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I was talking with one of my friends about reading, and how some books just suck you in and you can't stop reading. Or if you have to stop reading for a while, you resent the time away from the book and you're really still there with the characters and the story. So I went through my slowly compiling reading list (now 3 years and 4 months long) to pick out the books that I remember really drawing me in, that I couldn't put down, that cut way into my sleep schedule because going to bed didn't seem to matter at the time.

This isn't to say these are my favorite books (although many of them are) -- this isn't to say that there weren't other books I didn't enjoy just as much. These were just GRIPPING: the narrative moved along so well and so seamlessly that I didn't ever want to stop reading.

So here's the list I compiled of those books. They are all kinds and types. You may think a picture book can't count that way, but I counted a couple of them. So there.

Also, the only order they are in is the order I read them in, according to my records.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
American Shaolin by Matthew Polly
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Princess Acadamy by Shannon Hale
The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue
What I was by Meg Rosoff
Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer
Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer
Bats in the Library by Brian Lies
Nation by Terry Pratchett
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde
Bone (omnibus) by Jeff Smith
John Dies at the End by David Wong
Y: The Last Man (all 10 volumes) by Brian K. Vaughn
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale
In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami
The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Troll's Eye View ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terry Windling
Relentless by Dean Koontz
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

So there you have it. What makes a book zip along, impossible to put down? I dunno, but these are the ones that worked for me. How about you -- any that you just couldn't set aside?
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Books finished in April 2010:

Bone: Rose by Jeff Smith, ill. Charles Vess
School Days by Robert B. Parker
Maddigan's Fantasia by Margaret Mahy
Where's My Cow?* by Terry Pratchett
The Ticking by Renee French
Out of the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White
The Gunslinger* by Stephen King
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Instructions by Neil Gaiman, ill. Charles Vess

I also would have finished Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink, but it was too boring, and I gave up on it and sent it back. So that doesn't count but I'm mentioning it anyway for some reason. (Possible discussion?)
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This is a little project that [ profile] ladytairngire and I have been working on today, which will hopefully be a game we continue to play for... the rest of our lives. Errr, I mean until we're so prestigious that we never get rejected from anything ever again. (I'm lookin' at you, Neil Gaiman.)

Rejection letter points will be tallied at the end of each month.

The point scale:

Novels to Print Publisher: 100 points
Novels to Agent: 75 points
Agent Submission Rejected by Publisher: 50 points
Short stories/picture books: 25 points
Poems: 10 points

Graphic novel scripts are negotiable based on length.

+5 points for a personalized rejection.

The winner each month will receive a personalized token gift of no more than $10 cash value.
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I decided to read Fahrenheit 451 this week. Not only is it a frequently banned or challenged book, but, well, if you've read it, you know what it's about. Book burning! Yeah!

And... I haven't read it before. That just seems kind of wrong for someone like me. So this week I am working to rectify the situation.

Meanwhile, some of my favorite authors are using their blogs to feature Banned Books week, with many helpful and informational links, and a lot of thoughts on the whole situation from author perspectives.

Jo Knowles, author of Jumping Off Swings and Lessons From a Dead Girl, is running a Haiku contest over at her blog, [ profile] jbknowles, and giving away a signed first edition copy of one of her books to the winner.

Lisa Schroeder, author of Far From You and Chasing Brooklyn (Now available for pre-order) tells a wonderful anecdote about being a parent and author at her blog, [ profile] lisa_schroeder.

Laurie Halse Anderson has a great entry full of resources and links.

Neil Gaiman's most recent entry has some good links and commentary about some of his experiences and thoughts on book banning and challenges. (And escaping from the attic, apparently.)

Happy reading!
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It's Banned Books Week! Be sure to read a banned book!

The Classics list:

The Statistics (PIE CHARTS!):

In the meantime, a book that isn't challenged (yet, that I know of), but has an awesomely nifty book trailer:

Narrated by Gaiman, so listen and enjoy that yummy British accent. (Yeah that's right, I said yummy...)
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This list by fantasy author Jim C. Hines ([ profile] jimhines)pretty well describes the awe that many fantasy writers and fans feel toward Neil Freakin' Gaiman.

1. Neil Gaiman once wrote a Nebula-winning story using only the middle row of his keyboard.
2. Harper Collins has taken out a 2.5 million dollar insurance policy on Neil Gaiman’s accent.
3. If you write 1000 words and Neil Gaiman writes 1000 words, Neil Gaiman has written more than you....

For the rest, check out Jim C. Hines' blog.
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Mom called me while I was in class this morning. My phone was on silent, but I still heard it buzzing in the middle of class, and I'm pretty sure people around me could hear it, too.

I found out a little later that she was calling me to tell me that Neil Gaiman won the Newbery Award for The Graveyard Book.

I told her, "Don't call me when I'm in class unless it's an emergency!"

Her response? "It was!"
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Neil's right; I really like this one!

I'm totally going to the Warren to see the 3D release.


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