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Titanic Challenge Links (July-Dec)

340. The Sandman by William Joyce

The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie by William Joyce (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
The Guardians of Childhood, Book 3.5

Pages: 48
Ages: 5+
Finished: Dec. 18, 2012
First Published: Oct. 2, 2012
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Genre: picture book, children, fantasy
Rating:  3/5

First sentence: "Of course you know the Guardians of Childhood."

Publisher's Summary: "One foggy night, the Man in the Moon has a startling thought: When the moon is less than full and bright, who will keep children safe at night? He needs a backup plan! Or a backup Guardian, as it were. His keen eye falls upon a sleepy little fellow living on a sleepy little island who is a sweet-dreamer extraordinaire. Since good dreams always trump bad ones, this means Pitch, the Nightmare King, will be further thwarted in his nefarious quest to terrorize children. So Sanderson Mansnoozie seems the perfect choice. But there are two problems. Firstly, given that Sandy has never had a bad dr…

2013 TBR Pile Challenge

This challenge will hopefully help me to accomplish my other challenges :-)  I don't usually do challenges where you have to make a read-from list, but I'm going to pick from my Random Bookshelf Project and books already on my bedside table; those are books I intend to read anyway.

Rules: sign up here
must make list of 12 +2 alternates in case of DNFs
books must not be re-reads
must be copyright pre-2012
post links here

UPDATED DEC. 2013: Miserable failure.  Barely made a dent on this challenge :-(

My list:

1. Cezanne Pinto, A Memoir by Mary Stolz (1994)
2. The Weather Witch by Paul Stewart (1989)
3. Let's Kill Uncle by Rohan O'Grady (1964)
4. The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Sparks (1963)
5. Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani (2000)
6. Death Note: Another Note, The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases by Nisioisin (2006)
7. Lizard Music by D. Manus Pinkwater (1976)
8. The Circus is Coming by Noel Streetfeild (1938)
9. Ballet Shoes for Anna by Noel Streetfeild (1972)
10. Th…

344. Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman

Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman. Pictures by Maurice Sendak. Translated by Ralph Maheim (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 102
Ages: 7+
Finished: Dec. 29, 2012
First Published: Original 1816; This Edition  1984 (Reprint: Oct. 30, 2012)
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Genre: Picture Book, Fairy Tale
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "On the twenty-fourth of December Dr. Stahlbaum's children were not allowed to set foot in the small family parlor, much less the adjoining company parlor - not at any time during the day."

Publisher's Summary:  "The tale of Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, has fascinated and inspired artists, composers, and audiences for almost two hundred years. It has retained its freshness because it appeals to the sense of wonder we all share.
Maurice Sendak designed brilliant sets and costumes for the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Christmas production of Nutcracker and created even more magnificent pictures especially for this book. He joined with the emi…


UPDATED DEC. 2013: Miserable failure.  Barely made a dent in this challenge :-(

January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013

sign up here

Minimum length is 60 pages

12 books. (I think)

1. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley - 1941
2. Sugar Creek Gang #1: The Swamp Robber by Paul Hutchens - 1940

339. Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch

How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch (US) - (Canada)
Hereville (1)

Pages: 144
Ages: 9+
Finished: Dec. 18, 2012
First Published: Nov. 1, 2010
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genre: Graphic novel, MG, fantasy, Jewish
Rating: 3/5

First sentence: "Mirka liked her stepmother, Fruma, well enough."

Publisher's Summary:  "Spunky, strong-willed eleven-year-old Mirka Herschberg isn’t interested in knitting lessons from her stepmother, or how-to-find-a-husband advice from her sister, or you-better-not warnings from her brother. There’s only one thing she does want: to fight dragons!
Granted, no dragons have been breathing fire around Hereville, the Orthodox Jewish community where Mirka lives, but that doesn’t stop the plucky girl from honing her skills. She fearlessly stands up to local bullies. She battles a very large, very menacing pig. And she boldly accepts a challenge from a mysterious witch, a challenge that could bring Mirka her heart’s desire: a dragon-slaying sword! All sh…

2013 ARC Master List

My list of arcs currently not read and in possession as of Dec. 31, 2012.

(ebooks are not included in this list.  They are not taking up shelf space, making them a lot different from the below books, in my mind.  I do however, count them in my books read list.)

1. Portobello by Ruth Rendell
2. The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro
3. Etta by Gerald Kolpan
4. Palace Circle by Rebecca Dean gaveaway unread
5. Cemetery Dance by Douglas Prestan
6. The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha
7. Map of the Invisible World by Tash Aw
8. Valeria's Last Stand by Marc Fitten
9. The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville
10. The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox
11. The Glass of Time by Michael Cox
12. Intertwined by Gina Showalter gaveaway unread
13. Ghost Song by Sarah Rayne
14. Evidence of Murder by Lisa Black
15. Voices in the Dark by Catherine Banner
16. Black Angels by Linda Beatrice Brown
17. Spellbinder by Helen Springer
18. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
19. I am Not a Psychic by Richard Belzer
20. Diary …

Movies/DVDs/TV Seasons/Concerts Watched in 2013

This is a running list for the year. The list will include the movie and indicate whether it is a re-watch otherwise it can be assumed it was my first time watched.

(the year)(owned/rental/library/borrowed/theatre/Netflixed) and a brief review which could be just one word such as good, great, just OK, whatever. If I feel like expounding on the review I will. No rules here just a list with a bit of extra information. I will also note which ones I watched with my 12yo/13yo by starting off with a yellow (#).

January: 4

1. The Colditz Story (1955) (B/W) (British) (at my Dad's) - I'm in Calgary and this is the first movie I watched with my Dad, also my first movie of the year.  Dad let me choose the movie but he has sooooo many DVD's that I said something either epic, war movie or British.  So he brought over a 5-pack of British war movies.  Since I'd heard of this book, I picked this movie.  I usually end up watching a lot of war movies whilst I'm here.  I really enjoy…

Books Read in 2013

Books are not rated comparatively to each other but with books of a like nature, from the same field.  For example, I am not comparing an adult literary fiction book rated 5 stars with a children's easy reader rated 5 stars.  I read soooo many different types, styles and genres that I must compare and rate like with like and not compare apples to oranges.

January: 24 + 3 ss

1. Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors by Ann Rule (4/5)
2. Marbles by Ellen Forney (5/5)
3. The Strand Magazine Nov.-Feb. 2013 (3/5)
4. Voltron Force: Dragon Dawn by Brian Smith (4/5)
*  "Daydreams" by Merrill Joan Gerber (5/5)
5. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 12 by Hiroshi Shiibashi (4/5)
*  "Miss Ella" by Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (3/5)
6. Judge Dredd: The Garth Ennis Collection (4/5)
7. Roadwork by Richard Bachman (Stephen King) (3.5/5)
*. "Shaming the Devil" by Mary Sergeant (3/5)
8. Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey by Camaren Subhiyah (4.5/5)
9. May Day by…