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09 December 2010 @ 09:36 am
QUIETLY REVIEWING BOOKS I HAVE READ  
There has been some discussion on Twitter and Facebook about some "quiet" books, books that may or may not have flown in under the radar. I have read so many books this year (over 500). But, because of Paul Hankins, I have kept a list of them all month by month. So, I was able to go back today and look through those 12 lists (one still growing) and pull those books that still have me thinking. Some of them have received terrific reviews; some have not. Some have mixed reviews. But all of them have resonated with me and still are floating around making connections (and ladders) in my brain. So, I offer without comment (that is your task if you would like), the list. I was aiming for 10 or 20. It ended up being 50. I could winnow. But what if the book I eliminated is one you find here and nowhere else?

So, here goes:

Some Quiet Books for Me, 2010



1. BAMBOO PEOPLE
2. BEATLE MEETS DESTINY
3. BLACK HOLE SUN
4. BONESHAKER
5. BOOM
6. BRAVE ESCAPE OF EDITH WHARTON
7. BUTTERFLY
8. CANDY BOMBER
9. COSMIC
10. DARK DAYS OF HAMBURGER HALPIN
11. DARK GAME
12. DIVERGENT
13. ELI THE GOOD
14. FALLOUT
15. FANTASTIC SECRET OF OWEN JESTER
16. FIXING DELILAH
17. GRACE
18. GREENWITCH
19. HALF LIFE OF PLANETS
20. HOTHOUSE
21. HOW I MADE IT TO 18
22. KAKAPO RESCUE
23. KEEPER
24. LAWN BOY RETURNS
25. MYSTERIOUS HOWLING
26. NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL
27. NOTHING
28. ONCE
29. RECKLESS
30. REVOLVER
31. ROSE SEES RED
32. SAVING THE BAGHDAD ZOO
33. SEARCH FOR WONDLA
34. SMELLS LIKE DOG
35. SMILE
36. SPACEHEADZ
37. SPARKY: THE LIFE AND ART OF CHARLES SCHULZ
38. SPIES OF MISSISSIPPI
39. SPILLING INK
40. STRANGE CASE OF THE ORIGAMI YODA
41. SUBURB BEYOND THE STARS
42. THE BOY WHO CLIMBED INTO THE MOON
43. THE DEATH DEFYING PEPPER ROUX
44. THE HIVE DETECTIVES
45. THE POPULARITY PAPERS
46. THE ZABIME SISTERS
47. TOUCHING BLUE
48. WOODS RUNNER
49. YUMMY: THE LAST DAYS OF A SOUTHSIDE SHORTY
50. ZORA AND ME
 
 
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(Anonymous) on December 15th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Cosmic Ladder
Hi,
I am a huge fan of yours and frequently read your blog to see your reviews. I am trying to gather some books for lit circles in the same genre as Cosmic and am having trouble. Can you give me some recommendations as to what books to pair up with Cosmic. I am hoping to find books with similar themes. I appreciate any help with this.

Thank you.

Justin
professornanaprofessornana on December 15th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Cosmic Ladder
OK, bear in mind I have not had a lot of sleep lately, so some of these may be random. Actually, if you give me theme(s), I may be of more help. Here are some I think are related in some way. Also, grade?

BOOM by Mark Haddon
KNEEBONE BOY by Ellen Potter
(Anonymous) on December 16th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
Re: Cosmic Ladder
Hi,

We are doing this with 6th graders. We thought it would fit in a coming-of-age type of theme. What do you think? I will definitely check out the ones you recommended already.

Thank you!

Justin
professornanaprofessornana on December 18th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Cosmic Ladder
Coming of age for 6th graders:

AL CAPONE SHINES MY SHOES
BIRD LAKE MOON
CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT
TOUCH BLUE
DEEP DOWN POPULAR
ELIJAH OF BUXTON
FEATHERS
HATE THAT CAT (AND LOVE THAT DOG)
KEEPING THE NIGHT WATCH
42 MILES
ON THE WINGS OF HEROES
SAVVY
THIS IS WHAT I DID
WEDNESDAY WARS

Some may be more male/female, some are young, some old.

teri
(Anonymous) on December 19th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Cosmic Ladder
Thank you so much for your help with this.

Happy Holidays!

Justin