Arthur and the Minimoys - Luc Besson [dreadful, he should stick to the day job]
Roots - Alex Haley [amazing]
Here Lies Arthur - Philip Reeve [not as good as the Mortal Engines etc series]
Hello, Groin - Beth Goobie [dissertation-related gay teen lit]
The Boys and the Bees - Joe Babcock [ditto]
Totally Joe - James Howe [ditto]
So Hard To Say - Alex Sanchez [ditto]
Geography Club - Brent Hartinger [ditto]
Swimming in the Monsoon Sea - Shyam Selvadurai [ditto]
Out of the Shadows - Sue Hines [ditto]
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun - Jacqueline Woodson [ditto]
Jack - A.M. Homes [ditto, but this one was actually good]
Weetzie Bat - Francesca Lia Block [ditto, despite mad title this was also actually good]
Persepolis: Story of a Childhood - Marjane Satrapi [hugely recommended]
Toby and the Aqualung - Beatrice Drewe [a poor sequel to a childhood favourite]
Skellig - David Almond
Gideon the Cutpurse - Linda Buckley-Archer
Tom's Midnight Garden - Philippa Pearce
Witch Week - Diana Wynne Jones
Persepolis 2: Story of a Return - Marjane Satrapi [not quite as good as the first one]
Catcall - Linda Newbery [excellent, IMO should be at least shortlisted for this year's Carnegie]
Arthur and the Seeing Stone - Kevin Crossley-Holland
Sisterland - Linda Newbery [another excellent one, really good new author discovery here]


I have been very busy but have managed to read a lot and call it "stock awareness". Apologies once again for lack of contact and not even managing to reply to LJ comments, but rest assured that I do read them and love them. I am just trying to write a dissertation while being chronically ill. Tonight the illness is uppermost so I am doing this instead.

The Hobbit - Tolkien [dramatised version, on tape]
Harding's Luck - E. Nesbit
The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly
A Land Without Magic - Stephen Elboz
Lady: My Life As a Bitch - Melvin Burgess [this is fab!]
Cat Among the Pigeons - Julia Golding
Unheard Voices - Malorie Blackman (ed.)
We Couldn't Leave Dinah - Mary Treadgold
The Book of Three - Lloyd Alexander
Framed - Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Magic City - E. Nesbit
Witch Week - Diana Wynne Jones [on tape, abridged]
My Swordhand Is Singing - Marcus Sedgwick
London Orbital - Iain Sinclair [the man is massively overrated, and I never want to hear the word 'liminal' again]
Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy
Danger by Moonlight - Jamila Gavin
The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler - Gene Kemp
Montmorency and the Assassins - Eleanor Updale
Montmorency's Revenge - Eleanor Updale
The Lives of Christopher Chant - Diana Wynne Jones
The Wool-Pack - Cynthia Harnett
Ruby Holler - Sharon Creech
The Year the Gypsies Came - Linzi Glass
The Borrowers - Mary Norton
Conrad's Fate - Diana Wynne Jones
My So-Called Life - Joanna Nadin [this is brilliant! the next Louise Rennison!]
Luuurve is a Many-Trousered Thing - Louise Rennison
Annie On My Mind - Nancy Garden [classic YA lesbian lit, made me cry]
Just In Time - Meg Rosoff
Tales Before Tolkien - Douglas A. Anderson (ed.)
Postcards From No Man's Land - Adrian Chambers
The Little Bookroom - Eleanor Farjeon
How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff [excellent, better than Just In Time which just won the Carnegie]
Lilith - George Macdonald
The Dark Lord of Derkholm - Diana Wynne Jones [griffin-related, if I ever want to do anything to tie in with the Enfield coat of arms]
A Swift Pure Cry - Siobhan Dowd [better than Just In Time, best of the Carnegie nominations that I've read so far]
The Palace of Laughter - Jon Berkeley [disappointing, needed a good editor]
Toby and the Treasure - Beatrice Drewe [a childhood favourite]
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Mini Grey has won the Greenaway, yay!

All is going well in liz world for once. I attended a three-day international conference for free (when I say international, I mean Manchester, but it was international for some people) and then I handed in an amazing 95-page piece of research (an essay which got out of hand) which my supervisor says I should publish in the Journal of Documentation, one of the top UK journals in the field. I shouldn't show off about this but actually, it was a VAST achievement, so I am going to anyway. For my next trick I shall attempt to break the world record for sleeping.

Sorry for lack of replies to comments, and indeed any communication at all, I was writing a 95-page piece of research.
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reading continued...

Vienna Blood - Frank Tallis
The Story of the Amulet - E. Nesbit
The Railway Children - E. Nesbit
Phantastes - George Macdonald
The Twelve and the Genii - Pauline Clarke
Wintersmith - Terry Pratchett
Last Bus to Woodstock - Colin Dexter
The Shell House - Linda Newbery
The Crown of Dalemark - Diana Wynne Jones
Donne: The Reformed Soul - John Stubbs
Jacky Daydream - Jacqueline Wilson
Endymion Spring - Matthew Skelton (the other one)
Castle in the Air - Diana Wynne Jones
The Enchanted Castle - E. Nesbit
Maus - Art Spiegelmann
Oswald Bastable and Others - E. Nesbit
Charmed Life - Diana Wynne Jones
Tamar - Mal Peet
Blue - Sue Mayfield
The Illustrated Mum - Jacqueline Wilson
Going Postal - Terry Pratchett
Thud! - Terry Pratchett
The Ordinary Princess - M.M. Kaye
The Magicians of Caprona - Diana Wynne Jones
The House of Arden - E. Nesbit
Lionboy: The Truth - Zizou Corder
Montmorency and the Assassins - Eleanor Updale
Serendipity: The Gay Times Book of New Stories - Peter Burton (ed.)

Plus about a million books and ten million articles for university, but I can't be bothered to write all those down, I'd be here all day, and there is management to do. And stats!

things I have been reading

Paris, France - Gertrude Stein
The Little Grey Men - 'B.B.'
The Summer Book - Tove Jansson
The New Treasure Seekers - E. Nesbit
The Wind Singer - William Nicholson
Tiger, tiger - Lynne Reid Banks
The Diamond of Drury Lane - Julia Golding
Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter - Richard Platt and Chris Riddell
Sugar Rush - Julie Burchill
Spellcoats - Diana Wynne Jones
Varjak Paw - S.F. Said and Dave McKean
The Outlaw Varjak Paw - S.F. Said and Dave McKean
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
The Buddha of Suburbia - Hanif Kureishi
The Voyage of the Narwhal - Andrea Barrett
Bumface - Morris Gleitzman
A Hat Full of Sky - Terry Pratchett
The Other Side of Truth - Beverley Naidoo be continued...

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Oh my god. I got a copy of Maus from the library and it has been annotated by a Nazi. I mean literally a Nazi. It has stuff about how racist stereotypes of Jews are accurate and how it was right for the Europeans to reclaim Europe and how writing about the Holocaust is simply a "world-class whinge".

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It's a good job I have the ninja hat. Maybe I'll make it its own icon. Yes, that would be a productive use of my time.
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I want to go here

I seem to be utterly incapable of doing any work today. I must pull myself together because I need to do 3 job applications in the next 24 hours.
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