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Had this one been released in June, I think it would have been one of THE books of the summer. I could not put it down. The Good Thief reminded me of Treasure Island crossed with David Copperfield. Adventure, great characters and an enjoyable narrator made this story jump off the page. I felt ten years old again reading it.

Now, school has begun and I will have very little time to read for fun. Sigh... I had hoped to compete in the RIP challenge this year, but the History of Russia will prevent that. Hmm...I wonder if that counts as Gothic horror...

I have four History courses and one English this Fall, so I will be reading The House on Mango Street (again) and Toni Morrison's Paradise. Until December, I probably wont be able to fit in anything longer than a graphic novel (perfect for the train.) Those of you who can read for fun, keep me posted on what I will want to catch up on! There is a new Stephen King on the horizon, as well as a new Neil Gaiman. I have Dreams from my Father on my bed stand and will try to plug away at that for as long as I can keep my eyeballs open at night (that is not to imply that the book is boring, just the opposite, I am just so tired after work and school that I want to crash.)

The girls and I are joining the Mother Daughter Book Club as well this Fall. September's pic is Nim's Island and I enjoyed it very much. Now, my little ladies are reading it. We did catch the movie, so they are picking out the differences between the book and the film and commenting on them! So much fun!

By the way, in the competition for ugliest textbook, my History of Television class wins with Tube of Plenty (sexual innuendos may now commence.)


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