November 2010 Reading List

1.  Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton:  See a full review in this post.

2.  Meet the Austins by Madeline L’Engle:  I loved reading about the Austin family, especially the chapter “The Anti-Muffins” that was originally edited out.  I can’t help wondering if I identify more with it now that I have four children of my own than I would have if I had read it when I was younger.  But I plan on reading more about this wonderful family.

3.  When Lightning Strikes by Meg Cabot:  Another addictive Meg Cabot book, I read this in one day.  I love that Jess is a little rougher and tougher than some of Cabot’s other female leads.  This is the first book in the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU series, in which a teenager girl is struck by lightning and develops the psychic ability to find missing people.

4.  Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maude Montgomery:  Even though, I had read books 1 through 6 and number 8 in the Green Gables series, I never read this one.  I think it was because the Anne and her family are really supporting characters in this one.  It was still a sweet little story, though.

5. Shadowland by Meg Cabot:  This is the first book of her The Mediator series about a teenage girl, Suze, who was born being able to see, hear, and touch ghosts and is trying to start a new life while helping those who have died move on.

6.  The Ninth Key by Meg Cabot:  This is the second book of The Mediator series in which Suze tries to solve the mystery of how to help another stuck soul move on.

7.  Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery:  This is the 8th and final book of the Anne of Green Gables series and mostly follows the maturation of Anne’s youngest child, Rilla, through the experience of World War I.  It’s a sweet and sad story.

8.  Code Name Cassandra by Meg Cabot:  This is the second book of the 1-800 WHERE-R-YOU series in which Jess tries to work as a camp counselor, reunited a kidnapped girl with her father, evade an angry and murderous kidnapper, and keep the Feds from realizing that she still has her psychic power.

9.  Safe House by Meg Cabot:  This is the third book of the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU series, but this time the kidnappings hit very close to home for Jess.

10.  Sanctuary by Meg Cabot:  Book four in1-800-WHERE-R-YOU series.

11.  Missing You by Meg Cabot:  This is book five in the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU series, but it takes place almost two years after the last one.  It has a bit of a different flavor.  This is because her original publisher discontinued what was supposed to be an 8-book series after book four, but her next publisher let her go back and give the series closure with this.  It also has a shout out to the television series that was loosely based on the first four books.

12.  The Moon by Night by Madeline L’Engle:  This is the second book in the series about the Austin family.  I don’t really know how to describe it, although it does kind of offer a snapshot of American family life in the late ’50s and early ’60s.

13.  Miles to Go by Miley Cyrus:  I pre-read this before handing it over to my daughter.  Thankfully it glosses over her controversial photo-shoot and tattoos.  Bailey and I will be talking about how the Cyrus home may not have had any “rules for love” as Miley puts it but the Cobb home certainly does.

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