Friday, December 31, 2010

My 1st Graphic Novels: The Lost Lunch & Bus Ride Bully

My 1st Graphic Novel series by Various Authors.

Age: 5+

Publisher: Stone Arch Books

Reason for Reading: Received review copies from the publisher. My son read aloud as his reader for school.

The Lost Lunch by Lori Mortensen. Illustrated by Remy Simard. 25 pgs. Aug. 1, 2010 - The first couple of pages show how to read a graphic novel showing the direct panels are read and then showing the direction text and balloons should by read. Andrew and Dylan are playing before school but when lunch time comes around Andrew realizes he left his lunch in the playground. With permission from the teacher they go to look for his lost lunch but it is not where they had supposed it would be. When they have run out of places to look and Andrew's tummy can take it no longer they have a brilliant idea. An interesting, fun story with great artwork to help tell the story at this low reading level, RL 1.8. Geared to younger children, but not babyish. My reading challenged 10yo found the story interesting and felt confident to have read the book in one sitting. 4/5

Bus Ride Bully by Cari Meister. Illustrated by Remy Simard. 25 pgs. Aug. 1, 2010 -The first couple of pages show how to read a graphic novel showing the direct panels are read and then showing the direction text and balloons should by read. Gavin does not like the bus. Not the way it looks or the way it smells but most of all he does not like Max. He is terrified everyday going on the bus because Max always comes and sits in his seat, eats his snack, laughs at him and trips him. But one day Max is not there, nor the next. At first Max can't believe the difference but then he starts to worry what's happened to Max? Does Gavin actually miss Max? A fun story and an interesting look at one possibility for a bully's actions. Loving Simard's illustrations for these books. A great read considering the low reading level, RL 1.4. This is certainly of a much higher interest level, probably up to about 9 years old. The story is not simple or babyish in anyway. A great book for first time graphic readers and reluctant readers. 4/5

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Goals for 2011

I don't usually have any firm goals when it comes to my reading but this year I do, as I see I've been floundering a bit and not accomplishing what I'd really like to with my reading so I'm going to set some goals that I would like to accomplish that I can reflect back on each quarter of the year and see how I'm doing and if they give me any direction or sense of accomplishment.

1. My personal "Read Stephen King in Chrono Order" has been stuck since the end of 2008 when I hit The Stand. Since I've already read the original, I'm going with the expanded, uncut version at 1500 pages and it is now 2011 and I still haven't read it. So as soon as Jan. 1 comes around I will finish my current fiction read and put everything else on hold while I settle down to read Then Stand. At the same time I will read a graphic novel a day to get my personal and ARC backlog caught up and give me something to post each day. I'm hoping I can read 100 pgs a day of The Stand, taking me approx. 15 days to read. completed

2. Speaking of GN's. Last year I read the Fables series and got caught up with it. This year I was toying with The Sandman but that's a big commitment with all the side stories so instead I want to read the Bones series for this year. 9 Graphic Novels plus a prequel (I've already read Tall Tales) and the new chapter book(s). started

3. I have created a database of all the novels coming out this year that I want to read and I am going to stick to it as far as ARCs are concerned. This doesn't include non-fiction, GNs or manga though. There are also a couple of children's publishers that I work with differently but still this should cut down on my ARCs quite a lot this year and allow me to catch up on some of my backlog. started

4. I want to read books I already own this year! I was thinking of randomly picking a bookshelf and working on reading the books on that shelf as a fun random project. Then passing most of the books along and out of my house. In fact, I really want to do this I'm just afraid I'll fail miserably. If I succeed at Goal #1 above, I'll commit more heartily to this one. started.

That's it for now. 4 goals is lofty enough for me to put in writing!

293. Another Pan by Daniel & Dina Nayeri

Another Pan by Daniel & Dina Nayeri (Canada) - (US)
The Second of Another Series

Pages: 393
Ages: 14+
Finished: Dec. 23, 2010
First Published: Sept. 14, 2010
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: YA, paranormal
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

All nights come to an end -- that is to say, all nights see the break of day.

Acquired: Received a review copy from Candlewick Press.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

I loved this book almost as much as the first in the series! In fact, I think I loved the story even more but I didn't find it to be the page-turner that Another Faust was. This was more of a slow read, one that kept me interested and I loved falling into the world, but somehow it did have a slow pace. I'm not sure if this is the book's fault or my own as my mind has been all over the place so close to Christmas. But fast or slow paced who cares? I loved Another Pan!

Professor Darling is a teacher at the Marlowe school. Both his children attend, Wendy and John Darling; this is his first year at the high school. There are a few new Resource Assistants this year and one them is named Peter. Professor Darling's history class revolves around Ancient Egyptology and a particular set of 5 myths and artifacts in which he alone believes prove that the Egyptian god of the Dead was not Anubis but a female. Peter is at the school looking for bonedust from a certain set of 5 mummies which when ground together will provide the elixir of permanent youth. So far he's managed to slow the aging process considerably with the dust from one such special mummy. It seems the underworld has attached itself to Marlowe along with a new mousy, plain looking school nurse with a strange eye. Wendy and John join Peter and his crew of Lost Boys (in place all over the world and naturally at Marlowe as well) in entering the underworld and trying to retrieve the mummies and fighting (or tricking) the guardians of each after they hear and study each myth to help them locate the point of entry in Marlowe to the correct place in the underworld.

It is with the nurse that the connection with the previous book comes. Another Faust introduced us to the demon posing as a governess and here she returns before she has had time to fully recuperate in the form of the nurse. This is all covered in the first chapter. But when she returns to the underworld she regains her full power as the Dark Lady. The Dark Lady has taken on many manifestations in the living world, the glamorous governess in Another Faust and the terrible, frightening nanny of Peter's childhood.

I love how all the elements of the Peter Pan story are brought together here in a completely different fashion. Peter Pan is represented in his true form (from the book) as a nasty, self-centred youth and his sidekick who is in love with him, Tina, will do anything for him even though he does not reciprocate her undying love. Tina, like Tinkerbell (in the book) is jealous of Wendy with a pure hatred. Other elements that find their way into Another Pan but have nothing to do with pirates or crocodiles are the hook and the tick-tock of a watch. Truly, a very original re-imagining of the ingredients that make up Peter Pan that the authors have used in a completely unique way to tell their own story.

As a series, I find this very compelling as it does not follow the same cookie cutter recipe of most series. There is not a continuing plot line with the same characters. In fact, these first two books could be read on their own, apart from a series. What connects them as a series is a villain and a school, which is becoming a character itself. There is also a very brief mention in passing of an event that happened last year at the school involving Christopher Faust and connecting it to the evil within Marlowe.

I'm a fan of this series and can't wait to see what classic story the brother/sister author team use as the springboard for the next book.

Countries, States and Provinces

Starting Jan 1, 2008 I started to track my books geographically trying to read my way around the world. I've seen some people participating in challenges and projects similar to this but rather than join something I'm just keeping track here by myself. Fantasy, Sci-fi, alternate realities will not be included in this list, only realistic fiction.

Dec. 31, 2013 stats updated

Data continuously updated.

Canada  (13/13)
(6 provinces/territories- as of Dec. 31, 2008)
(7 provinces/territories- as of Dec. 31, 2009)
(11 provinces/territories - as of Dec. 31, 2010)
(11 provinces/territories - as of Dec. 31, 2011)
(12 provinces/territories - as of Dec. 31, 2012)
(13 provinces/territories - as of Dec. 31, 2013)
Tour 2  (9/13)
(3 provinces/territories - as of Dec. 31, 2013)
(8 provinces/territories - as of Dec. 31, 2014)
(9 provinces/territories - as of Dec. 31, 2015)

Tour 1 - Ticket to Curlew by Celia Barker Lottridge
Tour 2 - All Fall Down: The Landslide Diary of Abby Roberts by Jean Little
British Columbia
Tour 1 - A Ribbon of Shining Steel: The Railway Diary of Kate Cameron by Julie Lawson
Tour 2 - Let's Kill Uncle by Rohan O'Grady
Tour 1 - Footsteps in the Snow: The Red River Diary of Isobel Scott by Carol Matas
Tour 2 - Pieces of the Past: The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz by Carol Matas
New Brunswick - The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay by Beverly Jensen
Newfoundland & Labrador
Tour 1 - Wilfred Grenfell: Adventurer to the North by Vernon Howard
Tour 2 - Winter of Peril : The Newfoundland Diary of Sophie Loveridge by Jan Andrews
Northwest Territories
Tour 1: Far North by Will Hobbs
Tour 2: Devil's Pass by Sigmund Brouwer
Nova Scotia
Tour 1: The Fossil Hunter of Sydney Mines by Jo Ann Yhard
Tour 2: Banished from Our Home: The Acadian Diary of Angélique Richard by Sharon Stewart
Tour 1: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Tour 2: Night's Child by Maureen Jennings
Prince Edward Island - That Boy Red by Rachna Gilmore
Tour 1: Up to Low by Brian Doyle
Tour 2: A Sea of Sorrows: The Typhus Epidemic Diary of Johanna Leary by Norah McClintock
Tour 1- The Horseman's Graves by Jacqueline Baker
Tour 2 - Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee
Nunavut Territory  - Otherwise by Farley Mowat
Yukon Territory
Tour 1 - The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Robert W. Service
Tour 2 - City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

United States (48/50 +DC)
(21 States - as of Dec. 31, 2008)
(30 States - as of Dec. 31, 2009)
(36 States - as of Dec. 31, 2010)
(40 States - as of Dec. 31, 2011)
(41 States +DC - as of Dec. 31, 2012)
(43 States +DC - as of Dec. 31, 2013)
(47 States +DC - as of Dec. 31, 2014)
(48 States +DC - as of Dec. 31, 2015)

Delaware (And Never Let Her Go: Thomas Capano: The Deadly Seducer by Ann Rule)
Idaho  (????????? )

Alabama - Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Alaska - The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush by Howard Blum
Arizona - If You Lived with the Hopi by Anne Kamma
Arkansas - The Christmas Star by Ace Collins
California - Children of the Dust Bowl by Jerry Stanley
Colorado - The Shining by Stephen King
Connecticut - Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Delaware -
Florida - Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Georgia - Indelible by Karin Slaughter
Hawaii - Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs
Idaho -
Illinois - The Beast of Chicago by Rick Geary
Indiana - In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd
Iowa - Home by Marilynne Robinson
Kansas - The Saga of the Bloody Benders by Rick Geary
Kentucky - Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie's Story by Freddie Owens
Louisiana - Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli
Maine - Rage by Stephen King (Richard Bachman)
Maryland - Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman
Massachusetts - The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen
Michigan - All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine by Monica Kulling
Minnesota - Dead To You by Lisa McMann
Mississippi - Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Missouri - The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell
Montana - Let Him Go by Larry Watson
Nebraska - Lamb Bright Saviors Robert Vivian
Nevada - Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Troy Little
New Hampshire - Asylum by Madeleine Roux
New Jersey - The Fighting Ground by Avi
New Mexico - Burn by Ted Dekker & Erin Healy
New York - The Loveliest Woman in America by Bibi Gaston
North Carolina - Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross
North Dakota - The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
Oklahoma - Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts
Ohio - The Side-Yard Superhero by Rick D. Niece
Oregon - The Promises She Keeps by Erin Healy
Pennsylvania - The Anatomy of Deception by Lawrence Goldstone
Rhode Island - Colonial Comics: New England, 1620 - 1750 edited by Jason Rodriguez
South Carolina - The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
South Dakota - The Jumping-Off Place by Marian Hurd McNeely
Tennessee - Carved in Bone by Jefferson Bass
Texas - The Texicans by Nina Vida
Utah - Rape Girl by Alina Klein
Vermont - Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon
Virginia - Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
Washington - Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Washington, D.C. - Marvin Redpost: Kidnapped at Birth? by Louis Sachar
West Virginia - The Devil all the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
Wisconsin - The Birchbark Tree by Louise Erdrich
Wyoming - Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen

Rest of the Word
(13 countries - as of Dec. 31, 2008)
(28 countries - as of Dec. 31, 2009)
(32 countries - as of Dec. 31, 2010)
(51 countries - as of Dec. 31, 2011)
(58 countries - as of Dec. 31, 2012)
(68 countries - as of Dec. 31, 2013)
(70 countries - as of Dec. 31, 2014)
(77 countries - as of Dec. 31, 2015)

  1. Afghanistan - The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders by Emmanuel Guibert & Didier Lefevre
  2. Algeria - The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar
  3. Antarctica - A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse by Frank Viva
  4. Atlantic Ocean - Deadly Voyage: RMS Titanic by Hugh Brewster
  5. Australia - True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
  6. Bermuda - Double You by Shane Peacock
  7. Bolivia - Andreo's Race by Pam Withers
  8. Brazil - The Lost City of Z by David Grann
  9. Cambodia - The Mysteries of Angkor Wat: Exploring Cambodia's Ancient Temple by Richard Sobol
  10. Chile - The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan
  11. China - Little Pear and His Friends by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
  12. Colombia - First Descent by Pam Withers
  13. Congo - Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War by Michel Chikwanine
  14. Curacao - The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  15. Czech Republik - Die for You by Lisa Unger
  16. Denmark - Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen
  17. East Germany - The Other Side of the Wall by Simon Schwartz
  18. Egypt - Hand of Isis by Jo Graham
  19. England - Kept: A Victorian Mystery by D.J. Taylor
  20. Ethiopia - Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  21. France - The Iron Staircase by Georges Simenon
  22. Germany - Joseph and Chico: The Life of Pope Benedict XVI by Jeanne Perego
  23. Greece - Shadow of Colossus by T.L. Higley
  24. Guadeloupe - The Zabime Sisters by Aristophane
  25. Guatemala - 9,000 Miles of Fatherhood by Kirk Millson
  26. Guernsey - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
  27. Honduras - Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure by Christopher S. Stewart
  28. Hong Kong - The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
  29. Hungry - The Puppet by Eva Wiseman
  30. Iceland - Close to Heel by Norah McClintock
  31. India - The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine
  32. Indonesia - The Remains of War: Surviving the Other Concentration Camps of World War II by G. Pauline Kok-Schurgers
  33. Indus Valley - In Defense of the Realm by Sanjay Deshpande
  34. Iran - Persia Blues Vol. 1: Leaving Home by Dara Naraghi
  35. Ireland - Saint Patrick by Ann Tompert
  36. Israel - The Photographer's Wife by Suzanne Joinson
  37. Italy - Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda
  38. Japan - The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder
  39. Korea - The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa
  40. Lapland - Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo
  41. Latvia - The Hedgehog Boy by Jane Langton
  42. Lebanon - I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached
  43. Libya - Innocent War by Susan Violante
  44. Malta - Counting Churches: The Malta Stories by Rosanne Dingli
  45. Mexico - Irma Voth by Miriam Toews
  46. Monaco - Rally 'Round the Corpse by Hy Conrad
  47. Nepal - Peg and the Yeti by Kenneth Oppel
  48. Netherlands, The (Holland) - The Tulip Eaters by Antoinette van Heugten
  49. New Guinea - Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
  50. New Zealand - The Two Linties by Clare Mallory
  51. Nigeria - Free Agent by Jeremy Duns
  52. North Korea - The Great Successor: A Political Cartoon by Ha Tae Keung
  53. North Pole - First Man: Reimagining Matthew Henson by Simon Schwartz
  54. Norway - Nemesis by Jo Nesbo
  55. Pacific Ocean - Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  56. Palestine - Jerusalem: The Story of a City and a Family by Boaz Yakin
  57. Papua New Guinea - The White Mary by Kira Salak
  58. Paraguay - The Drunken Forest by Gerald Durrell
  59. Philippines - Lola, A Ghost Story by J. Torres
  60. Poland - Regina's Closet: finding my grandmother's secret journal by Diana M. Raab
  61. Romania - Dracula (Dover Graphic Novel Classics) by John Green
  62. Russia - Stalin's Children: Three Generations of Love, War, and Survival by Owen Matthews
  63. Scotland - Payment in Blood by Elizabeth George
  64. Singapore - Empress of Asia by Adam Lewis Schroeder
  65. South Africa - The Impostor by Damon Galgut
  66. South Sea Islands - Best South Sea Stories edited by A. Grove Day
  67. Spain - The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  68. Sweden - The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
  69. Switzerland - The Apple and the Arrow by Mary & Conrad Buff
  70. Tanzania (Tanganyika) - Maps and Shadows by Krysia Jopek
  71. Taiwan (Formosa) - Granny Han's Breakfast by Sheila Groves
  72. Thailand - The Life of Rice: From Seedling to Supper by Richard Sobol
  73. Tibet - The Boy Who Conquered Everest: The Jordan Romero Story by Katherine Blanc
  74. Turkey - Nearly Nonsense: Hoja Tales Fron Turkey by Rina Singh
  75. Uganda - Breakfast in the Rainforest: A Visit with Mountain Gorillas by Richard Sobol
  76. Ukraine - Legend of an Iron Tower and Other Fables... by Natalia Dobzhanska
  77. Vietnam - War Stories: An Enlisted Marine in Vietnam by Stephen G. MacDonald
  78. "West Africa" - Amaryllis in Blueberry by Christina Meldrum
  79. Wales - The Arthurian Omen by G.G. Vandagriff
  80. Yugoslavia - In the Company of Dolphins: A Memoir by Irwin Shaw

2011 Master Challenge List

Challenges I've joined. This will continuously be updated through the year and can be reached through the sidebar link on the right. I will only be joining challenges that run year long and that cover a certain type of book that I figure I read any way.

I'm currently involved in these perpetual challenges or projects:

Chronological Stephen King - This is my own personal project that I started in 2007 and I got stuck in 2008 with The Stand. It's just such a huge book (I'm reading the revised 1500 pg edition, since I read the original the first time) that every time I look at it I just think how many other books I could read in the same time. I vowed to read it in 2009 (didn't happen). I vowed again to read it in 2010, but it was the year of the ARC for me and there was no way I could take the time off and not become horribly behind in my ARC reading. SO, here we are 2011 and this is my new vow. Starting Jan. 1, 2011 I will make sure I am finished my current fiction book and will start reading The Stand, while at the same time I will read a graphic novel each day to get myself caught up with the pile of GNs and Mangas that have accumulated while I devoted that genre of my reading to the Cybils '10 nominations. The Stand will be read this year because it will be the first thing I read and then I can proceed forward again!

1. Carrie
2. 'Salem's Lot
3. Rage
4. The Shining
5. Night Shift
6. The Stand
7. The Long Walk

Newbery Challenge (ongoing) - I intend on continuing this never-ending quest to read all the Newbery winners. However this year, unlike last year, I pledge to read more than just the new winner :-0
see progress here

Geographical Project - see progress here
I will make a conscious effort to finish the Canadian provinces this year as every Canadian book I naturally read takes place in the same set of provinces and I only have two left to finish this stage of the project. I should also try and pay better attention to where novels take place, as I seem to have read all the 'popular' places, and most books continue to take place in these same states/countries.
fit in books as they are read

Random Reading Bookshelf Challenge (year of 2011)
see progress here

FINISHED in 2011

2011 Read Your Own Books Challenge (Feb. 17 - Dec. 31. 2011)
1. Toy Story: The Mysterious Stranger by Dan Jolley
x. Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel
2. The Hollow People by Briank Keaney
x. Animal Hospital by Judith Walker Hodge
3. The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth by Scott Hahn
4. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
5. Dragon Seer by Janet McNaughton
6. Winter's Child by Cameron Dokey
7. Journey to America by Sonia Levitin
8. Plenty of Fish by Millicent Selsam
9. The Cay by Theodore Taylor
10. The Seventh Princess by Nick Sullivan
11. The Joy of Being a Catholic Child by Rev. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv.
12. Assassin: The Lady Grace Mysteries #1 by Patricia Finney
13. High Flight: A Story of World War II by Linda Granfield
xx. Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel
14. The Mass for Children by Rev. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv.
15. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
16. Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
17. Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
18. Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop
19. The Gates by John Connolly
20. Little Henry to the Rescue by Eleanor Graham
21. Genesis by Bernard Beckett
22. John F. Kennedy: The Making of a Leader by the Editors of TIME for Kids
23. Canadian Starters (Moose, Beaver, Emily Carr & Alexander Graham Bell) by various
24. Yokaiden, Vol. 1 by Nina Matsumoto
25. Yokaiden, Vol. 2 by Nina Matsumoto
26. The Imposter's Daughter by Laurie Sandell
27. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
28. Bone 1: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith
29. If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King by Ellen Levine
30. Bone 2: The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith
31. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
32. Bone 3: Eyes of the Storm by Jeff Smith
33. The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of The Little Flower by St. Therese of Lisieux
34. Hanako and the Terror of Allegory, Vol. 3 by Sakae Esuno
35. Chi's Sweet Home, vol. 2 by Konami Kanata
36. Arthur's Honey Bear by Lillian Hoban
37. Twin Spica, Vol. 2 by Kou Yaginuma
38. Batman Returns: The Penquin's Plot by Michael Teitelbaum
39. Human Body by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
40. Canada's Maple Leaf: The Story of Our Flag by Ann-Maureen Owens & Jane Yealland
41. The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
42. Fables #15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham
43. Jack of Fables #8: The Fulminate Blade by Bill Willingham
44. The Boxcar Children #2: Surprise Island by Gertrude Chandler Warner
45. The Beginner's Bible illustrated by Kelly Pulley
46. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
47. The Long Walk by Stephen King as Richard Bachman
48. Mother Teresa: In My Own Words by Mother Teresa
49. Bone #4: The Dragonslayer by Jeff Smith
50. Bone #5: Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border by Jeff Smith
51. Marvin Redpost #1: Kidnapped at Birth? by Louis Sachar
52. Bone #6: Old Man's Cave by Jeff Smith
53. Bob and Shirley: A Tale of Two Lobsters by Harriet Ziefert
54. Everything is Grace: The Life and Way of Therese of Lisieux by Joseph F. Scmidt, FSC
55. Nola's Worlds #1: Changing Moon by Mathieu Mariolle
56. Canada, Our History: An Album Through Time by Rick Archbold
57. Nola's World #2: Ferrets and Ferreting Out by Mathieu Mariolle
58. Nola's World #3 Evem for a Dreamer Like Me by Mathieu Mariolle
59. Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the U.F.O. by David Adler
60. Small Pig by Arnold Lobel
61. Down the Yukon by Will Hobbs
62. My First Catechism by Father Lovasik
63. Gargoyles: Monsters in Stone by Jennifer Dussling
64: Bone 7: Ghost Circles by Jeff Smith
65. Bone 8: Treasure Hunters by Jeff Smith
66. Upchuck and Rotten Willy: Running Wild by Bill Wallace
67. Uncle Elephant by Arnold Lobel
68. Bone 9: Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith
69. Bone: Rose by Jeff Smith
70. Tommy O'Toole and Larry by Anna D. Cordts
AtoZ Challenge IV (Jan-Dec. 2011)


A ~ Arnason, Kathleen (Falcon's Gold)
B ~ Ba, Gabriel & Moon, Fabio (Daytripper)
C ~ Chantler, Scott (Two Generals)
D ~ Dokey, Cameron (Winter's Child)
E ~ Edginton, Ian (A Study in Scarlet)
F ~ Finney, Patricia (Assassin: The Lady Grace Mysteries #1)
G ~ Gunderson, J. (Fire in the Sky)
H ~ Hoena, Blake A. (Superman: Cosmic Bounty Hunter)
I ~ Igarashi, Daisuke (Children of the Sea, Vol. 4)
J ~ Jerome, Kate Boehm (Who Was Amelia Earhart?)
K ~ King, Stephen (The Stand)
L ~ Lemke, Donald (Batman: Mad Hatter's Movie Madness)
M ~ Mina, Denise (A Sickness in the Family)
N ~ Nickel, Scott (The Incredible Rockhead vs. Papercut)
O ~ O'Reilly, Sean (New Monster in School)
P ~ Pennypacker, Sara (Stuart Goes to School)
Q ~ Quella-Guyot, Didier (Agatha Christie's Peril at End House Graphic Novel)
R ~ Roman, Dave (The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko's Story)
S ~ Schweizer, Chris (Crogan's March)
T ~ Torres, J. (Lola, A Ghost Story)
U ~ Usamaru Furuya (Genkaku Picasso, Vol. 1)
V ~ Vanderpool, Clare (Moon Over Manifest)
W ~ Willingham, Bill (Jack of Fables: The New Adventures of Jack and Jack)
X ~ X.J. Kennedy (Exploding Gravy: Poems to Make You Laugh)
Y ~ Young, C. Coco De (A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt)
Z ~ Zuckoff, Mitchell (Lost in Shangri-La)


A ~ Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
B ~ Birth of a Killer by Darren Shan
C ~ Children of the Dust Bowl by Jerry Stanley
D ~ The Dynamic World of Chemical Reactions by Agnieszka Biskup
E ~ Emmett's Pig by by Mary Stolz
F ~ Fire in the Sky by J. Gunderson
G ~ Grasshopper on the Road by Arnold Lobel
H ~ How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy & Giulio Maestro
I ~ Incorruptible, Vol. 2 by Mark Waid
J ~ Jimmy on Ice by Adam Beechen
K ~ The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry
L ~ Luna Park by Kevin Baker
M ~ MOAH: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 3 by Megumi Osuga
N ~ Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 1 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
O ~ The Odyssey: Homer by Tim Mucci
P ~ Plenty Of Fish by Millicent Selsam
Q ~ Quest for the Spark, Book One by Tom Sniegoski
R ~ Rescue in the Bermuda Triangle by Marc Tyler Nobleman
S ~ Saints in Limbo by River Jordan
T ~ Toy Story: The Mywsterious Stranger by Dan Jolley
U ~ Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
V ~ Vermonia #4: The Rukan Prophecy by Yoyo
W ~ The Whirlwind World of Hurricanes by Katherine Krohn
X ~ The X'ed-Out X-Ray by Ron Roy
Y ~ Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri
Z ~ The Zabime Sisters by Aristophane
Canadian Book Challenge 5  (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012)
1. Canada's Maple Leaf: The Story of Our Flag by Ann-Maureen Owens & Jane Yealland
2. Capturing Joy: The Story of Maud Lewis by Jo Ellen Bogart
3. Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
4. Bone Beds of the Badlands by Shane Peacock
5. The Color of Lightning by Paulete Jilles
6. Sinking Deeper or My Questionable (Possible Heroic) Decision to Invent a Sea Monster by Steve Vernon
7. Canada, Our History: An Album Through Time by Rick Archbold
8. Monster in the Mountains by Shane Peacock
9. The Tiffin by Mahtab Narsimhan
10. The Clockwork Girl by Sean O'Reilly* & Kevin Hanna
11. The Blue Umbrella by Mike Mason
12. The Remains of War: Surviving the Other Concentration Camps of World War II by G. Pauline Kok-Schurgers
13. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley

Graphic Novel Challenge 2011 (Expert 10+) (Jan-Dec. 2011) FINISHED
1. The Night Owls by Peter & Bobby Timony
2. Thunder from the Sea: Adventure on Board the HMS Defender by Jeff Weigel
3. Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 2: Research by Thomas Siddell
4. Incorruptible, Vol. 2 by Mark Waid
5. Agatha Christie's Peril at End House by Didier Quella-Guyot
6. The Zabime Sisters by Aristophane
7. New Monster in School by Sean O'Reilly
8. The Incredible Rockhead vs. Papercut! by Scott Nickel
9. Crogan's March by Chris Schweizer
10. Luna Park by Kevin Baker
11. Lola, A Ghost Story by J. Torres

ARC Reading Challenge (Platinum Level 30+) (Jan-Dec. 2011) FINISHED
1. The Boy Who Conquered Everest: The Jordan Romero Story by Katherine Blanc
2. Free Country by Jeremy Duns
3. Birth of a Killer by Darren Shan
4. Incorruptible, Vol. 2 by Mark Waid
5. Agatha Christie's Peril at End House by Didier Quella-Guyot
6. The Zabime Sisters by Aristophane
7. New Monster in School by Sean O'Reilly
8. The Incredible Rockhead vs. Papercut! by Scott Nickel
9. Luna Park by Kevin Baker
10. A Sickness in the Family by Denise Fuso
11. End Zone Thunder by Scott Ciencin
12. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves by Matthew K. Manning
13. Two Generals by Scott Chantler
14. Genkaku Picasso, vol. 1 by Usamaru Furuya
15. Fire in the Sky by J. Gunderson
16. MAOH: Junevie Remix,Vol.3
17. Tango and the Maigc Pencil by Sankgo Tomtmot
18. Rescue in the Bermuda Triangle by Marc Tyler Nobleman
19. Escape from Pompeii by Terry Collins
20. Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 3 by Kiiro Yumi
21. The Whirlwind World of Hurricanes with MaxAxiom, Super Scientist by Katherine Krohn
22. The Dynamic World of Chemical Reactions with MaxAxiom, Super Scientist by Agnieszka Biskup
23. The Whicharts by Noel Streatfeild
24. Batman: Mad Hatter's Movie Madness by Donald Lemke
25. Unbroken: A Worl War II Story of Survival, Resiliance, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
26. Bubble in the Bathtub by Jo Nesbo
27. Death Note: Black Edition, Volume I by Tsugumi Ohba
28. City in Peril! by Paul Collicutt
29. Rust Attack! by Paul Collicutt
30. The Indestructible Metal Men by Paul Collicutt
31. Murder on the Robot City Express by Paul Collicutt

Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge 2011 (12 books) (Jan-Dec. 2011) FINISHED
1. Free Country by Jeremy Duns
2. Agatha Christie's Peril at End House by Didier Quella-Guyot
3. A Sickness in the Family by Denise Fuso
4. Death Note: Black Edition, Volume I by Tsugumi Ohba
5. Murder on the Robot City Express by Paul Collicutt
6. Ghostwriter by Travis Thrasher
7. Shantorian: Trackers, Book 2 by Patrick Carman
8. The Hollow People by Brian Keaney
9. The Deadly Conch by Mahtab Narimhan
10. Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
11. A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
12. Quiver by Holly Luhning

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

292. Toy Story: Some Assembly Required

Toy Story: Some Assembly Not Required by Jesse Blaze Snider. Art by Tanya Roberts (Canada) - (US)

Pages: 112
Ages: 8+
Finished: Dec. 21, 2010
First Published: Nov. 9, 2010
Publisher: Boom Studios!
Genre: Graphic novel, children
Rating: 3.5/5

First sentence:

Hold your fire, men!

Acquired: Received a review copy from Harper Collins Canada.

Reason for Reading: We enjoyed the first Toy Story book so much we had to read this one.

Unlike The Return of Buzz Lightyear, this book is not one continuous story but three shorter ones. The first is the longest and accompanies the book's cover picture then the following two are more like short stories. This was rather disappointing, as I would have preferred one book length story as in the previous volume. However, these stories were fun and well-written. This series all takes place during Toy Story 1's time frame.

The first one involves, Woody and Buzz's continued friendly jealousy of each other and each wanting to have been the one who was most responsible for saving Bo Peep's sheep, they challenge each other to a test of various skills and other toys join in when the prize is a kiss from Bo Peep. This is a very humorous story as we have the various toys participating in outrageous athletic events until the final four are chosen by the Weebles judges to participate in the final event. The second story involves Rex, who Andy bought at a museum gift shop. Rex discovers that Andy is going to the Dinosaur museum again and is terrified he will buy a new dinosaur, bigger and scarier, who will eat him. So the toys plan a rescue mission to foil Andy's finances when he reaches the gift store.For the final story , Andy is off at a sleepover, so Woody sets up a cowboy camp for the toys and they have a camp-out and try to scare each other with scary stories, but what was scary to one toy usually isn't scary to the rest of them.

Lots of fun, well-written, the characters voices can be heard inside your head as you read and the humour is as delightful as you expect from Toy Story. Good book! Just wish it had been one continuous story rather than three short ones.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

ARC Reading Challenge 2011

Another year and I'll be participating in Teddy Rose's ARC Challenge again. Though I will be requesting less arcs this year than in the past I still have lots to catch up on so will be going for the Platinum Level of 30+ books. I will be posting a list of all my ARCs on hand some time before my first Monday Books in the Mail post of the new year.

A to Zed Challenge III (End of Year Post)

Only a few more days to go and I don't see me filling in the missing letters at this point so I'm posting my official finishing post (with the right to edit if I do miraculously read a missing letter within the next 3 days).

I don't officially participate in this challenge now. I did the first year but every year since I just like to play along and see how I do without actually trying to get all the letters, (meaning I don't read books just so they will fill in letter on the list), I just fill them in as I go along. This year I did my best ever with a surprise December add of a title beginning with Q!

2008 4 missing authors (Q, U, X, Z) and 3 missing titles (X, Y, Z).
2009 3 missing authors (Q, X, Z) and 2 missing titles (Q, X).
2010 2 missing authors (U, Z) and 1 missing title (X).


A ~ Asada, Hiroyuki (Tegami Bachi Vol. 1: Letter and Letter Bee)
B ~ Beebe, Catherine (Saint John Bosco and the Children's Saint, Dominc Savio)
C ~ Chrisman, Arthur Bowie (Shen of the Sea: Chinese Stories for Children)
D ~ Dekker, Ted (Burn)
E ~ Erskine, Kathryn (mockingbird)
F ~ Fforde, Jasper (Shades of Grey)
G ~ Greenwood, Barbara (The Last Safe House)
H ~ Hale, Shannon and Dean (Calamity Jack)
I ~ Igarashi, Daisuke (Children of the Sea, Vol. 2)
J ~ Jacobson, Alan (Crush)
K ~ Kate, Lauren (The Fallen)
L ~ Latham, Irene (Leaving Gee's Bend)
M ~ Moore, Roger (My Word is My Bond, The Autobiography)
N ~ Narsimhan, Mahtab (The Silver Anklet)
O ~ O'Connor, George (Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess)
P ~ Peete, Holly Robinson (My Brother Charlie)
Q - Queenie Chan (The Dreaming, The Collection (Vol. 1-3))
R ~ Rogan, S. Jones (The Daring Adventure of Penhaligan Brush)
S ~ Shiraz (Defenders of the Scroll: History, Legend and Lore)
T ~ Taylor, Patrick (An Irish Country Girl)
V ~ Violante, Susan (Innocent War)
W ~ Willingham, Bill (Sons of Empire)
X ~ X. Stork, Francisco (Marcelo in the Real World)
Y ~ Yolen, Jane (Foiled)


A ~ Angel: After then Fall, Volume 1 by Josh Whedon
B ~ Big Max by Kin Platt
C ~ Copper by Kazu Kibuishi
D ~ The Diary of Sophia Macnab written at Dundurn Castle, Hamilton, 1846, Age 13
E ~ Exiles from the War by Jean Little
F ~ The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
G ~ Gone by Lisa McMann
H ~ Helen Keller: A Determined Life by Elizabeth MacLeod
I ~ Irredeemable by Mark Waid
J ~ The Jungle Vampire by David Sinden
K ~ The King's Legacy by Jim Stovall
L ~ The Levee by Malcolm Shuman
M ~ Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker
N ~ Never Walk Away by Linwood Barclay
O ~ The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds
P ~ Potter's Field by Mark Waid
Q ~ Quest for the Silver Title by Yoyo
R ~ Rome Sweet Rome by Scott & Kimberly Hahn
S ~ Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
T ~ The Texicans by Nina Vida
U ~ The Unsinkable Walker Bean, Vol. 1 by Aaron Reiner
V ~ Vanishing Habitats by Robert Bateman
W ~ War and Pieces by Bill Willingham
X ~
Y ~ You Suck by Christopher Moore
Z ~ Zeus: King of the Gods by George O'Connor

290-291. Lunch Lady Vol. 3 &4 by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

Age: 8+

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Reason for Reading: Book #4 is a Cybils '10 nominee and as a panelist for Graphic Novels this is required reading for me. Since I've already read volumes 1 & 2, there seemed no point skipping #3 to just read #4 so I read them both. I was not overly impressed with the first books in the series last year.

290. #3. Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta. 96 pgs, Dec. 2009. After not being very impressed with book 1 and slightly enjoying book 2, I must say book 3 here has left me feeling much better about this series. After a rather curmudgeonly kiddy author visits to sign books, the school's coach disappears. Lunch Lady and the gang do some research and it seems school coaches have been disappearing for a few years back now coinciding with this author's school visits! Lunch Lady to the rescue! Lunch Lady is still a bit over the top with the kitchen gadget spy tools. Here she receives hamburger headphones that let her listen in on conversations going on all around her. The plot is still rather unbelievable. How can a common author have the power to hypnotize men into being his servants for years on end? But I like the repartee between the kids and how they take on the problems they are faced with plus their quick thinking and sensible, realistic solutions. Even though the Lunch Lady series continues to be over the top, I can honestly say I found this one fun, it had its humorous moments and I have finally made a connection with the kids, if not LL. Hopefully book 4 will continue in the same vein. 3.5/5

291. #4. Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown. 96 pgs. May, 11, 2010. Finally a plot I can believe in. This one belongs to the "Scooby Doo" school of mystery. Summer camp begins with just-for-fun rumours of a Swamp Monster until the new camp councillor is attacked by a green slimy monster. Lunch Lady and the gang think someone real is behind the further Swamp Monster sightings and they go after catching the slimy dude. This volume was a lot of fun. The kids being shuttled off to boys' and girls' cabins find they don't fit in with the other campers very well and drift back to each other, having more fun tracking down criminals than attending arts & crafts classes. A few laugh out loud moments. I really like the kids and while Lunch Lady was more laid-back on her summer vacation I still don't find her character very appealing. Not my favourite series, but book 4 is definitely my favourite in the series! 4/5

Monday, December 27, 2010

289. Irredeemable Vol. 4 by Mark Waid

Irredeemable Vol. 4 by Mark Waid (Canada) - (US)

Pages: 112
Finished: Dec. 19, 2010
First Published: Nov. 9, 2010
Publisher: Boom Studios!
Genre: Graphic novel, superheroes
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

The world is in tatters.

Acquired: Received a review copy from Harper Collins Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series

This volume contains Special Issue #1 and the next three issues of Irredeemable. The book starts with the Special which takes us back into the past giving us further background story to reveal three important persons in the coming future. We learn the whole story of "Hornet" the man who was burned with his family by Plutonian at the very beginning of the series, in Vol. 1. There is also a reveal here that will affect the future. We are introduced to a new character and shown how Max Damage and Jailbait became partners. Then it's back to the present where we once again take a look back at that fateful day that Plutonian went crazy. The rest of the story arc revolves around Bette Noir and her guilt of holding back her secret she revealed in the last issue. She's given a chance at finding redemption here as the Paradigm plan to finally take the Plutonian out, only to be betrayed by one of their own.

A very exciting issue with lots of build-up to the final climactic battle. Bette's character is given the most exposure in this particular story arc which is not a happy one at all. Plutonian has surprisingly little page time, except to show up for the flashbacks and the closing battle. This volume has many surprises as there is not only a revisit with a dead character in the past but then a a couple of dead characters return to the present! There is also a loss for the Paradigm as one of their members looses their life. An action-filled issue with plenty of insight into both the background story and Bette's character. Things will not be the same for Paradigm when next we meet them, leaving one anxious for the next volume.

Monday: Books in the Mail

Last week brought more books than I had expected. Mostly review books and mostly from Simon & Schuster. One I've been waiting for from another publisher also showed up as did a gift from a lovely blogger, Literary Feline. I'm sure everyone knows her, but if you haven't had the pleasure yet, be sure to check out her blog!

From Harper Collins Canada:

Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge returns to solve his most exciting and shocking case yet in this latest entry in the bestselling series hailed as "outstanding" by the New York Times Book Review

A breathtaking blend of psychological complexity, haunting atmosphere, compelling twists, and impressive detail, the novels in the Ian Rutledge mystery series have garnered their author widespread acclaim and numerous honors and awards. At the heart of the series is the compelling Scotland Yard detective inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the Great War who understands all too well the darkness that lies within men's souls.

Now three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It's a baffling case. The victims are soldiers who survived the horrors of World War I only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Each had been garroted, with small ID discs left in their mouths.

But even Scotland Yard's presence doesn't deter this vicious and clever killer. Shortly after Inspector Ian Rutledge arrives, a fourth soldier is found dead. With few clues to go on and the pressure building, Rutledge must gamble everything—his job, his reputation, and even his life—to find answers.

From Simon & Schuster Canada:

Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for audiences T+. Contains Volumes 1 and 2 of Death Note!

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects--and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. Will Light's noble goal succeed, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against?

Cassel has discovered the dark secret of his past, the secret that set him apart from his family. Now he must take his new knowledge and his new powers out into the world. A dark and twisting contemporary fantasy set in a beautifully rendered, subtly different world this is a wonderfully nuanced and involving fantasy, at once melancholy, ironic and terrifying.

From Simon & Schuster US:

What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.

Gift from Wendy at Musings of a Bookish Kitty! Thanks Wendy!

In the dead of a Michigan winter, pieces of a snowmobile wash up near the crumbling, small town of Starvation Lake -- the same snowmobile that went down with Starvation's legendary hockey coach years earlier. But everybody knows Coach Blackburn's accident happened five miles away on a different lake. As rumors buzz about mysterious underground tunnels, the evidence from the snowmobile says one thing: murder.

Gus Carpenter, editor of the local newspaper, has recently returned to Starvation after a failed attempt to make it big at the Detroit Times. In his youth, Gus was the goalie who let a state championship get away, crushing Coach's dreams and earning the town's enmity. Now he's investigating the murder of his former coach. But even more unsettling to Gus are the holes in the town's past and the gnawing suspicion that those holes may conceal some dark and disturbing secrets secrets that some of the people closest to him may have killed to keep.