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Mariah- you still have 4 books to go but I like to make lists. Here are your next 10 books in no particular order:
Mama's Bank Account
Lilies of the Field
The Once and Future King
The Fault in Our Stars
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Only 4 stars???? What a coincidence. I finally pass you and you show up the next day and pass me again. But technically I an still ahead because you haven't read a bunch of your books yet. They are on your "plan to read" list. So better get busy posting- I know you have read many more books than just 8 in the last 3 months.
OK, I posted a copule of recent books but I have given up on ever catching you again. I hope that this year you will concentrate on reading some of the classics since there is no pressure of being in a contest. Here's a hint about your book- it's a classic that you can probably finish in 60 minutes! Another hint- it will make you cry.
Mariah- yes I knew about the 7 million words and I'm glad your strategy worked. That poor, pitiful fourth-grader didn't know what hit him!
I will pre-order my copy of Nicholas Flamel.
You should read Tom Sawyer first because a) it's more fun, and b) it sort of comes first although it's not really a series. Of course, you should read Good Morning Miss Dove before both of them- it will take you about 2 hours! Here's a list of 10 classics you could/should read this summer:
Good Morning Miss Dove
The Human Comedy
Goodbye Mr. Chips
The Yearling (!!)
Goodbye My Lady
When you finish those 10, I will give you 10 more.
Mariah- I just reread The Water is Wide and it is a much more challenging book than I remembered. I also didn't remember all the bad language. But you are not an average 11-year old so I still think you can handle it. I think the book speaks to me so much because I am about the same age as Pat Conroy and I grew up in the same bigoted South. Like Pat, I had to learn for myself the evils of prejudice and to accept people on their own merits. The book teaches some good lessons and that's what reading is all about. I promise your next book won't be so "heavy."
Mariah- you may be able to make 6 million words, but just let it happen. Don't get so obsessed with your goal that reading turns into a chore, instead of fun. And don't pick books just because they are thick! Some of the best books are very short, like Goodbye, Mr Chips.
I like that you read such a variety of books. I always did that too. You should try some science fiction. I liked a book called Podkayne of Mars.
I'm thinking of pre-ordering a copy of Inheritance.
Mariah- yes, I knew because all day long my computer was going "you've got mail!" That is fantastic! And I'm proud you're mixing in some classics like "A Night to Remember." I read that book when I was about your age (I think it was 19-ought-52). Try and read one classic this year for every 10 fun books. I'm going to send you a list of suggestions so Mommy can print it out.
good start- will you be the 6 million word girl this year?
Mariah- Grandma and I saw the movie last night. I thought they did a good job at getting all the important parts in. The Boy Who Lived...lived! Still too scary for you and Ryann though- too many people died at the end.
I never saw Ramona and Beezus. Maybe we can watch it together at Christmas!
I'm still reading the Game of Thrones series. The 5th book just came out last week and I bought it on amazon.com The 6th book may not be out for years!! By then, you will be old enough to read the series. It is not for little girls- much darker than Eragon. By the time the 4th book of Eragon is out, I will have to review the 4th book!
Watch out for the haboob!
Mariah- I have both Edlest and Brisinger so you can borrow both while you are here. I don't think you will have time to read both while you are in Monatna because they are so long.
Reading a book is not as scary as seeing the movie but it's OK if you wait a couple of years before you read True Grit. You should definietly wait a couple of years before watching the movie (new version). Maybe you should concentrate on the children's classics that you haven't read like Little Women, Little Men, Tom Sawyer, and Huckleberry Finn. When you come to MT we have the sequel to Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea- you can watch it with Grandma.
I'm glad we are a reading family,
Mariah- I am proud of you for reading "The Hobbit." That was a hard book for someone your age but I think you are ready to start reading some of the classics. You should make a list, including books like Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Little Men, David Copperfield, Kim and True Grit, and try to read one a month in addition to your fun books. Did you ever read The Yearling I gave you? If you did, you will like the movie. Remember a good rule is: read the book, then watch the movie. Did you see the movie of Anne of Green Gables?