Monday, June 2, 2008

May Book Binge

The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin

Book about a third grade Taiwanese-American girl and her search for what makes her special. A great cross-cultural look with some great little illustrations.

Hush: An Irish Princess Story by Donna Jo Napoli

Young adult novel about an Irish princess who is kidnapped and sold as a slave during the time of Vikings. It's based on an original folktale and the story was really engaging.

Days Like This by J. Torres and Scott Chantler

Graphic novel set during the 50s that centers around the music industry and one girl group in particular. Plot is a bit sitcom-ish but was a fun read.

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Read this one in preparation for the movie. I read it to my kids for the first time (I've read it before) and they really enjoyed it. Sometimes it lags a little and gets boring, but we worked through it. A great story of faith with enough fighting to keep my five year old son interested :)

Taken by Edward Bloor

Another young adult novel - this one set in a not-too-distant future when children of rich people are routinely kidnapped for a ransom. The plot plays on the ever-widening gap between privileged and not priviledged and the twist at the end is great. A really interesting book.

Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things by Ted Naifeh

This graphic novel is a dark fantasy - Courtney moves to a new house that is infested with all sorts of nasty "night" creatures. She uses her teenage angst and girl power to fight them off. I've heard it's a classic :)

The Once and Future King by T.H. White

I'm about 550 pages into this 668 page book. I have really enjoyed it, but it's not gripping, where I can't put it down, so it's taking me a while. I was hoping to finish before the end of the binge, but lots of family commitments this month made that just about impossible :)

2 comments:

MaryP said...

It's fun to see how many bingers are passing on their love of books to their children. So many have noted that they've read one book or another to their children. Me, I read the entire Narnia series with my kids -- before turning to Redwall. (Your son would probably like those stories: rollicking adventures of warrior mice, squirrels, badgers and hawks fighting the evil stoats, weasels, and rats.)

bethany said...

wow, look at all the books you read! you sure are amazing!

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