Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Books I Read

You might know that I am trying to read 100 books this year.

Before you become impressed I should probably tell you that I will most likely listen to half of these books, and another quarter will be chapter books or easy middle grade. But it's still cool, right?

So I think I'm supposed to have a post listing the books I've read so far this year, so you can all see that I am actually reading 100 books and not just pretending to read them. Plus, you can all giggle at my reading choices.

This is what I've read so far this year:

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
2. Soulless by Gail Carriger
3. The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl
4. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
5. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
8. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
9. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
10. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
11. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
12. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
13. Stargirl by Jerry Sprinelli
14. The Ranger's Apprentice #1 by John Flanagan
15. The Ranger's Apprentice #2 by John Flanagan
16. The Ranger's Apprentice #3 by John Flanagan
17. Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
18. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
19. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
20. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
21. The Black Tulip by Alexander Dumas
22. Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business by Barbara Park
23. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
24. The Shifter by Janice Hardy
25. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Yeah, I've been reading a lot of Roald Dahl. He was my favorite author when I was a kid, so I got my daughter the Roald Dahl collection for Christmas. We've been reading them together every night. So, I can guarantee there will be a lot of Roald Dahl in the final 100.

Anyway, check back if you're ever curious about what I'm reading. I won't ever do reviews, because I don't think I have reviewing skills. Plus I don't want to say negative things on the internet if I hate a book. That wouldn't be nice. But if you are dying to know what I think of a book (because my taste in literature is so excellent--as you can see from my list), feel free to email me.

What are you reading right now? Do you have any recommendations for great MG reads or books meant for grown ups? (My reading list appears to be mostly YA, and I can only take so much teen angst).


Amber Tidd Murphy said...

I'm participating, too! I'm sure you've already read it, but Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD is amazing.

Of my reads so far this year, Jonathan S. Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close was one of my favorites. Check it out!

Sara McClung ♥ said...

I'm doing this too :-)

BTW if you go on, you can make a widget that shows all the books you read throughout the year... In case you wanted to know!!

Bane of Anubis said...

Love Roald Dahl -- can't go wrong w/ him... The BFG was probably my fave, though.

Mary Campbell said...

Great choice of books - I've been thinking about reading Soulless - it looks really good, but I'm concerned about content - how's the language or sexual things?

L.T. Elliot said...

I may be untimely in asking but have you read The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan? They're fabulous. I'm just starting Gregor the overlander too.

Jessica said...

I'm reading a romantic suspense and am really enjoying it. I pretty much never read YA, though I know I liked it alot as a teen.
The funny thing is, I never liked Dahl as a kid. I know I must've read one or two of his books and then never again because something didn't click.
Subjectivity is so funny. This makes me wonder if, as an adult, I'd like his stories more.
Thanks for sharing the list!

Paul Greci said...

I'm also intending on reading 100 books this year. I'm not nearly as far as you. Ha. Ha.

Right now I'm reading The Book Thief. A book I had planned on reading for a long time. I'm loving it.

A book for grown ups that I recently read and enjoyed is The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty.

Jen said...

100 is 100 my friend... and I love Roald Dahl books! I might have to go out and buy the collection now that you mention it! Being a kid is fun!

Melissa said...

I'm going to read The Shifter by Janice Hardy soon. It's near the top of my TBR pile:) Currently reading Fallen and I'm really enjoying it.

Janna Qualman said...

I haven't read any MG or YA since I was in those age brackets. Oh! I have to take that back, because I read the Twilight series. ;)

I stick to adult contemporary, usually women's fiction. Right now I'm reading a book by Bret Lott (it's called Jewel), and I really like his style.

Aubrie said...

I understand what you mean about reviews. I only post positive reviews. If I don't like the book, I just don't post.

Excellent book choices! Have you read "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" yet? I loved that and it's YA.

Jemi Fraser said...

Great choices! Gordon Korman's stuff is good and fun too.

Mariah Irvin said...

So far this year I've read 7 YA books and I have to agree with you on the angst thing. It's exhausting!

Hmm... MG... let me think a while about this one.

Hardygirl said...

I love Raold Dahl--and how he keeps you turning pages with those cliffhangers at the end of his chapters.

Have you read The Help? It's a great adult book. I also loved Lark and Termite (another adult). Middle Grade--When You Reach Me.


Lisa and Laura said...

I am reading THE FRENCH GARDENER for book club in honor of Valentine's Day. Haven't started yet, but I will pick it up sometime this weekend. I finished SOME GIRLS ARE last weekend and it was incredible. And next month we are reading A RELIABLE WIFE. Sounds interesting.

Catherine Denton said...

STILL! (that's what i say about reading 100 chapter books/easy reader)

Two of my newer favorites are Olive's Ocean and So B. It.

Tamika: said...

I'm reading The Book Thief. Spectacular! Captivating!

Anonymous said...

A MG series I rec to everybody I meet is the Attolia series by Megan Whalen Turner, which begins with THE THIEF. :>

Patti said...

I just finished Beautiful Creatures and before that Hush Hush. I'm taking a break because I get nothing done when I write.

Stephanie Thornton said...

I enjoyed The Book Thief, The Hunger Games, and the Percy Jackson series. I just picked up Going Bovine- it looks like it will be a hoot!

Tabitha Bird said...

I am doing 50 books for this year. Yours is a great list. have you read The book Thief? I am giving it away at my blog today (friday). It is a must read.

Nicole Ducleroir said...

My sister loves Jodi Picoult and raves about My Sister's Keeper, etc. I haven't read them yet but her work is on my TBR list. Good luck with your reading goal!!

Diane said...

Fun book list! You're reading in your genre which is good. :O)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I didn't know you were participating, too! I've had my nose in some non-fiction by Malcolm Gladwell:

Fascinating glimpses into how we function. Psychology class at its best.

Falen said...

ohhhhh i LOVE Roald Dahl.
Also, i really really want to read Soulless

Anonymous said...

As someone else said, I only post comments on books I like. I consider myself a book recommender! Mainly MG and YA. I've also recently read 3 on your list of 9: Leviathan, Shiver, and Diary of a Wimpey Kid. If you need more recommendations see what I've read (that I like) at

Jennifer Shirk said...

I'm reading a YA--Stupid Cupid by Rhonda Stapleton right NOW. Really cute. And I love the Ally Finkle series by Meg Cabot for MG.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I'm almost finished with The Dark Divine. In fact, it almost killed me to come to work today! My favorite MG stories are:

The Deltora Quest series and the Rowan of Rin series, both by Emily Rodda
The Unicorn's Secret series by Kathleen Duey
The Ranger's Apprentice
The Phantom Tollbooth
Follow My Leader (James Garfield)

Sarah Skilton said...

I like Caroline Starr's suggestions in the non-fiction realm, as I'm trying to expand my non-fic reading list. Right now I've got my hands on "Tokyo Vice" by Jake Adelstein. It's the true story of an American beat reporter in Japan. And for my YA book club this month, we're reading "Life As We Knew It" by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

Happy reading! (and listening :)

Terresa said...

Diary of a wimpy kid! I keep meaning to read those! I must.

I'm currently reading Terry Pratchett's The Wee Free Men. And gobbling it up. He serves up a delicious YA/fantasy treat.

jdcoughlin said...

I love Ronald Dahl, too. Such a good read, for anyone at any age. I am trying to keep a list of what I've read, too. I'm curious just how much it is and what it is.I've been seeing a lot of apps, bookshelves and things, and am finding a lot of new books that way. On my way to check out yours.

Shelby said...

I listen to MANY books. I usually have one in my cd player in my car at all times. then i have real books by my bed. I also have real books in my car. I never want to be without a story at hand.

Heather Sunseri said...

Hey, Natalie. I just finished Graceling, by Kristin Cashore (YA). I enjoy her writing style.. I learned a lot and the story was really good.

Theresa Milstein said...

My son has been encouraging me to read, Percy Jackson's Lightning Thief. I'm just over 100 pages in, and it's not too bad. Right now, he's reading Artemis Fowl and he's got Leviathan up next.

Some of my favorites: The Giver (YA, non teen angst), To Kill A Mockingbird (classic), Rules (wonderful MG), The Miraculous Jouney of Edward Tulane (another wonderful MG), Charlotte's Web (another classic). I also enjoyed Stargirl.

You can't go wrong with Roald Dahl. My daughter is reading The Witches.

Derek Whisman said...

You made me want to do this as well. I once (way in the past) thought about reading a set number of books in a year. It never happened. Now that I'm actually on the writing path, I suppose this is as good a time as any to give it another shot.

Oh no. I'm already a month and a half behind!