Sunday, January 3, 2010

Decades 2010--1/1/10-12/31/10

One of my favorite challenges is the Decades Challenge. This is the third year that I will be participating. The goal is to read one book from ten consecutive decades, 1990s and earlier. My list follows:
1990s: The Robber Bride--Margaret Atwood1/23/10
1980s: Love in the Time of Cholera--Gabriel Garcia Marquez
1970s: Song of Solomon--Toni Morrison
1960s: The Bell Jar--Sylvia Plath
1950s: A Town Like Alice--Nevil Shute
1940s: I, Robot--Issac Asimov
1930s: Gone With the Wind--Margaret Mitchell
1920s: Women in Love--D.H. Lawrence
1910s: Of Human Bondage--W. Somerset Maugham
1900s: The Railway Children--Edith Nesbit

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Gregor the Overlander--Suzanne Collins

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Year Published: 2003
Pages: 320
Rating: 3.5/5

"Gregor had pressed his face against the screen for so long, he could feel a pattern of tiny checks above his eyebrows."

I read this book on my son's recommendation, and it was really quite enjoyable. Gregor is an 11 year old boy with much weight on his shoulders--his father has disappeared, and he has to help his mother and grandmother tend to his 2 year old sister so she can try to make enough money to support the struggling family. But he is also a warrior, foretold in a prophecy in the underland. Of course Gregor doesn't know this, until he follows his little sister into an airvent in his basement and falls into the underland, where bugs, bats, and rats are huge, and a tribe of people survive under the ground. Upon learning he might be able to rescue his father, Gregor takes the quest--though he is dubious that he is the fabled warrior.

The story moves fast, and Gregor's little sister, Boots, is delightful. I am going to try to read the rest of the series when I get a chance.

Book a Week # 1
Challenge/s: Young Adult, TBR
Date Read: 1/1/10

Queen Bees and Wannabes--Rosalind Wiseman

Genre: Non-Fiction/Self-Help
Year Published: 2002
Pages: 336
Rating: 3/5

This was a very well-written book about dealing with "Girl World". I like Wiseman's style--she cuts to the chase and calls it like it is. A lot of this is common sense, but stuff we don't really pay much attention to. It did get a little redundant by the end, but I still think it's worth reading. There is a chapter on raising boys that I enjoyed a lot as well, and my son and I already had a talk about our culture's expectations of men and women.

Book a week # 64
Challenge: A-Z
Date Read: 12/31/09