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Book list 2010

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by , 01-08-2010 at 06:30 PM
Last year I read 39 books, but I was in school and working on my thesis for almost 5 of those months. I'm curious to see what will be the final count at the end of this year now that I have my free time back. I talked about goal setting with my students today and I told them I hoped to read 50 books--yeah, so I threw that out in the hopes that they would make at least one of their goals academic. I was getting a lot of video game-based goals from the boys in my class, so I wanted to get them thinking about other things besides beating HALO! (Which is sooo not appropriate for third graders, but that's a whole 'nother post. )

Okay, off we go!

1. The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
~These books all happened to be in the classroom I inherited this year, so these will be my silent reading books. I haven't read these in forever; however, this is from the set that has TMN as #1, instead of TLWW. That bothers me, that someone decided that the slow reveal was too confusing, or whatever for kids now. Anyway, since this edition comes in this "new" order, I'll read it as marked. Bah!
2. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
3. Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod
4. Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs (It's a Christmas book, but it was just given to me after the 1st, so it was a late read for the holidays. Still funny though!)
5. Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
6. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
7. The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
8. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
9. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
~Okay, I finally read this. I picked it up early on, knowing it was going to be the "next big thing", but since I was in school and had very little time for free reading, I flipped through it and set it back on the shelf. If I was going to read, it wasn't going to be something so poorly written. Now that I do have time, I decided to give it a shot. It was "meh." The story had potential, but the writing bogged it down. Thankfully it was quick and easy entertainment. Now I have to decide if I'll read the others.
10. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, but not the H.G. Wells version. Instead I read a horrible adaptation by someone else who butchered it. It was awful. Thankfully it was short. I've never seen so many incomplete sentences in one book before!
11. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
12. A Taste of Blackberries by Doris Buchanan Smith
13. Blink by Malcom Gladwell ~I liked this better than The Tipping Point.
14. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart
15.New Moon by Stephanie Meyer ~Bella Swan is officially one of the most unlikeable characters I've ever read. I wanted to climb into the book and smack her.
16. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznic
~I've been coveting this book since it came out, but it never made it out of the bookstore with me. I found it sitting sideways on a shelf at the library the other day and decided to give it a whirl. I'm so glad I did! Pretty sure I'll have to buy this one to keep.
17. My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster
18. Dracula by Bram Stoker ~Loved this!
19. Shades of Gray by Jasper Fforde
20. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ~Loved this, highly recommend. Great YA writing, and I think this might be a game-changing book in hooking my reluctant 12 year old into reading more. He devoured this one!
21. "Shtuff" My Dad Says by Justin Halpern ~Title changed to protect the innocent. This was a funny, lightweight read. Kind of random, but I'll have to check out this guy's blog for sure now.
Readicide by Kelley Gallagher ~An excellent book on teaching reading for reading's sake, and how current curriculum and the push for testing is sucking all the fun out of discovery for students.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins ~Book 2 after The Hunger Games. Book 3 is out in August- can't wait to see how it ends!
24. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
25. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo ~I had only listened to the audiobook (read by Jeremy Irons, highly recommend), but was given a copy by my principal at the end of the year. I'm glad I took the time to read it for real.
26.The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. ~I picked this as a good book to take on vacation on my nook, since it's otherwise a 900 page paperback to carry around. Had no idea it was being made into a miniseries for Starz until I came back to the states!
27. One Day by David Nicholls ~Loved it! It's a chick book, written by a guy. Very clever, very real, very British.
28. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull ~First book in a kids' fantasy series. Looking forward to reading the rest!
Always Watching by Brandilyn Collins ~This is not a book I would normally choose, but it was a freebie on my nook. I liked it so much, I bought the second one!
30. There Are No Shortcuts by Rafe Esquith ~A teaching book
31. Last Breath by Brandilyn Collins
32. The Passage by Justin Cronin ~A very different kind of vampire book. It was really long, and the middle part seemed slow, but a great concept and a good read. Very creepy. Curious to see if there will a follow up. ETA: Yep, it's book 1 of a planned trilogy.
33. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood ~Weird. Like the concept, didn't like the execution.
34. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ~Read this series. It's a must.
35. Divine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez ~A funny little book about what can go wrong when humans and gods become too familiar in each other's lives. Liked!

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Updated 09-09-2010 at 03:19 PM by SusieP.



  1. knittingknerd's Avatar
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    Wait, 3rd graders are playing Halo? I don't even play that for violent factor alone!
  2. SusieP.'s Avatar
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    Yes! We have a serious appropriateness issue with these kids, with what they are allowed to watch and play. It's awful.