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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Moods of Books

So how is everyone doing on their reading challenges for the year? I set out to read 50 books and to date have read 83. Not all bad, is it? I figure I should be able to squeeze a few more in before the end of the year.

Have you noticed how some books stick with you way more than others (for a variety of reasons). I read one recently that, while very well written and overall a good read, totally disturbed me (and I knew it would). So I had to follow it up with a happy read.

My happy read suggestion for the day: MIKE STELLAR: NERVES OF STEEL by K. A. Holt

I've got my son reading it now. It's cute and witty and smart and just fills such a nice niche in the MG market. Kids in space. How cool is that. Kari (K. A.) has an awesome voice and an amazing grasp of clever simile use.
So in case you didn't get the message, it would make a great gift for that MG reader on your list (as would THE EMERALD TABLET and THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD of course).

I have two more serious books on my very near term reading list, and I know I'll be needing some happy books to read after those. Any suggestions?

19 comments:

Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

For pure sweetness, I loved The Penderwicks. It's sort of a modern day Little Women. I also LOVED A Crooked Kind of Perfect, but that's been out for a while and you probably already read it. The same with Savvy.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Amy! I meant to check out SAVVY before winter break, so I'll do that later today! And I read CROOKED a few months ago and thought it was very cute. No PENDERWICKS yet, but I'll add it to the list.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

You may have read a lot of Diana Wynne Jones, but she makes me happy. I love Howl's Moving Castle, the Chrestomanci series, the Dalemark series and, oh, so many other books she has written.

PJ Hoover said...

Oooh, I've done Crestomanci, Tricia, but only started Howl's. I'll have to pick it back up. She does have a nice sense of humor.
Thanks!

ElanaJ said...

I've read about 25 books this year. Not stellar, I know. There's always next year, right?

And PJ, I want to get your books for my son. He's 11. Would you sign them? How do I go about doing that? Email me if you want!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

I missed the 2009 challenge, but I'm all over 2010 challenge. Your latest book being on my to-read list!
I really enjoyed ICE by Sarah Durst. Not that it's really happy, but it's based on fairy tales so I think that will work.

PJ Hoover said...

Stellar :) Is that a pun, Elana, based on my book choice?
I'll email you. And thanks!

Thanks, Terry! I'm looking forward to the 2010 challenge already!

Kelly said...

I didn't set a reading goal for myself, but I did read more books than I have in years! So I'm happy about that ( my count is just under twenty, not counting the countless picture books and easy chapter books I read to my younger two kids).
That book you recommended does look cool!!

PJ Hoover said...

It's a great book, Kelly! And, ah, yes, the picture books. So many...

beckylevine.wordpress.com said...

Have you read My Most Excellent Year yet? That's my happy read recommendation this year. :)

Kelly H-Y said...

83?! You go girl! I did NOT read that many ... unless you count picture books, and - in that case - there were lots! :-) I'm totally the same way ... when I do actually take the plunge into a more disturbing book, I totally have to follow it up with happy, happy, and more happy (and funny!).

Miriam S.Forster said...

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede are extra funny and awesome. Plus they have a strong competent heroine who somehow gets by without having to beat the crap out of everyone. :)

PJ Hoover said...

I haven't, Becky, but I'll check it out! Thanks!

It's the most I've read in quite a few years, Kelly. But I'm loving it!

Thanks for the rec, Miriam. What, no crap beating? Hmmmm....

Solvang Sherrie said...

That book looks great--thanks for the recommendation!

I haven't been reading a lot of happy books recently. Although I read Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson this weekend and parts actually did make me laugh out loud :)

Christina Farley said...

Wow. You've read a lot. I need to do a count myself! I just checked out Savy and Bound from the library. I finished Blood Brothers and Freeze Frame last week. Both are similar in many ways and brilliantly written. But I needed something lighter so currently I'm reading Oh My Gods. Very light and holiday funish.

Tell us what you ended up reading. And you need to tell us what you're top books of the year were. I'm curious!

PJ Hoover said...

Hey Sherrie, do you rec. Maximum Ride? It keeps catching my eye.

Let me know how Oh. My. Gods is Christina! I keep thinking I should read it!

Thanks!

Robyn Campbell said...

No reading goal but I did get to a lot more than I figured I would. A lot of picture books and chapter books. I have a chapter book that I'm writing started. And I have A LOT of picture books finished.

Plus my MG novel that I am FINALLY going to have the courage to query. At least I hope I will have the courage. I want to start querying as soon as Christmas and New Years holiday is over.

And then I will get back to reading. I see you have some great ideas.

Have you heard of The Last Invisible Boy? Written by Evan Kuhlman. He also wrote Wolf Boy. Or The Humming of Numbers? By Joni Sensel. :)

Jason said...

Hmm...lighter reads? I have to say my knowledge of children's and YA is somewhat limited, but I know that I'm enjoying the controversial His Dark Materials series.

As for Maximum Ride (and keep in mind that this is just my personal opinion), but I really enjoyed the first book, and enjoyed the second one pretty well, but what started out as a story about really interesting kids in a very interesting situation degraded into all talking heads and no action with little to make me care what happened to the characters, and the plot seemed to go a little haywire. I must confess, though, that I haven't read the newest book.

I really want to read Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book really bad, and I'm also interested in John Green's novels. I've just stumbled on him, but I hear good things about his YA, and I really want to look into them.

PJ Hoover said...

So excited for you to query, Robyn! I'm sure you will have huge success ahead! I've heard of Wolf Boy (but not read it), but I did read Humming and enjoyed it!
Thanks!

So maybe I'll read the first Maximum Ride, Jason. Thanks for the rec. I enjoyed Phillip Pullman also but they did have a tear-worthy ending. Graveyard is great, and I've read one John Green (Katherines) which was hilarious.

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