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Best Books of 2010 according to me :)

December 29, 2010 Leave a comment

 

First a few statistics (as of December 29):

Books read in 2010: 252

Adult books read: 24

YA books read in 2010: 75

Juvenile books read: 147

I don’t keep track of picture books/ easy readers… but it’s a goal for next year. Just so I have the number 🙂

Best Book Published in 2010 (Adults)

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson

Best Book Published in 2010 (Young Adults)

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Best Book Published in 2010 (Kids)

On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells

Best Book Published in 2010 (Beginning Readers)

Can I Play Too? By Mo Willems

Best Book Published in 2010 (Picture Books)

Milo Armadillo by Jan Fearnly

Best Nonfiction

Swimming to Antarctica by Lynne Cox

Best Graphic Novel

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

Best Re-read

The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

Top 5 Adult Books

1.       The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson

2.       The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

3.       The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest  by Steig Larsson

4.       Shades of Gray by Jasper Fforde

5.       Ape House by Sara Gruen

Top 5 Graphic Novels

1.       The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

2.       Binky to the Rescue by Ashley Spires

3.       Jellaby by Karen Soo

4.       Owly Volume 1 by Andy Runton

5.       Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Top 5 YA Books

1.       The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

2.       The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

3.       My Boyfriend’s Dogs by Dandi Daley Mackall

4.       Girl in the Arena by Lisa Haines

5.       Breathless by Jessica Warman

Top 5 Kids Books

1.       The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

2.       Countdown by Deborah Wiles

3.       Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

4.       The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

5.       Keeper by Kathi Appelt

Top 5 Beginning Readers

I didn’t read very many good ones.

1.       I am Going! By Mo Willems

Top 5 Picture Books

1.       Ernest the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit by Catherine Rayner

2.       Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini

3.       A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead

4.       Knuffle Bunny Free 2010 by Mo Willems

5.       Swim! Swim! By Lerch

Top 5 Nonfiction

1.       Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams

2.       Simeon’s Story by Simeon Wright

3.       Kakapo Rescue by Sy Montgomery

4.       Bulu: African Wonder Dog by Dick Houston

5.       Poop Happened by Sarah Albee

Top 5 Rereads

1.       The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

2.       The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

3.       Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

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

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



 

Categories: Lists

bolded – the top 100 books of children’s lit that i’ve read.

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment
100. The Egypt Game – Snyder (1967)
99. The Indian in the Cupboard – Banks (1980)
98. Children of Green Knowe – Boston (1954)
97. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – DiCamillo (2006)
96. The Witches – Dahl (1983)
95. Pippi Longstocking – Lindgren (1950
94. Swallows and Amazons – Ransome (1930)

93. Caddie Woodlawn – Brink (1935)

92. Ella Enchanted – Levine (1997)
91. Sideways Stories from Wayside School – Sachar (1978)
90. Sarah, Plain and Tall – MacLachlan (1985)
89. Ramona and Her Father – Cleary (1977)
88. The High King – Alexander (1968)
87. The View from Saturday – Konigsburg (1996)
86. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Rowling (1999)
85. On the Banks of Plum Creek – Wilder (1937)
84. The Little White Horse – Goudge (1946)
83. The Thief – Turner (1997)
82. The Book of Three – Alexander (1964)
81. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon – Lin (2009)
80. The Graveyard Book – Gaiman (2008)
79. All-of-a-Kind-Family – Taylor (1951)
78. Johnny Tremain – Forbes (1943)
77. The City of Ember – DuPrau (2003)
76. Out of the Dust – Hesse (1997)
75. Love That Dog – Creech (2001)
74. The Borrowers – Norton (1953)
73. My Side of the Mountain – George (1959)
72. My Father’s Dragon – Gannett (1948)
71. The Bad Beginning – Snicket (1999)
70. Betsy-Tacy – Lovelae (1940)
69. The Mysterious Benedict Society – Stewart ( 2007)
68. Walk Two Moons – Creech (1994)
67. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher – Coville (1991)
66. Henry Huggins – Cleary (1950)
65. Ballet Shoes – Stratfeild (1936)

64. A Long Way from Chicago – Peck (1998)

63. Gone-Away Lake – Enright (1957)
62. The Secret of the Old Clock – Keene (1959)
61. Stargirl – Spinelli (2000)
60. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle – Avi (1990)
59. Inkheart – Funke (2003)
58. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Aiken (1962)
57. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 – Cleary (1981)
56. Number the Stars – Lowry (1989)
55. The Great Gilly Hopkins – Paterson (1978)
54. The BFG – Dahl (1982)
53. Wind in the Willows – Grahame (1908)
52. The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007)
51. The Saturdays – Enright (1941)
50. Island of the Blue Dolphins – O’Dell (1960)
49. Frindle – Clements (1996)
48. The Penderwicks – Birdsall (2005)
47. Bud, Not Buddy – Curtis (1999)
46. Where the Red Fern Grows – Rawls (1961)
45. The Golden Compass – Pullman (1995)
44. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing – Blume (1972)
43. Ramona the Pest – Cleary (1968)
42. Little House on the Prairie – Wilder (1935)
41. The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Speare (1958)
40. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Baum (1900)
39. When You Reach Me – Stead (2009)
38. HP and the Order of the Phoenix – Rowling (2003)
37. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Taylor (1976)
36. Are You there, God? It’s Me, Margaret – Blume (1970)
35. HP and the Goblet of Fire – Rowling (2000)
34. The Watson’s Go to Birmingham – Curtis (1995)
33. James and the Giant Peach – Dahl (1961)
32. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – O’Brian (1971)
31. Half Magic – Eager (1954)
30. Winnie-the-Pooh – Milne (1926)
29. The Dark Is Rising – Cooper (1973)

28. A Little Princess – Burnett (1905)

27. Alice I and II – Carroll (1865/72)
26. Hatchet – Paulsen (1989)
25. Little Women – Alcott (1868/9)
24. HP and the Deathly Hallows – Rowling (2007)
23. Little House in the Big Woods – Wilder (1932)
22. The Tale of Despereaux – DiCamillo (2003)
21. The Lightening Thief – Riordan (2005)

20. Tuck Everlasting – Babbitt (1975)

19. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Dahl (1964)
18. Matilda – Dahl (1988)
17. Maniac Magee – Spinelli (1990)
16. Harriet the Spy – Fitzhugh (1964)
15. Because of Winn-Dixie – DiCamillo (2000)
14. HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Rowling (1999)
13. Bridge to Terabithia – Paterson (1977)
12. The Hobbit – Tolkien (1938)
11. The Westing Game – Raskin (1978)
10. The Phantom Tollbooth – Juster (1961)
9. Anne of Green Gables – Montgomery (1908)
8. The Secret Garden – Burnett (1911)
7. The Giver -Lowry (1993)
6. Holes – Sachar (1998)
5. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – Koningsburg (1967)

4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Lewis (1950)

3. Harry Potter #1 – Rowling (1997)
2. A Wrinkle in Time – L’Engle (1962)
1. Charlotte’s Web – White (1952)
81/100 – not bad.
Categories: Lists

to-read list

August 28, 2010 Leave a comment

since i’m reading so many books for so many different projects, last night i decided to buckle down and make a schedule for myself.

each week im going to read AT LEAST:

1 book of MY choosing

1 book for my Mock Newbery

15 books for my 3rd grade Book Talk

the book match books i’m doing at work (one per week at least)

so for the next 6 days (started last night) i hope to read:

My choice:

  • White Cat by Holly Black – DONE
  • The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy (backup)- DONE
  • Talking Tails: the Incredible Connection Between People and Their Pets by Anne Love and Jane Drake (backup)

Mock Newbery

  • Keeper by Kathi Appelt – DONE
  • Leaving Gee’s Bend by Irene Latham (backup)

Book Talk:

  • The Monster’s Ring by Bruce Coville- DONE
  • Chuck and Danielle by Peter Dickinson
  • Niagara Falls (or Does It?) by Hank Zipzer
  • Utterly Me, Clarice Bean by Lauren Child- DONE
  • Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr
  • Judy Moody by Megan McDonald- DONE
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Live in a Wild West Town by Peter Hicks- DONE
  • Felix on Stage by Kathryn Lasky – DONE
  • Nobody Gonna Turn Me ‘Round by Doreen Rappaport  – DONE
  • The Boy Who Invented TV by Kathleen Krull – DONE
  • Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka – DONE
  • Ubiquitous by Joyce Sidman- DONE
  • Girl Wonder: a Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson- DONE
  • The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

Book Match

  • Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez- DONE
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Boys are Dogs by Leslie Margolis
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