Oops!
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I forgot to post the new url: http://proseandkahn.blogspot.com/

Hope to see you there!

Happy New Year! Happy New Blog!
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I've been blogging here since December, 2008. Mostly happily, but ever since LJ crashed majorly a year or so ago, and made "improvements," I have been unhappy with all the glitches, hearing from bloggers that they can't comment, being unable to have my identity verified and therefore unable to comment on other blogs, losing posts, down, down, down.

Luckily, proseandkahn was available over at blogspot. So, I'll be mostly posting over there from now on and occasionally posting here. I'm letting my paid subscription lapse, so after February, there will be ads. Hope to see you over at blogspot, which I hear has its own bugs. We'll see.


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2012 Reading
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(January 1, 2012) My list of 2012 books. Since I read 364 in 2011. I mumbled vague resolution to read 400 books on January 1. I might have posted it to Goodreads as well. 

(December 31, 2012) Well, I read 415 books this year, but didn't get to write about many, including some real favorites. Writing is a slow and painful process for me and I really got caught up in reading at least a book a day.

My favorites are marked with an * or two.

January (44)
1. The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley (1/1)
2. The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronen (1/2)
3. We Visit Afghanistan by Tamra Orr (1/2)
4. Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge (1/3)
5. Blackout by John Rocco (1/4)
6. Naamah and the Ark at Night by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (1/4)
7. Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto by Eric Luper (1/5)
8. Dumpling Days by Grace Lin (1/6)
9. Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit by Tommy Greenwald (1/7)
10. Code Talker: a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War II by Joseph Bruchac (1/8) 
11. Hugs from Pearl by Paul Schmid (1/8)
12. No Two Alike by Keith Baker (1/8)
13. Stuck by Oliver Jeffers (1/8)
14. A Zeal of Zebras by Woop Studios (1/8)
15. It's Christmas, David! by David Shannon (1/8)
16. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (1/9)
17. Carter's Big Break by Brent Crawford (1/10)
18. The Runaway Mummy: a Parody by Michael Rex (1/11)
19. Anya's Ghost  by Vera Brosgol (1/13)
20. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (1/13)
21. Justin Fisher Declares War! by James Preller (1/13)
22. The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin (1/14)
23. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (1/14)
24. Little Lost Dog by Monica Carnesi (1/15)
25. America is Under Attack by Don Brown (1/16)
26. All Stations! Distress! (1/16)
27. Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs by Marcia Williams (1/17)
28. Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain. (1/17)
29. Guys Read Thriller edited by Jon Scieszka (1/17)
30. John  Muir America's First Environmentalist by Kathryn Lasky (1/18)
31. George Did It by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain (1/18)
32. Sass and Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler (1/20)
33. E-Mergency by Tom Lichtenheld & Eza Fields-Meyer (1/21)
34. Ice by Arthur Geisert (1/22)
35. Best Friends by Catherine Thimmesh (1/23)
36. The Great Migration: Journey to the North by Eloise Greenfield. (1/23)
37. A Web of Air by Philip Reeve (1/23)
38. Before You Go by James Preller (1/25)
39. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (1/25)
40. Spunky Tells All by Ann Cameron (1/26)
41. The Vampire Dare (Daphne's Diary of Daily Disasters) by Marissa  Moss (1/27)
42. Wolverine: Worst Day Ever by Barry Lyga (1/27)
43. Killer Koalas from Outer Space: and Lots of Other Very Bad Stuff that Will Make Your Brain Explode! by Andy Griffiths (1/28)
44. The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin by James Cross Giblin (1/30)


February (33)
45. We've Got a Job: the 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson (2/1)*
46. Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata (2/2)
47. Oopsy Daisy by Lauren Myracle (2/2)
48. 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass (2/3)
49. Bad Boy: a Memoir by Walter Dean Myers (2/4)
50. Pie by Sarah Weeks (audio reread) (2/5)
51. Charles Dickens: England's Most Captivating Storyteller by Catherine Wells-Cole (2/6)
52. Speaking of Art: Colorful Quotes by Famous Painters edited by Bob Raczka (2/7)
53. We March by Shane W. Evans (2/7)
54. Lay-ups and Long Shots (sports short stories) (2/8)
55. Charlie Parker played be bop by Chris Raschka (2/9)
56. Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods (2/10)
57. The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf (2/11)
58. Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones (2/12)
59. Black & White by Larry Dane Bimner (2/13)
60. Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged by Jody Nyasha Warner & Richard Rudnicki (2/13)
61. The Road to Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in the Life of L. Frank Baum by Kathleen Krull (2/14)
62. Bad News for Outlaws: the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (2/15)
63. Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry (2/16)
64. Hold the Flag High by Catherine Clinton (2/17)
65. Nobody Gonna Turn Me 'Round: Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement by Doreen Rappaport (2/17)
66. The Apothecary by Maile Meloy (2/18)
67. Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (2/19)
68. Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney (2/20)
69. Guided Research in Middle School: Mystery in the Media Center by LaDawna Harrington (2/21)
70. To the Mountaintop by Ann Bausum (2/21)
71. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (2/21)
72. Artful Reading by Bob Raczka (2/22)
73. Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson (2/23)
74. Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay (2/23)
75. Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne (2/24)
76. Kepler's Dream by Juliet Bell (2/25)
77. Wonder by R.J. Palacio (2/29)*

March (21)
78. Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes (3/1)
79.  Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (3/7)
80. The Friendship Matchmaker (3/9)
81. I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery by Cynthia Grady (3/9)
82. Seriously, Norman by Chris Raschka (3/10)
83. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (3/12)*
84. {Bylines} A Photobiography of Nellie Bly by Sue Macy (3/13)
85. The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi (3/17)*
86. Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman (3/18)
87. Wideness and Wonder: the life and Art of Georgia O'Keefe by Susan Goldman Rubin (3/19)
88. The Tanglewood Terror by Kurtis Scaletta (3/20)
89. Sparky: the life and Art of Charles Schulz by Beverly Gherman (3/22)
90. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr (3/23)
91. Paintings from the Cave by Gary Paulsen (3/24)
92. Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer (3/24)
93. Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip (3/24) (audio reread)
94. Seal Song by Andrea Spalding (3/25)
95. The New Kid by Mavis Jukes (3/25)
96. May B. by Caroline Starr Ross (3/26)
97. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (3/28)
98. Playing with Fire by Derek Landy (3/29)
99. Seal Song by Andrea Spalding (3/29)

April (35)
100. Cold Cereal by Adam Rex (4/1)
101. How to be a Werewolf by Serena Valentino (4/2)
102. Stars in the Shadows: the Negro League All-Star Game of 1934 by Charles R. Smith (4/3)
103. Personal Effects by E. M. Kokie (4/4)
104. Energy Island by Allan Drummond (4/5)
105. Winter Town by Stephen Emond (4/6)
106. The Sisters Grimm: a Very Grimm Guide by Michael Buckley (4/6)
107. The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani (4/6)
108. The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill. (4/7)
109. M Awesome Awful Popularity Plan by Seth Rudetsky (4/7)
110. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (4/8)
111. I So Don't Do Famous by Barrie Summie (4/10)
112. Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (4/12)
113. Legend by Marie Lu (4/13)*
114. The Dead Gentleman by Matthew Cody (4/14)
115. Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta (4/14)
116. Ten Tiny Toes by Todd Tarpley (4/14)
117. The Monsters' Monster by Patrick McDonnell (4/14)
118. So Shelly by Ty Roth (4/15)
119. Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (4/15)
120. Titanic Sinks! by Barry Denenberg (4/16)
121. Middle School Get Me Out of Here! by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts (4/17)
122. Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo (4/19)
123. Boom by Mark Haddon (4/20)
124. Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke (4/21)
125. A Girl Called Digit by Annabell Monaghan (4/23)
126. Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon (4/27)
127. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (4/28)
128. The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy (4/29)
129. If Rocks Could Sing: a Discovered Alphabet by Leslie McGuirk (4/29)
130. Love, Mouserella by David Ezra Stein (4/29)
131. Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas (4/29)
132. The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett (4/29)
133. Bugs by the Numbers by Sharon Werner (4/29)
134. Gifts from the Gods: Ancient Words & Wisdom from Greek & Roman Mytholody by Lise Lunge-Larsen, illustrated by Gareth Hinds (4/30)

May (35)
135. The Land of Stories: the Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer (5/1)
136. The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami (5/2)
137. I am a Pole (and so can you!) by Stephen Colbert (5/2)
138. Memento Nora by Angie Smibert (5/3)
139. Hades by George O'Connor (5/4)
140. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems (5/5)
141. First Day on Earth by Cecil Castellucci (5/5)
142. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (5/6)*
143. The Legend of Diamond Lil by Doreen Cronin (5/7)
144. Buried Alive! How 33 Miners Survived 69 Days Deep under the Chilean Desert by Elaine Scott (5/7)
145. Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyes (5/9)
146. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (5/11)
147. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (5/11)
148. Stranded by J.T. Dutton (5/12)
149. Lucy B. Parker: Girl vs. Superstar by Robin Palmer (5/12)
150. The D.U.F.F. (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) (5/15)
151. What Momma Left Me by Renée Watson (5/16)
152. Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazur and Peter Lerangis (5/17)
153. In Honor by Jessi Kirby (5/18)
154. Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood (5/19)
155. The Boy Project (Notes and Observation of Kara McAllister) (5/20)
156. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (5/20)*
157. Scholastic Discover More: Ocean and Sea by Steve Parker (5/21)
158. The Polar Bear Scientists by Peter Lourie (5/23)
159. A Place Where Hurricanes Happen by Renée Watson (5/23)
160. The Conductor by Laetitia Devernay (5/24)
161. Thunder Birds by Jim Arnosky (5/24)
162. The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone (5/25)
163. Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Velchin (5/26)
164. Matthew Meets the Man by Travis Nichols (5/26)
165. Jefferson's Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (5/26)
166. The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader (5/27)
167. Capture the Flag by Kate Messner (5/29)
168. I Pledge Allegiance: Vietnam Book 1 by Chris Lynch (5/30)
169. The Fairy Ring or Elsie and Frances Fool the World (a True Story) by Mary Losure (5/30)

June (30)
170. Sharpshooter: Vietnam Book 2 by Chris Lynch (6/2)
171. Bill Miller's Riviera: America's Showplace in Fort Lee, New Jersey by Tom Austin & Ron Kase (6/3)
172. The Calling by Kelley Armstrong (6/4)
173. The Death of Jayson Porter by Jaime Adoff (6/6)
174. A Winter Kill by Vicki Delany (6/7)
175. The Roar by Emma Clayton (6/7)
176. Hope and Tears: Ellis Island Voices (6/7)*
177. Divergent by Veronica Roth (6/7)
178. Best Girl by Sylvia Maultash Warsh (6/8)
179. When I Kill You by Michelle Wan (6/9)
180. Something Noble by William Kowalski (6/10)
181. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (6/10)*
182. Plunked by Michael Northrop (6/13)*
183. Way to Go by Tom Ryan (6/14)
184. Alien Invasion: Searching for the Truth about UFOs and Aliens by Kelly Milner Halls (6/14)
185. Scholastic Discover More: Elements by Dan Green (6/14)
187. Under the Mesquite by Guadalup Garcia McCall (6/16)
188. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (6/16)**
189. Cuts Like a Knife by Darlene Ryan (6/17)

190. Riot Act by Diane Tullson (6/18) (.5)

First day of summer vacation - Summer Reading 2012
191. Boys are Dogs by Leslie Margolis (6/19) (1)
192. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral (6/19) (2)
193. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (6/20) (3)
194. October Mourning by Leslea Newman (6/23) (4)
195. The Odd Squad by Michael Fry (6/24) (5)
196. Unwholly (Unwind#2) by Neal Shusterman (6/27) (6)*
197. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (6/28) (7)
198. Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett (6/29) (8)
199. Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel (6/30) (9)
200. Following Grandfather by Rosemary Wells (6/30) (10)

July (42)
201. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (7/1) (11)
202. Helen's Big World: the life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport (7/1) (12)
203. Red Kite, Blue Kite by Ji-li Jiang (7/1) (13)
204. Hello! Hello! by Matthew Cordell (7/1) (14)
205. Guys Read: the Sports Pages edited by Jon Sciezska (7/2) (15)
206. Captain Awesome to the Rescue by Stan Kirby (7/3) (16)
207. Puffling Patrol by Ted and Betsy Lewin (7/ 3) (17)
208. Toys Come Home by Emily Jenkins (7/3) (18)
209. The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds (7/4) (19)
210. The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancy (7/6) (20)
211. The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan (7/7) (21)
212. Anne Frank: the Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colon (7/8) (22)
213. The Diviners by Libba Bray (7/9) (23)**
214. The Chronicles of Harris Burdick (7/10) (24)
215. Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett (7/11) (25)
216. The Downside of Being Up by Alan Lawrence Sitomer (7/13) (26)
217. Eighth Grade is Making Me Sick: Ginny Davis's Year in Stuff by Jennifer L. Holm (7/13) (27)
218. Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel (7/13) (28)
219. Babymouse for President by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm (7/13) (29)
220. Beanball by Gene Fehler (7/13) (30)
221. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (7/15) (31)*
222. Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee (7/16) (32)
223
Dark Days (Skulduggery Pleasant #4) by Derek Landy (7/18) (33)
224. Bink & Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee (7/19) (34)
225. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce (7/19) (35)
226. Wag! by Patrick McDonnell (7/19) (36)
227. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber (7/20) (37)
228. Chloe by Peter McCarty (7/20) (38)
229. Above by Leah Bobit (7/22) (39)
230. Beyond Courage by Doreen Rappaport (7/23) (40)
231. Nothing Special by Geoff Herbach (7/24) (41)
232.  Borrowed Names: Mothers and Daughters by Jeannine Atkins (7/25) (42)
233. Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard (7/25) (43)
234. Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker (7/25) (44)
235. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (7/26) (45)*
236. Double Dog Dare by Lisa Graff (7/27) (46)
237. The Case of the Deadly Desperados by Caroline Lawrence (7/28) (47)

238. Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin (7/29) (48)
239. Billions of Years, Amazing Changes: the Story of Evolution by Laurence Pringle (7/30) (49)
240. Rush by Jonathan Friesen (7/30) (50)
241. Powerslide by Jeff Ross (7/31) (51)
242. Redline by Alex Von Tol (7/31) (52)

August (43)
243. Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (8/1) (53)
244. The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine (8/2) (54)
245. Explore by Christy Goerzen (8/2) (55)
246. Anne Frank: Her Life and Words and Pictures by Menno Metselaar and Ruud van der Rol (8/3) (56)
247. Dragon's Oath: a House of the Night Novella by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast (8/3) (57)
248. White Crane by Sandy Fussell (8/4) (58)
249. Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (8/4) (59)

250. Photo by Brady: a Picture of the Civil War by Jennifer Armstrong (8/5) (60)
251. Archvillain by Barry Lyga (8/6) (61)
252. Going Nowhere Faster by Sean Beaudoin (8/7) (62)
253. Mortal Coil (Skulduggery Pleasant #5) (8/8) (63)
254. The Secret of the Fortune Wookie by Tom Angleberger (8/8) (64)
255. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (8/8) (65)
256. The Popularity Papers: the Rocky Road Trip of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow (8/9) (66)
257 Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz (8/9) (67)
258. Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood (8/10) (68)
259. Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs 98/11) (69)
260. This Full House by Virginia Euwer Wolff (8/12) (70)
261. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-S-Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renée Russell (8/12) (71)
262. The Whisper by Emma Clayton (8/13) (72)
263. The Quest for the Spark book 1 by Tom Sniegoski (8/13) (73)
264. The Quest for the Spark book 2 by Tom Sniegoski (8/13) (74)
265. Home Team by Eric Walters, Jerome Williams and Johnnie Williams III (8/14) (75)
266. Positively by Courtney Sheinmel (8/15) (76)
267. Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James M. Deem (8/16) (77)
268. For What It's Worth by Janet Tashjian (8/16) (78)
269. Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt (8/16) (79)
270. The Good Girl by Kerry Cohen Hoffman (8/17) (80)
271. Where She Went by Gayle Forman (8/17) (81)
272. The Enchantress (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #6) by Michael Scott (8/18) (82)
273. ...Or Not by Brian Mandabach (8/18) (83)
274.  The Prince of the Elves (Amulet Book 5) by Kazu Kibuishi (8/19) (84)
275. Claws by Mike and Rachel Grinti (8/20) (85)
276. Have a Nice Day by Julie Halpern (8/22) (86)
277. iBoy by Kevin Brooks (8/23) (87)
278. The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker (8/23) (88)
279. The Boy Recession by Flynn Meany (8/24) (89)
280. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabelle Pitcher (8/26) (90)
281. The No-Dogs-Allowed Rule by Kashmira Sheth (8/27) (91)
282. Crush by Gary Paulsen (8/28) (92)
283. The Mighty Mars Rovers: the Incredible Adventures o Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch (8/29) (93)
284. Crunch by Leslie Connor (8/30) (94)
285. Blood Red Road by Moira Young (8/31) (95)*

September (22)
286. Super by Matthew Cody (9/1) (96)
287. The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman (9/1) (97)
288. Wither by Lauren DeStefano (9/3) (98)


Read 98 books for the summer of 2012! My summer is over on 9/4 and I get to start sharing some of those titles when the students return on 9/6. 

289. Letters to Leo by Amy Hest (9/4)
290. Looking for Me by Betsy R. Rosenthal (9/5)
291. Behind the Bookcase by Mark Steensland (9/8)
292. NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley (9/8)
293. Drama by Raina Telgemeier (9/9)
294. I Swear by Lane Davis (9/9)
295. One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale (9/12)
296. Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis (9/16).
297. Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Schecter (9/17)
298. Pinky & Stinky by James Kochalka (9/18)
299. Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss (9/18)
300. Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (9/18)
301. Johnny and the Dead by Terry Pratchett (9/20)
302. Spiral by Roderick Gordon (9/22)
303. Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes (9/22)
304. The Stone Girl by Alyssa B Sheimmel (9/24)
305. Response by Paul Volponi (9/25)
306. The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson (9/26)
307. Bossypants by Tina Fey (9/30)

October (36)
308. Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed (10/1)*
309. The Fly Flew In by David Catrow (10/1)
310. Halloween Forest by Marion Dane Bauer (10/1)
311. See Me Run by Paul Meisel (10/1)
312. The Anasazi by Leonard Everett Fisher (10/2)
313. Button Down by Anne Ylvisaker (10/3)
314. The Boston Tea Party by Russell Freedman (10/3)
315. Last Laughs: Animal Epitaph by J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen (10/4)
316. Eight Days Gone by Linda McReynolds (10/4)*
317. Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman Olympic High-Jump Champion by Heather Lang (10/4) 
318. Bill the Boy Wonder by Marc Tyler Nobleman (10/4)
319. The House That George Built by Suzanne Slade (10/4)
320. The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan (10/6)
321. Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman (10/7)
322. The Amazing Harry Keller by Gail Jarrow (10/8)
323. The Slither Sisters by Charles Gilman (10/11)
324. The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (10/13)
325. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (10/13)
326. The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens (10/17)
327. Chuck Close Face Book by Chuck Close (10/18)*
328. Chuck Close: Up Close by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan (10/19)
329. Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel (10/20)
330. See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles (10/25)
331. Frankenstein: a monstrous parody (10/25)
332. Unspoken: a story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole (10/25)**
333. Mudkin by Stephen Gammell (10/26)
334. A Home for Bird by Philip A. Stead (10/26)
335. Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey by Mini Gray (10/26) 
336. After Eli by Rebecca Rupp (10/27)
337. Little Red Riding Hood byJerry Pinkney (10/28)
338. Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy (10/29)
339. Every Day by David Levithan (10/29)
340. Pip and the Wood Witch Curse by Chris Mould (10/30)
341. Dead Run by Sean Rodman (10/30)
342. I, Witness by Norah McClintock and Mike Deas (10/30)
343. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (10/31)

November (34)
344. Twitter for Dummies by Laura Fitton (11/1)
345. The Gardener's Friend by Lesley Masters (11/1)
346. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (11/2)
347. Black Cowboy Wild Horses: a true story by Julius Lester (11/3)
348. Three Little Words by Sarah N. Harvey (11/4)
349.  How We Use Plants for Medicine and Health by Sally Morgan (11/5)
350. Death Bringer by Derek Landy (11/6)
351. Uh-Oh! by Mary Newell DePalma (11/8)
352. A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston (11/8)
353. Fitz by Mick Cochrane (11/11)
354. The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens (11/11)
355. Messenger by Lois Lowry (11/11)
356. Moonbird by Phillip Hoose (11/12)
357. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (11/16)
358. Athlete vs. Mathlete by W.C. Mack (11/18)
359. Life Happens Next by Terry Trueman (11/19)
360. Cleopatra Queen of Egypt by Clint Twist (11/20)
361. Living Rough by Christy Watson (11/20)
362. Power Chord by Ted Staunton (11/21)
363. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (audio reread) (11/23)
364. Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor (11/23)
365. It Jes' Happened: when Bill Traylor started to draw (11/ 25)
366. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett (11/25)
367. Water Sings Blue: ocean poems by Kate Coombs (11/25)*
368. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson (11/25)
369. Creep and Flutter; the secret world of insects and spiders by Jim Arnosky (11/26)
370. Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (11/26)
371. Otter and Odder by James Howe (11/26)
372. Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! A Sonic Adventure by Wynton Marsalis (11/26)
373. Step Gently Out by Helen Frost (11/26)
374. Slither and Crawl: Eye to Eye with Reptiles by Jim Arnosky (11/27)
375. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (11/28)
376. Christmas Wombat by Jackie French (11/29)
377. Safekeeping by Karen Hesse (11/30)

December (36)
378. Rebel Heart by Moira Young. Dust Lands #2 (12/1)
379. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (12/3)*
380. The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #7) by Jeff Kinney (12/4)
381 One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (12/5)
382. The Christmas Genie by Dan Gutman (12/5)
383. Dusssie by Nancy Springer (12/5)
384. Mutiny in Time (Infinity Ring #1) by James Dashner (12/6)
385. Secrets from the Sleeping Bag by Rose Cooper (12/6)
386. Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo (12/7)
387. Madeline L'Engle's a Wrinkle in Time: the Graphic Novel adapted by Hope Larson (12/7)
388. Her Permanent Record by Jimmy Gownley (12/7)
389. Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All (Dork Diaries #5) (12/8)
390. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (12/8)*
391. Citizen Scientists by Loree Griffen Burns (12/10)
392. Cactus Soup by Eric Kimmel (12/10)
393. The Two Mountains by Eric Kimmel (12/10)
394. Johnny and the Bomb by Terry Prachett (12/10)
395. Beowulf adapted by Gareth Hinds (12/11)
396. My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies by Allen Zadoff (12/12)
397. The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse (12/13)
398. Shadow by Michael Morpurgo (12/15)
399. Who Could That Be at This Hour by Lemony Snicket (12/15)
400. Seriously, I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres (12/16)
401. Goodnight iPad: a parody for the next generation by Ann Droyd (12/16)
402. Just Behave, Pablo Picasso by Jonah Winter (12/20)
403. Hunter Moran Saves the Universe by Patricia Reilly Giff (12/21)
404. If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answers Easy? by Robert A. Schultz & James R. Delisle (12/21)
405. Dodger by Terry Pratchett (12/21)*
406. I Funny: a middle school story by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein (12/23)
407. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (12/26)
408. The Third Gift by Linda Sue Park (12/27)
409. I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black (12/27)
410. Oh No! (or how I built a time machine to save history) (or at least my history grade) by Mac Barnett (12/27)
411. Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli (12/27)
412. The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng (12/27)
413. Etched in Clay by Andrea Cheng (12/28)
414. The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver (12/29)
415. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (12/31)

Audio 2012
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No one hosted an Audiobook Challenge this year, as far as I know, but I decided to continue to challenge myself. I thought I listened to a lot of audiobooks but my best year seems to have been 2010 when I read 107 books with my ears. Last year, I read 89 and this year, clocked 83 (definite downward trend here). I know that some of the books I read with my ears were fairly long this year. I also know that I don't walk around the house plugged in as much since it caused, shall we say, a bit of friction. I marked 11 with an *, and one with 2. These were my favorites. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein was my absolutely favorite audiobook (as well as all around favorite book) this year. Ironically, I never reviewed it. I wanted to let it simmer before writing about it. Then so many folks were writing so well about it, I found I had nothing to add. But, I have been talking about it every chance I get.

January (8)
1. The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley (1/1)
2. Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto by Eric Luper (1/5)
3. Code Talker: a Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War II by Joseph Bruchac (1/8)
4. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (1/10)
5. The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin (1/14)
6. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (1/14)
7. A Web of Air by Philip Reeve (1/23)
8. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (1/5)

February (11)
9. Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata (2/2)
10. Bad Boy: a Memoir by Walter Dean Myers (2/4)
11. Pie by Sarah Weeks (2/5)
12. Charlie Parker played be bop by Chris Raschka (2/9)
13. Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones (2/12)
14. Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry (2/16)
15. The Apothecary by Maile Meloy (2/18)
16. Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney (2/20)
17. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (2/21)
18. Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richards Jacobson (2/23)
19. Wonder by R. J. Palacio (2/29)

March (8)
20. Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes (3/1)
21. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (3/7)*
22. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (3/12)*
23. The Tanglewood Terror by Kurtis Scaletta (3/20)
24. Sweethearts by Sara Zar (3/23) 
25. Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer (3/24)
26.  Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick (3/24)
27. Playing with Fire by Derek Landy (3/29)

April (8)
28. The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill (4/7)
29. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (4/8)
30. Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (4/12)
31. Legend by Marie Lu (4/13)*
32. Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (4/15)
33. Boom by Mark Haddon (4/20)
34. Zora and Me by Victoria Bond & T.R. Simon (4/27)
35. The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy (4/29)


May (5)
36. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (5/6 )*
37. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (5/11)
38. The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger (5/15)
39. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (5/20)*
40. Jefferson's Sons by Kimberly Bradley (5/26)

June (5)
41. The Roar by Emma Clayton (6/7)
42. Divergent by Veronica Roth (6/7)
43. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (6/16)**
44. Boys are Dogs by Leslie Margolies (6/19)
45. A Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (6/20)

July (8)
46. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (7/1)
47. The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey (7/6)
48. The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan (7/7)
49. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (7/15)*
50. Dark Days (Skulduggery Pleasant #4) by Derek Landy (7/18)
51. Au Revoir Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber (7/20)
52. Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard (7/25)
53. Rush by Jonathan Friesen (7/30)

August (5)
54. Mortal Coil (Skulduggery Pleasant #5) by Derek Landy (8/8)
55. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (8/8)
56. The Enchantress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #6) by Michael Scott (8/18)
57. Crunch by Leslie Connor (8/30)
58. Blood Red Road by Moira Young (8/31)*

September (6)
59. The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman (9/1)
60. NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley (9/8)
61. Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Schecter (9/17)
62. Spiral by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams (9/22)
63. The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson (9/26)
64. Bossypants by Tina Fey (9/30)

October (6)
65. The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (10/13)
66. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (10/13)*
67. Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel (10/20) 
68. See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles (10/25)
69. Every Day by David Levithan (10/28)
70. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (10/31)

November (8)
71. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (11/2)
72. Death Bringer (Skulduggery Pleasant #6) by Derek Landy (11/5)
73. The Heart and the Fist: the education of a humanitarian the making of a Navy Seal by Eric Grietens (11/11)
74. Messenger by Lois Lowry (11/ 11)
75. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (11/23)
76.  Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor (11/23)*
77. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (11/28)
78. Safekeeping by Karen Hesse (11/30)

December (5)
79. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (12/8)*
80. Who Could That Be at This Hour by Lemony Snicket (12/15)
81. Seriously, I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres (12/16)
82. Dodger by Terry Pratchett (12/21)*
83. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (12/31)

Mount TBR Reading Challenge
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1/1/12: I signed up for Pike's Peak level - 12 books from TOM, as my tbr is affectionately known.
12/31/12: Well, I surpassed my goal of 12 book and managed to knock 48 off the pile. Not bad.

1. The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronen (1/1) (on TOM since September)
2. Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge (1/3) (on TOM since September)
3. Carter's Big Break by Brent Crawford (1/ 10) (on TOM since sometime in 2010)
4. Runaway Mummy a Petrifying Parody by Michael Rec (1/11) (TOM since 2009)
5. Justin Fisher Declares War by James Preller (1/13) (TOM since August, 2010)
6. Bad Boy: a Memoir by Walter Dean Myers (2/6) (TBR list since 2005)
7. Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadahota (TBR list since 2008)
8. Bad News for Outlaws: the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (TBR list since 2009)
9. Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes (TBR since 2009)
10. Sweethearts by Sara Zar (3/23) (TBR since 2008)
11. Boom by Mark Haddon (4/20) (TBR since 2009)
12. Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyes (5/9 ) ) (TBR since 2010)
13. Stranded by J.T. Dutton (5/12) (TBR since 2010)
14. What Momma Left Me by Renée Watson (5/16 ) (TBR since 2010)
15. Divergent by Veronica Roth (6/7) (TBR since 2011)
16. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (7/15) (TBR since 2011)
17. Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee (7/16 ) (TBR since 2009)
18. Au Revoir Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber (7/20) (TBR since 10/2011)
19. Borrowed Names: Mothers Daughters by Jeannine Atkins (7/25) (TBR since 2010)
20. Rush by Jonathan Friesen (7/30) (TBR since 2010)
21. Dragon's Oath by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast (8/3) (TBR since 2011)
22. White Crane by Sandy Fussell (8/4) (TBR since 2010)
23. Photo by Brady: a Picture of the Civil War by Jennifer Armstrong (8/5) (TBR since 2010)
24. Archvillain by Barry Lyga (8/6) (TBR since 2010)
25. Going Nowhere Faster by Sean Beaudoin (8/7) (TBR since 2007)
26. Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs (8/11) (TBR since 2010)
27. This Full House by Virginia Euwer Wolff (8/12) (TBR since 2009)
28. Home Team by Eric Walters, Jerome Williams and Johnnie Williams III (8/14) (TBR since 2010)
29. Positively by Courtney Sheinmel (8/15) (TBR since 2009)
30. Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James M. Deem (8/16) (TBR since 2009)
31. Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt (8/16) (TBR since 2011)
32. The Good Girl by Kerry Cohen Hoffman (8/17) (TBR since 2008)
33. Where She Went by Gayle Forman (8/17) (TBR since 2011)
34. Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James M. Deem (8/16) (TBR since 2010)
35. Crunch by Leslie Connor (8/30) (TBR since 2010)
36. Wither by Lauren DeStefano (9/3) (TBR since 2011)
37. NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley (9/8) (TBR since 2009)
38. Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis (9/16) (TBR since April, 2011)
39. Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Schecter (9/17) (TBR since August, 2011)
40. Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes (9/22) (TBR since November, 2010)
41. The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson (9/26) (TBR since August, 2011)
42. Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel (10/20) (TBR since September, 2010)
43. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (10/31)
44. Messenger by Lois Lowry (11/11)
45. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (11/28) (TBR since 2010)
46. The Christmas Genie by Dan Gutman (12/5) (TBR since 2009)
47. Dusssie by Nancy Springer (12/6) (TBR since 2007)
48. My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies by Allen Zadoff (12/12) (TBR since May, 2011)


2012 Debut Author Challenge
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Hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren.

1. love & leftovers by Sarah Tregay (2/23) (YA)
2. Kepler's Dream by Juliet Bell (2/25) (MG)
3. Wonder by R. J. Palacio (2/29) (MG)
4. My B. by Caroline Starr Rose (3/26) (MG)
5. Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie (YA)  (4/4)
6. The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani (MG) (4/6)
7. M Awesome Awful Popularity Plan by Seth Rudestky (YA) (4/7)
8. Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta (PB)  (4/14)
9. Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo (YA)  (4/19)
10. A Girl Named Digit by Annabelle Monaghan (YA debut) (4/23)
11. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (YA) (4/28)
12. The Land of Stories: the Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer  (MG) (5/1)
13. Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood (MG) (5/19)
14.  The Boy Project (Notes and Observation of Kara McAllister) (MG) (5/20)
15. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (6/10) (MG)
16. Way to Go by Tom Ryan (YA) 6/14)
17. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (YA) (6/28)
18. Above by Leah Bobit (7/22) (YA)
19. Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz (8/9) 
20. Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood (MG debut) 8/10)
21. Claws by Mike and Rachel Grinti (8/20) (MG)
22. The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker (8/23)
23.  My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabelle Pitcher (826)
24. Behind the Bookcase by Mark Steensland (9/8)
25.  I Swear by Lane Davis (9/9)
26. Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy (10/29)
27. One for the Murphy's by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (12/5)
28. The Forsaken by Lisa Stasse (12/13)
29. Love and Other Perishable Items (12/26)
30. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (12/31)

I read a fair number of debuts, but sadly, there are quite a few 2012 debuts that I didn't get to. Hopefully, I will this coming year.

Taking Stock - December - 2012
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Total Posts: 37started, not published
Total Books Read this Month: 36
Total Books Read this Year: 415

Challenges:
Audio Books: 5/83 ytd
Debut Author: 4/30 ytd
Mount TBR Challenge: 3/48 ytd

The Good: I surpassed my Goodreads goal of 400 books. Unfortunately the two totals (LJ and GR) don't jibe because GR doesn't allow counting of rereads. I frequently reread favorites with my ears if I originally read with my eyes and vice versa.

The Bad:  LJ continues to have glitches and technical difficulties galore. Losing patience. Really, why am I still blogging on LJ?

Also, I didn't write enough reviews. As I may have explained ad nauseum, writing is a slow and painful process for me. So slow that I'd rather be reading. That said, I did not get around to blogging about books I absolutely adored (see below).

The WTF: I really don't like to use that acronym, but, I had a number of wtf moments this year mostly having to do with not sharing the love for some raved about books. The most notable of which has to be The Fault in Our Stars. Don't get me wrong. I like it. I didn't love it. It was a good cancer book. But it broke no new ground. I actually liked Me, Earl and the Dying Girl a whole lot better. I read it simultaneously with my eyes and with my ears. Kate Rudd did a spectacular job performing it and I liked it better with my ears but ultimately found (guiltily) the two main characters too pretentious to stomach. I also didn't love the media hype surrounding the launch. Color me cynical.

Hugely disappointed in Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I have been playing a bit of catch up with the Mortal Instruments series and mostly a fan until the fourth, City of Fallen Angels. I listened to Clockwork Angel with my husband on a car trip to visit #4 son at college. He was intrigued enough to steal my cds and finish the book on his own. I ended up buying him Clockwork Prince, but he quit it early on. I, on the other hand, listened to the bitter end and was bitterly disappointed with how wimpy Tessa got and the repetitive angsty scenes.

I was also disappointed in Safekeeping by Karen Hesse. I am a huge fan of most of the author's work but I could not buy into the premise of Safekeeping. There were just too many "ah, no," moments.  I read it with my ears and I have read that the print version contains photographs, but I didn't even try to seek out the book to check out the photos.

Faves that were not reviewed:
Wonder by R.J. Palacio: originally read this one with my ears and was so, so disappointed in the audio despite the starred review for the audiobook in SLJ. Luckily, the performances did not detract from the intense story. Deserving of all the Newbery buzz. Totally and completely in love with this one.
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray: Read this one with my ears and Libba Bray can not only write her ass off, she can narrate it off (as well as sing it off and act it off) (really, is there anything she can't do?) I was late to the party to read this one. It will remain on my all-time faves for a while (along with Going Bovine).
Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi: Read Ship Breaker with my ears and adored it. Read the arc of this one with my eyes and thought that this was even better! Printz, anyone?
Personal Effects by E. M. Kokie: I don't know what arc fairy godmother to thank for this one. I was totally destroyed by this one. What a beautiful, powerful story. So sorry the author was overlooked by the Morris committee.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer: this was another one that I avoided because of all the pre-pub hype. The only good thing about that is that the wait for the second installment is that much shorter.
Summer of the Gypsy Moth by Sara Pennypacker: Only Sara Pennypacker could've pulled this Weekend at Bernie's for the pint-sized off.
One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate: this was one that also got some early Newbery buzz and I initially resisted reading. Don't.
Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead: I am such a fan of this diverse writer. I am totally ashamed that I did not write about this one. Especially since I was totally surprised at the end.
Blood Red Road by Moira Young: another overly hyped debut that I avoided. I read it with my ears only after my sister, Barbara, a high school librarian raved about it. Unique voice. And, yes, better than The Hunger Games.
iBoy by Kevin Brooks: I adore Kevin Brooks, but his books are really for a high school audience, so I don't read everything he writes because I don't have the time. In iBoy, once I decided to let go and accept the contrivances, I was hooked.
Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter: I really enjoyed Ms. Shecter's biography of Cleopatra and when I heard about Cleopatra's Moon, I pre-ordered it, but then it sat on TOM. This past summer, the audiobook was available as a free download and I took advantage of it and finally read it with my ears. The production was very well done!
Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Obed: I received an arc of this darling little book from Houghton Mifflin when I attended their publisher preview at KidLitCon this past September. It is lovely and would fit very nicely as a mentor text in any middle or high school language arts classroom.
Unspoken by Henry Coles: This one is my personal choice for Caldecott. How do you spell P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L.? I work very closely with the ESL teacher at my school. We both share a love of wordless books and find using them particularly effective with English language learners. When I showed her Unspoken, she grabbed it, read it and said, "I'm buying it." She used it as a mentor text with her eighth graders to help them study the Civil War.
The Diviners by Libba Bray: I read this comment somewhere on the interwebz: The Diviners is the shortest long book you'll ever read. Oh yeah. I swallowed this baby whole. Before its publication date. The problem with reading arcs early is the long wait till the publication of sequels, especially if arcs are not distributed.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater: The Scorpio Races was one of my faves earlier this year. I liked but did not love Linger and disliked the sequels even more. This one put my admiration for the author back on the upside. Atmospheric, romantic, quirky, with just the right amount of creep factor. Looking forward to the sequels.
Dodger by Terry Pratchett: I recently finished reading this one with my ears and might just get to writing about it. But, then again, might not. I am definitely rereading it with my eyes. I adore Terry Pratchett and mourn his devastating diagnosis. Stephen Briggs is simply brilliant as a narrator, period, but seems to have a particular affinity for Pratchett's singular humor. I adored this book and (repeat) will be rereading with my eyes if only to mark the text horribly.

December's list: * = a favorite
378. Rebel Heart by Moira Young. Dust Lands #2 (12/1)
379. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (12/3)*
380. The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #7) by Jeff Kinney (12/4)
381 One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (12/5)
382. The Christmas Genie by Dan Gutman (12/5)
383. Dusssie by Nancy Springer (12/5)
384. Mutiny in Time (Infinity Ring #1) by James Dashner (12/6)
385. Secrets from the Sleeping Bag by Rose Cooper (12/6)
386. Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo (12/7)
387. Madeline L'Engle's a Wrinkle in Time: the Graphic Novel adapted by Hope Larson (12/7)
388. Her Permanent Record by Jimmy Gownley (12/7)
389. Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All (Dork Diaries #5) (12/8)
390. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (12/8)*
391. Citizen Scientists by Loree Griffen Burns (12/10)*
392. Cactus Soup by Eric Kimmel (12/10)
393. The Two Mountains by Eric Kimmel (12/10)
394. Johnny and the Bomb by Terry Prachett (12/10)
395. Beowulf adapted by Gareth Hinds (12/11)
396. My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies by Allen Zadoff (12/12)
397. The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse (12/13)
398. Shadow by Michael Morpurgo (12/15)
399. Who Could That Be at This Hour by Lemony Snicket (12/15)
400. Seriously, I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres (12/16)
401. Goodnight iPad: a parody for the next generation by Ann Droyd (12/16)
402. Just Behave, Pablo Picasso by Jonah Winter (12/20)
403. Hunter Moran Saves the Universe by Patricia Reilly Giff (12/21)
404. If I'm So Smart, Why Aren't the Answers Easy? by Robert A. Schultz & James R. Delisle (12/21)
405. Dodger by Terry Pratchett (12/21)*
406. I Funny: a middle school story by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein (12/23)
407. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (12/26)
408. The Third Gift by Linda Sue Park (12/27)
409. I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black (12/27)
410. Oh No! (or how I built a time machine to save history) (or at least my history grade) by Mac Barnett (12/27)
411. Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli (12/27)
412. The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng (12/27)
413. Etched in Clay by Andrea Cheng (12/28)*
414. The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver (12/29)
415. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (12/31)


Non-Fiction Monday: Etched in Clay: the life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet by Andrea Cheng
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I am thrilled to be hosting the last Non-Fiction Monday of 2012! Happy New Year everyone! What are your reading resolutions for 2013?

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143 p. Lee & Low Books, January 15, 2013. 9781600604515. (Purchased)

The life of an enslaved man named Dave is recounted in 90+ blank verse poems and illustrated by woodcuts. According to Ms. Cheng's brief introduction and afterword, facts about Dave's life were gleaned from the records of his many owners. It is estimated that he was born around 1801 and lived to see the end of slavery. He showed an affinity for throwing pottery and soon became known for the quality of his pots. He continued to throw pots despite losing one of his legs in an accident. He was taught to read at a time when it was illegal to teach slaves. In one of his poems, Dave expresses admiration for Nat Turner and chides himself for not being brave, but he wrote his poems on his pots and signed them at his and his owner's peril. Some of the poems incorporate Dave's poems and there is a page with Dave's inscriptions at the back of the book along with information about Edgefield Pottery, an author's note and sources. 

This book is quite hefty despite its narrow trim and mere 142 pages. It is also beautifully designed - the cover paper is textured, the preponderance of clay-red on the cover and end-pages is lovely, and the creamy pages containing the poems are on the thick side. The story of Dave the potter's life is told from multiple viewpoints, Dave's, his two wives, three owners and their wives and sundry folks. The free verse poems beg for multiple readings. The wood cut illustrations are spare and powerful. There's potential for plenty of cross-curricular work here - art, social studies and language arts, especially if paired with Laban Carrick Hill's gorgeous picture book, Dave the Potter: artist, poet, slave. One might also include It Jes' Happened by Don Tate to expand the unit.

I first heard of the book when I read a tweet from Lee & Low directing me to this page. What a nice resource! Since I am a fan of Ms. Cheng's work and also of Mr. Hill's book, which is also a poem, I looked up the book with the intention of pre-ordering it and found that it was shipping early. Yay! 

Please leave your links to Non-Fiction Monday in the comments. I am sorry to say that LJ is glitchy with comments from time to time. If your comment does not appear, feel free to post your link to kidlitosphere or email me at labsnbooks(at)aol(dot)com. Cheers! And Happy New Year!
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Sandy, from Unpacking the Power of Picture Books, is not only in first, but also festively, with One Times Square: a century of change at the crossroads of the world by Joe McKendry. Genius!
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Tara of A Teaching Life, talks about using A Black Hole is Not a Hole as a mentor text to launch a non-fiction unit. Great choice!
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Jeff, at  NC Teacher Stuff is featuring a book about The American Revolution titled Did It All Start with a Snowball Fight?  This sounds like a fine addition to the unit I collaborate on with the seventh grade social studies teacher
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Cathy and Louise, from The Non-Fiction Detectives reflected on their favorite history books of 2012. It's quite a diverse list starting with Bomb.
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Anastasia writes, "Today at Booktalking I have a book for the new year: Health Smarts: How to Eat Right, Stay Fit, Make Positive Choices, and More (USA Today Teen Wise Guides: Lifestyle Choices) by Matt Doeden."
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Sue submitted this: "Today at Sally's Bookshelf I've posted a review of About Habitats: Oceans by Cathryn Sill; illustrated by John Sill."
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Jennifer didn't let LJ's snubbing prevent her from posting the link to City Critters: wildlife in the urban jungle by Nicholas Read over at Jean Little Library. Thanks Jennifer!
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Keep them coming folks!

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Well, I did get some lovely books as gifts this holiday season. The sweetest one had to be from #4 son, the mountain-climbing camper turned counselor who guided me on my first attempt to hike a fourteener. sweetestpresentswettestpresent2
He's still hopeful that I will get in shape enough to actually make it to the top. So sweet. I've already skimmed the book and read about many of the hikes. They're way too hard for the likes of me but they are inspiring. 

Purchased:
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Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: a new English version by Philip Pullman. 405 p. Viking/ Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, November, 2012. 9780670024971.

Publisher Synopsis: Pullman retells his fifty favorites, from much-loved stories like “Cinderella” and “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Rapunzel” and “Hansel and Gretel” to lesser-known treasures like “The Three Snake Leaves," "Godfather Death" and "The Girl with No Hands." At  the end of each tale he offers a brief personal commentary, opening a window on the sources of the tales, the various forms they've taken over the centuries and their everlasting appeal.

Suffused with romance and villainy, danger and wit, the Grimms' fairy tales have inspired Pullman's unique creative vision—and his beguiling retellings will draw you back into a world that has long cast a spell on the Western imagination.

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Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies by Ellen Brown. Cider Mill Press, September, 2011. 9781604332391.

I know, a day late and a dollar short. When #4 son was diagnosed with celiac disease, his nutritionist said that there was no need to run out to buy g-free cookbooks. I could just adapt and substitute. For the most part, her advice was sound but for baking. It's a bit tricky. Last year, my spritz cookies were a spreading mush. This year, I actually read the Pamela's bag and learned that the shortening needed to be lessened and the spritz turned out. Lessened by how much? The bag didn't specify and I chose a random amount, which I doubt I will remember the next time I bake the cookies (next Christmas)!

I don't know how I came across this book, but it's worth trying. 

That's what's new with me. What's new with you? Happy New Year and happy reading!
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WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine in which we share the titles of books we are eagerly anticipating.
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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. Infernal Devices #3. 592 p. Margaret K. McElderry Books, March 19, 2013. 9781416975908.

Publisher synopsis: 
Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy. (Repeat much?)

Well, that was edifying. Even though I was less than thrilled with book 2, Clockwork Prince, I'm curious about the conclusion. I did enjoy the related series, Mortal Instruments, though I think I stopped that one after the third book when things got a bit convoluted and silly.


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