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Old 08-24-2009, 11:35 PM   #226
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I'm a member of the International Reading Association and was just reading one of their news publications. One article reviewed Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. It's a book for kids around ages 10-12. Has anyone read it here? I'm thinking it'd make for a great read aloud in October. The storyline sounds awesome and the graveyard serves as a good metaphor for childhood. It sounds very unique. This is the same author who wrote the text version of Coraline.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:39 PM   #227
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I just finished The Cider House Rules and I am convinced John Irving is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century! It was definitely not for the faint of heart, but it made me think about important issues. I did not change my mind, but I did think. I still like A Prayer for Owen Meany better, though.

I need some help deciding what's next on the docket. Should I go through with reading The Pillars of the Earth? Should I finally start the Harry Potter series? Should I delve into G. K. Chesterton? I am trying to see which one would be the best counter to a new job in the mental health field.

Did I mention I love this thread!!! I love to see what people are reading, hence why I post way more than I have to. I love books in the worst way.
Honestly, that really depends on what your reading schedule is like right now. Pillars is huge and takes a good chunk of time. I would not recommend it if you don't have the time to invest in it right now. I'd definitely go theHarry Potter route if this is the case.
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I'm a member of the International Reading Association and was just reading one of their news publications. One article reviewed Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. It's a book for kids around ages 10-12. Has anyone read it here? I'm thinking it'd make for a great read aloud in October. The storyline sounds awesome and the graveyard serves as a good metaphor for childhood. It sounds very unique. This is the same author who wrote the text version of Coraline.
I absolutely loved The Graveyard Book. We listened to it on audio as we were driving back and forth to Pittsburgh. It was fascinating, and the deeper you got into the book the harder it was to stop the iPod when we finished our ride.
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I've been reading "The Lost Years of Merlin" by T. A. Barron. It's a bit older - published in the late nineties, I think. I came across it because the public library had one of the later books in the series available on audio. It's a pretty good book. I think it is aimed at pre-teen, teen readers. The first evening I picked it up I read nearly 80 pages into it.

I've found it to be incredibly easy to read. Yesterday evening I forced myself to put the book down because I could tell that if I did not, I was going to be up late into the evening reading.
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:15 AM   #230
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Because I have been buying way too many books lately, I went to the library this morning. I'm planning on incorporating more read alouds with my students this year and wanted to check a few out to see if they were good. I got The Graveyard Book and Minn & Jake's Almost Terrible Summer which are both IRA recommended. I also picked up the newest Clements' book, Extra Credit. I am excited about Graveyard and plan on using it in October. I'm still stumped for a good September/Back to School book. I always use Polacco's Thank You, Mr. Falker, but wanted something different this year.
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I also picked up the newest Clements' book, Extra Credit. I am excited about Graveyard and plan on using it in October.

I really enjoy Andrew Clements! I fourth grade teacher turned me on to him.

Try to find The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection . Gaiman narrates four of his children's stories, just wonderful! At the end he is interviewed by his daughter, absolutely delightful!
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Old 08-25-2009, 12:56 PM   #232
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Just finished Minn & Jake's Almost Terrible Summer. Very cute. DLR is the setting for the last few chapters which was a bonus.
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Honestly, that really depends on what your reading schedule is like right now. Pillars is huge and takes a good chunk of time. I would not recommend it if you don't have the time to invest in it right now. I'd definitely go theHarry Potter route if this is the case.
That's what I was thinking, too. Although I am dying to read Pillars, I would rather have something not as heavy to mull over nowadays. Thanks!
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I'm a member of the International Reading Association and was just reading one of their news publications. One article reviewed Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. It's a book for kids around ages 10-12. Has anyone read it here? I'm thinking it'd make for a great read aloud in October. The storyline sounds awesome and the graveyard serves as a good metaphor for childhood. It sounds very unique. This is the same author who wrote the text version of Coraline.
Never heard of the International Reading Association, what is it exactly?

I have been wanting to pick up The Graveyard Book since I like Gaiman...let me know what you think about it.

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I need some help deciding what's next on the docket. Should I go through with reading The Pillars of the Earth? Should I finally start the Harry Potter series? Should I delve into G. K. Chesterton? I am trying to see which one would be the best counter to a new job in the mental health field.

Did I mention I love this thread!!! I love to see what people are reading, hence why I post way more than I have to. I love books in the worst way.
For me I flew threw the HP series..I know there are 7 of them but they are easy reads and I couldn't put them down. Seems like Pillars of Earth might take longer and be a deeper read.

I agree that The Cider House Rules was not for the faint of heart but it is a great story. I haven't read any of his other stuff but I want too.
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I have a terrible habit of reading several books at the same time. Currently, I'm re-reading Eat, Pray, Love (for the fourth time because it's so darn good), Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett, Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris, and Being in Balance by Wayne Dyer.

Keep this thread going - I love hearing about new books! I have already gotten titles to check out from people's suggestions! Thanks!
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I have finished "The Help" - it is so good, you must read it!!!

Now I am reading "Songs of the Humpback Whale" by Jodi Picoult. This was her first book, and it isn't as strong as her following books. Still, I want to read all of them, so glad I am reading this.
Well, I finished "Songs of the Humpback Whale" and it was okay. Just okay. Certainly not any where near as good as Picoult's later books.

I downloaded "Salem Falls" by Picoult onto my Kindle last night (I just love shopping for book while I'm snuggled in bed!), and got through the first chapter. So far, it is very good.
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