What I’m Reading — January

I haven’t done a “What I’m Reading” post since October — wow! Believe it or not, I haven’t even been to the library since October. But my mom and I visited the library a few days ago to stock up on books before the snowstorm hit the East Coast, so I have enough books to do another “What I’m Reading!”

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis — reading.

I started rereading The Chronicles of Narnia back in December, and I’m currently reading The Silver Chair. It’s not my favorite book in the series (it ties for third place with The Magician’s Nephew), but I still really like it. One thing that annoys me is that throughout the book, C.S. Lewis calls the main characters simply “Scrubb” and “Pole” instead of their first names, Eustace and Jill.

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The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson — reading.

Magic Marks the Spot is the first book in the series. It’s about a girl (Hilary Westfield) who wants to be a pirate, but is sent to a finishing school instead. I’m really enjoying the book so far, and it reminds me in some ways of the How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell. I’m hoping to do a review on this book soon, because I have a lot of things to say about Hilary and her pirate friends!

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The Never Girls: Wedding Wings by Kiki Thorpe — TBR.

I actually got this book out by accident, because I mistook it for a book later in the series. Anyway, the Never Girls books are about four girls (Mia, Kate, Lainey, and Gabby) who stumble into Pixie Hallow and go on adventures there. The books are quick reads, but I find it nice to take a break from 400-page novels every now and then and read something short and fun.

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Unstoppable: Breakaway by Jeff Hirsch — TBR.

Unstoppable: Countdown by Natalie Standiford — TBR.

Unstoppable: Flashpoint by Gordon Korman — TBR.

I got these books out for my brother, but since I love the 39 Clues series, I’m going to read them, too.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan — TBR.

I’ve read all of the books in the PJO and HoO series, and absolutely loved them. I’ve been meaning to reread the Percy Jackson books for sometime now, and I finally got an opportunity to check The Lightning Thief out of the library.

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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood — TBR.

This is a new series to me, which I found by crawling beside the bottom shelf of my favorite aisle and grabbing anything that caught my eye. I love the cover, and I’m really excited to start reading this.

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The Unknowns by Benedict Cumberbatch Carey — TBR.

Synopsis:

In a trailer park called Adjacent, next to the Folsom Energy Plant, people have started to vanish, and no one seems to care. At first Lady Di and her best friend, Tom Jones, barely notice the disappearances—until their beloved math tutor, Mrs. Clarke, is abducted, too. Mrs. Clarke has left them clues in the form of math equations that lead them all over the trailer park, through hidden tunnels under “Mount Trashmore,” and into the Folsom Energy Plant itself, where Lady Di and Tom Jones and a gang of other misfits uncover the sordid truth about what’s really happening there.

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Always October by Bruce Coville — TBR.

I’ve read a book by this author before (Diary of a Mad Brownie), and I enjoyed it immensely, so I decided to read another of Bruce Coville’s books. Always October caught my eye, so I picked that one up.

Synopsis:

Jake’s baby brother, LD, may be a monster (complete with fangs and fur!), but together with his best friend, Lily, Jake isn’t going to let anything happen to that baby. Even if it turns out LD may be the key to saving the world—or destroying it. Soon Jake and Lily are on a perilous quest through Always October, a land populated with monsters.

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Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer — TBR.

Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer — TBR.

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer — TBR.

These are, I believe, the last three books in the Artemis Fowl series. A warning to anyone who decides to read these awesome books: the first two in the series, Artemis Fowl and The Arctic Incident, are terribly boring. However, they’re important to the plot. If I were you, I would read them anyway . . . just keep in mind that the other books in the series are much more exciting.

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The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley: TBR.

The Sisters Grimm: The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley: TBR.

One of my best friends, Issy, absolutely loves these books. She talks about them quite a lot, and will sometimes read particularly funny sections to me. I wanted to read the series for myself, so I got out the first two books.

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Grace Makes it Great by Mary Casanova — TBR.

I’m not extremely excited to read this book (I could write it better), but since I’ve read the two books that come before it, I figured that I should finish the series.

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Floors by Patrick Carman — TBR.

Synopsis:

Charlie had his chocolate factory. Stanley Yelnats had his holes. Leo has the wacky, amazing Whippet Hotel.

The Whippet Hotel is a strange place full of strange and mysterious people. Each floor has its own quirks and secrets. Leo should know most of them – he is the maintenance man’s son, after all. But a whole lot more mystery gets thrown his way when a series of cryptic boxes are left for him . . . boxes that lead him to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances. Leo had better be quick on his feet, because the fate of the building he loves is at stake . . . and so is Leo’s own future!

I’m a sucker for characters named Leo. (Thanks a lot, Rick Riordan.)

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A Year Without Autumn by Liz Kessler — TBR.

I’ve read this book several times, and it never gets old. It’s about a girl named Jenni Green, who accidentally time travels a year into her own future. Jenni’s future is seriously messed up (comatose friends, divorce, etc.), so she tries to get back to the past so that she can undo the event that caused all of the problems. Seriously, this book is amazing, and I highly recommend it!

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 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling — TBR (maybe).

This may come as a surprise to some of you, but my brother and I have never read any of the Harry Potter books. My mom wouldn’t let us, because she didn’t like all of the witchcraft. Anyway, my brother convinced my mom to get this book out of the library and read it to see if it’s OK for us to read.

We’ll see how it goes.

Will I be able to read all nineteen of these books before they must go back to the library? I don’t know. Probably not. But I’ll keep you updated anyway.

Have you read any of these books?

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45 thoughts on “What I’m Reading — January

  1. Clara says:

    Yay, you’ve discovered The Incorrigibles! XD I LOVE that series. :)
    Also……. IT’S SNOWING HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :O

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    • Loren says:

      Ooh, cool, you’ve read The Incorrigibles? Is it good?

      SNOOOOW! That’s awesome! There’s more than a foot of snow here already, and it’s supposed to keep snowing for the rest of the day. :D

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      • Clara says:

        Yep! It’s really good! I love the writing style and the characters are hilarious. :)
        YES! Unfortunately none of it stuck, though we might get some more. :) That’s so awesome! :O

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  2. Rutvi says:

    Yay! You’re going to love Harry Potter-it’s AMAZING!!!! Okay, sorry, I got too excited. :) That’s a lot of books, have fun reading them!

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    • Loren says:

      I really hope that I get to read Harry Potter. My mom is letting my brother read it, but she hasn’t decided yet if it’s appropriate for me. Sigh.

      There certainly are lots of books, and, yes, of course I will have fun reading them. :)

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      • Rutvi says:

        :) I’m not sure if I told you-I have a new post on my blog, and I also changed my header. I would love if you checked it out! :) I hope you don’t mind me telling you whenever I post something new, it’s just that I don’t think people will be able to follow my blog unless I upgrade, which costs money. Oh well. :/ Let me know how you like the Chronicles of Narnia series- I have the books but I haven’t decided whether I should read them or not.

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  3. Nicole says:

    Yay for Harry Potter and the Sisters Grimm!!! Just FYI the first Sisters Grimm is sort of boring and Sabrina is a jerk, but its essential to the plot. The second is action packed! Harry Potter…if your mom lets you read them, I would only read the first three or four and save the rest for later. I kind of wish I had done it that. The third one is one of the best, though. Have fun!

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    • Loren says:

      OK. I doubt the first Sisters Grimm book will be as boring as the first Artemis Fowl one, but either way, I will push through it. :)

      Hmm. Why is that? I mean, why save the rest for later?

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  4. Ms. AGdoll says:

    Cool!

    I’ve read all of the Incorrigibles, A Year Without Autumn, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Silver Chair, and The Lightning Thief (of course).

    ~Ms. AGdoll~

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  5. K.A. says:

    Oh my! You are reading TONS Of books!!!! I’m only reading one! It’s “The Cloak of the Light” and it is really good!!!!!!!!!! I bet you would like it! It’s by Chuck Black! He has two other series, but this is his newest! It’s a trilogy! The third one comes out in February! I’m just on the first one! He is a christian author!

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    • Loren says:

      I finished Magic Marks the Spot today, and now I want to go to the library again and get the second one. :D

      No, I haven’t. I guess I’ll have to look for it at the library the next time I’m there!

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  6. AnonymousA says:

    BTW about Harry Potter….
    It’s not too bad, if ya know what I mean. I mean, the bad guy is bad. Duh. But it’s really no weirder than say, Percy Jackson or Septimus Heap. BTW I don’t remember if Luna is in book one, but if/when you get to her, she’s AMAZING.

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    • Loren says:

      OK. My mom finished book one, and she said that she didn’t like that there were so many bullies and that they went to a school for magic, but she let my brother read it. She is currently deciding whether to let me read it. *crosses fingers*

      I’ve heard great things about Luna. ;)

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  7. wizepuppy says:

    I’m probably pretty late in commenting, but I just had to after seeing these books. 😝
    Yeah, the Silver Chair is pretty good, but I think my favorite is still the Horse and His Boy.
    AGH, I really love the 39 Clues. It just really stink cuz my library doesn’t have them all. I’ve the entire first series, but only about thw first four of Cahills vs. Vespers. Although I’m super stoked for when I’ll be able to read the Unstoppables.
    I’m only allowed to read the Percy Jackson series (*sniff sniff*), but it’s still SUPER good. Also, you might want to check out the Magnus Chase series too. I got the first book for Christmas and it’s really well done.
    I have read first HP, but that’s all I’m allowed to. Eh, it’s not the greatest, but it’s not the worst either.

    I have’nt read any of the others, but they look really intriguing! I’ll have to check them out sometime.
    ~ Suzy

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    • Loren says:

      I don’t mind. :)

      Ooh, yes, the Horse and His Boy! Aravis is really cool.

      The 39 Clues is awesome! I hope your library gets the rest of the books in soon.

      I actually bought the Magnus Chase book the day it came out. :D I am only slightly obsessed, I promise. JK, I’m really obsessed . . .

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  8. Danielle says:

    Oh my goodness! You haven’t read Harry Potter or The Sisters Grimm? Crazy! Trust me, they are part of my fandoms, and if it’s part of my fandom I go crazy. Have you read the five kingdoms?

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