Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Girl's 2009 Reviews, in Which She Lists Her Favorites and Sets Some Goals

When The Girl learned that I was compiling a list of my book reviews and ratings so that everyone could see which books I enjoyed most in 2009, she wanted in on the action.

Here's a list are the books she read and reviewed with me in 2009, with links to our reviews:

10 Days: Anne Frank by David Colter
The Holocaust: The Nazis Seize Power, 1931-1941 by Stuart A. Kallen
Too Tall Alice by Barbara Worton and Dom Rodi (illus.)
Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross (illus.)
Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross (illus.)
Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross (illus.)
Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross (illus.)
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Princess Katie and the Silver Pony by Vivian French
T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte
The Luckiest Penny by Deborah Weed and Ernest Socolov (illus.)
Katie & Kimball: A Ghost Story by Linda Thieman
Kali and the Rat Snake by Zai Whitaker and Srividya Natarajan
Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, and Mary Nethery
The 13 Days of Halloween by Carol Greene and Tim Raglin (illus.)
Horrid Henry's Underpants by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross (illus.)
Horrid Henry and the Scary Sitter by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross (illus.)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
Ivy + Bean: Doomed to Dance by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall (illus.)

Here's a list of the books she read and reviewed by herself, with links to her reviews:

The Case of the Glow in the Dark Ghost by James Preller
Let's Find Pokemon! by Kazunori Aihara
The Suburban Dragon by Garasmo Maccagnone
Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall (illus.)
Frindle by Andrew Clements
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

She read two books with me, but didn't feel like writing up her own reviews; the links are to my reviews, in which I discuss her thoughts.

The Listeners by Gloria Whelan and Mike Benny (illus.)
Hitler's Daughter by Jackie French

Of the books we read together, she abandoned one; the link is to my review.

Wild Horses by Jenny Oldfield

And she finished a couple of books on her own and just didn't get around to writing reviews:

Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
Bone: Treasure Hunters by Jeff Smith

She was pretty happy with her list of completed books, considering that she likes to start a new book nearly every day, just picking whatever one calls her at the time.  For 2010, she says she wants to finish more books, write more reviews, and convince me to let her have her own blog.  (Good luck on the last one, I told her, since she's only 9!)

The Girl's 5 Favorite Reads of 2009

(Please keep in mind that these are her favorites from the books she read; they aren't all new releases from the past year.)

5.  Hitler's Daughter by Jackie French

4.  10 Days: Anne Frank by David Colter

3.  Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

2.  Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, and Mary Nethery

1.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

What was your child's favorite of the books he/she read in 2009?



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17 comments:

Serena said...

Great list. She read a ton! She should be proud of herself!

Staci said...

She did awesome this past year!!! Great job!

Stephanie said...

I loved seeing what The Girl has been reading! How old is she?

Stephanie said...

Oh, I see that she is 9. :-) I need to read more carefully.

Julie P. said...

How fantastic. You must be so proud of her! I'm totally showing this to Booking Daughter.

Blodeuedd said...

Good job on the reading :)
Since I remember the 5th one the best I will go with that one

Carrie said...

This was a fun list to read through and get some perspective on. Thanks for sharing it!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Fantastic! And just amazing how many kids like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I can't see the appeal myself, but I'm sure if I were 9 or so I would love it too!

bermudaonion said...

What a great list of books! The Girl rocks and should have her own blog in 5 or 6 years!

Janel said...

That's an impressive list!

My son loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and my daughter is into Harry Potter and now Patterson's Maximum Ride series.

Andi said...

Excellent list! The Girl is definitely a book blogger-in-training. :)

Rocketboy's (11) favorite book was definitely American Born Chinese, by Gene Yang. Rocketgirl's (13) was probably The Outsiders, which she read in one day for school, or the first couple of books in the Vampire Diaries series. She's moved from Twilight to those, and I read them at her age, so I'm secretly cheering inside. :D

carolsnotebook said...

Great list. Thanks for sharing.

I think Amber's (9) favorite book was probably one of the Percy Jacksons. I told her she could have a blog, but like with anything on-line, I get to know the user name and password, too. She got bored with the idea quick, though.

Iliana said...

I always love to read year end wrap-up posts and this one is really awesome. How cool that she's such a bookworm. Wishing her lots of luck on her reading goals this year - I'm sure she'll do great!

Dar said...

That is one impressive list. She did a lot of reading. You should set up a post for her reviews only and link it on your blog. That way people could just go to her page and see her reviews but you'd still have control over it all.

Arielle said...

Wow I'm really impressed! The Girl is obviously awesome.

Toni said...

Wow..my socks are knocked off. Very impressive. What a great reading buddy you have.

Anna said...

Thanks everyone! I'll pass your book suggestions to The Girl. I hope she'll be making her first appearance on the blog for the new year really soon, but she's been really busy with school stuff lately.

As for her own blog, I'm standing firm. She's going to have to wait patiently until she's old enough. :)