Thursday, December 31, 2009
Yes that is right Mary Anne, Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, Mallory, Jessica, and Dawn are going to be back. I personally will probably read it even if they are more for children. I loved them when I was little and would often get a book as my reward for doing chores or whatever it was that week. They really helped me to love reading. I hope it works with bringing kids a joy of reading again.
2.Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes-Maureen Johnson
3.Living Dead Girl-Elizabeth Scott
4.How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls-Zoey Dean
5.Once Was Lost-Sara Zarr
6.Gossip Girl-Cecily Von Ziegesar
7.I am the Messenger- Markus Zusak
8.Cracked up to Be-Courtney Summers
9.Fighting Ruben Wolfe-Markus Zusak
10.The Handmaid's Tale-Margaret Atwood
- Harry Potter Series-J.K. Rowling
- The Secret Life of Bees-Sue Monk Kidd
- The Truth About Forever-Sarah Dessen
- Jessica Darling Series-Megan McCafferty
- Wintergirls-Laurie Halse Anderson
- Just Listen-Sarah Dessen
- Along For the Ride- Sarah Dessen
- Thirteen Reasons Why-Jay Asher
- Lock and Key-Sarah Dessen
- The Luxe Series-Anna Godbersen
- Hunger Games/Catching Fire-Suzanne Collins
- The Last Song-Nicholas Sparks
- The Earth, My Butt, and other BIG Round Things-Carolyn Mackler
- Audrey Wait-Robin Benway
- Cracked Up to Be-Courtney Summers
There were so many more great ones, but these were my favorites.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers is a great Young Adult book. This is the book that would put everyone who thinks YA is not good written literature into a different mindset.
Parker was the perfect girl.....Cheerleader, honor student, popular, etc. until one day that changes, but why did it change. She starts to drink, skip school, and alienate her friends, family, and counselor. The book is told in present time with Parker flashing back to the night that changed everything. Oh and of course there is a great boy who helps her to find herself again.
I loved this book and want to thank Jessica over at Reading is Sexy for recommending it to me. Courtney wrote Parker real and with a real voice and I enjoyed watching her layers unfold and to find out what happened to her.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Cameron and Ruben are brothers. They have an older brother Steven and an older sister Sarah. Their father is out of work and their mother works to hard so they just kind of exist. That is until they are noticed by a man who hosts fights in warehouses. They decide to fight for money and we see the brothers learn about themselves through these fights.
This book is great to show pride, heart, love, etc. It has it all. Cameron is a lovable main character and I can't wait to read the sequel Getting the Girl to see where his life is at now.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Waiting on Wednesday was introduced to me by Jessica over at Reading is Sexy. It is a feature for bloggers to swoon over upcoming releases they can't wait to get their hands on.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I am really looking forward to doing this! My list of my tentative books is as follows:
1. The Secret Year- Jennifer Hubbard
2. The Body Finder-Kimberly Derting
3.Tell Me A Secret- Holly Cupala
4. Firespell- Chloe Neill
5. Before I Fall- Lauren Oliver
6. The Naughty List-Suzanne Young
7. Party-Tom Leeven
8. Match Made in High School-Kristin Walker
9. Whisper-Phoebe Kitanidis
10. A Blue So Dark- Holly Schindler
11. The Best and Hardest Thing-Pat Brisson
12. The Cinderella Society-Kay Cassidy
13. Forget-Her-Nots-Amy Brecount White
Around us, I can sniff out a savagery in the noisy southern air. It knifes its way into my nose, but I do not bleed blood. It's fear I bleed, and it gushes out over my lip.
Fighting Ruben Wolfe-Markus Zusak
Monday, December 21, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The Summer I Turned Pretty: Jenny Han
The Adoration of Jenna Fox: Mary Pearson
Witch & Wizard-James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Hush Hush: Becca Fitzpatrick
The book starts out with Ed and his friends in a bank during a bank robbery. Hilarious as it is the worst bank robbery ever. Ed becomes a hero after he gets the robber, but to him he isn't because he is stuck in the small town he grew up in and is nothing more than an underage cab driver. Then he receives an Ace of diamonds in his mailbox with addresses listed. He knows that people need his help and he starts on his journey. The journey takes him to help people as well as learning about himself.
The characters in this book are great even the dog, Doorman. Markus Zusak really knows how to write rootable characters that you want to keep learning about. Can't wait to try more of his books.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
1. Read at least one book over 500 pages a month
2. A to Z Book titles
3. A to Z authors
4. A to Z new authors
I am thinking of doing one YA challenge too, but haven't picked one out yet. I want to keep updating my blog and hope to add new content.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson: It was just an ok book. It follows Ginny through an adventure that her aunt set up for her through 13 letters. She travels around Europe and learns about her and her aunt. There wasn't a whole lot of character development though.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne: GREAT BOOK. It is a quick read about Bruno who is a young boy during WWII. His father, who is an officer, moves Bruno and the rest of the family next to a concentration camp and we see the time through Bruno's eyes. John Boyne told this story fabously.
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer: A book as delicous as my peppermint mocha latte I was drinking while I read it. It is a quick Young Adult book about a girl who works for "starbucks" and does match making based on your favorite drink. There wasn't a lot of character development and yet I drank it up.
This book wraps up the lives of Elizabeth, Diana, Henry, Penelope, and Carolina. I don't want to spoil the series for those who have not read it, but the ending was not what I expected and in fact was disappointed at first. Now that it has been a little while I am happy with it.
Diana follows her heart, Carolina gets what is coming to her, Penelope is still the love to hate girl, Henry learns about himself, and Elizabeth finds information.
I am sad to see my friends go.