Wednesday, February 11, 2009

More Favorite Books & Etc.

The reason I can't pick a favorite...

Here are books I would have put on the 25 book list but forgot:

1. The Golden Age by Kenneth Graghme
2. The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbit
3. The Emily Trilogy by L.M. Montgomery
4. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
5. The High Seas Trilogy by Iain Lawrence
6. The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsly
7. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
8. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
9. The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope
10. Beauty by Robin McKinley

Now on to the reason I'm writing this post:

I wanted to talk a little bit about what I'm going to use this blog for and what I want to accomplish.

I want people to enjoy reading - whatever their particular taste is, I want them to experience more of what they love. You like mysteries? Try these four books! You like children's fiction? Here's a list of 10! I want you to be able to go to the library, find a book, and explore a little. I want you to experience the joy that comes when a story touches your soul.

There are a few different types of blog entries I'm going to have - sometimes, I will list my favorite books; other times, I will talk about one of my favorite authors; sometimes I will pick one book and do a sort of literary criticism and promote it in hopes that you will read and come back and dialog with me.

The other thing I want is for you to tell me what YOU like - I could always add another book to my reading list! :) I want to get to know you better so that I will be able to suggest books to your liking - so leave feedback! If you've read one of the books I've mentioned, and you liked/disliked it, let me know! I'm always interested and would love to dialog with you about books. (Although, a warning: I'm hard to shut up once you mention the word 'book'!)

Have a lovely day, everyone!


  1. L.M. Montgomery - possibly my all-time favorite author. I pretty much read her books annually. The Blue Castle is one of my favorites. Lately I've been reading her collected journals, which were recently published. Love them.

    I'm trying to think of other fun books to add to your list, especially since you seem to like YA and MG. Have you read any of Ursula LeGuin's? She's written a lot, but I have yet to come across one I didn't like.

    I'm not sure I'd put these on top ten list or anything, but I just finished "Feed" by: M.T. Anderson - very interesting read and social commentary. Similarly "Speak" by L. Anderson was outstanding. Wish I could have come across that in middle/high school.

    Since you like fantasy -- this isn't YA, but I just read "The Name of the Wind" by: Patrick Rothfuss. One of the most enjoyable fantasies I've read in a long time. Original and fun.

    I'm with you on book talk - it's hard to shut me up. Aaron just called this morning from a bookstore. I quote, "All your dreams have come true. I have an in store return and I have to pick out a book right now. What do you want?" So, I'm not sure if ALL my dreams came true in that moment, but it was a pretty nice surprise. ;)

  2. I have always wanted to read Ursula K. Leguin's books but never have...those go down on my list of "To Read"'s!!! I need to try Patrick Rothfuss's work too, that sounds interesting.

    HAHAHA Aaron makes me laugh so much. I told him Stu and I were going to Charleston to do taxes w/ his mom for Valentine's and he was like "Valentiness and taxes??? *SWOON*" It made me laugh so much.

    What book did you get???