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July 25th, 2015

2014 Reading: 58 Books @ 01:28 pm

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JANUARY (7)

  • The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children by Keith McGowan (with illustrations by Yoko Tanaka) (177 pp.)
    first line: "I love children. Eating them, that is."

  • The Poison Apples by Lily Archer (276 pp.)
    first line (of the prologue): "Dear Stepmothers of the World: / As you probably know, more than 50 percent of marriages in America end in divorce."

  • The Book of Bunny Suicides by Andy Riley

  • Return of the Bunny Suicides by Andy Riley

  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (419 pp.)
    first line: "Tana woke lying in a bathtub."

  • The Poison Eaters by Holly Black (212 pp.)
    stories: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown / A Reversal of Fortune / The Boy Who Cried Wolf / The Night Market / The Dog King / Virgin / In Vodka Veritas / The Coat of Stars / Paper Cuts Scissors / Going Ironside / The Land of Heart's Desire / The Poison Eaters

  • Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory (283 pp.)
    first line: "The woman next to me said, It's the Kamikaze."


FEBRUARY (6)

  • Angels of Destruction by Keith Donohue (347 pp.)
    first line: "She heard the fist tap again, tentative and small."

  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke (360 pp.)
    first line: "'You stop fearing the Devil when you're holding his hand.'"

  • Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key, with illustrations by Leon B. Wisdom, Jr. (180 pp.)
    first line: "Tony, carrying their bags, followed his sister, Tia, and the welfare worker down the tenement steps to the sidewalk."

  • Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans: 2006 Edition (172 pp.)

  • The Diviners by Libba Bray (578 pp.)
    first line: "In a town house at a fashionable address on Manhattan's Upper East Side, every lamp blazes."

  • Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David Almond, with illustrations by Dave McKean (picture book)


MARCH (5)

  • Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (260 pp.)
    first line: "I sat at a table in my shadowy kitchen, staring down a bottle of Boone's Farm Hard Lemonade, when a magic fluctuation hit."

  • Being Dead by Vivian Vande Velde (203 pp.)
    stories: Drop by Drop / Dancing with Marjorie's Ghost / Shadow Brother / The Ghost / For Love of Him / October Chill / Being Dead

  • The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, with illustrations by David Small (311 pp.)
    first line: "There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road."

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (reread)

  • Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (399 pp.)
    first line: "We rowed out through the harbor, past bobbing boats weeping rust from their seams, past juries of silent seabirds roosting atop the barnacled remains of sunken docks, past fishermen who lowered their nets to stare frozenly as we slipped by, uncertain whether we were real or imagined; a procession of waterborne ghosts, or ghosts soon to be."


APRIL (2)

  • The Divide by Elizabeth Kay (318 pp.)
    first line: "The rat-tat-tat of the helicopter's rotor blades scattered the hummingbirds across the Study Center garden as though someone had thrown a handful of jewels into the air."
    favorite line: "'And that's a faun,' said Felix, as a self-important little thing strutted by, half goat and half elf -- although he had horns that curled out of his hair like unfurling ammonites."


MAY (2)

  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio (313 pp.)
    first line: "I know I'm not an ordinary ten-year-old kid."

  • The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint (269 pp.)
    first line: "She woke up when he got out of bed."


JUNE (5)

  • The Giant's House: A Romance by Elizabeth McCracken (290 pp.)
    first line: "I do not love mankind."

  • Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman (271 pp.)
    first line: "Mama always hid her mouth when she laughed."

  • Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong (371 pp.)
    first line: "There was a time in my life when the prospect of watching a man die would have filled me with horror."

  • Enchanted Companions: Stories of Dolls in Our Lives by Carolyn Michael and Friends (164 pp.)
    first line (of the introduction): "My son Ryan and I were munching burritos in a fast-food joint one afternoon, swapping stories."

  • The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley (216 pp.)
    first line: "Sylvie had an amazing life, but she didn't get to live it very often."


JULY (7)

  • Skeletons in the Swimmin' Hole: Tales from Haunted Disney World by Kristi Petersen Schoonover (146 pp.)
    stories: Monorail Clear / Doing Blue / Charlotte's Family Tree / Romancing the Goat / Miss Reyna Gets Her Comeuppance on Flash Mountain (a lost ghost tale of Uncle Remus) / All This Furniture and Nowhere to Sit / Skeletons in the Swimmin' Hole

  • Allison Hewitt Is Trapped by Madeleine Roux (340 pp.)
    first line (of the first chapter): "They are coming."

  • The Kelpie by T. J. Wooldridge (279 pp.)
    first line: "I can't honestly say I was joking when I suggested to my best friend, Joe--Prince Joseph, eldest son of England's Crown Prince--that we could probably find something the police had missed in regards to the missing tourist children."

  • Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire (307 pp.)
    first line: "There is nothing more human than the ghost story."

  • The Circus in the Woods by Bill Littlefield (199 pp)
    first line: "There was a certainty in the sameness of each summer."

  • Silent Starsong by T. J. Wooldridge (213 pp.)
    first line (of the prologue): "One year ago... / 7 Messidor 896 / We're back on the electrotram, and Daddy didn't even give me the window seat."
    first line (of the first chapter): "One Year Later / Ten-year-old Kyra flinched as her mother tapped her head with a box."

  • Deadwood by Kell Andrews (229 pp.)
    first line: "Martin Cruz knew something was wrong the moment he saw Lower Brynwood from the interstate."


AUGUST (5)

  • Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin (319 pp.)
    first line: "The charcoal sky spits cold rain as we rumble to a stop at a crossroad."

  • A Fistful of Sky by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (353 pp.)
    first line: "In my family, we used the word we all the time."

  • Weird Rooms by Mal and Sandra Sharpe, with photos by Alexander Vertikoff (96 pp.)
    first line (of the introduction): "This book is about imagination and adventure."

  • Fall of Light by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (307 pp.)
    first line: "When Opal LaZelle arrived at the Makeup trailer on the set of Forest of the Night, she found her personal employer, Corvus Weather, asleep at her station."

  • The Silent Strength of Stones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (244 pp.)
    first line: "The first time I saw Willow disappear was a couple days after I met her, and she didn't know I was watching her--not unless she was a lot more devious than I thought she was, and as a master of deviousness, I was pretty sure I would know."


SEPTEMBER (8)

  • Luminous by Dawn Metcalf (367 pp.)
    first line: "Consuela wrestled with an armload of jeans, trying to catch the hangers on insufficient hooks."

  • Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion by Alan Burdick
    first line: "Out of the blue, a red fuse: Hawaii."

  • Trenches by Scott Miller (graphic novel)

  • That Salty Air by Tim Sievert (graphic novel)

  • Meeting: Magic Next Door - Book II by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (314 pp.)
    first line: "Maya Andersen held the front door wide on a crisp autumn Saturday night to let the neighbors into the Andersens' new house."

  • Permeable Borders by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (278 pp.)
    stories: Key Signatures / The Weight of Wishes / How I Came to Marry a Herpetologist / Strikes of the Heart / Switched / Sourheart / Inner Child / Home for Christmas / Anger Management / Trees Perpetual of Sleep / Hostile Takeover / Here We Come A-Wandering / The Wisdom of Disaster / A Fault Against the Dead / The Trouble With the Truth / Gone to Heaven Shouting

  • Noir Carnival edited by K.A. Laity (264 pp.)
    stories: Caravan: A Preamble (K.A. Laity) / Family Blessings (Jan Kozlowski) / In The Mouth Of The Beast (Li Huijia) / Idle Hands (Hannah Kate) / The Things We Leave Behind (Christopher L. Irvin) / She's My Witch (Paul D. Brazill) / The Mermaid Illusion (Carol Borden) / Natural Flavoring (Rebecca Snow) / Madam Mafoutee's Bad Glass Eye (Chloe Yates) / Buffalo Brendan and the Big Top Ballot (Allan Watson) / Carne Levare (Emma Teichmann) / Leave No Trace (AJ Sikes) / Fair (Robin Wyatt Dunn) / Things Happen Here After Dark (Sheri White) / Mister Know It All (Richard Godwin) / Trapped (Joan De La Haye) / The Price of Admission (Neal F. Litherland) / Take Your chances (Michael S. Chong) / Mooncalf (Katie Young) / The Teeth Behind the Beard (James Bennett)

  • Absent Kisses by Frances Gapper (221 pp.)
    stories: The Ark / The Lawnmower / but that if / The Assumption / Boating in the Park / Pink and Blue / The Flood / River Life / Hooked / Nora / Seven Swans / Cheese / Slug Heaven / Neighbours / Red Office / Mr. Shelley / Lupercal / The Bulking Store / Our Sweetness and Our Hope / The Secret of Sorrerby Rise


OCTOBER (4)

  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (390 pp.)
    first line (of the prologue): "The date was April 14, 1912, a sinister day in maritime history, but of course the man in suite 63-65, shelter deck C, did not yet know it."
    first line (of the first chapter): "How easy it was to disappear: / A thousand trains a day entered or left Chicago."

  • The Asylum by John Harwood (257 pp.)
    first line: "I woke, as it seemed, from a nightmare of being stretched on the rack, only to sink into another dream in which I was lying in a strange bed, afraid to open my eyes for fear of what I might see."

  • Red Spikes by Margo Lanagan (167 pp.)
    stories: Baby Jane / Monkey's Paternoster / A Good Heart / Winkie / A Feather in the Breast of God / Hero Vale / Under Hell, Over Heaven / Mouse Maker / Forever Upward / Daughter of the Clay

  • A Turn of Light by Julie E. Czerneda (840 pp.)
    first line: "Jenn Nalynn dug her toes deeper into the sweet meadow grass and scowled at the river sparkling in the distance."


NOVEMBER (4)

  • The Hair Wreath and Other Stories by Halli Villegas (266 pp.)
    stories: The Hair Wreath / D in the Underworld / Rites / Peach Festival / In the Grass / The Other Side / Dr. Johnson's Daughter / While He Sleeps / Neighbours / The Beautiful Boy / Winter / His Ghost / Picnic / Twenty-First-Century Design / The Other Door / An Unexpected Thing / The Family / Meadowdene Estates / Salvage

  • In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim di Bartolo (273 pp.)
    first line: "The world swayed beneath Cora."

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (178 pp.)
    first line: "It was only a duck pond, out at the back of the farm."

  • Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (374 pp.)
    first line: "Jude had a private collection."


DECEMBER (3)

  • The Girl with the Glass Feet by Ali Shaw (287 pp.)
    first line: "That winter there were reports in the newspaper of an iceberg the shape of a galleon floating in creaking majesty past St. Hauda's Land's cliffs, of a snuffling hog leading lost hill walkers out of the crags beneath Lomdendol tor, of a dumbfounded ornithologist counting five albino crows in a flock of two hundred."

  • Soulless by Gail Carriger (357 pp.)
    first line: "Miss Alexia Tarabotti was not enjoying her evening."

  • A Nancy Willard Reader: Selected Poetry and Prose by Nancy Willard (218 pp.)
 

2013 Reading: 69 Books @ 01:01 pm

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JANUARY (5)

  • The Ghost Writer by John Harwood (369 pp.)
    first line: "I first saw the photograph on a hot January afternoon in my mother's bedroom."

  • Popigami: When Everyday Paper Pops! paper engineered by James Diaz, illustrated by Francesca Diaz (picture book)
    first line: "Good news can fly-- / off the page / to our eyes, / filling our hearts / with joyful surprise."

  • Cat by B. Kliban (picture book)

  • Ghost Ocean by S. M. Peters (479 pp.)
    first line: "This is a sham, Te thought."

  • The Game of Sunken Places by M. T. Anderson (260 pp.)
    first line (of the prologue): "The woods were silent, other than the screaming."
    first line (of the first chapter): "The envelope was outlined in gold leaf and addressed in Gothic script."


FEBRUARY (6)

  • The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone by Dene Low, with illustrations by Jen Corace
    first line: "There is something terribly wrong with Mr. Augustus T. Percival."

  • Blankets by Craig Thompson (graphic novel) (582 pp.)
    first line: "When we were young, my little brother Phil and I shared the same bed."

  • The Girl with the Green Ear: Stories About Magic in Nature by Margaret Mahy, with illustrations by Shirley Hughes (100 pp.)
    stories: The Good Wizard of the Forest / The Girl with the Green Ear / The Playground / Chocolate Porridge (and who ate it) / The Trees / The Merry-go-round / Thunderstorms and Rainbows / Green Needles / Don't Cut the Lawn!

  • Tomorrow's Wizard by Patricia MacLachlan, with illustrations by Kathy Jacobi
    first line: "Long ago, but not so long as to embarrass anyone, Tomorrow's Wizard sat high in a tree looking at the world."

  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (317 pp.) REREAD
    first line: "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

  • Dream Spinner by Bonnie Dobkin (257 pp)
    first line (of the prologue): "The old house crouched in the overgrown lot as though it was ashamed to be seen."
    first line (of the first chapter): "The black eye hadn't been nearly enough, Jori thought."


MARCH (2)

  • The Birds of Basel by Marian Parry</i> (58 pp.)
    first line: "Once upon a time, the city of Basel fell under a spell."

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (85 pp.)
    first line: "Once when I was six I saw a magnificent picture in a book about the jungle, called True Stories"


APRIL (5)

  • Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone (198 pp.)
    first line (of the prologue): "Time is of no importance."
    first line (of the first chapter): "In September we celebrated Thanksgiving in Hemmersmoor, and mass was followed by festivities at Frick's."

  • FOUND II:More of the Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World by Davy Rothbart (252 pp.)
    first line: When we put the first FOUND book together a couple of years ago, my friend Jason Bitner, who started FOUND Magazine with me, pointed out that there were finds in it from every single state."

  • Cathy's Book: If found call (650) 266-8233 by Sean Stewart and Joradn Weisman, with illustrations by Cathy Brigg (143 pp.)
    first line: "Jan 30, Afternoon / (Hour of the Monkey) Dumped by boyfriend last night."

  • Can You See What I See? Out of This World by Walter Wick (picture book)

  • Slamming Open the Door by Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno (61 pp.) (poetry)


MAY (5)

  • Freaks by Kieran Larwood (223 pp.)
    first line: "Little Pilchton-on-Sea, August 1851 / Sheba gazed through her tiny window to the seaside view beyond."

  • The Amazing Compendium of Edward Magorium by N.E. Bode (137 pp.)
    first line (of the prologue): "A while ago, when I was younger and kind of knock-kneed, I attended the Alton School for the Remarkably Giftless."
    first line (of the first chapter): "Edward Magorium was born Edward Magorium circa 1764."

  • Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst (261 pp.)
    first line: "In the darkness, the heart of the fairy tale waited... / Julie picked up a scrap of shoelace."

  • The Misadventures of Benjamin Bartholomew Piff 1: You Wish by Jason Lethcoe (215 pp.)
    first line: "Benjamin Bartholomew Piff scraped out the remains of last week's dinner--a hideous, soupy concoction of clams, spinach, and leftover meatloaf--from inside the immense iron pot."

  • Graveyard Child by M.L.N. Hanover (320 pp.)
    first line (of the prologue): "If he had shouted, it would have been better."
    first line (of the first chapter): "When my uncle Eric Heller died, he left me a lot of money--likesmall-nation kind of money--and what I thought at the time was an ongoing fight against demons and unclean spirits."


JUNE (5)

  • The Amazing Cynicalman by Matt Feazell (148 pp.) (comics)

  • Little Mook & Dwarf Longnose by Wilhelm Hauff, with illustrations by Boris Pak (79 pp.)
    first line (of the preface): "Wilhelm Hauff's life is a story of meteoric literary success and early death."
    first line (of "Little Mook"): "In Nicea, beloved city of my birth, there lived a man they called Little Mook."
    first line (of "Dwarf Longnose"): "Anyone who believes that fairies and sorcerers existed only when Harun Al-Raschid ruled Baghdad - or who doubts what storytellers in the marketplace say about the tricks of genies and their princes - is wrong."

  • Spray by Harry Edge (228 pp.)
    first line: "Someone was after him already."

  • The Spiderwick Chronicles: Care and Feeding of Sprites by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black (35 pp.)

  • The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson (274 pp.)
    first line: "'Yes, I can be there in half an hour. Any idea of when he died?' Cameryn's father murmured into the telephone."


JULY (3)

  • Wild Ride to Heaven by Leander Watts (176 pp.)
    "Tho he was poor as the dirt, my pa gave me three gifts more costly than any jewels."
    (I'm not exactly sure when I read this. It might have been in June...?)

  • Counterfeit Son by Elaine Marie Alphin (180 pp.)
    first line (of the prologue): "He chose the Lacey family at first because of the sailboats."
    first line (of the first chapter): "'What?' The officer ran a hand through his uncombed hair and bent down across the high counter in the Buckeye police station lobby. 'Say that again.'"

  • Story Hour: A Second Look at Cinderella, Bluebeard, and Company by Sara Henderson Hay, with illustrations by Jim McMullan (71 pp.)


AUGUST (8)

  • R.I.P.: Memorial Wall Art by Martha Cooper and Joseph Sciorra (96 pp.)
    first line: "Memory is triggered by contact with the objects and places associated with past events."

  • Changeling by Delia Sherman (289 pp.)
    first line: "FAIRY GODMOTHERS ARE ALWAYS RIGHT / Neef's Rules for Changelings / 'Wake up Neef. Spring cleaning today. Cobwebs to sweep, mice to relocate, turtles to wake up and polish. And you have to clean your room.'"

  • The Scent of Shadows: The First Sign of the Zodiac by Vicki Petersson (455 pp.)
    first line: "He didn't look dangerous, not at first glance."

  • The Toymaker by Jeremy de Quidt, with illustrations by Gary Blythe (357 pp.)
    first line (of the prologue): "Do you konw Frausisstrasse?"
    first line (of the first chapter): "As circuses go, it was not very large."

  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green (313 pp)
    first line: "Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death."

  • Juby's Rook by Michael Lawrence (254 pp.)
    first line: "It was the last year of the old century, and Midge Miller hadn't smiled for a week."

  • Wolf Moon by Charles de Lint (245 pp.)
    first line: "The music stopped."

  • The Time Garden by Edward Eager (193 pp.)
    first line: "The house and the garden were waiting."


SEPTEMBER (14)

  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (304 pp.)
    first line: "I am Ivan."

  • Shift by Charlotte Agell (230 pp.)
    first line: "Mom and I have been having the same argument for so many weeks now that we've got it down cold."

  • Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony, with art by Rodrigo Corral
    first line: "'And now, breaking news out of the Bronx.'"

  • The New Dead, ed. by Christopher Golden (384 pp.)
    Stories: "Lazarus" (John Connolly) / "What Maisie Knew" (David Liss) / "Copper" (Stephen R. Bissette) / In the Dust (Tim Lebbon) / "Life Sentence" (Kelley Armstrong) / "Delice" (Holly Newstein) / "The Wind Cries Mary" (Brian Keene) / "Family Business" (Jonathan Maberry) / "The Zombie Who Fell from the Sky" (M. B. Homler) / "My Dolly" (Derek Nikitas) / "Second Wind" (Mike Carey) / "Closure, Limited" (Max Brooks) / "Among Us" (Aimee Bender) / "Ghost Trap" (Rick Hautala) / "The Storm Door" (Tad Williams) / "Kids and Their Toys" (James A. Moore) / "Shooting Pool" (Joe R. Lansdale) / "Weaponized" (David Wellington) / "Twittering from the Circus of the Dead" (Joe Hill)

  • The Abecedarian Book by Charles W. Ferguson (131 pp.)
    first line: "LISTEN! / Big words make nice noises."

  • The Book of Names by Jill Gregory and Karen Tintori (341 pp.)
    first line (of the prologue): "JANUARY 7, 1986 / SAQQARA, EGYPT / Two men shoveled the sand under cover of darkness."
    first line (of the first chapter): "ATHENS, GREECE / NINETEEN YEARS LATER / Raoul LaDouceur hummed as he opened the trunk of his rented Jaguar."

  • The Troll King by Kolbeinn Karlsson (graphic novel)

  • Comic Diorama: Collected Comics by Grant Reynolds (graphic novel)

  • 24 x 2 by David Chelsea (graphic novel)

  • Yearbook Stories: 1976-1978 by Chris Staros, with illustrations by Bo Hampton and Rich Tommaso (graphic novel)

  • Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass (289 pp.)
    first line (of the preface): "July 22 / My sweat smells like peanut butter."
    first line (of the first chapter): "June 22 / 'Did you ever notice how the colors seem brighter the first day of summer vacation?' I ask Lizzy. 'The birds sing louder? The air is alive with possibility?'"

  • Second Thoughts by Niklas Asker (graphic novel)

  • The Ticking by Renee French (graphic novel)

  • Less Than Heroes by David Yurkovich (graphic novel)


OCTOBER (6)

  • Urban Shaman by C. E. Murphy (410 pp.)
    first line: "Tuesday, January 4th, 6:45 a.m. / There's nothing worse than a red-eye flight."

  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (390 pp.)
    first line (of the preface): "This book begins with a plane crash."
    first line (of the first chapter): "'Are you all right?'"

  • Death by Chocolate: Redux by David Yurkovich (graphic novel)

  • The Unwritten, Vol. 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words by Mike Carey, with art by Peter Gross, et al. (graphic novel)

  • The Unwritten, Vol. 7: The Wound by Mike Carey, with art by Peter Gross, et al. (graphic novel)

  • Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow (293 pp.)
    first line: "I didn't tell Dad about Granmama's white owl."


NOVEMBER (6)

  • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (328 pp.)
    first line (of the prologue): "The Summer King knelt before her."
    first line (of the first chapter): "'Four-ball, side pocket.'"

  • The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer (311 pp.)
    first line: "Someone was standing by his bed, a person completely unlike anyone Tendai had ever met."

  • Keeper of Soles by Teresa Bateman, with illustrations by Yayo

  • The Yellow House by Blake Morrison, with illustrations by Helen Craig

  • Rachel Rising Volume 1: The Shadow of Death by Terry Moore (graphic novel)

  • Rachel Rising Volume 2: Fear No Malus by Terry Moore (graphic novel)


DECEMBER (4)

  • Hey Skinny! Great Advertisements from the Golden Age of Comic Books by Miles Beller and Jerry Leibowitz, with preface by Jay Chiat (95 pp.)
    first line (of the preface): "I began looking at comic books at the newsstand on the corner of Holland and Lydig Avenues in The Bronx."

  • A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer (468 pp.)
    first line: "Faris Nallaneen arrived at the gates of Greenlaw on the same day winter did."

  • Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink (343 pp.)
    first line: "Perhaps because it seems so appropriate, I don't notice the rain."

  • Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst (310 pp.)
    "'Almost there,' Grandpa said."
 

March 1st, 2013

Relatively Recent Reading @ 08:22 am

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JANUARY


  • The Ghost Writer by John Harwood (369 pp.)
    first line: "I first saw the photograph on a hot January afternoon in my mother's bedroom."

  • Popigami: When Everyday Paper Pops! paper engineered by James Diaz, illustrated by Francesca Diaz (picture book)
    first line: "Good news can fly-- / off the page / to our eyes, / filling our hearts / with joyful surprise."

  • Cat by B. Kliban (picture book)

  • Ghost Ocean by S. M. Peters (479 pp.)
    first line: "This is a sham, Te thought."

  • The Game of Sunken Places by M. T. Anderson (260 pp.)
    first line (of the prologue): "The woods were silent, other than the screaming."
    first line (of the first chapter): "The envelope was outlined in gold leaf and addressed in Gothic script."



FEBRUARY


  • The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone by Dene Low, with illustrations by Jen Corace
    first line: "There is something terribly wrong with Mr. Augustus T. Percival."

  • Blankets by Craig Thompson (graphic novel) (582 pp.)
    first line: "When we were young, my little brother Phil and I shared the same bed."

  • The Girl with the Green Ear: Stories About Magic in Nature by Margaret Mahy, with illustrations by Shirley Hughes (100 pp.)
    stories: The Good Wizard of the Forest / The Girl with the Green Ear / The Playground / Chocolate Porridge (and who ate it) / The Trees / The Merry-go-round / Thunderstorms and Rainbows / Green Needles / Don't Cut the Lawn!

  • Tomorrow's Wizard by Patricia MacLachlan, with illustrations by Kathy Jacobi
    first line: "Long ago, but not so long as to embarrass anyone, Tomorrow's Wizard sat high in a tree looking at the world."

  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (317 pp.)
    first line: "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

    This was, of course, a reread...my fourth reading of the book, I think?

  • Dream Spinner by Bonnie Dobkin (257 pp)
    first line (of the prologue): "The old house crouched in the overgrown lot as though it was ashamed to be seen."
    first line (of the first chapter): "The black eye hadn't been nearly enough, Jori thought."

 

January 7th, 2013

Recent Reading @ 07:51 pm

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DECEMBER

  • The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan (380 pp.)
    first line (of the "editor's preface"): "I have visited the old Wight Farm and its 'red tree,' there where the house squats ancient and neglected below the bogs that lie at the southern edge of Ramswool Pond."
    first line (of the first chapter): "7 May 2008 (Wednesday, 9:38 a.m.) / I'm almost awake now, starting in on my second cup of coffee, sitting here at the kitchen table, and writing this in the spiral-bound notebook I purchased down in Coventry, a little over a week ago."
     

    December 4th, 2012

    Recent Reading @ 07:55 pm

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    NOVEMBER

    • An Arkful of Animals, poems selected by William Cole, with illustrations by Lynn Munsinger (77 pp.)
      intro poem: "See the animals -- what an arkful! / Of squirrels and pigeons, there's a parkful; / Dogs, hyenas -- how it's barkful; / All that singing means it's larkful / / And outside, the seas are sharkful."

    • Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde (212 pp.)
      first line: "When Ian came into Kerry's room to ask for a favor, it never occurred to her that her four-year-old brother could ask her to do something that might get her killed."

    • 101 Unuseless Japanese Inventions: The Art of Chindogu by Kenji Kawakami, translated and w/additional text by Dan Papie and edited by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (159 pp.)
      first line (of the editor's foreword): "Genius has most satisfactorily been described as the infinite capacity to take pains."
      first line (of the introduction): "There are those who date the dawn of our species at the invention of the first tool."
      first line: "Every Chindogu is an almost useless object, but not every almost useless object is a Chindogu."

    • Guide for the Unlucky by Kyle Bean (pop-up book)
      first line: "Mirror / Mirrors crack open portals into the past and into the future, beyond life where death is made visible."

    • Britten and Brülightly by Hannah Berry (graphic novel)
      first line: "As it did every morning / with spiteful inevitability / the sun rose."

    • A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown by Julia Scheeres (250 pp.)
      first line (of the introduction): "Had I walked by 1859 Geary Boulevard in San Francisco when Peoples Temple was in full swing, I certainly would have been drawn to the doorway."
      fires line (of the first chapter): "The journey up the coastline was choppy, the shrimp trawler too far out to get a good look at the muddy shore."

    • Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler (174 pp.)
      first line: "Lisabeth Lewis didn't mean to become Famine."

    • Enigma: A Magical Mystery by Graham Baese (36 pp.) (picture book)
      first line: "Young Bertie Badger's Grandpa was a conjurer of note, / With magic spells and magic wand and magic hat and coat."

    • There's a Dead Person Following My Sister Around by Vivian Vande Velde
      first line: "Most ghost stories start with a new house."

      Extended quote:

      "Most ghost stories start with a new house. Well, actually, it's usually an old house, a little bit run-down but with more rooms than your average Howard Johnson--most of them with dark corners and cobwebs. But it's new to the people about to get haunted: The family moves out to the country or to an island dominated by an abandoned lighthouse; or the kids are sent to visit Great-Aunt Agatha, who lives by the windswept moors and talks to herself; or the car gets a flat tire or the horse breaks its leg, and the travelers are miles from anything except the gloomy mansion on top of the hill. The house is generally situated someplace that has frequent thunderstorms, preferably between a swamp and a cemetery.

      "Our house is old, but we've been living here peacefully forever....

      "And we're not out in the middle of nowhere, either....

      "So, no swamps, cemeteries, or windswept moors. (Just to be sure, I asked Zach what a moor is and he said it's a black person. I told him that sounded stupid, but his tenth-grade class is reading Othello and he showed me where it says 'Othello the Moor'; and there's Othello on the cover, definitely black. I'm not sure what's so spooky about a windswept black person, but anyway, the closest black people are the Baileys, five houses down.)"

    • Walter Wick's Optical Tricks by Walter Wick (45 pp.) (picture book)
      first line: "Dear Reader, / Enter the puzzling world of optical illusions, where your eyes see things that your brain misunderstands."

    • Walk of the Spirits by Richie Tankersley Cusick (328 pp.)
      first line: "She was tired today because of the screaming."

    • The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry, with illustrations by the author (174 pp.)
      first line: "Once upon a time there was a family named Willoughby: an old-fashioned type of family, with four children."
     

    November 24th, 2012

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    JULY

    • Half Magic by Edward Eager, with illustrations by N.M. Bodecker (192 pp.)
      first line: "It began one day in summer about thirty years ago, and it happened to four children."

    • Mazes and Labyrinths in Great Britain by John Martineau (58 pp.)
      first line: "The first section of this book deals with 'Mazes', designs in which you can get lost, where choices are offered to the walker and some paths may not lead to the goal; mazes are, by and large, a modern trend."

    • Unshapely Things by Mark del Franco (305 pp.)
      first line: "The alley was slick with rain and a rainbow-hued slop I didn't want to think about."

    • Nightlife by Rob Thurman (339 pp.)
      first line (of the prologue): "People...they do the craziest shit."
      first line (of the first chapter): "Most kids don't believe in fairy tales very long."

    • M: A Graphic Novel Based on the Film by Fritz Lang by Jon J. Muth (189 pp.)

    • Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli and Richard Tchen (197 pp.)
      first line: "Late afternoon heat strokes the young man's belly."


    AUGUST

    • How Babies are Made by Andrew C. Andry and Steven Schepp (with illustrations by Blake Hampton) (picture book)
      first line: "This is a story about you."

    • Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (323 pp.)
      first line: "Felicia Miller was crying in the bathroom. Again."

    • Amulet, Book One: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi (187 pp.) (graphic novel)

    • Pirate Haiku: Bilge-Sucking Poems / Of Booty, Grog, and Wenches / For Scurvy Sea Dogs by Michael P. Spradlin (185 pp.)
      first line (of the introduction): "What you hold in your hand is a piece of unparalleled history."

    • The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks (362 pp.)
      first line: "Nina was stuck."

    • Devilish by Maureen Johnson (263 pp.)
      first line (of the prologue): "So this was how it ended."
      first line (of the first chapter): "The reviews from the Junior Judges had gone up on the web site in the middle of the night."

    • Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee, with art by Sam Hart and Artur Fujita (graphic novel)

    • 101 Salivations: For the Love of Dogs by Rachael Hale (picture book)
      first line: "On a brisk walk through the park one morning, I found Darcy, a tiny, trembling angel on my feet."

    • UnCONventional: Twenty-Two Tales of Paranormal Gatherings Under the Guise of Conventions, edited by Kate Kaynak and Trisha J. Wooldridge (314 pp.)
      stories: Family Ties / Shadow Harper / Myrtle / Photo of a Mermaid / Belief / The Sirens / M.U.S.E. / What We Found in Our Room / All In / Rejecting Your Reality / Beast in Show / Super Soaker / A Comic End / AlGorethm / So, These Monsters Walk into a Con / Escalation is Academic / The Ascension / The Next Con / Firestorm / Event at MileHiCon / The Waltz / Steampunk Fairy Chick


    SEPTEMBER

    • Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (332 pp.)
      first line: "I think I killed a girl who looked like this once."

    • The Wind in the Rose-Bush and Other Stories of the Supernatural by Mary Wilkins Freeman, with an afterword by Alfred Bendixen (258 pp.)
      stories: The Wind in the Rose-bush / The Shadows on the Wall / Luella Miller / The Southwest Chamber / The Vacant Lot / The Lost Ghost

    • Jeff, One Lonely Guy by Jeff Ragsdale, David Shields and Michael Logan (147 pp)
      first line (of the introduction): "In late October 2011, my friend and former student Jeff Ragsdale posted this flyer around New York City: 'If anyone wants / to talk about / anything, / call me / (347) 469-3173. / Jeff, one lonely guy'"

    • I Paint What I See by Gahan Wilson (126 pp.)

    • So B. It by Sarah Weeks (245 pp.)
      first line: "If truth was a crayon and it was up to me to put a wrapper around it and names its color, I know just what I would call it--dinosaur skin."

    • The Frog and Toad Treasury by Arnold Lobel
      includes: Frog and Toad are Friends (64 pp.), Frog and Toad Together (64 pp.) and Frog and Toad All Year (64 pp.)

    • Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire (346 pp.)
      first line (of the prologue): "June 9, 1995 / The phone was ringing. Again."
      first line (of the first chapter): "December 23, 2009: fourteen years, six months later / December had come to San Francisco in fits and starts, like a visitor who wasn't sure he wanted to stay."


    OCTOBER

    • Fables: Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham, with art by Mark Buckingham, et al. (graphic novel)

    • The Year of Secret Assignments* by Jaclyn Moriarty (340 pp.)
      first line: "QUICK!"

    • Tombstone Humor compiled by Earle Tempel (204 pp.)
      first line (of the foreword): "Life is a manuscript which you add to every day, and then suddenly you are at the last sheet, and you write 'The End,' only perhaps it isn't quite the end."

    • Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith (311 pp.)
      first line: "Lousy idea, us sitting like that on the railroad tracks."

    • archy and mehitabel by Don Marquis (193 pp.)
      first line: "The circumstances of Archy's first appearance are narrated in the following extract from the Sun Dial column of the New York Sun."

    • The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie (491 pp.)
      first line: "i have never spoken to Bindy, / but i am sure that behind her extremely annoying personality she is a beautiful human being."

    • Toto the Tornado Kitten by Jonathan Hall, with illustrations by Carol Ruzicka (picture book)
      first line: "My name is Toto The Kitten."

    • Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough (292 pp.)
      first line (of the prologue): "I was born on the night of Samhain, when the barrier between the worlds is whisper thin and when magic, old magic, sings its heady and sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it."
      first line (of the first chapter): "'Twenty more minutes, Hector,' I say, 'and I'm free of this hellcrater.'"

    • Thresholds by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (243 pp.)
      first line: "It was Maya's second week in the new house."
     

    July 29th, 2012

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    MARCH

    • Dark Sister by Graham Joyce (300 pp.)
      first line: "When Alex had ripped out the boards, in a cracking and splintering of wood, he called Maggie."

    • Wake by Lisa McMann (210 pp.)
      first line: "December 9, 2005, 12:55 p.m. / Janie Hannagan's math book slips from her fingers."

    • Motel of the Mysteries by David Macaulay (96 pp.)
      first line: "IN 1985 A CATACLYSMIC COINCIDENCE OF PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN PROPORTION EXTINGUISHED VIRTUALLY ALL FORMS OF LIFE ON THE NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT."

    • Catku: What Is the Sound of One Cat Napping? by Pat Welch (with Melissa Crowley and Heidi Delgros) (66 pp.)

    • The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney (160 pp.)
      first line: "In the Abalone (Arizona) Morning Tribune for August third there appeared on page five an advertisement eight columns wide and twenty-one inches long."

    • Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan (368 pp.)
      first line: "Henry got up early on the day that changed his life."

    • Spirits That Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (306 pp.)
      first line: "When I was small, my thoughts and feelings were all visual."

    • The Haunting by Margaret Mahy (135 pp.)
      first line: "When, suddenly, on an ordinary Wednesday, it seemed to Barney that the world tilted and ran downhill in all directions, he knew he was about to be haunted again."


    APRIL

    • The Thread that Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (311 pp.)
      first line: "Tom Renfield kicked the door of the girls' rest room open and pushed the mop bucket in ahead of him, wondering if there would be any new graffiti since he last cleaned there a week ago."

    • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (374 pp.)
      first line: "When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold."

    • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (391 pp.)
      first line: "I clasp the flask between my hands even though the warmth from the tea has long since leached into the frozen air."

    • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (390 pp.)
      first line: "I stare down at my shoes, watching as a fine layer of ash settles on the worn leather."

    • Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine
      first line: "The tent is draped with strings of bare bulbs, with bits of mirror tied here and there to make it sparkle."

    • The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler (286 pp.)
      first line (of the prologue): "Each of us has a private Austen."
      first line (of the first chapter): "We sat in a circle on Jocelyn's screened porch at dusk, drinking cold sun tea, surrounded by the smell of her twelve acres of fresh-mowed California grass."

    • The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint (368 pp.)
      first line: "It starts with this faint sound that pulls me out of sleep: a sort of calliope music played on an ensemble of toy instruments."

    • Graveminder by Melissa Marr (324 pp.)
      first line (of the prologue): "Maylene put one hand atop the stone for support; pulling herself up from the soil got harder every year."
      first line (of the first chapter): "Byron Montgomery hadn't been inside the Barrow house in years."


    MAY

    • The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (353 pp.)
      first line: "'It's official,' Harley said. 'They killed the Berliner two nights ago. You're the last.'"

    • A Red Heart of Memories by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (329 pp.)
      first line: "Matt Black met the moss man on Christmas Eve."

    • Past the Size of Dreaming by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (342 pp.)
      first line: "A really big secret can keep you warm on cold nights, stifle hunger, drive shadows back."


    JUNE

    • The God of Mischief by Paul Bajoria (311 pp.)
      first line (of the prologue): "...apart from some doses of physic of Mr Varley's which I privately confess have done nothing to improve my condition."
      first line (of the first chapter): "The chanting grew gradually louder."

    • Kittens of Boxville by Ryosuke Handa (original story), Yoneo Morita (photographs) and Tracy Sunrize Johnson (text) (72 pp.)
      first line: "WELCOME!! / At last you have discovered the fair seaside village of Boxville Sur la Mer!"

    • The City of Spirits by Paul Bajoria (340 pp.)
      first line: "The first time I ever saw the Captain was the moment he stumped awkwardly out of the shadows, swinging himself on his makeshift crutches, coughing consumptively and cursing as the fog filled his sore lungs."

    • Lobster Boy: The Bizarre Life and Brutal Death of Grady Stiles Jr. by Fred Rosen (331 pp.)
      first line: "Gibsonton, Florida / The four-lane blacktop that is Federal Highway 41 rises gently into a bridge that spans the Alafia River."

    • Casket of Souls by Lynn Flewelling (476 pp.)
      first line: "Seregil hadn't been sure what to expect--or rather, he hadn't expected much."
     

    March 19th, 2012

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    JANUARY

    • Fables: Super Team by Bill Willingham, with art by Mark Buckingham, et al. (graphic novel)

    • Bordertown edited by Terri Windling & Mark Alan Arnold (245 pp.)
      stories: Danceland (Emma Bull & Will Shetterly) / Demon (Midori Snyder) / Exile (Bellamy Bach, i.e., Terri Windling) / Mockery (Ellen Kushner & Bellamy Bach, i.e., Terri Windling)

    • White Cat by Holly Black (310 pp.)
      first line: "I wake up barefoot, standing on cold slate tiles."

    • Korgi, Book 3: A Hollow Beginning by Christian Slade (graphic novel/picture book)

    • Must Love Hellhounds (361 pp.)
      stories: The Britlingens Go to Hell (Charlaine Harris) / Angels' Judgment (Nalini Singh) / Magic Mourns (Ilona Andrews) / Blind Spot (Meljean Brook)

    • Rampant by Diana Peterfreund (402 pp.)
      first line: "'"I will never really leave," said the unicorn. Diamond sparkles floated from the tip of its glittering silver horn. "I will always live in your heart."' / I swallowed the bile rising in my throat and forced myself to continue reading."

    • To Fetch a Thief: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn (307 pp.)
      first line: "'I smell trouble,' Bernie said."


    FEBRUARY

    • Freewheel: Volume 1 by Liz Baillie (graphic novel)

    • Freewheel: Volume 2 by Liz Baillie (graphic novel)

    • The Unwritten, Vol. 5: On to Genesis by Mike Carey, with art by Peter Gross, et al. (graphic novel)

    • Time Windows by Kathryn Reiss (260 pp.)
      first line (of the prologue): "Ever after, on muggy, magnolia-scented days, Miranda would stop whatever she was doing and stand silent for a minute or two."
      first line (of the first chapter): "Miranda's parents were singing Sinatra's old song 'New York, New York' in the corniest way, trying to harmonize."

    • Pale Phoenix by Kathryn Reiss (326 pp.)
      first line: "On the morning it all began, Miranda Browne had no idea this day would be different from others."

    • Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye (368 pp.)
      first line: "It was at least forty degrees above warm."

    • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (316 pp.)
      first line: "The grease-slicked hair is a dead giveaway--no pun intended."
     

    January 10th, 2012

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    OCTOBER

    • Jeremy Visick by David Wiseman (170 pp.)
      first line: "'It's rubbish, sir.'"

    • The Séance by Joan Lowery Nixon (210 pp.)
      first line: "I melted back from the window to keep my nightgown from reflecting the pale light of the swelling moon, flattening myself against the ridged window frame."

    • The Unwritten, Vol. 4: Leviathan by Mike Cary, with art by Peter Gross, et al. (graphic novel)

    • The Séance by John Harwood (328 pp.)
      first line: "January 1889 / If my sister Alma had lived, I should never have begun the séances."


    NOVEMBER

    • Thomas Gray: Philosopher Cat by Philip J. Davis, with illustrations by Marguerite Dorian (139 pp.)
      first line (of the introduction): "Introducing Thomas Gray, a cat, and Lucas Fysst, a slightly eccentric Fellow of Pembroke College."
      first line (of the first chapter): "Thomas Gray, the Pembroke College Cat, was not descended from a long line of Cambridge cats as was the Huxleys' cat or the Thomsons' cat."

    • The Traitor Game by B. R. Collins (295 pp.)
      first line: "It made sense that it happened on that particular day."

    • Midnighters, Volume 1: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfield (383 pp.)
      first line: "The halls of Bixby High School were always hideously bright on the first day of school."


    DECEMBER

    • Sleight of Hand by Peter S. Beagle (287 pp.)
      stories: The Rock in the Park / Sleight of Hand / The Children of the Shark God / The Best Worst Monster / What Tune the Enchantress Plays / La Lune T'Attend / Up the Down Beanstalk: A Wife Remembers / The Rabbi's Hobby / Oakland Dragon Blues / The Bridge Partner / Dirae / Vanishing / The Woman Who Married the Man in the Moon

    • The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (322 pp.)
      first line: "The pipe under the sink was leaking again."

    • Killing Rites (The Black Sun's Daughter, Book 4) by M.L.N. Hanover (367 pp.)
      first line (of the prologue): "Now that she was alone with him, Marisol wished she'd paid more attention the first time Carl scared her."
      first line (of the first chapter): "'So, Miss Jayné,' Father Chapin said, pronouncing my name correctly: Zha-nay."

    • The Candy Darlings by Christine Walde (306 pp.)
      first line (of the prologue): "Once upon a time, I saw the world the way I thought I was supposed to: as a place where the normal reigned and the weak perished under the strong."
      first line (of the first chapter): "In the April of that year, my mother died."
     

    October 15th, 2011

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    JULY

    • Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn (339 pp.)
      first line: "Finally, after driving all night, Evie arrived."

    • The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones
      first line (of HOW TO USE THIS BOOK): "What to do first / 1. Find the MAP. It will be there. No Tour of Fantasyland is complete without one."

    • Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede (234 pp.)
      stories: Rikiki and the Wizard / The Princess, the Cat and the Unicorn / Roses by Moonlight / The Sixty-two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd / Earthwitch / The Sword-Seller / The Lorelei / Stronger Than Time / Cruel Sisters / Utensile Strength / Quick After-Battle Triple Chocolate Cake / Notes from the Author

    • Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy by Rachel Simmons (199 pp.)

    • The Lurker at the Threshold by H. P. Lovecraft and August Derleth (186 pp.)
      first line: "North of Arkham the hills rise dark, wild, and wooded, and much overgrown, an area through which the Miskatonic flows seaward, almost at one boundary of the wooded tract."

    • The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen (269 pp.)
      first line: "It took a moment for Emily to realize the car had come to a stop."

    • My Cat's Not Fat, He's Just Big-Boned by Nicole Hollander (111 pp.)

    • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (369 pp.)
      first line (of the prologue): "FROM THE JOURNALS OF DR. LESTER SHEEHAN / MAY 3, 1993 / I haven't laid eyes on the island in several years."
      first line (of the first chapter): "Teddy Daniels's father had been a fisherman."

    • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (349 pp.)
      first line (of the prologue): "I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen."
      first line (of the first chapter): "I spent the last afternoon of Before constructing a 1/10,000-scale replica of the Empire State Building from boxes of adult diapers."

    • Spellbound by Anna Dale (280 pp.)
      first line: "It goes without saying that brothers and sisters often share things with each other, like knock knees, turned-up noses, freckles, the measles, and -- if they are kind and generous -- toys and bags of sweets; but apart from sharing the same father and mother, Athene and Zachary Enright, aged twelve and six respectively, didn't share anything at all."


    AUGUST

    • Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett (254 pp.)
      first line: "On a warm October night in Chicago, three deliveries were made in the same neighborhood."

    • The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth (54 pp.)
      first line: "Once upon a time, far away in Japan, a poor young artist sat alone in his little house, waiting for his dinner."

    • The Comical Celtic Cat by Norah Golden (picture book)

    • Willie Was Different: A Children's Story by Norman Rockwell (picture book)

    • The Witch's Handbook by Malcolm Bird (96 pp.)

    • Pigs from 1 to 10 by Arthur Geisert (picture book)
      first line: "One night, Mother read us a book about a lost place with huge stone configurations."

    • The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli (148 pp.)
      stories: Mongoose / Brenda / Sonseray / April Mendez

    • Patently Absurd: The Most Ridiculous Devices Ever Invented by Christopher Cooper (96 pp.)
      first line (of the introduction): "Patents are strange things--even the sanest and most sensible among them (none of which, we hope have strayed into this book) look slightly wacky."

    • Borderland created by Terri Windling & Mark Alan Arnold (252 pp.)
      stories: Prodigy (Stephen R. Boyett) / Gray (Bellamy Bach, i.e., Terri Windling) / Stick (Charles de Lint) / Charis (Ellen Kushner)

    • Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull (454 pp.)
      first line (of the prologue): "The prince dangled in the darkness, shoulders aching, ancient manacles digging into his wrists as he tried to sleep."
      first line (of the first chapter): "Over the centuries individuals have crossed from our world to Lyrian in a variety of ways."

    • The Time Warp Trio: Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka, with illustrations by Lane Smith (55 pp.)
      first line: "'Halt, vile knaves. Prepare to die.'"

    • A Stir of Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (211 pp.)
      first line: "Susan's gaze slid past her mirror image as she headed into the locker room, arrested, returned."

    • Puzzle Island by Paul Adshead (picture book)
      first line: "Dear Friend, / I am in urgent need of your help."


    SEPTEMBER

    • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, translated by Reg Keeland (533 pp.)
      first line (of the prologue): "A Friday in November / It happened every year, was almost a ritual."
      first line (of the first chapter): "Friday, 20.xii / The trial was irretrievably over; everything that could be said had been said, but he had never doubted that he would lose."

    • The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga (311 pp.)
      first line (epigram): "There are there things in this world that I want more than anything. I'll tell you the first two, but I'll never tell you the third."
      first line (of the first chapter): "I want to not rid the bus to school every day, but that would be a waste of a really big want--it'll take care of itself eventually."

    • The Mennyms by Sylvia Waugh (213 pp.)
      first line: "Loftus / Palmerston District / Dubbo / New South Wales / Australia / 10th September / Dear Sir Magnus, / Seems strange me writing a letter like this to a sir and all that."

    • American Widow by Alissa Torres, with art by Sungyoon Choi (210 pp.) (graphic novel)

    • The Vagina Monologues (The V-Day Edition) by Eve Ensler (185 pp.)
      first line (of the foreword by Gloria Steinem): "I come from the 'down there' generation."
      first line (of the introduction): "I am not sure why I was chosen."
      first line: "I bet you're worried."

    • Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks (230 pp.)
      first line: "It's hard to know where to start with this."

    • Korgi, Book 1: Sprouting Wings! by Christian Slade (graphic novel/picture book)

    • Korgi, Book 2: The Cosmic Collector by Christian Slade (graphic novel/picture book)

    • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (387 pp.)
      first line: "The circus arrives without warning."
     

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