Blood of the Fold by Terry Goodkind

  23. Temple of the Winds by Terry Goodkind

  24. Soul of the Fire by Terry Goodkind

  25. Faith of the Fallen by Terry Goodkind

  26. The Pillars of Creation by Terry Goodkind

  27. Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind

  28. Debt of Bones by Terry Goodkind

  29. Chainfire by Terry Goodkind

  30. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

  31. Windhaven by George R R Martin and Lisa Tuttle

  32. The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan

  33. The Novice by Trudi Canavan

  34. The High Lord by Trudi Canavan

  35. The Golden Key by Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson, Kate Elliott

  36. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

  37. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

  38. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

  39. Girls in Pants by Ann Brashares

  40. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

  41. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

  42. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

  43. And God Came In by Lyle W. Dorsett

  44. A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle

  45. Where Does a Mother Go to Resign? By Barbara Johnson

  46. A Walk Through the Cloisters by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  47. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

  48. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

  49. Phantom by Terry Goodkind

  50. Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard

  51. Motherhood The Second Oldest Profession by Erma Bombeck

  52. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher

  53. Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher

  54. Where Women Create by Jo Packham

  55. Take My Word for It by William Safire

  56. The Pendragon Chronicles edited by Mike Ashley

  57. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

  58. No One Noticed the Cat by Anne McCaffrey

  59. If Wishes were Horses by Anne McCaffrey

  60. Anne McCaffrey’s the Unicorn Girl by Various Authors

  61. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

  62. Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

  63. Blessed Child by Bill Bright and Ted Dekker

  64. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

  65. The Honor of the Queen by David Weber

  66. Tomorrow’s Children edited by Isaac Asimov, Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber, Gilead by Zenna Henderson, The Father-Thing by Philip K. Dick, All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury, It’s a Good Life by Jerome Bixby, The Ugly Little Boy by Isaac Asimov:  Clifford D. Simak, Robert Sheckley, James H. Schmitz, Margaret St. Clair, Lewis Padgett, William Lee, Damon Knight, Will F. Jenkins, Robert A. Heinlein, Gertrude Friedberg, Mark Clifton, Stephen Vincent Benet

  67. Garden Rooms by Joan Mackie with over 50 DIY projects

  68. Romantic Style by Better Homes and Gardens (very pretty photos of gorgeous rooms)

  69. Decorative Style by Kevin McCloud (very theatrical looking rooms—ugh)

  70. Christopher Lowell’s Seven Layers of Design by Christopher Lowell

  71. A Good House is Never Done by John Wheatman

  72. Wild Life by Molly Gloss

  73. Plato Selected Passages chosen and edited by Sir R. W. Livingstone

  74. Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher

  75. Soul Music by Terry Pratchett

  76. Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

  77. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

  78. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  79. Bertie Wooster Sees it Through by P. G. Wodehouse

  80. Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story by Paul Auster

  81. Esther’s Gift by Jan Karon

  82. The Mitford Snowmen by Jan Karon

  83. The Unicorn Sonata by Peter S. Beagle

  84. Dying to Please by Linda Howard

  85. Beowulf by ?

  86. The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans

  87. Dracula by Bram Stoker

  88. The Sharing Knife, Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold

  89. The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

  90. The Christmas Thief by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark

  91. Watership Down by Richard Adams

  92. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

  93. Silver Bells by Luanne Rice

  94. The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis (bus ride from Hell)

  95. The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis (education develops man’s morality)

  96. A Taste of Magic by Andre Norton and Jean Rabe

  97. O. Henry ala Carte by O. Henry

  98. A Joyful Noise by Henry Holt and Company (Four illustrated Psalms)

  99. The Glory of Christmas by Charles Swindoll, Max Lucado, and Charles Colson

  100. Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale


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