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I'd already read The Perilous Gard a couple years back, upon Clara's advice, but I found a really cheap copy over spring break. Since I didn't own it, I got it and read it again (after I came back because I had better things to do while in California). It's not my favorite cup of tea, but I liked it enough to be happy to read it twice. It won the Newbery in 1975, so there's that too.
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This book is not for the squeamish. Westerfeld has a brand new take on vampires, and these definitely don't sparkle. In fact, vampires are actually people that have been infected with parasites. Read More... )
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Lips Touch Three Times is a collection of three stories about three young women, love, and the otherworldly. As the title suggests, each story is somehow hinged on a kiss. Read More... )
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When I saw this book at the store I more or less shat bricks. It's Jane Yolen, who is brilliant, and a fairy tale retold and the Pied Piper and rock and roll and basically there was no way this book could go wrong. Except it really did. Read More )
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E. Lockhart remains a tiny god of writing. I liked The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks more, but The Boyfriend List is good too. Read More )
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This book made me remember why I love kids' books so much. It's one of those really solid, fun books that you can come back to over and over. It's about Nita who, while trying to run away from a bully, finds a book in the library called So You Want to Be a Wizard. Read more... )
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I finished The Woman in White today. I had originally been keeping up with the The Big Read V, but then life happened. Oh well. It's only been a week.

It's a fun detective sort of story. Young Laura Farlie marries the seemingly perfect Sir Percival Glyde according to her late father's wishes. Sir Percival (of course) turns out to be a right beast and just wants Laura for her money. So he and his partner in crime, Count Fosco, orchestrate an elaborate plan that involves faked deaths, misplaced identities, a dark secret regarding more than one person's parentage, and a secret society.read more... )
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The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (1872)

I was a big fan of the cartoon of The Princess and in the Goblin in the 90s (right up there with The Never Ending Story), so I thought I'd give the book a try.

Princess Irene has lived a sheltered life in the mountains... )
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I'll be doing the 100+ Reading Challenge in 2010. Should be fun.

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1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.

2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.

What doesn't count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible.

3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Books started before the 1st do not count.

I'll be updating my book list here: (occasional reviews will be posted separately) )

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