Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Booklist 2010

I am publishing my unfinished book list for 2010 because I hope to be away for the rest of the year.  I may update it, because I have a list of maybe 5 books I haven't added yet.  (Not counting the ones I've forgotten to record!)

Booklist 2010

  1. The Blue Roan Child, Jamieson Findlay, Jan 2, 2010
  2. The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynn Reid Banks, Jan 2, 2010
  3. Summer on Blossom Street, Debbie Macomber, January 3, 2010
  4. Angel Rock, Darren Williams, January 4, 2010
  5. Angel City, by Tony Johnston and Carol Byard, ch, Jan 7, 10 (read twice)
  6. I Can Make You Thin, by Paul McKenna
  7. A Passage to India, E. M. Forster, Jan 12, 2010
  8. The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver, Jan 15, 2010
  9. Back on Blossom Street, Debbie Maccomber, Jan 19, 2010
  10. Home, Marilynn Robinson, January 20, 2010
  11. Housekeeping, Marilynn Robinson, January 25, 2010
  12. Where Angels Go, Debbie Macomber, 1-31-10
  13. Muggie Maggie, Beverly Cleary, Children's, 2-1-10
  14. Animals in the Snow, Margaret Wise Brown, ch, 2-2-10
  15. The Sunday Philosophy Club, Alexander McCall Smith, 2-3-10
  16. The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath, rr, 2-10-10
  17. Gilead, by Marilynn Robinson, 2-18-10
  18. The Big Six, by Arthur Ransom, 2-21-10
  19. 74 Seaside Ave, Debbie McComber, 2-25-10
  20. Tears of the Giraffe, by Alexander McCall Smith
  21. Dust for Dinner, Ann Turner & Robert Barrett, ch
  22. Twenty Wishes, Debbie Macomber, 3-10-10
  23. Morris the Artist, by Laure Segal, ch, 3-13-10
  24. A BIG little life, Dean Koontz
  25. Smoking Mirror, Douglas Rees
  26. Life is Good, Trixie Koontz
  27. Mr Putter and Tabby Write the book, by Cynthia Rylant, ch
  28. Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame, 3-21-10
  29. Rugby and Rosie, Nan Parson Rossiter, ch, 3-23-10
  30. Frog and Toad together. Arnold Lobel, ch, rr, 3-24-10
  31. Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver, 3-24-10
  32. Dr. DeSoto, William Steig, ch
  33. 1 is One, Tasha Tudor, ch
  34. Henry's First Moon Birthday, Lenore Look, ch
  35. From the Corner of his Eye, Dean Koontz, 4-7-10
  36. Frog and Toad are Friends, Arnold Lobel, 4-11-10, ch
  37. Emma in Charge, David McPhail, 4-11-10, ch
  38. Just Like Me, Miriam Schlein & Marilyn Janovitz, ch, 4-11-10
  39. Painting the Wind, Patricia and Emily MacLaghlan & Katy Schneider, ch, 4-11-10
  40. Brother Odd, Dean Koontz, 4-14-10
  41. Aunt Minnie and the Twister, Mary Skillings Prigger and Betsy Lewin, ch, 4-16-10
  42. Forever Odd, Dean Koontz, 4-20-10
  43. Earth Tigerlets, by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross, ch, 4-23-10
  44. The Lady and the Poet, Maeve Haran, 4-25-10
  45. Persuasion, Jane Austin, 4-30-10
  46. Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood, 4-30-10
  47. The Lakeshore Limited, Sue Miller, 5-7-10
  48. Earth Tigerlets, by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross, ch, 5-7-10
  49. The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood, 5-22-10
  50. Ribsy, Beverly Cleary, ch, rr, 5-22-10
  51. White Horses, by Douglas Milliken, 5-29-10
  52. Flush, by Carl Hiaasen, ya, 5-30-10
  53. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, rr, 6-4-10
  54. Ramona and her Father, Beverly Clearly, rr, ch, 6-6-10
  55. feathers, Jacqueline Woodson, ya, 6-7-10
  56. Saving Cinnamon, by Christine Sullivan, 6-12-10
  57. Frida Kahlo, The Artist in the Blue House, ch, 6-14-10
  58. The Truth About Lord Stoneville, Sabrina Jeffries, 6-14-10
  59. Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer, John Grisham, ya, 6-16-10
  60. Face Parts, Simon Jennings, 6-17-10
  61. Marley and Me, John Grogan, 6-18-10
  62. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman, 6-26-10
  63. The Green GLass Sea, Ellen Klages, ch, 6-27-10
  64. Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne. rr, ch, 7-11-10
  65. Field Guide to Wild Berries and Fruits, Teresa Marrone. 7-11-10
  66. The Hammer, Vance Neudorf, ch, 7-19-10
  67. Wesley the Owl, Stacey O'Brien, 7-22-10
  68. The Kitchen God's Wife, Amy Tan, 7-23-10
  69. In the Moon of Red Ponies, James Lee Burke, 7-26-10
  70. The Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri, 7-27-10
  71. Mr. Muo's Traveling Couch, Dai Sijie, 8-5-10
  72. Scat, Carl Hiassen, 8-9-10
  73. Nora, Nora, Anne Rivers Siddon, 8-10-10
  74. Testimony, Anita Shreve, 8-19-10
  75. Amber Brown is not a Crayon, Paula Danziger, ch, 8-21-10
  76. Amber Brown, You Can't eat Your Chicken Pox, Paula Danziger, ch, 8-24-10
  77. Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit. Paula Danziger, ch, 8-25-10
  78. Amber Brown Sees Red, Paula Danziger, ch, 8-27-10
  79. Amber Brown is Feeling Blue, Paula Danziger, ch, 8-28-10
  80. Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood, 8-28-10
  81. PS Longer Letter Later, Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin, ch, 8-30-10
  82. Hannah's List, by Debbie Macomber, 9-2-10
  83. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson, 9-4-10
  84. A Gift of Dragons, Anne McCaffrey, 9-8-10
  85. Get Well Soon. Julie Halpern, 9-14-10
  86. The Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson,
  87. Any Place I hang my Hat, Susan Isaacs
  88. The Girl who kicked the Hornets Nest, Stieg Larsson, 9-25-10
  89. Firefly Beach, Luanne Rice, 9-30-10
  90. Ape's Adventure in Alphabet Town (read Twice), ch, 10-1-10
  91. Birthright, Nora Roberts, 10-7-10
  92. Wicked, Gregory McGuire, 10-16-10
  93. Rise and Shine, Anna Quindlen, 10-25-10
  94. Animals in the Snow, Margaret Wise Brown, Ch, 10-28-10
  95. Welcome to the Bed and Biscuit, Joan Carris, ch, 11-2-10
  96. Airy Fairy, Magic Music, Margaret Ryan, ch, 10-30-10
  97. Hey, What's wrong with this one? Maia Wojcieshowska, ch, 10-30-10
  98. The Cottage, Daniel Steel, 11-8-10
  99. The Summer of the Swans, Betsy Byars, ch 11-9-10
  100. The Family Under the Bridge, Natalie Savage Carlson, ch, 11-9-10
  101. The Known World, Edward P. Jones. 11-11-10
  102. Blessings, Anna Quindlen, 11-17-10
  103. A Fire on the Deep, Vernor Vinge, 11-13-10
  104. Dr. Suess ABC, 2 X reread, ch, 11-16-10
  105. Piggy Wiglet and the Great Adventure, David Lee Harrison, 2X, reread, ch, 11-16-10
  106. When the Cows come Home, David Lee Harrison, 2X, ch, 11-16-10
  107. Teddy's First Christmas, Amanda Davidson, ch 11-29-10
  108. The first Snowfall, Anne and Harlow Rockwell, ch, 11-29-10
  109. Songs of the Humpback Whale, Jody Picoult, 12-2-10
  110. Legacy, Danielle Steel
  111. Nineteen Minutes, Jody Picoult, 12-19-10
  112. My Sister's Keeper, Jody Picoult, 12-29-10

rr = reread
ch = children's
ya = young adult

Unfinished books 2010:

Pirate Latitudes, Michael Crichton, March, 2010--read half (UGH!) :-( too much graphic violence for me. The story line would have been interesting if it weren't for the overdone violence. I would say this is probably a book intended for men. :-(

Movies 2010:

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (read first, much earlier)
The Complete Metropolis, Fritz Lang
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I

CDs and audiotapes 2010:

David Sedaris Live

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Songs of the Humpback Whale, Jody Picoult

Songs of the Humpback WhaleSongs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I liked it very much, liked the interesting way it was told, and how she let you know what was going to happen. It was a sad book, and I cried at the end. The characters who survived all had life changing experiences and difficult lives and love, and isn't that what life is all about? This is a good story, with adventure, thoughtfulness, change. I wish I had time to write real review, but I do not. I hate spoilers, except when they are an intended part of the book,so I won't say what happens. Suffice it to say that Jane and Rebecca, Jane's daughter, start out on a cross-country trip after a fight with Jane's Marine biologist husband Oliver and guided by letters from Jane's brother Joley. And they find adventure aplenty. Good times and bad.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010


or, Looking up at the sky, a bit of silliness from an image Erwin made of me. (Click image to view slightly larger).