Showing posts from December, 2010

My 1st Graphic Novels: The Lost Lunch & Bus Ride Bully

My 1st Graphic Novel series by Various Authors.

Age: 5+

Publisher: Stone Arch Books

Reason for Reading: Received review copies from the publisher. My son read aloud as his reader for school.

The Lost Lunch by Lori Mortensen. Illustrated by Remy Simard. 25 pgs. Aug. 1, 2010 - The first couple of pages show how to read a graphic novel showing the direct panels are read and then showing the direction text and balloons should by read. Andrew and Dylan are playing before school but when lunch time comes around Andrew realizes he left his lunch in the playground. With permission from the teacher they go to look for his lost lunch but it is not where they had supposed it would be. When they have run out of places to look and Andrew's tummy can take it no longer they have a brilliant idea. An interesting, fun story with great artwork to help tell the story at this low reading level, RL 1.8. Geared to younger children, but not babyish. My reading challenged 10yo found the story interes…

Goals for 2011

I don't usually have any firm goals when it comes to my reading but this year I do, as I see I've been floundering a bit and not accomplishing what I'd really like to with my reading so I'm going to set some goals that I would like to accomplish that I can reflect back on each quarter of the year and see how I'm doing and if they give me any direction or sense of accomplishment.

1. My personal "Read Stephen King in Chrono Order" has been stuck since the end of 2008 when I hit The Stand. Since I've already read the original, I'm going with the expanded, uncut version at 1500 pages and it is now 2011 and I still haven't read it. So as soon as Jan. 1 comes around I will finish my current fiction read and put everything else on hold while I settle down to read Then Stand. At the same time I will read a graphic novel a day to get my personal and ARC backlog caught up and give me something to post each day. I'm hoping I can read 100 pgs a day of …

293. Another Pan by Daniel & Dina Nayeri

Another Pan by Daniel & Dina Nayeri (Canada) - (US)
The Second of Another Series

Pages: 393
Ages: 14+
Finished: Dec. 23, 2010
First Published: Sept. 14, 2010
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: YA, paranormal
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

All nights come to an end -- that is to say, all nights see the break of day.

Acquired: Received a review copy from Candlewick Press.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

I loved this book almost as much as the first in the series! In fact, I think I loved the story even more but I didn't find it to be the page-turner that Another Faust was. This was more of a slow read, one that kept me interested and I loved falling into the world, but somehow it did have a slow pace. I'm not sure if this is the book's fault or my own as my mind has been all over the place so close to Christmas. But fast or slow paced who cares? I loved Another Pan!

Professor Darling is a teacher at the Marlowe school. Both his children attend, Wendy and John Darling; this …

Countries, States and Provinces

Starting Jan 1, 2008 I started to track my books geographically trying to read my way around the world. I've seen some people participating in challenges and projects similar to this but rather than join something I'm just keeping track here by myself. Fantasy, Sci-fi, alternate realities will not be included in this list, only realistic fiction.

Dec. 31, 2013 stats updated

Data continuously updated.

Canada  (13/13)
(6 provinces/territories- as of Dec. 31, 2008)
(7 provinces/territories- as of Dec. 31, 2009)
(11 provinces/territories - as of Dec. 31, 2010)
(11 provinces/territories - as of Dec. 31, 2011)
(12 provinces/territories - as of Dec. 31, 2012)
(13 provinces/territories - as of Dec. 31, 2013)
Tour 2  (9/13)
(3 provinces/territories - as of Dec. 31, 2013)
(8 provinces/territories - as of Dec. 31, 2014)
(9 provinces/territories - as of Dec. 31, 2015)

Tour 1 - Ticket to Curlew by Celia Barker Lottridge
Tour 2 - All Fall Down: The Landslide Diary of Abby Roberts by Je…

2011 Master Challenge List

Challenges I've joined. This will continuously be updated through the year and can be reached through the sidebar link on the right. I will only be joining challenges that run year long and that cover a certain type of book that I figure I read any way.

I'm currently involved in these perpetual challenges or projects:

Chronological Stephen King - This is my own personal project that I started in 2007 and I got stuck in 2008 with The Stand. It's just such a huge book (I'm reading the revised 1500 pg edition, since I read the original the first time) that every time I look at it I just think how many other books I could read in the same time. I vowed to read it in 2009 (didn't happen). I vowed again to read it in 2010, but it was the year of the ARC for me and there was no way I could take the time off and not become horribly behind in my ARC reading. SO, here we are 2011 and this is my new vow. Starting Jan. 1, 2011 I will make sure I am finished my current fiction b…

292. Toy Story: Some Assembly Required

Toy Story: Some Assembly Not Required by Jesse Blaze Snider. Art by Tanya Roberts (Canada) - (US)

Pages: 112
Ages: 8+
Finished: Dec. 21, 2010
First Published: Nov. 9, 2010
Publisher: Boom Studios!
Genre: Graphic novel, children
Rating: 3.5/5

First sentence:

Hold your fire, men!
Acquired: Received a review copy from Harper Collins Canada.

Reason for Reading: We enjoyed the first Toy Story book so much we had to read this one.

Unlike The Return of Buzz Lightyear, this book is not one continuous story but three shorter ones. The first is the longest and accompanies the book's cover picture then the following two are more like short stories. This was rather disappointing, as I would have preferred one book length story as in the previous volume. However, these stories were fun and well-written. This series all takes place during Toy Story 1's time frame.

The first one involves, Woody and Buzz's continued friendly jealousy of each other and each wanting to have been the one who was most…

ARC Reading Challenge 2011

Another year and I'll be participating in Teddy Rose's ARC Challenge again. Though I will be requesting less arcs this year than in the past I still have lots to catch up on so will be going for the Platinum Level of 30+ books. I will be posting a list of all my ARCs on hand some time before my first Monday Books in the Mail post of the new year.

A to Zed Challenge III (End of Year Post)

Only a few more days to go and I don't see me filling in the missing letters at this point so I'm posting my official finishing post (with the right to edit if I do miraculously read a missing letter within the next 3 days).

I don't officially participate in this challenge now. I did the first year but every year since I just like to play along and see how I do without actually trying to get all the letters, (meaning I don't read books just so they will fill in letter on the list), I just fill them in as I go along. This year I did my best ever with a surprise December add of a title beginning with Q!

2008 4 missing authors (Q, U, X, Z) and 3 missing titles (X, Y, Z).
2009 3 missing authors (Q, X, Z) and 2 missing titles (Q, X).
2010 2 missing authors (U, Z) and 1 missing title (X).


A ~ Asada, Hiroyuki (Tegami Bachi Vol. 1: Letter and Letter Bee)
B ~ Beebe, Catherine (Saint John Bosco and the Children's Saint, Dominc Savio)
C ~ Chrisman, Arthur Bowie (Shen of t…

290-291. Lunch Lady Vol. 3 &4 by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

Age: 8+

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Reason for Reading: Book #4 is a Cybils '10 nominee and as a panelist for Graphic Novels this is required reading for me. Since I've already read volumes 1 & 2, there seemed no point skipping #3 to just read #4 so I read them both. I was not overly impressed with the first books in the series last year.

290. #3. Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta. 96 pgs, Dec. 2009. After not being very impressed with book 1 and slightly enjoying book 2, I must say book 3 here has left me feeling much better about this series. After a rather curmudgeonly kiddy author visits to sign books, the school's coach disappears. Lunch Lady and the gang do some research and it seems school coaches have been disappearing for a few years back now coinciding with this author's school visits! Lunch Lady to the rescue! Lunch Lady is still a bit over the top with the kitchen gadget spy tools. Here she receives hamburge…

289. Irredeemable Vol. 4 by Mark Waid

Irredeemable Vol. 4 by Mark Waid (Canada) - (US)

Pages: 112
Finished: Dec. 19, 2010
First Published: Nov. 9, 2010
Publisher: Boom Studios!
Genre: Graphic novel, superheroes
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

The world is in tatters.
Acquired: Received a review copy from Harper Collins Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series

This volume contains Special Issue #1 and the next three issues of Irredeemable. The book starts with the Special which takes us back into the past giving us further background story to reveal three important persons in the coming future. We learn the whole story of "Hornet" the man who was burned with his family by Plutonian at the very beginning of the series, in Vol. 1. There is also a reveal here that will affect the future. We are introduced to a new character and shown how Max Damage and Jailbait became partners. Then it's back to the present where we once again take a look back at that fateful day that Plutonian went crazy. The re…

Monday: Books in the Mail

Last week brought more books than I had expected. Mostly review books and mostly from Simon & Schuster. One I've been waiting for from another publisher also showed up as did a gift from a lovely blogger, Literary Feline. I'm sure everyone knows her, but if you haven't had the pleasure yet, be sure to check out her blog!

From Harper Collins Canada:

Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge returns to solve his most exciting and shocking case yet in this latest entry in the bestselling series hailed as "outstanding" by the New York Times Book Review

A breathtaking blend of psychological complexity, haunting atmosphere, compelling twists, and impressive detail, the novels in the Ian Rutledge mystery series have garnered their author widespread acclaim and numerous honors and awards. At the heart of the series is the compelling Scotland Yard detective inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the Great War who understands all too well the darkness that lies within me…