Fantasy Meme


Here’s another one of those “50 Books” memes that have been floating around. This one’s all Fantasy, baby. The rules are simple. Bold the titles you’ve read, put an * in front of the ones you liked and a – in front of the ones you didn’t. This meme has reminded me of a whole bunch of great fantasy books to give to Scott. He’s a little lost right now — he devoured the latest R.A. Salvatore book in one sitting.

  1. * The Chronicles of Prydain – Alexander, Lloyd
  2. Carrie’s War – Bawden, Nina
  3. Death of a Ghost – Butler, Charles
  4. – Ender’s Game – Card, Orson Scott
  5. * Summerland – Chabon, Michael
  6. * King of Shadows – Cooper, Susan
  7. * The Dark is Rising sequence – Cooper, Susan
  8. * Stonestruck – Cresswell, Helen
  9. * Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Dahl, Roald
  10. * Matilda – Dahl, Roald
  11. Ingo – Dunmore, Helen
  12. * The Sea of Trolls – Farmer, Nancy
  13. Madame Doubtfire – Fine, Anne
  14. Corbenic – Fisher, Catherine
  15. * Inkheart – Funke, Cornelia
  16. * The Thief Lord – Funke, Cornelia
  17. The Owl Service – Garner, Alan
  18. Happy Kid! – Gauthier, Gail
  19. Stormbreaker – Horowitz, Anthony
  20. * Whale Rider – Ihimaera, Witi
  21. – Finn Family Moomintroll – Jansson, Tove
  22. * Fire and Hemlock – Jones, Diana Wynne
  23. * The Phantom Tollbooth – Juster, Norton
  24. * The Sheep Pig – King Smith, Dick
  25. Stig of the Dump – King, Clive
  26. * A Wizard of Earthsea – Le Guin, Ursula
  27. – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Lewis, C S
  28. * The House at Norham Gardens – Lively, Penelope
  29. Goodnight Mister Tom – Magorian, Michelle
  30. – The Changeover – Mahy, Margaret
  31. * The Stones are Hatching – McCaughrean, Geraldine
  32. * The White Darkness – McCaughrean, Geraldine
  33. * Beauty – McKinley, Robin
  34. * Sabriel – Nix, Garth
  35. * The Borrowers – Norton, Mary
  36. * Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – O’Brien, Robert
  37. * Z for Zachariah – O’Brien, Robert
  38. A Dog So Small – Pearce, Philippa
  39. Life As We Knew It – Pfeffer, Susan Beth
  40. * A Hat Full of Sky – Pratchett, Terry
  41. * His Dark Materials sequence – Pullman, Philip
  42. * How I Live Now – Rosoff, Meg
  43. * Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Rowling, J K
  44. * Holes – Sachar, Louis
  45. The Foreshadowing – Sedgwick, Marcus
  46. Marianne Dreams – Storr, Catherine
  47. When the Siren Wailed – Streatfield, Noel
  48. * The Bartimaeus Trilogy – Stroud, Jonathan
  49. * The Hobbit – Tolkien, J R R
  50. * Charlotte’s Web – White, E B

Books of 2006

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Last year, I decided to try and keep track of what I read during the year. I’ll admit, I was not always faithful about keeping track, but I did manage to come up with a list of *most* of the stuff I read this year. The ones I liked are in yellow, the ones I really hated are in red, and the other ones, well, they ranged from okay to forgettable.

  1. Working Days: the journals of the Grapes of Wrath
  2. A World Lit Only by Fire
  3. Microserfs
  4. The Whipping Boy
  5. Flatland: a romance of many dimensions
  6. Far North
  7. Joe Torre’s Gound Rules for Winners
  8. Open Season
  9. The American West
  10. Shadows in the Glasshouse
  11. Adirondack Detective
  12. Passionate Vegetarian
  13. Handle With Care: motivating and retaining your employees
  14. The Whispering Statue
  15. Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind
  16. The Haunted Abbot
  17. Colors Insulting to Nature
  18. The Torment of Others
  19. The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop
  20. Dirty South
  21. The Bookman’s Promise
  22. The Forgotten Man
  23. Calvin & Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book
  24. The Old Willis Place
  25. Sign of the Book
  26. Rococo: a novel
  27. This Dame For Hire
  28. The Golem’s Eye
  29. Curse of the Gloamgazer
  30. Geographer’s Library
  31. Serpent on the Crown
  32. The Keeners
  33. The Poet’s Funeral
  34. The Dark Hills Divide
  35. Art of Beadwork
  36. Two Trains Running by August Wilson
  37. Blood Red Horse
  38. The Forgotten Man
  39. Fact, Fiction and Folklore in Harry Potter’s World
  40. Locked Rooms: a Mary Russel novel by Laurie King
  41. Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
  42. Ruddy Gore: a Phryne Fisher mystery
  43. Password to Larkspur Lane by Carolyn Keene
  44. Chicken Boy
  45. Fade by Robert Cormier
  46. The World According to Martha by Martha Stewart
  47. The Whispering Road by Livi Michael
  48. The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
  49. The Great Stink
  50. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  51. Malpractice in Maggody by Joan Hess
  52. Tales from the Top: ten crucial questions from the world’s #1 executive coach by Graham Alexander
  53. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  54. Marly’s Ghost
  55. The Secret in the Old Attic by Carolyn Keene
  56. Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene
  57. Camelot Spell
  58. Urban Legends: 666 absolutely true stories
  59. Seeker
  60. The Old Wine Shades by Martha Grimes
  61. The Two Minute Rule
  62. The Warrior Heir
  63. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
  64. Unleashing the Idea Virus by Seth Godin
  65. Night Gate
  66. Winter Door
  67. Foundling
  68. Alphabet of Dreams
  69. Curse of the Bane
  70. Martha Washington
  71. Paradise Lost
  72. Porch Lies by Patricia McKissack
  73. Legend of Bass Reeves
  74. Saks and Violins
  75. Passage to India
  76. A Gracious Plenty by Sheri Reynolds
  77. Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  78. Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman
  79. Rescue Artist by Edward Dolnick
  80. Desperate Journey by Jim Murphy
  81. The Unresolved by T.K. Welsh
  82. Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosockzka
  83. John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith
  84. Wise Guy: the life and philosophy of Socrates by Mark David Usher
  85. Triangle by Katharine Weber
  86. Judas Pair by Jonathan Gash
  87. Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston
  88. Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman
  89. Valley of Secrets by Charmian Hussey
  90. Gothic: Ten Original Dark Tales
  91. Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck
  92. Sorcerors and Secretaries by Amy Kim Ganter
  93. What Kids Do by Mary Engelbreit
  94. My Life in France by Julia Child
  95. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  96. Men of Bronze by Scott Oden
  97. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  98. When the Mississippi Rans Backwards by Jay Feldman
  99. Flavor of the Month: why smart people fall for fads
  100. Food Court Druids, Cherohonkees and Other Creatures Unique to the Republic by Robert Lanham
  101. Art of Detection by Laurie King
  102. Templar Legacy by Steve Barry
  103. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  104. A Gathering of Shades
  105. Enola Holmes and the Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
  106. Nancy Drew, Girl Detective
  107. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  108. Kringle by Tony Abbott
  109. Talk to the Hand by Lynn Truss
  110. Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
  111. Sweet & Sour Lily by Sally Warner

CYBIL’s YA Finalists


A few months ago, I wrote that I was going to be one of the judges for YA fiction in the first annual CYBIL awards. Well, I am delighted to report that the shortlist of five titles was released January 1 and that I am looking forward to a month of fabulous reading and debate. So, without further ado, the five finalist for the YA CYBIL award are: