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JonahofArc's 75 Book Challenge For 2012!

75 Books Challenge for 2012

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May 9, 2012, 6:10pm Top

Ha... only 75? I'll take this down easily!
Any suggestions on pretty much ANYTHING would be great, from YA books to movies to see.
I'm Interested in Archeology, Egyptology, fantasy, and sci-fi. Children books are.. okay... but YA books would be preferred.
Here's my list!

January 2012:
In Darkness, Death by Dorothy Hoobler
Kane Chronicles Book 3 by Rick Riodan
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep

February 2012:
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Flush " "
Scat " "

March 2012:
Castle in the Sky by Diana Wayne Jones
MockingJay by Suzanne Collins

April 2012:
The Yellow Submarine by The Beatles
Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abby - Still Reading

May 2012:
Dragon Sea by Frank Pope

May 9, 2012, 11:09pm Top

The only book I have read on your list is MockingJay. Any you especially liked to recommend to me?:)

May 10, 2012, 5:20pm Top

Yes! I don't know if you have seen the Anime "Howl's Moving Castle" but the book the movie was based off of is by Dianna Wayne Jones, who also wrote "Castle in the Sky". Another good one is Dragonwings, the story of a Chinese boy that comes to America to work with his father in the west. It's like an immigration story, same time period, but different side of the world.

May 10, 2012, 5:36pm Top

Some Egyptian YA that I absolutely loved:

The golden goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw would have to be one of my top 3 YA titles ever read. It's the story of a boy, Ranofer, in ancient Egypt, whose father had him apprenticed to a goldsmith until he died. Now he's the de facto property of his half brother... There are tomb robbers, mysteries and lots of cool stuff about the goldsmithing business in the ancient world.

Mara, Daughter of the Nile by the same author.

Also, The Lost Queen of Egypt by Lucile Morrison, about Tutankhamon and his queen, daughter of Akhenaten. Really made me curious about the whole Amarna era.

There's a trio of novels that are aimed more at adults but I would think would still be readable at YA level, by Pauline Gedge, about the fall of the Hyksos occupiers and the foundation of the 18th dynasty. It's a trilogy; the first is The Hippopotamus Marsh. Impeccably researched.

Edited: May 10, 2012, 5:47pm Top

Looks like you are a fellow fan of Carl Hiassen, Jonah. I think he's an underrated wrtier, myself, so I'm always happy to see other people who appreciate him. His adult books are pretty good, too!

May 10, 2012, 6:01pm Top

Thanks Jonah! I will definitely look for those books at my library!

May 10, 2012, 6:06pm Top

Yea, I'm not a HUGE fan of environmentalist books, but he puts spins on his books that I like. If you like Carl Hiassen, the Monkey Wrench Gang I would also suggest to you!

May 10, 2012, 6:09pm Top

Thank you so much! I don't read a whole lot of Egyptian-themed books, but I hear you like the Rick Riordan Red Pyramid. Have you read The Throne of Fire? I am a big fan of both of those books:)

May 10, 2012, 6:37pm Top

Yes, I've read all three of them, The Serpents Shadow just came out if you didn't already know! I like pretty much all of Rick Riordan's books, I even have all of the Percy Jackon Books signed by him!

May 10, 2012, 6:44pm Top

Oh really??? Cool! I didn't know that! Oooh I am jealous:)

May 10, 2012, 9:22pm Top

The Blue Hawk by Peter Dickinson is set in ancient Egypt.

May 14, 2012, 8:04pm Top

Thanks guys! I've requested most of the books from the library already!

May 14, 2012, 8:21pm Top

Hi Jonah - welcome to the group. I lived in Egypt for a year in the 1980's (yep I'm ancient too) and the place and its people are fascinating. In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh is about visiting modern Egypt. The books of Christian Jacq are great reads about ancient Egypt and there are plenty of em.

May 14, 2012, 10:23pm Top

It looks like the Christian Jacq books will keep you busy for awhile. Watch out for Chatterbox - she's dangerous with book recommendations. Your list of books to be read will grow quickly.

May 14, 2012, 11:57pm Top

Paul - Awesome! That's where I want to live and work after I get my P.HD in Archeology. I'll spend 20 years there, get rich, get a house and Dubai, and retire to be a college professor. My list of Egypt books is ever growing!

Mom - Probably, I have this GIANT list right now of things to read, just a couple more added in i guess!

May 15, 2012, 10:34am Top

Jonah, I'm glad you are getting lots of book recommendations. This group will keep you busy! I'll be reading The Cairo Trilogy by Maguib Mahfouz sometime this year. The first book is Palace Walk. I'll let you know more about it when I get it read.

>15 JonahofArc:: Those are some excellent goals. I wish you the best of luck with them, especially the "get rich" part. I know your family will enjoy visiting you in Egypt.

May 15, 2012, 7:23pm Top

Jonah, great goals!!!! I am going to earn a medical degree, discover the cure to cancer, and then be really rich and buy a villa in the south of France:)

May 15, 2012, 8:37pm Top

Jonah / Callia - I still have my own dreams for the future - they have been modified somewhat from dreams of world domination to the aim of being the boss in my own household!

May 15, 2012, 8:58pm Top

Paul- Always best to start small!:)

Edited: May 17, 2012, 12:22am Top

Paul- yep me and my friends plot to take over the world! We call it the Jacksonian Empire. We have our own facebook page and everything. I'm official songwriter/poet/speech writer
and ruler of all the Americas.

May 19, 2012, 12:03am Top

Jonah - hahaha - can we do a deal and I get AsiaPacific?

May 19, 2012, 10:02pm Top

Sure! We are still dividing up all sections, I'll see what I can do :D

May 28, 2012, 10:28am Top

Nice haul, Jonah! Did you like The Woman in Black? I've never read it.

No you didn't, but that's really cool! My favorite books are WWII books.

May 30, 2012, 5:10pm Top

The Woman in Black was AMAZING! It had a old time classical ghost story feel to it. Im going to see the movie tonight or tomorrow!

May 30, 2012, 8:46pm Top

Oh cool! Tell me how you like it.

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