Friday, 8 January 2010

Marcus’ 2010 Reading List

Marcus has just graduated to chapter books from picture books, meaning I have to step up a level too in the books I read to him. So, since I have lists of the books I read, he wants a list too. Here we go, a list of Marcus’ reading for 2010 (excluding picture books – of which I’m sure we’ll still read plenty – and school reading books). The name in brackets is who did the actual reading.

  1. Mad Grandad’s Robot Garden – Oisin McGann (Marcus)
  2. Blast Off! – Margaret Clark (Marcus)
  3. The Fairground Ghost - Felicity Everett (Marcus)
  4. Captain Clawbeak and the Red Herring - Anne Morgan (Marcus)
  5. Dragon's Fat Cat - Dav Pilkey (Marcus)
  6. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis (Mummy)
  7. Captain Clawbeak: The One and Only - Anne Morgan (Marcus)
  8. The New Adventures of the Wishing Chair: The Land of Mythical Creatures - created by Enid Blyton (Marcus)

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Time Quartet/Quintet Read-Along


Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Trilogy/Quartet/Quintet books were some of my favourites growing up. So I’m going to try to take the opportunity being offered by Kailana at The Written Word to reread them in the first half of 2010.

Here are Kailana’s guidelines:

  1. You have until January 31st to finish the book.
  2. On January 15th I will post a place to talk about spoiler-related things. Things you want to talk about but can't mention in your review.
  3. The reviews should aim to be finished on the last week of January because I want to have questions that everyone answers in their posts and people need to have time to come up with them.
  4. For a sense of community I am hoping that people will come up with questions about the book. I am hoping to have them all by the 20th so I can post them and people can write their reviews. Even if you take the whole month to read the book I hope you will come up with questions. Send in a few so there are some variety. It isn't much fun if people send the same questions over and over again. How you choose to use the questions (and whether you choose to use all of them) is up to you.
  5. When I post the questions on the 20th, I will also post a place to post links to your reviews.
  6. Feel free to use the button, made by Jason, wherever you want. It's great!

Will I make it? Let us see…

  1. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
  2. A Wind in the Door - Madeleine L'Engle
  3. A Swiftly Tilting Planet - Madeleine L'Engle
  4. Many Waters - Madeleine L'Engle

I did start the last book, An Acceptable Time, in May, but I don't think I even finished before I realised I simply didn't feel like reading it. The lovely feeling of the earlier books seemed missing and I just wasn't interested. Since my reading is a bit of the struggle at the moment and the TBR is more out of control than usual, I decided to pass on it.

I'm still happy with my success with the challege and I really enjoyed the reread. Most of all, I'm delighted that A Swiftly Tilting Planet didn't let me down and remained the amazing read I remembered from childhood.

Thank you Ms L'Engle so a wonderful trip around the universe and down memory lane.