39. Brother – Ania Ahlborn
38. Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus
37. Only Love Will Break Your Heart – Ed Tarkington
36. You Let Me In – Camilla Bruce
35. Dreaming Darkly – Caitlin Kittredge
34. Meet Me at the Lake – Carley Fortune
33. The Hunted – Roz Nay
32. Wilder – Andrew Simonet
31. Please See Us – Caitlin Mullen
30. Horrid – Katrina Leno
29. We Weren’t Looking to Be Found – Stephanie Kuehn
28. The Four Winds – Kristin Hannah
27. The Taking of Jake Livingston – Ryan Douglass
26. Harrow Lake – Kat Ellis
25. Vladimir – Julia May Jonas
24. Borders – Thomas King
23. Watch Over Me – Nina LaCour
22. Black Cake – Charmaine Wilkerson
21. Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute – Talia Hibbert
20. Redemption Prep – Samuel Miller
19. The Guncle – Steven Rowley
18. The Body Lies – Jo Baker
17. Dancing at the Pity Party – Tyler Feder
16. Dear Life, You Suck – Scott Blagden
15. The Weight of Blood – Tiffany D. Jackson
14. This Time Tomorrow – Emma Straub
13. Heartbreak Homes – Jo Treggiari
12. The Cape Ann – Faith Sullivan
11. Crank – Ellen Hopkins
10. I’m the Girl – Courtney Summers
9. One of the Boys – Daniel Magariel
8. Blameless – Lisa Reardon
7. Meadowlark – Greg Ruth & Ethan Hawke
6. The Last Housewife – Ashley Winstead
5. Gallows Hill – Darcy Coates
4. History of Wolves – Emily Fridlund
3. Only Sisters – Lilian Nattel
2. Much Ado About You – Samantha Young
1. Nothing Can Hurt You – Nicola Maye Goldberg
Eight things I love about The Ludic Reader:
1) your book graveyard – super idea!
2) Canadian Content!!!!
3) your header picture
4) the honesty of your reviews
5) the length of your reviews
6) that you read for pleasure & include genre fiction
7) that I can subscribe by email, and
8) did I mention Canadian content?
Happy anniversary!! Sadly, I found you only in the last few months but I intend to hang in now as long as you do. 🙂
It is absolutely wonderful to know that people are reading! Yay! Thanks.
I love your prattling ! Happy Anniversary xoxo
If I could make a heart, I would.
The 8 things I love about the Ludic Reader:
1. The joy I feel when reading your reviews.
2. Your readable and intelligent writing style.
3. The way you draw your readers in by your engaging, and often times humorous, style.
4. Your concise book synopsis, letting me know what the story is about without giving everything away.
5. You write about various genres.
6. Your absolute belief in the value of reading, especially print books, for sheer pleasure, but also to inform and help us to better understand and value our lives.
7. You are not afraid to speak your truth when it comes to recommending a book, or in many cases, not recommending it.
8. How you make me want to read more.
LOVE! We need to do that talking thing. Sunday?
8 things I love about Ludic Reader
1. Variety of books reviewed
2. You love books
3. Honest reviews
4. Interesting reviews
5. Book graveyard is a great idea
6. You encourage kids to read
7. I love “My Reader’s Table”, I have read some of them
8. I look forward to what you have to say.
What a fabulous list! Thank you.
So my top eight books (in no particular order) are:
Little Princes by Conorr Grennan
The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I Want to Go Home by Gordon Korman
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (the audio book is amazing)
The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
And Eight things I love about your blog (again in no particular order)
1 Your honest reviews. You give valid reasons for not liking a book, and for likening it.
2. The variety of books you read although you tent toward teen sometimes which I appreciate because that is what I read a lot of.
3. That you take book recommendations from your students.
4. The length of your reviews. They are long but not too long.
5. I love your year end list and look forward to reading it each year.
6. The book graveyard. I have starting doing this as well. Life is too short to try and slog your way through a book that you are not enjoying.
7. I enjoyed the guest spot your son did. It was interesting to see a different type of review but he still had your tone. Does that make sense?
8. Your passion for reading definitely shows through in your writing and I love that you share that with others.
How lovely! Thanks so much for taking the time to participate!
Since I’m a total newbie to the site (how, how am I just getting here?!), I’ll go with the 8 books. No order, of course:
The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
Possession – AS Byatt
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
Enduring Grace – Carol Lee Flinders
King’s Oak – Anne Rivers Siddon
Animal Speak – Ted Andrews
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
And of course, I could list 108 more — those were just the first ones that popped into my head. Looking forward to poking around and reading 8 years’ worth of reviews! Love you, girl!
::smooch:: I loved Possession, too. I was so proud of myself after I’d finished reading it.
My 8 favourite books? Only 8? I don’t think that’s possible! But I’ll try!
My top 8 books (as of right now)
8. How to Love- Katie Cotugno
7. The Geography of you and me -Jennifer E. Smith
6. Story of a girl -Sara Zarr
5. Lovely, Dark, and Deep -Amy McNamara
4. Peter Pan -J.M. Barry
3. It’s called a breakup because it’s broken -Greg Behrendt & Amiira Ruotola- Behrendt
2. Just one day -Gayle Forman
1. All I know now -Carrie Hope Fletcher
Some excellent choices, Gabrielle! Thanks for stopping by!
Our eight top things we love about The Ludic Reader are:
1. Your writing style. Love the way you contrast highfalutin vocabulary with WTF vernacular.
2. Your graveyard. I almost like reading that more than the actual reviews…you know why. It resonates with me. lol
3. The length of your reviews is just right.
4. You calls it like you sees it. Love the no BS approach.
5. Love the fact that you gave Con, your son, the opportunity to potentially be your biggest competitor.
6. Your passion. Your passion. Your passion.
7. The way you encourage youth, especially, to read. Did I mention your passion?
8. The very fact that you have continued this for so many years is so freakin’ impressive by any measure.
Don’t ask me for my favorite 8 books, I haven’t read 8 books! ha ha ha No, I have. But I forget what they were. Except for that one with finger or something in the name, what was that book again? lol
Wonderful, keep it up. You’re the BEST.
Ahhhh. Thanks for taking the time to participate in this celebration. Fingersmith is the name of that book, btw! xo
hmmmm i love this site because:
1.I love you
2. Your site is better than amazon reviews
3. I KNOW you don’t try to curry favour–haha
4. You have a very diverse selection of books to choose from
5. You invited me to be in your book club–Haaa!
6.You don’t go on too long and bore me with your commentary
7.I can imagine your face when I read the comments—
8. You love my husband—hahahaha
Book club wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without you, dahling! I am glad I don’t bore you… I still remember (clear as a bell) all those years ago when you guys arrived at that party together. Yours is a relationship worth aspiring to. I love you BOTH.