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Jun 16 10 11:59 PM

QUOTE (Papa Pat @ June 16, 2010 07:00 pm)
I called on one at random.  She answered "What is Mars?"!! Even in the form of a question!  For extra credit, I asked about the two moons' names; "Who are Phobos and Deimos?" came the question.

So today, when everybody was signing everybody else's yearbook, I was writing "Don't overload your aura!"  They seemed to like that.

Awwww...! That's so cool and cute! I haven't gotten my yearbook yet, and I did order one. My school has not passed them out yet...

Edit: I started reading the Alchemyst in 6th grade... cool! I guess 6th grade is the year for many readers to be introduced to it!

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Jun 17 10 1:06 AM

QUOTE (Papa Pat @ June 16, 2010 05:00 pm)
My reading list, as a volunteer at my local Elementary School, consisted of "The Alchemyst", "The Magician" and "The Sorceress". Difference being that I was going to read them all, aloud, to a class of 6th graders. I figured my allotted half an hour, three days a week, should get us very close to the end of "Sorceress" - in a dead heat with the end of the school year.

It was a great success! I finished reading "The Sorceress" just two hours before the 6th grade promotion ceremony! The kids loved the books as much as I do.

Interesting side note for fans of "Jeopardy": The "Final Jeopardy" answer last Monday evening was:

"This planet is named for a ROMAN god, but its two moons are named after the sons of his GREEK counterpart." This was absolutely flawless timing for this subject!

I wrote this answer on the board before the kids got to class the next day, and pulled down the viewing screen to hide it. When the class was ready, I asked if any of them had watched "Jeopardy" the evening before. None of them had. I told them I was going to show them the Final Jeopardy answer, and just to raise their hands when they knew the question. First hand went up about five seconds after I raised the screen, and within ten seconds, every hand in the room was up.

I called on one at random. She answered "What is Mars?"!! Even in the form of a question! For extra credit, I asked about the two moons' names; "Who are Phobos and Deimos?" came the question.

So today, when everybody was signing everybody else's yearbook, I was writing "Don't overload your aura!" They seemed to like that.

Papa Pat

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Jun 17 10 9:45 PM

Thanks for the kudos, but as I told the principal and anyone else who asked me if I felt my time as a volunteer was worth it, I feel as if I should pay the school for letting me have so much fun!

So many of the kids from 4th grade through 6th, at least at this particular school, tell me that their folks never read to them. Now that's just sad flamelssecret/crying.gif . My own mom would sit down with me on her lap every evening and read the "funnies" (that's "comic strips" for you youngsters!). She'd point to each word as she read them to me, and then she'd have me read each panel back to her. I was reading at a 5th grade level when I entered kindergarten.

THIS is what I'm hoping to give back; at least a portion.

I've been reading from the "Peter and the Starcatchers" series, by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry. This is for the 4th graders - it's a prequel to the story of Peter Pan. They seem to really like the story lines, and when I attempt to do different voices and dialects it cracks them up. They think I do a pretty good "pirate".

I try to do that with the "Alchemyst" books, too. Irish/Spanish/Italian accents I can manage. I've never studied French, but one of the "real" teachers is fluent with it and has been giving me pointers. My "Middle East" attempts sound more like Russian (actually patterned after "Boris Badenov"). But Sumerian/Babylonian...? Not sure.

For Gilgamesh, I decided to do a generic "old man" voice. It worked.

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Jun 17 10 10:00 PM

QUOTE (Jinny96 @ June 16, 2010 04:59 pm)
Awwww...! That's so cool and cute! I haven't gotten my yearbook yet, and I did order one. My school has not passed them out yet...

Edit: I started reading the Alchemyst in 6th grade... cool! I guess 6th grade is the year for many readers to be introduced to it!

Jinny -

Yes, it seems that 6th grade is the perfect time for "The Alchemyst" series. Last year I tried reading the first couple of chapters to the 4th graders, but very late in the school year (figuring that they would be 5th graders in just 3 months anyway). There was just too much they couldn't follow, and the teachers and I decided we should look for another book or series for 5th grade.

If you have any suggestions for books at 5th grade level that could be read aloud for about half an hour per day, I'd appreciate the info. I've been out of 5th grade a bit longer than you have, I believe and I'm not completely familiar with most of the genre.


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Jun 17 10 11:34 PM

While glad to see everyone's enthusiasm for reading, remember this thread is about the reading challenge. So, lets keep the recommendations and suggestions and general praise for the wonderful series to the other more appropriate threads, please! And there are plenty of those threads!

This way we can keep this thread on topic! Thanks

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Jun 22 10 5:34 AM

My List To Reread:
1 The Alchymist
2 The Magician
3 The sorceress
4 Here there be Dragons
5 Search for the Red Dragon
6The Indigo King
7 The Fire Within
8 IceFire
9 Firestar
10 The Fire Eternal
11 wings

1 The Necromancer
2 Dark Fire
3 The Shadow Dragon
4 The Hunger Games
5 (book after hunger games)
6 Spells
17 in all not including ones I dont Plan on (A Lot probley)

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Jun 22 10 12:11 PM

QUOTE (hitmanjls @ January 07, 2010 07:17 am)
Ok here is my 2010 list...  I'm pretty busy this year, so I doubt I'll get thru these even...  But, here goes!

The Necromancer
Blood Promise
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Call of Cthulhu

I keep up my GoodReads listing pretty regularly.

The Count of Monte Cristo is Really good...
The hungergames series are my mostest favorite book
and, i think that mocking bird is coming out this year too...

Oh, and my list.. sorry

I don't know what my titles will be... i just sort of read randomly around.. but my goal to read this year is... 100 books!

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Jul 13 10 8:39 PM

Just finished the necromancer today. I Was cruising the bookstore last week and saW the alchemist. I have to say thanks to the author and the designer of the front cover of the book. i know they say dont judge a book by its cover but if the cover had not looked so interesting i would have never picked it up. i went on a whim and bought the first book last week after finishing it that day i went back and bought the next three books. the past week i have been reading them everyday and finished the necromancer today. It was nice to have all the books to read back to back but now i am wishing that the warlock was already out to read. I must say that was quite the "Lord of the Rings Ending" after i read the book. I cant wait to read the Warlock when it comes out and bet I will be there the day it hits shelves.

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Jul 16 10 9:06 PM

Well, I'll set a goal of 50 books before 2011.

So far I've read:
1. The Owl Keeper
2. The Necromancer
3. The Red Pyramid
4. The Capture
5. The Journey
6. Mockingjay
7. The Alchemyst
8. The Magician
9. The Sorceress
10. The Giver
11. The Hunger Games
12. Catching Fire
13 - 18. The Percy Jackson series

Books to Re-Read:
1. The Percy Jackson series
2. The Hunger Games
3. Catching Fire

Books I'm Reading Now:
1. Peeled
2. The Rescue

If you have any sugestions, PLEASE let me know!

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Jul 17 10 6:07 PM


persy jackson and the olympains sereis = 5

rangers apprentice series 5-8= 8

The inheritance series= 11

re read the flamel series 1-3 =14

series of unfortunate series1-3= 17

deltora quest series = 25

deltora shadowlands series = 28

read atfter post
the necromancer = 29
the warriors series 1-4 = 33
the time travelers = 34
re- read lightning theif =35
canyons = 36
treasure island=37

well the total is 3 so far

books to read
Red pyramid
the lost hero
dragons of deltora series
halts peril
end warriors series

books to reread
hary potter series
rangers apprentice series 1-4
Rest of series of unfortunate evets

and if you have some good books then lease pm them to me so i can rEAD THEM

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Aug 1 10 12:38 AM

Mkay, let's see here...

To re-read:
Harry Potters 5-7

To read, in no particular order:
Don Quixote
Anthem (by Ayn Rand)
Abrakadabra (in Italian)
Oliver Twist
Great Expectations
War of the Worlds
Robin Hood
Madame Bovary
Jungle Book
The Brothers Karamazov

In case you couldn't tell, I'm trying to go through some Classics.

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Aug 3 10 7:23 PM

Heres what I've read so far

The Saga Of Darren Shan(12 books)
Lord Loss
Demon Freak
Blood Beast
Demon Apocalypse
Deaths Shadow
Wolf Island
Dark Calling
Hells Heroes
Harry Potter 1
Harry Potter 2
Harry Potter 3
Harry Potter 4
Harry Potter 5
Harry Potter 6
Harry Potter 7
The Bad Beginning
The Reptile Room
The Wide Window
The Something Mill(Sorry can't remember name)
The Austere Academy
The Erezatz Elevator
I can't even remember the restof that series, but theres thirteen
The Alchemyst
The Magician
The Sorceress
The Da Vinci Code
Angels And Demons
The Poison Throne

So thats 48 so far, I think

Still to read:

The Necromancer
Digital Fortress
The Hunger Games
The Lost Symbol
Mister Monday
Grim Tuesday
Drowned Wednesday
Sir Thursday
Lady Friday
Superior Saturday

Any other suggestions??

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Aug 4 10 7:17 PM

to read:
-City of Glass
-septimus heap series(finished one so far)
-re-read the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.
-the Necronomicon (not the actual Necronomicon, its just many, many, many stories H.P. Lovecraft wrote)
-The Tales of the Bard
-any Paranormal books that i find interesting
-magick reads
-Harry Potter series (re-read)
and the list goes on.

i would like to read 50 to 100.

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Aug 5 10 1:55 PM's my list so far.
1. Fallen by Lauren Kate (re-read in March 2010)
2. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (Book One)-The Lightning Thief
4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan(Book Two)-The Sea of Monsters
5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan(Book Three)-The Titan's Curse
6. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan(Book Four)-The Battle of the Labyrinth
7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan(Book Five)-The Last Olympian
8. Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie
9. Percy Jackson and the Olympians...The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan
10. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
11. Bran Hambric by Kaleb Nation
12. The Black Dagger Brotherhood An Insider's Guide by J.R. Ward
13. Shiver (book & audiobook) by Maggie Stiefvater
14. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatric
15. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
16. Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
17. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
18. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
19. Twilight (audiobook) by Stephenie Meyer
20. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
21. Lover Unbound (audiobook) by J.R. Ward
22. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
23. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
24. The Necromancer by Michael Scott flamelssecret/clap3.gif
25. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
26. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
27. Lover Revealed (audiobook) by J.R. Ward
28. Eclipse (audiobook X2) by Stephenie Meyer
29. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
30. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
31. A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris
32. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
33. The Demon's Lexicon by Sara Rees Brennan
34. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
35. Twilight Graphic Novel #1 by Stephenie Meyer (illus Young Kim)
36. Lover Awakened (audiobook) by J.R. Ward
37. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia
38. White Cat by Holly Black
39. Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev
40. The Twilight Saga Eclipse Movie Companion by Mark Cotta Vaz
41. Covet by J.R. Ward (about 1/2 way through this one)
42. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone (audiobook~listening to with my son in the car)-almost done
43. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
44. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

The books by Charlaine Harris and J.R. Ward are NOT appropriate for our younger readers. They are definitely ADULT fiction.

Books on deck-
~The rest of the Harry Potter books (will most likely listen to on audiobook with my son).
~Re-read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire in preparation for Mockingjay's release on August 24th
~Re-read The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series a few more times
~Re-read The Mortal Instruments series

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Aug 6 10 7:17 PM

So far i have read:
Ranger's Apprentice books one through seven By John Flanagan
Warriors: The Fourth Apprentice & Fading Echoes By Erin Hunter
Warriors Manga: Tigerstar and Sasha By Erin Hunter
Warriors Manga: Ravenpaw's Path By Erin Hunter
Warriors Super Edition: Bluestar's Prophecy By Erin Hunter
Seekers: The Last Wilderness & Fire in the Sky By Erin Hunter
Seekers Mnga: Toklo's Story By Erin Hunter
The 39 Clues: The Viper's Nest & The Emperor's Code
Catching Fire By Suzanne Collins
The House of Night Series books one through seven By P.C. Cast
Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid By Rick Riordan
The Forest of Hands and Teeth By Carrie Ryan
The Dead-Tossed Waves By Carrie Ryan
Bran Hambric, book one By Kaleb Nation
Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eleventh Grade Burns By Heather Brewer
Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow By Ridley Pearson
Tunnels By Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
Deeper By Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
Freefall By Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
Septimus Heap: Syren By Angie Sage
The Farsala Trilogy By Hilari Bell
Heir to Sevenwaters By Juliet Mrillier
The Secret Series By Pseudonymous Bosch
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
Tales of Beetle the Bard
Mistmantle Chronicles: Urchin and the Raven War By M.I. McAllister
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox By Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novels
Icemark Chronicles By Stuart Hill
Guardians of Time Trilogy By Marianne Curley
Chronicle of the Imaginarium Geographica By James A. Owen
The Missing By Margaret Peterson Haddix
Looking Glass Wars: Arch Enemy By Frank Beddor
Children of the Lamp: The Eye of the Forest By Philip Kerr
Gallagher Girls By Ally Carter
Books of Pellinor By Alison Croggon
Deptford Mice By Robin Jarvis
Books of Bayern By Shannon Hale
The Last Dragon Chronicles books one to four By Chris d'Lacey

Books to Read:
Ranger's Apprentice: Kings of Clonmel By John Flanagan
Warriors: Night Whispers By Erin Hunter
The 39 Clues: Storm Warning By Linda Sue Park & Into the Gauntlet By Margaret Peterson Haddix
Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Twelfth Grade Kills By Heather Brewer
The Ultimate Guide to Percy Jackson By Rick Riordan
The Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex By Eoin Colfer
Mockingjay By Suzanne Collins
Closer By Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
Seer of Sevenwaters By Juliet Marillier
Dark Fire By Chris d' Lacey
Only the Good Spy Young By Ally Carter

Will add more as the year progresses!!

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Aug 8 10 8:45 AM

Here's my list:

Books I've Read So Far This Year
(though not in this order)
The Necromancer
American Born Chinese
He Forgot to Say Goodbye
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Chocolate War
Slaughterhouse Five
Green Grass, Running Water
The Aztecs
In Cold Blood
New Moon
The Lost Symbol

Brave New World
Sense and Sensibility
The Island of Dr. Moreau

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Aug 8 10 3:28 PM

There's some interesting sounding titles in your post there Nina Selene that we've not seen mentioned in the forum before, maybe you'd like to tell us something about them in the "What i'm reading now".. thread?

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Sep 1 10 7:11 PM

The Book i've read so far this year:
39 Clues (1-6)
Black Magician Trilogy (1-3)
Bibliophile Mystery (1-2)
Blue Bloods (1-4)
Books of Bayern (1-4)
Castle in the Air
House of Many Ways
Fairie Path (1-4)
Flower Shop Mystery (1-4)
Iron Fey (1-2)
Jennifer Scales (1-4)
Princess of the Midnight Ball
Princess of Glass
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
The Red Pyramid
Keys to the Kingdom (1-7)
Madison Avery (1-2)
Mortal Instrument (1-3)
Need (1-2)
Nine Kingdoms (1-4)
Across the Wall
Books of Pellinor (1-4)
Power of Five (1-3)
A Knot in the Grain
Rose Daughter
The Door in the Hedge
Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits
Study (1-3)
Tales of the Sazi (1-2, 7)
The Darkest Powers (1-3)
The Demon's Lexicon
The Heir Chronicles (1-3)
The Hunger Games (1-3)
The Princess and the Bear
The Princess and the Hound
The Queen's Thief (1-4)
The Necromancer
The Seventh Tower (1-6)
Spirit Bound
Walker Papers (1-5)
Wings (1-2)
Wondrous Strange (1-2)
Sea Change
The Little Prince
Hush, Hush
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
The Demon King and I
Once a Witch
The Wizard's Ward
Warrior Princess
A Song of Ice and Fire (1-2)
Beedle the Bard
The Hollow
The Body Finder
Eyes Like Stars
Quantum Prophecy - The Awakening
A Matter of Magic
Lyra's Oxford
Chronicles of Nick - Infinity
The Vampire... in My Dreams
The Ambassador's Mission
Libri de Luca
Tide Knot
Good Omens
The Deep
Wicked Lovely
few of Agatha Christie's book that i can't remember
and another handful of books I can't remember too...

Here There Be Dragons
The Clockwork Angel
The Capture
Magic or Madness
13 to Life
and so on....

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Sep 2 10 12:22 AM

Can we do this from 2011 to 2012 also? This is such a great idea and I think I would like to try it out, but it would be a good new year's resolution sort of thing, and there's only a few months left of 2010...

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Sep 2 10 12:25 AM

QUOTE (AthenaApril @ September 02, 2010 01:22 am)
Can we do this from 2011 to 2012 also? This is such a great idea and I think I would like to try it out, but it would be a good new year's resolution sort of thing, and there's only a few months left of 2010...

Yes, we are intending to keep it going as i've had so many messages saying how much you all enjoy the chance to keep a track of what you've read so far, to discover new books by recommendation from other members and to talk about and recommend the books you've read to each other, there is the possibility to expand it into an actual book review thread if members would like to do that?

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