Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t (1/12/16)


There are so many more. I am hoping this year to make up for some of the time lost to other things but I am not pressuring myself.

The Girl on the TrainFuriously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible ThingsRed Queen
The Darkest Part of the ForestA Darker Shade of Magic: A NovelThe Cinder Spires: the Aeronaut’s Windlass
AliceBlackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to ForgetThe Witches: Salem, 1692
Paper Girls #1 1st Printing

#BookBlogWriMo 2015 Day 2

BookBlogWriMo 2015 is being hosted over at Livre It To Me. Find the questions here.

2. The Blogger Behind the Blog

Oh, Lord. This is my worst nightmare question. This is the first day of class “Introduce yourself and tell the Class a bit about yourself” moment. For someone who is awkward around strangers that was the very worse moment of every single class ever. But here goes nothing.

I am a stay at home, recovering academic. I taught at both large universities, small universities and local community colleges. My area was Sociology with a specialization in Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency and Social Deviance. I have lived all over, Long Island, NY, Washington, DC, Tucson, AZ and now West Virginia.

Anyone who has ever been to grad school knows that reading for pleasure falls quickly by the way side. You still read all the time but nothing that is fiction or fun.So I went from reading fiction all the time to never picking up anything but textbooks and academic reading.The first few years of teaching are also a blur of student work and research papers. When I quit teaching the first time it was to raise my girls. Well, anyone who has had small people enter their lives will tell you that that is also not conducive to reading. “The baby is sleeping, then so am I.”

About 7 years ago, I was able to pick up reading again and until last year I was hitting 50 books easy, some years topping 100. This year I have not read nearly that much. Many things have contributed to it. But running has been the major thing. As i mentioned I will be talking about how this sit on the couch with a tea and a book person became a spend two hours a day running and working out person.

30 Day Book Meme: Day 1


So I am a tiny bit burned out on Waiting on Wednesday. Not that there are not a ton of books that I am waiting on but my list grows bigger and bigger and I grow ever more depressed at the size of it. So for now I am taking some intermittent breaks. On the weeks I can’t bear to look at my ever growing TBR list, I am going to work through the 30 Day Book Meme. Well, no one ever said the 30 days had to be in a row, now did they?

Day One – The best book you read last year

This one is hard because I read a number of good books last year. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir, The Immortal Rules, The Fault in Our Stars, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Chime and Graceling to list the ones I would consider for this. And really how do you pick between them? I could choose each one for a different reason. I am going to save TFiOS for another Day. I loved TIR and DoS&B for very much the same reasons so they cancel each other out. Chime was an audio book, does that count? Yes it does.


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100 Children’s Novels

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So in the way that memes do, I found this list of 100 Children’s novels at Tif Talks Books, who in turn found it from Amber from The Literary Wife who linked to it on Fuse #8’s Top 100 Children’s Novels. I figured I am way, way over my challenge limit for the year but I will think about these as choices for reading to the girls and might seek some out if they fit into my other challenges.  For now, I will bold those that I have read. This also dovetails with the new book 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up. 1001 is too long for here but you can be sure that I will be thinking about a challenge for that one next year.



  1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  5. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  6. Holes by Louis Sachar
  7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  8. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  10. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  11. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  12. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  13. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  14. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  15. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  16. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  17. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  18. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  19. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  20. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  21. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riodan
  22. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo
  23. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  25. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  26. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  27. A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett
  28. Winnie-the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  29. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland /Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  30. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
  31. Half Magic by Edward Eager
  32. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
  33. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  34. Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  35. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
  36. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  37. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
  38. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  39. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  40. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  41. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  42. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls
  43. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  44. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  45. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  46. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  47. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  48. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
  49. Frindle by Andrew Clements
  50. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  51. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
  52. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  53. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  54. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  55. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  56. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  57. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
  58. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
  59. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  60. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  61. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  62. The Secret of the Old Clock (The Nancy Drew mysteries) by Caroline Keene
  63. Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
  64. A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
  65. Ballet Shoes by Noah Streatfeild
  66. Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
  67. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
  68. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  69. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  70. Betsy Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
  71. Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  72. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
  73. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  74. The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  75. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
  76. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  77. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  78. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  79. All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
  80. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  81. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  82. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
  83. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  84. Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
  85. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  86. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  87. The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
  88. The High King by Lloyd Alexander
  89. Ramona and her Father by Beverly Cleary
  90. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  91. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  92. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  93. Caddie Woodlawn by C. R. Brink
  94. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  95. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  96. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  97. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  98. Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston
  99. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
  100. The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder