Friday, August 8, 2008

5 Stars - Books We Adored (And Reviewed)

Adult Fiction
Ahab's Wife - Sena Jeter Naslund
The Alice Network - Kate Quinn
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
Archangel - Sharon Shinn
Beguiled - Deeanne Gist & J. Mark Bertrand
Blackmoore - Julianne Donaldson
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
Contact - Carl Sagan
Crossfire - Traci Hunter Abramson
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches - Alan Bradley
Death Mill Mansion - Will Hartzell-Baird
A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
The Dovekeepers - Alice Hoffman
The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery
Ella Minnow Pea - Mark Dunn
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Fire and Steel, Vol. III - The Shadow Falls - Gerald N. Lund
The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton
Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier
The Girl You Leave Behind - Jojo Moyes
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Anne's Review)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Kari's Review)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Mindy's Review)
The Help - Kathryn Stockett (Mindy's Review)
The Help - Kathryn Stocket (Heather's Review)
The Honey Thief - Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - Jamie Ford
I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Jovah's Angel - Sharon Shinn
The Lucky One - Nicholas Sparks
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon - Alexander McCall Smith
The Moonflower Vine - Jetta Carleton
Naked Lunch - William S. Burroughs
Nefertiti - Michelle Moran
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory
The Orphan Keeper - Camron Wright
Pattern Recognition - William Gibson
The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux
The Queen's Fool - Philippa Gregory
The Reapers are the Angels - Alden Bell
Room - Emma Donoghue
The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister
The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
The Shell Seekers - Rosamund Pilcher
The Shoemaker's Wife - Adriana Trigiani
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See
These is my Words - Nancy Turner
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield (Mindy's Review)
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield (Heather's Review)
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield (Kim's Review)
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
True Grit - Charles Portis
Under the Jaguar Sun - Italo Calvino
The Virgin's Lover - Philippa Gregory

Adult Non-Fiction
American on Purpose - Craig Ferguson
The Anatomy of Stretching - Brad Walker
Auschwitz Testimonies: 1945-1986 - Primo Levi & Leonardo de Benedetti
Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana - Jennifer Rosenkrantz & Pamela Redmond Satran
Book Love - Penny Kittle
The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
The Busy Book Series (Toddler's, Preschooler's, Children's) - Trish Kuffner
The Cost of Courage - Charles Kaiser
Date Night In - Ashley Rodriguez
Easy Company Soldier - Don Malarky
Falling in Love with Close Reading - Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts
The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signals that Protect us From Violence - Gavin De Becker
Girls Will Be Girls - JoAnn Deak, PHD
Heaven Is Here - Stephanie Nielson
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Cloaks and Daggers - David Falconer
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: The Art of War - David Falconer
The Horse Lover - Alan Day
How They Croaked - Georgia Bragg
Into the Minds of Babes - Lisa Guernsey
I Read It, But I Don't Get It - Cris Tovani
I Should Have Seen it Coming when the Rabbit Died - Teresa Bloomingdale
John Adams - David McCullough
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - Ishmael Beah
Looking Back - Lois Lowry
On Becoming Babywise - Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam, M.D.
One in a Million : Journey to Your Promised Land - Priscilla Shirer
Outliers : The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain
Raising a Gifted Child - Carol Fertig
Ravensbruck: Everyday Life in a Women's Concentration Camp - Jack G. Morrison
The Read-Aloud Handbook - Jim Trelease
The Shyness Breakthrough - Dr. Bernardo Carducci
So Sexy So Soon : The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids - Diane E. Levin, Ph.D., and Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D.
Stitches : A Memoir - David Small
Store This, Not That : A Quick and Easy Food Storage Guide - Crystal Godfrey and Debbie Kent
Team of Rivals - Doris Kearns Goodwin
Thumbing Through Thoreau - Henry David Thoreau, compiled by Kenny Luck
Unbroken : A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption - Lauren Hillenbrand
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
Vanishing Act - Art Wolfe
We're Not Leaving : 9/11 Responders Tell Their Stories of Courage, Sacrifice, and Renewal - Benjamin J. Luft, M.D.
When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do (grades 6-12) - Kylene Beers
Your Pregnancy Week by Week (4th ed.) - Glade B. Curtis, MD & Judith Schuler, MS

Cookbooks & Food Lit
Ally's Kitchen - Alice Phillips
The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook - America's Test Kitchen
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life - Barbara Kingsolver
Cooking with Food Storage Made Easy - Debbie G. Harman
Cooking wiht Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You - Carla Hall
The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love - Kristin Kimball
Farmers' Market Desserts - Jennie Schact
French Kids Eat Everything - Karen Le Billon
In the Small Kitchen - Cara Eisenpress & Phoebe Lapine
The New Vegetarian Grill - Andrea Chesman
Perfect One-Dish Dinners - Pam Anderson
The Pickled Pantry - Andrea Chesman
The Pumpkin Lover's Cookbook - Lyuba Brook
The Roasted Vegetable - Andrea Chesman
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook - Deb Perelman

Young Adult Fiction (Including Middle Grade)
Allegiant - Veronica Roth
Archangel - Sharon Shinn
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein (Kari's Review)
A Countess Below Stairs - Eva Ibbotson (Mindy's Review)
A Countess Below Stairs - Eva Ibbotson (Heather's Review)
Counting by 7s - Holly Goldberg Sloan
Cut - Patricia McCormick
Dairy Queen - Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Divergent - Veronica Roth
Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer
Fire - Kristin Cashore
The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan
Fuzzy Mud - Louis Sacher
Geek Girl - Cindy C. Bennett
The Girl Who Could Fly - Victoria Forester
The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill
The Giver - Lois Lowry
Gossamer - Lois Lowry
Graceling - Kristin Cashore
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling, Illus. Jim Kay
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
House of Purple Cedar - Tim Tingle
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins (Heather's Review)
I Am the Messenger - Markus Zusak
I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
Incantation - Alice Hoffman
The Inquisitor's Tale - Adam Gidwitz
Insurgent - Veronica Roth
Jovah's Angel - Sharon Shinn
The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Nightmares! - Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
On the Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta
The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
The Reluctant Heiress - Eva Ibbotson
Rose Under Fire - Elizabeth Wein
Ruby Red - Kerstin Gier
The Running Dream - Wendelin Van Draanen
The Schwa was Here - Neal Shusterman
Son - Lois Lowry
Tennyson - Lesley M.M. Blume
Unraveled - Julie Daines
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead
Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls
Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk

Young Adult Non-Fiction (Including Middle Grade)
The Boy on the Wooden Box - Leon Leyson
Elena Vanishing:  A Memoir - Elena and Clare B. Dunkle
Lincoln's Grave Robbers - Steve Sheinkin
Rejected Princesses : Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics - Jason Porath

Children's Fiction
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Judith Viorst
The Best Halloween Ever - Barbara Robinson
The Biggest Sandwich Ever - Rita Golden Gelman
Bright Christmas: An Angel Remembers - Andrew Clements
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - Judi Barrett
Don't Let Pigeon Drive the Bus! - Mo Willems
Don't Let Pigeon Stay Up Late! - Mo Willems
The Emperor's New Clothes - The Starbright Foundation
Every Cowgirl Goes to School - Rebecca Janni
Every Cowgirl Loves a Rodeo - Rebecca Janni
Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse - Rebecca Janni
Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas - Jane O'Connor
The Giver - Lois Lowry
Harris and Me - Gary Paulsen
The House that Drac Built - Judy Sierra (illus. Will Hillenbrand)
I Like Myself - Karen Beaumont
If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi? - Barbara Esham
In Our Mothers' House - Patricia Polacco
Junie B. Jones (entire series) - Barbara Park
Jurassic Classics: The Prehistoric Masters of Art - Saskia Lacey
Jurassic Classics: The Presidential Masters of Prehistory - Saskia Lacey
A Lego Christmas Ornaments Book - Chris McVeigh
Letters from Father Christmas - J.R.R. Tolkein
The Little House - Virginia Lee Burton
Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate DiCamillo
Mockingbird - Kathryn Erskine
The Monster at the End of this Book - Jon Stone
Moon Over Manifest - Clare Vanderpool
Nick and Tesla's High Voltage Danger Lab - Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage - Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
Nick and Tesla's Secret Agent Gadget Battle - Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
The Night Before Christmas - Clement C. Moore and Mary Engelbreit
Nightmares! - Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
Not a Box - Antoinette Portis
Once Upon a Fairy Tale - The Starbright Foundation
Once Upon a Time, The End (Asleep in 60 Seconds) - Geoffrey Kloske
Peppe the Lamplighter - Elisa Bartone
Pigeon Wants a Puppy! - Mo Willems
The Pout-Pout Fish - Deborah Diesen
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - Beverly Cleary
The Relatives Came - Cynthia Rylant
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon - Patty Lovell
Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli
Star Wars : A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy - Matthew Reinhart
Tennyson - Lesley M.M. Blume
Train to Somewhere - Even Bunting
The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
Wonder - RJ Palacio

Children's Non-Fiction
101 Things to Do Before You Grow Up - Creative Team of Weldon Owen
50 Things You Should Know About the First World War - Jim Eldridge
A is for Abinadi - Heidi Poelman
The Big Book of Color: An Adventurous Journey into the Magical & Marvelous World of Color! - Walter Foster Jr.
A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination - Bryan Young
Find Momo - Andrew Knapp
Jurassic Classics: Prehistoric Masters of Art - Saskia Lacey
If You Were Me and Lived in ... India - Carole P. Roman
If You Were Me and Lived in Portugal - Carole P. Roman
The Santa Claus Book - Alden Perkes
So You Want to be President? - Judith St. George

2 comments:

Ordinary Reader said...

You've got some of my favorites in your 5 star list. But what I really dropped in to say is I love your title! Reading is absolutely my sanity. I hate to think where I would be without the solace, the wisdom, the escaping from my life for a time, and the tears and laughter books have brought to me throughout my life. Some of the very best friends I have are books. Great title and great blog! Wishing you great success with it,
Dianne

MindySue said...

Glad you like the title! It came to me in the middle of the night. I sat straight up in bed and then was off to the computer to see if the name was available. I am so glad because it perfectly describes how/why I read.

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