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Majestic Diary

April 9, 2008

I just finished another book:  "Aliens DNA War" and it was very good!  It kept me on the edge of my seat! I love to read, but I only get to about a chapter in any one day. I think it's important that we not only read to Isabel (which I try to do every night), but also that she sees us reading too. She has a wonderful collection of children's books (many about ducks and geese… shocker, eh?)

I went to college for publishing and planned to go into the Young Adult genre to try to help coax teens to read. I never went into the field, but still enjoying reading these books above all others. The good ones, I set aside for Isabel some day. The others get donated to charity. My favorites when I was a teen were S.E. Hinton's: The Outsiders, Tex & Rumblefish.

Funny story. Recently, a friend of ours was talking about a book she was reading over dinner. She is a brilliant woman, so of course it was some political title that I had never even heard of. After speaking a little about it, she asked if I was reading anything.

I nodded and said, "Yes."

She went ahead and asked what I was reading, and I replied with some authority, "The Warrior books."

To which she replied, "Oh, what are they about?"

And I grinned and said, "A kitty cat who leaves his home to live in the woods with the wild cats."

She laughed and said, "That's what you're reading?"

And I said, "Before that I read the Mismantle Chronicles," and before she could even asked I said, "It's about a little red squirrel who is orphaned and has to go on a grand quest!"

We all laughed. I love stories about little animals.

Here are some of the books I've read in the past year:

Aliens DNA War (Diane Carey)
My Sister's Keeper (Jodi Picoult)
Come Back: A Mother & Daughter's Journey (Claire & Mia Fontaine)
The Mismantle Chronicles: Urchin of the Riding Stars (M.I. Mcallister)
The Tale of Despereaux (Kate Dicamillo)
Lost & Found (Jacqueline Sheehan)
Skylar (Mary Cuffe-Perez)
Predator Omnibus / Volume 1 (various authors/artists)
Girls Will Be Girls (Joann Deak)
Swordbird (Nancy Yi Fan)

The Guardians of Ga'hoole Books (Kathryn Lasky):
1# The Capture
2# The Journey
3# The Rescue
4# The Siege
5# The Shattering
6# The Burning
7# The Hatchling
8# The Outcast
 
Some of my favorite books are the Warrior books (Erin Hunter); a series of books about a "kitty-pet" who leaves his home to go and live with a clan of feral cats and other series tell the tales of their descendents. There are 4 clans of cats and they walk a fine line of war & alliances. Tony and I love them!

Series I

Warriors, Book 1:  "Into The Wild"
Warriors, Book 2:  "Fire & Ice"
Warriors, Book 3:  "Forest of Secrets"
Warriors, Book 4:  "Rising Storm"
Warriors, Book 5:  "A Dangerous Path"
Warriors, Book 6:  "The Darkest Hour"

Series II

Warriors: The New Prophecy, Book 1: "Midnight"
Warriors: The New Prophecy, Book 2:  "Moonrise"
Warriors: The New Prophecy, Book 3:  "Dawn"
Warriors: The New Prophecy, Book 4:  "Starlight"
Warriors: The New Prophecy, Book 5:  "Twilight"
Warriors: The New Prophecy, Book 6:  "Sunset"

I love to visit the Warrior Website and especially enjoy a good Quest as I explore the world as a clan cat!

Books that are next in line to be read:

The Mismantle Chronicles: Urchin and the Heartstone (M.I. Mcallister)
Three Wishes (Vivian Vande Velde)
The Good, Good Pig (Sy Montgomery)
Next (Michael Crichton)


Now you see? Me... busy me... still has time to read books--and if we can work full time jobs, run this sanctuary, handle all of our family stuff and find a moment to read a chapter a day, so can you!

So I don't want to hear any excuses about you not having the time, or there being nothing good out there to read. There is a world of reading--if you don't believe me type in some of your favorite topics into amazon.com and EXPLORE!

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