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Bill_Bryson_A_Walk_In_The_WoodsOne of my favorite books ever is Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. I’m not sure how many times I have read it – at least 10. I reread it every summer.  

It is one of the funniest books I have ever read. I laugh aloud when I am reading this.

The book is about hiking the Appalachian Trail. But it is more than just Bryson recounting what happen while he was hiking. He provides a great deal of information about the history of the trail and the American wildness. 

This book is also great to listen to during car trips. My mom and I listened to it a few years ago while driving to the beach.  

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the way life should beI have been searching for a good summer book this year, and I finally found one. 

“The Way Life Should Be” is a story about a woman whose life falls apart, and she takes some risks to change her life. Life doesn’t end up working out the way she thinks it will, but in the end, she is happy. 

I read the book in two days, and it was a great read. It wasn’t too thought provoking or heavy, but realistic enough to make me care about the main character – that is what qualifies it as a great summer book for me. 

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no-oneOn the eve of my daughter’s first gallery reception, (Yes, I am taking a two-year-old to a gallery reception with glass at it. Lots of glass.) we have been reading some great books that my favorite aunt bought for us at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

The books are No One Saw…Ordinary Things by Bob Raczka and Matisse Dance with Joy by Susan Goldman Rubin.

No One Saw…Ordinary Things discusses how great artists saw ordinary things differently than anyone else. “No one saw stars like Vincent Van Gogh.” It is a great book that she loves. I love exposing her to art at an early age, and I hope she’ll love it. She certainly loves these books

If you’re interested in checking out some art in Columbus, go to “Materials Matter” at Art Access Gallery in Bexley.

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I love books. I read constantly and so does the munchkin. I’m always looking for book recommendation. 

So, need some Christmas present ideas? The New York Times has released their list of notable children’s books of 2008. Here is the list:

Wabi Sabi
By Mark Reibstein. Illustrated by Ed Young.
Little, Brown & Company Books for Young Readers. $16.99. (Ages 3 to 6)

In this book of ingeniously layered text — both narrative and haiku — and gorgeous collage art, a cat named Wabi Sabi sets out to discover the meaning of her name. Chosen by The Times as a Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2008.

The Kingdom on the Waves
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 2.
By M. T. Anderson.
Candlewick Press. $22.99. (Ages 14 and up)

This sequel completes the story of race and revolution told in “The Pox Party.” As Octavian Nothing, escaped from slavery, joins up with British forces in Boston, his story encompasses both the comic and the tragic with sweeping ambition.

Sunrise Over Fallujah
By Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Press. $17.99. (Ages 12 and up)

An idealistic young soldier lands in Iraq’s deadly hall of mirrors, in a kind of sequel to Myers’s 1988 Vietnam novel, “Fallen Angels.” In this powerful new book, laced with violence but also warmth and humor, the narrator faces humanitarian missions that turn into deadly ambushes (a detonator is concealed in a tub of flour) and bears witness to the killing of friend and enemy alike.

I have not read this book yet. However, Fallen Angels is one of my favorite books. Walter Dean Myers is a wonderful young adult author. 

The Hunger Games
By Suzanne Collins
Scholastic Press. $17.99. (Ages 12 and up)

A brilliantly plotted tale that begins after North American society has been decimated by climate change and war. In this world, children fight to the death in ritual games — a form of both repression and entertainment in the country of Panem. When her younger sister is picked to compete, Katniss Everdeen, a skilled hunter, makes the fateful choice to take her place.

Little Brother
By Cory Doctorow
Tor/Tom Doherty Associates. $17.95. (Ages 13 and up)

A near-future terrorist attack hits San Francisco, and Marcus Yallow, 17, playing hooky from high school, is detained in the crackdown that follows. The experience leads him into an ingenious program of resistance and civil rights activism in a novel that is at once an entertaining thriller, a thoughtful polemic and a practical handbook of digital-age self-defense.

By Marion Bataille
Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press. $19.95. (Ages 5 and up)

A simple but sophisticated idea animates this small, chunky pop-up book, which does wonders with the letters A through Z. In Bataille’s paper engineering, B doubles as 3, C flips over to become a D, U is a perfect pa rabola, and so on, all in bold black, white and red. This stylish and interactive work of art can be read again and again.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
By Mem Fox. Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Harcourt Children’s Books. $16. (Ages 3 to 5)

A witty and winsome look at babies around the world that has a toe-tapping refrain: the words sound easy and familiar, as though they have been handed down to children forever. And the story ends with a pitch-perfect moment: one little baby who is “mine, all mine.”

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
By E. Lockhart
Hyperion. $16.99. (Ages 12 and up)

A nominee for a National Book Award in young people’s literature, E. Lockhart’s latest concerns “a nice girl” who remakes herself as a “near-criminal mastermind,” with pranks that upend her school’s oppressive power structure (created by and for boys). It’s a homage to girl power, with a protagonist who is fearless.

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