Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Books Read in 2009

Books Read in 2009
Titles in green were read aloud to or read by my 8/9yo or used as curriculum.

January: 21
1. Stalin's Children: Three Generations of Love, War, and Survival by Owen Matthews (3***)
2. The New Americans: Colonial Times, 1620-1689 by Betsy & Giulio Maestro (2**)
3.
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare (5*****)
4. When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson (5*****)
5. Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography by Chester Brown (3***)
6. The Doll People by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin (4.5****)
7. Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz (4****)
8. The Amazing Spider-Man: Coming Home by J. Michael Straczynski (4****)
9. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (4.5****)
10. The Lost City of Z by David Grann (4 ****)
11. The Meanest Doll in the World by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin (4****)
12. Laika by Nick Abadzis (2.5**)
13. The Case of Madeleine Smith by Rick Geary(4****)
14. A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (3***)
15. American Rust by Philipp Meyer (5*****) (FAVOURITE of the Month)
16. The Runaway Dolls by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin (4.5****)
17. Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice by Maureen McCormick (3.5***)
18. 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson (4.5****)
19. The Amazing Spider-Man: Revelations by J. Michael Straczynski (2.5**)
XX. Toon Books (part two) (5*****)
20. Nemesis by Jo Nesbo (5*****)
21. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (3.5***)

February: 26
22. The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas (5*****)
23. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (4.5****)
24. If You Lived with the Hopi by Anne Kamma (3***)
25.
Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin (4.5****)
26. The Dangerous Affair by Caro Peacock (3.5***)
27. Otherwise by Farley Mowat (3.5***)
28.The Saga of the Bloody Benders by Rick Geary (3.5***)
29. King Lear by Shakespeare (English translation) (no rating)
30. Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham (4.5****)
31. Liberty! How the Revolutionary War Began by Lucille Recht Penner (3***)
32. Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner (5*****)
33. Until the Stars Turn Cold by J. Michael Straczynski (3.5***)
XX. Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth (DNF)
34. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (3.5***)
35. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards (3.5***)
36.
The Valentine Cat by Clyde Robert Bulla (4****)
37. Fool by Christopher Moore (4****)
38. Serenity: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon (3.5***)
XX. Wolves in the Wall by Neil Gaiman (NR)
XX. Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda (NR)
39. Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs (5*****)
40. The Amazing Spider-Man: The Life & Death of Spiders by J. Michael Straczynski (4****)
41. Pieces of my Heart by Robert J. Wagner (4.5****)
42. Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale (5*****)
43. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (5*****) (FAVOURITE of the Month)
XX. The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems (5*****)
44. Animal Farm (Fables #2) by Bill Willingham (4****)
45. Unintended Consequences by J. Michael Straczynski (3.5***)
XX. Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews (DNF)
46. Bloodprint with Kitty Sewell (4.5****)
47. Graphic Classics: Edgar Allan Poe edited by Tom Pomplun (3.5***)

March: 22
48. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore (4****)
49. The Vagrants by Yiyun Li (4****)
50. Serenity: Better Days by Joss Whedon (3***)
51. The Amazing Spider-Man: Happy Birthday by J. Michael Straczynski (4****)
XX. The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman (2**)
52. Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson (4.5****)
XX. A Dog Came, Too by Ainslie Manson (4.5****)
XX. The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman (3***)
53. The Amazing Spider-Man: The Book of Ezekiel by J. Michael Straczynski (4.5****)
54. Storybook Love by Bill Willingham (4.5****)
55. The Fighting Ground by Avi (4****)
56. Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale E. Basye (3***)
57. She Always Knew: Mae West, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler (4****)
58. The Golden Phoenix: Eight French Canadian Fairy Tales by Marius Barbeau (5*****)
XX.
Saint Patrick by Ann Tompert (5*****)
59.
The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Ann McGovern (3***)
60. The Amazing Spider-Man: Sins Past by J. Michael Straczynski (5*****)
61.Wake by Lisa McMann (5*****)
62. Fade by Lisa McMann (4.5****)
63. Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore (4****)
xx. All About Spelling: Level One (NR)
64. Unpolished Gem: My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me by Alice Pung (4****)
65. Who Was Thomas Jefferson? by Dennis Brindell Fradin (3***)
66. Drood by Dan Simmons (5*****) (FAVOURITE of the month)
67. Believing in Jesus: A Popular Overview of the Catholic Faith by Leonard Foley (NR)
xx. Meeting Jesus in Holy Communion: A Child's First Eucharist by Roger Marchand (NR)
68.
The Werefox by Elizabeth Coatsworth (2.5**)
69. Angels of Destruction by Keith Donohue (4.5****)

April: 19
xx. Goalkeeper Goof by Cari Meister (5*****)
xx.
The End Zone by Lori Mortensen (5*****)
70.
The Talking Cat and other stories of French Canada by Natalie Savage Carlson (4****)
71. Graphic Classics: Arthur Conan Doyle edited by Tom Pomplun (4****)
72. The Side-Yard Superhero by Rick D. Niece (3.5 ***)
73. Wanting by Richard Flanagan (3***)
74. Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison (5*****)
75. The Revolutionary John Adams by Cheryl Harness (3***)
76. The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo (4.5 ****)
77. Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli (4****)
78. The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by e.l. konigsburg (3.5***)
79. The Glister by John Burnside (3***)
80. Watchmen by Alan Moore (5*****)
81. Poe: A Life Cut Short by Peter Ackroyd (3.5***)
82. Life Sentences by Laura Lippman (4****)
83. If You Lived With the Iroquois by Ellen Levine (3.5***)
84.
Tree in the Trail by Holling Clancy Holling (4.5****)
xx.
The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide (nr)
85. Hand of Isis by Jo Graham (2.5**)
86. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (5*****) (FAVOURITE of the month)
87. The Wonderful O by James Thurber (3.5***)
88. Eagle Mask by James Houston (3.5***)

May: 13
89. Hell's Horizon by D.B. Shan (5*****)
90. The Lewis & Clark Edpedition : Join the Corps of Discovery to Explore Uncharted Territory by Carol A. Johmann (2.5**)
91.
Ben and Me: An Astonished Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos by Robert Lawson (3.5***)
92. The Third Eye by Mahtab Narsimhan (4****)
93.The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho (4****)
94. The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French (4****)
95. Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson (4.5****)
96. The Dragon of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen (3.5***)
97. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (4.5****)
98. Clara's War: A Young Girl's True Story of Miraculous Survival Under the Nazis by Clara Kramer (5*****)
99. The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths (4****)
100. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (4****) FAVOURITE Book of the Month
101. Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Lyndsay Faye (3***)

June: 16
102. Starfinder by John Marco (4.5****)
103. The House of Power by Patrick Carman (4.5****)
104. Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin (4****)
105. Don't Call Me a Crook!: A Scotsman's Tale of World Travel, Whisky, and Crime by Bob Moore
106. Rivers of Fire by Patrick Carman (4****)
107. Zamora's Ultimate Challenge by M.K. Scott (3***)
108. The Dark Planet by Patrick Carman (4.5****)
109. Werewolf versus Dragon by David Sinden, Matthew Morgan, Guy Macdonald (3.5***)
110. Neil Armstrong is My Uncle & Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me by Nan Marino (3.5***)
111. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (5*****) FAVOURITE Book of the Month
112. The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nona Bannister (3***)
xxx. Zinc Alloy vs. Frankenstein
xxx. Eek & Ack vs the Wolfman
113. Science Fiction Classics by Tom Pomplun
114. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong (4****)
115. Jed Smith: Trailblazer of the West by Frank Latham (3.5 ***)
116. Oracles of Delphi Keep by Victoria Laurie (4****)
117. The Jumping-Off Place by Marian Hurd McNeely (4.5****)

July: 21
118. The Beacon by Susan Hill (3.5***)
119. Sea Monster and Other Delicacies (3.5***)
120. Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon (4****)
121. Prairie Tale by Melissa Gilbert (3***)
122. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner (4.5****)
123. Roadside Crosses by Jeffery Deaver (4****)
124. Far North by Marcel Theroux (4****)
xxx. Amazing You! Getting Smart About Your Private Parts by Gail Saltz (5*****)
125. Die for You by Lisa Unger (4.5****)
126. The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman (3.5***)
127. A Head Full of Notions: A Story about Robert Fulton by Andy Russell Bowen (3.5***)
xxx. The Fire Cat by Esther Averill (5*****)
128. The Dragons of Ordinary Farm by Tad Williams & Deborah Beale (4****)
129. Uncovering Jack the Ripper's London by Richard Jones (5*****)
130. Relentless by Dean Koontz (4****)
131. The Lindbergh Child by Rick Geary (4****)
132. Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo (5*****) FAVOURITE Book of the Month
133. a mercy by Toni Morrison (2.5**)
134. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (5*****)
135. Later, Gator by Laurence Yep (4****)
136. The Trail of Tears by Joseph Bruchac (3.5***)
137. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (4****)
138. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick (3***)

August: 21
DNF. Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
139. Undone by Karin Slaughter (5*****)
140. The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine (4.5 ****)
xxx. Billy Blaster: Ice Caves of Pluto by David Orme
xxx. Billy Blaster: Mind Thief by David Orme
141. Rapacia: The Second Circle of Heck by Dayle E. Basye (3.5 ***)
142. Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham (5*****)
143. The Dragon's Pearl by Devin Jordan (4****)
144. Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan (5*****)
145. Free Agent by Jeremy Duns (4.5****)
146. Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo (5*****)
147. Catholicism for Dummies by Rev. John Trigilio Jr., PhD, ThD (4.5****)
xxx. A Ghost Named Fred by Nathaniel Benchley (3.5***)
148. The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl (3.5***)
149. Classic Myths to Read Aloud: The Great Stories of Greek & Roman Mythology by William F. Russell (5 *****)
150. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (4****)
151. Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy (4.5****)
152.Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo (5*****)
153. Mercy Watson Fights Crime by Kate DiCamillo (3***)
154. Mercy Watson Princess in Disguise by Kate DiCamillo (4****)
155. Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig by Kate DiCamillo) (3.5***)
156. The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan (5*****) (FAVOURITE Book of the Month)
157. Haunted by Barbara Haworth-Attard (4.5****)
158. Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay (4****)
159. Mercy Watson Something Wonky This Way Comes by Kate DiCamillo (3.5***)

September: 15
160. The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein (5*****)
161. A Child's First Book of Poems illustrated by Cyndy Szekeres (4****)
162. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent (4.5****)
163. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs (4****)
164. Fables: The Mean Seasons by Bill Willingham (4****)
165. O Canada! by Isabel Barclay (5*****)
DNF. The Demon's Lexicon by Sara Rees Brennan
166. If You Lived with the Sioux Indians by Ann McGovern (3***)
167. Larger Than Life: True Stories of Canadian Heroes by Janet Lunn (4****)
168. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (4****)
169. A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840 by Barbara Greenwood (5*****)
xxx. Recon Academy: Shadow Cell Scam by Chris Everheart
xxx. Recon Academy: Nuclear Distraction by Chris Everheart
170. The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed by Heather Vogel Frederick (5*****) (FAVOURITE Book of the Month)
171. The Drunken Forest by Gerald Durrell (3.5***)
172. The Kid Who Saved Superman by Paul Kupperberg (4****)
173. The Rapture by Liz Jensen (3***)
174. Wild West by Mike Stotter (4****)

October: 21
175. The Child Thief by Brom (5*****)
176. Fables: Homelands by Bill Willingham (5*****)
177. The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis (3***)
178. A Family Treasury: Classic Bible Stories retold by Lise Caldwell (4****)
179. A Pioneer Thanksgiving by Barbara Greenwood (4****)
180. The Bag of Bones by Vivian French (4****)
181. A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld (3***)
182. Alligator Stew: Favourite Poems by Dennis Lee (4****)
xxx. Little Bear's Friend by Else Holmelund Minarik (4****)
183. Testimony by Anita Shreve (3.5***)
184. Wonderland by Tommy Kovac (4****)
185. Up Till Now: The Autobiography by William Shatner (5*****)
186. 20 Bible Verses Every Child Should Know with 20 original Bible memory songs on full-length CD (5*****)
187. Hoodoo Sea by Rolf Hitzer (4****)
188. Perseus and Medusa by Blake A. Hoena (5*****)
189. Fashion Kitty and the Unlikely Hero by Charise Mericle Harper (3***)
190. By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman (4****)
191. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (3***)
xxx. The Three Little Pigs by Lisa Trumbauer (5*****)
192. Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon (3***)
193. Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman by Monica Kulling (3***)
194. Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli (4****)
195. Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation by Tim Hamilton (4.5****)

November: 48

196. The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade (5*****) (Favourite Book of the Month)
197. Fables: Arabian Days (and Nights) by Bill Willingham (4****)
198. Jason and the Golden Fleece by Nel Yomtov (5*****)
199. Babymouse: The Musical by Jennifer & Matthew Holm (4.5****)
200. Babymouse: Dragonslayer by Jennifer & Matthew Holm (4****)
201. Joseph and Chico: The Life of Pope Benedict XVI as Told by a Cat by Jeanne Perego (4****)
202. Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (3***)
203. Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (3.5***)
204. Katman by Kevin C. Pyle (4****)
205. Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel (2**)
206. Binky: The Space Cat by Ashley Spires (5*****)
xxx. Rapunzel by Stephanie Peters (5*****)
207. The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe (4****)
208. Swallow Me Whole by Nate Powell (3.5***)
209. Yokaiden Vol. 1 by Nina Matsumoto (4.5****)
210. High on Arrival by Mackenzie Phillips (4.5****)
211. Another Faust by Daniel & Dina Nayeri (5*****)
212. The 3-2-3 Detective Agency: The Disappearance of Dave Warthog by Fiona Robinson (4****)
213. Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones: Girl Genius Book 8 by Phil & Kaja Foglio (3.5***)
214. Adventures in Cartooning by James Strum (5*****)
215. Cat Burglar Black by Richard Sala (4.5****)
216. Bang Goes a Troll by Davind Sinden (4****)
217. Constance and the Great Escape by Pierre Le Gall (2**)
218. The Elsewhere Chronicles 1: The Shadow Door by Bannister & Nykko (3.5***)
219. T-Minus: The Race to the Moon by Jim Ottaviani (5*****)
220. The Taken by Inger Ash Wolfe (4****)
221. The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi (4****)
222. The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders by Emmanuel Guibert & Didier Lefevre (5*****)
223. Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer & Andrew Donkin (3***)
224. Artemis Fowl, The Arctic Incident: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer & Andrew Donkin (4****)
xxx. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff (4****)
225. The Heroine of Long Point by Leslie and Lois Benham (4.5****)
226. Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things by Ted Naifeh (4****)
227. Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics by Ted Naifeh (5*****)
228. Courtney Crumrin in the Twilight Kingdom by Ted Naifeh (5*****)
229. Courtney Crumrin's Monstrous Holiday by Ted Naifeh (4****)
230. The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa (4.5****)
231. Joey Eye Private Eye in Creepy Crawly Crime by Aaron Reynolds(5*****)
xxx. The Incredible Rockhead by Scott Nickel (1*)
xxx. The Emperor's New Clothes by Stephanie True Peters (3.5***)
232. Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee (4****)
233. The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan (2.5**)
234. Children of the Sea Vol. 1 by Daisuke Igarashi (5*****)
235. The Eternal Smile: Three Stories by Gene Luen Yang (4.5****)
236. Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia by Gris Grimly (5*****)
237. Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (3***)
238. Hatter M: Mad with Wonder by Frank Beddor (4****)
239. Kin by Holly Black (5*****)
240. Kith by Holly Black (5*****)
241. If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine (4****)
242. We Were There Vol. 1 by Yuki Obata (0)
243. The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks (4****)

December: 27
244. Avalon High: Coronation: The Merlin Prophecy by Meg Cabot (2**)
245. Avalon High: Coronation: Homecoming by Meg Cabot (2.5**)
246. Avalon High: Coronation: Hunter's Moon by Meg Cabot (3***)
247. Crogan's Vengeance by Chris Schweizer (4****)
248. Black is for Beginnings by Laurie faria Stolarz (3.5***)
249. Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight (4.5****)
250. The Private Patient by P.D. James (4****)
xxx. Ghosts of the Civil War by Cheryl Harness (4****)
251. Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham (4****)
252. Old Peter's Russian Tales by Arthur Ransome (5*****)
253. Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales, Volume 1: Sanctuary by Melissa Marr (NR)
254. Bride of the Water God Vol. 1 by Mi-Kyung Yun (2.5 **)
255. Bride of the Water God Vol. 2 by Mi-Kyung Yun (3***)
256. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Vol. 1 by Svetlana Chmakova (3***)
257. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Vol. 2 by Svetlana Chmakova (3***)
258. Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland (3***)
259. Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation by Thomas Siddell (4.5****)
260. the road to god knows ... by Von Allan (3.5***)
261. A Pioneer Christmas by Barbara Greenwood (3.5***)
262. BoneMan's Daughters by Ted Dekker (5*****) (FAVOURITE Book of the Month)
263. Matchless, A Christmas Story by Gregory Maguire (3.5***)
xxx. Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel (4****)
264. The Dreamer Vol 1: The Consequence of Nathan Hale by Lora Innes(4.5****)
265. Shadow of Colussus by T.L. Higley (4.5****) .
266. The Dreamland Chronicles Book One by Scott Christian Sava (5*****)
xxx. Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith (4****)
267. Fables: Wolves by Bill Willingham (5*****)
268. The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr (3.5***)
269. Twisted by Andrea Kane (4.5****)
270. Paul McCartney: A Life by Peter Ames Carlin (4****)

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