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Prelude to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings , but a complete tale in itself. Mr. Bilbo Baggins, a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon and experienced other remarkable things on his journey of adventure

Water for Elephants - Gruen. A story told by an old man in a nursing home about his life with a second tier circus at the beginning of the Depression. Poignant love story mixed with the harsh reality of the traveling circus and the poor economy.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is on the run! The three meanest farmers around are out to get him. Fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don't know is that they're not dealing with just any fox; Mr. Fox would never surrender. But only the most fantastic plan ever can save him now. -- Great read aloud for any age; written at a 9- to 12-year-old reading level.

1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (9/30-10/3) Cute book, and nice to see her rise to fame. Also love all the Massachusetts references.

I don't read a lot of fiction these days, but I did read this on vacation recently and enjoyed it. Even though it's fiction, it reads like a war memoir.

Homebases Mom's reading list for 2011 ---A lot I haven't read going to check them out starting with Unbroken

On my list. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik,

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull: You always have to take books like this with a grain of salt, but a great treatise on making a creative organization work, and the entropy that seeks to tear it all apart. Also fun to just get stories from Pixar.

Willful Blindness by Margaret Heffernan,

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg,

“We overvalue nonessentials like a nicer car or house, or even intangibles like the number of our followers on Twitter or the way we look in our Facebook photos. As a result, we neglect activities that are truly essential, like spending time with our loved ones, or nurturing our spirit, or taking care of our health.”