It’s finally Friday! Here’s a list of seven Friday books for your viewing pleasure. What are you reading this weekend?

Friday by Robert Heinlein

“Engineered from the finest genes, and trained to be a secret courier in a future world, Friday operates over a near-future Earth, where chaos reigns. Working at Boss’s whimsical behest she travels from far north to deep south, finding quick, expeditious solutions as one calamity after another threatens to explode in her face….”

I haven’t read this but it sounds interesting. I’ve been reading more science fiction lately so I’m going to add this to my to-read list and see if the library has it.

384 pages
Published June 17th 1997 by Del Rey (first published 1982)
ISBN13: 9780345414007
Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (1983)
Nebula Award Nominee (1983)

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

“Juggling the demands of her yarn shop and single-handedly raising a teenage daughter has made Georgia Walker grateful for her Friday Night Knitting Club. Her friends are happy to escape their lives too, even for just a few hours. But when Georgia’s ex suddenly reappears, demanding a role in their daughter’s life, her whole world is shattered.

Luckily, Georgia’s friends are there, sharing their own tales of intimacy, heartbreak, and miracle making. And when the unthinkable happens, these women will discover that what they’ve created isn’t just a knitting club: it’s a sisterhood.”

352 pages
Published January 18th 2007 by Putnam Adult
ISBN13: 9780399154096

Black Friday by James Patterson

“The breathtaking suspense of Kiss the Girls and the authenticity of N.Y.P.D. Blue: Welcome to James Patterson’s classic super-thriller, BLACK FRIDAY. A courageous federal agent, a powerful and resourceful woman lawyer – only they can possibly stop the unspeakable from happening. New York City is under siege by a secret militia group – and that’s just the beginning of the relentless terror of BLACK FRIDAY.

Originally published in 1987 as Black Market, also by James Patterson.”

Mass Market Paperback
480 pages
Published April 30th 1989 by Warner Vision (first published 1986)
ISBN13: 9780446609326

Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

“When I woke up this morning, I found I’d turned into my mother. There I, in my mother’ bed, with my feet reaching all the way to the bottom, and my father sleeping in the other bed. I had on my mother’s nightgown, and a ring on my left hand, I mean her left hand, and lumps and pins all over my head.”

I love this book! I’ve probably read it 20 or 30 times. As a matter of fact, I think I’ll see if the library has it and read it again soon… (I also love the Disney movie starring Jodie Foster which I may now have to watch this weekend…)

Mass Market Paperback
Published 1972 by Scholastic
ISBN13: 9780590118484
Nene Award (1977)

Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer

“When the incomparable Miss Milbourne spurns the impetuous Lord Sherington’s marriage proposal (she laughs at him—laughs!) he vows to marry the next female he encounters, who happens to be the young, penniless Miss Hero Wantage, who has adored him all her life. Whisking her off to London, Sherry discovers there is no end to the scrapes his young, green bride can get into, and she discovers the excitement and glamorous social scene of the ton. Not until a deep misunderstanding erupts and Sherry almost loses his bride, does he plumb the depths of his own heart, and surprises himself with the love he finds there.”

376 pages
Published June 3rd 2004 by Arrow (first published 1944)
ISBN13: 9780099468042

Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill (second in a series)

“The story of a young heiress’s initiation into the dark society of the Chicagoland Vampires continues…

Ten months after vampires revealed their existence to the mortals of Chicago, they’re enjoying a celebrity status usually reserved for the Hollywood elite. But should people learn about the Raves-mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle-the citizens will start sharpening their stakes.

So now it’s up to the new vampire Merit to reconnect with her upper class family and act as liaison between humans and bloodsuckers, and keep the more unsavory aspects of the vampire lifestyle out of the media. But someone doesn’t want peace between them-someone with an ancient grudge…”

A vampire series I’ve never heard of. Intriguing.

357 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by NAL Trade (first published September 2nd 2009)
ISBN13: 9780451227935

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger

“Return once again to the enduring account of life in the Mojo lane, to the Permian Panthers of Odessa — the winningest high school football team in Texas history. Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bust path of the oil business. In bad times, the unemployment rate barrels out of control; in good times, its murder rate skyrockets. But every Friday night from September to December, when the Permian High School Panthers play football, this West Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true. With frankness and compassion, Bissinger chronicles one of the Panthers’ dramatic seasons and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires-and sometimes shatters-the teenagers who wear the Panthers’ uniforms. ”

I read this book years ago and loved it. I’ve never seen the movie or the television show but the book was great.

Mass Market Paperback
357 pages
Published September 28th 2004 by Da Capo Press (first published 1988)
ISBN13: 9780306814259

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you!


Come to the Dark Side, embrace your inner geek. May the Fourth be with you!

Personally, I’ve never read any of the Star Wars books. I guess I knew in some vague part of my brain that there were Stars Wars books out there, but I never realized quite how extensive the series really is. There are literally HUNDREDS of books in multiple series.

I am a self-admitted Star Wars geek so now I’ve started to add the books to my to-read list, which already contains over 3,000 titles. *sigh* So many books, so little time.

So here is a list of series and books to help all you secret (and not so secret) Star Wars geeks out there. I’m including only novels here, no comics or graphic novels — not that I have anything against comics and graphic novels but really, this post is going to be long enough as it is.

Old Galactic Republic Era (The Sith Era)
Lost Tribe of the Sith

Precipice by John Jackson Miller
Skyborn by John Jackson Miller
Paragon by John Jackson Miller
Savior by John Jackson Miller

The Old Republic
Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams
Deceived by Paul S. Kemp

Darth Bane
Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn
Darth Bane: Rule of Two by Drew Karpyshyn
Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil by Drew Karpyshyn

Rise of the Empire Era
Legacy of the Jedi

Legacy of the Jedi by Jude Watson

Jedi Apprentice
The Rising Force by Dave Wolverton
The Dark Rival by Jude Watson
The Hidden Past by Jude Watson
The Mark of the Crown by Jude Watson
The Defenders of the Dead by Jude Watson
The Uncertain Path by Jude Watson
The Captive Temple by Jude Watson
The Day of Reckoning by Jude Watson
The Fight for Truth by Jude Watson
The Shattered Peace by Jude Watson
The Deadly Hunter by Jude Watson
The Evil Experiment by Jude Watson
The Dangerous Rescue by Jude Watson
The Ties That Bind by Jude Watson
The Death of Hope by Jude Watson
The Call to Vengeance by Jude Watson
The Only Witness by Jude Watson
The Threat Within by Jude Watson
Deceptions by Jude Watson
The Followers by Jude Watson

The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi by Ryder Windham

Secrets of the Jedi
Secrets of the Jedi by Jude Watson

The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader
The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader by Ryder Windham

Cloak of Deception
Cloak of Deception by James Luceno

Darth Maul
Darth Maul: Saboteur by James Luceno
Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter by Michael Reaves

The Phantom Menace (Episode I)
The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks
Star Wars Episode I: The Queen’s Amulet by Julianne Balmain

Rogue Planet
Star Wars: Rogue Planet by Greg Bear

Jedi Quest Series
Path to Truth by Jude Watson
The Way of the Apprentice by Jude Watson
The Trail of the Jedi by Jude Watson
The Dangerous Games by Jude Watson
The Master of Disguise by Jude Watson
The School of Fear by Jude Watson
The Shadow Trap by Jude Watson
The Moment of Truth by Jude Watson
The Changing of the Guard by Jude Watson
The False Peace by Jude Watson
The Final Showdown by Jude Watson

Outbound Flight
Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn

The Approaching Storm
The Approaching Storm by Alan Dean Foster

Attack of the Clones (Episode II)
Attack of the Clones by R.A. Salvatore

Boba Fett Series
The Fight to Survive by Terry Bisson
Crossfire by Terry Bisson
Maze Of Deception by Elizabeth Hand
Hunted by Elizabeth Hand
A New Threat by Elizabeth Hand
Pursuit by Elizabeth Hand

Republic Commando Series
Hard Contact by Karen Traviss
Triple Zero by Karen Traviss
True Colors by Karen Traviss
Order 66 by Karen Traviss
501st by Karen Traviss

Clone Wars Series
Shatterpoint by Matthew Stover
The Cestus Deception by Steven Barnes
Medstar I: Battle Surgeons by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry
Medstar II: Jedi Healer by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry
Jedi Trial by David Sherman & Dan Cragg
Yoda: Dark Rendezvous by Sean Stewart

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
The Clone Wars by Karen Traviss
Wild Space by Karen Miller
No Prisoners by Karen Traviss
Gambit: Stealth by Karen Miller
Gambit: Siege by Karen Miller

Revenge of the Sith (Episode III)
Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno
Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover
Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno

Coruscant Nights
Jedi Twilight by Michael Reaves
Street of Shadows by Michael Reaves
Patterns of Force by Michael Reaves

Last of The Jedi
The Desperate Mission by Jude Watson
Dark Warning by Jude Watson
Underworld by Jude Watson
Death on Naboo by Jude Watson
A Tangled Web by Jude Watson
Return of the Dark Side by Jude Watson
Secret Weapon by Jude Watson
Against the Empire by Jude Watson
Master of Deception by Jude Watson
Reckoning by Jude Watson

The Han Solo Trilogy
The Paradise Snare by A.C. Crispin
The Hutt Gambit by A.C. Crispin
Rebel Dawn by A.C. Crispin

The Adventures of Lando Calrissian
Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu by L. Neil Smith
Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon by L. Neil Smith
Lando Calrissian and the StarCave of ThonBoka by L. Neil Smith

The Force Unleashed
The Force Unleashed by Sean Williams
The Force Unleashed II by Sean Williams

The Han Solo Adventures
Han Solo At Star’s End by Brian Daley
Han Solo’s Revenge by Brian Daley
Han Solo and the Lost Legacy by Brian Daley

Death Troopers
Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber

Death Star
Death Star by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry

Dark Forces
Soldier for the Empire by William C. Dietz
Rebel Agent by William C. Dietz
Jedi Knight by William C. Dietz

Rebellion Era
A New Hope (Episode IV)

A New Hope by Alan Dean Foster & George Lucas

Allegiance by Timothy Zahn

Galaxy of Fear
Eaten Alive by John Whitman
City of the Dead by John Whitman
Planet Plague by John Whitman
The Nightmare Machine by John Whitman
Ghost of the Jedi by John Whitman
Army of Terror by John Whitman
The Brain Spiders by John Whitman
The Swarm by John Whitman
Spore by John Whitman
The Doomsday Ship by John Whitman
Clones by John Whitman
The Hunger by John Whitman

Star Wars Galaxies
The Ruins of Dantooine by Voronica Whitney-Robinson & Haden Blackman

Splinter of the Mind’s Eye
Splinter of the Mind’s Eye by Alan Dean Foster

Rebel Force
Target by Alex Wheeler
Hostage by Alex Wheeler
Renegade by Alex Wheeler
Firefight by Alex Wheeler
Trapped by Alex Wheeler
Uprising by Alex Wheeler

The Empire Strikes Back (Episode V)
The Empire Strikes Back by Donald F. Glut

Shadows of The Empire
Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry

Return of the Jedi
Return of the Jedi by James Kahn

The Bounty Hunter Wars
The Mandalorian Armor by K.W. Jeter
Slave Ship by K.W. Jeter
Hard Merchandise by K.W. Jeter

The Truce at Bakura
The Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers

New Republic Era
Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by Matthew Stover

X-wing Series
Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole
Wedge’s Gamble by Michael Stackpole
The Krytos Trap by Michael Stackpole
The Bacta War by Michael Stackpole
Wraith Squadron by Aaron Allston
Iron Fist by Aaron Allston
Solo Command by Aaron Allston
Isard’s Revenge by Michael Stackpole
Starfighters of Adumar by Aaron Allston

The Courtship of Princess Leia
The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton

A Forest Apart
A Forest Apart by Troy Denning

Tatooine Ghost
Tatooine Ghost by Troy Denning

The Thrawn Trilogy
Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn
The Last Command by Timothy Zahn

The Jedi Academy Trilogy
Jedi Search by Kevin J. Anderson
Dark Apprentice by Kevin J. Anderson
Champions of the Force by Kevin J. Anderson

I, Jedi
I, Jedi by Michael Stackpole

Callista Trilogy
Children of the Jedi by Barbara Hambly
Darksaber by Kevin J. Anderson
Planet of Twilight by Barbara Hambly

The Crystal Star
The Crystal Star by Vonda McIntyre

The Black Fleet Crisis Trilogy
Before the Storm by Michael P. Kube-McDowell
Shield of Lies by Michael P. Kube-McDowell
Tyrant’s Test by Michael P. Kube-McDowell

The New Rebellion
The New Rebellion by Kristine Rusch

The Corellian Trilogy
Ambush at Corellia by Roger MacBride Allen
Assault at Selonia by Roger MacBride Allen
Showdown at Centerpoint by Roger MacBride Allen

The Hand of Thrawn Duology
Specter of the Past by Timothy Zahn
Vision of the Future by Timothy Zahn

Survivor’s Quest
Survivor’s Quest (with Fool’s Bargain) by Timothy Zahn

Junior Jedi Knights Series
The Golden Globe by Nancy Richardson
Lyric’s World by Nancy Richardson
Promises by Nancy Richardson
Anakin’s Quest by Rebecca Moesta
Vader’s Fortress by Rebecca Moesta
Kenobi’s Blade by Rebecca Moesta

Young Jedi Knights Series
Heirs of the Force by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
The Shadow Academy by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
The Lost Ones by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Lightsabers by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Darkest Knight by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Jedi Under Siege by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Shards of Alderaan by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Diversity Alliance by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Delusions of Grandeur by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Jedi Bounty by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
The Emperor’s Plague by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Return to Ord Mantell by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Trouble on Cloud City by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Crisis at Crystal Reef by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Jedi Sunrise by Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta

New Jedi Order Era
The New Jedi Order

Vector Prime by R.A. Salvatore
Dark Tide I: Onslaught by Michael Stackpole
Dark Tide II: Ruin by Michael Stackpole
Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial by James Luceno
Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse by James Luceno
Balance Point by Kathy Tyers
Edge of Victory I: Conquest by Greg Keyes
Edge of Victory II: Rebirth by Greg Keyes
Star by Star by Troy Denning
Dark Journey by Elaine Cunningham
Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream by Aaron Allston
Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand by Aaron Allston
Traitor by Matthew Stover
Destiny’s Way by Walter Jon Williams
Force Heretic I: Remnant by Sean Williams & Shane Dix
Force Heretic II: Refugee by Sean Williams & Shane Dix
Force Heretic III: Reunion by Sean Williams & Shane Dix
The Final Prophecy by Greg Keyes
The Unifying Force by James Luceno

The Dark Nest Trilogy
The Joiner King by Troy Denning
The Unseen Queen by Troy Denning
The Swarm War by Troy Denning

Legacy Era
Legacy of the Force

Betrayal by Aaron Allston
Bloodlines by Karen Traviss
Tempest by Troy Denning
Exile by Aaron Allston
Sacrifice by Karen Traviss
Inferno by Troy Denning
Fury by Aaron Allston
Revelation by Karen Traviss
Invincible by Troy Denning

Crosscurrent by Paul S. Kemp

Millennium Falcon
Millennium Falcon by James Luceno

Fate of the Jedi
Outcast by Aaron Allston
Omen by Christie Golden
Abyss by Troy Denning
Backlash by Aaron Allston
Allies by Christie Golden
Vortex by Troy Denning
Conviction by Aaron Allston
Ascension by Christie Golden
Apocalypse by Troy Denning

Short Stories
Tales from Mos Eisley Cantina by Kevin J Anderson
Tales of the Bounty Hunters by Kevin J Anderson
Tales from Jabba’s Palace by Kevin J Anderson
Tales from the Empire by Peter Schweighofer
Tales from the New Republic by Peter Schweighofer and Craig Carey

Sources: Adino Online, Wookieepedia and Wikipedia

The Giver

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

“Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.”

A Newbery Award winner, this book is one that I can read over and over again and I pick up different subtleties each time.

Jonas lives in a supposed utopian society but as he becomes older he finds that fairness comes at a price.

I just read the book a few months ago but I find myself wanting to read it again now, just because it makes me question things. Perhaps I’ll pick it up again this week. At only 179 pages, it’s a pretty fast read. I definitely recommend it for kids as young as middle school, but adults should read it too.

179 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published March 29th 1993)
ISBN13: 9780385732550

Newbery Medal (1994), British Fantasy Award (1994), Horn Book Fanfare Best Book (1994), Garden State Book Award for Teen Fiction Grades 6-8 (1996), Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award (1996)
Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award (1996), Grand Canyon Reader Award for Teen Book (1995), Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award for Senior (1996), New Mexico Land of Enchantment Award (1997)

5 stars

Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

“The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. . .and the stuff of nightmare.

Few American novels written this century have endured in the heart and memory as has Ray Bradbury’s unparalleled literary classic SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience the hypnotic power of its dark poetry, step inside. The show is about to begin.”

Read for the first time when I was middle school, this Bradbury classic has lost none of the magic I first experienced twenty years ago.

I was looking at my bookcase one night, trying to decide what to read next, when this book suddenly fell from it’s spot (where it was laying FLAT on top of some other books way in the back of the bookshelf!) to the floor in front of my feet. Being that it was written by Bradbury (who has creepy down pretty well), and being that the book is what it is, I took that as a sign I should choose it to read next. Some friends suggested that I remove it from my house altogether! But I read it, enjoyed it as much, if not more so, than I did twenty years ago (now that I understood things better), and put it back on the shelf. In a different spot. Where it can definitely not fall off again.

Mass Market Paperback
304 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Avon (first published 1962)
ISBN13: 9780380729401

5 stars

Ender’s Game

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“In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.”

Okay, I’m going to say it again… Un-put-down-able! My younger brother told me years ago that I should read this book but I just never got around to it. Then for some reason, it got stuck in my mind in March that I really wanted to read it. I was at B&N just hanging out with my bff when I decided to find it and buy it. I proceeded to stay up all night and read it. It was ridiculously good. I loaned it to my dad the next day and he stayed up all night reading it as well. I’ve read a few other books by Card but I’m definitely going to finish out this series.

324 pages
Published July 15th 1994 by Tor Science Fiction (first published 1985)
ISBN13: 9780812550702
Hugo Award for Best Novel (1986), Nebula Award for Best Novel (1985)

5 stars

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)

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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

“The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding.”

The actual book blurby (yes, that’s the official name) is longer than what I posted above, but, it gives quite a bit of information for anyone who hasn’t read the series yet so I only posted the last sentence.

I love reading young adult novels. First of all, they are cheaper than regular adult novels. Second, a lot of the time, they are better written and have better developed characters. This series does not disappoint. From the first pages of The Hunger Games, through Catching Fire, to the end of Mockingjay, I loved every word. I read all three books in a matter of days. The entire series was un-put-down-able!

I definitely don’t want to give any more details because I really don’t want to ruin the story for anyone who hasn’t read it, but I definitely recommend all three. And look out for The Hunger Games film coming March 23, 2012.

390 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Scholastic Press
ISBN13 9780439023511
Andre Norton Award Nominee (2010), Goodreads Choice Award for Favorite Book, Young Adult Fantasy, Favorite Heroine, and Favorite Hero (2010), Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of the Year for Fiction (2010)

5 stars

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #2)

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The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

“Percy Jackson’s seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get . . . well, ugly.

And the unexpected arrival of Percy’s friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.

In this fresh, funny, and hugely anticipated follow up to The Lightning Thief, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their beloved camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family — one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.”

Each book in this series is as good as the last. After reading The Lightning Thief in less than 4 hours, I had to wait two whole days before I could get to the bookstore to pick up The Sea of Monsters. So, I read LT again. Finally I got to the store to buy SoM and once again, read it in just a few hours. Luckily I had also purchased the third book in the series so I could move straight onto it without having to wait. Riordan has quickly become one of my favorite young adult authors.

279 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Miramax (first published April 1st 2006)
ISBN13: 9781423103349
Best Book of Child Magazine (2006)

5 stars

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #1)

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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

“Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.”

I bought this book on a whim because I’ve always been interested in mythology and the cover intrigued me. Then I read it in a day. I didn’t want to put it down until I was done. I loaned it to my 13 year old godson and he loved it as well. As did his mom who read it next. I’ve read it 4 times since I first bought it and I enjoy it just as much every time. A great series for people of all ages.

I’ve been interested in mythology since I was a kid and this book more than lived up to my expectations. The characters are well written (I actually like them, even some of the ones you aren’t supposed to like) and the use of the myths in the story makes it both more interesting to the reader and educational (isn’t it nifty when authors can stick some education into a story and the kids don’t really even know they’re learning?). Reading this book made me think of my sixth grade English teacher, Miss Hamilton, who taught us mythology. I had been interested in it before then but her passion for it created an even greater love for it for me. I imagine that she has read The Lightning Thief and probably loved it as well.

392 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Hyperion/Miramax Kid (first published June 28th 2005)
ISBN13: 9781615534302
British Fantasy Award (2005), American Library Assocation (ALA) Notable Book (2005), A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2005), SLJ Starred Review, Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award (2009), Askews Torchlight Award (UK) Winner, South Carolina Book Award for Junior Book Award (2008), Grand Canyon Reader Award for Tween Book (2008), Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (2008), Sunshine State Young Readers Award Winners (2007), Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award for Intermediate (2008), Sunshine State Young Readers Grade 6-8 (2007), Iowa Teen Award (2009)

5 stars

Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s best-known novel, takes place in a bleak, hedonistic future where ideas are illegal and thinking is discouraged as people pursue lives of mindless happiness. In this world, firemen don’t put out fires—they start them—specifically, to any home containing that most forbidden of possessions: the printed book.”

First of all, Bradbury was a genius. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything he wrote that I didn’t absolutely love. He makes you think.

I read this book for the first time in middle school I think; I was around 13. I hadn’t read it in more than ten years when I decided to pick up again in January.

It’s a very fast read at only 190 pages, but such a great story; one every book lover should read.

It’s scary for me to imagine that there are people in the world who continually try to tell other people what they should and should not read. Take a look at any banned book list over the past few years and you will probably be surprised by the books that you see listed. Ironically enough, “Fahrenheit 451” is repeatedly banned and/or challenged. Really? Banning a book about banned books? *sigh*

190 pages
Published 2003 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1953)
With new forward by Author
ISBN13: 9781607511663
Hugo Award for Best Novel (1954), Prometheus Hall of Fame Award (1984)

5 stars