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"Read 25 Books by the End of the Year" Challenge

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by George, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. Nowhereman

    Nowhereman Well-Known Member

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    I forgot to add The Prince, I edited.

    Impressive list Chic, but your reading list IN high school was just as impressive. I think I'll do Shakespeare next year, I have complete Pelican edition, and Sherlock Holmes too.

    I would like to do this next year. 100 seems awesome but I think 52, one a week, is a goal most Americans should try to accomplish. 2 week! Whoa! That would be a challenge :nod:.

    I've read some journal articles here and there, mostly reading stuff, but I didn't add them here. Oh and my Entertainment Weekly ( I love that Magazine!)
     
  2. chicanerous

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    It was? If I posted whatever I was reading then somewhere on here, it would be 4-6 years old now -- you must have a good memory! :lol:
     
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  3. Pete5

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    Sure, whatever you guys would like to go with. A lot depends on the length of the book.
     
  4. Nowhereman

    Nowhereman Well-Known Member

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    I think I told you before, my memory is funny it remembers little things but has a hard time with other stuff.

    I'd like to hear George chime in, since he is the originator of this here thread.

    Probably my favorite non-fitness related thread.
     
  5. Nowhereman

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    1) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Instruction-That-Works-Third/dp/1593852282/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215638566&sr=8-1"]Reading Instruction That Works: The Case for Balanced Teaching[/URL]
     
            A reading instruction book that promotes the use of the skills
     emphasis model and whole language. 
     
    2) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Comprehension-Second-Strategies-Independent/dp/159385756X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1217439162&sr=8-2"]Reading Comprehension: Strategies for Independent Learners[/URL]
     
          Another reading instruction book that lists strategies students 
    can use to become better readers.
     
    3) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Neverwhere-A-Novel/dp/0060557818/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219107238&sr=8-1"]Neverwhere[/URL]
          Fantasy book about two Londons. It's my second Gaiman book (first 
    being Coraline) and my first audiobook. I honestly got lost in the book 
    numerous times. I really enjoyed the villains Croup and Vandemar. 
    Also some of the shady 
    characters I thought were great (Marquis de Carabas).
     
    4) [U][URL="http://www.amazon.com/Absolute-DC-Frontier-Darwyn-Cooke/dp/1401210805/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219107397&sr=1-3"]New Frontier[/URL][/U]
          Graphic novel that was tons better than the animated version
    I enjoyed it but I wish that I had read it BEFORE seeing the movie.
    A couple of scenes would have had more of an effect on me.
     
    5) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/13-Clocks-James-Thurber/dp/1590172752/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221529771&sr=8-1"]The 13 Clocks[/URL]
          A cute story. Fun to read, it has a very rhythmical tone to it. I
     think it would make a great read aloud for kids. Quick read.
     
    6) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Titans-Curse-Percy-Jackson-Olympians/dp/1423101480/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221988657&sr=8-1"]The Titan's Curse[/URL]
          I enjoy this series. Mythology set in present, and made accessible
     to kids. They're making the first one into a movie but I wonder how good 
    it will be. a lot of the humor and charm comes from Percy's , the protagonist, 
    thinking on what's going on. Inner monologues work well in books
    but kind of stink in movies.
     
    7) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Battle-Labyrinth-Percy-Jackson-Olympians/dp/1423101464/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223160467&sr=8-1"]The Battle of the Labyrinth[/URL]
          The next part, after the Titan's Curse, in the Percy Jackson
    and the Olympians series. My favorite part is when they get to the 
    riddle asking Sphinx and she doesn't use the same riddle shes used
    in the old mythology. Instead she busts out with a answer document
    and asks random trivia. They go on to break her grading machine
    and she yells:
     
    "My grading machine...I can't be exemplary without my test scores!"
     
    Being a teacher I find this funny since this is the type of tests
    states are forcing students to take. One of the characters refuses
    to answer the Sphinx's question because it would insult her intelligence. 
     
    8) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Civil-War-Narrative-Fort-Sumter-Perryville/dp/0394746236/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226557925&sr=8-2"]Civil War: A Narrative Vol 1[/URL]
    This monster of a book should count as two or three! But it was
    and audiobook. I enjoyedit, even if I can't remember most of what 
    was said. I remember the info on the presidents and a couple of
     interesting tid bits here and there. 
     
    9) Peter Pan
           Man, Peter is one annoying kid, and there isn't a good 
    bone in Tink. But I still enjoyed the book and now that I've read it 
    (heard Tim Curry) I dislike the movie Hook with Robin Williams even 
    more.
     
    10) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Professor-Madman-Insanity-English-Dictionary/dp/0060839783/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228875612&sr=8-1"]The Professor and the Madman[/URL]
              Interesting little book on some of the better contributors to 
    the Oxford English Dictionary. A person who was quite insane and 
    murdered a person but yet was able to contribute so much to the 
    dictionary. Pretty good simple read with some backrground info on
    lexicography
     
    11) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Watchmen-Absolute-Alan-Moore/dp/1401207138/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228876128&sr=1-1"]Watcmen (Absolute Edition)[/URL]
               There is just NO WAY the movie could do the book justice.
    Too many little things they'll have to omit due to time. GREAT piece
    of work. Absolute indeed.
     
    12) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Ultimates-Vol-1-Mark-Millar/dp/0785110828/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228876275&sr=1-1"]The Ultimates Vol. 1[/URL]
            What utter piece of crap. I'm glad I didn't buy it. It started off 
    well enough, the stuff on Captain America was pretty good. But it
    bugged me how they portrayed Bruce Banner, totally week and 
    insecure. I didn't like where they were heading with him. And I was 
    right, I just didn't buy what his character ended up doing. Boo!
     
    13) [URL="http://http://www.amazon.com/Prince-Niccolo-Machiavelli/dp/1440428034/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228880359&sr=8-1"]The Prince[/URL]
             I wonder how much of it is still followed. Obviously some things
    are outdated. But there is some good advice in there, I think
     
    14) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Tortillas-Nevaron-Folktales-Spanish-English/dp/0938317768/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229559989&sr=8-1"]The Day it Snowed Tortillas[/URL]
             I read this book with my classroom. Hilarious Folk Tales.
    A number of them take place in New Mexico. I will actually see
    the storyteller, Joe Hayes, next year. He is coming to a dinner
    meeting a teaching organization is holding. Your kids will love 
    this book. The stories have the Spanish and the English versions.
     
    15) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Year-Dog-Grace-Lin/dp/031606002X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229560167&sr=1-1"]Year of the Dog[/URL]
          Cute enough story of a little girl, named Grace Lin. She tries
    to discover her talent in the year of the Dog, since it is a year
    for friendship and finding oneself. QUICK read and it's meant for
    the elementary schoolers.
     
    16) [URL="http://http://www.amazon.com/Please-Write-This-Book-Amato/dp/0823421384/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229560591&sr=1-1"]Please Write in This Book[/URL]
          Another classroom read. It a short little book about kids
    who take turns writing in a classroom notebook. They end up
    talking trash, fighting, etc but in the end they learn how to
    work together.
     
    17) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Mens-Health-Huge-Hurry-Stronger/dp/1605299340/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229560301&sr=1-1"]Huge In a Hurry[/URL]
           Waterbury's new book. It's a bit different then what I'm 
    used to seeing. The book has different phases: strength (more
    strength), getting big (getting bigger) and getting lean. The 
    getting bigger section has one doing HFT, going to they gym
    twice a day. It's only for about a month. You go to the gym 3x
    in all the workots and the exercises are usually about 3. 
    Upperbody pulling, upperbody pushing, and lowerbody. Oh and 
    you are supposed to lift as fast as possible, without sacrificing
    form. Intersting read, I will try it, since I've liked Waterbury's
    stuff before (even if it's a bit weird). I won't know if it works
    until I try it.
     
    
     
  6. George

    George Senior Member

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    Sorry I haven't been in here much, guys. Finals, blah blah. I was thinking of a "50 in 2009" thread for next year. As always, everyone is more than welcome to read more than the minimum. :)

    I'm also leaning towards a structure where you bump the thread with each book finish instead of the "update one post" model that a few others and I have been using. Mostly because people join at random times and it's hard to separate the update posts from the chat ones. Suggestions are welcome, mind.

    Also; Pete, have you read "Under the Bar" by Dave Tate? It seems like it might be up your alley based on the stuff you've been reading. :)
     
  7. gitoutmyi

    gitoutmyi Active Member

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    I'm in next year. I really need to start reading more books. I've been really out of it for years now :doh: I could go for 50 but I don't know if I could make 100. That's a big number there, ha
     
  8. Nowhereman

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    1) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Instruction-That-Works-Third/dp/1593852282/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215638566&sr=8-1"]Reading Instruction That Works: The Case for Balanced Teaching[/URL]
     
            A reading instruction book that promotes the use of the skills
     emphasis model and whole language. 
     
    2) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Comprehension-Second-Strategies-Independent/dp/159385756X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1217439162&sr=8-2"]Reading Comprehension: Strategies for Independent Learners[/URL]
     
          Another reading instruction book that lists strategies students 
    can use to become better readers.
     
    3) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Neverwhere-A-Novel/dp/0060557818/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219107238&sr=8-1"]Neverwhere[/URL]
          Fantasy book about two Londons. It's my second Gaiman book (first 
    being Coraline) and my first audiobook. I honestly got lost in the book 
    numerous times. I really enjoyed the villains Croup and Vandemar. 
    Also some of the shady 
    characters I thought were great (Marquis de Carabas).
     
    4) [U][URL="http://www.amazon.com/Absolute-DC-Frontier-Darwyn-Cooke/dp/1401210805/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219107397&sr=1-3"]New Frontier[/URL][/U]
          Graphic novel that was tons better than the animated version
    I enjoyed it but I wish that I had read it BEFORE seeing the movie.
    A couple of scenes would have had more of an effect on me.
     
    5) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/13-Clocks-James-Thurber/dp/1590172752/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221529771&sr=8-1"]The 13 Clocks[/URL]
          A cute story. Fun to read, it has a very rhythmical tone to it. I
     think it would make a great read aloud for kids. Quick read.
     
    6) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Titans-Curse-Percy-Jackson-Olympians/dp/1423101480/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221988657&sr=8-1"]The Titan's Curse[/URL]
          I enjoy this series. Mythology set in present, and made accessible
     to kids. They're making the first one into a movie but I wonder how good 
    it will be. a lot of the humor and charm comes from Percy's , the protagonist, 
    thinking on what's going on. Inner monologues work well in books
    but kind of stink in movies.
     
    7) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Battle-Labyrinth-Percy-Jackson-Olympians/dp/1423101464/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223160467&sr=8-1"]The Battle of the Labyrinth[/URL]
          The next part, after the Titan's Curse, in the Percy Jackson
    and the Olympians series. My favorite part is when they get to the 
    riddle asking Sphinx and she doesn't use the same riddle shes used
    in the old mythology. Instead she busts out with a answer document
    and asks random trivia. They go on to break her grading machine
    and she yells:
     
    "My grading machine...I can't be exemplary without my test scores!"
     
    Being a teacher I find this funny since this is the type of tests
    states are forcing students to take. One of the characters refuses
    to answer the Sphinx's question because it would insult her intelligence. 
     
    8) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Civil-War-Narrative-Fort-Sumter-Perryville/dp/0394746236/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226557925&sr=8-2"]Civil War: A Narrative Vol 1[/URL]
    This monster of a book should count as two or three! But it was
    and audiobook. I enjoyedit, even if I can't remember most of what 
    was said. I remember the info on the presidents and a couple of
     interesting tid bits here and there. 
     
    9) Peter Pan
           Man, Peter is one annoying kid, and there isn't a good 
    bone in Tink. But I still enjoyed the book and now that I've read it 
    (heard Tim Curry) I dislike the movie Hook with Robin Williams even 
    more.
     
    10) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Professor-Madman-Insanity-English-Dictionary/dp/0060839783/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228875612&sr=8-1"]The Professor and the Madman[/URL]
              Interesting little book on some of the better contributors to 
    the Oxford English Dictionary. A person who was quite insane and 
    murdered a person but yet was able to contribute so much to the 
    dictionary. Pretty good simple read with some backrground info on
    lexicography
     
    11) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Watchmen-Absolute-Alan-Moore/dp/1401207138/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228876128&sr=1-1"]Watcmen (Absolute Edition)[/URL]
               There is just NO WAY the movie could do the book justice.
    Too many little things they'll have to omit due to time. GREAT piece
    of work. Absolute indeed.
     
    12) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Ultimates-Vol-1-Mark-Millar/dp/0785110828/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228876275&sr=1-1"]The Ultimates Vol. 1[/URL]
            What utter piece of crap. I'm glad I didn't buy it. It started off 
    well enough, the stuff on Captain America was pretty good. But it
    bugged me how they portrayed Bruce Banner, totally week and 
    insecure. I didn't like where they were heading with him. And I was 
    right, I just didn't buy what his character ended up doing. Boo!
     
    13) [URL="http://http://www.amazon.com/Prince-Niccolo-Machiavelli/dp/1440428034/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228880359&sr=8-1"]The Prince[/URL]
             I wonder how much of it is still followed. Obviously some things
    are outdated. But there is some good advice in there, I think
     
    14) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Tortillas-Nevaron-Folktales-Spanish-English/dp/0938317768/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229559989&sr=8-1"]The Day it Snowed Tortillas[/URL]
             I read this book with my classroom. Hilarious Folk Tales.
    A number of them take place in New Mexico. I will actually see
    the storyteller, Joe Hayes, next year. He is coming to a dinner
    meeting a teaching organization is holding. Your kids will love 
    this book. The stories have the Spanish and the English versions.
     
    15) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Year-Dog-Grace-Lin/dp/031606002X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229560167&sr=1-1"]Year of the Dog[/URL]
          Cute enough story of a little girl, named Grace Lin. She tries
    to discover her talent in the year of the Dog, since it is a year
    for friendship and finding oneself. QUICK read and it's meant for
    the elementary schoolers.
     
    16) [URL="http://http://www.amazon.com/Please-Write-This-Book-Amato/dp/0823421384/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229560591&sr=1-1"]Please Write in This Book[/URL]
          Another classroom read. It a short little book about kids
    who take turns writing in a classroom notebook. They end up
    talking trash, fighting, etc but in the end they learn how to
    work together.
     
    17) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Mens-Health-Huge-Hurry-Stronger/dp/1605299340/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229560301&sr=1-1"]Huge In a Hurry[/URL]
           Waterbury's new book. It's a bit different then what I'm 
    used to seeing. The book has different phases: strength (more
    strength), getting big (getting bigger) and getting lean. The 
    getting bigger section has one doing HFT, going to they gym
    twice a day. It's only for about a month. You go to the gym 3x
    in all the workots and the exercises are usually about 3. 
    Upperbody pulling, upperbody pushing, and lowerbody. Oh and 
    you are supposed to lift as fast as possible, without sacrificing
    form. Intersting read, I will try it, since I've liked Waterbury's
    stuff before (even if it's a bit weird). I won't know if it works
    until I try it.
      
    18) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
             A classic. Had to keep reminding myself that this book
    was written a long time ago. Not used to the racial slurring.
    
     
  9. Pete5

    Pete5 Active Member

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    I own it.:) I've just been re-reading The Success Prinicples over and over. It's a darn good book.
     
  10. zenpharaohs

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    My wife just brought back Delavier's Strength Training Anatomy.

    They have diagrams of various exercises which have the muscles involved highlighted. The one for the deadlift is pretty funny, it highlights nearly every muscle you can see.
     
  11. George

    George Senior Member

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    Me too. :nod: I read it twice during this challenge. :lol:
    By Canfield? I might have to pick up a copy.

    ---

    I think I'll start the new book thread either today or tomorrow.
     
  12. paulo_drummer

    paulo_drummer Well-Known Member

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    I'm in, George! And I don't wanna miss the start as I did this year. :doh:

    I'm far away from the goal, but since December is almost over, I'd like to make a last update. :nod:

    1. The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
    2. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
    3. 1984 - George Orwell
    4. Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
    5. Rebel without a Crew - Robert Rodriguez
    6. Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
    7. Slash - Slash and Anthony Bozza
    8. The Messenger - Markus Zusak
    9. New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
    10. Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer

    Currently reading:
    Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer

    Looking forward to 2009's challenge! :spaz:
     
  13. George

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    Wow, did you read all of those in English? That's pretty friggin' impressive! I would be lucky to finish 2 books reading in a different language. :nod:
     
  14. Pete5

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    Yes, by Canfield. It's a bit overwhelming with all of the information, and you can't breeze right through it. It's a book that really makes you think.
     
  15. George

    George Senior Member

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    I had to do the same thing while reading Under The Bar. :lol: I looked for it in a few used book shops yesterday but didn't see that one (though I found some of Canfield's other stuff). I'll probably order it through the JSF Amazon mall.

    ---

    New thread is made for 2009:

    http://forums.johnstonefitness.com/showthread.php?t=45795

    disregard the title for now. :o
     
  16. Nowhereman

    Nowhereman Well-Known Member

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    1) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Instruction-That-Works-Third/dp/1593852282/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215638566&sr=8-1"]Reading Instruction That Works: The Case for Balanced Teaching[/URL]
     
            A reading instruction book that promotes the use of the skills
     emphasis model and whole language. 
     
    2) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Comprehension-Second-Strategies-Independent/dp/159385756X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1217439162&sr=8-2"]Reading Comprehension: Strategies for Independent Learners[/URL]
     
          Another reading instruction book that lists strategies students 
    can use to become better readers.
     
    3) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Neverwhere-A-Novel/dp/0060557818/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219107238&sr=8-1"]Neverwhere[/URL]
          Fantasy book about two Londons. It's my second Gaiman book (first 
    being Coraline) and my first audiobook. I honestly got lost in the book 
    numerous times. I really enjoyed the villains Croup and Vandemar. 
    Also some of the shady 
    characters I thought were great (Marquis de Carabas).
     
    4) [U][URL="http://www.amazon.com/Absolute-DC-Frontier-Darwyn-Cooke/dp/1401210805/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219107397&sr=1-3"]New Frontier[/URL][/U]
          Graphic novel that was tons better than the animated version
    I enjoyed it but I wish that I had read it BEFORE seeing the movie.
    A couple of scenes would have had more of an effect on me.
     
    5) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/13-Clocks-James-Thurber/dp/1590172752/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221529771&sr=8-1"]The 13 Clocks[/URL]
          A cute story. Fun to read, it has a very rhythmical tone to it. I
     think it would make a great read aloud for kids. Quick read.
     
    6) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Titans-Curse-Percy-Jackson-Olympians/dp/1423101480/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221988657&sr=8-1"]The Titan's Curse[/URL]
          I enjoy this series. Mythology set in present, and made accessible
     to kids. They're making the first one into a movie but I wonder how good 
    it will be. a lot of the humor and charm comes from Percy's , the protagonist, 
    thinking on what's going on. Inner monologues work well in books
    but kind of stink in movies.
     
    7) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Battle-Labyrinth-Percy-Jackson-Olympians/dp/1423101464/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223160467&sr=8-1"]The Battle of the Labyrinth[/URL]
          The next part, after the Titan's Curse, in the Percy Jackson
    and the Olympians series. My favorite part is when they get to the 
    riddle asking Sphinx and she doesn't use the same riddle shes used
    in the old mythology. Instead she busts out with a answer document
    and asks random trivia. They go on to break her grading machine
    and she yells:
     
    "My grading machine...I can't be exemplary without my test scores!"
     
    Being a teacher I find this funny since this is the type of tests
    states are forcing students to take. One of the characters refuses
    to answer the Sphinx's question because it would insult her intelligence. 
     
    8) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Civil-War-Narrative-Fort-Sumter-Perryville/dp/0394746236/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226557925&sr=8-2"]Civil War: A Narrative Vol 1[/URL]
    This monster of a book should count as two or three! But it was
    and audiobook. I enjoyedit, even if I can't remember most of what 
    was said. I remember the info on the presidents and a couple of
     interesting tid bits here and there. 
     
    9) Peter Pan
           Man, Peter is one annoying kid, and there isn't a good 
    bone in Tink. But I still enjoyed the book and now that I've read it 
    (heard Tim Curry) I dislike the movie Hook with Robin Williams even 
    more.
     
    10) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Professor-Madman-Insanity-English-Dictionary/dp/0060839783/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228875612&sr=8-1"]The Professor and the Madman[/URL]
              Interesting little book on some of the better contributors to 
    the Oxford English Dictionary. A person who was quite insane and 
    murdered a person but yet was able to contribute so much to the 
    dictionary. Pretty good simple read with some backrground info on
    lexicography
     
    11) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Watchmen-Absolute-Alan-Moore/dp/1401207138/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228876128&sr=1-1"]Watcmen (Absolute Edition)[/URL]
               There is just NO WAY the movie could do the book justice.
    Too many little things they'll have to omit due to time. GREAT piece
    of work. Absolute indeed.
     
    12) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Ultimates-Vol-1-Mark-Millar/dp/0785110828/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228876275&sr=1-1"]The Ultimates Vol. 1[/URL]
            What utter piece of crap. I'm glad I didn't buy it. It started off 
    well enough, the stuff on Captain America was pretty good. But it
    bugged me how they portrayed Bruce Banner, totally week and 
    insecure. I didn't like where they were heading with him. And I was 
    right, I just didn't buy what his character ended up doing. Boo!
     
    13) [URL="http://http://www.amazon.com/Prince-Niccolo-Machiavelli/dp/1440428034/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228880359&sr=8-1"]The Prince[/URL]
             I wonder how much of it is still followed. Obviously some things
    are outdated. But there is some good advice in there, I think
     
    14) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Tortillas-Nevaron-Folktales-Spanish-English/dp/0938317768/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229559989&sr=8-1"]The Day it Snowed Tortillas[/URL]
             I read this book with my classroom. Hilarious Folk Tales.
    A number of them take place in New Mexico. I will actually see
    the storyteller, Joe Hayes, next year. He is coming to a dinner
    meeting a teaching organization is holding. Your kids will love 
    this book. The stories have the Spanish and the English versions.
     
    15) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Year-Dog-Grace-Lin/dp/031606002X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229560167&sr=1-1"]Year of the Dog[/URL]
          Cute enough story of a little girl, named Grace Lin. She tries
    to discover her talent in the year of the Dog, since it is a year
    for friendship and finding oneself. QUICK read and it's meant for
    the elementary schoolers.
     
    16) [URL="http://http://www.amazon.com/Please-Write-This-Book-Amato/dp/0823421384/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229560591&sr=1-1"]Please Write in This Book[/URL]
          Another classroom read. It a short little book about kids
    who take turns writing in a classroom notebook. They end up
    talking trash, fighting, etc but in the end they learn how to
    work together.
     
    17) [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Mens-Health-Huge-Hurry-Stronger/dp/1605299340/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229560301&sr=1-1"]Huge In a Hurry[/URL]
           Waterbury's new book. It's a bit different then what I'm 
    used to seeing. The book has different phases: strength (more
    strength), getting big (getting bigger) and getting lean. The 
    getting bigger section has one doing HFT, going to they gym
    twice a day. It's only for about a month. You go to the gym 3x
    in all the workots and the exercises are usually about 3. 
    Upperbody pulling, upperbody pushing, and lowerbody. Oh and 
    you are supposed to lift as fast as possible, without sacrificing
    form. Intersting read, I will try it, since I've liked Waterbury's
    stuff before (even if it's a bit weird). I won't know if it works
    until I try it.
     
    18) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
             A classic. Had to keep reminding myself that this book
    was written a long time ago. Not used to the racial slurring.
     
    19) [U][URL="http://www.amazon.com/How-Talk-Kids-Can-Learn/dp/0684824728/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230774609&sr=8-2"]How to Talk so Kids Can Learn[/URL][/U]
    Some stuff in this book can come off kind of corny if
    one is to follow it verbatim. Making the statements your own
    would enhance them. The main lesson is listen without judgment.
     
    20) [U][URL="http://www.amazon.com/Batman-Arkham-Asylum-15th-Anniversary/dp/1401204252/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230774744&sr=1-1"]Arkham Asylum[/URL][/U]
    Kind of cool as to how Arkham got started. I thought it
    was an ok story. Some cool parts but I expected a bit more with
    a building full of villians. Joker was great though.
    
    Didn't quite make it.
     

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