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Title: Re: Whatcha reading?
Post by: Beth on March 01, 2012, 07:07 AM
olmue - Oh, I hope that I wasn't sounding too down on Alex Rider. I wasn't trying to criticize. Not every book has to be literary. It's great to have books that get the non-bookworm kids enthusiastic about reading.
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Post by: C.K. on March 01, 2012, 07:31 AM
Just finished Megan Crewe's The Way We Fall and really admired it. I'm drawn to virus scenarios anyway but the character's here are so well fleshed out that the plot doesn't bulldoze them (which is something that I find happens in alot of action-oriented books). Will definitely be picking up the next book in the series.
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Post by: J-Bert on March 01, 2012, 07:48 AM
I recently read THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS by Carolyn Mackler. Humorous, poignant, fast-paced--Excellent!
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Post by: Rachel on March 01, 2012, 11:17 AM
I'm reading CINDER by Marissa Meyer, and it is killing me that I've only been able to sneak it on my lunch breaks lately. I'm enjoying it so much!
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Post by: MysteryRobin on March 01, 2012, 11:40 AM
Oh, I've got Cinder waiting on my Kindle - good to know it's so good!

I'm reading The Last Summer of the Death Warriors - and it's all kinds of amazing.
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Post by: olmue on March 01, 2012, 12:00 PM
Oh, not at all, Elyse! I'm just thinking about all the kinds of books kids have to read for school. Nothing against literary, but sometimes kids think they don't like books because they can't relate to the books they are forced to read. So they don't read much, their reading skills suffer as a result, and they like reading even less. But sometimes those same kids get their hands on a book that's just entirely, purely For Fun, and suddenly they can't get enough. (And maybe even someday they end up *gasp* enjoying some of those literary books as well.)

Besides, what adult doesn't like reading for pure entertainment? :)
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Post by: MysteryRobin on March 01, 2012, 12:41 PM
This adult loves Jack Reacher for that very reason. *sigh*  :love4:
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Post by: jancoates on March 01, 2012, 01:56 PM
Have to put in a plug for City Dog, Country Frog, picture book by Mo Willems and Jon Muth. A brilliantly simple story about ageing and dying, with a perfect pairing of text and paintings.
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Post by: ecb on March 01, 2012, 03:02 PM
Have to put in a plug for City Dog, Country Frog, picture book by Mo Willems and Jon Muth. A brilliantly simple story about ageing and dying, with a perfect pairing of text and paintings.

My DH spontaneously found and brought home this book a while ago, and I. Cannot. Read. It. It's crushing.
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Post by: LeslieG on March 01, 2012, 03:14 PM
I'm gleefully soaking up a slew of Helen Lester's picture books.  She's one of my heroes.  :bow:  Mo Willems and Jon Muth are, too.
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Post by: Mike Jung on March 01, 2012, 04:11 PM
I'm reading FLYING THE DRAGON by blueboarder Natalie Lorenzi and it's fabulous!!!!!!
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Post by: terrylynn on March 02, 2012, 05:04 AM
I've just finished Veronica Rossi's Under the Never Sky. OMG. What a book. Favourite dystopian I think I've ever read. I bought it on my ereader and now I must go buy the hardcover.
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Post by: Helen on March 02, 2012, 05:40 AM
Kristen Lamb's books on blogging....Waiting for Normal...and an anthology of Italian Folktales by Calvino
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Post by: amberlough on March 02, 2012, 05:57 AM
I just finished Marrisa Meyer's CINDER. WOW. I actually emailed her to tell her how much I loved it, and I haven't written to a non-friend author in at least four years! If all the other fairy-tale retellings before were good, this one blew through the roof.
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Post by: olmue on March 03, 2012, 08:28 AM
Excellent to hear that, Amberlough!

I'm reading RJ Anderson's ARROW with my girls, who are rather invested in her faery series. The two things that stick out most to me are 1) the feeling of being in a different culture, and 2) Timothy. We've seen Timothy's anxious side in the last book, but now that he's worked through those issues and come out the other side, we're getting a whole new view of him. I love seeing the cheerful, slightly hyper, active side of him--just a very likable character! As to the cultural issue, Rebecca's put her finger on exactly that exhausting feeling of trying to navigate a culture that is similar but different from your own, of misinterpreting people, and of trying to fit into a new set of expectations while all the while holding very much to your integrity. (I guess that's actually two culture clashes, then--the clash between different faery cultures and the clash between the world of integrity and...the World in a religious sense.)
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Post by: wolfie712 on March 03, 2012, 09:11 PM
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Have to put in a plug for City Dog, Country Frog, picture book by Mo Willems and Jon Muth. A brilliantly simple story about ageing and dying, with a perfect pairing of text and paintings.

My DH spontaneously found and brought home this book a while ago, and I. Cannot. Read. It. It's crushing.

Yeah, I picked that one up in the bookstore and was in tears by the last page.  I don't know if I could handle attempting to read it to my kids.  :cry2
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Post by: CaroleB on March 05, 2012, 07:28 AM

   Gosh, I'm late for the fanfare, but just finished the Hunger Games trilogy. And I loved it! Looking forward to seeing the movie while it's all fresh in my mind. Not sure what I'm going to read next, maybe Kite Runner.

       Carole
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Post by: Rachel on March 05, 2012, 02:27 PM
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My DH spontaneously found and brought home this book a while ago, and I. Cannot. Read. It. It's crushing.

Yeah, I picked that one up in the bookstore and was in tears by the last page.  I don't know if I could handle attempting to read it to my kids.  :cry2
Oh my gosh, I just made the mistake of reading it while still at work and the froggy smile at the end just did me in.  
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Post by: Woods on March 05, 2012, 06:05 PM
JUST finished reading LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Perkins. Strong writing!
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Post by: CaroleB on March 08, 2012, 09:11 AM
So I'm reading The Kite Runner (am loving it) and popped in to share this excerpt:

MC- "I think I'll major in English,"...
Dad- "Creative writing?...Stories, you mean. You'll make up stories. They pay for that, making up stories?"
MC- "If you're good and if you get discovered."
Dad- "How likely is that, getting discovered?"

Of course, Dad goes on about getting a real job.  Thought you'd all get a kick out that.
                                 
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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on March 08, 2012, 09:30 PM
It's not so easy to get a "real" job these days, either...    :sigh

I'm on a middle-grade roll:  Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri, Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani, and, on the lighter side, Commercial Breaks (book 1): Famous for Thirty Seconds by P.G. Kain.  All very good.           
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Post by: Woods on March 09, 2012, 04:25 AM
Almost finished with WITHER. You can tell it's a debut, but the writing is still absolutely beautiful.
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Post by: Sully on March 09, 2012, 01:27 PM
I am reading Floors by Patrick Carman and just finished Magic Below Stairs by Caroline Stevermer.
My daughter just finished Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George and can't wait to buy the next book in the series.
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Post by: Mike Jung on March 10, 2012, 08:55 PM
I'm four chapters into THE CABINET OF EARTHS by our own Anne Nesbet and it's superb - lyrical prose, distinctive voice, evocative setting, and a wonderfully timeless feel.
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Post by: LindaB on March 13, 2012, 11:43 AM
I'm a quarter of the way through Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It's not something that I would usually pick up but I'm so glad that Random House sent it to me! It is just wonderful! The story is about August Pullman, who was born with a facial deformity. He's been homeschooled but goes into fifth grade at regular school in NY. This book is amazing. You are pulled into Auggie's life, a child who would very much like to have a face that every mother could love, but would settle for one that allows people to look at him without a reaction.

LindaB
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Post by: olmue on March 13, 2012, 11:53 AM
I've heard good things about that one, Linda!

In the past two days I've read A MILLION SUNS and also CROSSED. I liked both of them better than the first book in their respective series. Dystopia isn't my first love, but I really liked how the setting for Crossed was based on southern Utah. It's not a place that shows up often in books published in NYC, and it's refreshing to have a different kind of setting like that.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on March 13, 2012, 02:35 PM
A  :cheerleader for WONDER from me as well. I thought it was heartfelt and thoughtful with being sappy and really did a great job of letting the reader into August's thoughts. The only thing that gave me pause was the punctuation in the teenage boyfriend chapters. I know it's a voice thing, but equating teenage boys with lack of grammar makes the teacher in me go eeekk!
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Post by: olmue on March 13, 2012, 08:58 PM
Read Jenny Davidson's THE EXPLOSIONIST today. Wow. It was really different. From the cover I though it would be about Irish bombers or something, but instead it was alternate history and seances? Strange, but definitely interesting.
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Post by: Raynbow Gignilliat on March 14, 2012, 08:17 AM
I've been really wanting to read Francisco X. Stork's Irises, but our library doesn't have it yet. So I just read one of his older books, Behind the Eyes. I really enjoyed it!
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Post by: MysteryRobin on March 14, 2012, 08:24 AM
I just finished Irises, yesterday! You'll love it when it comes in. :)
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Post by: AnneB on March 14, 2012, 09:06 AM
Lisa Albert's Mercy Lily. Gutsy approach to a controversial topic.
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Post by: olmue on March 16, 2012, 05:52 PM
Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce. I don't know how I missed this one before. It's hysterical!
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Post by: TH on March 16, 2012, 06:13 PM
Three, very different, and I'm glad I read all of them. Flash Burnout, What I Saw and How I Lied, Nothing.

Flash Burnout: Read this if you're after the boy voice.

What I Saw...: Seemless mixing of 'historical' elements in a timeless 'first love' story. With complications.

Nothing: Think Lord of the Flies and then think again. Incredible voice. From the writer's point of view, this shows incredible restraint/control.
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Post by: Woods on March 17, 2012, 04:56 AM
Currently reading WHERE IT BEGAN by Ann Stampler. The MC's voice leaps from the pages!
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Post by: jodyjl on March 17, 2012, 09:26 AM
Finally got my copy of Newberry winner Dead End in Norvelt. Gantos is a fine, fine writer, excellent humor and angst throughout the novel. I still can't help but wonder if he was awarded the prize this year more for his body of work rather than this one novel.
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Post by: G.R. on March 17, 2012, 02:53 PM
I'm currently about halfway through Echoes by Maeve Binchy (the only one of her fiction books -- including story collections -- I hadn't read before). A coming-of-age / love story set in Ireland in 1950s and early '60s, it primarily concerns David, the son of a well-to-do doctor, and Clare, the daughter of a struggling sweets-shop proprietor; but it also features a slew of deftly drawn supporting characters (even the most disagreeable ones, such as David's snooty mother and Clare's ill-tempered older sister, are given some shadings and complexity).  :yup

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Post by: jeffman on March 17, 2012, 03:58 PM
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Still a classic.
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Post by: Mike Jung on March 17, 2012, 04:32 PM
I just finished THE CABINET OF EARTHS, which is exquisitely good, and I just started ABOVE WORLD, which is smart, fast-paced, and full of sass. It's always nice to hit a vein of quality MG fantasy from new authors...
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Post by: jodyjl on March 18, 2012, 09:12 PM
I just finished THE CABINET OF EARTHS, which is exquisitely good, and I just started ABOVE WORLD, which is smart, fast-paced, and full of sass. It's always nice to hit a vein of quality MG fantasy from new authors...

Mike, I just wrote a review of THE CABINET OF EARTHS  and I was equally impressed, and I'm not necessarily a lover of MG fantasy. I liked its somewhat gothic feel.
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Post by: AnneN on March 18, 2012, 10:59 PM
I'm so very glad you guys liked CABINET!  (And now my lifelong dream of making it into the "Whatcha reading" thread at Verla's has come true!)
:thankyou

I just read THE HUMMING ROOM by Ellen Potter--a very faithful remake of THE SECRET GARDEN (only with scenic rivers and conservatories!)

and am reading the Cassandra Clare books for the first time, because my kids said I really really should!

and have just bought a pile of new books to keep me out of trouble . . . .
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Post by: amberturner on March 19, 2012, 11:15 AM
About to start THE BOY WHO CLIMBED TO THE MOON. Anybody read David Almond stuff recently? This is my first book of his.
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Post by: jodyjl on March 19, 2012, 06:23 PM
I'm so very glad you guys liked CABINET!  (And now my lifelong dream of making it into the "Whatcha reading" thread at Verla's has come true!)
:thankyou

I just read THE HUMMING ROOM by Ellen Potter--a very faithful remake of THE SECRET GARDEN (only with scenic rivers and conservatories!)

and am reading the Cassandra Clare books for the first time, because my kids said I really really should!

and have just bought a pile of new books to keep me out of trouble . . . .


Hi Ann! So glad we could help make your lifelong dream come true.

Congratulations!
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Post by: rab on March 19, 2012, 06:37 PM
Happy to jump on the CABINET OF EARTHS bandwagon!

I just read Margot Livesey's wonderful THE FLIGHT OF GEMMA HARDY, a retelling of JANE EYRE. I sank into it and didn't resurface until the last page. And then I was bereft, having finished.
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Post by: updog on March 20, 2012, 05:18 PM
Looks like I'm going to have to get me a copy of Cinder, since everyone seems to love it so much. I don't want to miss out.

Just finished the first three books in the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, and ready to start the fourth.     :icecream:
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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on March 20, 2012, 08:46 PM
I just finished two very good and very different books:

My Beating Teenage Heart by C.K. Kelly Martin

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
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Post by: dave r on March 21, 2012, 04:45 AM
Shadows (sequel to Ashes) by Ilsa Blick-- great!
Wonder by RJ Palacio-- loved this one

Readicide: How Schools are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It
  This is an amazing book about how schools, specifically the NCLB policies and push toward standardized testing, is in fact LOWERING test scores. Anyone who is involved with schools, reading or writing should read this book. (especially if you have kids).

keep reading,
dave r
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Post by: Beth on March 22, 2012, 09:00 AM
Just finished the first three books in the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, and ready to start the fourth.     :icecream:

I enjoyed that series. I thought it had some really innovative ideas.

I just finished "The Girl of Fire and Thorns." I had a hard time putting it down!
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Post by: Bigfoot on March 23, 2012, 07:22 PM
I just finished THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate. I liked it a lot.
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Post by: jodyjl on March 24, 2012, 09:49 AM
Shadows (sequel to Ashes) by Ilsa Blick-- great!
Wonder by RJ Palacio-- loved this one

Readicide: How Schools are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It
  This is an amazing book about how schools, specifically the NCLB policies and push toward standardized testing, is in fact LOWERING test scores. Anyone who is involved with schools, reading or writing should read this book. (especially if you have kids).

keep reading,
dave r

Thanks for the recommendation, Dave. I'm going to look for that book.

Jody
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Post by: Raynbow Gignilliat on March 26, 2012, 05:02 AM
I'm reading the Gone series by Michael Grant. A blurb on the back cover put it perfectly: If Stephen King had written The Lord of the Flies...
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Post by: CaroleB on March 28, 2012, 05:33 AM
Almost finished with Ashes by Bick. Commented on another thread by same name that I actually dreamed about the book last night. CREEPY!

Also am reading Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson. Didn't know anything about the book, but found an ARC at the goodwill and bought it on a whim. Spielberg is making a movie out of this one. Fast reading thriller!
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Post by: Debby G on March 28, 2012, 09:49 AM
I just finished the YA novel WHY WE BROKE UP by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket). The prose was gorgeous and the illustrations by Maira Kalman were great.
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Post by: Cat on March 28, 2012, 12:42 PM
Just started book one of THE HEALING WARS: THE SHIFTER. Pretty interesting idea. So far, I like!
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Post by: LindaB on March 28, 2012, 05:28 PM
I just finished Bewitching by Alex Flinn. It's the story of Kendra, the witch that was first introduced in Beastly. It's a good read. She is a terrific writer.

LindaB
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Post by: majanecka on March 29, 2012, 10:43 PM
I am reading The Letters of E B White, Revised edition.  I love it, every night I'm staying up far past my bedtime to read just one more page of letters.  Delightful, droll, sometimes grumpy, always entertaining.   :mouse
Wonderfully supportive of his wife :hug
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Post by: olmue on March 30, 2012, 05:09 PM
Just finished CINDER, by Marissa Meyer. That was a good one! Not just because of the interesting setting, but because I liked the characters.
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Post by: Cat on April 19, 2012, 05:34 PM
I've read, in quick succession:

MISTWOOD by Leah Cypess

THE BARDS OF BONE PLAIN by Patricia McKillip

THE TIME OF THE GHOST by Diana Wynne Jones, and

SHIFTER by Janice Hardy
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Post by: Dani Duck on April 19, 2012, 05:59 PM
Just finished reading the Hunger Games Trilogy. Also squeezed in the  Tale of Despereaux

Will finish The Girl Who Played with Fire very soon and on to The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
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Post by: olmue on April 19, 2012, 07:08 PM
THE FALSE PRINCE, by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Loved this one!
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Post by: LeslieG on April 20, 2012, 10:30 AM
Just started THE BFG. Can't believe it took me this long! There are places where I laugh so hard that I also can't believe I really am 6 years old inside!   :nanana:
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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on April 20, 2012, 03:29 PM
Just started The Book Of Blood And Shadow by Robin Wasserman. It's the first book I'm reading as an ebook. So far I like the book but am not sure about the ereading experience. I will say it's a good first book on an ereader though. The device keeps pulling me out of the book, but the story keeps pulling me back in.
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Post by: LindaB on April 20, 2012, 05:13 PM
Last week I read Chomp by Carl Hiaasen so I could interview him this week. This week I read Travel Team by Mike Lupica. I do like his books. I interviewed Lupica last fall when he was appearing in Miami. His books are comfortable to read and his characters are inspiring. The character in travel team reminded me so much of my younger son who loves basketball but at 6'4" is too short and not quite athletic enough to play in college although he has a great sense of the game.

LindaB
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Post by: terrylynn on April 20, 2012, 05:34 PM
after a few false starts - took me a while to get into, but I'm glad I did - I've just finished Hallowed. It was wonderful!

Also just read

The Calling -  I liked the wilderness aspect of it
Poison Study - loved it
Fever - did not love it

and currently reading Finnikin of the Rock
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Post by: Pons on April 21, 2012, 08:24 AM
Sarum by Rutherford. Pretty amazing.
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Post by: Katelynn on April 21, 2012, 01:18 PM
Finished Hunger Games and fell in LOVE!!!! I started To Kill A Mockingbird on Monday, but now I can't find it! So I'm fixing to start Sweet Venom.
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Post by: christripp on April 22, 2012, 03:37 AM
Happy to jump on the CABINET OF EARTHS bandwagon!

I just read Margot Livesey's wonderful THE FLIGHT OF GEMMA HARDY, a retelling of JANE EYRE. I sank into it and didn't resurface until the last page. And then I was bereft, having finished.

Rab, I also could not put down "The Flight of Gemma Hardy" and was sorry to finish it! I then searched for other books by the author and took out, from the library, "The House on Fortune Street". I was upset to find myself not being able to get into it. I tried forcing myself to read further, certain it must be a great book if I could just get hooked. I never got past a 1/4 of the book. I'm wondering if it was just too different from the subject matter and Character of Gemma, and too soon after reading that one, to launch into Fortune Street. I do think "Homework" looks interesting.
Recently I have read, "The Birth House" by Ami McKay, WONDERFUL!!!! Then her lastest novel, "The Virgin Cure", equally WONDERFUL, perhaps even more so!
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Post by: KLM on April 22, 2012, 08:55 AM
I'm reading Rae Carson's The Girl of Fire and Thorns. This is the first time I read a sample (on Kindle) and then HAD to get the book RIGHT NOW.

It's child-neglect levels of good.*



*I'll see you in a few days, kids. The can opener is on the counter if you get hungry....
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Post by: rab on April 22, 2012, 09:34 AM
Rab, I also could not put down "The Flight of Gemma Hardy" and was sorry to finish it! I then searched for other books by the author and took out, from the library, "The House on Fortune Street". I was upset to find myself not being able to get into it. I tried forcing myself to read further, certain it must be a great book if I could just get hooked. I never got past a 1/4 of the book. I'm wondering if it was just too different from the subject matter and Character of Gemma, and too soon after reading that one, to launch into Fortune Street. I do think "Homework" looks interesting.

Christrip, I tried reading HOUSE ON FORTUNE STREET when it first came out and had the same experience you did with it. It was a review of FLIGHT OF GH that made me want to read it, and now am I ever glad I did.

Just finished R. J. Palacio's amazing WONDER (which has its own well-deserved thread). It was the kind of book that made me think of my own books as rectangles with words in them, not real books, in comparison. I'm still reeling from the emotional trip it took me on.
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Post by: mirrorsandmagicfrogs on April 22, 2012, 09:43 AM
I'm reading Rae Carson's The Girl of Fire and Thorns. This is the first time I read a sample (on Kindle) and then HAD to get the book RIGHT NOW.

Oooo I just read that one too, and I totally agree! I didn't realize the sequel isn't out yet, so I'm a bit pouty over that.

I also just read the first two novels in the "Matched" trilogy before discovering the third one has not yet been released. See above, re: pouty.

I should probably start checking these things out BEFORE I start the series. :)
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Post by: Heather Hatch on April 22, 2012, 06:20 PM
Agree with majanecka- I love E.B. White! So much so, I felt let down reading The Story of Charlotte's Web- E.B. White's eccentric life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic. Meticulously researched,like someone examining his actions with a magnifying glass, but without the feel of who E.B. White was, and the friendship White's own writing builds with a reader.
Better were these titles:The Tale of Hilltop Farm-The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter by Susan Wittig Albert. Uses Ms Potter in her rural British locale in gentle mysteries involving villagers and the (talking) animals in Beatrix Potter's books. Hard to pull off, so surprised at how well done it was. Some independent tweens I know would like these.
Chewing the Cud
, Dick King-Smith's autobiography. Full of mortality and life happenstance, I found it bittersweet.
Thinking like Your Editor-by Susan Rabiner. Addressed writers of adult nonfiction, but a useful straight shooting editorial perspective especially about bookstore/marketing relations.
The old classic geography pb, Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling.
One of the You Choose series, The Titanic, An Interactive History Adventure, pub by Capstone and written by Bob Temple. Nice job. Seems like these mg's would be fun to write.
Eat that Frog, a book and audio by Brian Tracy I re-read/listen to... classic on time management and procrastination.

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Post by: terrylynn on April 22, 2012, 06:45 PM
I'm reading Rae Carson's The Girl of Fire and Thorns. This is the first time I read a sample (on Kindle) and then HAD to get the book RIGHT NOW.

It's child-neglect levels of good.*



*I'll see you in a few days, kids. The can opener is on the counter if you get hungry....

Haha! Yes, I was completely hooked by that book! Only problem is waiting for the sequel! Then it will be dog-neglect in this house :grin
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Post by: Ruth Donnelly on April 22, 2012, 07:04 PM
Reading Born At Midnight, a YA by CC Hunter... I met the author at a conference this weekend! Born At Midnight is the first in a series (Shadow Falls) that just made the NYT Bestseller list for Children's Series.
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Post by: Helen on April 23, 2012, 04:37 AM
The Pomodoro Technique by F. Cirillo (It's a time management technique book. I am trying to tame my bucking bronco named 'Old Procrastination'. )
God of the Fairy Tale (This was a reading suggestion from a 5 year old posting.)
Irish Fairy & Folk Tales by Yeats 
:horse
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Post by: updog on April 24, 2012, 09:41 AM
Just finished The Duff by Kody Keplinger (I loved it!). Next up: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows.
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Post by: jenklein on April 24, 2012, 06:00 PM
Just finished Siobhan Vivian's THE LIST and it was fantastic.  I love her writing so much.  Complex, beautifully realistic characters.  Recommend!
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on April 24, 2012, 07:18 PM
I really liked THE LIST too. I thought it was interesting that her characters were so distinct despite the fact that the narrative voice didn't change all that much.

And just finished PURE by Julianna Baggott.  Although I'm a tad weary of dystopia, I really liked her world. Also found it interesting that the book blurred the line between YA and adult. Most of the main characters are teens and have a YA sensibility to them, but it's a bit more introspective like an adult read. It's also quite long -- 448 pages.

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Post by: LindaB on April 25, 2012, 07:11 AM
I'm going through some books I've had for a while but never got to. This weekend I finished 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass. Very enjoyable. I've just started Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie.

LindaB
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Post by: jodyjl on April 25, 2012, 10:13 AM
Just finished John Green's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. So far it's the best YA book that I've read this year. His voice is outstanding. I preferred this to his award winning WAITING FOR ALASKA.

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Post by: AnneB on April 25, 2012, 11:46 AM
The Android's Dream, by John Scalzi. I've followed his blog for a couple of years but just started reading him this month. Loved Old Man's War, decided to read a couple standalones before going with the OMW sequels.
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Post by: LeslieG on April 26, 2012, 11:13 AM
Finally got my copy of Jonah Lehrer's Imagine from the long list of holds at the library. Can't say enough about how excellent, inspiring, and enlightening it is, or how highly I recommend it  :exclamationpoint:
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Post by: Debby G on April 26, 2012, 11:43 AM
I just read WONDER by the pen-named R.J. Palacio and thought it was great.
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Post by: mrh on April 27, 2012, 07:03 AM
Ditto Debby's comment on WONDER. rab made me laugh with her comment about "rectangles with words in them," but her books are FAR more than that. :)

Recently finished Larry Brooks's STORY ENGINEERING, and it is excellent. Currently reading THE BEGINNER'S GOODBYE by Anne Tyler, and liking it very much. She just writes so well. Tried to read an adult mystery and the awkwardness of the prose drove me crazy. I don't read a lot of adult fiction anymore. I dunno, it just seems MG and YA novels are held to a higher standard of prose, in general.
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Post by: writermom on April 27, 2012, 07:12 AM
Just finished Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. Great book.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on April 27, 2012, 10:50 AM
Every lovely thing you've heard about THE FAULT IN OUR STARS -- True.
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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on April 27, 2012, 11:39 AM
Just finished Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin. So good! Want to read the next book now!
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Post by: jodyjl on April 28, 2012, 02:37 PM
Just finished a fantastic contemporary YA novel by author Ann Redisch Stampler titled WHERE IT BEGAN. I loved it. Ann's storyline and style remind me of two great YA novelists, Laurie Halse Anderson and Chris Crutcher.
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Post by: Shannywriter on May 05, 2012, 08:37 AM
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, so far I prefer Delirium. But I'm only half-way through.

Just finished When Blue Met Egg by Lindsey Ward (PB- I teach kindergarten) And I cried! I love it. :garden2
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Post by: Cat on May 05, 2012, 04:33 PM
Just finished Graceling. I thought it was super good.
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Post by: majanecka on May 05, 2012, 10:22 PM
Read Wake by Lisa McMann today.  Loved it.
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Post by: rab on May 06, 2012, 02:08 PM
I just finished BITTERBLUE.

Shannywriter, I recently met Lindsey Ward at a bookfair and got a copy of WHEN BLUE MET EGG. She was wonderful, and so is the book. She told me all about the illustrations, really making me see things I wouldn't have otherwise---fascinating!

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Post by: Tori on May 06, 2012, 02:35 PM
Just finished THE SENSE OF AN ENDING, by Julian Barnes, elegant, insightful prose that reminds me of THE ENGLISH PATIENT and ATONEMENT.  Now I can't wait to get BRING UP THE BODIES, by Hilary Mantel, the sequel to the dazzling WOLF HALL. 
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Post by: Shannywriter on May 06, 2012, 04:32 PM
Shannywriter, I recently met Lindsey Ward at a bookfair and got a copy of WHEN BLUE MET EGG. She was wonderful, and so is the book. She told me all about the illustrations, really making me see things I wouldn't have otherwise---fascinating!

Cool! I noticed the artwork on my second read-through! It has inspired an art lesson I'll do with my class!
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Post by: wolfie712 on May 07, 2012, 08:00 PM
In the past couple weeks, I read John Green's AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES (which I really enjoyed) and then devoured THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy.  I just finished MOCKINGJAY.  Now I need some time to process and recover. 
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Post by: CynJay on May 08, 2012, 06:47 PM
I'm halfway through GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers and it is so awesome it leaves me breathless. Not just for fans of historicals - it's so great that it will probably speak to most readers.
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Post by: rab on May 08, 2012, 06:56 PM
Tori, I bought Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies today, when it went on sale, in anticipation of being able to read it when my grades are turned in. It's just the push I need! And CynJay, everything I hear about it makes me think I'd better get a copy of Grave Mercies!
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Post by: olmue on May 11, 2012, 09:33 AM
I just checked out THE DISAPPEARING SPOON AND OTHER TRUE TALES OF MADNESS, LOVE, AND THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD FROM THE PERIODIC TABLE OF ELEMENTS. I've read three pages and already I'm hooked. If I'm going to read science, I want it all entertaining like this.
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Post by: Cat on May 11, 2012, 02:32 PM
Surprisingly, that actually sounds GOOD, Olmue!

I'm reading BLUE FIRE. Pretty good so far. :)
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Post by: spochron on May 11, 2012, 03:14 PM
I'm reading CHOMP, WICKED LOVELY, and THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY (which is hysterical!)
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Post by: terrylynn on May 11, 2012, 04:04 PM
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, so far I prefer Delirium. But I'm only half-way through.

Just finished When Blue Met Egg by Lindsey Ward (PB- I teach kindergarten) And I cried! I love it. :garden2

I MUCH preferred Delirium. Agreed!

I've just read:

Endure - FANTASTIC!!!!!!!! There are not enough exclamation points.
Magic Study - the first half of the book is really awesome. Not sure if I should try the next book now. Anyone?
Assassin and the Underworld - love these novellas. Can't wait for Throne of Glass!
Finnikin of the Rock
Awake at Dawn - Did. Not. Like. But I loved the first book in the series!
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Post by: Cat on May 11, 2012, 04:10 PM
I'll need to try Delirium. I haven't, yet.
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Post by: Shannywriter on May 11, 2012, 04:54 PM
I MUCH preferred Delirium. Agreed!

I really liked the end though, enough to make me read the next one!  :)

I'm reading Maggie S.'s Scorpio Races again because I loved it and I had nothing else in my TBR pile that was calling to me (not like those creepy horses anyway). Finding things I missed the first time. I love it!  :drowning:
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Post by: olmue on May 11, 2012, 08:40 PM
Shanny, I read the library's copy of Scorpio Races twice, and ended up buying my own copy so I could make notes in the margins. SUCH an awesome book!!
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Post by: Shannywriter on May 11, 2012, 08:51 PM
Olmue, I know! I am way too impatient to wait for the library and books are my only real, regular 'splurge'.  But eeww, really can't get this scene out of my mind and these are the closest smileys I can find: :horse:  :dog2: You know what I'm talking about?
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Post by: olmue on May 11, 2012, 08:58 PM
Lol, um, yeah.
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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on May 11, 2012, 09:21 PM
I read The Disappearing Spoon, too, Olmue.  I enjoyed the science trivia. 

Just finished (and loved) The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. Next up is Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald.   
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Post by: Cat on May 12, 2012, 09:11 AM
Ooh, I want to read SCORPIO RACES too. Gosh, I haven't done ANY reading for awhile.
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Post by: Shannywriter on May 12, 2012, 09:55 AM
Ooh, I want to read SCORPIO RACES too. Gosh, I haven't done ANY reading for awhile.
Yes, do! So worth it!
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Post by: jodyjl on May 13, 2012, 09:51 AM
Finished reading and writing a review for Ann Redisch Stampler's WHERE IT BEGAN. Don't let the dreamy cover decieve you. This is a fine YA novel. I was completely engrossed.

Now I'm in the middle of Colin Meloy's WILDWOOD, and have to admit that I'm surprisingly intrigued.
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Post by: KLM on May 14, 2012, 09:10 AM
You guys are gonna laugh, but right now I'm re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Because I need to disappear from the world so I won't think about certain things that I'm WAITING to hear back about.

I find GoF is the best HP book for this kind of thing. It's so chock full of detail and twisty and well, just perfect for a half-looney writer in need of escape.
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Post by: NLowe on May 14, 2012, 10:34 AM
My daughter just had a birthday which was wonderful because I could give her a stack of books that I want to read!  I'm about to start on Sarah Pennypacker's The Summer of the Gypsy Moths.  I just read a great review of it in the New York Times, and I'm excited to dig in.
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Post by: MysteryRobin on May 14, 2012, 01:40 PM
Harry Potter sucks me in every time, too. It's great for escaping!
Natasha - I'd love to hear what you think of Gypsy Moths - it's on my TBR list but I haven't gotten to it yet. ;)
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Post by: Rachel on May 14, 2012, 01:47 PM
I'm reading 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass, about a girl who is stuck repeating her 11th birthday over and over. It's cute so far!
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on May 14, 2012, 02:50 PM
I'm really enjoying GRAVE MERCY. It's such a unique take on historical fiction, steeped in history, but with a completely imagined storyline.
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Post by: C. Lee on May 14, 2012, 06:15 PM
I've been reading, or trying to read a lot of self-pubbed ebooks. That's not working out very well.
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Post by: NLowe on May 15, 2012, 05:32 AM
Robin, I'm eight chapters in to Summer of the Gypsy Moths and loving it!  It's heartbreaking and funny with characters so real you want to scoop them up and take them home with you! 
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Post by: Bigfoot on May 15, 2012, 06:32 AM
RIPPER by Stefan Petrucha—a lot of fun...action, mystery, suspense, cool gadgets, and, of course, Jack the Ripper.

I just started the latest in the 43 OLD CEMETERY ROAD series by Kate Klise. I have Adam Rex's COLD CEREAL and Tom Angleberger's FAKE MUSTACHE at the top of my to-read pile.
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Post by: Pons on May 15, 2012, 01:40 PM
Just finished Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith. Very cute. I especially liked the ending.
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Post by: Bigfoot on May 15, 2012, 05:38 PM
I’ve been wanting to read Aliens on Vacation. I see that the sequel is coming out June 5.
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Post by: NLowe on May 20, 2012, 08:25 AM
Well I just finished reading The Summer of the Gypsy Moths (lounging in a hammock on a gorgeous sunny Sunday) and I loved this book.  It is funny, heartbreaking and just plain wonderful. 
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Post by: Cat on May 20, 2012, 09:29 PM
It DOES sound good. Thanks for the title.
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Post by: MysteryRobin on May 21, 2012, 09:33 AM
Thanks so much for letting us know, Natasha. I'll be sure to pick it up!
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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on May 21, 2012, 10:58 PM
See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles.   :cry2
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Post by: CaroleB on May 22, 2012, 06:50 AM
Am reading our own Michael Sussman's book, Crashing Eden. Totally enjoying it and love his voice!

Carole  :goldstar
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Post by: Tabitha on May 23, 2012, 01:25 PM
I'm reading Insurgent...and I'm a little nervous. I enjoyed the first book, Divergent, so I'm hoping this one will deliver, too... I guess we'll see. :)
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Post by: tulipwars on May 27, 2012, 10:35 AM
Just finished A CONFUSION OF PRINCES by Garth Nix.  A fun read but not up to the standards of SABRIEL, which is one of my favorites.

Also read YESTERDAY'S DEAD by Pat Bourke, a debut MG historical about Spanish flu in Toronto after WWI. Very well done.
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Post by: jaded747 on May 27, 2012, 03:03 PM
I just finished Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar, and I LOVED it. I even sent the author a fangirl letter! It's a contemporary setting, but it has this real creepy gothic vibe to it. LOVE.

I started Queen of the Night by Leanne Hall yesterday. It's the sequel to her very cool debut This Is Shyness. It's set in the imaginary Melbourne suburb of Shyness, where night never ends. I'm enjoying it so far.

Obviously I'm on an Australian YA binge!
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Post by: Tabitha on May 29, 2012, 07:49 AM
Just finished A CONFUSION OF PRINCES by Garth Nix.  A fun read but not up to the standards of SABRIEL, which is one of my favorites.

Good to know. I've got this book on my nightstand waiting to be read. It sounds entertaining, but I wasn't sure what to expect from it.
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Post by: Mike Jung on May 29, 2012, 08:53 AM
I'm reading Susan Cain's QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING, and it's phenomenal! It's one of the most personally validating books I've ever read.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on May 29, 2012, 09:56 AM
Just finished CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO NOT READING - a book tailor made for (as much as I hate the term) "reluctant readers".
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Post by: JodyJS on May 29, 2012, 12:22 PM
OKAY FOR NOW.  One of the best books I've ever read.  Ever.
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Post by: jodyjl on May 29, 2012, 07:51 PM
OKAY FOR NOW.  One of the best books I've ever read.  Ever.

Yes. It's brilliant.

Just finished a book of short stories by Ann Packer. I had to take a break from kid lit for awhile. Her stories were good, but nothing quite compares to her novel, "The Dive from Clausen's Pier."
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Post by: Christine B. on May 30, 2012, 11:45 AM
I just started Sara Wilson Etienne's HARBINGER and it's hard to put down. Took it into the bathtub, read during dinner, stayed up till 1 reading.

I just finished listening to Jandy Nelson's THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE on my iPod and loved it
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on May 30, 2012, 12:05 PM
Just finished WHERE IT BEGAN by the BB's own Ann Stampler. If you haven't read it, you should. Now. It's great :hurrah

Next up, adult lit, HHhH. Unique, fascinating narrative structure.
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Post by: jodyjl on May 30, 2012, 02:11 PM
Yes, WHERE IT BEGAN is terrific!

Congratulations, Ann on a fine YA novel.

Do not let the cover steer you away. I didn't care for the cover and didn't feel it did the book justice, but that's my opinion. Ann -- I'd love to hear your thoughts on the cover.
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Post by: Z-cat on May 30, 2012, 09:22 PM
Just started ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD.
 
Thought I put it down soon enough to avoid the scary dreams last night... but nope.  :ahh
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Post by: Tabitha on May 31, 2012, 05:33 AM
I loved ANNA!! I had scary vivid dreams for a week after reading that book, but it was so worth it. :)

There's a sequel coming out this year sometime, and I will be reading it. :)
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Post by: Shannywriter on May 31, 2012, 09:14 PM
Shanny, I read the library's copy of Scorpio Races twice, and ended up buying my own copy so I could make notes in the margins. SUCH an awesome book!!
I am sort of embarrassed to say that I read Scorpio Races again, for the third time! Okay we went camping, at the ocean, and again, nothing else on my tbr pile appealed to me, and I'd just ordered Sweetly and it hadn't shown up yet.

Maggie, if you're out there, you are a genius. This time I took notes, just like Olmue.  :bow

Now reading Matched by Ally Condie and eyeing S.R. over the top of the book!  :)
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Post by: Z-cat on June 01, 2012, 09:32 AM
Tabitha - there'd better be a sequel, because I finished i last night and I have a few questions!  :moose

On to THE HEADLESS CUPID...
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Post by: Tabitha on June 01, 2012, 10:01 AM
Yep, me too. :)

The next book is called The Girl of Nightmares, and it comes out this August. Such a long time to wait!!!
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Post by: tulipwars on June 02, 2012, 06:19 PM
A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness.  I haven't cried so much over a book in a long time.
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Post by: AnneB on June 02, 2012, 07:03 PM
Picture This, by Lynda Barry, which I stumbled upon while browsing the New Books shelf in the library. Anybody else here familiar with the Near-Sighted Monkey and Don't?
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Post by: Pons on June 07, 2012, 09:53 AM
A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

I'm only a few chapters into it, but so far, I like Still Life better. I want to see Inspector Gamache again and he's taking a long time to come on the scene.
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Post by: Rachel on June 07, 2012, 10:26 AM
I'm listening to Hattie Big Sky during my drive to work, and I'm really liking it. I'm not all that familiar with homesteading life, so it's got a lot of interesting detail for me!
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Post by: jodyjl on June 07, 2012, 09:29 PM
Rachel, Hattie Big Sky is one of my favorite historical novels. I love the imagery and Hattie's journey.

Just finished a pretty edgy YA called The Knife and the Butterfly by Ashley Hope Perez. An amazing voice and concept for the novel and...well, I just can't say anything else or I fear I will give too much away.

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Post by: olmue on June 07, 2012, 09:34 PM
Tulipwars, A Monster Calls really gets you doesn't it?

I just read Sara Zarr's How to Save a Life. Wow. And contemporary issues books aren't even my thing. But it was excellent.

My computer informs me that Code Name Verity is waiting for me at the library--I love it when my holds come in!
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Post by: jodyjl on June 19, 2012, 08:51 PM
Just finished Laura Hillenbrand's UNBROKEN.

Wow.

If anything I will quit whining about the small injustices that may occur in my life. I've gone through NOTHING compared to this guy.

War stinks.

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Post by: olmue on June 19, 2012, 09:05 PM
This week I read Code Name Verity and The Wicked and the Just, back to back. They're sort of similar, in a strange way--both about war, both about girls who are...allies? friends? (I wouldn't exactly call Gwinny and Cecily friends. But their fate is bound together.) Also, both about what really happens in war, as opposed to a comfortable escape sort of book. Not for the faint of heart (although both very powerful).
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Post by: Anissa on June 20, 2012, 10:40 AM
I just finished BITTERBLUE and am starting INSURGENT today. I think I'm on a big book kick.  :lol2

Shanny, I love SCORPIO RACES too! I think I'm about due for a re-read.  :grin
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Post by: Pons on June 20, 2012, 10:57 AM
I'm working my way through the Louise Penny mysteries. They aren't kidlit, but I think I'm in love with Inspector Gamache. (grin)
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Post by: wolfie712 on June 20, 2012, 10:02 PM
I just finished Carolyn Mackler's THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS.  That was a great book.  I loved Virginia, felt for her, cheered for her, and really enjoyed watching her find her power.
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Post by: Humor Writer on June 21, 2012, 01:46 PM
Absolutely loved A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness.  I blogged about this amazing book and a few other favorites from this year:  http://donnagephart.blogspot.com/2012/06/book-so-good.html (http://donnagephart.blogspot.com/2012/06/book-so-good.html).  Would love to hear about your favorites!
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Post by: Shannywriter on June 21, 2012, 06:53 PM
Just finished Sweetly by Jackson Pearce and now reading Crossed by Ally Condie.
One of my students gave me a B&N gift card so of course it took me an hour to decide on two books. So hard to pick!!
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Post by: Z-cat on June 21, 2012, 08:39 PM
Just finished THE NIGHT STRANGERS by Chris Bohjalian (for grownups)
and now I'm getting around to reading CITY OF EMBER, finally.
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Post by: terrylynn on June 22, 2012, 06:49 AM
I just finished Carolyn Mackler's THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS.  That was a great book.  I loved Virginia, felt for her, cheered for her, and really enjoyed watching her find her power.

I agree, I loved that book too!
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Post by: terrylynn on June 22, 2012, 06:50 AM
I just finished one of my favourite books of this year. Perhaps of all time. I loved it soooo much.  :love3: Serious love.

Grave Mercy by Robin Lafever
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Post by: G.R. on June 22, 2012, 02:36 PM
I just got around to finishing Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (I had already seen the recent film version a few months ago). A very odd book -- especially when the boy is narrating -- but very touching too, especially when the backgrounds of the grandmother and the renter are explained.
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Post by: jodyjl on June 22, 2012, 02:42 PM
Finished two pretty intense books these past two days...both with strong voices:

SOMEDAY THIS PAIN WILL BE USEFUL TO YOU
EVERYTHING IS FINE

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Post by: Kris K on June 23, 2012, 09:10 AM
Reading BIG MOUTH & UGLY GIRL. Interested in seeing how an accomplished novelist such as Joyce Carol Oates handles YA.
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Post by: majanecka on June 26, 2012, 11:44 PM
Read The Star Quilt by Nancy Turner.  Loved it.
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Post by: Raynbow Gignilliat on June 27, 2012, 07:03 AM
I just finished DELIRIUM and PANDEMONIUM by Lauren Oliver. I loved BEFORE I FALL, so picked these up. They're the first two books in a dystopian trilogy. Even though I'm a little burnt out with dystopians, I really enjoyed these. 
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Post by: updog on June 27, 2012, 07:31 AM
I'm finally getting around to reading the first in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones. Up next Holes, by Louis Sachar.
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Post by: jodyjl on June 27, 2012, 01:58 PM
Just finished our own Amber Turner's SWAY...a lovely, quirky, touching middle grade novel with a very fine voice.

I highly recommend.

Congratulations, Amber, on a terrific first novel.
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Post by: olmue on June 29, 2012, 09:05 PM
I just finished WITCHLANDERS, by our own Lena Coakley. So lovely! I'm glad to see that straight fantasy seems to be making somewhat of a comeback.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on June 29, 2012, 09:33 PM
Finally got around to IMAGINE by Jonah Lehrer. It's amazing. By far the most interesting and well-written non-fiction I've read in a while.
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Post by: Shannywriter on July 07, 2012, 10:19 AM
Now reading Desires of the Dead by Kimberley Derting.
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Post by: Turtle9 on July 10, 2012, 03:21 PM
Just finished The Returning by Christine Hinwood, and absolutely loved it, though be warned it's not an easy read.
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Post by: Mike Jung on July 10, 2012, 03:22 PM
I'm plowing through a stack of ARCs - I just finished Sarwat Chadda's THE SAVAGE FORTRESS, which is excellent, and Raina Telgemeier's DRAMA, which is also excellent. I just started Peter Salomon's HENRY FRANKS (which is creepy and fantastic so far), and next up is Kim Baker's PICKLE.
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Post by: Christine B. on July 10, 2012, 03:30 PM
I'm reading an ARC, too: Shannon Hale's PRINCESS ACADEMY: PALACE OF STONE. I am enjoying it -- I loved the character Miri from the first book and the sequel places her in a different environment, which is fun.
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Post by: olmue on July 10, 2012, 03:32 PM
Kenneth Oppel's THIS DARK ENDEAVOR. Yesterday I read JEFFERSON'S SONS, which was good and thought-provoking and of course, as it was meant to, made me mad that this country ever tolerated slavery.
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Post by: C. Lee on July 12, 2012, 08:26 AM
I was lucky enough to win Audition from Naomi Bates great blog and loved reading the book. Then J. Haight and S. Robinson at The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Marrow bestowed a copy of Amazon on me. I enjoyed reading this "You decide how to survive" book. Great summer fun.
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Post by: LindaB on July 12, 2012, 08:27 PM
I just finished Morpheous Road by D.J. McHale, who wrote the Pendragon series. While I generally don't like ghost stories, I was intrigued when he read the first chapter of the third book when he spoke at the Miami Book Fair in November. I liked it. It gave me just enough goosebumps but didn't scare me out of my mind (which is why I usually don't read ghost stories). I'll go on to read the second book in the series. It's a good boy book, by the way.
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Post by: AnneB on July 13, 2012, 10:56 AM
Size 12 and Ready to Rock, Meg Cabot's latest Heather Wells book. Up waaay too late gobbling it up.
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Post by: terrylynn on July 13, 2012, 05:06 PM
I'm reading BitterBlue which took a while to get into, but now I'm thoroughly sucked in.
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Post by: Ruth Donnelly on July 13, 2012, 05:16 PM
I just read Secrets of Truth and Beauty by Megan Frazer and loved it. My 18-y.o. daughter read it, and she loved it, too. Great characters. It just grabbed us from page 1 and never let go!
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Post by: carterhiggins on July 14, 2012, 09:25 PM
Reading and loving VIOLET RAINES ALMOST GOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING by Danette Haworth.
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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on July 14, 2012, 11:12 PM
Fathomless (YA) by Jackson Pearce, an ARC I found at ALA (the book's coming out in September).   :mermaid
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on July 15, 2012, 07:33 AM
I am stuck in adult-book world. :ahh

P.G. Wodehouse is the current author of choice. He is so clever!
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Post by: Ruth Donnelly on July 15, 2012, 08:53 AM
Wonderstruck. Yes, I finally got around to it! I like it, and the parts where the visual and text stories intersect are quite cool. It's going quickly despite the thickness, thanks to all the pictures. :)
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Post by: AnneB on July 15, 2012, 01:53 PM
{Julia! Welcome back! It has been ages since I've seen your avatar!}

I'm just starting The Maeve Binchy Writers' Club, which apparently is a series of short pieces born from a college-level course she taught. Maeve Binchy is one of my favorite writers...especially in audiobook form, as most of them have superb narrators. Sure and I end up speaking like me great-grandmothers for days after, but 'tis a wee price to be paid.
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on July 15, 2012, 02:36 PM
{Julia! Welcome back! It has been ages since I've seen your avatar!}

...

Aw. thanks, AnneB! It's nice to be back! :)
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Post by: MysteryRobin on July 15, 2012, 04:52 PM
Just started Jonathan Stroud's Heroes of the Valley - a viking quest sort of book, and also hilarious. Loving it so far. :)
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on July 15, 2012, 06:40 PM
Just finished THE LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK - historical fiction set in Little Rock, 1958 about a shy (nearly to the point of being mute) white girl who meets a new friend at school, only to face the loss of the friendship when the girl is expelled for being African-American. It's very, very good.
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on July 16, 2012, 09:34 AM
Yesterday I finally read Roald Dahl's THE WITCHES. Fun!
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Post by: Shannywriter on July 17, 2012, 01:03 PM
Just finished Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (loved it) and now reading A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. Picked it up used at the little bookstore by where we are camping and the MC is 16 but I'm not sure if its YA.
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Post by: jodyjl on July 21, 2012, 10:26 PM
Finished A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness yesterday. Wow. Stunning and brilliant execution of a familiar topic.

A full box of tissues is needed for this book.
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Post by: Shannywriter on July 22, 2012, 05:18 PM
Now reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor  :skull
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Post by: Shannywriter on July 22, 2012, 05:22 PM
Just finished Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (loved it) and now reading A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. Picked it up used at the little bookstore by where we are camping and the MC is 16 but I'm not sure if its YA.

Wow, loved A Northern Light--it was a little old, 2002 I think, and I was annoyed to have to pay $6 for a used paperback (which if it didn't have drink stains and writing in it would've cost me $10) but it was worth every penny. I think it was YA--earned a Printz award? Isn't that YA only?
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Post by: J.Ro on July 22, 2012, 07:10 PM
Just finished PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ by A.S. King - I loved it! I also loved DUST OF 100 DOGS, Need to get Everybody Sees the Ants now.
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Post by: Tabitha on July 23, 2012, 08:11 AM
Now reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor  :skull

LOVE this book. I can't wait for the next book to come out this November. :)

I just finished UNLEASHED by Nancy Holder and picked up DARK EDEN by Patrick Carman.

Tabitha
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Post by: writermom on July 23, 2012, 08:16 AM
In the last week I've read Wonder, The One and Only Ivan and Middle School: The worst Years of My Life. I will probably read Wonder again a few more times before I have to take it back to the library.
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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on July 23, 2012, 10:15 PM
Just read Tara Altebrando's THE BEST NIGHT OF YOUR (PATHETIC) LIFE. Fast-paced and funny.  Now reading an ARC of WHO I KISSED by Janet Gurtler.
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Post by: tulipwars on July 24, 2012, 07:39 AM
I just finished WITCHLANDERS, by our own Lena Coakley. So lovely! I'm glad to see that straight fantasy seems to be making somewhat of a comeback.

Meep! So glad you enjoyed it!

I'm reading the utterly enchanting Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, which got a Newbery Honor a few years back.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on July 24, 2012, 09:28 AM
Three cheers for HORTON'S MIRACULOUS MECHANISMS - MG story about a boy searching for the belongings of his great-uncle, a magician who mysteriously disappeared leaving behind stories of a secret warehouse filled with magician tricks.
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Post by: J-Bert on July 24, 2012, 12:13 PM
I just finished 11 BIRTHDAYS by Wendy Mass (great!) and am now onto THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY.
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Post by: G.R. on July 24, 2012, 02:22 PM
I just finished Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man -- excellent story collection. For all the out-there fantasy and sci-fi elements in his tales, he keeps them grounded in recognizably human emotions. Poignant (and occasionally funny) stuff. :yup

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Post by: Franzilla on August 02, 2012, 01:57 PM
Just finished our own Amber Turner's SWAY...a lovely, quirky, touching middle grade novel with a very fine voice.

I highly recommend.

Congratulations, Amber, on a terrific first novel.

Just reading this now and I'm wowed. So many lines are just too wonderful. It's the kind of book I want to take notes on while I'm reading but I'm enjoying it too much to stop and put pen to paper!
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Post by: JodyJS on August 02, 2012, 08:33 PM
Just finished reading POND SCUM by Alan Silberberg.  Funny and fun!
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Post by: Debby G on August 03, 2012, 06:58 AM
I just finished the recent bio J.D. Salinger: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski. I'm a huge Catcher in the Rye fan and have read two other nonfiction books on Salinger. This was by far the best. Really fascinating account of how much (a lot) his stories and novels came from his own life, the many rejections he got for his stories and books (including Catcher in the Rye), his horrifying experiences fighting in WWII (only about 20 percent of his platoon lived through the war), his relationships with his editors, Hemingway, and other publishing people, etc. Highly recommended for Salinger fans.
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Post by: Ruth Donnelly on August 03, 2012, 08:13 AM
Reading grownup stuff now...
1) Room for my book group (not as depressing as you might imagine)
2) Imagine by Jonah Lehrer (fake Dylan quotes, and all)

When I finish these, I get to start Lynne Jonell's latest, Emmy and the Rats in the Belfry!
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Post by: Lwrites on August 03, 2012, 03:37 PM
THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers. Amazing. It was what I'd hoped it would be, and then more.
Next up, GRAVE MERCY by Robin Lafevers.
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Post by: Ruth Donnelly on August 03, 2012, 06:29 PM
AnneB - I know, right? Very disappointing. Still, the information on creativity is fascinating, and as far as I know he hasn't been accused of making that up. FWIW, I'm reading a library copy.
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Post by: terrylynn on August 05, 2012, 12:34 PM
Just finished PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ by A.S. King - I loved it! I also loved DUST OF 100 DOGS, Need to get Everybody Sees the Ants now.

I read those in that order as well! Loved DUST!! And really enjoyed Vera Dietz. I'm still working my way to Ants. I do love her writing!

Just finished a memoir about training search and rescue dogs. Outstanding
Scent of the Missing by Susannah Charleson

also finished
The Assassin and the Empire, the last of the Throne of Glass novellas. Anyone else read this? Thoughts? I adored the first three. This one was ...

now started
Mirage by Kristi Cook
Endlessly by Kiersten White
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Post by: G.R. on August 05, 2012, 03:45 PM
John Grisham, Calico Joe

I got this one read last week... I get the sense that Grisham was trying for something on the order of W.P. Kinsella's Shoeless Joe -- which also drew from history to deal with baseball and a father-son relationship (Kinsella's book, the basis for the movie Field of Dreams, made reference to the 1919 Black Sox scandal, while Grisham's central premise was inspired by the pitch that killed the Cleveland Indians' Ray Chapman) -- but instead of magical realism he aims for a more hard-edged family drama. Compared with Grisham's two football-themed books, I found his first baseball story far more interesting and relatively more touching than the plodding Bleachers, if not quite as entertaining as the humorous Playing for Pizza.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on August 06, 2012, 11:19 AM
Just started THE SECRET TREE by Natalie Standiford. Mystery, roller derby, town legends and the changing friendship of soon-to-be-middle school girls...
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Post by: JFriday on August 06, 2012, 11:31 AM
Just finished So B. It by Sarah Weeks. Before that, it was The Truth About Forever (Sarah Dessen), Igraine the Brave (Cornelia Funke), and The Ogre of Oglefort (Eva Ibbotson), which was really fun. And I re-found a book from my youth, Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle and Other Modern Verse, which I first got from Scholastic Book Club when I was younger. Nice find. I love poking around in used book stores.
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Post by: elisa on August 06, 2012, 09:12 PM
I can't recommend highly enough "The Song of Achilles" by Madeline Miller. It's an Iliad retelling that is being sold as literary fiction but it feels like YA. Told from the perspective of Patroclus, Achilles' lover, it's a riveting love story and written beautifully. . . The author has bachelor's and a master's degree in ancient Greek and Roman languages - so she knows her stuff.
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Post by: Raynbow Gignilliat on August 07, 2012, 04:45 AM
I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone a few days ago and am still thinking about it. Probably loved the setting the most.
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Post by: Shannywriter on August 07, 2012, 09:35 AM
Raynbow, I just finished that book a few days ago too!  :)

Now reading Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
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Post by: olmue on August 07, 2012, 10:07 AM
I'm visiting family with an excellent library and bookstore (not to mention my librarian SIL's stack of ARCs she brought over). I've read A Long Way from Chicago (a reread, but I'd forgotten everything that happened, so it was like new again), Meet At the Ark at Eight by Ulrich Hub (ARC, funny in places, but I'm not sure I got the point), Princess Academy: Palace of Stone (ARC, Shannon Hale--awesome), Son, Lois Lowry (last of the Giver series--I wish I'd read the other three more recently, because it concludes the series, but isn't completely stand-alone), Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan, RA Spratt (funny and random; second in a series), and Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel (graphic novel that's been out a while). I'm in the middle of Sway, by our very own Amber Turner, and loving it so far. And there's still a stack! I love where I live (rural area of Idaho near Yellowstone), but we are rather thin on books out there, and I'm realizing now that I've been STARVING for books. The whole family is basically spending every moment reading. My inlaws must think we're crazy. (They like reading, too, but they usually go at it in a more relaxed sort of way, lol.)
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Post by: Laura L. Sullivan on August 07, 2012, 12:35 PM
I just read CODE NAME VERITY --- wow. Now I'm reading GOOSE CHASE, an older book by Patrice Kindl (because I couldn't get my hands on Keeping the Castle) and I'm loving it. I've also started the A Song of Ice and Fire series, which I was really reluctant to try because if I liked it that would mean a, what, million-word commitment when I'm supposed to be writing. Well, I like it, so I'm stuck, darn it!
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Post by: jodyjl on August 07, 2012, 02:32 PM
Just finished SEE YOU AT HARRY'S by our own Jo Knowles. I finished in two sittings...so very lovely...sniff, sniff.
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Post by: LTMadison on August 08, 2012, 07:29 AM
Holy sleepless night, I'm three fourths of the way through Peter Heller's debut novel The Dog Stars, which hit bookstores yesterday. If you couldn't abide The Road, don't bother (copy editors who see red at every sentence fragment are particularly in danger), but this post-apocalyptic novel has a sort of Hemingwayesque Nick Adams PSTD feel to it and I'm finding it mesmerizing.
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Post by: jojocookie on August 09, 2012, 01:52 PM
 A PLAIN DEATH

By Amanda Flower.

I so happy for this thread! Thought for a moment I had run out of reading, until now.   :hurrah
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Post by: jancoates on August 09, 2012, 02:09 PM
Bluefish by Pat Schmatz (sp?) - perfect title (from Dr. Seuss), and excellent MG for anyone having difficulty learning to read.
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Post by: LindaB on August 09, 2012, 07:14 PM
I'm finally reading Divergent. So far, so good.

LindaB
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Post by: tulipwars on August 13, 2012, 06:00 AM
THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jasper Fforde, very funny and off-the-wall.

CRANFORD by Elizabeth Gaskell, not up there with the great 19th century novels but very charming. I haven't seen the series but I hear good things about it.
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Post by: jodyjl on August 13, 2012, 08:01 AM
Enjoyed PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ as well as ANYTHING BUT TYPICAL.

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Post by: Mike Jung on August 13, 2012, 08:12 AM
I'm in the middle of THE BROKEN LANDS by Kate Milford and it's a serious contender for my favorite book of the year.
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Post by: Tabitha on August 13, 2012, 08:25 AM
Just picked up Girl of Nightmares. *squee*
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Post by: C. Lee on August 13, 2012, 11:42 AM
I've been reading, reading, reading: Griffin's Fire, Flutter of Luv, Scars and Seaweed. :-)
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Post by: majanecka on August 13, 2012, 05:20 PM
For a really young child, my son and I just read Silly Milly and the Mysterious Suitcase by Wendy Cheyette Lewison.  It was so silly and funny.  Great wordplay.
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Post by: MysteryRobin on August 13, 2012, 06:13 PM
Finally read The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Well, still reading because my 11 year old stole it for a few days. :) It's really good so far. (And she loved it!)
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Post by: Michael Sussman on August 14, 2012, 11:49 AM
I finally read LOOKING FOR ALASKA & really enjoyed it.

My new favorite author is Ann Patchett. I adored BEL CANTO and almost as good is her latest, STATE OF WONDER.
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Post by: J-Bert on August 14, 2012, 12:40 PM
I just finished LIAR & SPY, Rebecca Stead's latest. It's sososososo good! She had big shoes to fill after WHEN YOU REACH ME and I think she filled them.
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Post by: Shannywriter on August 15, 2012, 09:05 PM
Just finished Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summer and now reading Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
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Post by: G.R. on August 17, 2012, 02:35 PM
I finally got around to reading The Help this month, and I'm almost finished with it (haven't seen the film version yet, but I hope to soon...).

What can I say that hasn't been said already? Even if I hadn't waited for the hype to die down, I think I still would've at least been quite impressed with the distinct, compelling and likable narrative voices author Kathryn Stockett has given her three main characters, as well as the array of believable supporting characters she has developed. :yup
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Post by: DanetteFromOrlando on August 18, 2012, 09:44 PM
Reading and loving VIOLET RAINES ALMOST GOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING by Danette Haworth.

Thank you, carterhiggins!
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Post by: tulipwars on August 20, 2012, 11:18 AM
Still on my 19th century novel kick. Just finished North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.  So romantic!  Just started Little Women, which, believe it or not, I have never read before.
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Post by: Mike Jung on August 20, 2012, 11:26 AM
My daughter loves VAMPIRINA BALLERINA, by LueYen Pham and our own Anne Marie Pace! I read Dave LaRochelle and Jeremy Tankard's IT'S A TIGER to my son, and he's been roaring like a tiger ever since. Jeannie Mobley's KATERINA'S WISH is a wonderful MG novel - serious themes, and a lot of heartache for the characters. It's an excellent work of historical fiction. Moving on to Trent Reedy's latest, STEALING AIR.
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Post by: C. Lee on August 23, 2012, 07:48 AM
I won a book called The Flight of the Griffin, so I'm reading that.
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Post by: olmue on August 30, 2012, 10:08 PM
Finally read BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY. So excellent! I checked out a bunch of books at once and just meant to read the first few pages of each and see what they were like before going off to back to school night, but the others are in a heap and I've just finished Ruta's book. (And looking back, I see Ruta is RES! Which makes me even happier that the book is by one of ours. :) )
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Post by: ButterflyGirl on August 31, 2012, 07:02 AM
I am deep into Lena Coakley's WITCHLANDERS. It is sooooo good! The language is gorgeous, and the plot is really compelling.
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Post by: AnneB on August 31, 2012, 09:52 AM
Gobble up My Life as a Stuntboy by Janet Tashjian last night, staying up waaay too late to do so. Very closely plotted, simply told yet engaging even for an adult, illustrations for some of the out-of-the-way words (limousine, scenario, intensifies). I'm very impressed.
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Post by: Raynbow Gignilliat on August 31, 2012, 10:22 AM
I finished FEAR by Michael Grant a few days ago. It's one of his Gone novels. Love them. They remind me a lot of Stephen King's books.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on August 31, 2012, 11:02 AM
Reading SHADOW AND BONE, stopping to admire the lovely world-building, then reading some more :)
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Post by: MysteryRobin on September 01, 2012, 10:21 PM
I just finished reading Heroes of the Valley to the kids, by Jonathon Stroud. :) It was a fun story and the kids loved it. I did edit bits of text as I read because it was LONG and... a little thick with description. It's also firmly between YA and MG, I thought. So I toned down some of it for my 6 year old.

I started The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place tonight with them, and we all love it so far. :) It has a great voice -reminiscent of Jane Eyre, but clearly for children...

And the 6 year old has me reading George Brown Class Clown Attack of the Tighty Whities. *sigh* She adores it.
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Post by: RebeccaL-G on September 02, 2012, 05:10 PM
I just finished The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Wow!  I spent the weekend alternating between laughter and tears.  I highly recommend it. 
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Post by: AnneB on September 02, 2012, 07:39 PM
Caddy's World, Hilary McKay's most recent. Sigh. I hate it when a Hilary McKay book ends.
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Post by: Mike Jung on September 02, 2012, 08:18 PM
My kids are love, love, loving VAMPIINA BALLERINA, IT'S A TIGER, and KEL GILLIGAN'S DAREDEVIL STUNT SHOW.
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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on September 02, 2012, 10:39 PM
I recently read Sammy Keyes and the Night of the Skulls by Wendelin Van Draanen. I love Sammy Keyes and Halloween, so I really  enjoyed reading this one!

Last week I read the ARC of The Diviners by Libba Bray . I'm always amazed at how she can pull together so many things and make them work in a story. Plus there were supernatural happenings, murders, and a mystery, set in 1920's NYC.

Now I'm reading Spellbound by Anna Dale. I'm at the part where the adventure is about to go ahead full steam. I picked up this book because her last book, Whispering to Witches, is one of my favorite MG books.
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Post by: Pons on September 08, 2012, 10:34 AM
Just started Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn. My son recommended it to me and I can hardly wait to get farther into it.
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Post by: olmue on September 08, 2012, 10:41 AM
The Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson. I'm enjoying it immensely. After a really stressful and frustrating day yesterday, it was wonderful to escape completely in this fast-paced ghostly mystery. Also, the MC has a great, non-snarky but nevertheless believable teen voice.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on September 08, 2012, 11:00 AM
Nothing is getting done at my house since I started MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND by Matthew Dicks. Written from the POV of an autistic child's imaginary friend. It's a great read.
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Post by: jodyjl on September 09, 2012, 01:17 PM
Finished Daniel Handler's (aka Lemony Snickett) WHY WE BROKE UP. I enjoyed it. He is over-the-top at times and wordy now and then, but the storytelling is grand.

Also...who can't relate to at least one teen-age break-up.
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Post by: LTMadison on September 10, 2012, 08:05 PM
Any one else read David Leviathan's new book about a MC who wakes up each morning in someone else's body (always different)? Talk about high concept. The host is always the same age as he is -- he's been doing this for 16 years -- but is just as likely to be a girl as a boy. Leviathan handles the obvious complications pretty well, but it seems to me to be more of a conceit than a great book.
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Post by: Michael Sussman on September 10, 2012, 09:55 PM
Just finished Helen Simonson's debut novel, MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND, which I highly recommend. It is slow-paced, but gorgeously written, with unforgettable characters and a tremendously moving love story.
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Post by: Bigfoot on September 12, 2012, 04:41 PM
I've always wanted to read Katherine Paterson's THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS. I'm finally getting around to it this fall because I'm taking a children's librarianship class that involves reading a lot of award-winning books. Just finished reading THE WITCHES OF WORM by Zilpha Keatley Synder which has a wonderful creepiness and building of tension about it.

On the picture book front, love Anne Marie Pace's VAMPIRINA BALLERINA and GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS by Jeff Mack. Leda Schubert's picture book biography MONSIEUR MARCEAU: ACTOR WITHOUT WORDS is a beautiful book.

Next up, RULES by Cynthia Lord.
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Post by: MysteryRobin on September 12, 2012, 07:06 PM
Just finished Helen Simonson's debut novel, MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND, which I highly recommend. It is slow-paced, but gorgeously written, with unforgettable characters and a tremendously moving love story.
Agreed - I loved this.
It's adult lit, but I just picked up Susanna Kearsley's The Winter Sea. The lead character is a writer, and I generally stay away from that (too close to my life!) but it's really well done, and set on the Scottish coast with historical fiction woven in. Loving it so far. :)
I'm knee deep in my YA, so holding off reading similar things for a bit. I'm catching up on my MG and Adult. ;)
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Post by: C. Lee on September 19, 2012, 03:14 PM
I've done a bit of genre jumping and started reading a sci-fi novel called Cassa Fire. It's what I'd call Top Gun meet Battlestar Gallactica story. Kind of good with character and fast-paced plot. So far no females in sight. This is definitely one for the boys. :-)
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Post by: majanecka on September 19, 2012, 09:14 PM
Just finished Sammy Keyes and the skeleton Man.  Great.
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Post by: AnneB on September 20, 2012, 03:26 PM
Just finished The Reinvention of Edison Thomas, by Jacqueline Houtman, and I'm thinking, wow, this is one terrific middle-grade book. I couldn't put it down.
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Post by: C. Lee on September 24, 2012, 05:19 PM
I just read a great sci-fi story called Cassa Fire. It would be a super teen read for a boy.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on September 24, 2012, 07:42 PM
Loving SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS  :)
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Post by: J-Bert on September 24, 2012, 08:41 PM
Just finished THE TEMPLETON TWINS HAVE AN IDEA. Very fun/funny middle grade with a Lemony Snicket-esque narrator.

Currently reading THE PUZZLING WORLD OF WINSTON BREEN and am enjoying it.

Also recently read adult nonfiction 168 HOURS: YOU HAVE MORE TIME THAN YOU THINK. A very interesting book on time management. Not so much a "how to", but more case studies of various people who have successfully juggled many different priorities in their life.
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Post by: olmue on September 24, 2012, 10:02 PM
Reading the Chronicles of Prydain, Holes, and Daddy Long-Legs to my girls.

Just read Kiersten White's Supernaturally to myself.

Also reread Heather Dixon's Entwined and Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red recently. More books like this, please?

Next up: One of Our Thursdays is Missing, by Jasper Fforde--gotta love the crazy bookworld!

In nonfiction, Orson Scott Card's Characters and Viewpoint. So far, it's my favorite book by him ever.
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Post by: C. Lee on September 26, 2012, 12:34 PM
Just started Uncontrollable. I love my Kindle. It goes with me everywhere and I read so much more these days.
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Post by: J-Bert on September 26, 2012, 02:34 PM
Finished WINSTON BREEN (satisfying MG mystery) and just started THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie. Woah, totally sucked in! It's both a good/bad book to be reading right now. Good because it's so well written it's inspiring, bad because I just want to drop everything and readreadread but I have important priorities to tend to like a baby, husband, ailing pets, my own writing. . .
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Post by: MysteryRobin on September 26, 2012, 07:50 PM
What did you think of Ruby Red, Rose? I've been wanting to read it!
Just finished the first book of The Incorrigibles with the kids. They were so sad when it ended. :) I guess we'll be picking up book 2 (but I wasn't super sad when it ended. I found it kind of a hard read aloud)
We're reading The Hobbit now. Loving that!!
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Post by: Pons on September 29, 2012, 08:59 AM
I just finished three of Mary Downing Hahn's ghost stories, Dark and Deep and Dangerous, Wait till Helen Comes, and All the Lovely Bad Ones. I enjoyed them all. She really has a gift for telling ghost stories and she knows how to keep them from crossing the line into gory or too scary for MG. I'd like to read more, but the stack of books by my bed is calling to me.

Incidentally, I think it is great that so many of you are reading novels to your children instead of stopping at PB's. I wish I had done more of that, although I do remember one night when we read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever straight through. We laughed and laughed.

Laurel  :catmoon: (This smilie reminds me of my cat.)
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Post by: olmue on September 29, 2012, 11:11 PM
I liked Ruby Red--it was just the kind of escapist book I needed at the time. (Umm...also the same general type/feel of book I was going for in a ms that still lives only on my hard drive...sigh.)

Now reading My Life Next Door, by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I'm always glad to see large families in books--they are hard to write (all of the characters, oh my!), but if you can control that, they can be delightful. And this one is!
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Post by: LindaB on September 30, 2012, 08:07 PM
I just finished The Wednesdays by Julie Bourbeau. What a fun read! A good mid-grade book that's funny and unusual. It's about a town that is in terror of Wednesdays. Anyone who goes out or even opens a window on Wednesdays finds something bad happens. Never on Thursday or Monday, just Wednesday. Of course, Max wants to go outside on Wednesdays but finds out he would have been better off staying home.
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Post by: amberturner on September 30, 2012, 08:58 PM
Just started Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Rides Again with my daughter. Pretty funny read so far...
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Post by: anningalls on October 01, 2012, 09:55 AM
I just read Margaree King Mitchell's new pb, WHEN GRANDMAMA SINGS. I love it! Her last book was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. I think this one will have a good chance as well. See what you think.

Ann
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Post by: Raynbow Gignilliat on October 05, 2012, 06:05 PM
I just finished Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin. So, so, so good. Loved it.
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Post by: AnneB on October 05, 2012, 06:30 PM
Just finished Eye of the Storm, by Kate Messner. Glad thunderstorm season is over with for a few months!
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Post by: terrylynn on October 08, 2012, 09:18 AM
Just finished some fantastic books:

STARLING - loved it!
THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER - don't know why it took me so long to read this! One of my fav's of the year!
AUDITION AND SUBTRACTION - so cute
SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE - great! Reminded me of reading Judy Blume as a kid

EVERY DAY - didn't love as much as I thought
Title: Re: Whatcha reading?
Post by: J-Bert on October 09, 2012, 11:59 AM
Finished RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater. I liked it so much it shot SCORPIO RACES, which has been waiting patiently in my To Be Read pile to the top of the queue and I just finished that as well. Both great reads.

I started CASUAL VACANCY by JK Rowling but I don't know if I'm going to finish it. I'm finding the characters unsympathetic to the point I really don't know if I want to devote any time getting to know them further. So I'm putting that down for the moment and trying THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray instead.
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Post by: Pippa on October 10, 2012, 11:52 AM
Ack, I'm having a terrible time finding a story I want to finish at the moment. Had high hopes for RAVEN BOYS but couldn't keep going ... and before you stone me, I have the utmost respect and adoration for Maggie, I've just never connected with her stuff (and I keep trying to).

Got through the first few chapters of MALCOLM AT MIDNIGHT and wished I loved it more. It's great and deserves to be loved but it just didn't grab me.

Tried an upper MG by Chris Ryan (lots of action and good ecological message) but that left me ho-hum, then picked up The CASUAL VACANCY and decided it was too much work figuring out who was who, though there were definitely great characters in it - and I hated all the swearing, so went back to THE HOBBIT, which frankly, is so badly written it's tough going.

I'm enjoying my crit partners' work more than anything in print at the moment, but will keep trying - I know there's awesome stuff out there. Anyone else in a slump?


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Post by: MysteryRobin on October 10, 2012, 12:14 PM
As a side note - I love that we're censoring ho-hum.... ;)
Pippa, I was going to suggest The Hobbit - we're reading it right now. You don't like it? Maybe you're in a place where it's just hard to read. I get in those places. The Hobbit has been a breath of fresh air for me after slogging through a few things that were tougher to read.
Maybe you need a new genre - a nice cozy mystery or chick lit to break you out of your slump. :)
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Post by: olmue on October 10, 2012, 01:04 PM
Pippa, I'm in a slump, too. My TBR list is unusually small for this time of year (although Raven Boys is on it--I adored Scorpio Races), and I'm just not finding a lot right now that I can really sink myself into. I have authors I love, but they don't happen to have books coming out right now, and erm, don't stone me, but I've never cared much for dystopian. And my library is reeeeally small and slow to acquire books (on the new shelf now are a ton of creature-love-triangle books, which has been in a bit of a glut for quite some time). I want something that makes me feel the way I did when I read my favorite fill-in-the-blank-with-past-hot-genre-books, *including* the sensation of reading something that was new and not done to death.

OTOH, it's also true that sometimes like Mysteryrobin said, your mind is in a hard place for reading, and things that you might like at other times just look blah. Hopefully we get out of the slump soon!
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Post by: Pippa on October 10, 2012, 01:32 PM
Thanks MysteryRobin and Olmue - I hate feeling like this! Total weirdness but I'll pesevere with The Hobbit (I loved it when I was 12) and keep scanning the shelves. I work in a bookstore so maybe I'm spoiled for choice  :ha

The last MG's that I loved were OKAY FOR NOW by Gary Schmidt, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman, ALIENS ON VACATION by Clete Barrett Smith, and AL CAPONE SHINES MY SHOES by Gennifer Choldenko.
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Post by: olmue on October 10, 2012, 03:41 PM
I did enjoy The Mark of Athena (Rick Riordan's latest), even though it ended in a cliffhanger. I miss the days of just being inside Percy's head, although I like all the different characters. Still, it made enough of an impact on me that while I was sitting at an intersection today and noticed the bank on the corner (Chase bank), the first thing I thought was, oh, how nice! Look, Annabeth has a chain of banks, and one of them is right here.

Obviously I spend too much time in the book world...
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Post by: J-Bert on October 11, 2012, 08:17 AM
I've definitely been in reading slumps myself. I was in one recently and then I read WONDER by R.J. Palacio and it broke me out of the slump for some reason.

(Pippa, Gary Scmidt has a new book out in case that's of interest to you since you liked his last. It sounds totally different than OKAY FOR NOW plot-wise though. I think it's called IT CAME FROM THE STARS.)

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Post by: Pippa on October 11, 2012, 10:14 AM
I've definitely been in reading slumps myself. I was in one recently and then I read WONDER by R.J. Palacio and it broke me out of the slump for some reason.

(Pippa, Gary Scmidt has a new book out in case that's of interest to you since you liked his last. It sounds totally different than OKAY FOR NOW plot-wise though. I think it's called IT CAME FROM THE STARS.)


Great - thanx!
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Post by: KatyD on October 11, 2012, 03:42 PM
I just finished Rebecca Stead's LIAR AND SPY. Very nice! And I finally got my hands on John Green's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Yes, it is as WOW as you've heard.
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Post by: LindaB on October 11, 2012, 06:24 PM
I just finished It Came From the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt. I love his work but I didn't love this book. It was well written but it wasn't my cup of tea. He was able to make me feel for the characters so it could be that I was not in the right mood for the book at this time. I may read it again in the future to see if I react differently. He made up a lot of words for objects and people and I think that slowed the book down for me.
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Post by: LTMadison on October 17, 2012, 08:15 AM
Just finished listening to an excellent audio rendition of An Na's Wait for Me, which I liked more for its insights into the immigrant experience than for the cross-cultural romance, but then again, I'm not a 15-year-old girl. She won a Printz in 2002 for A Step from Heaven. Almost done with Hilary Mantel's Booker winner Wolf Hall, which is astounding. It's the story of Thomas Cromwell, who rose from poverty to chief advisor to Henry VIII in the early 1500s. She received a second Booker yesterday for the sequel.
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Post by: Sully on October 17, 2012, 08:59 AM
I'm reading, Barnaby Grimes: Curse of the Night Wolf  By Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell.  MG Fantasy
Yesterday, it called out to me from a library book shelf. I've really enjoyed it so far. They have definitely pulled me into the world of a Tick-tock boy.
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Post by: terri on October 17, 2012, 06:55 PM
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society   This is a very interesting read, and some of the language is so beautiful in it.  Unfortunately, the author died before she completed the book and it was up to her niece to try to piece together the rest of it and see it to publication. 
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Post by: Pons on October 19, 2012, 05:48 PM
I loved Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It's one of those books I wish I was capable of writing.
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Post by: terri on October 19, 2012, 11:42 PM
It's so sad that the author did not get to see how successful it became.
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Post by: Lwrites on October 20, 2012, 02:23 PM
I just finished CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein. I went in with incredibly high expectations....and was still blown away. Wow.
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Post by: LindaB on October 20, 2012, 02:24 PM
I'm midway through the Crimson Crown, the fourth book in the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. As I expected, it's wonderful!
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Post by: StaceyM on October 20, 2012, 02:57 PM
I just finished Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities by Mike Jung (who I see is on the blueboards)
I loved it- highly recommended.  It's a clever spin on the tried and true stories and set-ups of comic books.  Would be a fantastic animated film.  I recommended it to our local Guys Read club.
Mike- if you see this- I want to learn more about Hummingbird!

Also just finished A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by M Twain.  It was a tough read in parts.  Long on rants, more gore and war than I expected.  I prefer the more humorous Roughing It.
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Post by: DebraG on October 20, 2012, 07:27 PM
I just started School of Fear.  MG novel.

http://www.amazon.com/School-Fear-Gitty-Daneshvari/dp/0316033278/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350785839&sr=8-1&keywords=school+of+fear

Loving it so far
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Post by: olmue on October 20, 2012, 09:04 PM
Mike's book is great!

Just started The Cabinet of Earths (to keep it all in the Blueboard family :) ). I'm enjoying it very much. Also reading Prisoners in the Palace.
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Post by: Raynbow Gignilliat on October 20, 2012, 10:13 PM
I'm reading Girl Parts by John Cusick (who's an agent and author) and The Diviners by Libba Bray. I usually only read one book at a time, but I can't read The Diviners at night. Too scary.
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Post by: terrylynn on October 23, 2012, 06:27 AM
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson and it is BLOWING. MY. MIND.

 :wow
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Post by: C. Lee on October 24, 2012, 09:23 AM
Just finished and reviewed Narc. Some excellent writing and great characters. Only a few places I wished for faster pacing.
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Post by: anita on October 25, 2012, 05:03 PM
I'm reading Girl Parts by John Cusick (who's an agent and author) and The Diviners by Libba Bray. I usually only read one book at a time, but I can't read The Diviners at night. Too scary.

Huh, I just met John a few weeks ago and he's a luv, and so I purchased Girl Parts and am reading it now as well.

anita
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Post by: Franzilla on October 26, 2012, 11:15 AM
I've been forced (in a most enjoyable manner) to read several books at once. I am enjoying them all so much that I can't pick one to read each night, so they have to take turns!

Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by Mike Jung is one; The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z by Kate Messner is another; and The Year of the Rat by Grace Lin.

Love having so many yummy books to feast on each night.
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Post by: Iris on November 01, 2012, 03:58 AM
Just finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower and feel as though I've been punched.  I should have read this book as a teenager.  Now I'm waffling between whether to read The Maze Runner or The Knife of Never Letting Go.
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Post by: Raynbow Gignilliat on November 01, 2012, 04:43 AM
I finished THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE a few days ago. Wow. This was so good.
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Post by: Laura L. Sullivan on November 05, 2012, 04:41 AM
I read and LOVED Dodger by Terry Pratchett.
I'm also reading Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street series, which are very clever and funny adult books but have the most fascinating 6-year-old character, Bertie, a prodigy who is starting to rebel against his overbearing mother.
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Post by: rab on November 05, 2012, 05:43 AM
Terrylynn and Raynbow, I recently listened to THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE. The narrator they chose for the audiobook is absolutely perfect.
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Post by: olmue on November 05, 2012, 06:13 AM
Just finished The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. It was long on worldbuilding and philosophy and shorter on plot. Now reading Kirsten White's last Paranormlacy book. I have a stack of books on my shelf that just keeps growing because all my library holds are coming in just in time for Nano. Figures!
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Post by: Raynbow Gignilliat on November 05, 2012, 07:13 AM
Just finished THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater. Lovely. And I really appreciated all the research that had to have gone into it.
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Post by: olmue on November 07, 2012, 10:01 PM
I can't wait to read The Raven Boys. I'm throwing out wild hints that it would make a fabulous birthday or Christmas present for me. If I can wait that long... :)

Just finished Rae Carson's Crown of Embers. I'm so glad fantasy seems to be making a comeback in YA! And somehow I thought it was a sequel but not a middle book, but behold, when I come to the end, I see there is a whole nother book waiting for me. (Well, figuratively. I have to wait a year or whatever.) In any case, it was a strong story in itself and didn't suffer from the saggy middle book syndrome at all.
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Post by: Lwrites on November 08, 2012, 07:46 AM
I just read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins. it was great! Now I'm reading her next book, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR. If you're looking for fun, happy, smart and well-written YA romance, read them! :)
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Post by: Iris on November 09, 2012, 01:55 AM
Finished The Maze Runner, which was excellent.  I'm going to dash out to buy the other two in the trilogy today.  In the interim, I've started Laini Taylor's new release, Days of Blood and Starlight, and enjoying her writing style as ever.
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Post by: C. Lee on November 09, 2012, 03:49 PM
Just started a book set in Jamaica, called Distraction. Too early to tell what I think, but the writing is darned good and the story has drawn me in so far.
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Post by: Shannywriter on November 11, 2012, 08:43 PM
I can't wait to read The Raven Boys. I'm throwing out wild hints that it would make a fabulous birthday or Christmas present for me. If I can wait that long... :)

Just finished Rae Carson's Crown of Embers. I'm so glad fantasy seems to be making a comeback in YA! And somehow I thought it was a sequel but not a middle book, but behold, when I come to the end, I see there is a whole nother book waiting for me. (Well, figuratively. I have to wait a year or whatever.) In any case, it was a strong story in itself and didn't suffer from the saggy middle book syndrome at all.
That's my next one, Rose! So excited!

Now reading Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
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Post by: J-Bert on November 11, 2012, 09:10 PM
ONE AND ONLY IVAN--fantastic! It's at the top of my list for Newbery picks.
THE GREAT UNEXPECTED by Sharon Creech. Love Sharon Creech and this was didn't disappoint. (Although I found the ending a little confusing but I may have been tired and/or I was also rushing to find out what happened.)
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Post by: AJSchumacher on November 13, 2012, 03:47 PM
The best of Roald Dahl. It's a collection of his more adult themed short stories but he has written some of my favorite children's books as well.

I'm trying to find time to read The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh again. It's pretty fantastic.
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Post by: rab on November 18, 2012, 05:40 PM
Just reread Natalie Savage Carlson's delightful The Happy Orpheline (I first read it when I was a child). It still delights. Also enjoyed Maybelle in the Soup by our own Maybelle---what fun! And now I'm reading Leonard S. Marcus's Listening for Madeleine, which I like so much I had to start a separate thread about it.
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Post by: updog on November 26, 2012, 10:40 PM
I'm rereading Little Women, and for some reason it's making me miss my childhood. Or maybe it's the holidays doing that, but I'm blaming the book.
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Post by: G.R. on November 27, 2012, 02:52 PM
I'm rereading Little Women, and for some reason it's making me miss my childhood. Or maybe it's the holidays doing that, but I'm blaming the book.

Great stuff. :yup

I can't believe I'm only now getting around to reading David Copperfield. Loving it so far -- David's narration, if a tad on the wordy side, is likable and occasionally funny.

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Post by: terrylynn on November 27, 2012, 03:57 PM
Seraphina - audio book. I so adored this! the narrator was awesome. Love that.
Angelfall - this is my first Amazon published book and it is definitely one of my top ten this year. LOVED this book.
Days of Blood and Starlight - not quite the first book, but the writing is still amazing

currently reading Witchlanders
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Post by: NickiS on November 27, 2012, 04:05 PM
I'm reading The Raven Boys now (I really like it!). Before that, I read Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus books and re-read the Percy Jackson books.

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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on November 27, 2012, 04:33 PM
I read GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES by Mike Jung over the weekend and loved it!
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Post by: DebraG on December 09, 2012, 06:50 AM
I just finished Savvy by Ingrid Law, a middle grade novel about a family who each develop a talent on their 13th birthday.  I am reading Windblowne by Stephen Messer, a middle grade novel in which kites are quite incredible. Don't want to say any more and give things away. 

To help with my writing, I am reading Finding Your Voice by Les Edgerton (who wrote Hooked, and which I just ordered).
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Post by: olmue on December 09, 2012, 09:25 PM
Deblyfe, I love Savvy! And Scumble, the sequel/companion novel.

Right now I'm rereading Crossing to Paradise, by Kevin Crossley-Holland (Gatty's Tale in the original UK version). SO lovely; I love pilgrimage tales. I find myself rereading it every Christmas. I can't help feeling like there really was a girl like Gatty back in the 1200s.
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Post by: Pons on December 18, 2012, 12:20 AM
I just finished Origami Yoda which was creative and very boy friendly. I liked it a lot.  :snowmanjump:
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Post by: olmue on December 22, 2012, 07:24 AM
Just read Sarah Rees Brennan's new book UNSPOKEN. Really liked it! Very cool concept, pulled off excellently. (The MC has an imaginary friend who has talks to in her head, and who talks back. Only, then he moves to town--for real.) The only drawback is that since it's new and I just finished it, I have a looooong wait for the next one. :(
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Post by: Debby G on December 22, 2012, 07:40 AM
I'm almost done reading a debut YA novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. It's fantastic! Great voice and humor. I can't wait to give it to my teenage son.
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Post by: J-Bert on December 23, 2012, 07:41 PM
I recently finished COLD CEREAL by Adam Rex. Funny, enjoyable. The story felt a bit overly full, but it was still a good read. The ending made me think it's the beginning of a series, so that may explain the overly fullness--lots of set up for future books.

I also read the adult novel NOAH'S COMPASS by Anne Tyler. I love her books but haven't read one in years and this novel was so thoroughly enjoyable. I'm now reading DINNER AT THE HOMESICK RESTAURANT and have a feeling I'll be going on an Anne Tyler bender for the next couple weeks.
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Post by: Nora on December 26, 2012, 04:04 PM
I love Christmas break! I read and write and read some more...

I just finished THE GOLDEN COMPASS, by Philip Pullman, which I finished in a day.  I'm just starting DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT, by Lani Taylor. I LOVED DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE.  And next in the line up is GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES by Mike Jung. 

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Post by: olmue on December 26, 2012, 04:46 PM
It's been snowing and snowing and my kids have been playing with Christmas stuff and/or sleeping off germs, and so all I've done is read for the past few days. I've read THE UNWRITTEN GIRL and FATHOM FIVE by James Bow, the 5th Amulet book by Kazu Kibuishi, BLOOD RED ROAD by Moira Young, and ZOMBIE MOMMY by MT Anderson. I found Jane Langton's THE DIAMOND IN THE WINDOW for my girls for Christmas (it was my favorite book in 2-3rd grade) and have been reading that aloud to them. (Such a strange little American fantasy--a mystery with New England transcendentalism in it...) All of them have been lovely and different and I'm really enjoying this chance to refill on stories while everyone is home and I can't do a lot of writing, anyway.

My girls are asking me to read to them some more. Nora, we're in the middle of GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES and they are enjoying it a lot!
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Post by: mirrorsandmagicfrogs on December 26, 2012, 05:35 PM
Ally Condie's Reached (finally!)
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Post by: C. Lee on December 27, 2012, 09:33 AM
I ended this year with two books: Social Media Just for Writers and Every Day by David Levithan. Very different books, right? But each one was worth the time.
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Post by: olmue on December 27, 2012, 09:48 PM
Just finished Rachel Hartman's SERAPHINA. I love it that full-fledged fantasy is making a comeback!
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Post by: terrylynn on December 28, 2012, 10:59 AM
Ally Condie's Reached (finally!)

I've had that on my ereader for a while but haven't got to it yet! You'll have to come back and report how you liked it!
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Post by: terrylynn on December 28, 2012, 11:01 AM
Just finished THE FALSE PRINCE and really enjoyed it. Such a great character!

And that completes my reading challenge for this year - I read NINETY books!  :exclamationpoint:

that's 90!

Nine-zero.

It was a good reading year!
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Post by: mirrorsandmagicfrogs on December 28, 2012, 11:05 AM
Oh, I liked The False Prince! It reminded me a bit of one of my favorite books. I won't mention it here in case others plan to read it and haven't. I wouldn't want to ruin the surprises. :)

So far I like Reached, but it's not sucking my attention the way Matched did. It might be the rotating POV. I don't mind it, but I think it's taking longer to draw me in.
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Post by: KatyD on December 28, 2012, 02:12 PM
I'm reading Leif Enger's PEACE LIKE A RIVER. It's adult and oldish (2001), but my, oh my. It is WONDERFUL! One of the best books I've read in a long, long time. In fact, I'm dragging my feet on finishing it; I don't want it to end!
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Post by: J-Bert on December 28, 2012, 05:15 PM
KatyD, that's one of my most favorite novels! I remember feeling the same way, wanting to savor it. I might need to re-read that one this year.
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Post by: olmue on December 28, 2012, 05:18 PM
Peace Like a River is one of my very favorite adult novels ever. :)
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Post by: nickypicky on December 28, 2012, 07:23 PM
Love this thread! I'm reading SERAPHINA, too. Love me some dragons. :)
And Debby, I read ME, EARL, etc. and it was funny. Also very, um, raw. And unfortunately I read it right after my 13 y.o. son did.
Awkward moments ensued.
I'm going to read Fingerprints of You next. Anyone else read it? 
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Post by: olmue on December 28, 2012, 07:53 PM
Now on to REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS, by our own Helene Boudreau. My girls FOUGHT over who got to finish this book first, let me tell you. Finally it's my turn. It's awesome and funny--I can see why they loved it!
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Post by: KatyD on December 28, 2012, 08:08 PM
J-Bert and Olmue: I'm glad to be in such great company! I'm already thinking--would it be weird o finish it and then immediately start reading it again? I don't think I've ever done that before.
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Post by: JodyJS on December 29, 2012, 06:53 AM
THE EXTRAORDINARY EDUCATION OF NICHOLAS BENEDICT by Trenton Lee Stewart. It's a prequel to his MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY series. And it's awesome!
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Post by: olmue on December 29, 2012, 07:28 AM
J-Bert and Olmue: I'm glad to be in such great company! I'm already thinking--would it be weird o finish it and then immediately start reading it again? I don't think I've ever done that before.

I've er, done that lots of times! Especially if I wanted to study it in my mind and figure out what made a book great. :)
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Post by: KatyD on December 29, 2012, 08:39 AM
Yeah. I borrowed the copy I'm reading from the library. I'm thinking I'm going to have to invest in a paperback copy and get out my highlighters!
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Post by: ButterflyGirl on December 29, 2012, 09:59 AM
I'm reading Erin Moulton's TRACING STARS (just finished her excellent book, FLUTTER: THE STORY OF FOUR SISTERS). Our own Mike Jung's novel, GIRLS, GEEKS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES was my ten-year-old son's book from Santa. I get to read it as soon as he's finished. He's already halfway through -- and loving it! It's a welcome change from a steady diet of graphic novels at home (he's read some of them three or four times), and novels only at school.  Yay!
 
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Post by: Pons on December 29, 2012, 02:13 PM
I read Origami Yoda by Angleberger before Christmas and really enjoyed it. I'd recommend it to MG age boys. Girls would probably like it to.

Laurel  :xmastree
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Post by: stacebee on December 30, 2012, 12:32 PM
Some of my most recent favorites : Michelle Paver's Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, East by Edith Pattou, the Sea of Trolls trilogy by Nancy Farmer and the Absolutely true diary of a part time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
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Post by: mirrorsandmagicfrogs on December 30, 2012, 12:36 PM
I finished Reached. Now I'm reading Rae Carson's Crown of Embers.
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Post by: LTMadison on January 01, 2013, 08:59 PM
Has anyone else listened to the audio of The Graveyard Book? Neil Gaiman could make a living as a voice talent -- if he weren't already killing as a comic book and novel writer. This is not a book I would have normally picked up (I usually avoid paranormals as run the opposite direction from witches and goblins), but it's one of my favorite "reads" of 2012. It's interesting that it's targeted to such young readers. After all it opens with the MC's parents and sister getting slashed to death, and some of the vocabulary and much of concepts seem more appropriate to older readers -- including adults.
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Post by: JetGirl on January 06, 2013, 12:39 AM
Oh my goodness just finished The Darkest Minds...AMAZING!

Brightly Woven was really good but this is even better.
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Post by: Anthony on January 06, 2013, 05:28 PM
Agreed - the MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY books were great. I'll have to check out the prequel too.

Just finished: SERAPHINA by Rachel Hartman. Had high hopes for it based on what I'd heard. Even so, it exceeded my expectations. Great book.

Reading now: THE QUANTUM THIEF by Hannu Rajaniemi. An adult sci-fi novel. Steep learning curve. Not sure what to make of it yet.

On deck: ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS by Brandon Sanderson. I read the first chapter online and it looks funny.
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Post by: Shannywriter on January 07, 2013, 02:57 PM
Tonight I'm starting The Raven Boys By Maggie Stiefvater. It's been staring at me for months but I made myself get other things done first! :)
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Post by: LindaB on January 13, 2013, 03:32 PM
I've been on a tear lately, finishing several books. I enjoyed Janie Face to Face, the final book in the The Face on the Milk Carton series. It's a fun read and quite satisfying. I've also finished Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis. It's really quite different and another fun read.
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Post by: olmue on January 13, 2013, 04:00 PM
Anthony, we all really enjoyed Alcatraz at our house. :)

Yesterday I read RJ Anderson's QUICKSILVER, which is a companion novel to ULTRAVIOLET, one of my recent favorites. I had to hold on to it until I finished because my girls also loved Ultraviolet, and kept trying to steal Quicksilver from me. Fast-paced, warm scifi. Plus, it was interesting to see some characters from Ultraviolet in a different light. Anything I say about Quicksilver is all kinds of spoilerish for Ultraviolet, though, so just read them both yourself. :)
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Post by: idahowriter on January 14, 2013, 03:10 PM
I just picked up The Raven Boys today.  I'm so excited about it!   :yay
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Post by: AnneB on January 14, 2013, 05:02 PM
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd -- an anthology of short stories I learned about from this thread http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=65720.0 (http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=65720.0).

Love it -- and appropriately, it's the first ebook I successfully downloaded from our federated library system. I can even follow most of it, even the gamer stuff which was never part of my particular universe.
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Post by: Lwrites on January 16, 2013, 03:16 PM
I finally read THE RAVEN BOYS. My plan now is...to re-read THE RAVEN BOYS! Absolutely wonderful, just amazing. (Also, the audiobook is excellent!)
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Post by: idahowriter on January 17, 2013, 12:41 PM
Lwrites, I am enjoying The Raven Boys audiobook right now...chapter 6 and loving it!  It is a great way to get me to clean my house.  I listen to a book and I'm amazed how much cleaner things are.  I don't want to turn off the book so I keep finding things to clean.  As I was listening to the audiobook, I kept thinking that it sounded like the coach on Remember the Titans.  IT IS!  He does a great job. 
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Post by: G.R. on January 18, 2013, 03:41 PM
Just finished John Grisham's The Racketeer last night -- it's about a small-town attorney who has been unjustly imprisoned for money laundering; he makes a deal to be let out by claiming he knows who killed a federal judge. A fun book, if one of Grisham's more insanely elaborate plots!
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Post by: Mike Jung on January 18, 2013, 03:53 PM
Egomaniacal moment: it's fun seeing my book in this thread. Thanks everyone!

I didn't read much at all from August through November, so it's been great to blaze through a handful of different books all in a row. Since Christmas I've read Doris Kearns Goodwin's TEAM OF RIVALS; James Swanson's MANHUNT: THE 12-DAY CHASE FOR LINCOLN'S KILLER; Anne Lamott's HELP THANKS WOW; Kenneth Oppel's SKYBREAKER; Ellen Potter's THE KNEEBONE BOY; Cherie Priest's CLEMENTINE and GANYMEDE; and Katherine Applegate's THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN. I liked them all for varied reasons, but THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN really floored me - it's phenomenally good.
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Post by: updog on January 18, 2013, 04:06 PM
I'm reading A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving. I think I'm as in love with little Owen as everyone in Irving's fictional town seems to be, and the use of all caps to accentuate the unnatural screech of Owen's voice makes me smile every time I see it.
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Post by: KLM on January 20, 2013, 02:18 PM
Just started our own Ellen Oh's Prophecy and loving it so far.

Recently finished both Crown of Embers and Days of Blood and Starlight. I am slavishly devoted to Laini Taylor and Rae Carson forevermore. They are deep fried awesome.

Oh! Oh! Let me also add: Seraphina! By Rachel Hartmann. FANFREAKINGTASTICAL!
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Post by: jojocookie on January 23, 2013, 11:48 AM
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia
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Post by: Marcia on January 23, 2013, 12:33 PM
I'm reading REUNITED by Hilary Weisman Graham (debut novel 2012)
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Post by: jojocookie on January 28, 2013, 04:09 AM
Rules by Cynthia Lord

Side Effects by Amy Goldman Koss
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Post by: olmue on January 28, 2013, 06:11 AM
Jojocookie, I loved Rules! (And since this is ALA awards morning, I'm especially thinking of it, and how excited I was when it won a Newbery honor several years ago!) It's a great example of a realistic book that still has a lot of internal tension and a lot at stake.
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Post by: C. Lee on January 29, 2013, 09:41 AM
I'm actually reading a thriller, something I don't usually read. I'm enjoying parts of it--good scenes about relationships and caring. The violence is hard sometimes, but the action is captured very well. I thought I needed a break from YA and MG, and I did.

However, I just read a great YA ms and loved it. Hats off to my crit partner MelHig!
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Post by: J-Bert on February 14, 2013, 09:22 AM
I read THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer Nielson. Great read. I plan to buy a copy of it and the sequel to send to my niece and nephew.

I'm also reading WRITING IRRESISTIBLE KIDLIT by Mary Kole and it's excellent so far.
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Post by: olmue on February 14, 2013, 09:35 AM
I really liked The False Prince. And I'm looking forward to reading Mary Kole's book! She has some great insights that go beyond the same old stuff you hear everywhere.

Read and enjoyed The One and Only Ivan--I thought it was a great Newbery pick. It has a plot, both the writing style and content are aimed at the actual Newbery reader-aged kid, it's interesting to a kid and not just a middle-aged librarian, and it's a happy sort of book. Yay for this year!

Other good reads recently: Bomb (one of the ALA winners; good NF storytelling), Shadow and Bone (love the Russian undertones), and Quicksilver (companion sequel to Ultraviolet, by RJ Anderson--different and compelling). So, some really good ones.
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Post by: AnneN on February 14, 2013, 11:45 AM
I'm reading SIEGE AND STORM (Leigh Bardugo's sequel to SHADOW AND BONE), and enjoying it tremendously so far!
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Post by: rab on February 14, 2013, 02:43 PM
KLM, I loved SERAPHINA, too---what a book!

Just read Lois Lowry's SON and am sorry it ended because I wanted to stay in that story.
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Post by: olmue on February 14, 2013, 03:10 PM
I'm reading SIEGE AND STORM (Leigh Bardugo's sequel to SHADOW AND BONE), and enjoying it tremendously so far!

Glad to hear--this book is in my future!!
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Post by: Lwrites on February 19, 2013, 03:15 PM
Just finished ETIQUETTE AND ESPIONAGE by Gail Carriger. So much fun!!! Reminded me a lot of the tone of Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls books. Also, there is a mechanical dog named Bumbersnoot. Need I say more? :)
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Post by: Shannywriter on February 19, 2013, 06:18 PM
Just finished In Too Deep by Mandy Hubbard, and starting Fat Angie by eE Charlton-Trujillo
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Post by: Bobi Martin on February 19, 2013, 08:10 PM
I just finished two books: See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles and Star in the Forest or something along that line. The first is for upper middle grade though I think young teens will be mesmerized as well. The second book is for intermediate readers and does a lovely job of showing what it's like to be an illegal immigrant.
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Post by: LindaB on February 23, 2013, 05:00 PM
I just finished The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby. It was a fun adventure in the Steampunk mode! It's a good book for boys as well as girls.

LindaB
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Post by: olmue on February 23, 2013, 05:27 PM
Reading the Pals in Peril (Jasper Dash) series by MT Anderson to my girls. SO silly and fun!

For myself, I (re)read The Host by Stephenie Meyer this weekend. We were having whiteout blizzard conditions, and what I really needed was 500 pages of pure escapism and searing Arizona heat. It was exactly what I was looking for today.
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Post by: jojocookie on February 24, 2013, 04:34 AM
Almost Home

By Joan Bauer
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Post by: LindaB on February 24, 2013, 03:15 PM
I went to the library yesterday and came home with a bunch of terrific books. I started Patricia Wrede's Across the Great Barrier and finished at 4 am. It's been a long time since I finished a book in a single day. I love her work.

LindaB
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Post by: LTMadison on February 25, 2013, 10:01 AM
Reading through the 2013 Printz honor books. Have read winner In Darkness and Aristotle and Dante and have started Code Name Verity, which I believe was the biggest seller of the bunch. I'm sure The White Bicycle from Red Deer Press had to go back to press -- I've had it on order for over a month. I'd highly recommend the books I've read.

For the curious here is the Amazon all-books sales pecking order: Verity 2,704; Dodger 3,501; Aristotle and Dante 6,888; In Darkness 61,160; White Bicycle 190,092.


http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz-award#current (http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz-award#current).

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Post by: Lwrites on February 26, 2013, 02:12 PM
OUT OF THE EASY by Ruta Sepetys. I was in the mood for a good historical, and this fit the bill perfectly!
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Post by: cee on February 26, 2013, 05:39 PM
I loved Rotters by Daniel Kraus and can hardly wait for Scowlers coming out next month. Not for the faint of heart. I am not a fan of horror, but I must say, I have never read horror so beautifully written!   :skull

Cee
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Post by: whibbage on February 26, 2013, 07:01 PM
Reading Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson and loving it. The writing is really great and it's an interesting spin on a well-know/loved classic: Peter Pan from Tinkerbell's POV. :love4:
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Post by: Shannywriter on February 26, 2013, 07:04 PM
Now reading You Know What You Have to Do by Bonnie Shimko.  :skull
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Post by: kategoka on February 27, 2013, 11:51 AM
I'm munching through Diverse Energies, dystopian YA shorts.

Also, for adults, I'm slowly, slowly, slowwwly getting through Warmth of Other Suns. It's 500+ pages but it's a must-read in my book.
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Post by: CarolineT on February 28, 2013, 12:32 PM
I was lucky enough to borrow an ARC of DARK TRIUMPH (the sequel to GRAVE MERCY) from a friend. I absolutely loved it! The world-building, the prose...it was all fabulous!

I really can't wait for Book 3! And I might cry a little because it's over a year away...
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Post by: G.R. on February 28, 2013, 02:51 PM
This week I started on Tolstoy's War and Peace, unabridged -- I'm gonna finish this thing if it takes until summer. :D Pretty interesting so far; I just hope it gets easier to keep the characters straight as it goes on...

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Post by: LindaB on March 01, 2013, 06:28 PM
I loved Gordon Korman's latest, Ungifted! Fun book, terrific premise, lots of laughs!
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Post by: olmue on March 05, 2013, 05:41 PM
One for the Murphys, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Wow. Fantasy is my go-to genre, but I really, really loved this MG contemporary.
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Post by: rab on March 05, 2013, 06:06 PM
Andrew Solomon's FAR FROM THE TREE: PARENTS, CHILDREN, AND THE SEARCH FOR IDENTITY. Fascinating so far.
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Post by: Lwrites on March 18, 2013, 02:10 PM
THE ART FORGER by B. A. Shapiro. Really great so far, great plot and fascinating details about art forgery, heists, etc!
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Post by: anita on March 18, 2013, 03:27 PM
Just starting WOOL. (adult book)  The article about it in the WSJ a couple weeks ago had me curious.
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Post by: olmue on March 18, 2013, 08:03 PM
Touching the Surface, by Kimberly Sabatini. Really enjoyed it!
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Post by: kategoka on March 18, 2013, 08:38 PM
Just finished Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee.

And two great graphic novels: Drama by Raina Telgemeier and Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim.
I could munch down graphic novels like these on the daily.
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Post by: mrh on March 19, 2013, 08:18 AM
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. Loved it. Also The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen, and I have the next book (The Runaway King??) on hold.
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Post by: Claudine Gueh on March 21, 2013, 05:24 AM
Hi everyone, I'm reading THE GREAT UNEXPECTED by Sharon Creech. It's  :fireworks so far.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on March 21, 2013, 02:22 PM
Finally got my copy of ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell. Can't wait to get started.
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Post by: olmue on March 21, 2013, 03:47 PM
The Eyes of a King, by Catherine Banner. I found it at the library and have never heard of it, but since it's British, it's not surprising. What I think this book does really well: it grounds the reader in the world and makes you feel like it really exists. It's a portal story--but the land the portal leads to is ours, is England. The main character lives in an alternate world, but it's really convincing and detailed, without being overbearing. The narrator feels like a real kid with real problems, and while yes, he lives in a post-revolution era (a bad revolution, that is), and yes, there are soldiers and sickness and heartache, the tone of the book doesn't come across as rigid and high strung as a lot of say, American dystopian feels. Instead of being glad I don't live there, I find myself hoping the main character can change things so that they get their country and freedoms back.

I haven't finished it yet so I can't say how well the author pulls all the different threads together. (Plus, it's the first of a trilogy.) But it's refreshingly different so far.
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Post by: KatyD on March 22, 2013, 03:32 PM
Christine, I've heard great things about ELEANOR AND PARK. I hope you'll report back when you finish reading it.

olmue--I thought ONE FOR THE MURPHY'S was fantastic!
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Post by: olmue on March 28, 2013, 08:06 AM
I loved One for the Murphys, too!

Just finished Scarlett, by Marissa Meyer. Now that is how books are supposed to be! Ahhh. So satisfying. Except that it's a sequel in a series, so it leaves you with the itch that you've really got to read the next book, like yesterday.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on March 28, 2013, 02:32 PM
I'm happy to report that I loved ELEANOR AND PARK - and not just because it's set in Omaha where I happen to live. What I really liked about it was that it's a genuine teen love story and it's about teens who don't always appear in books - multi-ethnic kids, kids from broken families who live on the wrong side of town (so to speak). It's a very realistic portrait of growing up in a place where high school graduation isn't an automatic assumption and your mom sends a note saying you were sick for the school field trip because she doesn't have the $3 fee. And yet first love is just as glorious there as it is anywhere else.

Now on to some MG fantasy, JINX by Sage Blackwood.



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Post by: ChristineSarmel on March 31, 2013, 05:01 PM
I've lucked into a streak of great books.  The latest: MIDWINTER BLOOD by Marcus Sedgwick. It's written in sections, almost like linked novellas and really crosses genres - mystery, romance, horror, myth. I'll be very surprised if it doesn't get serious discussion when the next Printz rolls around.
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Post by: Lwrites on March 31, 2013, 05:27 PM
I'm happy to report that I loved ELEANOR AND PARK - and not just because it's set in Omaha where I happen to live. What I really liked about it was that it's a genuine teen love story and it's about teens who don't always appear in books - multi-ethnic kids, kids from broken families who live on the wrong side of town (so to speak). It's a very realistic portrait of growing up in a place where high school graduation isn't an automatic assumption and your mom sends a note saying you were sick for the school field trip because she doesn't have the $3 fee. And yet first love is just as glorious there as it is anywhere else.


Yes! ELEANOR AND PARK was so wonderful! Great story, great writing, too. (And I'm going to add one more thing to your list of things that made it unique in YA romance: how often do you read a YA romance where the heroine is overweight?)
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Post by: cekster on March 31, 2013, 05:59 PM
I'm reading a terrific adult novel, Kitchen House.  But just finished reading some fabulous picture books: Michelle Markel's Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909, and  Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw.  I wish I wrote them!
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Post by: LindaB on April 02, 2013, 09:43 AM
I just finished Matthew Kirby's Icefall. Wonderful book. Kirby is a terrific writer. He will be leading a workshop at the SCBWI Florida Mid-Year Workshop June 7 & 8 in Disney World.

LindaB
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Post by: J-Bert on April 02, 2013, 02:10 PM
I recently read THE FALSE PRINCE and the sequel THE RUNAWAY KING by Jennifer Nielsen and highly recommend both. Fantasy adventure middle grades.

Now I'm flying through GOING VINTAGE by Lindsey Leavitt. A great YA romantic comedy, perfect for the Sarah Dessen or Stephanie Perkins fans out there.
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Post by: Pons on April 03, 2013, 04:23 PM
I'm reading Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, and it is amazing. I recommend it.
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Post by: smichel on April 03, 2013, 05:39 PM
Recently finished The False Prince and loved it! Now I'm reading Blackbringer, by Laini Taylor.  It took me a while to get into it but I'm now enjoying it. I have so many titles stacked on my night table.

I read Code Name Verity a while back but it didn't strike me as being a YA novel.  More like an adult novel to me.

Stella

Forgot to add that I also read Hattie Ever After, by Kirby Larsen.
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Post by: mrh on April 04, 2013, 08:10 AM
I also just finished THE FALSE PRINCE and THE RUNAWAY KING. Loved both.

Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson. Liked, didn't love.
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Post by: LindaB on April 06, 2013, 04:26 PM
I was blown away by Jonathan Mayberry's Rot and Ruin and found Dust and Decay equally good. What a terrific storyteller!

LindaB
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Post by: updog on April 15, 2013, 11:57 AM
 I read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell over the weekend, and you can add me to the list of people who loved it. Like the characters, I grew up in Nebraska in the 80's, and this book brought back a lot of memories for me, both good and bad. The book is honest in a way that left me feeling gutted, but I loved every minute of it. The characters felt like real people, and I won't soon forget them.
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Post by: kategoka on April 15, 2013, 01:35 PM
I'm really into the ANNA HIBISCUS series by Atinuke. I'm always happy to find some diversity on the early reader/ chapter book shelves. I want to check out Atinuke's other series, the No. 1 Car Spotter as well.

I also finished ADAPTATION by Malinda Lo and I can't say anything about it to anyone lest I give some of the juicy bits away. Great YA sci-fi thriller!

And I have put Eleanor and Park at the top of my list too. Thanks for the rec.
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Post by: Debby G on April 15, 2013, 02:41 PM
I read Dante and Aristotle Discover the Secrets of the Universe, a YA novel that won a bunch of awards. I liked it. The author has a simple yet pretty writing style. It was interesting in that it's very character-driven; most of the conflict is internal.
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Post by: sameyers on April 15, 2013, 03:10 PM
I just finished If I Stay by Gale Forman. Heartbreaking, lovely, subtle and warm ~ I absolutely loved it!

God bless,
Susan
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Post by: JohnellDeWitt on April 17, 2013, 09:26 AM
I'm reading two blueboarder books. The Cabinet of Earths and There's an Eyeball in My Garden.

I'm only into the Cabinet of Earths a few chapters, but I'm totally impressed. Anne Nesbet's writing style is fun and I'm enjoying the story as an adult. I'm definitely wowed.

Since it's national poetry month, it was a good time to check out, There's an Eyeball in My Garden--a book of Halloween-type poems, but fun any time of year. My good friend and blueboarder, Jen Judd compiled the book with poems from her writing group (correct me if I'm wrong Jen), which is truly cool.  Love it! The poems were spooky but not scary and my kids enjoyed them...with no nightmares! Happy mom. I was blown away by how clever and well-written the poems were.

There's a lot of talent in these boards and I've only scratched the veneer-- :wow. Can't wait to keep digging.
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Post by: ButterflyGirl on April 17, 2013, 09:34 AM
I just finished Marissa Doyle's COURTSHIP & CURSES. It is so well written, and totally entertaining. I loved all of her books, but this one is my favorite.
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Post by: mrh on April 17, 2013, 12:20 PM
QUICKSILVER, by RJ Anderson. Next up are THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING by Linda Urban and CROW by Barbara Wright.
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Post by: olmue on April 19, 2013, 10:19 AM
The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, by Barbara Coloroso. SO good. The BEST book I've read on the subject. It's got actual practical solutions to both prevention and how to deal with a situation once it's happened. A full third of the book is about the power of bystanders, which I like, too. Bullying doesn't end once you graduate. Everyone should read this book!
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Post by: LindaB on April 19, 2013, 01:03 PM
With all that's happening in Boston, I hope our kids are finding a better world in books. I just finished a fun mystery called Strike Three You're Dead by Josh Berk. It's actually pretty funny. It's a good baseball book set in Philly with good characters.

LindaB
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Post by: AnneB on April 20, 2013, 05:00 AM
Shadows, by Ilsa Bick -- the sequel to Ashes. Man, can she PLOT! I would love to see the spreadsheet for this book...the whole series. And the detail! I don't even want to know how she knows some of those things {shudders}.
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Post by: AnneN on April 20, 2013, 07:25 AM
I'm tickled to be mentioned in this thread! :)
This has been such a surreal week, and my reading has been all over the place as a result, with different types of books for different types of transportation:  William Alexander's GHOULISH SONG, which I really enjoyed and read while walking, and some space opera for a long plane ride (Charles Stross's SINGULARITY SKY), and then as comfort food on the train yesterday so I could avoid thinking about all the extra policemen, C. S. Lewis's HORSE AND HIS BOY....
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Post by: Shannywriter on April 26, 2013, 10:12 PM
Just finished Nantucket Blue (ARC) by Leila Howland, and Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston

Now reading Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
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Post by: Leandra on April 27, 2013, 08:20 AM
I'm reading Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. She's got such a great voice! But I've a feeling I'm going to spend alot of this book teary-eyed...
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Post by: LTMadison on April 27, 2013, 10:07 AM
Just finished Crewell by Gennifer Albin. Great narrative drive, huge stakes, and a fun read, even though I still have no idea what all those threads are about.

As for the poster above who characterized Code Name Verity as an adult book...go no further than than the foul SS interrogator who wrings secrets from the heroine by...hang on to your panties...making her strip to her underwear. Those Nazis -- had they no limits?

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Post by: Barbara Etlin on April 27, 2013, 11:04 AM
Finally got around to reading REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS by Blueboarder Helene Boudreau. Light, frothy, funny, a delight!
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on April 27, 2013, 11:14 AM
Other recent great reads:

COSMIC by Frank Cottrell Boyce (MG) - laugh-out-loud funny, with heart

WHO I KISSED (YA contemporary) by Blueboarder Janet Gurtler

ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS by Brandon Sanderson (MG) - clever, witty fantasy

SMELLS LIKE DOG and SMELLS LIKE TREASURE by Suzanne Selfors (MG) - love the characters (especially Dog) and the humour
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Post by: AnneB on April 27, 2013, 11:18 AM
I've been catching up on Blueboarders books: Blythe Woolston's Black Helicopters (amazing--could not put it down even though I had a good idea from the beginning how it was going to end) and YAChicka's Blaze, which I also could not put down. Then I went to your website, Linda, and found out that omg, there really WAS a pink car!
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Post by: jodyjl on April 27, 2013, 12:18 PM
I am thoroughly enjoying John Green's AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES....laughing out loud on numerous occasions.
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Post by: Jennifer Cole Judd on April 27, 2013, 02:11 PM
Omigosh, Johnell, how did I miss this?  You are totally awesome--thanks for the shout out!  I need to tag Laura--this would make her day!  Or Bill...dang it.  Can you tag on Verla Kay??? ;)  Wolfie, wolffiiieeee...

I'll let her know you had such nice things to say about Eyeball.  And so glad your kids are sleeping!  LOL! :zzz:

As far as what I've been reading...for YA, I JUST finished THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson.  Was so so so happy...loved the MC!  Really refreshing fantasy. I read COLIN FISCHER in, literally, a day...glued to it.  Highly recommend.

For "market research"...PBs--Just read NUGGET AND FANG by Blueboarder Tammi Sauer--ADORABLE! Totally loved it.    And Lemony Snicket's DARK.  Creepy and clever. 

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Post by: Pippa on May 03, 2013, 10:06 AM
Just consumed Jennifer Nielsen's THE FALSE PRINCE  :yeah

Started a sci-fi MG, WHISPER by Emma Clayton, but can't get into it (albeit good writing and interesting premise) so have shelved it for another day :kiss:
My bedtime reading and general pick-me-up-for-a-giggle is WRITE GOOD OR DIE compiled by Scott Nicholson   :lol5
and I just finished a fabulous YA historical fiction ebook, MERELY DEE by Marian Manseau Cheatham  :love5:.

I highly recommend them all.

... and also spent a lot of time in THE HOUSE OF SECRETS by Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini  :faint. I tried reading the whole thing, I really did. Lots to like about it (the humor is great) but 496 pages?! It just went on and on and on. It's like the authors were having so much fun inventing wild and crazy characters and action that they forgot to move the plot forward. And this novel has huge, huge promo $ behind it (so I had to see what all the buzz was about, right?). I'm left shaking my head, asking why? Anyone else read it?
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Post by: Joanna on May 03, 2013, 01:33 PM
Just finished Seraphina by Rachel Harman and I LOVED it.  :love5: Currently reading The Girl of Fire and Thorns and hoping to snag The Runaway King soon!!
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Post by: AnneB on May 03, 2013, 03:09 PM
Oh, my heavens. I picked up The Cabinet of Earths by Blueboarder Anne Nesbet this week. I've kept putting off because MG fantasy is so not my thing but dear Reader, I could NOT put it down.

I'd suspect magic encoded in the cover except that the magic is really in the MC's voice.
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Post by: chip.amber on May 04, 2013, 02:57 AM
Just finished to read a theatrical adaptation of the Iliad by Homer
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Post by: Shannywriter on May 04, 2013, 09:30 PM
Now reading ARC of The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen!
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Post by: AnneN on May 04, 2013, 09:51 PM
AnneB just made AnneN smile like a happy fool!
 :love5:
Wish they would put your post on the back of the new book (out NEXT WEEK, for golly's sake)! One of the nicest reviews I've ever had.
:thankyou

Meanwhile, my daughter made me drop everything and find the ARC of Leigh Bardugo's SIEGE AND STORM because she read SHADOW AND BONE in one gulp this morning and was ready for more Russian-ish fantasy!

And I gulped down Sarah Rees Brennan's UNSPOKEN with great pleasure. (But the last two pages! Hey!)
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Post by: updog on May 05, 2013, 09:53 AM
I've just started A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce. Very good so far.
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Post by: mrh on May 05, 2013, 11:39 AM
THE DOGS OF WINTER by Bobbie Pyron. Engrossing tale based on a true story set in Moscow.
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Post by: bookworm452 on May 05, 2013, 12:39 PM
Just started Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel. Really good!
I have a lot of books for when I finish that:
- Flawless by Sara Shepherd (I've been watching the PLL series since it began but I've only just started reading the books because they were really cheap on Amazon - my Literature teacher's reaction was quite funny!)
- Ashes by Isla J. Bick
- The Savage Grace by Bree Despain
- Sister Assassin by Kiersten White
- Pure by Julianna Baggott
I really want a copy of Partials by Dan Wells, Possession by Elana Johnson and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi but they're either not out yet and I just bought some Doc Martens so I don't have the money :/ If anyone has any reviews of them, I'd love to read!
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Post by: J-Bert on May 05, 2013, 02:47 PM
Shannywriter, so jealous you have an ARC of THE MOON AND MORE! I can't wait to read it.

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Post by: Z-cat on May 05, 2013, 08:52 PM
The 8 year old and I are reading Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, because the kid has decided he wants to be an astrophysicist.
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Post by: olmue on May 06, 2013, 06:29 AM
Awesome, Lindsey!

When my second son was eight, that was his favorite book, too. He even told us that adults need to know that every kid's dream is to know more about theoretical physics. We thought he was being his own weird self until he asked if he could loan that book out, because a girl in his class wanted to read it, too. So it seems that he was onto something there...
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Post by: Jean Reidy on May 06, 2013, 06:46 AM
Oooh! Why haven't I discovered this thread sooner?
I'm reading ELEANOR AND PARK and listening to THE FIVE LIVES OF OUR CAT ZOOK
both are excellent.
Jean
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Post by: olmue on May 07, 2013, 06:20 PM
Just finished Smaragdgruen (Emerald Green) by Kerstin Gier. It's the final book of her Ruby Red trilogy, which comes out this fall in English. However, it was uh, time to brush up on my German and make sure I don't forget it. Really! Anyway, it was awesome. Sometimes you just need a book that is completely entertaining and where you aren't responsible for thinking up plot solutions. Plus, likeable characters. Plus, funny. And mystery. And time travel! (I have a weakness for time travel.) Also, my kids have the habit of stealing any book I look like I might be enjoying, but my girls have forgotten all their German, so for once I got it first, and it was ALL MINE.
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Post by: Lwrites on May 12, 2013, 12:51 PM
DOLL BONES by Holly Black! Oh wow, this book was the best MG I've read this year. MG horror is a really hard thing to write and this book has the perfect balance of adventure and creepiness (oh my the creepiness!!) and the deeper stuff beneath the surface.
Anyone who likes books like CORALINE, or spooky books in general, or just really great MG, and anyone who's looking for upper MG that is still MG instead of YA - read it!
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Post by: LindaB on May 12, 2013, 02:02 PM
I'm reading the third Beyonders book by Brandon Mull. I'm enjoying the final book in the series. It's a good adventure book for boys.

LindaB
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Post by: AnneB on May 12, 2013, 03:42 PM
I'm on my second run-through of Kate Messner's Real Revision and am very grateful I discovered it, as it recently helped me handle a difficult situation with my ms.

The revision tips are wonderful and very helpful to book-length writers despite being primarily geared toward helping classroom teachers guide their students through the revision process. What was most encouraging for me were the revision anecdotes from Kate and other authors, including many current or former Blueboarders, about the many, many drafts a ms. goes through between signing with an agent and subbing to editors, and again with editors before getting to the copyediting stage.
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Post by: Shannywriter on May 12, 2013, 08:52 PM
ARC of Formerly Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
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Post by: ButterflyGirl on May 13, 2013, 07:33 AM
I just finished Maggie Stiefvater's THE RAVEN BOYS -- so good! I can't stop thinking about the characters, and what happens next (Yay -- there's a sequel coming out in September). The writing is extraordinary, but I got so immersed in the story that I often forgot to study as I read.  :) Now I am re-reading to figure out how she made such seamless pov transitions, deep and interesting characters, etc.
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Post by: jenklein on May 13, 2013, 08:34 AM
Just finished IF I STAY by Gayle Forman (cried several times -- high compliment!) and next up is THE DISENCHANTMENTS by nina LaCour.
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Post by: G.R. on May 13, 2013, 05:50 PM
Finally finished War & Peace today. Whew! Oddly enough, I thought some of the "war" parts kind of dragged, but there was enough stuff happening on the homefront to keep my interest throughout, and Tolstoy's meditations on history in general were fairly compelling. :yup

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Post by: LindaJoy on May 13, 2013, 06:23 PM
I'm enjoying the advance copy of CONJURED by Sarah Beth Durst which is intriguing.

And I'm envious of Olmue for reading EMERALD GREEN and I can't wait for the English version. RUBY RED is a favorite series of mine.
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Post by: olmue on May 13, 2013, 06:41 PM
I love especially in Emerald Green (but some in Sapphire Blue, too) how Gier used Xemerius. It's a nifty trick I think I should learn--putting lots of emotional stuff on the page, but tempering it with funny lines, or someone (Xemerius, in this case) being sort of the anti-emotional foil to it all. Somehow when you manage to mix up comedy and tragedy, it makes both of them stronger. I think you'll like it, LindaJoy!
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on May 15, 2013, 05:18 AM
I'm dropping into adult lit to read FEVER by Keane - historical fiction about "Typhoid Mary". I wish they'd been able to get something about Typhoid Mary into the title because it's a really good book with a great hook, but the cover and title could be about almost anything.
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Post by: rab on May 17, 2013, 07:02 PM
Just read Meg Wolitzer's adult novel, THE INTERESTINGS, which I could not put down. It starts in the mid 1970s at a summer arts camp and follows a group of characters from their teens into their 50's. So many fascinating questions about creativity and talent and friendship and love and purpose and being/doing good. What amazing characters---so complex, so wonderfully flawed; these people will live with me for a long time. Very highly recommended.
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Post by: Pons on May 19, 2013, 06:12 PM
I just finished A Brutal Telling by Louise Penny. My eyes are blurry and I feel drained. It was a great read.
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Post by: AnneB on May 19, 2013, 06:16 PM
Not a YA, but boy, was it a fun read: Someday, Someday, Maybe, by Lauren Graham. Aspiring actress in 1995 Brooklyn/Manhattan. With a blurb from Diane Keaton!
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on May 19, 2013, 07:38 PM
Read Sara Zarr's THE LUCY VARIATIONS in one setting. It's a really emotional reflection about artists and what motivates creative people. I suspect it will ring especially true for a lot of writers.
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Post by: Shannywriter on May 19, 2013, 08:21 PM
Almost done with Spies and Predjudice by our BBer Talia Vance  :)
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Post by: RaeE on May 19, 2013, 08:22 PM
I'm halfway through Elizabeth Wein's CODE NAME VERITY. It is an amazing book so far. THIS is what people mean when they talk about infectious, unforgettable voice.

ETA: I ignored my own work today and instead devoured this book. If you haven't read it, please do. This book is the reason why  I want to write. Not to get an agent or to get published, but to write something that might someday make someone's heart stop and leave them feeling shaken and tearful and joyous and ... not quite themselves anymore ... when they turn the last page. 
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Post by: olmue on May 21, 2013, 04:34 PM
Just finished Bridget Zinn's POISON. The only thing I didn't like about it was the fact that Bridget isn't around to write a sequel. :( When I die, I want to go to the heaven where all the writers are. I want an eternity to hear all their stories.

Currently enjoying Throne of Glass. I'm glad straight-up fantasy is coming back in. Also, I'm glad to have found a whole pile of books that have nothing at all to do with the kind of book I'm revising right now, because I think Book and I need some Time Away from each other.
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Post by: Ruth Donnelly on May 21, 2013, 08:42 PM
Really enjoying RUBY RED! (see more comments about it a little way down).
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Post by: kategoka on May 22, 2013, 11:32 AM
Just finished 3 great books that most of you all have probably already read:

-THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
-WONDER by RJ Palacio
-OKAY FOR NOW by Gary D Schmidt

Okay for Now was one of those books that made me realize I don't know a thing about writing a book!  :bow:

All 3 were assigned for a YA class I just took with Lynn Hazen and Elissa Haden Guest and were great examples of craft.
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Post by: mrh on May 22, 2013, 02:56 PM
Just starting THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA by M. Molly Backes.
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Post by: Pons on May 25, 2013, 08:55 AM
Just started Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny after finishing The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny. Turns out BYD is almost a continuation of TBT even though The Brutal Telling can certainly stand alone. I love making discoveries like this.
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Post by: Mike Jung on May 25, 2013, 09:08 AM
It's pretty rare for me to read a contemporary realistic YA novel and wish I'd written it, just because contemp YA isn't my genre of choice as either a writer or reader, but I kinda feel that way about DR. BIRD'S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS by Evan Roskos. Holy cow, I love this book.
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Post by: AnneN on May 25, 2013, 12:18 PM
Oh, Mike, you've tipped me over the fence! I keep picking up DR. BIRD and thinking about reading it--now I most certainly will. Thanks!

I'm reading Shannon Hale's PALACE OF STONE and Terry Pratchett's JINGO--two books about politics, as it turns out! A reread of BITTERBLUE would make a perfect third....
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Post by: G.R. on May 25, 2013, 03:02 PM
Just the other day I started Victor Hugo's Les Miserables (Signet Classics unabridged edition) -- I read it once before when I was a Freshman in high school, and I remember it taking a couple of months or so to get through. Hopefully, it won't take me quite as long to finish this time... :D



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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on May 25, 2013, 03:18 PM
I just finished Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun by Liz Kessler. This is a great series and the newest addition did not disappoint!

Now I'm reading, Fox Forever, by Mary Pearson. This is the last book in a trilogy. I loved the first two books, and so far am loving the final book. Can't wait to see how she ends the series and wraps up all the story lines!
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Post by: LTMadison on May 29, 2013, 01:41 PM
Whew, let me catch my breath...just finished The Fifth Wave by Yardley. This reads like a blockbuster...we'll see if it catches fire before the inevitable film. Post-apocalyptic alien-invasion survivor story with some romance and no bug-eyed monsters...you can read the first 20 chapters or so for free in a little booklet available at B&N (and other bookstores, I presume).

Also finished Mike Mullin's sequel to post-apocalyptic Ashfall, Ashen Winter. Recommended.






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Post by: rab on May 29, 2013, 06:29 PM
Just finished (and loved) A.S. King's Everybody Sees the Ants. Now reading Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles which, although it was published for adults, has a YA feel to it, at least in the first half.
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Post by: Monica Rondino on May 30, 2013, 08:13 AM
Just finished to read The hound of Rowan by Henry H.Neff (a very nice book)and now I'm reading Raven's Gate-The power of five by Anthony Horowits.
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Post by: Marcia on May 30, 2013, 11:40 AM
I listen to a lot of audio books—just finished Summer at Forsaken Lake by Michael Beil and now I’m listening to The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone.
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Post by: olmue on May 30, 2013, 01:41 PM
I just finished Fat Chance: Beating the Odds against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease, by Robert H. Lustig. Really excellent--it's not a diet book but a book explaining how metabolism works and how a worldwide swing towards sugar (esp. high fructose corn syrup) as well as environmental pollutions are changing our metabolism. Part chilling, part empowering, the bottom line of what to do about it is Eat Real Food.

Currently reading This Is What Happy Looks Like, by Jennifer E. Smith.
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Post by: Joanna on May 30, 2013, 09:28 PM
Reading "The Runaway King" by Jennifer Nielsen—a little over halfway through.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on May 31, 2013, 05:48 AM
Just finished SORTA LIKE A ROCKSTAR by Matthew Quick - contemporary YA with a huge heart and great voice.
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Post by: olmue on May 31, 2013, 07:04 AM
Wondering if amnesia is the new thing--I'm reading a book called Unremembered, but I just read another book called Forgotten. Then there was Unspoken... Or maybe it's UN titles that are in right now??
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on May 31, 2013, 01:41 PM
Wondering if amnesia is the new thing--I'm reading a book called Unremembered, but I just read another book called Forgotten. Then there was Unspoken... Or maybe it's UN titles that are in right now??

STACKED had a blog post not long ago about the prevalence of amnesia in YA

http://www.stackedbooks.org/2013/05/mini-trend-amnesia-in-ya.html
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Post by: AnneB on May 31, 2013, 02:11 PM
I'm reading Ruth Sepetys's new novel Out of the Easy. Definitely not your mother's 'How I Survived a Stalinist Purge' story, that's for sure!

I purposely didn't read the jacket copy or any reviews so I don't yet know what genre it is -- thriller? mystery? coming-of-age? I'm pretty sure it's not a paranormal but...it could still go in that direction.  I'm only on page 16 but I was hooked from the very first line and I can tell it is going to be a wonderful weekend!
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Post by: Shannywriter on May 31, 2013, 08:05 PM
ARC of You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle
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Post by: RaeE on June 01, 2013, 06:31 AM
Just finished rereading THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY and now I'm reading THE LETTERS OF E.B. WHITE. I love this man. :)
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Post by: rab on June 01, 2013, 08:17 AM
Just finished rereading THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY and now I'm reading THE LETTERS OF E.B. WHITE. I love this man. :)

RaeE, those are two of my favorite books! If you don't know it, Michael Sims' The Story of Charlotte's Web is also fun.

I'm reading Orson Scott Card's The Lost Gate. And rereading Forster's A Passage to India.
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Post by: RaeE on June 01, 2013, 05:36 PM
Thanks for the recommendation, rab!
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Post by: smichel on June 01, 2013, 07:43 PM
Been reading some wonderful books, lately.

1. The Runaway King, by Jennifer Nielsen  Very good, but I enjoyed The False Prince more.
2. Insurgent, by Veronica Roth
3. The Lucy Variations, by Sara Zarr 
4. The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahira
5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor.  Wonderful! My favorite of the batch.

Now I'm looking forward to reading Days of Blood and Starlight, book 2 in Laini Taylor's YA trilogy.

Stella

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Post by: LindaB on June 03, 2013, 07:40 AM
I'm reading Towering by Alex Flinn. I love her books!
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Post by: Joanna on June 04, 2013, 01:39 PM
Just finished "Extraordinary" by Nancy Werlin and I LOVED it. Couldn't put it down.
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Post by: RaeE on June 05, 2013, 06:04 AM
I sobbed my way through WAITING FOR NORMAL, and just started DR. BIRD'S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS. I love it so far!

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Post by: Lwrites on June 08, 2013, 03:27 PM
I am reading WILD AWAKE by Hillary T. Smith and it is an absolutely amazing contemp YA. Highly recommended!
(Remember that hilarious publishing blog, THE INTERN? I know there are some people on here who read it....well, this is Intern's first book!)
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Post by: Dani Duck on June 08, 2013, 06:56 PM
Finished the first four books in the "The Mortal Instruments" series ("City of Bones" ect) by Cassandra Clare recently. Not my favorite series but better than the "Twilight" series. Love Magnus Bane!

Both "Enclave" and "Outpost" by Ann Aguirre. Kind of a Zombie series. Some really gross stuff in the second one. I can't wait for the third.

"The Runaway King" by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Sequel to "The False Prince". I didn't heart it as much as I did the first book, but I did like the story.

Read a few others here and there. Just finished the 4th book of "The Mortal Instruments" last night so not sure what I'm going to read next!
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Post by: Tom Owens on June 09, 2013, 08:07 PM
LWrites:

Thanks for the background on WILD AWAKE. I loved The Intern blog.

Thank you for connecting the dots!
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Post by: rab on June 11, 2013, 06:07 PM
Great to know about The Intern's book!

I'm reading an oldie: Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love, which is perfect for those missing Downton Abbey.
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Post by: KatyD on June 11, 2013, 07:29 PM
LWrites:  I am going to look for WILD AWAKE. I'm a contempt YA fan.

rab: Your Downton Abbey reference caught my eye, so I'll be looking for THE PURSUIT OF LOVE as well.

I love finding books on this thread that I might have otherwise overlooked. Thanks, everyone!
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Post by: Helen on June 12, 2013, 03:59 AM
My Year with Eleanor…a memoir by Noelle Hancock

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz (A Sherlock Holmes tale from the viewpoint of Watson.   Horowitz wrote the scripts for the Foyle's War series.)
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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on June 12, 2013, 12:49 PM
I've been reading a lot lately, even though you wouldn't know it from looking at my, "To Read," stack!

YA: Fox Forever by Mary Pearson - a great end to an excellent trilogy! I wasn't expecting the ending, which made it even better. Love this book and the whole series.

MG: Beswitched by Kate Saunders - a wonderful middle grade novel with time travel, well drawn characters, and a really great story.

MG: My Very UnFairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski - a middle grade full of adventure, original and wacky fairy tale characters, an imaginative fairy tale world, and a fun story.

MG: Doll Bones by Holly Black - a wonderful story about imagination, growing up and friendship. Loved the story! Loved art by Eliza Wheeler too! I'm already telling people to read this book, and it's one I might have to read again to see how she made it so amazing. I'm not a re-reader, but this book, and the next one make me think I could start to be one!

YA: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - a story about two teens just trying to survive school, bullies, growing up, the 80s, and their families. It's a love story and a friendship and so much more. It's got a truth and beauty to it that's slaying me as I read. I can see why everyone has been going gaga over it. I'm going to have to re-read this one to see how she did it too! But first I have to finish reading it ... but I don't want it to end!

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Post by: ChristineSarmel on June 12, 2013, 03:16 PM
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson -- adult lit with a highly unique premise.

It's the story of an English woman who is born in 1910 and lives through war time, but each time she dies, she's reborn at exactly the same time. As in, deja vu isn't a queer feeling, it's because you've lived this exact life before - several times.

Kudos to the author for having the chops to pull that off. I'm not done, but the book's covered the story of Ursula's birth numerous times. Each time, it's recognizable as the same event, but not a word is the same - events are described in a different way or from a different POV or starting at a slightly different point.
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Post by: Jennifer D G on June 13, 2013, 10:17 AM
I loved, loved, loved Eleanor & Park!!!
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Post by: J-Bert on June 13, 2013, 11:44 AM
Just finished THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen. I love her books and this one did not disappoint, although I don't think it tops my favorites.
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Post by: jenklein on June 13, 2013, 02:36 PM
Ooh, I haven't gotten the new Sarah Dessen yet, but I always love her work.

Am currently reading ESCAPE THEORY by pub-sister Margaux Froley.  Not that far along and I'm already sucked in!
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Post by: kategoka on June 17, 2013, 03:29 PM
J-Bert, just curious, what would you consider her best works? I want to dive into her books, but not sure where to start.

And everyone here who recommended ELEANOR AND PARK, you were not kidding about how crazy good it is. I think it's the best book I've read in a long while. And reading it has helped me with my own writing immensely.

One last book to recommend is SHIFTY by Lynn Hazen. Wonderful writing that is deceptively simple, but packs a lot of emotional punch.

Happy reading everyone!

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Post by: jenklein on June 17, 2013, 03:41 PM
Just finished ESCAPE THEORY (Margaux Froley) and really loved it.  Sort-of a slow build, haunting, sweet but aching.  She's a pub-sister so I'm thrilled to be in her company!

Next up: THE SWEET DEAD LIFE by Joy Preble (also Soho Teen!). 
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Post by: J-Bert on June 17, 2013, 05:33 PM
J-Bert, just curious, what would you consider her best works? I want to dive into her books, but not sure where to start.

My favorite two are THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER and ALONG FOR THE RIDE, but honestly I don't think you can go wrong. (My least favorite was her first one KEEPING THE MOON, I think it was called. It wasn't bad at all, just more ho-hum. I didn't sink into it the way I do with pretty much all her others. But then I also still can remember bits of it and it's been at least five years since I read it so that says something too.) Her books are reliably good and consistent in feel, I think. So if you like one you will probably enjoy all.

Actually, now that I think about it, she includes cameos in her later books of characters from the earlier ones, so it could be fun to start with earlier titles for that reason. But you won't miss out on anything or be confused in the later titles if you don't know a character appeared in an earlier novel.

Ending my Sarah Dessen dissertation now. . . ;)
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Post by: Shannywriter on June 17, 2013, 08:31 PM
Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald
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Post by: onestepp on June 17, 2013, 08:43 PM
Actually I'm reading "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" one of my favorites.
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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on June 17, 2013, 09:43 PM
I've been on a book binge lately.   :library: 

Dinner With the Smileys (adult  nonfiction) by Sarah Smiley. Funny, touching true story.

Pi in the Sky (MG) by Wendy Mass. Loved her characters and world-building; am still in awe of her plotting skills. 

Currently reading and enjoying The Astronaut Wives Club (adult nonfic) by Lily Koppel (continuing the space theme).

And...just bought a new YA, How (Not) to Find a Boyfriend by Allyson Valentine.
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Post by: hairaplenty on June 17, 2013, 11:05 PM
I also loved Along for the Ride--Not crazy about Lock and Key. (Dessen books)
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Post by: Andi W. on June 18, 2013, 09:17 AM
BEHOLDING BEE by Kimberly Newton Fusco. A brilliant, beautifully written MG. You want to understand voice? Read this book.
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Post by: rab on June 18, 2013, 06:23 PM
Yarnspinner, I'm reading The Astronaut Wives Club, too.

Fun fact: Sarah Dessen's dad was my Shakespeare professor.
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Post by: kategoka on June 18, 2013, 06:45 PM
Thanks J-Bert!  ;D
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Post by: Ruth Donnelly on June 18, 2013, 07:15 PM
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler - adult novel told from the POV of a child protagonist who was raised in *ahem* an unusual way (not to throw out any spoilers).

Also The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin
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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on June 18, 2013, 10:12 PM
I want to read Temple's book, too, after I whittle my TBR pile down a bit.   :inbox:

rab, that's cool!  I met Sarah at a booksigning for Along for the Ride, and she was really nice and encouraging.   
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Post by: Iris on June 20, 2013, 12:52 AM
Just finished Ruth Padel's 'Where the Serpent Lives', three-quarters of the way through Rainbow Rowell's 'Eleanor and Park'.  Whee!
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Post by: Pons on June 20, 2013, 10:06 AM
I'm reading Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley. It's the fifth in the Flavia de Luce series and is amazing. His voice is pitch perfect and I find myself re-reading sections just for the pure pleasure of the experience.
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Post by: jenklein on June 20, 2013, 04:03 PM
Onestepp: if I had to choose just one book as my favorite, it would probably be A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN.  Love love love.
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Post by: JonathanMaberry on June 21, 2013, 07:57 AM
I just read A.S. King's forthcoming REALITY BOY for a cover quote. And...wow. I'm always knocked out by Amy's writing, and her fearlessness when tackling tough issues. This book is really superb.
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Post by: rab on June 21, 2013, 06:37 PM
Just started Sterling Lord's Lord of Publishing: A Memoir.
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on June 21, 2013, 06:40 PM
Oh, I just downloaded The Astronauts' Wives' Club.  Looking forward to it.
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Post by: AnneB on June 21, 2013, 07:09 PM
I just read Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (for you young'uns, it's about a TV show that was big a long, long time ago in a galaxy that now seems very far away).

A lot of it is about the writers, and it's an instant cure for the revision blues because you see how very much collaboration goes into the writing of a hit. Well, maybe not a cure, but it alleviates the pain somewhat.

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Post by: JonathanMaberry on June 28, 2013, 01:45 PM
Just picked up a copy of DIVERGENT. Looking forward to diving in. Heard great things.
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Post by: Nanci on June 29, 2013, 12:03 PM
I just picked up Sisterland.

AnneB, I'm so glad you posted about Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted. Sounds
like something I would love. Loved that show!
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Post by: ameyers on June 30, 2013, 01:19 AM
Just finished reading 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' by Khaled Hosseini. And his new book is out now too!!!
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Post by: Vonna on June 30, 2013, 05:17 AM
I'm enjoying The Rithmatist right now. AnneB, I'm also glad you posted about Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted. That does sound like an interesting read!
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Post by: rab on June 30, 2013, 07:14 PM
Listening to Lauren Oliver's Delirium; reading in print Sara Zarr's The Lucy Variations and Colm Toibin's The Master.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on June 30, 2013, 07:17 PM
Listening to Lauren Oliver's Delirium; reading in print Sara Zarr's The Lucy Variations and Colm Toibin's The Master.

Oooh, I loved the LUCY VARIATIONS. Enjoy!
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Post by: rab on July 01, 2013, 06:17 PM
Oooh, I loved the LUCY VARIATIONS. Enjoy!

I enjoyed it, too, Christine; in fact, I had a hard time putting it down until I'd turned the last page!
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Post by: awful waffles on July 01, 2013, 06:45 PM
I just finished a book I really enjoyed, "Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore" by Robin Sloan.  Added bonus--as I head upstairs to my room late at night--the book's cover glows in the dark!
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Post by: LindaB on July 03, 2013, 08:46 AM
I just finished the advanced reading copy of the Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. Now I has to wait a whole year before the next book! I want to know what happens next now! As usual, Chima's weaves a terrific story and creates wonderful characters.
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Post by: pauladiaco on July 07, 2013, 04:18 PM
Has anyone read THE ONAHLOSSEE RIDING CAMP FOR GIRLS? It's been getting lots of buzz as a breakout novel for the author. I'm only part way through.
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Post by: rab on July 07, 2013, 06:05 PM
Has anyone read THE ONAHLOSSEE RIDING CAMP FOR GIRLS? It's been getting lots of buzz as a breakout novel for the author. I'm only part way through.

The author spoke at a local bookstore and did a short reading. I have to be honest: based on that I chose not to buy or read the book. The reviews I've read have been mixed. I was floored to discover that the author had gotten a seven figure advance for it---no wonder it's being so heavily promoted. (I think it's YONAHLOSSEE.)
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Post by: SarahE on July 07, 2013, 06:34 PM
After a few disappointing reads lately, I have ELEANOR & PARK in my hot little hands.  :love5: I have a feeling this will soothe away the 'meh' feeling from the last few books.
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Post by: ameyers on July 08, 2013, 11:12 AM
I just finished reading 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' again - so inspirational.
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Post by: angela on July 08, 2013, 01:29 PM
FAR FROM THE TREE by Andrew Soloman  <---it's fascinating

a bunch of memoirs <---research

I've been trying to re-read ON THE ROAD but I'm just not getting into it (I even tried keeping it in the car for inspiration and reading it on road trips....nope)
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Post by: LindaB on July 08, 2013, 02:14 PM
I just finished Playing With Fire, the first book in the School For S.P.I. E.S. series by Bruce Hale. Terrific book. I can't wait to read the next one!


LindaB
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Post by: pauladiaco on July 08, 2013, 03:31 PM
The author spoke at a local bookstore and did a short reading. I have to be honest: based on that I chose not to buy or read the book. The reviews I've read have been mixed. I was floored to discover that the author had gotten a seven figure advance for it---no wonder it's being so heavily promoted. (I think it's YONAHLOSSEE.)

Yes, your spelling is correct. I had typed it in correctly and then went back and typed it in all caps, leaving out the Y.

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Post by: rab on July 08, 2013, 06:31 PM
Finished The Master by Colm Toibin and wish I were just starting it. What a lovely portrait of a writer---Henry James, that is. You don't have to know his work well, or particularly like it to appreciate Toibin's novel.
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Post by: updog on July 09, 2013, 06:52 PM
I'm rereading Sense & Sensibility for bookclub, and just started The Lightning Thief, which I've never read before. Only two chapters in but enjoying it so far.
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Post by: JonathanMaberry on July 10, 2013, 12:21 PM
Started reading some of Jules Verne's less well-known works. The Secret of Wilhelm Storitz, The Chase of the Golden Meteor, and The Adventures of Captain Hatteras
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on July 10, 2013, 01:17 PM
I'm halfway through THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE. I love how clearly Neil Gaiman makes you recall the part of childhood in which you could say something perfectly true and no one would believe you simply because you were a child.
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Post by: ameyers on July 10, 2013, 01:36 PM
Hi 'Updog' - 'The Lightning Thief' is a great read! Enjoy!
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Post by: JodyJS on July 10, 2013, 02:57 PM
Hi 'Updog' - 'The Lightning Thief' is a great read! Enjoy!

The movie's good, too. Not as good as the book, of course, but doable...and Percy is cute.
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Post by: ameyers on July 10, 2013, 03:44 PM
I didn't get around to seeing the movie - and the second one is out now -maybe I'll take a peek.
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Post by: Shannywriter on July 10, 2013, 10:13 PM
Just finished The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han and now reading Skinny by Donna Cooner
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on July 17, 2013, 11:01 PM
Read MIRACLE by Elizabeth Scott in one sitting. It's about a girl returning to her school and family after being the only survivor of a plane crash. Tomorrow I plan to go back through it and pick apart how the author did such a great job of communicating her MC's feelings without slowing the plot.
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Post by: Betsy on July 17, 2013, 11:59 PM
I'm reading WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDES OURSELVES by KarenJoy Fowler. Wonderful and weird. Love the MC's voice. About a girl raised with a chimp. Also reading FAR FROM THE TREE by Andrew Solomon, about "different" children and how families cope with a child they can't completely understand and relate to: deafness, dwarfism, autism, musically gifted kids, Downs, criminality, and others are covered. Didn't realize this book's 1000 pages long (my kindle doesn't have page numbers) so I'll be reading it for awhile. Think it needed more of an edit. But the author's has great insight. All kinds of stars and kudos on Amazon.
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Post by: Debby G on July 18, 2013, 02:43 PM
Betsy, I felt the same way about Far from the Tree. I thought it was good, but it should have been edited better.
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Post by: Betsy on July 19, 2013, 09:28 PM
But a fascinating read, don't you think?
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Post by: AnneN on July 20, 2013, 01:27 AM
I really, really enjoyed THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE (Gaiman), and now am reading George Eliot's DANIEL DERONDA--it's so good! I had forgotten how brilliant George Eliot is!
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Post by: Debby G on July 20, 2013, 03:58 AM
Yes, Betsy. Memorably uplifting tales of parental love and perseverance and identity. But the.repetition and off-topic parts should have been edited out in my opinion.
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on July 20, 2013, 07:41 AM
Just finished Blueboarder kabarson's 45 POUNDS (MORE OR LESS), a funny but thought-provoking YA about body image and family. Congrats, Kelly! (She's in my critique group.)

I appreciated the laughs because I needed a break from Joe Hill's horror novel, NOS4A2. Well written, but so dark, I'm not sure I'll finish it.

updog, THE LIGHTNING THIEF is a lot of fun. And my husband, who rarely reads MG besides my own manuscripts, loved the movie!


 
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Post by: Pons on July 20, 2013, 08:04 AM
I'm three pages into BOMB and it's already fascinating.
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Post by: Ruth Donnelly on July 20, 2013, 10:30 AM
I'm reading WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDES OURSELVES by KarenJoy Fowler. Wonderful and weird.
I read that one recently, and really liked it.

Haven't read much MG this summer; I'm staying busy with grownup novels for a change. Just finished The Three Miss Margarets by Louise Schaffer. Now I'm reading The Cuckoo's Calling.
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Post by: dewsanddamps on July 20, 2013, 12:52 PM
Finished Benjamin Alire Saenz's ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE. Lovely book.
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Post by: Betsy on July 20, 2013, 02:22 PM
I'm signed up on Amazon to get Kathi Appelt's new book: THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP, which is already getting starred reviews. I loved, loved, loved THE UNDERNEATH and KEEPER was good too, although I didn't love it as much.

It's coming out on the 23rd.
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Post by: elisa on July 21, 2013, 08:48 PM
I just finished The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani (a woman). It's adult literary fiction but it's one of those books that I think could be considered YA or New Adult as the main character is 16. Sexual and suspenseful; I couldn't put it down. . .
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Post by: updog on July 22, 2013, 05:43 PM
You all were right about "The Lightning Thief". Now I'm going to have to watch the movie too... and buy the rest of the series.  Next up: "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman.
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Post by: J-Bert on July 22, 2013, 06:34 PM
I recently finished PARADOX by A. J. Paquette--great, quick-paced futuristic YA. And ELEANOR & PARK which was so wonderful.
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Post by: MysteryRobin on July 22, 2013, 06:49 PM
I just finished Stephen King's 11/22/63 - amazing. :) I think I love him.
Just started Ruby Red - I've heard great things!
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Post by: JodyJS on July 22, 2013, 07:05 PM
You all were right about "The Lightning Thief". Now I'm going to have to watch the movie too... and buy the rest of the series.  Next up: "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman.

Another great one, updog. Enjoy!
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Post by: Ruth Donnelly on July 23, 2013, 06:21 AM
I just finished The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani (a woman). It's adult literary fiction but it's one of those books that I think could be considered YA or New Adult as the main character is 16. Sexual and suspenseful; I couldn't put it down. . .

I read that one, too... it's one of those southern gothic-type stories where the characters' lives are forever changed by a traumatizing incident, but you don't find out the scandalous details until the end. It was riveting.
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Post by: JohnellDeWitt on July 25, 2013, 07:30 AM
So...not sure a picture book counts, but I just read one I loved. Snip Snap, What's That by Mara Bergman. It surprised me and more importantly, it really engaged my son, whose a reluctant reader. It's a great read-aloud book and one that would be really fun if you're needing a book to read to a classroom or at a library reading program.

As for adult books I've read lately...ummmm... :eh2
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Post by: Christine B. on July 26, 2013, 02:40 PM
I'm reading James Dashner's "The Maze Runner" and it is riveting. It's not the type of book I'd generally pick up, but it was assigned reading for an Intensive with Krista Marino at the SCBWI Summer Conference. So enjoying the read! I look at it as sort of a boy m.c. Hunger Games.

I also just read Katherine Paterson's "Jacob Have I Loved" for the first time ever. Whoa did that book make me cry. Beautiful! It just may be my favorite Paterson book that I've read.

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Post by: DimpDavis on July 26, 2013, 04:29 PM
I finished reading A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness  few weeks ago and it blew me away. I immediately loaned it to a critique partner, who I knew needed to read it. She let it sit on her shelf until a few days ago. Once she started reading it, she couldn't put it down.
The story is of a boy and his unique way of facing the mother's fight with cancer.  Absolutely a must read, even if you or your loved ones have never battled cancer.
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Post by: amandaerbillust on July 26, 2013, 08:15 PM
I just finished the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix (Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen) and am starting on Enders Game...I know a movie is coming out but I swear I've wanted to read it even before I knew a movie was even in development :P
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Post by: Lwrites on July 30, 2013, 05:28 PM
Ok, BETTER NATE THAN EVER by Tim Federle is the most happy-making contemp MG I have read in such a long time. Theater-obsessed kid runs away from home to NYC to audition for broadway's new E.T: The Musical? Yes please!
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on July 31, 2013, 03:34 PM
Spending some time with adult lit.  :love5: BIG BROTHER by Lionel Shriver - until the last four pages. Not much more to say without spoilers...

 Now I'm enjoying LOTERIA by Zambrano. It's an eleven-year-old narrator reflecting on the death of her sister and the structure is fascinating. The chapters are short, non-consecutive narratives. Each one starts with a picture of a loteria card. Taken together the chapters reveal her family and (I'm assuming) what happened to her sister, but not in linear order.
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Post by: C.K. on July 31, 2013, 03:57 PM
After reading and thoroughly enjoying Over You by Amy Reed I've gone on an Amy Reed binge and moved on to Clean, with Crazy to read straight afterwards.
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Post by: JodiG (MamaG) on July 31, 2013, 07:15 PM
I am reading 2 books right now: The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore (one of the I am Number Four books) and The Help by Kathryn Stockette
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Post by: rab on August 01, 2013, 06:59 PM
Listening to Water Street by Patricia Reilly Giff. Just started Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at American's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar Straus & Giroux.
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Post by: smichel on August 01, 2013, 07:25 PM
Reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman, and trying to figure out who his target audience is, kids or adults? it isn't very clear, I'm afraid, but I do love his  creepy stories.
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Post by: JonathanMaberry on August 03, 2013, 08:07 PM
Reading BOTWARS by J V Kade. Lots of MG fun!
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Post by: Betsy on August 04, 2013, 12:18 AM
I'm reading four books right now, mostly nonfiction, an odd assortment even for me:

NEVER SAY DIE by Susan Jacoby (on tape, I listen in the car) This is about the difference between the reality of old age and the hype.
EATING ON THE WILD SIDE by Jo Robinson -- Everything you wanted to know about fruits and veggies. (O.K., I know what you're thinking. But this is interesting!)
YOUR INNER FISH by Neil Shubin -- How fish invented much of the structure of the human body.

Last but not least I just finished Kathi Appelt's new book:
THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGARMAN SWAMP -- Charming and funny. It doesn't have the depth of THE UNDERNEATH, but more entertaining.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on August 04, 2013, 02:24 PM
Two books:

Adult fiction: THE SHINING GIRLS by Lauren Beukes -- Time traveling serial killer

YA: BLACK HEART by Holly Black -- part of the curseworkers series
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Post by: Betsy on August 04, 2013, 02:33 PM
Do you like them? Which is the best? What's Black Heart about? (Just give us a sentence.) Thanks.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on August 04, 2013, 03:23 PM
I like both of them. SHINING GIRLS is kind of Hannibal Lector meets the time traveler's wife. It skips around a lot, but it's very well written and easy to follow. It is a bit dark so if you're squeamish this is not the book for you.

BLACK HEART is the last of Holly Black's trilogy set in a world where her main character, a teenage boy, has been sent to private school, in part to hide the fact that he's able to work curses - a talent some people have, the government seeks to regulate and everyone else fears. It's urban fantasy which isn't always my thing, but I've loved all three of these.
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Post by: Lwrites on August 04, 2013, 03:33 PM
Do you like them? Which is the best? What's Black Heart about? (Just give us a sentence.) Thanks.

I really enjoyed this trilogy too! Think of 1920s prohibition, only substitute "modern day" for "1920s," and substitute magic for alcohol. The mob is involved in the use of magic. The main character is in a crime family. Great fun!
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Post by: olmue on August 04, 2013, 04:36 PM
I'm moving and all my books are boxed up on a moving truck that's somewhere in the western US right now. But in the meantime, we've been visiting my SIL--who happens to be a university librarian with a $10K budget to buy children's/YA books for the library. Her house is full of all the kinds of books I love. So I just reread THE STAR OF KAZAN, by Eva Ibbotson. It's pretty much a perfect MG book. I love the attention to quirky yet believable detail, and I love that justice is served. Probably not every book needs it, but as an element of strong MG fiction, I'd say justice is right up there!
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Post by: Betsy on August 04, 2013, 05:47 PM
Thanks, Olmue. Happy moving! 

I love it when people give a little synopsis along with the title. Thanks. Some people (me) are reading this thread to find books they might like to read.

WOW! I just checked Amazon. Two starred reviews and only $5.00 for the kindle edition.
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Post by: olmue on August 04, 2013, 06:03 PM
It's a FABULOUS book, Betsy. So is her JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA (about a British girl who goes to live with relatives on a Brazilian rubber plantation). Also lots of justice served in that one. :)
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Post by: Betsy on August 04, 2013, 07:59 PM
I respect your opinion. So I'll give it a try...
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Post by: olmue on August 04, 2013, 09:49 PM
I'm honored! And I hope you like it/them. STAR OF KAZAN is lovely--about a foundling girl in Vienna at the turn of the century and the wonderful family of professors and cooks she lives with. And then everything changes when her long lost mother shows up to claim her, and takes her away to dreary northern Germany to live. They are nobles, but things are awfully run down... There's some mystery and there are plucky heroes and heroines and horses and jewels. (But nothing over the top.) Mostly, though, it's a love song to Austria, which Eva Ibbotson left as a child during the Anschluss. It's like she's trying to climb inside Vienna through the book, and it's wonderful.

Journey to the River Sea has a strong naturalist element--some people in the book love the Amazon (the MC, for example), and some do not (the British family she goes to live with). Both books have a lot of heart, and also some nice funny moments. :) With so many NF books about our wonderful planet under your belt, I suspect this one might especially appeal to you, Betsy.
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Post by: Betsy on August 05, 2013, 12:48 AM
I ordered THE STAR OF KAZAN, but the other sounds good too. I was in Ecuador many years ago for a vacation and went hiking in the jungle a couple of times. Also saw the Galapagos. So put me down as someone who loves the Amazon. Maybe I should have ordered the second book instead, but I have so many to read...I'm reading five right now and there are a couple of others I have to finish after that.

But I'll get to it.
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Post by: Marcia on August 05, 2013, 06:15 AM
I've just read Katerina's Wish by Jeannie Mobley--a debut middle grade novel that takes place in the Colorado coal mines circa 1900. I also just finished listening to Neil Gaiman's Ocean at the End of the Lane--his reading (& writing) voice is wonderful.
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Post by: hairaplenty on August 05, 2013, 07:08 AM
Betsy's right. I come here for people's recommendations-So if you can give a little feedback on your read, all the better.

I'm reading Courtney Summer's Fall for Anything. About a girl devastated by her father's apparent suicide. Dark and edgy, just the way I like YA.
Also, Where'd you go, Bernadette. It's adult, which I rarely read, written mostly in letters from Bernadette to her personal assistant who resides in India. Bernadette's daughter has requested they go to Antarctica for a family vacation   :aah   and Bernadette is agoraphobic. I've barely begun but it's fun.
Also, from some recommendation on these boards I'm reading John Truby's, The Anatomy of Story. I got this from the library and am going to buy it for myself. Very good and helpful for plotting and understanding story. It's also got some writing exercises    :check
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Post by: Betsy on August 05, 2013, 07:42 AM
Thanks so much for the detailed review, hair. I appreciate it. Maybe you can report back when you've finished both.
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Post by: terrylynn on August 05, 2013, 09:35 AM
I haven't been here in a while! Catching up on all these great reads. My list:

The One and Only Ivan - I'm probably the last person in the world to read this (I tend to stay away from books with animals in cages. My heart can't take it) but I ADORED this book.

The Assassin's Curse - really loved this strong female character. Irreverent and funny

Pivot Point - pretty brilliant plotting! I was compelled to read it in one day. Loved it. Now I'm reading Kasie West's other book The Distance Between Us and enjoying more of the same hilarious dialogue. She has a way with spunky banter.
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Post by: Betsy on August 05, 2013, 09:52 AM
Thanks for the suggestions, TL. I agree about IVAN--I loved the book.
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Post by: JonathanMaberry on August 06, 2013, 01:27 PM
Picked up PERSEPOLIS. Never read it before and wow is it powerful!
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on August 08, 2013, 08:22 AM
Spending the last days of my summer vacation reading. I'm really enjoying The Curiosity by Kiernan. It's the story of an Arctic researcher who's in charge of "reanimating" cells she finds in the ice. Then she finds a man.

It's great as a reader, but also interesting as a writer. Each chapter is in a different person's POV, including one of who refers to himself in the second person, but the story moves seamlessly from one voice to the next.
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Post by: Darlene D on August 08, 2013, 09:08 AM
I'm reading the Fablehaven series to my kids.  It's a "Just one more chapter!  Or a couple of pages!  Okay, one more page, please Mom!" kind of series.
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Post by: Debby G on August 08, 2013, 02:36 PM
I LOVED Where'd You Go, Bernadette!

I'm reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, which I love. It's a story set in the weird future and involves politicians, AA members, filmmakers, and kids at a tennis academy, among other characters. It's hilarious and brilliant. But it's also really, really, really long. I started it in June and hope to finish in October.
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Post by: rab on August 08, 2013, 06:23 PM
Betsy and Olmue---I loved both Journey to the River Sea and The Star of Kazan. Like Olmue said, pretty perfect MG books. I was sucked completely in and loved that justice was served.

I am listening to Moon Over Manifest (I know, I know, I shoulda read it long ago). Really enjoying it so far (my taste doesn't always match the Newbery Committee's).
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Post by: janellerbw on August 08, 2013, 07:25 PM
DebbyG -- I love Infinite Jest! My husband and I have both read it, and it's a book we tend to reference now and then in our lives because it's so all-encompassing!

Currently reading Sara Zarr's THE LUCY VARIATIONS. Last adult fic I read this summer was THE MARRIAGE PLOT, which I adored.
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Post by: J-Bert on August 09, 2013, 08:22 AM
I just finished GIRL, STOLEN by April Henry. Very well done and fast-paced YA thriller. Reminiscent of the Lois Duncan thrillers I loved as a teen. I think I may be going on an April Henry reading binge now. . .
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Post by: KatyD on August 09, 2013, 09:13 AM
Debbie G, I read ME BEFORE YOU on my trip. <sniff!>

I also recently finished DEFENDING JACOB. Not really my cup of tea.

Now, at long last, I'm reading THE POISONWOOD BIBLE. I'm only 100 or so pages in, but I'm really enjoying it.
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Post by: jhb on August 11, 2013, 10:36 AM
Rereading and re-loving Nancy Farmer’s THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION before the release of the sequel, THE LORD OF OPIUM, on September 3.

I made a must-read list from this thread the other day and went in search of a few titles. If anyone’s interested in A MONSTER CALLS, which was highly recommended by a number of people, the Kindle edition is just under $2 and a short story by the same author is free on Amazon.
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Post by: G.R. on August 11, 2013, 02:47 PM
This week, I've been reading In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson. As he tells the story of William E. Dodd, the US Ambassador to Germany from 1933-37, Larson does an excellent job of evoking what the time and place must have been like -- from the excitement and beauty to the growing uncertainty and brutality -- for outsiders such as Dodd, his wife and their two adult children (especially flirtatious daughter Martha) who literally had no idea that the Holocaust was coming.
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Post by: Betsy on August 11, 2013, 11:09 PM
Olmue--thanks so much for recommending THE STAR OF KAZAN. I wasn't going to start it until I'd finished everything else, but then I read a few pages and couldn't put it down.

I thought it was really well-written and well-plotted (although I guessed, when the old lady first described the jewels, how that was going to turn out).

I had a few reservations when you said that everyone got justice in the end. And they did--but it was gentle, appropriate justice.

Thanks again.
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Post by: Monica Rondino on August 12, 2013, 08:56 AM
I begun in these days "Under Wildwood.The Wildwood Chronicles. Book 2" by Colin Meloy with the lovely illustrations by Carson Ellis. Loved the first one and hope this will be as good as the first one :)
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Post by: olmue on August 12, 2013, 12:55 PM
I'm glad you liked it, Betsy! And I think you'd especially like Journey to the River Sea, what with your science interests. MG justice doesn't have to be over the top--but a little cosmic justice goes a long way. ;)
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Post by: LindaJoy on August 14, 2013, 08:55 AM
I just finished reading THE CUCKOO'S CALLING by J.K. Rowling and it was a great private eye mystery (adults). There is no magic in this book--except the magic of a masterful storyteller. Bravo, JK!
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Post by: olmue on August 17, 2013, 08:35 PM
I just finished HEAVEN IS PAVED WITH OREOS, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock--a MG in the same world as DJ Schwenk (DJ's brother Curtis's friend Sarah is the MC.) Also Natalie Lorenzi's FLYING the DRAGON (finally!). I thought she really nailed the cultural differences and just how it feels to be uprooted and plonked in a new culture. It's not the big things, it's the small ones that unnerve and discomfort you...

Currently reading GHOSTS WHO WENT TO SCHOOL by Judith Spearing to my kids. It's a gentle, humorous, somewhat episodic MG from 1966 (thank you, Scholastic Book Clubs!) about a couple of ghosts who are brothers. It goes well with the slightly spooky 1880 house we just moved into...

And can I just say that I'm glad there are so many different books? Sometimes when you're going through something hard, you need that serious book that validates your experience, or gives you suggestions for a way out. But sometimes when you've been shouldering a lot of stress for a long time, you really do need something that is completely unserious. Unrealistic, even! That will give you a break. Which is why I picked up VOSS by David Ives to reread. Vospop Vsklzwczdztwczky (Voss for short) sneaks off somewhat illegally to American from his native Slobovia along with his father and uncle and some illegal "chizz poffs" (cheese puffs). Then they run into the REAL bad guys, Mafiaeque Bilius Opchuck and his criminals, and have to outwit them. It's full of crime and satire and funny. Just what I need after a highly stressful move!
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Post by: andracill on August 18, 2013, 06:09 PM
I just finished SAPPHIRE BLUE, by Kerstin Gier.  Now I have to wait until October for the finale -- ahhhh!
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Post by: Betsy on August 18, 2013, 06:35 PM
Sorry about the stress, Olmue. I know what you mean.
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Post by: Monica Rondino on August 19, 2013, 01:02 PM
Finished to read "Under Wildwood.The Wildwood Chronicles." Book 2 Liked very much even if I'll have to wait the next one to know the end :) And yestarday I begun "Niceville" by Carsten Stroud .Read the first pages and it sounds interesting :)
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Post by: RaeE on August 19, 2013, 02:42 PM
I'm reading THE OTHER TYPIST, and I'm not as in love with it as I thought I would be. I just finished rereading CODE NAME VERITY, though, and it might be suffering from Not-Code-Name-Verity Syndrome. Some books need a proper mourning period before jumping into anything else. :)
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Post by: J-Bert on August 19, 2013, 03:02 PM
I recently finished THE WITCH'S GUIDE TO COOKING CHILDREN, a middle grade modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel. It was excellent! I think there might be a sequel which I'll have to look up. Currently reading THE CUCKOO'S CALLING by J. K. Rowling. I'm really enjoying it--this is the book I'd hoped would follow HARRY POTTER, not CASUAL VACANCY. But I wish Rowling hadn't been outed as the author. I can't help but think of her as I read, and I don't think I'd be distracted if I thought the author was Robert Galbraith. The flip side of that, of course, is that I doubt I would have picked this up so quickly if I hadn't known it was Rowling. I do wonder why she chose to use a pen name with this one rather than CASUAL VACANCY.
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Post by: writerhoo on August 19, 2013, 04:34 PM
Just finished The Cuckoo's Calling and I agree that knowing that it was JK Rowling was a little distracting. Wow, can she wield some, er, colorful and non-child-friendly language :).
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Post by: smichel on August 20, 2013, 06:23 AM
I recently read Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell. Great book featuring a a quirky guy and girl. I don't read a whole lot of contemporary fiction but I did enjoy this one. I also read Belle Epoque, by Elizabeth Ross, a work of historical fiction set in France during the late 1800s. Very nicely done.
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Post by: terrylynn on August 20, 2013, 04:02 PM
I'm reading THE OTHER TYPIST, and I'm not as in love with it as I thought I would be. I just finished rereading CODE NAME VERITY, though, and it might be suffering from Not-Code-Name-Verity Syndrome. Some books need a proper mourning period before jumping into anything else. :)

I felt the same way after reading that book!
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Post by: terrylynn on August 20, 2013, 04:16 PM
ICEFALL by Matthew Kirby - staggeringly good. Such writing! Loved every part of it. I immediately bought all of his other books.

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S King - another excellent novel by this author. Love her brand of quirky.

Thanks for all the rec's everyone. Just pumped up my e-reader.
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Post by: olmue on August 24, 2013, 11:01 PM
A CORNER OF WHITE, by Jaclyn Moriarty. It took a while to get into this, even though I like the premise--two teens writing notes through a crack between parallel worlds. Moriarty's writing is a bit fragmented, throwing you in and letting you make up and figure out the world as you go along. It's a bit like the card game Mao, if you've every played that. But by the end, I really liked it, and I'm bummed that I discovered it only just after its publication, because I'd love to read the next one right now!
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Post by: Monica Rondino on August 25, 2013, 10:53 AM
Finished to read "Niceville", when I begun it I thought it was a kind of horror story but then everything changed and it became a crime story.Not very happy about this but once eliminated the horror idea I found it nice.
Now I'm reading "Alterra" by Maxime Chattam,hope it will be better :)
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Post by: LindaB on August 26, 2013, 03:06 PM
I just finished two books that are terrific for middle grade readers. Rump, by Liesl Shurtliff has a great voice. Its a fast, fun read! The second book, The Colossus Rises, is the first book in the Seven Wonders series by Peter Lerangis. It a good adventure book that both boys and girls will enjoy. I highly recommend both.
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Post by: mswatkins on August 26, 2013, 06:19 PM
I picked up "The Eyeball Collector" on a whim.  I must say, I made an excellent choice.  I'm going to checkout more F.E. Higgins' books.
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Post by: Dionna on August 26, 2013, 06:25 PM
Capture the Flag by Kate Messner
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Post by: RaeE on September 03, 2013, 11:44 AM
I just finished THE CUCKOO'S CALLING. Love. It's another "mourning period" book.
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Post by: G.R. on September 03, 2013, 03:09 PM
I just started Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale. I'm only a couple chapters in, but I'm already loving his use of description and sly sense of humor... :yup

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Post by: Jennifer D G on September 04, 2013, 06:36 PM
I read The Doll Bones by Holly Black which I thought was pretty good.

I'm about to finish A Boy and A Bear in A Boat by Dave Shelton. It's been a fun read so far and the illustrations are so adorable.
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Post by: lab on September 04, 2013, 06:54 PM
THE RETURNED (debut novel) by Jason Mott is absolutely wonderful!  Such a gifted, beautiful writer!
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Post by: smichel on September 05, 2013, 08:18 PM
Reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth - finally! I'm not big into zombie novels but I'm enjoying this one.
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Post by: mrh on September 06, 2013, 06:13 AM
A MG magical-realism mystery, THE WATER CASTLE by Megan Frazer Blakemore. Very absorbing.

Also started BEHOLDING BEE by Kimberly Newton Fusco (contemporary MG).
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Post by: JohnellDeWitt on September 10, 2013, 03:10 PM
Just finished Washington Burning by Les Standiford. I had a hard go of the first few chapters but loved the parts about the War of 1812. By the end, I could see what the author was going for and quite enjoyed it. I'm finding that I like non-fiction much more than I thought I would  ::-). Especially after scanning the Barnes and Noble non-fiction section--if only I could pull off a Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler stunt and move into the store for a few weeks.

My next non-fiction goal is to find a good one on the Tudors.
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Post by: LTMadison on September 11, 2013, 08:27 PM
Finished the audio of the acclaimed 2010 novel ROOM by Donoghue. It's the story of a mother and son held in captivity, so that the five-year-old boy, who narrates the book, has never seen anything but the interior of the 11x11 foot room. It's a tour de force of voice, and although clearly an adult novel (short-listed for the Booker), it's a great model for any writer using a first-person child narrator. The audio uses a number of narrators, and although the child's voice is off-putting at first, it becomes absolutely haunting. I found myself hearing it as I went through the day, as if little Jack were telling me what I was seeing. One of my favorite audio books ever.

Speaking of serious novelists, I finished SLAM today, a 2007 YA novel by Nick Hornby (HIGH FIDELITY, ABOUT A BOY). I love reading children's books by accomplished novelists and this has a great narrative voice of a British 15-16 yo skateboarder who finds himself moving from childhood into an adult-sized mess way before he's ready.

Another September read wasTHE WHITE DARKNESS, the 2008 Printz winner by Geraldine McCaughrean. Not an all-time favorite but a sophisticated, stylish narrative which clearly earned the attention it received. I also recently finished up McCann's TRANSATLANTIC, a 2013 adult novel which should be in the mix for a lot of literary awards. Loved the opening section about the men who made the first transatlantic flight.

After reading the Hornby book I stumbled onto his column in The Believer Magazine, Stuff I've Been Reading. OMG, so many books, so little time. You can read his lists here: http://www.believermag.com/contributors/?read=hornby,+nick (http://www.believermag.com/contributors/?read=hornby,+nick)
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Post by: LTMadison on September 11, 2013, 08:43 PM
Forgive me for going on...and on. But I thought this quote from a Nick Hornby interview would be of general interest:

"The big influences on me when I was starting out as a writer were Anne Tyler, Lorrie Moore, Roddy Doyle and Tobias Wolff. They all had qualities I badly wanted to steal! I’ve been discovering YA authors since I wrote Slam, and I’ve been knocked out by what I’ve read. MT Anderson’s Feed, for example, seems to me to be a modern classic. And I loved David Almond’s Skellig and Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat."

I'm with him on all the adult novelists and FEED, but don't know the other two books. Should I?

P.S. Roddy Doyle did a MG book called Wilderness (2007) which, to my memory, wasn't nearly up to his adult standards.
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Post by: Betsy on September 11, 2013, 09:05 PM
I like Nick Hornby's novels a lot, especially ABOUT A BOY. Thanks for sharing, LT. I'm reading three books of essays right now.
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Post by: rab on September 12, 2013, 06:07 PM
And I loved David Almond’s Skellig and Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat." I'm with him on all the adult novelists and FEED, but don't know the other two books. Should I?

Skellig is a transcendent novel. And Weetzie Bat is a classic, although not to everyone's taste.

I'm reading an adult novel, Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine, about an 11-year-old orphaned boy living with his 24-year-old sister in 1960's Greenwich Village. Charming so far.
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Post by: W.E. Larson on September 12, 2013, 06:19 PM
The last book I finished was THE BIG SHORT about the 2008 financial crisis. A really interesting apolitical look at what happened through the people who saw it coming and profited on it.
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Post by: olmue on September 12, 2013, 06:32 PM
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, by Helen Grant. Normally I dislike adult novels, but I enjoyed this one (since it won an Alex award for being a book teens are likely to enjoy, there may be something in that...) It takes place in Germany and is so VERY real-life German that it made me smile. No beer-swilling drunken American tourists in THIS book...
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Post by: Bobi Martin on September 15, 2013, 08:46 PM
I recently read "When You Reach Me" and (hanging head in shame) I only remember the author's first name was Rebecca.  Great plot; believable characters; good voice; fast pace.

But at our book fair last spring I also pitched "Out of my Mind" by Sharon Draper and "Hide and Seek" by Katy Grant.  We sold out of both titles. The first one is superb as an anti-bullying book and just to make kids realize that non-verbal doesn't mean ignorant. The second involves geo-caching and also a good mystery. Both books make for great discussions with kids after they've read them.
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Post by: LTMadison on September 16, 2013, 07:23 AM
Rebecca Stead wrote WHEN YOU REACH ME, which is set in the late 70's (a historical novel!) and has ongoing references to A STITCH IN TIME and although realistic in detail, has some time travel/science fiction elements.  It won a 2010 Newbery. I'd also recommend her more recent LIARS & SPY, also set in the New York, this one contemporary. Both are considered MG and have 12-13-year-old protagonists, but are sophisticated enough to be of interest to older readers as well.
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Post by: hairaplenty on September 16, 2013, 05:15 PM
I believe it's A WRINKLE IN TIME, by writer Madeleine L'Engle.
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Post by: stefwrites on September 16, 2013, 06:45 PM
mrh, thanks for reminding me about BEHOLDING BEE. Need to put it on my library holds list.
I just finished COUNTING BY 7s. Middle grade, but appealing to adults in the vein of WONDER. A book that will stick with you for a long time. Heartfelt.

Am starting SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY. (MG)
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Post by: LTMadison on September 16, 2013, 07:25 PM
Whoops. A Wrinkle in Time, of course! (I last read it the year it was published -- 1962.)
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Post by: LindaJoy on September 17, 2013, 07:06 AM
I'm reading The Eye of the Storm ny Kate Messner.
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Post by: olmue on September 18, 2013, 08:46 AM
Rereading THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION, by Nancy Farmer. What a fine book! I'm dying to read the sequel, but I haven't decided if I should ask for it for Christmas, or pick it up right now...
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Post by: RaeE on September 18, 2013, 08:58 AM
I stole OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon Draper from my son's room. I love it so far.
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Post by: LindaB on September 19, 2013, 11:58 AM
This week I finished The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick. It was a good read, quite different from anything else I've read. I also read The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman, the first book in a trilogy. A good, fun read, terrific for boys.

LindaB
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Post by: LeslieG on September 20, 2013, 11:13 AM
I just finished CROCKETT JOHNSON AND RUTH KRAUSS: HOW AN UNLIKELY COUPLE FOUND LOVE, DODGED THE FBI, AND TRANSFORMED CHILDREN'S LITERATURE. It's a great insight into some of the most crucially formative years and personalities in kidlit, especially for picture books.
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Post by: RaeE on September 20, 2013, 11:20 AM
I just finished CROCKETT JOHNSON AND RUTH KRAUSS: HOW AN UNLIKELY COUPLE FOUND LOVE, DODGED THE FBI, AND TRANSFORMED CHILDREN'S LITERATURE. It's a great insight into some of the most crucially formative years and personalities in kidlit, especially for picture books.

I cannot wait to read this. Thanks for posting it here!  :thankyou
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Post by: olmue on September 20, 2013, 11:21 AM
Rae Carson's THE BITTER KINGDOM (last book in the Girl of Fire and Thorns series). So good!

I haven't heard of that book, Rae, but it sounds really good! I'll have to put it on my list.
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Post by: hairaplenty on September 22, 2013, 09:55 AM
UNDERCURRENT by Paul Blackwell
Great read!
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Post by: cindymbohn on September 22, 2013, 12:50 PM
I've been on a Sci-Fi/Fantasy streak lately. I've been reading the Miles Vorkosigan books by Lois McMaster Bujold. I also finished Delirium by Lauren Oliver, I think. I enjoyed it, but didn't quite connect as much as I thought I would. Don't know if it was the wrong time for the book, or if it was just the wrong book.
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Post by: cindymbohn on September 22, 2013, 12:55 PM
I forgot - I stayed up late reading Catch Me by Lisa Gardner. My first book by this author, and I really enjoyed it.  ::-)
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Post by: mirrorsandmagicfrogs on September 22, 2013, 06:36 PM
I'm reading Rae Carson's Bitter Kingdom, and I'm re-reading Kristin Cashore's Graceling.
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Post by: rab on September 22, 2013, 08:07 PM
I just finished CROCKETT JOHNSON AND RUTH KRAUSS: HOW AN UNLIKELY COUPLE FOUND LOVE, DODGED THE FBI, AND TRANSFORMED CHILDREN'S LITERATURE. It's a great insight into some of the most crucially formative years and personalities in kidlit, especially for picture books.

Wow, Leslie, thanks for posting this. I hadn't heard of this one, but I love this kind of book so it's on my list.
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Post by: LeslieG on September 23, 2013, 02:35 PM
rab and RaeE, you're most welcome! Hope you enjoy it :--)
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Post by: Lwrites on September 24, 2013, 10:25 AM
I'm reading THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater, the unbelievably good sequel to THE RAVEN BOYS. It really is amazingly good. Beautifully written, thrilling, funny, scary....and I'm only halfway through!
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Post by: olmue on September 25, 2013, 05:44 AM
I just read Doll Bones by Holly Black. Very creepy (in a MG sort of way)! And a really excellent example of stakes that don't have to do with life or death headlopping situations. (Read a sequel to a different book the other day that went way, WAY overboard with that sort of thing!) Doll Bones reminded me a bit of Anne Ursu's Breadcrumbs--not that they're the same story in any way, but something about the internal feel of it.
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Post by: Laura L. Sullivan on September 25, 2013, 08:17 AM
I recently read Rose Under Fire, the sort of sequel to Code Name Verity. Another absolutely wow book. With tears.

I just finished The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls, and didn't like it nearly as much as I hoped I would. Oh well. Now I'm indulging in some Edward Eager books I never read. I'd only ever read Half Magic as a kid (many, many times) so I have lots to look forward to.
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Post by: Sam Hranac on September 25, 2013, 08:22 AM
I picked up Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein from the library. It caught my eye because my current ms has a girl with the last name of Verity. A good read about a young lady captured by Nazis and forced to provide secrets in written form. The novel is what she writes.
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Post by: CC on September 27, 2013, 11:46 AM
Just read THE LONGINGS of WAYWARD GIRLS, by Karen Brown.

Adult fiction. Great themes. An absorbing, terrific read.

Loved it!

And this cover rocked... http://www.amazon.com/Longings-Wayward-Girls-Novel/dp/1476724911/ref=la_B009435K7C_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380306317&sr=1-1
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Post by: olmue on September 27, 2013, 03:59 PM
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, by Jennifer E. Smith. A great example of a quiet book, plotwise, being engaging to read, with tension in the narrative. Not sure how to explain it, but it was really well done.
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Post by: updog on September 27, 2013, 07:50 PM
I just finished "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell, and it was really good. I thought it started a lot slower than Eleanor and Park, but once it got going she really sucked me in.

I have so many great novels on my TBR shelf I'm having a hard time deciding what to read next. But that's a problem I don't mind having.  ::-)
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Post by: rab on September 27, 2013, 07:54 PM
My copy of Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Lover, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature just came in at the library---my bedtime reading, with thanks to Leslie (and this thread) for suggesting it. And I really want to read Fangirl, too, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (love that title!). Also on my bedside table that I've read the first interview in is Leonard Marcus's Show Me A Story! Why Picture Books Matter.
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Post by: onestepp on September 27, 2013, 08:15 PM
I'm reading Billy Moon (Christopher Robins from Winne the Pooh) biography.  It is quite interesting set in 1968 and in France.    ::-)
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on September 28, 2013, 05:15 AM
I'm reading September Girls by Bennett Madison. I picked it up because I saw in on a list of 5 star reviews that were getting some Printz chatter and I can see why. It's about a boy who visits a beach town filled with mysterious girls who all seem to share some unique traits.
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Post by: RaeE on September 28, 2013, 05:39 AM
I just got notice that Rose Under Fire (Elizabeth Wein's latest) is waiting for me at the library, AND our library opens an hour early today for a Library Love celebration. It's going to be a good day.
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Post by: G.R. on September 30, 2013, 02:56 PM
Just finished Yann Martel's Life of Pi -- I'd seen the film version several months ago on DVD and enjoyed it very much, but the book is simply awesome. :yup

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Post by: updog on September 30, 2013, 05:26 PM
Just finished Yann Martel's Life of Pi -- I'd seen the film version several months ago on DVD and enjoyed it very much, but the book is simply awesome. :yup



Yup, yup. Definitely agree with this.
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Post by: jojocookie on October 01, 2013, 02:36 PM
A PLAIN DEATH

A PLAIN SCANDAL

A PLAIN DISAPPEARANCE

all mysteries and all by Amanda Flower.  :coffee3:
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Post by: onestepp on October 02, 2013, 10:40 AM
Went to the library and got the last book in the Giver series by Lois Lowry - "Son"
Now I'll find out how it does end.    ::-)
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Post by: Jennifer D G on October 05, 2013, 12:51 PM
I just finished Kate DiCamillo's Flora and Ulysses. Kids will really like this fun, wonderfully illustrated book but, for me, the silliness of the story overshadowed the *special something* that I always find in DiCamillo books. I did like it though.

Next up: Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman.
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Post by: amaryllis2004 on October 05, 2013, 01:21 PM
Just finished WINGER by Andrew Smith. By far the funniest of his books so far, but ultimately devastating. It's a great example of a smart boy book and has some fun mixed media (cartoons).
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Post by: amaryllis2004 on October 05, 2013, 01:24 PM
What????? There's a sequel to House of the Scorpion???????? How did I miss that????

Hi, Rose!



Rereading THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION, by Nancy Farmer. What a fine book! I'm dying to read the sequel, but I haven't decided if I should ask for it for Christmas, or pick it up right now...
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Post by: olmue on October 05, 2013, 01:30 PM
Hi Ilene!

The sequel to House of the Scorpion (The Lord of Opium) just came out. I saw it on the new shelf at the library and gave in and read it. Really enjoyed it!
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Post by: Victoria on October 05, 2013, 03:36 PM
I'm working my way through Heather Vogel Frederick's Mother-Daughter Book Club series.  I just finished the second-to-last one today, Home for the Holidays.  I'm so sad to be almost done, but I can't keep myself from devouring them!
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Post by: G.R. on October 05, 2013, 03:55 PM
This week I've finally gotten around to reading Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day. I saw and I liked the 1993 film version when it first came out on video, but I'd argue that the book is at least as much of a satisfying experience, if not more so; the story is told from Stevens' point of view as he reflects on his career in service (in England from the 1920s to the mid-'50s), considers what makes a "great butler," and expounds upon the key qualities of "dignity" and "loyalty."
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Post by: AnneB on October 05, 2013, 05:58 PM
My book group is reading The Writing Class, by Jincy Willett ... a mystery involving the members of a university extension class. The author has a wicked eye for writer foibles--positively Austen-like.
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Post by: updog on October 06, 2013, 09:55 AM
Next up: Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman.

I just read "Fortunately, the Milk" to my grandson. He laughed in all the right places, so I think he liked it.

I'm in the middle of Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy". I know a lot of people hated this depressing book, and I can see why. There's really nobody you can root for here. But I think she's closer to the truth of how things really are than some people would like to admit. The characters could easily be members of my own community.  I do sense that Rowling was trying a little too hard to lose the "children's author" label though. Some of the adult content feels unnecessary.
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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on October 07, 2013, 10:01 PM
Getting back to MG after a run of nonfiction and YA novels.

Frosting and Friendship by Lisa Schroeder.   :cupcake

On deck: The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus.
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Post by: bookworm452 on October 09, 2013, 12:00 PM
Starting House of Hades by Rick Riordan tonight! Can't wait.
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Post by: olmue on October 09, 2013, 12:52 PM
Ooh, enjoy, bookworm! I think my copy should show up tomorrow. Can't wait!
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Post by: Sam Hranac on October 09, 2013, 01:04 PM
Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis.
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Post by: Jennifer Cole Judd on October 11, 2013, 08:47 AM
Just finished Far Far Away by Tom McNeal and, can I just say?  Loved. It.   Grimm's fairy tales.  Ghosts.  Peculiar disappearances.  A forlorn, loveable MC.  Mystery...dark villains...and...maybe?  A happy ending?  Bwahaha! Highly recommend!  Perfect with a cup of cocoa and a dark and stormy night.   :coffee3: :lightning:
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Post by: kategoka on October 13, 2013, 07:45 PM
GOOD ENOUGH by Paula Yoo.

It's so funny. And there are a lot of recipes with Spam included too. I think this is the closest book I've found to a comp for my own WIP. I can't remember if I got the recommendation for it here. If so, thank you!!
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Post by: JohnellDeWitt on October 14, 2013, 06:31 AM
I found a book on the Tudors: The Tudors: The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty, by G.J. Meyer. If the size of his source notes at the end of the book is any indication of the research he did for this, his use of "complete" isn't without merit. The book is long, almost 600 pages and starts with the Tudor's rise to power, Henry the VII, Henry the VIII, Edward his son, Mary and finally Elizabeth. He gives a very rounded overview of the situation and leaves no illusions that most historians have thrown up around Henry the VIII and the Tudor family in general. I enjoyed it. I have another book on the Tudors waiting to read as well. So we'll see how they compare.

I also read with my daughter, The One and Only Ivan. So touching--it is deserving of its praise.

And one of my favorites, The King of the Wind. It's a Newberry winner by Margeurite Henry. It's about the original sire of many of the greatest and most famous races horses, including Man-o-War. Even though this book was written in the 1940s, it's truly a classic. Her writing style verges on the poetic and though the historical elements are likely highly romanticized, as a story it works well as a truly beautiful underdog story. I adore this book, as if you couldn't tell already.  :yeah
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on October 14, 2013, 09:58 AM
Just finished What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly. It's an adult debut about an overwhelmed mom who is supposed to be watching someone else's child when that child goes missing. Great crime fiction/ woman's fiction read.
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Post by: G.R. on October 16, 2013, 02:58 PM
Erik Larson, Isaac's Storm -- a nonfiction chronicle of the hurricane that decimated Galveston, TX in 1900. Heavy stuff, but well done; lots of interesting info about the science and history of meteorology to start with, and then reads more like horror as Larson gets into what happened during the storm itself.
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Post by: olmue on October 19, 2013, 07:07 PM
Stayed up late last night to finish Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal. I almost didn't pick it up in the first place because I read another one of his books and it just wasn't my thing (3rd person present omniscient, contemporary issues book). But I'm really glad I gave him another try! This one was lovely--as the book says, it's about a boy, a girl, and a ghost. The ghost is Jacob Grimm, yes, that one, and he's the narrator, but a full character who changes in the book. So it's like the author took some of the very things that drove me crazy with the other book and shifted them slightly so they totally worked, bang-on. (Well, in my opinion--many people loved the other book--it's all down to personal taste). I loved the German in it (which was well explained for those who don't speak it, but was accurate for those who do ;) ), I loved how you were only gradually caught by what was really going on, and I loved how all the characters' plotlines ended up interacting. It was just one of those weird tales, well told.
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Post by: Sam Hranac on October 21, 2013, 08:42 AM
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon... in misty Seattle. I don't recommends certain sections of this for late at night when you have to get to sleep.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on October 21, 2013, 07:23 PM
Just finished DRAMA HIGH, adult non-fic by Sokolove. It's about a theater director who built an amazing high school program in an economically depressed town. But even more it's about arts and education, about great teaching and socioeconomics and what happens to towns the economy leaves behind. I loved it.
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Post by: mrh on October 22, 2013, 07:31 AM
Stayed up late last night to finish Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal. I almost didn't pick it up in the first place because I read another one of his books and it just wasn't my thing (3rd person present omniscient, contemporary issues book). But I'm really glad I gave him another try!

Ah -- and I recently gave up on it. Didn't grab me. But I've noticed that's a hazard of having a TBR pile that's too high: I give up easier on a book b/c there's always another.

I'm reading THE GIRL FROM FELONY BAY (MG contemporary mystery) and I like it a lot. A DOG CALLED HOMELESS is up next. I also just read GRAIN BRAIN, and though I didn't swallow it hook, line, and sinker, it's confirmed my recent feelings about cutting way back on bread, pasta, cereal, and flour in general. 
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Post by: LTMadison on October 26, 2013, 07:21 PM
The National Book Award list came out last week. I've read Kathi Appelt's enchanting tall tale for MG, True Blue Scouts, and Meg Rosoff's story of a preternaturally sensitive pre teen getting wrapped up in her family's adult problems. Both great reads. I plan to work through the other finalists as well.

Finalists:


 Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
 (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)

Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)

Tom McNeal, Far Far Away (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)

Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group USA)

Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints (First Second/Macmillan)

longlist:


- Kate DiCamillo, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (Candlewick Press)
- Lisa Graff, A Tangle of Knots (Philomel, A division of Penguin Group USA)
- Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
- David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing (Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House)
- Anne Ursu, The Real Boy (Walden Pond Press/an Imprint HarperCollinsPublishers)
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Post by: Monica Rondino on October 29, 2013, 09:29 AM
I begun to read "Perfect" by Rachel Joyce. Im reading it in italian but the funny thing is that when I looked for the title in english I discovered that italian editor changed the title in (translated) "The strange case of the stolen time". Hope they didn't change also the book!
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Post by: olmue on October 29, 2013, 09:35 AM
I have three of those NBA books out right now. Best get reading!

Monica, titles are *often* changed (not just translated) in other languages. I think it's a marketing thing--just like book covers that can differ significantly in tone and content. I'm sure the book is the same inside!

I have Untold (Sarah Rees Brennan), All the Truth That's in Me (Julie Berry), and Counting by 7s (Holly Goldberg Sloan) up. AND I'm setting up to do NaNo this year. Why do all my holds come in when I'm in the thick of writing, I want to know??
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Post by: olmue on October 29, 2013, 04:02 PM
Just back to say wow. All the Truth That's In Me was really powerful. Most writers have more than one book. But I think there's often one that really does tell all the truth that's in you. Props for excellent usage of the second person narrative. One of those books that grabs you by the guts and holds on.
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Post by: Ruth Donnelly on October 29, 2013, 04:24 PM
I'm enjoying The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen.
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Post by: MVP on October 29, 2013, 06:32 PM
I just read The Fault in Our Stars.  I knew it would be sad but also, I found it scary.  The picture of what it would be like to die of cancer was too vivid for comfort.  I'm glad I read it but I'm also having trouble shaking it off.

Next up: Savvy and Counting by Sevens.
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Post by: olmue on October 29, 2013, 06:36 PM
Love Savvy! And I have Counting by 7s up right now. This week is made of win when it comes to books. :)
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Post by: rab on November 03, 2013, 06:32 PM
Jo Baker's Longbourn is a lot of fun for Pride & Prejudice lovers; we get to see the life from the servants' perspective---and learn interesting things about the Bennett family, too.
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Post by: olmue on November 04, 2013, 05:17 AM
Counting by 7s was awesome, too. Last night I finished Shadows, by Robin McKinley, which I enjoyed very much. There is old McKinley and new McKinley (the vampire book), and I confess to being an old McKinley fan--so I particularly enjoyed this. It's in our modern world--sort of, I mean, there's algebra--but there's magic trying to come through, and kids who have to do something about it. Actually, it was McKinley with maybe a nod towards Diana Wynne Jones, and I enjoyed it very much.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on November 04, 2013, 10:12 AM
THE NINE LIVES OF ALEXANDER BADDENFIELD by Marciano/Blackall is a wonderfully dark and ironic illustrated MG. I'd hand it to the kid who loved The Unfortunate Events series.
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Post by: olmue on January 05, 2014, 01:33 PM
The Winter of the Robots, by our own Kurtis Scaletta. The mushroom book was my favorite of his until this one. Loved the Minneapolis setting, the real-feeling kids, the really different kind of story (robotics, the kind that smart kids get into around middle school and sometimes go to competitions for). Loved the little sister. (They build a snow fort. "This will protect us," she said. "Protect us from what?" "Extremists," she said, which made me wonder what was going on in the puppet show she'd been watching." Or the moment much later on, where she's snooping around in Jim's room and discovers a disk he was hiding in a "horror book about fungus." The Tanglewood Terror, perhaps? ;) )

I'm in the depths of revision right now and have other half-finished books waiting for me, too. The Lord of Opium (sequel to House of the Scorpion), Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund (a retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel), and the British classic Tom's Midnight Garden are all stashed within reach, like carrots.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on January 05, 2014, 04:28 PM
Just finishing up two great adult reads:


DEVIL IN THE GROVE by Gilbert King - a non-fic about Thurgood Marshall's work as a civil rights lawyer in a Florida case involving three African-American men accused of raping a white woman.


LOYALTY by Ingrid Thoft - crime fiction starring a hard-nosed female PI- fans of Sue Grafton should check it out
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Post by: LadySlipper on January 05, 2014, 04:37 PM
Re-reading, I Capture the Castle, by Dotie Smith.  Cassandra Mortmain is my all-time favorite narrator. 
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Post by: jayme-allen on January 05, 2014, 04:56 PM
I'm currently reading LET THE RIGHT ONE IN by John Ajvide Lindqvist and THE EMERALD TABLET by PJ Hoover.
These two books are kinda on the opposite ends of the book spectrum, but I guess that keeps my life balanced
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Post by: JodyJS on January 05, 2014, 05:00 PM
THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE series. Fun stories and really witty writing.
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Post by: onestepp on January 05, 2014, 06:43 PM
I'm reading "The Paper Garden" about an artist who started her career when she was 72 years of age.  Yes, that is inspiring.      :snowmanjump:
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Post by: Shannywriter on January 05, 2014, 06:53 PM
Just finished Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger and now half thru Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell  :love4:
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Post by: MichaelBlackbourn on January 05, 2014, 07:11 PM
Reading Sand by Hugh Howey. Self published awesome scifi book. Unrelated to his best seller Wool.
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Post by: terrylynn on January 05, 2014, 07:48 PM
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowel is everything they say it is and more. Not sure how to move on after this reading experience.
Also loved Eleanor and Park. New favourite author.



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Post by: Marcia on January 06, 2014, 04:14 PM
I just read four good middle grade books: WONDER by R. J. Palacio (amazing read, should be required reading for all 5th graders), WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead, The BOY ON THE PORCH by Sharon Creech, and ONE YEAR IN COAL HARBOR by Polly Horvath. This last one I listened to on audio--well performed! You can't go wrong with any of these reads.
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Post by: laura-hunter on January 07, 2014, 01:43 AM
Just launched into the Liaden sci-fi series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Fabulous stuff, and so great to know that there is a whole series to enjoy.
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Post by: AnneN on January 07, 2014, 03:44 AM
I closed out 2013 with a reread of Austen's PERSUASION, combined with Ellen Oh's WARRIOR, which does such a lovely job of combining action and heart. Then over the last couple of days, DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater (man, can she write!), IN A GLASS GRIMMLY, by Adam Grimwitz (which I think I liked even more than A TALE DARK & GRIMM), and Paolo Bacigalupi's dark-darker-darkest THE DROWNED CITIES. Lots of books came into the house over the holidays, so January's looking good!
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Post by: AnneB on January 07, 2014, 06:13 AM
It's January, the snows are as deep as the thermometer is low, so I'm warming up by re-reading Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. I listened to them the first time around and suspected I was missing a lot of secondary meanings to the character names (although I caught "Braxton Hicks" right away, based on extensive personal experience). Now that I have the book in front of me, I'm searching online for character names like Bowden Cable and Landen Parke-Laine. Yup. A name is not just a name!
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Post by: stella-michel on January 07, 2014, 09:04 AM
Lately I've read Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, Veronica Roth's Allegiant and Kristin Cashore's Bitterblue. Two out of the three were the last books in a trilogy. I think Cashore's Bitterblue was much better than Allegiant.

I'm now reading The Twistrose Key and finding it hard to get into. I'm giving it more time.
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Post by: JodyJS on January 07, 2014, 01:33 PM
The Fledgling. It's a goodie.
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Post by: RaeE on January 08, 2014, 08:22 PM
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowel is everything they say it is and more. Not sure how to move on after this reading experience.
Also loved Eleanor and Park. New favourite author.


Have you read her Attachments? It's next up on my reading list. Can't wait!
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Post by: updog on January 11, 2014, 06:18 PM
Quote from: terrylynn
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowel is everything they say it is and more. Not sure how to move on after this reading experience.
Also loved Eleanor and Park. New favourite author.

I felt the same way. Definitely reading everything this author writes from now on.  ::-)
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Post by: Shannywriter on January 11, 2014, 07:06 PM
I haven't read Fangirl yet. I loved Eleanor and Park so much I wanted to take a week off from reading to absorb it! But I didn't of course because I'm trying not to get addicted to any new TV shows!
Just finished Fault Line by Crista Desir. Difficult to read but very well done.
Now onto Fracture by Megan Miranda
And PB's --Penguin in Love by our sweet Syoon! Valentines is coming up so I want to see how I can use it with my kindergartners  :love4:
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on January 13, 2014, 10:53 AM
Half-finished with Sue Monk Kidd's THE INVENTION OF WINGS and I don't want to finish because it's a wonderful book. Historical fiction about one of the first feministists/ abolutionists (one of those real-life women lost to history) and a fictional slave girl.


P.S. Rainbow Rowell fans - she was selling at my local indie on Small Business Saturday back in November and I asked about her next book. LANDLINE - adult fiction - is coming in July.



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Post by: Sam Hranac on January 13, 2014, 04:07 PM
WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD, by Susan Crandall. The jacket compares it to TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and THE HELP. I would also add, HUCK FINN. That should be more than enough praise for any book, right?
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Post by: Anthony on January 13, 2014, 04:55 PM
THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater. It took me a few chapters to get into it, but I'm hooked now. It's great so far.
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Post by: Pons on January 17, 2014, 09:11 AM
I just finished the last book in the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley. It was brilliant and captivating and intriguing with a sly and wistful sense of humor.


These books (six of them) were actually written for the adult market, but the MC is 11 and fascinating in her own right. I would have loved reading these books when I was a teen.  In some ways today's YA market baffles me.
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Post by: olmue on January 17, 2014, 09:14 AM
Laurel, I have the first of those checked out right now. Yeah. Not sure why it's being market as adult, unless the adult mystery market is stronger at the moment. But then, there are plenty of books over in SFF that to my eyes are clearly YA, so...
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Post by: Mike Jung on January 17, 2014, 09:27 AM
I'm diving back into my WIP so my semi-frantic reading pace of the past couple of months is about to slow down, but I loved, loved, loved FANGIRL. I might even have loved it as much as I loved ELEANOR & PARK. I was also knocked out by Connie Willis's time-traveling historian books (THE DOOMSDAY BOOK, BLACKOUT, and ALL CLEAR), and I'm halfway through Charles Yu's HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE. I'm also halfway through Ellen Booraem's TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD, which is great - Ellen is a phenomenally good writer, one of the best MG authors out there. I also read Holly Black's THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, which was okay but not amazing.
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Post by: olmue on January 17, 2014, 09:36 AM
Mike, I love The Doomsday Book. Every so often I find myself rereading it.

My favorite of the ones I've read so far in 2014 is Kurtis Scaletta's The Winter of the Robots. It's different and interesting and suspenseful. A great one to read on a snowy day (it takes place in Minneapolis in winter).
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Post by: Mike Jung on January 17, 2014, 09:43 AM
Rose, it actually took me a while to get into THE DOOMSDAY BOOK because I read BLACKOUT and ALL CLEAR first, and I was just devastated by them (in a good way). I got so attached to those characters and so immersed in the story that I felt weirdly resentful when reading THE DOOMSDAY BOOK. I got over it, and ended up feeling similarly devastated by the end, but it took some time. :)
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on January 17, 2014, 09:55 AM
Oh, Mike. I'm a total Connie Willis fangirl. Have you read PASSAGE yet? Talk about devastating...but wonderful and strangely comforting. And TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG is splendid fun--also in the time-travel series.
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Post by: Mike Jung on January 17, 2014, 10:33 AM
Hey Marissa! I haven't read PASSAGE yet, but it's on my radar, and I have TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG on my nightstand right now!
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Post by: AnneB on January 17, 2014, 07:51 PM
I am reading Kurtis Scaletta's The Winter of the Robots, apparently in real time. I just came across the line: The next day was Saturday. Monday was MLK Day, so I had a three-day weekend. [cue Twilight Zone music...]

The next line is All I wanted to do was sleep until Tuesday, but Dad woke me up before nine, so I'm not going to read the rest of that chapter until tomorrow morning.

Edited to correct the spelling of Kurtis's last name.
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Post by: olmue on January 18, 2014, 09:16 AM
Lol, Anne. That's too funny!

Mike, I know what you mean about getting attached to one set of characters in a world and then finding it hard to switch. I think a while back there was a similar discussion here about The Blue Sword vs. The Hero and the Crown (both Newbery books by Robin McKinley, set in the same world many eons apart). (For the record, I'm a Blue Sword girl. :) )
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on January 18, 2014, 12:53 PM
Uh-oh Olmue, take up your blue sword and I'll grab my red because I'm definitely a Hero and the Crown girl. :horse
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Post by: olmue on January 18, 2014, 01:21 PM
En garde, Christine! :duel
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Post by: J-Bert on January 20, 2014, 05:06 AM
Finished a couple of great reads recently: THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Steifvater and THREE TIMES LUCKY by Sheila Turnage. Both so, so good. Dream Thieves is the second in what I think will be a quartet of books and I'm really loving the series so far. And THREE TIMES LUCKY was just an absolutely wonderful middle grade mystery. The vibrancy of the characters and the strong voice and fast pacing reminding me of SAVVY by Ingrid Law, although the stories aren't similar at all. There is a sequel coming out next month for THREE TIMES and now I can't wait to read it.
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Post by: Shannywriter on January 20, 2014, 09:01 AM
THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater. It took me a few chapters to get into it, but I'm hooked now. It's great so far.
Anthony, I read this 4 times! I loved it that much.  :)
 
Reading Hysteria by Megan Miranda. My TBR pile from Christmas is shrinking quick.
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Post by: G.R. on January 20, 2014, 03:04 PM
I'm almost finished with John Grisham's A Time to Kill sequel, Sycamore Row (which I got for Christmas). It takes place only a few years after ATTK, and once again Jake Brigance finds himself involved in a racially charged case -- this time, a contest over a will in which an elderly white man has cut out his estranged children and left the bulk of his multimillion-dollar fortune to his black housekeeper. There's some suspense, but mostly it's just oddly reassuring -- for a longtime JG fan as myself, anyway -- to catch up with Jake, his friends (Sheriff Ozzie Walls, disbarred lush Lucien Wilbanks and cynical divorce lawyer Harry Rex Vonner), his family and his community in Clanton, Mississippi. :yup
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Post by: rab on January 23, 2014, 05:58 PM
How can you choose, Olmue? I'm a Blue Sword girl when I'm rereading (for the billionth time) The Blue Sword, and a Hero and the Crown girl when I'm rereading The Hero and the Crown.

Recently reread Kathryn Erskine's Mockingbird, thinking to look at it analytically, but once again I was so swept up in the story that I wept my way through it, unable to learn anything about writing from it---except that I would kill to be able to engage my readers so well.
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Post by: olmue on January 23, 2014, 08:05 PM
I suspect I'm a Hufflepuff at heart--so it would be loyalty to Harry (as in Angharad) because I met her first. Um, and because it's hard for me to understand Aerin's ability to be in love with two different people at the same time (as I said, I have Hufflepuff loyalty issues). But maybe I would feel differently if I'd met Aerin first...

I know what you mean about getting blown away when you are trying to read for analyzation. I was trying to analyze Cosmic (Frank Cottrell Boyce--funny, heartwarming MG book by the author of Millions), and that keeps happening, too. Right now, though, I've picked up The Book Thief to reread. What an amazing book. I heard Zusak speak at a conference several years ago, and he talked about planting a surprise for the reader on every page. I'm trying to keep that in mind as I read.
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Post by: sydney-oneill on January 24, 2014, 09:43 AM
I'm listening to two audio books by Jean Fritz, Pocahontas and Homesick. Has she written anything that wasn't wonderful?

I recently finished The Remains of the Day and loved the subtle development of plot and character.

Also recently read My Dad Is the Best Playground--such a fun board book.
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Post by: Mike Jung on January 24, 2014, 10:39 AM
I'm 70 pages into Joshua McCune's debut, TALKER 25, which is a genuinely original YA take on dragons. Highly recommended. I also started Allie Brosh's HYPERBOLE AND A HALF, which is fantastic.
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Post by: J-Bert on January 24, 2014, 12:16 PM
From Olmue: I heard Zusak speak at a conference several years ago, and he talked about planting a surprise for the reader on every page. I'm trying to keep that in mind as I read.


Thank you for sharing that, Olmue! Fascinating tidbit to mull over as I write.
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Post by: kategoka on January 24, 2014, 05:32 PM
I have some graphic nonfiction books that I would recommend to you all:

-ANNIE SULLIVAN AND THE TRIALS OF HELEN KELLER by Joseph Lambert
-AMELIA EARHART: THIS BROAD OCEAN by Sarah Stewart Taylor & James Strum, Ben Towle, art
-TRINITY: A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

The first two are more MG. Trinity is more YA/ adult. There are not enough graphic novels/ graphic nonfiction to munch down. I want more!!
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Post by: Shannywriter on January 24, 2014, 07:13 PM
Now reading The Sweet Dead LIfe by Joy Preble.
Almost out of books. Then I need to stop reading so much and get this WIP done!
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Post by: olmue on January 25, 2014, 07:19 AM
Stayed up late to read RJ Anderson's newest, NOMAD (it follows Ivy from SWIFT). Worth staying up for!
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on January 25, 2014, 09:53 AM
Reading some YA's I missed the first time around, LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES by Laini Taylor and BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS by Shannon Hale. Both super well-written and unique in format. LIPS TOUCH is three fantasy novellas with gorgeous illustrations to open and close each one. THOUSAND DAYS is the diary of a servant who's been walled into a tower for seven years with her mistress after the mistress refuses the marry the man chosen for her.
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Post by: updog on January 30, 2014, 03:09 PM
I've read some fantastic YA books this January. THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO by Patrick Ness hooked me from the first page. I was disappointed with the way it ended in the middle of the action, but up till then my eyeballs were glued to the pages. John Green's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS hit a little too close to home for me, but I enjoyed it as much as it's possible to enjoy a book about cancer. THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater absolutely blew me away. I'm a horse person, so I know that's part of the reason I liked this book so much, but it's not the only reason. The writing was lovely, and the fairy horses were scary but cool, and I really, really liked the two narrators, and I liked that the story wasn't entirely focused on the romance. When I finished, I almost wanted to go back and read it again right away. It was that good.
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Post by: erinobrien on January 30, 2014, 05:02 PM
I recently finished THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green, and today I started ONE CAME HOME by Amy Timberlake. Had to force myself to close the book tonight so I could work on my own writing!
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Post by: stella-michel on February 01, 2014, 06:50 AM
Recently read Doll Bones, Sorrow's Knot, Not a Drop to Drink and The Golem and the Jinni. Right now I'm reading Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone, which I love. Fantasy is always high on my list! I found Sorrow's Knot somewhat hard to get through. It was well-written with great world building but it felt repetitive in spots and I think kids might have some trouble following it.


Stella
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Post by: LindaB on February 01, 2014, 08:15 PM
I recently finished Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. Christ co-writes middle grade novels with James Patterson and he writes on his own as well. I loved it! It is one of my favorite books this year! It's a terrific middle grade read and it features so many great books in the story. It was such a fun read. It's been one of the few books in a while that made me drop everything so I could finish it. And the timing wasn't good for me to drop everything because I finished it just before my regional conference and I had a lot of last minute details to finish! I highly recommend this book.
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Post by: Lwrites on February 02, 2014, 02:47 PM
I really enjoyed Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library too! It wasn't perfect (the puzzle aspect felt a little messy/disorganized once in a while) but it's my favorite recent MG read by a mile and tons of fun!
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Post by: MysteryRobin on February 02, 2014, 06:03 PM
Not kid lit, but just finished Brain on Fire by Susanah Cahalan about her slip into madness because of a rare brain disease, and her amazing recovery - so good I read it in 24 hours! :)
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Post by: RaeE on February 03, 2014, 05:57 AM
I'm reading SEVEN STORIES UP and Jennifer Senior's ALL JOY AND NO FUN. She interviewed my "ECFE" (Early Childhood Family Education) while researching, and the book is very interesting,though depressing. I'm hoping I'll get to a more joyful section soon... :)
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Post by: olmue on February 03, 2014, 03:24 PM
John Connolly's THE GATES. It's quite funny. About quantum physics and the gates of [Satan's home] and a small boy caught in the middle. It reads a bit like Terry Pratchett, actually, and now I'm glad I checked out the two sequels as well.
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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on February 03, 2014, 10:57 PM
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord.   :love4:  Love being able to read it almost a month early, thanks to a Scholastic book fair.
 
I also enjoyed I (Heart) Band #2--Friends, Fugues, and Fortune Cookies by Michelle Schusterman. Cute MG series.
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Post by: G.R. on February 15, 2014, 02:51 PM
I'm almost finished with George Orwell's Keep the Aspidistra Flying, which I've been wanting to get my hands on since I saw the film adaptation A Merry War in the late '90s. Kind of a minor work compared with 1984 and Animal Farm, but funny and touching in its own right; set in 1930s London, it tells the story of a poet disgusted with society's emphases on money and status.

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Post by: Betsy on February 15, 2014, 03:35 PM
I recently read DOLL BONES, COUNTING BY 7S, FLORA AND ULYSSES, MIDWINTER BLOOD, and I'm starting ELEANOR AND PARK. I still like COUNTING BY 7S best of all the above. Beautiful writing in MIDWINTERBLOOD, but the characters were too much like archetypes for me.

I thought FLORA AND ULYSSES was funny and unique, but not layered. In fact, I never did understand what the theme was. Can anyone tell me?

I usually read two or three adult books at a time. Right now I'm reading OUR MATHEMATICAL UNIVERSE by Max Tegmark, a book by Ann Patchett, and THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY by Amanda Ripley comparing educational systems in the U.S. and Poland, Finland, and Korea. Sounds dull, but it isn't. If you're a teacher or interested in the Core Curriculum standards, I highly recommend this book.

THE GATES sounds like my kind of Sci Fi, Olmue. Maybe I'll get that too. (Luckily I'm an insomniac, with lots of time to read in the middle of the night.)

Rae--I just finished ALL JOY AND NO FUN. It gets better as it goes along--a very thoughtful book.
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Post by: Shannywriter on February 17, 2014, 09:42 AM
Now reading Vengeance by Megan Miranda and its real hard to put down!
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Post by: Ruth Donnelly on February 17, 2014, 09:55 AM
BIGGER THAN A BREADBOX and SEVEN STORIES UP by Laurel Snyder.
So good.
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Post by: erinobrien on February 17, 2014, 09:58 AM
Just started DOLL BONES last night. I really like it so far.
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Post by: hairaplenty on February 17, 2014, 10:36 AM
Just finished Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy. So good! Now, Deeper (NA) and Ten.
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Post by: terrylynn on February 18, 2014, 06:40 AM
Reading Hannah and the Spindle Whorl. Love it!
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Post by: olmue on February 18, 2014, 10:30 AM
My 12YO brought Cress home from the middle school library for me last night, but she needed to bring it back today, so I stayed up to finish it. What a fun series! I like scifi and action, but I never have cared much for dystopian, so I particularly like the Lunar Chronicles. I think it's because a) there are problems, but there's still a world worth saving (as opposed to escaping and/or completely overthrowing every single element of it--plus, it's not all "wrecked"). b) It's not against the ENTIRE government--just against a bad one (Queen Levana). I love how the different books are all part of a much larger story (even if they also happen to be fairy tale retellings). I also appreciated the much more realistic approach to instalove in this book. (I am the first man you have met and trust me, you don't know anything about love.)
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Post by: Betsy on February 18, 2014, 10:49 AM
Thanks, Olmue! I really like it when posters explain WHY they like or dislike something. That way, I can tell if it's something I might like too.
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Post by: hairaplenty on February 18, 2014, 10:58 AM
Sorry Betsy-You're right. I use this thread for a lot of my reading ideas. I'm terrible at summarizing books (not to mention queries and synopsis') so I never feel comfortable giving my two cents. But here it is:
Criminal is about a girl who comes from a pretty horrific childhood and has an additive type love for her boyfriend, who never is completely abusive, but is, if you know what I mean. He puts her in a he puts her in a position where she later gets arrested and realizes through this experience how unhealthy her love is. I like dark and edgy-so this was satisfying, and the writing is pretty remarkable.
She's nominated for an Edgar in YA.
Hope that helps      :fireworks
 
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Post by: Monica Rondino on February 18, 2014, 11:18 AM
Reading " The last dragonslayer" by Jasper Fforde.
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Post by: erinobrien on February 18, 2014, 11:54 AM
You're so right, Betsy. I get so many reading ideas from here, so it's silly of me not to expand on why I like something.

I said above I was reading DOLL BONES. I'm only 4 chapters in or so, but it makes me feel like I'm 12 again. The characters are on the cusp of being too old to play pretend, and one of the characters is really struggling with it. It brings back memories for me of that time in life. I'm enjoying the pacing and relationships between the characters. Plus, there's that edge of mystery with the off-limits antique doll. I think it's really well done so far and can't wait to see what the rest of the book has to offer.
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Post by: Jennifer D G on February 23, 2014, 06:45 PM
I just finished reading The Paperboy by Vince Vawter and I liked it a lot. It has some mature themes and at times I felt like it might be a bit much for some elementary school aged kids. The tone of the story reminded me a little bit of A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin which has always been a favorite of mine.
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Post by: olmue on February 27, 2014, 07:46 AM
I really enjoyed DOLL BONES. And I can't wait to read Ferrell Savage!

Right now I'm reading BEDKNOB AND BROOMSTICK to my younger kids (5 and 9). The 5YO is really caught by it--it's probably the most interest he's ever shown in a novel. I love it way more than the film version, and I love the wonderful line illustrations by Erik Blegvad (who just died). Mostly I read recent books to my kids, but there are a few oldies that just have that magical sticking power.
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on February 27, 2014, 08:07 AM
Re-reading a Diana Wynne Jones--DEEP SECRET. And her last book--one that was partially written at her death and was finished by her sister Ursula--will be out in April!
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Post by: Marcia on February 28, 2014, 02:21 PM
I'm just starting two good ones. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (audio). I'm only on disc two, but the readers are wonderful and the language, beautiful. I also brought Cynthia Lord's Half a Chance home today--lovely opening chapter!
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on March 02, 2014, 11:56 AM
Just finished Adam Sternbergh's SHOVEL READY - an adult noir thriller about a garbage man turned assassin in post-nuclear New York City. It has a really unique style - short phrases, no quotations or dialogue tags, but it works for the story. A great example of breaking the writing "rules" successfully.


Also loved THE INVENTION OF WINGS - now my teen has it for social studies extra credit. So nice when subject area teachers find a way to include novels.


Just starting CRUEL BEAUTY, Rosamund Hodge's YA retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in a fantasy kingdom. Really like the beginning.
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Post by: Pons on March 06, 2014, 10:11 PM
Just finished BOMB by Steve Sheinkin. Fascinating. I learned a lot.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on March 09, 2014, 03:36 PM
J.C. Carlson's THE TYRANT'S DAUGHTER - the U.S. as seen through the eyes of a teenage girl whose father is the recently killed dictator in an un-named Middle Eastern country - and not the man she thought he was. Great pace, awesome writing.
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Post by: RaeE on March 09, 2014, 04:56 PM
I'm reading DEAR GENIUS. Again. And I might have the LETTERS OF EB WHITE at hand so I can try to piece together their correspondence. Again. I wish I could hide in a corner of Ursula's office for a day or two. The stack on my nightstand is thirteen books high so I should make Ursula wait, but I can't. This is me -->  :library: Stacks of books, and I keep coming back to the same old one.


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Post by: mirrorsandmagicfrogs on March 09, 2014, 07:56 PM
The Shadow Throne!
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Post by: Nanci on March 09, 2014, 10:04 PM
Time for some adult nonfiction - Your Soul's Gift, The Healing
Power of The Life You Planned Before You Were Born.
Interesting!
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Post by: Jennifer D G on March 10, 2014, 11:39 AM
Last year I read and enjoyed Jo Knowles' SEE YOU AT HARRY'S so the other day I walked past LESSONS FROM A DEAD GIRL and decided to pick it up. I have about two chapters to go and I have to say, I really like Jo's writing.
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Post by: J-Bert on March 14, 2014, 06:46 PM
I read two great middle grade advance copies recently. One is coming out next week--UNDER THE EGG by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. It's an art history mystery and very well done. Great characters. In the vein of CHASING VERMEER and FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES . . . The other one won't be out until July, but it is so much fun and one of the best middle grades I've read in the last year, so I'd definitely keep an eye out for it or pre-order. It's called ALL FOUR STARS by Tara Dairman, about a middle schooler who loves to cook and accidentally becomes a restaurant critic for a prestigious newspaper. It's her dream come true, but she has to keep the fact that she's a kid a secret. There's more to the book than that, but it's a great read.
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Post by: olmue on March 14, 2014, 08:11 PM
Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson. It's 1000 pages long and the second in a series. Everyone at my house is a Brandon Sanderson fan, which means that every time someone puts the book down for a moment, someone else swipes it up. So we're all reading at the same time, in the round. :)
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Post by: Pons on March 15, 2014, 10:50 AM
I just finished Flora and Ulysses by DiCamillo. It took a few pages for me to get into it, but by the end I realized it's pretty dang amazing. It uses a combination of cartoon physics and quirkiness to bring a group of emotionally wounded people to a place where they can heal. That makes it sound much heavier than it is. It is also whimsical and delightful. I would love to read this with a fourth grade class and discuss it.

My one note (and this probably just me) is that William Spiver was a tad too quirky. I would have toned him down a bit, but it's not my book, so, there ya go.

Laurel
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Post by: onestepp on March 16, 2014, 12:19 PM
"The Lonely Man" by Michael J. Fox.  A biography about the actor and advocate for Parkinson Disease.  It was somewhat interesting too!     ::-)
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Post by: JodiG (MamaG) on March 16, 2014, 12:23 PM
Sadly, I am STILL trying to finish ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth. I swear I'm going to run away from my life until I can finish this book
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Post by: mirrorsandmagicfrogs on March 16, 2014, 12:29 PM
Avalon by Mindee Arnett (YA sci-fi)
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Post by: Shannywriter on March 16, 2014, 03:55 PM
Reading Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. I stole this from the daughter and I love it!
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Post by: olmue on March 16, 2014, 04:25 PM
S (Ship of Theseus), by "VM Straka" aka JJ Abrams & Doug Dorst. I'm not sure the best way to read this thing... (There's the Book of Theseus--which a grad student leaves behind in the library by mistake, found by an undergrad librarian, and they write notes about the book and to each other in its pages. There are several layers of story in the book, and it's a bit like having all your kids talking to you at once, in different languages, and expecting you to answer them.)
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Post by: Betsy on March 17, 2014, 10:59 AM
Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark..

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/max-tegmark/good-morning-inflation-he_b_4976707.html?utm_hp_ref=science (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/max-tegmark/good-morning-inflation-he_b_4976707.html?utm_hp_ref=science)


Today's momentous discovery validates Tegmark's ideas. Here's what some of the implications are:

"Today is a great day for most scientists except multiverse skeptics -- at least in this particular universe. Alex Vilenkin, Andrei Linde, Alan Guth and others have shown that inflation generically predicts a space that is not merely large but infinite, teeming with duplicate copies of our civilization living out countless variations of our lives far far away."

If you have trouble with the idea of infinite copies of you--well, I have to admit that I do too.
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Post by: Pons on March 20, 2014, 10:21 AM
Just finished Water Castle by Megan Blakemore. Elizabeth Bird had short listed it for the Newbery and, although it didn't win, I can see why she liked it so much. It's sci/fi with a touch of Tuck Everlasting plus a treasure hunt. Blakemore weaves all the threads together in a subtle pattern while avoiding cliches that would be so easy to fall into. I liked it.
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Post by: hairaplenty on March 20, 2014, 09:09 PM
Just finished Please Ignore Vera Dietz--Liked the alternating POV and the humor with a pretty gripping story and ending which I didn't guess.
Now reading FanGirl. I like Elanor and Park.
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Post by: jacquelyn.brimley on March 20, 2014, 10:38 PM
I'm just making the rounds at the library and bookstores to digest as many picture books as possible.
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Post by: Writergirl099 on March 22, 2014, 10:43 AM
I'm currently reading The Secret Garden and Cobweb Bride. I'm having an immense time with both.
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Post by: Lwrites on April 08, 2014, 07:53 AM
I just read VANISHED by Sheela Chari. It was a really awesome MG mystery about a possibly-cursed musical instrument (a traditional Indian instrument called a Veena) which is stolen. It's one of the best MG books I've read in quite a while!
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Post by: Pons on April 08, 2014, 01:59 PM
The Year of Billy Miller by Henkes. This book would be a great read aloud for the first or second grade or for parents of first or second graders. I don't think there are many 6 or 7 year-olds who could handle it though, and that is one reason why I like it. I remember reading the Ramona books to my children and how much we enjoyed them. My children were young enough to identify with Ramona but not old enough to read the books on their own. Billy Miller is like that.


It goes against all the advice we hear about making our MC's older than our readers and I'm glad to see the publishing world take a chance on something a little outside the envelop.


Billy Miller also avoids a lot of cliche situations that would have been so easy to fall into as Henkes helps him figure out life and relationships.


Laurel
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Post by: G.R. on April 10, 2014, 04:33 PM
A Week In Winter

Maeve Binchy's last book (barring any future posthumous releases). The heart of the story revolves around a hotel in a small Irish seaside town; the first three chapters lay out the backstories of owner Geraldine "Chicky" Starr and her two employees (business-minded niece Orla and bad-boy-turned-family-man Rigger), while the other seven chapters develop the various characters who would be guests at the hotel during its first week in business: a nurse and her new boyfriend's mother, an American movie star, an English couple reeling from tragedy, a Swedish accountant / musician, a couple who won their hotel stay as a 2nd-place prize in an essay contest, an ill-tempered retired headmistress, and a librarian's assistant. I spoil nothing by saying that the titular holiday will be life-changing for them, but it's sweet to see how different combinations of characters come together, share secrets, bond, make major decisions and so on.
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Post by: rab on April 10, 2014, 06:26 PM
I'm loving The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy, a debut YA novel by Kate Hattemer. Here's the teaser from the back cover: "Can four best freinds and a heroic gerbil save Selwyn Academy from a seedy reality-tv show?" It takes place in an arts high school in which a reality tv show is being filmed. The narrator and his friends are smart and savvy and funny, and the writer has a lot of respect for them. The voice hooked me before the first page was over. Also, it has a great cover.
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Post by: jenklein on April 11, 2014, 07:01 AM
Just got DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige and hoping to crack it open this afternoon. It's a twisted re-telling of OZ and it already has interest in the TV world so I'm excited to get into it.
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Post by: ChristineSarmel on April 11, 2014, 10:52 AM
A book that everyone else has already read and I missed along the way - THE BOOK THIEF.
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Post by: Monica Rondino on April 17, 2014, 03:52 AM
I'm reading Living,Loving and Learning by Leo Buscaglia. Very interesting :)
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Post by: J-Bert on April 18, 2014, 05:21 AM
I just finished PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky, and wow that's a great book. YA, strong characters and voice. In some ways it reminded me of the movie DAZED AND CONFUSED.


I'm also reading MAKING STORY: TWENTY ONE WRITERS ON HOW THEY PLOT. The title pretty much says it all. It's interesting to read different writer's approaches, and it's a good reminder that there's no one way to write a book.
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Post by: LadySlipper on April 18, 2014, 05:42 AM
I'm Re-reading Melina Marchetta's Lumatere trilogy.  (If there is perfect, these are it).  And for the first time--finally, Gone Girl. 
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Post by: Stacy McAnulty on April 18, 2014, 06:23 AM
Just started THE RAVEN BOYS. Loving it so far.

Jenn, I REALLY liked PERKS. So good. I've read most of it twice.

Anyone have a suggestion for male protag books, contemporary YA? I've done all the John Green, WHERE THINGS COME BACK, THE SPECTACULAR NOW, THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING, THE ABSOLUTE TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN, FORGIVE ME LEONARD PEACOCK, A REALLY AWESOME MESS, BREATHING UNDERWATER, and BUSHMAN LIVES.
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Post by: AnneB on April 18, 2014, 09:42 AM
So many of my favorite adult series authors have died, most recently Sue Townsend (the Adrian Mole series). Last week I was thrilled to discover that the late Tony Hillerman's daughter Anne is continuing the his series about Legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Navajo Police officers Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito.  :yay

I'm almost finished Spider Woman's Daughter and can report that it's another good read in the same tradition. If I didn't know it was another author, I might not have noticed; there are subtle differences but they complement rather than detract.
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on April 18, 2014, 09:55 AM
Recently got caught up on a couple of Blueboarders' MGs, THE SECRET OF FERRELL SAVAGE by Jennifer Duddy Gill, and THE MARBLE QUEEN by Stephanie J. Blake. They're both fun reads.

Read GUILT, an adult mystery, by Jonathan Kellerman. I'm rarely disappointed by Kellerman's Alex Delaware series.

Next up: CALL ME AMY, an historical MG by Blueboarder Marcia Strykowski, and the writing text, THE WRITER'S JOURNEY: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler.

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Post by: J-Bert on April 18, 2014, 02:32 PM
Stacy, Have you read Conrad Wesselhoeft? His latest is DIRT BIKES, DRONES, AND OTHER WAYS TO FLY. Matt de la Pena? Chris Crutcher and Walter Dean Myers? Ned Vizzini? I've also heard good things about ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE. KING DORK by Frank Portman.
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Post by: Lwrites on April 19, 2014, 09:50 AM
I am now reading FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE! by Tim Federle. It's a really funny MG book about a kid from a small town who's moved to New York to understudy a major role in his first ever broadway show. (It's the sequel to BETTER NATE THAN EVER.) Sooo fun for anyone who likes books with theater-obsessed main characters!
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Post by: MysteryRobin on April 20, 2014, 12:12 AM
Reading Paper Towns right now - so good! :)
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Post by: olmue on April 24, 2014, 07:50 AM
I've read a bunch of alternate world books lately, which has been fun:

TANDEM, by Anna Jarzab. Two parallel worlds, one ours, one an alternate version of North America. The princess has disappeared (been taken by terrorists) and they're trying to hide that fact. So a guy gets sent to our world to bring her analog back to play the princess, just for a week until things settle down with a neighboring enemy nation. So, scifi thriller intrigue.

THROUGH TO YOU, Emily Hainsworth. Cam's girlfriend Nina was killed in an accident, and Cam's a mess without her. But then he finds a way through to an alternate world at the site of the accident--and in that world, Viv is alive. But things aren't *exactly* as they seem, as a girl named Nina, a friend of that world Cam but unknown to him in our world, is trying to tell him.

CRACKS IN THE KINGDOM, Jaclyn Moriarty (sequel to A CORNER OF WHITE). Probably my favorite of the group, but very strange. The first book is sort of slow at the beginning, and then suddenly you realize you're hooked. And the second book keeps on in the same strange but captivating way. In this one, there's the Kingdom of Cello, where a well liked farm boy named Elliot Baranski lives, and there's the World, where Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge, England. Both have missing fathers (his to terrorists, hers to alcoholism). They find a crack between the worlds accidentally and start exchanging letters. So there's a large epistolary element to it. But then (hm, how to not spoil book 1??) Elliot needs Madeleine's help to find some people lost in the World who belong in Cello. If you are tired of dystopia or just want to cleanse the palate for a few hundred pages, this is a good antidote--it's sort of the exact opposite, while still having some scifi elements.

And then these two that aren't parallel world books, but are still scifi:

AVALON, Mindee Arnett. Bermuda triangles in space. Rogue scientists. Government conspiracies. And fast space ships. Fun. :)

TESLA'S ATTIC, Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman. I have a low tolerance level for overly! quirky! middle grade! Love fantasy, but it's definitely possible to over-quirk your characters in any genre. So I really liked this one because it has just enough quirk and doesn't go overboard. Nick and his family move into their great aunt's house and the attic is full of junk--so they have a garage sale and get rid of it all. Only...it's not actually junk. It all DOES stuff--cool, strange stuff--and it turns out it was invented by Nikola Tesla himself. But bad guys--the Accelerati--are after it all, and Nick and his friends have to outwit them.
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Post by: erinobrien on April 29, 2014, 08:40 AM
I just finished BUD, NOT BUDDY by Christopher Paul Curtis. I loved it. So well-written.

I started A SNICKER OF MAGIC by Natalie Lloyd last night. I've heard such great things about it, and I really like the voice so far.
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Post by: Kell on April 29, 2014, 09:22 AM
Olmue, I also have a bad reaction to overly whimsical, quirky MG. I do like Neil Shusterman and crazy inventions though.

Right now, I'm reading ROOFTOPPERS by Katherine Rundell, gorgeous voice and writing. After being rescued from a shipwreck as an infant floating in a cello case, a 12-year-old and her distracted, scholarly guardian flee to indeterminate historical Paris looking for her mother. I know MysteryRobin is a fan too.
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Post by: olmue on April 29, 2014, 09:32 AM
I liked Rooftoppers, too! And I just started A Snicker of Magic. I stayed up last night to finish Cynthia Lord's latest book, Half a Chance, which I enjoyed. And I'm impatiently waiting on my daughter's book order to come in so I can finish Jennifer Nielsen's False Prince series, plus an Amazon order (hey, I had to buy some replacement razor parts for my son! And of course I had to fill in the order to get free shipping with SOMETHING...) that includes Jennifer Duddy Gill's The Secret of Ferrell Savage, which I have a feeling might make for a fun read aloud.

(I blame the book habit on a genetic disorder, by the way. Photos of my great grandfather circa 1900 show the whole house overtaken by books, and supposedly he bought books like other people do alcohol when given a little extra money.)
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Post by: AnneN on April 30, 2014, 04:04 AM
Oh, I also liked ROOFTOPPERS! It was the star of the children's sections of all the bookstores in England and Scotland (where we drove all the way from Paris for Easter vacation) (driving so we could take our Border Collie to see her ancestral home) ( :) ), and it had an Eiffel Tower on the cover, so really, how could I resist?


In a benevolent version of the universe, ROOFTOPPERS would make everybody want to read more more more books set in a slightly fantastical Paris! Perhaps I should have put CABINET OF EARTHS/BOX OF GARGOYLES bookmarks in all those lovely ROOFTOPPERS. -- but my guerrilla actions always remain imaginary.


I left my e-reader in England, very unfortunately, so I'm scouring the apartment for books to read while I walk the dog. Now rereading Sherlock Holmes with great pleasure. I think that explains my long-winded syntax today. Sorry!!
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Post by: Pons on May 01, 2014, 03:38 PM
Just finished The Secret of Ferrell Savage by our own J. Duddy Gill. Loved it! A great read for a MG girl or boy.
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Post by: olmue on May 01, 2014, 05:31 PM
I just got (and read) Ferrell Savage today, too. Can't wait to read it aloud to my kids. They'll love it. :)

I also read volume 3 of The Dreamer, by Lora Innes. Love that comic. (Modern girl in Boston falls asleep and dreams she's in the Revolutionary War...or is it only a dream?) Meticulous research and a fun premise, plus I'm always blown away by the pretty artwork. One of those people where you sigh and admire and wish you were half as good at visual storytelling as she is.

Earlier I reread Bird by Bird, which I enjoyed even more than the first time I read it. Sometimes it's nice to hear someone else describe the frustrations of writing and know you're not alone. (Especially since she's so FUNNY when she describes it!)
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Post by: erinobrien on May 13, 2014, 05:00 AM
I've been reading like crazy this week! I just read BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE for the first time. What a great book! And I just reread JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH because I couldn't quite remember how it went. I fell in love with that story all over again. I started BIGGER THAN A BREAD BOX last night, and I really like the voice and pacing so far.
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Post by: rab on May 13, 2014, 07:11 AM
Just read e. lockhart's WE WERE LIARS, which is making a big splash. Because I loved THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS so much, I was really looking forward to this one, but while I enjoyed it, I'll admit to a little disappointment and to feeling manipulated. Good, and clever, but not great.

In adult fiction, Adichie's AMERICANAH was brilliant, the kind of book I keep forcing on people so they'll read it and discuss it with me.
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Post by: J-Bert on May 13, 2014, 01:03 PM
I'm finishing up a new middle grade called STEERING TOWARD NORMAL by Rebecca Petruck. Really wonderful read. The main character is in 4-H and his main goal is to raise a champion steer until a classmate is dumped off at his house out of the blue, shaking up everything he thought he knew about his life.
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Post by: G.R. on May 16, 2014, 02:29 PM
I'm finally getting around to Moby-Dick -- I started two weeks ago, and I'm already 40 chapters in (only 95 more to go). Some amusing moments so far, but Lordy, this is going to be a tough slog...




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Post by: AnneB on May 16, 2014, 07:50 PM
GR, keep going with M-D -- it's totally worth it. And you will never again see 2 police cars stopped near one another without thinking, "They're having a gam" (or, if you live in snow country) seeing an ice spade w/o thinking of a flensing knife!
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Post by: olmue on May 17, 2014, 07:05 AM
Just read Last Ape Standing, by Chip Walter. The end of the book has a lot more speculation and a lot fewer solid facts, but most of the book is quite fascinating--about all the different kinds of "human" bones we've found, where they lived, what they were like, and how they interacted with other groups. Plus a lot of fascinating facts about H. sapiens. Did you know that you have as many neurons in your head as there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy? Or how about the fact that 40-85% of a baby/small child's standing metabolism is taken up with brain development? Compared to most other animals, we're born premature, with a lot of development left to be done outside the womb, most of which is braaaaaaains. Then there were the researchers who traced the migration and connection between a group of H. sapiens and another, extinct, kind of "human"--all because of head lice (the hominids died out, but we got their head lice in addition to our own). Or how about mitochondria, which apparently you inherit only from your mother (hence the mitochondrial DNA studies that can trace you only on your matrilineal lines)--I knew about this, but I didn't realize that mitochondria apparently used to be separate one-celled organisms? They have their own DNA, anyway. They can't survive on their own, but they aren't exactly 100% us, either.

SO interesting. The world is infinitely large and infinitely small--and infinitely fascinating!
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Post by: rab on May 18, 2014, 06:28 PM
Listened to Darth Paper Strikes Back on my way home from a book festival. I love those books---so sweet (good always prevails over evil) and of course the Star Wars quotations are brilliant.
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Post by: Andi W. on May 19, 2014, 07:35 AM
THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY by Tracy Holczer.
Lyrical, lush, poetic and poignant. I predict awards for this wonderful book.
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on May 19, 2014, 09:13 AM
Rose, that totally sounds like my kind of book!

I'm rereading (after, um, about 30 years) Paul Scott's RAJ QUARTET, beginning with THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN, about India's gaining of independence from Britain and set between 1942-1947. I'd forgotten how gripping and beautiful it is, and how timely a read it is in view of the diversity issues that have been discussed in the kidlit world over the last several weeks.
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Post by: Debby G on May 27, 2014, 08:08 AM
Recently read WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart, one of my favorite YA authors. It's gorgeously written, a bit creepy, and has a great twist. I loved it.
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Post by: AnneB on June 01, 2014, 05:54 PM
I just finished Terry Lynn Johnson's Ice Dogs and was in TEARS (in a good way) during the final chapters. Many thumbs up. Now I'm going to go back and try to figure out why it worked so well.
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Post by: erinobrien on June 02, 2014, 10:17 AM
I just finished THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate. It's inspired by the true story of a gorilla (Ivan) that spent 27 years in captivity as a mall attraction. The story is narrated by Ivan, who rethinks captivity after a baby elephant is added to the mall. I was in tears while reading the last several pages. It's one of the best books I've read in a long time and sits in my heart next to CHARLOTTE'S WEB.
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Post by: TracyH on June 02, 2014, 12:24 PM
Okay, so I just burst into tears. I'm in the Whatcha reading thread on the Blueboards! A milestone (and thanks so much, Andi, for your kind words).

I'm reading I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson, which I don't think is out quite yet. AMAZING! I mean, I think I might be enjoying it more than THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE. And I'm also reading E. Lockhart's WE WERE LIARS. Oy. Again, so good!
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Post by: AnneB on June 02, 2014, 05:41 PM
*passes out hankies all around*
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Post by: Betsy on June 02, 2014, 11:18 PM
This time of the year, I read mostly adult (fiction and non), but I'm also reading one YA -- ACROSS THE UNIVERSE.  Adult books are DAWN LIGHT by Diane Ackerman (I love her nature writing) and ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doer. I just finished THE BEES, which is like WATERSHIP DOWN with bees.
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Post by: lab on June 03, 2014, 04:21 PM
The Thickety-    J. A. White   
Scary! but a good read.
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Post by: AnneN on June 04, 2014, 01:26 PM
I love the title "THE THICKETY"!

I'm reading an ARC of Garth Nix's CLARIEL. Trying not to gobble it up too fast, but it's hard to resist!
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Post by: Larry on June 04, 2014, 02:33 PM
My oldest daughter is begging me to read Divergent. She won't see the movie with me unless I read the book first. Smart kid, huh? Any thoughts on the book?

Larry
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Post by: Betsy on June 10, 2014, 10:44 AM

Just finished ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr--the best book I've read in years. I'm usually not a huge fan of historical novels, especially long ones, and especially if the historical period is WWII. (Hard for me because I lost members of my family during that war. And there have been so many books, what is there left to say?)

But this is a profound and beautiful book that had me hooked from the beginning. Don't believe me. Read the reviews on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/All-Light-We-Cannot-See-ebook/dp/B00DPM7TIG/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top (http://www.amazon.com/All-Light-We-Cannot-See-ebook/dp/B00DPM7TIG/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top)

The story goes back and forth between two characters, a young boy conscripted (although willingly so) into the German military and a blind girl living in France during the occupation. It also goes back and forth between different time periods. Not YA, but the main characters are both teens.

There's just the hint of a supernatural element. Also love, and how people can create light in the midst of darkness, is a major theme. 
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Post by: Pons on June 17, 2014, 11:15 AM
Just finished KEEPER by Kathi Appelt. I love her prose - simple words, used beautifully, to create a powerful impact. The short chapters kept the book moving, but I think it could have been tightened up. Too many of the 120 chapters repeated themselves. Still it was brilliantly crafted and beautifully written.
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Post by: G.R. on June 20, 2014, 03:54 PM
Finally finished Moby-Dick earlier this month; it left me wiped out for a week afterwards!

Yesterday, I started on Stella Gibbons' considerably lighter Cold Comfort Farm, which I've read once before -- well over a decade ago, after having seen the mid-'90s film version with Kate Beckinsale as Flora (aka "Robert Poste's child"). Flora is a young college-educated Englishwoman who goes to live with some relatives in the Sussex countryside after her parents die; she sets about trying to make their lives better, and hopes her experiences will inspire her to someday write "a novel as good as [Jane Austen's] Persuasion."
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Post by: olmue on June 20, 2014, 05:36 PM
I'm reading Harry Potter, Page to Screen, which is a really cool, full color book on the making of all the HP films. It's COOL. I'm always fascinated with what I can learn from different kinds of storytelling, whether visual arts or film or music or whatever, and it's so interesting to read about how they created the effects and costumes, and the creative choices they made in adapting text to film. When making sets and costumes, so many of the things were "real," not CGI. The detail of it reminded me of when you're writing, the amount of research you can do that may never show up in the book, but which makes the whole thing alive. (I once came up with the genealogy of a family back to 1670, so I can sort of relate to the whole Sirius Black genealogy tapestry... :) )
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Post by: tara-giller on June 23, 2014, 09:15 AM
I just finished Helen Fielding's Mad About the Boy. It's an update on what happened to Bridget Jones. I liked it, even though I was expecting something as light and funny as the earlier books. I would somewhat recommend it.
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Post by: Pons on June 26, 2014, 02:20 PM
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny.  Amazing!
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Post by: jilly-gagnon on June 26, 2014, 02:29 PM
Just (FINALLY) got around to reading "Olive Kitteridge"...and now I'm sad that it's finished.


Sigh. SUCH a good book!
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Post by: randi-revill on June 26, 2014, 02:34 PM
A few weeks ago, I read WASH by Margaret Wrinkle. She did a WONDERFUL job with multiple viewpoints. Very tough subject matter, but beautifully written.


Here's a brief description:

[/size]Richardson, a troubled Revolutionary War veteran, has spent his life fighting not only for his country but also for wealth and status.  But when the pressures of westward expansion and debt threaten to destroy everything he?s built, he embarks on an audacious plan.  He sets Washington, a young man he owns, to work as his breeding sire. [/color]
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on June 26, 2014, 05:35 PM
Tara, want to discuss MAD ABOUT THE BOY on the Book Talk forum? I have a thought or two about it.

I just finished a memoir, MY SALINGER YEAR, by Joanna Rakoff. I gave it a five-star review on Goodreads. A fun read for book lovers, writers, and people interested in book publishing.  :grin3

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Post by: onestepp on June 26, 2014, 07:15 PM
Just finished reading  "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Toulane" - really enjoyed the description in the book and the artwork in color.

Now I'm reading  "The Girls of Atomic City - The Untold Story of The Women Who Helped Win World War II"  - very interesting.
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Post by: tara-giller on June 26, 2014, 07:26 PM
Jilly, I'll second Olive Kitteridge. Amazing writing.

I also finally got around to reading Jhumpa Lahiri's "Interpreter of Maladies". I was blown away by how clearly she can communicate with subtext and mundane events. I thought that each story was just a perfectly tightened piece of art.

And Barbara, I've posted some thoughts on "Mad About the Boy."
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Post by: AnneB on June 26, 2014, 08:30 PM
Barbara, I enjoyed Mad about the Boy a lot. I then went back to read Helen Fielding's first novel, Cause Celeb, a pre-Bridget Jones book about aid workers in famine-struck Africa and the celebrities who adopt the cause for their own purpoases. It was amazing. And probably dropped like a stone when it was published so she went for something more commercial. I suspect she's sending a good chunk of the proceeds from the Bridget bonanza toward famine relief one way or another because it's obviously something she cares about a great deal. I believe she either covered it as a journalist or was an aid worker herself--perhaps both.
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Post by: jilly-gagnon on June 27, 2014, 06:31 AM
I think I have to finally crack open "The Goldfinch" next -- I'm probably the last reading person on earth NOT to!
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Post by: J-Bert on June 27, 2014, 01:20 PM
Jilly, I still have GOLDFINCH waiting for me too. Starting a long book always feels like such a commitment so I drag my feet.


I'm finishing up TALKER 25 by Joshua McCune, and it's fantastic. The book is set in modern-day but in a world where dragons also exist, and there's been an ongoing war between the dragons and the humans. I can't do the story justice by describing it here, but it's a book I would give to any HUNGER GAMES fans.
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Post by: jilly-gagnon on June 27, 2014, 01:40 PM
Oooh, if I finish Goldfinch like a good girl, maybe I can reward myself with Talker 25! Sounds fun!
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Post by: onestepp on June 27, 2014, 06:32 PM
I've read the book Olive Kitteridge, and I didn't care for the book because I thought the stories were somewhat depressing which I don't think added to the nice writing.
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Post by: JodiG (MamaG) on June 28, 2014, 09:33 AM
I am dusting off Flowers for Algernon for a trip back to my teen years. I have a theory that we don't really appreciate the books we were forced to read in school, so I am reading them again to see if I appreciate them more as an adult
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Post by: olmue on June 28, 2014, 09:38 AM
This week I read Shannon Messenger's Keeper of Lost Cities books (first two of a projected trilogy). My 12YO daughter cannot get enough of them--I think she's read them three times! They definitely hit all her hot buttons--fantasy, telepathy, other worlds, conspiracies, flying unicorns, interesting boys on an upper MG level... she was very disappointed to find out that just because a book shows up on line with a cover doesn't mean it's already out. (The last one comes out in November--but hey! That's convenient for her birthday. :) )
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Post by: terrylynn on July 04, 2014, 08:53 AM
I'm on a lucky streak lately picking good books.


How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied by Jess Keating
so funny - loving it!


The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
OMG - LOVED THIS


The Chaos of Stars
Something about Kiersten White's writing, I just love. I think it's the wit. Great read.
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Post by: Pons on July 04, 2014, 11:12 AM
Just read Swindle by Gordon Korman at an 11-year-old's suggestion. Really well done. I couldn't imagine how the author was going to resolve the somewhat troublesome premise, but he did - beautifully.
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Post by: AnneN on July 04, 2014, 12:12 PM
I just read the third book in Kersten Hamilton's Goblin Wars trilogy: WHEN THE STARS THREW DOWN THEIR SPEARS. I really enjoyed it--in fact, it felt almost eerily as if written specifically for me (or as if it came from a parallel universe I thought only I visited regularly): the poems I love best and recite to myself almost every day--are in this book. Songs I grew up singing--are in this book. Madeleine L'Engle is the book's patron saint (I'm guessing), and not even just the L'Engle everyone knows, but perhaps (to guess again) THE YOUNG UNICORNS. Sort of combined with Lewis's THE LAST BATTLE. I just wanted to hang out in the kitchen with these characters and recite poetry with them--but of course they're all busy saving the universe and stuff. :)
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Post by: randi-revill on July 04, 2014, 12:29 PM
Just getting around to reading "If I Stay" and now I'm scared to drive!
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Post by: tara-giller on July 05, 2014, 07:58 AM
I'm reading "Creativity Inc." by Edward Catmull (with Amy Wallace). It's nonfiction about Pixar, and lessons learned over Catmull's experience in running it. I don't read a lot of nonfiction books, or any about business, but I picked this one up because I was curious about creative cultures. It has been a really interesting and inspiring read. Catmull also has a background as a scientist, and as someone who also has scientific training, I like reading about people who see art and science as intertwined. Catmull also really understands the creative process so it's soothing to read from the perspective of someone who gets how scary it is to create something out of nothing and to constantly reshape it until it doesn't suck anymore. I very much recommend it. :)
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on July 05, 2014, 08:19 AM
Reading four at once.
 
THE GOLDFINCH.

HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Allie Brosch (a combination of web comic and blog) - very funny

HONEY, WE BOUGHT AN AIRPLANE by Doreen Graham, mystery with a humorous touch

A BIG, LITTLE LIFE by Dean Koontz (a memoir about his golden retriever, Trixie)

I need the two funny ones to offset the tragedy of THE GOLDFINCH. Because, really, I'm all about the funny.

 
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Post by: J-Bert on July 10, 2014, 10:24 AM
So this isn't a book I'm currently reading, but I read an advanced copy of ALL FOUR STARS by Tara Dairman earlier this year and today is its publication day. You guys--this is SUCH a fantastic middle grade read. Tara is a friend, but I would feel that way regardless. It's described as a "foodie adventure novel", and it's about a young, culinary-obsessed girl who accidentally becomes a restaurant critic for a big New York paper. (And the way she goes about getting this position is funny and pulled off in a believable way.) This is a book both boys and girls would like too. It's fast-paced and funny, and has a classic feel to the writing. Anyway, just wanted to pass on ALL FOUR STARS as a book recommendation!
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Post by: TracyH on July 10, 2014, 10:28 AM
I second J-Bert. All middle grade lovers should definitely read ALL FOUR STARS. It's so fun!
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Post by: Betsy on July 10, 2014, 11:53 AM
Thanks for giving some information about the books you're reading instead of just listing the titles. I see a number that look interesting.

I'd be happy in solitary confinement, if I just had some books. (Do they let you bring books? Probably not.)

I'll just mention one I'm reading: WHAT A PLANT KNOWS by Daniel Chamovitz (Ph.D.in genetics, plus many publications and awards in biosciences). Here's a paragraph from the first page:

"Plants see if you come near them; they know when you stand over them. They even know if you're wearing a blue or red shirt. They know if you've painted your house or if you've moved their pots from one side of the living room to the other."

Of course, he doesn't mean "know" the way we "know," and he's careful to say that. But still..pretty amazing stuff.

And just today, there's a study out saying that plants can hear when caterpillars are crunching on one of their leaves:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/can-plants-hear-study-finds-that-vibrations-prompt-some-to-boost-their-defenses/2014/07/06/8b2455ca-02e8-11e4-8fd0-3a663dfa68ac_story.html (http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/can-plants-hear-study-finds-that-vibrations-prompt-some-to-boost-their-defenses/2014/07/06/8b2455ca-02e8-11e4-8fd0-3a663dfa68ac_story.html)

So be careful what you do and say around your houseplants...and always be kind to your celery.


 :flower


 






 
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Post by: Michelle DP on July 10, 2014, 07:05 PM
I am reading WE ARE NOT EATEN BY YAKS, the first book of the Accidental Adventure series by C. Alexander London. My ten-year-old-daughter-with-the-10th-grade-reading-level-who-hates-to-read loves this book. When I bought it for her off the bargain table at her school's book fair, she complained about the size. Now she is begging me to order the last book in the series so she can finish it this summer. Not only that, but she has started reading other books. She just finished THE HOBBIT. I figured I had to take a look at the book that turned her on to reading in such a big way.

The series chronicles the reluctant adventures of a pair of 11-year-old couch potatoes. In the book I'm reading, they travel to Tibet with their explorer father to search for their mother in the lost city of Shangri-La. The twins have been promised cable TV if they succeed.
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Post by: olmue on July 11, 2014, 08:02 AM
Betsy, that sounds fascinating. My sister (gardener extraordinaire, as opposed to me, who kills house plants by mere proximity), was just telling me that they've discovered plants can "feel." So I need to check that one out!
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on July 11, 2014, 09:26 AM
Betsy, don't you remember The Secret Life of Plants (book and movie) from the 70s? Even Stevie Wonder titled one of his albums Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants.   :music:

Inspired by that, I once read from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass to a dying dwarf orange tree. (It may have enjoyed the poetry, but it died nonetheless).  :whistle
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Post by: Jean Reidy on July 11, 2014, 09:32 AM
Just finished and loved ABSOLUTELY ALMOST by Lisa Graff.
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Post by: tara-giller on July 18, 2014, 06:45 AM
I stayed up way too late finishing Leigh Bardugo's "Ruin and Rising," and I can't stop thinking about it. It, and the rest of "The Grisha Trilogy" really is the best of fantasy with multifaceted characters (and this is an understatement. The characters are so vivid), horribly difficult choices, and an amazing world. Whenever I think about them, there's a new thing to love, from female characters that are just as cocky about their physical appearances as the men, to perfect pacing. I know I'll reread them.
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Post by: Betsy on July 18, 2014, 08:37 AM
I'm enjoying the plant book, but maybe a tad too much chemistry for me. He's careful about being ultra-evidence-based. Still, some amazing facts about plants.

On to animals--I'm also reading ELEPHANT COMPANY: THE INSPIRING STORY OF AN UNLIKELY HERO AND THE ANIMALS WHO HELPED HIM SAVE LIVES IN WORLD WAR II. Lots of interesting facts about elephants--it's getting amazing reviews. (I'll let you know more when I've read more.)

And I also just bought: The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H0V052U/ref=oh_d__o01_details_o01__i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1).


Can you tell I like animals?
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on July 18, 2014, 09:50 AM
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And I also just bought: The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl.

This sounds like my kind of book! But I'm going to wait for the paperback to come out (Nov.).

HYPERBOLE AND A HALF was cute and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny.

A BIG LITTLE LIFE was what you would expect, a memoir of an extraordinary golden retriever.

I started GOLDFINCH but I found I'm not really in the mood for it, so it went back into the pile.

Just finished a MG novel, DREAMER, WISHER, LIAR by Charise Mericle Harper. Fun story with a bit of magical realism. Some of it was predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless. Reminiscent of Rebecca Stead.
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Post by: Betsy on July 18, 2014, 09:53 AM
That golden retriever books does sound fun. I couldn't get into GOLDFINCH either, but it's in the pile.
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Post by: Pons on July 19, 2014, 09:30 AM
I was in our local children's room last week and picked up 21 Balloons and The Grey King. These are both Newbery Award Winners, and although I now want to read the whole The Dark is Rising series, it's hard to imagine 21 Balloons winning the Newbery today. On the other hand, 21 Balloons was my son's favorite childhood book, so maybe this is a difference in taste.
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Post by: Pons on July 25, 2014, 10:57 AM
I'm still reading Newbery Award winners, but not in any particular order.


Just finished Missing May by Cynthia Rylant. It is wonderful. I loved the writing and I loved the story and I loved the fact that it opens with two solid chapters of backstory. Rules can be broken when you know what you're doing.


I also read Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George for the second time. I know children everywhere have loved this book, but I guess I wasn't in the mood to appreciate eating raw meat pulled out of the mouth of a feral wolf who had already chewed it. It's been a hard summer.
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Post by: Ann Gatti on July 27, 2014, 09:25 AM
Currently reading Something Blue by Emily Griffin, and Ever After High by Shanon Hale.
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Post by: olmue on July 27, 2014, 06:06 PM
Lol, Pons. I think you just have to be in the right mood to read about pre-chewed meat.

I recently read and liked Saving Lucas Biggs, by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague (MG with light time travel elements about getting a judge to heal a past hurt and be a less bitter person to save the MC's dad in the present). Also The Eighth Day, by Dianne K. Salerni (MG about a kid who gets an extra day every week, between Wednesday and Thursday, and the other people--good and bad--who do, too. It was handled really well.) Also The Watcher in the Shadows, sequel to The Inquisitor's Apprentice, by Chris Moriarty (MG, a mystery set in 1900 among the NYC Jewish community, plus magic. I'm not Jewish, but my grandparents were Czech New Yorkers, so there is a familiar feel about it to me. Again, nicely done.)
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Post by: randi-revill on July 28, 2014, 06:21 AM
Just getting around to CINDER and The Lunar Chronicles. All I can say is  :wow
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Post by: olmue on August 06, 2014, 08:27 AM
I love the Cinder series. Can't wait for the next one to come out!

Just picked up The Riverman, by Aaron Starmer. I'm only halfway through, but it's good. It's got that kind of voice that sounds like a teenage boy telling you something that really happened to him--just you, mind--he isn't going to blab it to the whole world--but it's in a way that makes you believe him. It's got a spooky factor to it that throws it into the magical realism world. It's exactly the kind of book my 14YO son goes for, so I'm looking forward to him coming home from a canoe trip so I can pass it on. My library shelves it in middle grade, but it's not the kind of MG full of Quirky! Characters! and Bizarre! Situations! that sometimes have a churned-out feeling to them. It's got a lot more weight/heart to it. Like I said, I'm only halfway done, but really enjoying it so far!

ETA: I've finished it. Lovely writing. But as the book goes on, I'm less convinced it's a middle grade. There are some content things that IMO take it past that age--not just oh, my! drinking! or whatever--it's the intensity of the content and not just the content. I don't know that it feels exactly like YA either, though. Sort of a MG/adult hybrid, if there is such a thing? And the ending...I don't think I get it. So if any of you have read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

ETA2: Ah. It looks like it's the first of a trilogy. There's no way you'd know that from just reading the book. The ending just...ends. The problem doesn't feel solved and you're left wondering some key things about the foundation of the world. (Meanwhile, feeling rather unsettled.) But knowing that there is more to the story definitely helps! Book 2 is now on my TBR list...
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Post by: carrots on August 11, 2014, 10:19 AM
I'm love-love-LOVING Donna Gephart's Death by Toilet Paper. This MG is hilarious, of course, but also a touching depiction of poverty, grief, compassion, ingenuity, and grace. Oh, and toilet paper. Lots of toilet paper.


My seven year-old noticed me reading at several points and marveled, "Look at how much Mommy has read! It must be a really good story!" It is. It truly is. I'll be sad when it's over.


(I'd have used the toilet emoticon here, but it showed vomiting and I didn't want to send a mixed message :snork: )


 :carrot :carrot :carrot







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Post by: G.R. on August 11, 2014, 03:13 PM
Currently re-reading John Grisham's A Painted House, which I first read a little over a decade ago around the time it came out in paperback. (Before this, I revisited Austen's Pride & Prejudice, an old fave.)  ;D
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Post by: Pons on August 12, 2014, 10:25 PM
G. R.


I usually like John Grisham, but I just didn't connect with The Painted House. What did I miss?

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Post by: LukeW on August 13, 2014, 02:34 AM
My wife and I are reading The Wheel of Time series. Currently I'm up to book 4. Is kind of slow going but I'm enjoying it. It's been ages since I've read a novel and actually enjoyed it... I was beginning to wonder if I had lost my love of reading.  :studia:
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Post by: olmue on August 13, 2014, 06:25 AM
My son keeps trying to get me to read The Wheel of Time. I am partially motivated by the fact that Brandon Sanderson finished them (I'm a Sanderson fan!). But there are an awful lot of pages to get through before that point, lol. Maybe when I'm snowed in this winter--they seem to be a series you need a lot of time for.
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Post by: G.R. on August 13, 2014, 03:15 PM

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G. R.


I usually like John Grisham, but I just didn't connect with The Painted House. What did I miss?


Since it was his first venture outside the legal thriller genre, I just thought it was an interesting change of pace; and I felt the details about farm life were pretty evocative.

Still, his books tend to be driven more by plot than character development, so in a less plot-driven work like APH it's easier to notice whether or not the characters are well-developed...
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Post by: tara-giller on August 14, 2014, 08:23 AM
Well, I've become one of those people who reads several books at a time... Currently on the list are "On Writing," by Stephen King. Very interesting and already gross. That shouldn't be surprising, but there's an element of horror in some of the anecdotes (I'm thinking of the ear-drum lancing, for anyone who's read it. Ugh).

For my fiction needs, I'm reading Lev Grossman's "The Magicians". I'm loving it so far, it's a fun read, with an element of darkness and an element of absurdity.

I'm also re-reading Leigh Bardugo's "Shadow and Bone," so I can study what makes it so awesome.
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Post by: rab on August 14, 2014, 07:28 PM
Rereading, for the first time in years, The Once and Future King. It still has the power to move me.
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Post by: Pons on August 16, 2014, 01:11 PM
The Arthurian legend just never gets old, but I am amazed how many kids today are unfamiliar with it.
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Post by: Claudine Gueh on August 24, 2014, 07:24 PM
Several good titles mentioned here. I'll check them out right after this post.

Currently reading:
The Stories of Ray Bradbury
Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles
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Post by: J-Bert on August 24, 2014, 08:00 PM
I finished THE GREAT GREENE HEIST by Varian Johnson, which was an excellent middle grade heist adventure. I'm now finishing up an advanced copy of K. A. Holt's RHYME SCHEMER, which pubs in September. A middle grade verse novel from the POV of a bully--highly recommend.
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Post by: G.R. on August 25, 2014, 02:39 PM
Back on my Jane Austen kick, I started rereading Mansfield Park this weekend.
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Post by: AnneB on August 25, 2014, 05:40 PM
G.R., I'm reading Mansfield Park now. It feels a lot s l  o   w    e     r than P&P.
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Post by: G.R. on August 26, 2014, 03:00 PM
:yup It is pretty slow-going.

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Post by: Monica Rondino on August 28, 2014, 10:22 AM
I found in a little book stand a book by John Connolly "the book of lost things". It looks good :)
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on August 28, 2014, 10:39 AM
Rereading, for the first time in years, The Once and Future King. It still has the power to move me.

We joke about the "Suck Fairy" getting at and spoiling books we loved when we were young...but I think The Once and Future King is pretty darned Suck Fairy-proof.
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Post by: erinobrien on September 03, 2014, 05:01 AM
I recently finished PRODIGAL SUMMER by Barbara Kingsolver, which I just loved. I enjoyed how each chapter focused on one of three stories and how each connected in subtle ways. And the overall theme of the book was just beautiful to me.

I also just finished JUDY MOODY WAS IN A MOOD by Megan McDonald. I was curious about this series, and I thought this book was a very fun and lively read. I just started the first book in THE PENDERWICKS series, and I feel like a kid again reading it and wishing that was my summer.
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Post by: olmue on September 03, 2014, 05:42 AM
I love The Penderwicks! There are supposed to be a total of five? books, and we're looking forward to the fourth one. It can not come out soon enough! And Erin, I have to say that I love your avatar! Until recently I lived very near that place, and I miss it ALL THE TIME.

Reading Alcatraz versus the Scrivener's Bone (second in the series) by Brandon Sanderson to my youngest. The other kids have read and loved the series, so even though I'm technically reading to the 6YO, the other kids are listening in. A lot of the jokes are for older kids, anyway, and so it's being a fun family reading event. Love those books. I hope the last book in the series comes out soon.

Recent good reads for me:

My Friend, the Enemy, by Dan Smith. MG, about an English boy who makes friends with a crashed German pilot in the middle of WWII. (He and his friend think that if they help this hurt German kid, then if something happens to their dads/brother, someone else will help them.) I thought the author really caught the feel of the time and place.

Dash, Kirby Larson. This was quite a bit younger MG, but it's also about WWII, about a girl of Japanese descent who has to leave her dog behind when she goes into an internment camp. Inspired by a real girl and her dog.

The Boundless, Kenneth Oppel. Also MG (my library's MG acquisitions lately have been especially good!) This was a fun historical (fantasy?)--a mystery thriller that takes place on the trans-Canada railway, except things like sasquatches are scientifically real. The 3rd-person present tense POV took a little getting used to (I find it very distancing), but it was good.

The Castle Behind Thorns, Merrie Haskell. A retelling of Sleeping Beauty, but with a lot added in to flesh it out. About forgiveness and blacksmithing. Haskell's books always feel very full and fleshed out to me, so I always enjoy her retellings.
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Post by: erinobrien on September 03, 2014, 11:13 AM
olmue--I visited there years ago and STILL think about it all the time. Makes me wish I had been a park ranger :) I can't wait to read all The Penderwicks books, so it's good to hear you've enjoyed them!
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Post by: olmue on September 15, 2014, 07:06 PM
Continuing the string of excellent MG lately--

Dreamwood, Heather Mackey. Totally different plot, but like The Boundless, it's a turn of the century, out west sort of story but with magical things as science. Takes place around Olympia National Park, and has a naturalist bent.

He Laughed with His Other Mouths, MT Anderson. It's the 6th (last??) Pals in Peril book, focused this time on Jasper Dash. I loved this book--yeah, it's totally quirky and metaliterary, but there's heart in it, too. (Plus a lot of ray guns and interstellar portals.)

Greenglass House, by Kate Milford. This is the perfect book to read when you're snowed in. Smugglers! An old (haunted??) hotel in the snow! Treasure-hunters! Mystery! Adventure!
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Post by: onestepp on September 16, 2014, 08:01 AM
Re-read Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice, and Bronte's Withering Heights.
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Post by: LindaB on November 05, 2014, 02:24 PM
 :goldstar

I just finished the One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. It was wonderful! What was even better was interviewing Katherine for an article about her appearance at the Miami Book Fair International.

LindaB
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Post by: Z-cat on November 05, 2014, 06:32 PM
Well, I was reading the first Lockwood and Co. book, and loving it, but today I couldn't find it anywhere in the house. Perhaps the ghosts have escaped and are messing with me.
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Post by: Sean on December 08, 2014, 01:28 PM
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE BROKEN EAR. It was on the buy-for-$0.25 rack at the local library. Having not read any Tintin before but always having wanted to, I picked it up (along with Wells's WAR OF THE WORLDS and THE INVISIBLE MAN, which I'll be getting to in the next few days.  ::-)
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Post by: Betsy on December 08, 2014, 01:50 PM
Can we turn this discussion to possible ALA winners? I'm thinking maybe RAIN REIGN for the Newbery. It's about a "high-functioning autistic" child who's living with a very emotionally damaged father and her attachment to a dog she calls "Rain." It's good, but I still like COUNTING BY SEVENS (also about a girl on the spectrum) better.

Any other candidates? I want to read some of them during the holidays.
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Post by: J-Bert on December 08, 2014, 02:08 PM
Can we turn this discussion to possible ALA winners? I'm thinking maybe RAIN REIGN for the Newbery. It's about a "high-functioning autistic" child who's living with a very emotionally damaged father and her attachment to a dog she calls "Rain." It's good, but I still like COUNTING BY SEVENS (also about a girl on the spectrum) better.

Any other candidates? I want to read some of them during the holidays.

I liked GHOSTS OF TUPELO LANDING by Sheila Turnage. Her THREE TIMES LUCKY won an honor a year or so back, and I thought this sequel was just as good. I also recently finished BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson and I would be shocked if it doesn't get at least an honor. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if it won a Newbery, Printz, and Coretta Scott King. I also greatly enjoyed GREENGLASS HOUSE by Kate Milford. There is only one small thing about the mystery that bothered me, which I want to re-read to double-check about, because it may have been mentioned and I missed it. But regardless, I still thought it was a fantastic book and deserving of an award. I know there are so many other great titles out there that I haven't had a chance to read. I'm curious to hear what others think!
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Post by: olmue on December 08, 2014, 02:20 PM
I haven't read that one, Betsy  (although I did like Counting By Sevens!). It's hard to say what books I've read and loved that qualify (ie that came out this year or are that type of book). Some that *might* show up for middle grade are A Snicker of Magic, Saving Lucas Biggs, The Boundless, My Friend the Enemy, He Laughed with his Other Mouths (yes, it's silly satire, but there's some pathos in that book, too, and satire or not, MT Anderson can write), Greenglass House, The Fourteenth Goldfish, and Egg and Spoon. But I think I'm terrible at picking award books. The books I really love rarely get awards (although sometimes they do, which is always nice!)

I have Brown Girl Dreaming on hold at the library and thus haven't read it yet, but I'm betting that one gets a ton of love.

I don't know if The Cracks in the Kingdom qualifies for a Printz (Australian author, AAL is the US publisher), but I sure did enjoy that book. (It's the second in a trilogy, and I enjoyed it quite a bit more than the first, which I liked to start out with.)

Unrelated to all of this, a book I recently read and loved was Rien Poortvliet's book Noah's Ark. He's a fabulous Dutch animal painter, and his paintings make you want to climb inside. I hadn't read this book before, and was at the library one day, escaping the plumbing pains of my 100YO house, and ran into it. Sometimes you just need the comfort of Good Art, you know? It definitely hit the spot. I think he's also known for gnome pictures, but if you ever get the chance to look at his animal art, do it! It's beautiful. :)
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on December 08, 2014, 04:05 PM
I just finished AUDREY (Cow) by Dan Bar-El. A humorous MG about a cow who, on learning about her fate as a future steak, makes a break for freedom. The style is so unusual. It reads almost like a documentary script, in which about 20 characters--some animal, some human--are interviewed about the Audrey incident. Bar-El does an excellent job of making all 20 voices different. Highly recommend it!  :love5

And, I'd like to add, talking animals rule!!!

:owl  :bunny2  :horse2  :turtlego  :dog2  :cat  :sheep  :bear2
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Post by: Betsy on December 08, 2014, 07:41 PM
Some of these sound really good. I'm making a list. Thanks!
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Post by: olmue on December 28, 2014, 06:50 PM
Okay, people, tell me what you got for holiday gifts that you loved. :) While I still strongly prefer paper, I now have a device for e-books, which means that I can get things via Overdrive that I can't get physically at my library.

So far I've read two books that have really interesting plot structures. Both YA, both fantasy, with historical elements. The first was The Winner's Curse, by Marie Rutowski. It's based on the idea of the Romans conquering the Greeks, and the notion of a highly cultured people being turned into slaves--and what they'll do to regain their freedom. It's got elements of the unreliable narrator in it, but I thought it was handled especially well--I didn't feel tricked as a reader, and both the knowing and the not-knowing parts helped to up the tension. Luckily I have only just read it now (the sequel comes out in March, not in a year).

The other one is The Perilous Sea, by Sherry Thomas (sequel to The Burning Sky). This one tells a story from two different time points (but the same characters). One is maybe six? months later than the other plotline, and one involves the characters being under a memory removal. The series takes place in maybe the late 1800s, mostly at Eton, but somewhat also in the Domain, which is a kingdom of people who can do magic, who are fighting for freedom against the scary Atlantian government. I've always liked historical fantasy, as well as historical books that make the characters nevertheless feel "modern" (at least to their POV), so both of these were quite satisfying.

I've got more on deck, and am of course waiting for my kids to be done with their books so I can ooze in and read them, too. :)
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Post by: Pons on December 30, 2014, 04:48 PM
I liked GHOSTS OF TUPELO LANDING by Sheila Turnage. Her THREE TIMES LUCKY won an honor a year or so back, and I thought this sequel was just as good.

I loved THREE TIMES LUCKY and I think GHOSTS OF TUPELO LANDING is just as good if not better. I've also read A SNICKER OF MAGIC, which was fun, and THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH, which was written really well, but didn't quite pull me in like I had hoped. Reading GOLDFISH once was enough. If I really like a book, I want to read it again. I can read Sheila Turnage's books over and over.

I also read THE THICKETY, which included several nice, unexpected plot turns at the end.
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Post by: LadySlipper on December 30, 2014, 04:52 PM
Wrapping up Marie Lu's Legend trilogy.
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Post by: MVP on December 30, 2014, 08:25 PM
I just finished Hope is a Ferris Wheel, and really enjoyed it. I loved the sentences that the main character writes to practice vocabulary words. Very funny, and a creative way to give us insight into what's going on in her mind. I also thought the ending was very well handled.
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Post by: J-Bert on December 31, 2014, 05:31 AM
I've been reading some advance copies of books that are coming out in 2015, and so far I haven't been disappointed by any of them. BLACKBIRD FLY by Erin Entrada Kelly is a MG about a Filipina girl growing up in Louisianna. Her friends turn on her and she struggles to figure out how and where she fits in. My description isn't doing it justice--it's a more unique book than that. Great read!

I also read THE TROUBLE WITH ANTS by Claudia Mills, which will be the first in a new series for her. Younger MG, about a 4th grade scientist girl who is passionate about studying ants. It's absolutely delightful, and very funny. Brings to mind some of my favorite books from my childhood--Ramona, Anastasia Krupnik, TALES OF A FOURTH-GRADE NOTHING. I don't think this title will be available until fall, but Mills has many other books out (ZERO TOLERANCE; ANNIKA RIZ, MATH WHIZ; MASON DIXON: PET DISASTERS, to name just three) and the ones I've read are also reminiscent of the classic, comical style of Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and Lois Lowry's books so if that's up your alley, I urge you to seek them out. I don't know why Claudia Mills isn't more of a household name by now because her writing is sharp, funny, and charming.

And finally I read SKYSCRAPING by Cordelia Jensen. A YA verse novel about a girl going into her senior year in 1993 New York City when she learns some difficult truths about her family. This is a fast read, and a tear jerker, but I don't want to say more without spoiling anything.
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Post by: zoraida-rivera on January 10, 2015, 08:41 PM
I just finished reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Really liked it. It's about two brothers who run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It's funny, has great dialogue and keeps one guessing about what will happen.

Now I'm reading Voices by Ursula LeGuin. Really admire this fantasy author. She's great.
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Post by: AnneB on January 14, 2015, 06:45 PM
Roomies, by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando. The cover pitch is: two girls, one dorm room, 65 days until they meet. Dual points of view. Both MCs have just graduated from high school, trying to survive their families until they can go away to college. One of the best YA reads in a long time; the characters and situations seemed very real. Wonder if it was marketed as YA or NA?

Regardless, this one along with Meg Cabot's Heather Wells series proves that books set in/around college sell, so here's hoping a few more big names will write MC at this level and open the field to those of you who have trunk novels with 18-20 year old MCs.
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Post by: LadySlipper on January 14, 2015, 07:20 PM
Since last post--added a new book:  Outlanders.  Only 15 years late to the party.  Cheers!
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Post by: rab on January 16, 2015, 06:31 PM
I don't know why Claudia Mills isn't more of a household name by now because her writing is sharp, funny, and charming.

I so agree with you, J-Bert!

I'm reading Laura Ingalls Wilder's PIONEER GIRL: THE ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY, edited by Pamela Smith Hill. As a long time LIW fan, I'm finding it fascinating. I'm in Hill's intro now; haven't yet gotten to Wilder's section, which is, essentially, an early draft, for adults, of what would eventually become the Little House books. The book is beautifully produced---large format, with lots of photos and juicy footnotes.
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Post by: Helen on January 17, 2015, 07:22 AM
The Silent Murders by Mary Miley (Feeding my other writer-self-mystery-writer-wannabe with an added bonus of the Silent Film era.)
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas By Stephanie Barron (One of my favorite combos...Jane Austen, murder, and Christmas...all in one nice read.)
S.M.A.R.T. Goals Made Simple by S.J. Scott (It's a new year. Time to give the old goals the big eagle-eye.)
 :trench
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Post by: LadySlipper on January 17, 2015, 08:47 AM
And after OUTLANDERS, it's onto finishing Stiefvater's Raven Boy's trilogy.
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Post by: JodyJS on January 24, 2015, 06:27 PM
I love mid-grade novels and just finished Gary Schmidt's FIRST BOY. Great story, loved the setting. He's a marvel at giving each character his or her own voice. Now I'm going to reserve his LIZZIE BRIGHT book from the library.
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Post by: LadySlipper on January 25, 2015, 03:25 AM
Had to drop the Raven's Boys for the 2nd book in Diana Galbaldon's Outlander--now I'm reading Dragonfly in Amber.  Also--catching up with my 2013 TBR.  (slow reader?? too many books??)  In a good way.  Cheers!
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Post by: jojocookie on February 04, 2015, 07:04 AM
THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE

by Kat Yeh

MG novel with a voice that fills me with laughter. Can't say enough good things.  :lol3
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Post by: G.R. on February 04, 2015, 09:35 AM
I'm currently halfway through a re-read of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey; while it may lack the character depth of her other works, I'd say it's her most purely funny... :yup

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Post by: writerhoo on February 04, 2015, 09:36 AM
Just finished All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. While it is an adult book, the protagonist is a child as are many of the characters. The writing is so tight and beautiful -- no wonder it is a national book award finalist!
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Post by: JodyJS on February 04, 2015, 10:14 AM
ORDINARY MAGIC by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway. Delightful! About an ord, a person born without magical powers in a world where magic is the norm.
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Post by: Betsy on February 04, 2015, 10:43 AM
Jody--I'm going to take a look at that one.

writerhoo--if you look back a bit on this thread, I read the Doerr book last year. Loved it! Hope it wins.
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Post by: writerhoo on February 04, 2015, 11:05 AM
Sorry Betsy! I missed that. It was a great book!
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Post by: Betsy on February 04, 2015, 11:33 AM
I totally agree.
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Post by: JodyJS on February 04, 2015, 12:23 PM
Enjoy, Betsy!

I'd like to read ALL THE LIGHT, too. Sounds good.
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Post by: Betsy on February 04, 2015, 12:35 PM
It takes place during WWII and has some brutal stuff in it, so it may not be for everyone.
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Post by: rab on February 04, 2015, 01:43 PM
The Doerr book just won an ALEX Award.
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Post by: JodyJS on February 09, 2015, 06:37 PM
I also read these recently: FIRST BOY, Gary Schmidt--loved the setting, the characters, the plot--and THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND, Elizabeth George Speare--great historical piece, loved the diverse characters, the three romances, the oddballs who congregate at the witch's house. Now reading LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY, also Gary Schmidt.
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Post by: onestepp on February 09, 2015, 07:39 PM
I'm reading The Minaturist a book set in Amsterdam about a women who filled her minature dollhouse from her husband with items to make it look like the home she lived in.
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Post by: olmue on February 21, 2015, 07:10 PM
The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. It's middle grade, and really good. My 10YO and I each picked it up just to look at, and ended up reading it straight through. It's about some kids who go away to the country during the London blitz, only the MC, Ada, has to actually run away to do it because she has a club foot and her mother is very abusive and doesn't want to even send her. A lady who doesn't know anything about children and is a bit of a misfit herself gets Ada and her brother Jamie assigned to her, and it's a lovely story of how she peels back the damage and helps these kids have a normal life. I thought the author was particularly gifted at giving us Ada's very ignorant-of-life POV, while at the same time showing the reader what's really going on.

The Paper Magician, Charlie N. Holmberg. It reads like YA, although the characters are slightly older, but it's in that fantasy setting where there's quite a sliding scale of ages it appeals to. It's England around the early 20th century, plus magic. A girl graduates and wants to be a metal magician, but there's a shortage of Folders (paper magicians), so she gets apprenticed to one of those, instead. And once you bond to your material, there's no going back--you can't change. There's mystery and chases with villains, and it's a series.

Crown Duel, Sherwood Smith. Which I have totally read before, but sometimes you need a book "friend." It's another "civilization of the feral child" story, set in a fantasy world.
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Post by: Pons on February 26, 2015, 08:52 AM
Rose, those books sound great and so many others here. Just not enough hours in the day. Sigh.
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on February 26, 2015, 09:14 AM
I'm plowing s-l-o-w-l-y through John Crowley's Little, Big, which is a huge, sprawling (600 pages) fantasy written with the care of a miniature painter.  Gorgeous gorgeous prose, winner of multiple awards, but it is a slow read.  Anyone else tackled it?

And for a break I dashed through The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks which blew me away for different reasons.  I see now why it was so acclaimed.
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Post by: Kate Branden on February 26, 2015, 12:23 PM
I'm reading A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab (the pen name that Victoria Schwab uses when she writes for adults). It's fantastic and addictive.
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Post by: olmue on February 26, 2015, 01:40 PM
I was out of town and had a chance to browse a bookstore last weekend, Kate, and I saw that one. It immediately went on my TBR list. :)
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Post by: JodyJS on February 27, 2015, 09:40 AM
Have you guys read the picture book KID SHERIFF AND THE TERRIBLE TOADS by Bob Shea? Hysterical! Western + dinosaurs. Super fun.
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Post by: Auri Lynn on February 28, 2015, 08:32 PM
Reading Beautiful Creatures. Signed copy by Kami Garcia at the NY15 conference :yay
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Post by: Pons on March 03, 2015, 10:48 AM
And for a break I dashed through The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks which blew me away for different reasons.  I see now why it was so acclaimed.

This is an amazing story. While reading it, I kept wondering How did I never know this before, and how many million other things in life have I taken for granted?

I bought the The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing months ago, but my grown daughter and her friends use my house as a library, so I just got it back and can hardly wait to start it.
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Post by: onestepp on March 05, 2015, 07:50 PM
Read "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and really enjoyed this non-fiction book.  Also, about a year ago the author was in Pgh and gave a nice presentation about her work and self.
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Post by: DoneAndDone on March 06, 2015, 07:04 PM
I'm currently reading Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, and I'm loving it. It's both familiar and like nothing I've ever read, though I can't pinpoint why.
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Post by: Kristine on March 06, 2015, 07:23 PM
I'm reading THE SHADOW THRONE by Jennifer A. Nielsen (last book in the Ascendance Trilogy) (well, more accurately, I'm listening to the audiobook), and I just started Gail Carson Levine's craft book WRITING MAGIC. Both are very enjoyable so far!
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Post by: AnneN on March 07, 2015, 09:41 AM
I just finished Jonathan Stroud's THE WHISPERING SKULL, which I thoroughly enjoyed; am finishing Erika Johansen's THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING (epic-scale fantasy), and have just started C. J. Omololu's THE THIRD TWIN, which scared my own twins so much they had to quit reading it at night.
:)
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Post by: onestepp on March 07, 2015, 08:20 PM
See everyone's reading some good books.  I just picked a book about Madame Tussaud's life - the wax sculpter, and the name of all those wax museums they've opened in the US and abroad.
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Post by: olmue on March 08, 2015, 08:43 AM
I just read PAINLESS, by SA Hazarin (our very own Shirley, who's been a  part of this board since it started!) When I got done, I just sat there and let it linger a moment, it was that good. About a boy who's got the rare condition of CIPA (he doesn't sense pain and temperature, which can be very, very dangerous). His parents dumped him on his grandparents and disappeared years ago, and now it's just his grandmother left. But she has Alzheimer's and is almost gone. And despite the people telling him he needs someone watching him every minute, he's alive--and now he's got to go out and live.
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Post by: DoneAndDone on March 09, 2015, 02:09 PM
I've since moved on to The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. You know, finally getting around to a book recommended to me seven or so years ago...
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Post by: olmue on March 12, 2015, 04:43 PM
My most recent library trip yielded in some good ones! Shannon Hale's latest Princess Academy book (The Forgotten Sisters) was really enjoyable. Also, I can't think of any other books set in a fantasy world based on Lake Titicaca.

I also just read Gordon Korman's latest, Masterminds. In other hands I might not have liked this one as much, but Korman is just very attuned to the kid mind. It doesn't read like a generic TV version of an adult's idea of a kid. It hits straight to the things kids want and think about. Great fun, except that it's the first of a series.
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Post by: Kristine on March 12, 2015, 05:19 PM
I'm on the last legs of Robin McKinley's THE HERO AND THE CROWN, and I think it's safe to say that I'll be reading her other books. Love it!
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Post by: AnneN on March 12, 2015, 05:29 PM
I just finished Shannon Hale's THE FORGOTTEN SISTERS, and enjoyed it very much! I've begun BONE GAP by Laura Ruby and am about to dive into Rachel Hartman's SHADOW SCALE (the SERAPHINA sequel).
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Post by: Mike Jung on March 12, 2015, 08:10 PM
Hey, I'm about to start reading Bone Gap too! STOP COPYING ME, ANNE
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Post by: Pons on March 13, 2015, 08:50 AM
I just finished The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing and loved it. I also read Three Times Lucky and loved that, too. I am so in awe of Sheila Turnage. I'm adding her to my favorite MG authors list - right next to Richard Peck and Louis Sachar.
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Post by: Debby G on March 19, 2015, 10:00 AM
I really liked Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle, about a young teen who takes a bus to NYC to audition for a Broadway play. It's so funny and fast-paced!
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Post by: Vonna on March 19, 2015, 03:00 PM
I recently finished MASTERMINDS, too, and really enjoyed it. I read BETTER NATE THAN EVER as an ARC before it came out and loved it, but I haven't read the sequel. I hope to get started on PAINLESS in the next day or two. Lately I've been on a very odd (for me) run of reading adult nonfiction.
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Post by: AnneB on March 19, 2015, 04:18 PM
The Three-Body Solution, adult SF by Cixin Liu, set during and after the Cultural Revolution. Definitely hard SF but very approachable even for a physics-phobe :hiding like me.
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Post by: olmue on March 21, 2015, 05:38 PM
Masterminds is just the kind of book that my husband and sons will pick up and then I have to go hunt it down. (In fact, my 6YO swiped it. He won't finish before it's due, but maybe we'll check it out again and read it aloud.)

I'm reading Gail Carson Levine's Writing Magic. I've never read it before, but this library has it via Overdrive. Oh! It's just what I need. Not a hard hat area construction book, but one that reminds me of the whole reason to love writing in the first place.
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Post by: RebeccaGAguilar on April 01, 2015, 07:22 AM
Rose,

Offspring has absconded with MASTERMINDS and re-read it twice. Renewing online to avoid overdue library fines... as we speak.
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Post by: Debby G on April 01, 2015, 09:34 AM
I read the sequel to Better Nate Than Ever, called Five, Six, Seven, Nate. Liked it just as much. Such a fun read!
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Post by: olmue on April 11, 2015, 04:41 PM
I finished the newest Penderwick book last night. There are a LOT of characters in that book! Batty had a nice arc in this one (it's "her" book), although I found myself rather ticked at another character. Well, there are supposed to be five books in all, I think, so we'll see what happens when the final one rolls around. :)

Currently reading: The Winner's Crime, by Marie Rutkoski. Ahhh. I have liked her other books (I read the Czech series and then the Shades one), but this series is really good. It's packed with intrigue and interpersonal tension, and has all the feels, definitely.
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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on April 11, 2015, 10:12 PM
Almost done reading a great historical YA novel: Diary of a Waitress, The Not-So-Glamorous Life of a Harvey Girl by Carolyn Meyer. Interesting subject and time period (1926).
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Post by: AnneB on April 12, 2015, 02:13 PM
I have Masterminds on my TBR pile, but I just finished both The Three-Body Problem and Grasshopper Jungle this weekend, and feel the need for a nice quiet book that is NOT about The End of Life as We Know It.
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Post by: LilRonGal on April 15, 2015, 11:47 AM
I'm reading Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I went to the library and it had ALL OF THE BOOKS in the series available for checkout. How often does that happen? So I'm going to plow through the series before the due date on Monday (unless I can renew them).
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Post by: olmue on April 15, 2015, 12:06 PM
Niiiice, LilRonGal. Yes, grab the whole series while you can! :)

Currently reading Shadow Scale (sequel to Rachel Hartman's Seraphina). It's good, although a bit different from the first one (Kiggs is in it almost not at all so far, and I'm halfway through).
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on April 15, 2015, 12:21 PM
Almost finished GIRLS LIKE US by Sheila Webber, adult NF, a triple biography of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. I'm enjoying the 60s nostalgia and am mentally hearing a lot of good songs.

I'm simultaneously reading Nathan Bransford's first in his MG trilogy, JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW. It's a lot of fun.
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Post by: AnneB on April 15, 2015, 06:58 PM
There are TWO books with Girls Like Us as a title? May the tide lift both boats. I just read the one by Gail Giles a couple of months ago. It's post-HS fiction about two girls different disabilities living on their own (uneasy roommates) for the first time.
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Post by: rab on April 17, 2015, 06:53 PM
Loved Jandy Nelson's I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN. Fascinating structure with two narrators, boy and girl twins. The boy narrates from age 13, the girl from age 16, the chapters interspersed with each other. The voices are so compelling and individual. Some of the situations should have felt contrived, but they didn't because the writing was so convincing.
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Post by: G.R. on April 18, 2015, 08:54 AM
I'm almost finished with a re-read of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Great stuff, but Merteuil is such a horrible, horrible character...  :cheesy
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Post by: LilRonGal on April 18, 2015, 04:00 PM
I just started ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven and I'm enjoying it very much. I'm also currently reading UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi. I'm having a harder time with that because it's such an intense book--Juliette is an intense character.

Rab: I liked I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN. Noah's voice was so enjoyable to read. He truly was an artist. 

Ahh, reading is my favorite.

:studia
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Post by: Kell on April 18, 2015, 04:30 PM
Oooh, I need to get Shadow Scale. I meant to request it but I forgot!
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Post by: Betsy on April 20, 2015, 02:22 PM
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, which some of us discussed in this thread, just won a Pulitzer for fiction.
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Post by: LilRonGal on April 20, 2015, 03:10 PM
Finished ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES and had my heart thoroughly broken. Sometimes I feel like an idiot for not seeing certain things coming, OR seeing them and being in denial about it, so when it happens, I get blindsided by ALL THE FEELS.  :cry2 :bluesad

Now I'm reading the other book about bright stuff with post-its on the cover. THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS by Ann Agguire.

And still working on UNRAVEL ME.

Oh and I'll be reading a play this week: TRIBUTE by Bernard Shaw. I have a monologue to work on for my acting class.  :shocked
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Post by: JodyJS on April 20, 2015, 04:38 PM
I just reserved ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, Ellen. Can't wait.

Until then I'm reading and enjoying MILA 2.0, debut novel by Debra Driza. Really fun so far.
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Post by: Betsy on April 20, 2015, 05:32 PM
I'll take a look at MILA. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE is pretty heavy going in places. Short chapters help, but one comment I've seen in several places is that it's too slow moving. For me, the beautiful writing made up for that.

Hope you like it, but you may not.
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Post by: JodyJS on April 20, 2015, 07:14 PM
FYI, MILA 2.0 is on one of our state awards list, so others must have enjoyed it, too.
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Post by: Christine B. on April 22, 2015, 02:32 PM
Recently read Katherine Paterson's memoir, STORIES OF MY LIFE. Wow, I loved it and was so inspired by it!

Now I'm reading THE YEARLING because I've never read it and an author I follow listed it as one of his/her favorite books. (I say his/her because I can't even remember who is was...I think maybe Kate Di Camillo...)
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Post by: Claudine Gueh on April 23, 2015, 08:16 PM
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, which some of us discussed in this thread, just won a Pulitzer for fiction.

I'm ecstatic that it won. There are great books out there but you don't come across one like this often (at least for me).


I'm reading Harriet The Spy.
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Post by: Schriscoe on April 23, 2015, 08:56 PM
A Ring of Endless Light --- the dolphin scenes are truly amazing and helping to serve as a mentor text to my own MG :)

Next up--- WISH GIRL by our very on Nikki Loftin  :goldstar
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Post by: rab on April 24, 2015, 06:32 PM
A Ring of Endless Light --- the dolphin scenes are truly amazing and helping to serve as a mentor text to my own MG

Schriscoe, my copy of that novel is in tatters from being read so often---I love those dolphin scenes, especially. For an equally evocative dolphin book for slightly younger readers, Karen Hesse's THE MUSIC OF DOLPHINS, about a girl raised by dolphins, is worth a read if you don't know it.
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Post by: Schriscoe on April 24, 2015, 08:10 PM
Schriscoe, my copy of that novel is in tatters from being read so often---I love those dolphin scenes, especially. For an equally evocative dolphin book for slightly younger readers, Karen Hesse's THE MUSIC OF DOLPHINS, about a girl raised by dolphins, is worth a read if you don't know it.

Fantastic! Thanks! I just added it to my TBR list :)

I know! Those scenes are so SO wonderful, I hope I can do half as great of a job in my own dolphin book. I have sticky notes all inside it marking them :)
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Post by: venus-brown on April 25, 2015, 07:25 AM
Just downloaded THE BLACK PEARL by Scott O'Dell. (Have to catch up on some classics.) Recently finished MORTAL HEART, book 3 of the HIS FAIR ASSASSIN trilogy by Robin LaFevers. Loved that series!
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Post by: zoraida-rivera on April 26, 2015, 10:36 AM
I'm reading The Wizard of Earthsea. It's the first one of a trilogy. Ursula LeGuin is a great fantasy writer. I also read Gifts and Voices. I hope some of her wisdow rubs on me. At least !%! How she can write short and so intense and profound! If you write fantasy, I suggest you don't forget her.    :love5
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Post by: SarahW on May 21, 2015, 09:35 PM
I'm currently trying to get through Alice In Wonderland, then I'm going to move onto Nobody's Boy. Work my way through the classics, and then read current stuff.

Also checked out Doll Bones and Wondala.

I'm on the hunt mainly for darker classics, particularly ones relatively obscure yet excellent.
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Post by: Helen on May 22, 2015, 05:09 AM
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy....so lovely.  And A Writer's Guide to Persistence. :dogwalk
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Post by: rjkoehn on May 22, 2015, 10:53 AM
I'm reading The Wizard of Earthsea. It's the first one of a trilogy. Ursula LeGuin is a great fantasy writer.

Yes, LeGuin is awesome. I've gone back and read some old chapter books that I somehow missed growing up. Just finished Judy Bloom's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and I plan on checking out a few more by her. Not sure how I missed them growing up.  I have Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird waiting in the wings...
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Post by: venus-brown on May 25, 2015, 07:12 AM
Just finished THE THIEF by Megan Whalen Turner. It's a Newbery Honor Book from 1997 and was reissued in 2009. I LOVED! this book. It's narrated by Gen who claims he can steal anything--yet, he's in prison for doing exactly that. An outsider looking in might think he's a loser, but Gen is the narrator and through his wry sense of humor you just know there's more to him than meets the eye. I won't ruin the story for anyone who hasn't read it, but loved Gen and everything he was up to. Best of all, it had a great ending. Truly satisfying. :-)
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Post by: rab on May 26, 2015, 05:04 PM
Just finished THE THIEF by Megan Whalen Turner. It's a Newbery Honor Book from 1997 and was reissued in 2009. I LOVED! this book. It's narrated by Gen who claims he can steal anything--yet, he's in prison for doing exactly that. An outsider looking in might think he's a loser, but Gen is the narrator and through his wry sense of humor you just know there's more to him than meets the eye. I won't ruin the story for anyone who hasn't read it, but loved Gen and everything he was up to. Best of all, it had a great ending. Truly satisfying. :-)

Venus Brown, you are so lucky! You still have The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia, both starring Gen, and another book starring Sophos still ahead of you. I wish I could read them again for the first (or even tenth!) time.
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Post by: Claudine Gueh on May 26, 2015, 09:43 PM
I'm now reading a middle-grade novel-in-verse, RED BUTTERFLY by A. L. Sonnichsen.
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Post by: olmue on May 30, 2015, 07:07 PM
ROOK, by Sharon Cameron. It's a retro-futuristic (it's the future that now looks like the past??) of The Scarlet Pimpernel. I've read books in this genre that try too hard, but this one makes you feel. I'm enjoying it!
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Post by: onestepp on May 31, 2015, 12:37 PM
Spymistress by Jennifer Chev.  I thought it was an interesting and nice easy to read book of creative non-fiction about a women spy during the Civil War who lived in Virginia, and helped the Union soldiers.
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Post by: venus-brown on May 31, 2015, 04:43 PM
Venus Brown, you are so lucky! You still have The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia, both starring Gen, and another book starring Sophos still ahead of you. I wish I could read them again for the first (or even tenth!) time.

Thanks, rab! I'm glad to hear the rest of the series will be fun, too. Can't wait to dig in!!
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Post by: mariwho on May 31, 2015, 05:29 PM
I just finished GONE GIRL, which I found very entertaining. Next up is EMBER IN THE ASHES.
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Post by: jakjamin on May 31, 2015, 07:08 PM
I'm on a Raymond Chandler binge. Also about to begin the Benedict Society series, finally.
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Post by: rab on June 02, 2015, 06:20 PM
Just finished Sarah Dessen's SAINT ANYTHING. Very satisfying. Her normal romance tropes, but this time the narrator is a good girl whose older brother is in prison and who feels unfairly penalized (not to mention ignored) by her parents because of his problems. My only complaint is the single black character, a mostly uncharacterized sidekick, who feels like a gratuitous addition for the sake of diversity, but who, in the end, only highlights the lack of diversity. Still, if you want to see some masterful story construction (not to mention a compelling read), I'd recommend it.
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Post by: J-Bert on June 13, 2015, 01:09 PM
Rab, I'm glad to hear you liked SAINT ANYTHING. I started that a few weeks ago and couldn't get into it, which was so odd because I normally love her books. I'm going to give it another try now--I had a lot going on when I started it before so maybe that was the problem.

I'm currently in the middle of MOONPENNY ISLAND by Tricia Springstead and I'm really enjoying it a lot.
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Post by: rab on June 14, 2015, 05:20 PM
J-Bert, maybe Dessen's book spoke to me because of my own experiences. There have been a couple of others of hers that I couldn't get into, although in general, I'm a fan (and not just because her dad was a professor of mine!).

Hope you're loving Tricia Springstubb's book---it's on my list, too. As is Book Scavenger!

Currently I'm loving Naomi Novik's first non-Temeraire novel, a very satisfying fantasy called UPROOTED. It could easily have been marketed as YA; the protagonist is a teenaged girl. Her best friend plays a big role, too. The magic is beautifully described, and the pace is breakneck.
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Post by: Claudine Gueh on June 25, 2015, 07:41 PM
I'm reading TELL ME by Joan Bauer. I read her ALMOST HOME and CLOSE TO FAMOUS previously. She writes strong (yet vulnerable) contemporary heroines so well!
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Post by: DebraG on June 25, 2015, 07:49 PM
Just finished Danette Haworth's THE SUMMER OF MOONLIGHT SECRETS. MG. Lovely from cover to cover.
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Post by: G.R. on July 22, 2015, 02:42 PM
Currently re-reading Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff. :yup

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Post by: DebraG on July 22, 2015, 03:13 PM
Will finish Lisa Graff's A Tangle of Knots this evening. Maybe go on to Bone Gap or The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender or Drizzle or wait for The Aviary to arrive from Amazon. So many choices!
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Post by: Mercedes Ortiz on August 01, 2015, 07:33 AM
I'm reading Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit by Corey Olsen. It's very interesting, I'm loving it!  :love5
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Post by: Claudine Gueh on August 02, 2015, 10:10 PM
I'm finally getting to DAVID COPPERFIELD. I try to read a Dickens every one or two years. The last one was GREAT EXPECTATIONS and I read it under giant trees at a park in wintry Australia. It was amazing.
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Post by: olmue on September 03, 2015, 01:47 PM
Just read Illusions of Fate, by Kiersten White. I think it's my favorite book by her. I really like turn of the century historical fantasy mysteries. If you like Jackie Dolamore's books, you might like this one.

Also, Clayton Stone, At Your Service, by our own Ena Jones! Great MG thriller with a very likable main character.
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Post by: Mike Jung on September 03, 2015, 03:23 PM
I'm currently reading Michael Keevak's BECOMING YELLOW: A SHORT HISTORY OF RACIAL THINKING and Lysley Tenorio's MONSTRESS. Next up will probably be Alex Gino's GEORGE.
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Post by: stephanie-lucianovic on September 04, 2015, 07:52 AM
Re-reading Angela Thirkell's HIGH RISING. Just like my rereads of the Maud Hart Lovelace books, I like to cycle through Thirkell's early pre-war, during-war books. Perfect comfort reading during the back-to-school upheavals in my house and soothing when playing the waiting game with pitched mss.

Next will be Katie Coyle's second Vivian Apple book as soon as I can get my hands on it!
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on September 04, 2015, 09:45 AM
Recently read and loved MG spy novel, CLAYTON STONE: At Your Service, by Ena Jones. As Olmue says, the main character is charming, flawed, and very funny.

Currently skimming ASIMOV's GUIDE TO SHAKESPEARE, for research purposes. (DH just happened to have it on the shelf, although he'd never read it.)   :love5
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Post by: stella-michel on September 04, 2015, 02:09 PM
Just finished Life As We Knew It, by Beth Pfeiffer, and Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee. Loved Ophelia, a retelling of the Snow Queen, but found Life As We Knew It grim, as most dystopian novels tend to be (for me, anyhow). Now starting A Night Divided, by Jennifer Nielsen.
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Post by: J-Bert on September 04, 2015, 02:40 PM
I'm reading THE ARCTIC CODE by Matthew Kirby. Very good so far!
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Post by: olmue on September 05, 2015, 12:16 PM
Stella, I'm looking forward to A Night Divided. I read LAWKI just after going through a major ice storm (we got FEMA flyers out of it), and it was all just a bit *too* real to me. I'm not really a fan of grim dystopia, either, but I could definitely tell she'd done her homework (or been through a natural disaster herself), because some of the passages were all too real.

Right now I'm reading an adult memoir called Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America, by Joseph Kim. It's fascinating, about a boy whose life was normal in North Korea until the famine happened, and how he survived basically his whole family and society falling apart. I can't help thinking about all the refugees fleeing war in the middle east right now, and how disorienting it must be to go from a normal life (work, school, routine, family) to having literally nothing, not even basic constant rules of society. I don't know how humans can manage to go through something like that (and very much hope I never have to!)
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Post by: JodyJS on September 11, 2015, 09:46 AM
I recently read KINDRED. It was originally written in the 1970s. It was recommended by my library. A time travel/ante bellum South story. Very good.

Just finished A WITCH'S GUIDE TO COOKING WITH CHILDREN, a retelling of Hansel and Gretel for mid-graders. Hilarious and fun.
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Post by: Marcia on September 11, 2015, 11:30 AM
I've just finished three MG books with good 'boy' voices. Two by Lisa Graff: "Lost in the Sun" and "Absolutely Almost," and "Fort" by Cynthia Defelice.
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Post by: onestepp on September 11, 2015, 03:29 PM
Greggory Maguire's  -  Mirror Mirror a tale of snow white.
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Post by: olmue on September 11, 2015, 06:18 PM
Just finished RJ Anderson's new middle grade, A Pocket Full of Murder. Turn of the century history/fantasy/mystery--so enjoyable!
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Post by: Vonna on September 12, 2015, 04:48 AM
I've just started Katherine Rundell's WOLF WILDER, even though I still have ROOFTOPPERS still sitting unread on my nightstand.
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Post by: DebraG on September 17, 2015, 11:22 AM
Just finished SCUMBLE by Ingrid Law (enjoyed it), which is the follow up to SAVVY, and SWITCH was recently released. Now reading HOLES by Louis Sachar. Someone recommended it for the beginning - jumping right in, minimal backstory.
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Post by: olmue on September 18, 2015, 04:16 AM
Debra, I love Ingrid's books! They're very fun to read aloud, too.

I'm about a third of the way through FIXING MY GAZE, by Susan Barry. My optometrist recommended it. It's the true account of a woman who had strabismus as a child but never developed binocular vision (even though her eyes were surgically treated to look "straight" and each eye has 20/20 vision). Just as we were told with our son who had strabismus, she was told there was a critical period after which the brain can't be plastic anymore, and if you don't fix the binocular vision issue by then (age 9), you are out of luck. Well, neuroscience has come a ways, and it turns out the brain IS plastic in adulthood. And this woman learned to see in 3D at age FIFTY with optometric vision therapy (no, not pseudoscience internet therapy, but basically physical therapy for the brain done by licensed optometrists). I had never heard of this before (like her, my son uses both eyes very rapidly back and forth--but one at a time), and figured my kid would basically never seen in stereo. The book is FASCINATING. She is a neuroscientist and the original article about her was written by Oliver Sacks. Now I'm wondering what else could be solved with brain research. I'd love to know if there's any intersection with this kind of research and say, dyslexia. Completely different causes and phenomena, but both involve visual stimulus and the brain interpreting it. If you do not have stereo vision, I recommend reading this to find out about it!
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Post by: olmue on September 20, 2015, 05:37 PM
Coming back to say that I have FINALLY read A Drowned Maiden's Hair. Wow. That was a good one--creepy without magic. It's a totally different kind of book, but it has that classic MG sense of justice that someone like Eva Ibbotson was also good at.

A YA I can totally recommend is Every Breath, by Ellie Marney. It's a modern mystery set in Australia that's also a nod to Sherlock Holmes. The characters were SO well fleshed out, and the author did a fantastic job of weaving a tight mystery plot together with the various romantic and personal growth arcs. Loved the easy chemistry between the characters--there's a world of difference between an author telling you the characters are attracted to each other based on purely physical reactions, and showing that these people actually KNOW each other, have a complicated history together, by how they interact and read each other. Fair warning, it's a murder mystery (ie blood, if that makes you queasy), and there's some language, but it was really well done.
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Post by: Mercedes Ortiz on September 26, 2015, 05:36 AM
I'm reading Mary Kole's Writing Irresistible Kidlit again. Love it!
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Post by: Debby G on September 26, 2015, 09:37 AM
I read the YA novel All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and really liked it. Though I think I need a break from all the suicide and cancer YA books!
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Post by: rab on September 27, 2015, 07:02 PM
Reading Daniel Jose Older's SHADOWSHAPER, which looks like the break you might need from suicide and cancer books, Debby! YA urban fantasy with a hugely diverse cast of characters. Not far enough along to know how much I'll like it, but the way Older uses dialogue, with lots of slang, lots of nonstandard spellings, and lots of Spanish, is intriguing.
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Post by: LadySlipper on September 28, 2015, 04:52 AM
Chasing Vermeer. Wonderful opening pages.
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Post by: JodyJS on October 08, 2015, 10:55 AM
Laura Amy Schlitz's A DROWNED MAIDEN'S HAIR. It's soooo fun and well-written. MG.
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Post by: Debby G on October 08, 2015, 11:52 AM
I just read the middle grade novel The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovem and loved it. It's about a girl whose father has multiple sclerosis, but it's funny and joyful. The girl, her two older sisters, her mother, and her father are all portrayed as unique, loving individuals.
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Post by: olmue on October 08, 2015, 12:25 PM
I think serious topics are best delivered with a lot of humor. Sounds like that was a good one, Debby.

Just reread Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, by Jordan Sonnenblick. I've read it before, but it's been a while and I have a new library and it was there, so... And man. It's another one of those laughing-all-the-way-except-when-you're-crying books. And even though that is not the genre of most books I write, it left me feeling a bit like, so WHY do I think I can write at all? :)
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Post by: Mike Jung on October 08, 2015, 01:25 PM
I'm in the early stages of Erika Lee's THE MAKING OF ASIAN AMERICA, and next up are Steve Silberman's NEUROTRIBES and Rainbow Rowell's CARRY ON.
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Post by: Debby G on October 08, 2015, 02:35 PM
Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pies is great!
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Post by: Jennifer Derrick on October 13, 2015, 05:46 PM
I'm almost finished with Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld. Really enjoyed it. It's an interesting twist on teen superheroes.
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Post by: Jennifer Derrick on October 14, 2015, 11:21 AM
Just finished Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo last night. It was okay, but kind of disappointing. I had such high hopes after the Grisha trilogy and because this one was set in that same universe. But Six just dragged for me and I didn't really care about any of the characters. Ah, well. On to the next library book...
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Post by: onestepp on October 18, 2015, 11:54 AM
Read the book YELLOW BIRD about the recent war.  I liked it, but it was a little too much for me and I didn't expect the author to have to use foul language.
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Post by: olmue on October 18, 2015, 02:28 PM
Finished The Shepherd's Crown, by Terry Pratchett, last night. It's his last-ever book. *sniff* When a certain beloved character died, I felt like he (Pratchett) was in a way giving an accounting for himself and his life and what he'd done with it.

Also, then I wondered what was wrong with me. He wrote FIVE BOOKS (not including the ones he co-wrote!) between his diagnosis and his death. And here I am, with a full head of healthy brain cells... :)
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Post by: Kell on October 18, 2015, 03:15 PM
Jody, A Drowned Maiden's Hcair is one of my favorites. And I just finished my favorite book of the year (out of 106 read so far): Laura Amy Schlitz's THE HIRED GIRL. Just loved it -- such a wonderful narrator in 14-year-old Joan/Janet, a 1911 farmgirl who joins the household staff of a wealthy Jewish family in Baltimore. Her story shows some shades of her dear Jane Eyre, as well as Anne Shirley. I loved every page and it made me cry an awful lot for such a warm-hearted and optimistic book.
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Post by: Jennifer Derrick on October 22, 2015, 11:49 AM
I just finished The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness. I really enjoyed it. I also finished the new Rick Riordan Norse mythology entry, Sword of Summer. It was good, but I think I liked the original Percy Jackson better. But I liked this one enough that I'll read the next in the series next year.
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Post by: onestepp on October 22, 2015, 05:38 PM
"Riding the Bus with My Sister" finished the book recently, and enjoyed the book very much.  Especially how it was written monthly Jan - Jan.  Also, thought the flashbacks about her childhood were a unique touch.
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Post by: Jennifer Derrick on October 26, 2015, 06:05 AM
Pointe by Brandy Colbert. It was a good realistic YA story, I just wish I hadn't seen the twist coming quite so early.
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Post by: JodyJS on October 26, 2015, 08:41 AM
Jody, A Drowned Maiden's Hcair is one of my favorites. And I just finished my favorite book of the year (out of 106 read so far): Laura Amy Schlitz's THE HIRED GIRL. Just loved it -- such a wonderful narrator in 14-year-old Joan/Janet, a 1911 farmgirl who joins the household staff of a wealthy Jewish family in Baltimore. Her story shows some shades of her dear Jane Eyre, as well as Anne Shirley. I loved every page and it made me cry an awful lot for such a warm-hearted and optimistic book.

Kell, I'm going to have to reserve THE HIRED GIRL from my library. Thanks for the recommendation.

I just finished another goodie, MOONPENNY ISLAND by Tricia Springstubb. Such a great story. Friendships, old and new, family drama, great cast of characters. Someone on another thread said the setting acts like a character in the book, and it's true. It's set on an island in the middle of a lake.
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Post by: Mercedes Ortiz on October 28, 2015, 01:55 PM
The lord of the rings -part I
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Post by: JodyJS on October 31, 2015, 09:09 AM
Just finished THE WAY HOME LOOKS NOW by Wendy Wan-Long Shang. Great baseball-themed book set in the US during the Vietnam war era.

Now on to WHAT HAPPENED ON FOX STREET by Tricia Springstubb.
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Post by: Marcia on November 07, 2015, 10:01 AM
I don't often read a book twice, but as soon as I finished reading The War That Saved My Life, I picked up the audio version and started in again from the beginning--very well done.
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Post by: DebraG on November 07, 2015, 11:19 AM
Ronni Arno's debut MG RUBY REINVENTED. Just started. Great voice and fun.
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Post by: janae-stubbs on November 07, 2015, 04:36 PM
Mustache Baby! My kids love both books. My husband and I laugh out loud. I don't mind reading it over and over. Very enjoyable and the illustrations are fantastic.
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Post by: AnneB on November 07, 2015, 04:38 PM
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming, by Mike Brown, the astronomer who discovered what are now known as dwarf planets.
 :star2
Quite readable for non-specialists; very little math is involved.
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Post by: onestepp on November 15, 2015, 05:20 PM
Just picked up the book "The Girl On The Train" , and also found out that they are making a movie of the book which will be out in 2016.  Happy Reading!
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Post by: rab on November 16, 2015, 03:33 PM
Currently loving THE HIRED GIRL (by Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz) so much that I'm having to slow myself down so I don't swallow it in one gulp. Gorgeous YA historical fiction set in early 20th century America, first rural and then urban, and told in diary format. The main character is very much of her time, believably naive and believably strong. She is definitely someone to root for!
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Post by: terrylynn on November 16, 2015, 05:27 PM
Just finished Goodbye Stranger Rebecca Stead. Enjoyed.

Reading Six of Crows and liking it.

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Post by: AnneB on November 22, 2015, 11:01 AM
Sanctuary, by Jennifer McKissack. Big old house on a Maine island, increasingly weird relatives, 300-year-old secrets, a graveyard...everything you want in a classic gothic mystery and yet it feels fresh and new. 
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Post by: olmue on November 22, 2015, 11:07 AM
Anne, I am dying to read that one. It's on my Christmas list, though, so I'm going to have to wait. Boo.

Just reread Sherry Thomas's first two books in her Elementals series (The Burning Sky, etc.). The last book is out now, too, and I'm looking forward to it. Really well done fantasy where you care about the characters. Especially impressive to me is the author's bio in the back that says she only came to the US at 13, and learned English by reading SFF. It just shows that even foreign languages cannot conquer you when you have the drive to write. :)
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Post by: dewsanddamps on November 22, 2015, 11:28 AM
Finishing an ARC of Emily Henry's THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD (YA, Razorbill, out in Jan. 2016). Henry is a wonderful writer--definitely recommend it. 
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Post by: stella-michel on November 24, 2015, 04:43 AM
Recently finished Ship Breaker, by Paola Bacigalupi, a 2010 Printz Honor book. A little bleak, as dystopian novels tend to be, but i admired his grasp of language and world building. Also read At the Water's Edge, by Sara Gruen, which was excellent (an adult book) and Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo, which was also good though not as good as her last series. Now reading Circus Mirandus. Good so far.
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Post by: JodyJS on January 09, 2016, 09:41 AM
Just finished THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. Great read. Pay attention to chapter titles early on so you know who's talking, or you'll get confused. Not that I know from experience or anything.  :whistle
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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on January 09, 2016, 02:52 PM
I'm currently reading: DEAR GENIUS, The Letters Of Ursula Nordstrom, collected and edited by Leonard S. Marcus - it's really fascinating to see the letters she wrote to authors/illustrators I'm familiar with, especially when I know the books she references!

Recent reads I loved:
PB - THE PRINCESS AND THE PONY by Kate Beaton
MG - SHADOWS OF SHERWOOD by Kekla Magoon
YA - SERPENTINE by Cindy Pon

I kept track of the books I read last year (my first year to do this). It was interesting to look over what I read at the end of the year and to see what types of books I read too. I wrote blog post on on the stats if you're interested:

http://sruble.blogspot.com/2016/01/reading-in-2015-book-stats-and-book.html
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Post by: david-poston on January 09, 2016, 08:59 PM
Revision and Self-Editing for Publication by James Scott Bell.

Have read Writing & Selling the YA Novel by K. L. Going.
Writing Picture Books  by Ann Whitford Paul.
Illustrating Children's Books by Martin Salisbury. Although I have no interest in illustrating children's books, it did show what was involve.
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Post by: zoraida-rivera on January 10, 2016, 11:44 AM
I'm reading Kristi Holl's Writer's First Aid, Book Two. I want to develop better writing habits in this new year.
I'm, also, reading Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul.
I finished reading The House of Djinn, excellent book in the series that includes Shabanu and Haveli.  The author is Suzanne Fisher Staples. She depicts life in Pakistan. Shabanu was a Newbury Honor Book. Love her books.
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Post by: Debby G on January 11, 2016, 08:31 AM
I read Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, a great YA novel about a boy with mental illness. I can see why it won the Printz Award last year.
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Post by: Monica Rondino on February 10, 2016, 03:13 AM
I'm reading Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan :)
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Post by: onestepp on February 10, 2016, 06:40 PM
Just finished "Wildflower" by Mark Seal, and thought it was a very good biography of Joan Root a documentary film maker who lived in Kenya.

Also, our book group just read the book "Blue Thunder"
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Post by: megthered on March 11, 2016, 12:15 PM
I'm reading Beatrice and Benedick by Marina Fiorato. It's the story of the two characters from Shakespeare's  Much Ado About Nothing. Love Shakespeare and it's one of my favorites. This is how they met and a continuation of the story. It's an actual print book, which I rarely buy, so it's special. Now to just find some uninterrupted time.
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Post by: olmue on March 15, 2016, 06:33 AM
SPINNING THORNS, by Anna Sheehan. Ahhh. I've liked all her books, but this one is my favorite. It's primarily a story about pain and revenge and love and redemption, with elements of a couple of fairy tales lodged in the story. I thought the author did a fantastic job with the dual narrative--you, the reader, end up knowing more than the characters, and so you get this lovely tension building without the characters realizing what is about to happen. (Meanwhile they are moving along quite logically and intelligently--just on incomplete information.) It was a breath of fresh air after too many dystopians*, and really well written. I read a LOT of books, but not all of them make me feeeeeeel. This one did.

*Ie it was driven by hope and not desperation, plus set in a place you want to be in and fight for, rather than get the heck out of and fight against.
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Post by: DebraG on March 15, 2016, 06:53 AM
Just finished THE BOUNDLESS by Kenneth Oppel. MG novel. Best part for me was the setting - fascinating, as the world building is almost 100% a journey through the cars on this miles and miles long train, with some fantastical elements and extraordinary detail.
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Post by: Betsy on March 15, 2016, 11:40 AM
Like olmue, I read A LOT of books. Usually a few nonfiction and one or two fiction at any one time. I loved Lauren Oliver's first book BEFORE I FALL, so I started her trilogy DELIRIUM. For me, it just isn't as good. I thought the first book of the trilogy, in particular, was filled with plot holes.

How come second books by the same author seldom measure up to the first book? Is it that, if the author produces a bestseller, the editor goes easy on the second book? Or what? Just curious what you guys think. Has anyone here read DELIRIUM and what did you think of it?
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Post by: mrh on March 15, 2016, 01:35 PM
How come second books by the same author seldom measure up to the first book?

My guess is that being on deadline the second time is a factor.

Also, I'm wondering if putting standalone and series books side by side is a good comparison. Any book can have plot holes, of course, but in series books only the final volume has to finish everything. Sure, each volume should satisfy on its own and have its own arc, but it's just not always as clean. 

Another factor might be the author's mindset. You're scared to death you're a fluke and you know how brutally hard it was the first time and can't believe everything will come together a second time.

I'm thinking, too, there's pressure of a sort to debut with something really strong. It can be hard to top that. And we've heard it said often enough that once you're popular/established, whatever those things actually mean, that you have a little more leeway to do what you want.
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Post by: andracill on March 15, 2016, 01:41 PM
I also read a LOT of books, and I'm often let down by the second book. Sometimes, though, the 2nd book manages to be even better than the first (like with THE TESTING and INDEPENDENT STUDY or THE CONSPIRACY OF US and MAP OF FATES). In the first case, I actually like the final book in the trilogy the least (the third book of the CoU hasn't come out yet). I think it can be pretty challenging to keep the stakes high in a middle book, and all too often, it ends up meandering along (like with Condie's second in THE MATCHED trilogy).
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Post by: olmue on March 15, 2016, 02:50 PM
I wonder how many trilogy books start as a standalone and then get turned into a trilogy? Because you're not supposed to write a series because what if the first doesn't sell and you waste that effort, yadda yadda? But then if you write a standalone and they say, great! Let's make it a trilogy! but you really didn't have that much plot, how do you fill it out without it feeling disjointed? I can think of some high-flying books that were conceived as standalones and were stretched with a lot of editorial enthusiasm, but the plot just wasn't there.

I've only read The Conspiracy of Us, but I'm glad to hear the sequel is even better. I LIKE when that happens. The Colors of Madeleine series (A Corner of White, by Jaclyn Moriarty, is the first) is like that--I really enjoyed the first book, but the second one just got better and better. Hopefully the final one (which comes out this month) keeps on that same trajectory.
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Post by: Brad White on March 15, 2016, 03:01 PM
Just finished the Bird Box. UBER creepy. Like more than a creepy UBER driver. (God help me...it hurts being so clever).

Just started Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Yes, I know, I'm way behind the crowd on this one. Easy, cool kids. Easy.
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Post by: dewsanddamps on March 15, 2016, 11:08 PM
Just read Jen Maschari's THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE. It's a MG about a boy dealing with grief after his mother's death. It's a lovely book--sad, and sometimes a little creepy, but ultimately hopeful. It should appeal to fans of CORALINE.

ETA: I think the issue with second books is sometimes that the first book's characters have lived in your head for years. And then suddenly you need to write something from scratch in four or five months, to give everyone time to read. So it's partly speed of writing, and partly casting wildly about for an idea.
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Post by: andracill on March 16, 2016, 10:49 AM

Just started Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Yes, I know, I'm way behind the crowd on this one. Easy, cool kids. Easy.

I've not read this (so not a cool kid, ha), but do you know there's a movie coming out (Sept, I think)? Tim Burton's handling it...but I will say the trailer looked quirky rather than creepy (and the cover of the book certainly made me think creepy...which is why I didn't read it. :grin3

Katie, I think I'd have trouble writing a second book for the basic reason you list -- they've lived in your head for so long, and honestly, I'd be ready to just give them a break and resolve some tension, already.
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Post by: onestepp on March 16, 2016, 07:05 PM
Someone in our writers group is reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and she is enjoying the book.

I just picked up the book Ahab's Wife a story about Moby Dick from Ahab Wife's it's quite interesting.
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on March 24, 2016, 01:27 PM
DebraG, I just finished THE BOUNDLESS, too. (Historical MG about a train in Canada in the 1880s.) I liked the setting and the characters.

I'm reading FIFTEEN DOGS by Andre Alexi, an adult contemporary fantasy which won the Giller Prize and the Writers' Trust of Canada Award.  So far, I'm enjoying it.
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Post by: Betsy on March 24, 2016, 04:55 PM
Is FIFTEEN DOGS depressing? Some reviews say it is.
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Post by: rab on March 24, 2016, 07:13 PM
Reading Jenny Downham's UNBECOMING and am fascinated by the use of both a teenager and her elderly grandmother's perspectives; I don't remember adults getting to speak in other YA novels. Of course, the adult in question has dementia and is often remember her own teen years.
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Post by: Dionna on March 25, 2016, 08:43 AM
I just finished the ARC of Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes,  a MG about a girl who never heard of 9-11, though her father was a first responder.
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Post by: olmue on March 31, 2016, 06:19 PM
I just (finally--I had to take breaks in between) finished MT Anderson's Symphony for the City of the Dead. So good! Man, the Russians have sure gone through a LOT in the past 100 years. The book is sort of a bio of Dmitri Shostakovich, famous Russian composer of the 20th century, and told with a lot of compassion. (He was constantly under the scrutiny of the government, and sometimes appeared to support them ideologically, to protect his family.) The chapter where they played his symphony in Leningrad made me cry. To do that in a NF book is well, saying something.
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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on April 01, 2016, 03:01 PM
I have been reading a ton of books this year. The last two I read in March were really great MGs by the same author that were companion novels (in the same world, but not a continuation of the same story):

SHOOTING KABUL by N.H. Senzai

SAVING KABUL CORNER by N.H. Senzai

I am so glad I read these books (they'd been on my To Read list for a while, but I hadn't read them yet). Hope they have had and continue to have a wide readership.

Today I read THE GHOST CHILDREN by Eve Bunting - so CREEPY! But in a good way. It's an older book, but still worth putting on your list if you like weird and creepy stories.

I also blogged today about my reading statistics for January - March, and my 10 favorite picture books for 2016 (so far) too - http://sruble.blogspot.com/2016/04/reading-in-2016-book-stats-and.html
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Post by: dewsanddamps on April 01, 2016, 05:33 PM
I read an ARC of Evelyn Skye's debut, THE CROWN'S GAME, which comes out at the beginning of May. I really enjoyed it. It's like a Hunger Games set in imperial Russia, with magic. I think it will have wide appeal, and I hope they make a movie out of it--it's very cinematic and has some scenes that would be gorgeous.
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Post by: olmue on April 01, 2016, 06:56 PM
I've got The Crown's Game on my list--Russia plus magic sounds cool. :)

I also just finished A Tangle of Gold, Jaclyn Moriarty's final book in her Colors of Madeleine series. Ahh. So good! And so strange! :) Seriously, it was quite a satisfying ending to the series.
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Post by: fiona-scarlett on June 09, 2016, 05:43 PM
I've just finished ONE by Sarah Crossan, a YA novel about conjoined twins written in free verse and absolutely beautiful.
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Post by: onestepp on June 09, 2016, 06:17 PM
Just finished The Red Leather Diary an interesting story from a journalist, Lily Kopel who found a diary in a garbage dumpster, met the person, and rewrote the person's diary.
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on June 13, 2016, 05:49 PM
Is anyone else looking forward to the release tomorrow of Daniel O'Malley's STILETTO, the follow-up to THE ROOK (which was just wonderfully silly and creative?)
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Post by: zoraida-rivera on June 14, 2016, 08:26 AM
I'm reading Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass by Meg Medina, a YA novel by a Cuban-American writer. She portrays the latin culture so well. I'm really enjoying it.

I'm, also, reading The Writer's Guide to Fantasy Literature: From Dragon's Lair to Hero's Quest edited by Philip Martin. It's a wonderful book if you want to understand the fantasy genre. It has interviews and gives many examples of what it explains. It's the book I needed to get an overview of this genre I love.
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Post by: Spence on June 14, 2016, 03:01 PM
I'm trying something different. Instead of reading a book straight through, I'm reading 4 books (2 fiction including a YA and 2 nonfiction) at once, sort of like watching episodic weekly TV series if you don't binge-watch one straight through. I read one book for a while, break at a chapter end or other convenient place, then continue where I left off on the next book. Round and round it goes.

I think it helps with my memory.
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Post by: zoraida-rivera on June 16, 2016, 09:01 PM
Spence, I read various books at once. I read non-fiction and fiction. Now I'm reading two non-fiction books about writing and one about spirituality. I'm, also, reading a  novel and a book of folktales!  I like it this way. Whenever I  have a few minutes, I read a few pages.  Good reading to you and all who read this.
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Post by: DebraG on June 17, 2016, 05:39 AM
I finished Dorian Cirrone's MG novel THE FIRST LAST DAY. The writing was smooth and the story flowed well.  I loved how she wove in the magic and people relationships.
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on June 19, 2016, 08:53 PM
Recently finished A SNICKER OF MAGIC by Natalie Lloyd, a highly imaginative and fun MG fantasy.  :sundae

Now reading and enjoying BLACKOUT, a YA by Blueboard moderator, Deena Lipomi. Very intriguing and mysterious, hinting at SF (not sure yet).   :beam
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Post by: rab on June 27, 2016, 06:37 PM
I'm loving Jane Hamilton's THE EXCELLENT LOMBARDS. It's a beautiful example of a child narrator in a coming of age novel written for adults.
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Post by: olmue on July 06, 2016, 08:39 PM
I'm summering with relatives while in between moves, and ahhhhhh, can I just say how LOVELY it is to have library access again? (My last library had tons of empty shelves, but very little in the way of books.) I've been kind of binge reading. Here are some recent reads that I found particularly enjoyable:

My Lady Jane, by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. Soooo fun. A historical fantasy based on King Edward, Lady Jane Grey, Bloody Mary, etc. Except instead of religion being a dividing factor of the time, it's people who can change into animals. And there are tons of sly asides. And well...it's just funny. If you are dying for something light and funny and full of exciting action and romantic comedy, this is a great one!

The Apple Tart of Hope, by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. This YA is just as long as it needs to be, and not any longer. It's about two friends who are maybe more than friends, and about horrible things that can happen to a person's confidence when a cruel person misuses power (also know as bullying), but mostly it's about hope.

Summerlost, by Ally Condie. This MG is my favorite book by her. It's about summer and Shakespeare and dealing with grief. But very hopeful, too.

I'm also rereading The Thief (Megan Whalen Turner) aloud to my almost-8YO. My 18YO has been listening in from the back room, though, and while some things are going over the little brother's head, my oldest is cracking up. Ah. I love reading aloud to my kids! There is nothing else like it.
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Post by: rab on July 10, 2016, 08:56 AM
I'm loving Katie Kennedy's LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA. Yuri and Dovie and Lennon are such wonderfully charming, flawed characters. The sarcastic humor is so much fun---here's a favorite example:
     "Hey, it's the Spockovskii!" Lennon called, splitting his fingers in a Vulcan salute. . . .
    Yuri nodded to Dovie's parents, who were washing the dishes together. "'Skii' is ending for adjectives," he said. "I'm noun."
    "Knowing that is proof you're the Spockovskii."

There are so many great lines I want to write down, but I'm too busy turning pages. No wonder this book is getting starred reviews!

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Post by: Vijaya on July 10, 2016, 01:32 PM
I'm loving Katie Kennedy's LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA. Yuri and Dovie and Lennon are such wonderfully charming, flawed characters. The sarcastic humor is so much fun---here's a favorite example:
     "Hey, it's the Spockovskii!" Lennon called, splitting his fingers in a Vulcan salute. . . .
    Yuri nodded to Dovie's parents, who were washing the dishes together. "'Skii' is ending for adjectives," he said. "I'm noun."
    "Knowing that is proof you're the Spockovskii."

There are so many great lines I want to write down, but I'm too busy turning pages. No wonder this book is getting starred reviews!


Ditto. My kids and I have had a lot of laughs.

Adult read: Jodi Piccoult -- Plain Truth. I've learned more about the Amish than any NF article. Fascinating. Very typical Piccoult where you examine an issue from different angles. I also think she's a superb writer on the sentence level.
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Post by: rab on July 12, 2016, 06:30 PM
Just read a beautiful MG novel: Tricia Springstubb's EVERY SINGLE SECOND. She takes a lot of risks with form and content, and challenges readers, and I think the result is a wise and heartfelt book with a charmingly flawed MC. The book could not feel more timely, as it deals with issues of race, class, and violence, but it also feels timeless. The characters are so compelling, as are the situations, and I stayed up later than I'd planned, unable to stop reading (through my tears). Heartbreaking and lovely, with lots of funny bits, too.
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Post by: alison-ching on July 28, 2016, 05:09 PM
I have just started listening to Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven King on audio, and it is very good so far. Will Patton does the narration, and I like him a lot (he did the narration for another book I listened to earlier this year, Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin, and it was awesome). I've been a big fan of The Raven Cycle, so it'll be interesting to see how it ends!
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Post by: Vijaya on July 28, 2016, 05:50 PM
Read an oldie, set in Medieval England, a Newbery The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli and now I'm reading her autobiography: Butter at the Old Price!!! Lovely. Lovely. And it has illustrations too. What a talented lady.
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Post by: zoraida-rivera on July 31, 2016, 12:30 PM
I read Seesaw Girl recently and really enjoyed it, a multicultural middle grade novel by Linda Sue Park. I really like her novels. Loved A Single Shard.
I, also, recommend Yanqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass by Meg Medina, a young adult novel.
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Post by: Betsy on July 31, 2016, 04:09 PM
Several of you mentioned reading THE LITTLE PRINCE in French. I just finished L'OEIL DU LOUP (The Eye of the Wolf) which is very similar. It's about at the same level (a little harder, but not much), and has the same kind of sweetness and charm. If you're not up to tackling it in French, you can get it in English. It's a great story.  Here's a link:

https://www.amazon.com/Eye-Wolf-Daniel-Pennac/dp/0763618969/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470005725&sr=1-2&keywords=Eye+of+the+wolf

If you want to check out the first part of the story, you can see it as an animated video, here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEjzDjis6Zg






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Post by: Monica Rondino on August 18, 2016, 02:39 AM
Found in a little flea market,I'm reading Roald Dahl "Tales of the Unexpected". Fantastic
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Post by: AnneB on June 13, 2017, 09:35 AM
Bumping this because I've been tidying the boards I moderate and wow, this thread has been inactive too long!

I'm between MG/YA books right now, but in adult-land I'm reading The Other Side of the Story , commercial fiction by Irish author Marian Keyes. She's one of my favorites although I keep having to look up Irish idioms, not all of which turn out to be usable in polite company.

In NF I'm reading The Hunt for Vulcan...and How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe. It's about the 19th century search for Vulcan, a planet hypothesized to orbit between Mercury and the Sun. Einstein proved it could not be there; physics and math were involved so I'm not sure I'll be able to understand why, but it's a short book.

Interesting enough, the planet was rediscovered in 1966, although much farther away than originally thought, in the Beta Quadrant. I'm not far enough into it yet to be sure, but I did a quick skim and  checked the index and there's no mention of this later discovery, which would have been a fascinating ( :whistle ) coda.
:spock
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Post by: Jayca on June 13, 2017, 09:40 AM
I just read the YA novel We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Fantastic read! And now I'm reading Maybe a Fox (MG) by Kathi Appelt. I'm about 1/3 of the way in and really liking it.
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Post by: Schriscoe on June 14, 2017, 05:45 AM
I just finished A RAMBLER STEALS HOME by Carter Higgins and it was a fantastic read! Lots of heart, a little sadness, food, family, and fun. My kind of book!
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Post by: onestepp on June 14, 2017, 06:55 PM
Enemy Woman is a good book about the civil war in Missouri and the Ozarks similar to Cold Mountain.

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Post by: rachel-kolar on June 23, 2017, 04:44 PM
I'm not reading Fairest (the prequel to Cinder) so much as inhaling it . . .
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Post by: G.R. on August 29, 2017, 03:11 PM
This month I've been reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I'm about a third of the way through it -- really enjoying it so far,  even the footnotes. :D  (I saw and liked the miniseries adaptation on BBC America a couple years ago.)
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Post by: onestepp on August 29, 2017, 04:29 PM
Saw and liked the seven episodes I saw on youtube awhile back.  Also, I'm thinking about reading the book.
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Post by: Vijaya on August 29, 2017, 05:21 PM
I just finished A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN and loved it. I'm not surprised it's a classic. It will endure like To Kill a Mockingbird. Oh to write just one book like this! I laughed and I cried and smiled so much.
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Post by: Betsy on August 29, 2017, 05:51 PM
THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES -- nonfiction. Loved it.
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE  -- very funny but with a serious theme
TRESPASSING ON EINSTEIN'S LAWN--nonfiction, physics
HILLBILLY ELEGY -- Just finished it


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Post by: Spence on August 29, 2017, 06:18 PM
Adding to CaroleB's post, I'm between real jobs now. Doesn't that sound more encouraging, like transitioning from job A to job B, than saying I'm looking for new work? Scary!

Anyway I'm reading a steampunk novel Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Mystery. So far, pleased. It's the first of a series.

For those unfamiliar, steampunk usually tales place in Victorian England, but with advanced technology, often based on steam, rather than electrical power. Victorian mannerisms and etiquette are left intact and can be quite charming.
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Post by: Spence on August 29, 2017, 06:38 PM
Betsy, thought you may like this:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/26/opinion/sunday/cure-yourself-of-tree-blindness.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0
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Post by: Betsy on August 31, 2017, 01:14 PM
Ah, nice article! Thank you, Spence.
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Post by: onestepp on August 31, 2017, 03:13 PM
liked the article about trees.  I'm reading The Devil in the White City which is a non-fiction book and going to be made into a movie.
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Post by: olmue on January 11, 2018, 02:23 PM
Let's revive this thread, shall we?

The War I Finally Won, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, is so, so good. It is making me cry in all the right ways. It's the sequel to The War That Saved My Life, which won a Newbery Honor.

It's been a while since I read a book that I felt in my insides like this one.
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Post by: andracill on January 11, 2018, 02:30 PM
Oh, I'll have to look for that. :)

I just finished my first five-star read of 2018 -- The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone (YA contemporary). Great cast of characters, thoughtful and sympathetic narrator, and just a compassionate feel to the story.
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Post by: onestepp on January 11, 2018, 04:21 PM
I finally got around to reading and read The Hillbilly Elegy, too!
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Post by: hairaplenty on January 12, 2018, 03:07 AM
Listening to Allegedly, by Tiffany Jackson. Edgy, contemporary, YA. Really good.  The beginning didn't grab me (felt the voice contrived) but I'm halfway through and really need to know what's going to happen.
Also, reading Wally Lamb's, The Hour I First Believed.
I love reading about what everyone else is reading. Thanks for reviving this thread, Rose.   :hurrah
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Post by: Pons on January 12, 2018, 09:54 AM
Let's revive this thread, shall we?

The War I Finally Won, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, is so, so good. It is making me cry in all the right ways. It's the sequel to The War That Saved My Life, which won a Newbery Honor.

It's been a while since I read a book that I felt in my insides like this one.

I loved The War that Saved My Life. I hope our library has the sequel.
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Post by: Vijaya on January 12, 2018, 10:08 AM
I loved The War that Saved My Life. I hope our library has the sequel.

Me too. Pons, just put in a request for the book. That's what I did and I'm waiting.

I'm still feeling very :xmastree and the book I loved best was Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden.
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Post by: Betsy on January 13, 2018, 06:49 AM
I don't like dystopia either, but I LOVE southern Utah. So I may have to read CROSSED. Or MATCHED.
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Post by: Long Hair on January 15, 2018, 05:47 AM
I'm on  a non-fiction kick right now, but I'm sprinkling in MG as well.  I just finished THE GREATEST KNIGHT: THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF WILLIAM MARSHALL by Thomas Ashbridge and it is amazing! If there was ever a book that needed a movie or mini-series, this is it. I also finished SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART this week, and as always, it was a joy to read. I love Asheville, NC and Biltmore Estate, so it's especially fun for me.  I'm about to start another NF: WAR OF THE ROSES by Dan Jones, I've read him before, and it should be a good follow-up to THE GREATEST KNIGHT.  I'm also about to get a Lauren Magaziner book, not sure which one, but they look wildly entertaining!
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Post by: AnneB on January 15, 2018, 08:15 AM
I was blown away by Bonnie Sue Hitchcock's handling of multiple 1st person POVs in The Smell of Other People's Houses.  It's one of those books I started re-reading a day after I finished it just so I could admire how it was handled.  Another, very different book that handled multiple POV so well was Ruta Sepetys's WWII book, Salt to the Sea.
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Post by: Teresa Writes! on January 15, 2018, 03:14 PM
I'm still feeling very :xmastree and the book I loved best was Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden.
Oh, I LOVE Rumer Godden! I have a copy of HOLLY AND IVY and re-read it just a few weeks ago. I think for me it is going to be a "read this every Christmas" kind of book.  My kids aren't really old enough for it yet, unfortunately.

Right now I am reading a YA novel, ASYLUM. The writing style didn't win me, but it's genuinely creepy. For me this is one of those books you want to read in print form rather than on an e-reader, because of the images.
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Post by: onestepp on January 15, 2018, 04:02 PM
I read J.R. Tolkien Letters to Father Christmas.  The book had the actual letters in their envelopes with artwork.  Enjoyed the book and I thought it was fun to read like you could read it to your small child.
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Post by: dewsanddamps on January 20, 2018, 07:02 PM
I'm reading Frances Hardinge's A FACE LIKE GLASS and enjoying it a great deal--which is good, because it's five hundred pages, I started it last night, and my book group is discussing it on Tuesday.
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Post by: rab on January 26, 2018, 04:37 PM
I just so happened to be rereading, for the billionth time, A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA, when I saw UKL's obit. It made finishing the book especially emotional.
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Post by: onestepp on January 26, 2018, 06:28 PM
 Saw the anime Earthsea by Ghibli studios.    Finished Woman in Cabin in Number 10 liked the mystery and read its going to be a movie, too.
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Post by: hairaplenty on January 27, 2018, 01:25 PM
If you get a chance to read Allegedly, by Tiffany D Jackson, do so. Better yet, listen t it on CD, which was what I did. Riveting. I kept thinking: is this kid going to get a break? And how is this going to end?   :goldstar

Contemporary YA, dark, edgy. Along the lines of The Hate U Give, IMO.
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Post by: Vijaya on January 27, 2018, 04:17 PM
I read J.R. Tolkien Letters to Father Christmas.  The book had the actual letters in their envelopes with artwork.  Enjoyed the book and I thought it was fun to read like you could read it to your small child.

This sounds wonderful.
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Post by: onestepp on January 27, 2018, 05:17 PM
It was wonderful to read.  If you haven't read the book, maybe you could visit your local library and read it to remember what it was like writing letters to Santa and leaving him cookies as a child.
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Post by: Betsy on March 15, 2018, 02:05 PM
I finished HELLO UNIVERSE (Newbery winner) last week. A librarian I know used to say that "all those Newbery books just sit on the shelf and no one ever reads them." This isn't going to be one of those. It features a couple of special needs kids and tackles bullying without being preachy--not an easy thing to do. It also cuts against stereotypes.

Has anyone else read it?   
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Post by: rab on March 18, 2018, 07:53 PM
Betsy, I just read Hello, Universe, too. Interesting use of shifting perspectives---3rd person for a couple of characters' chapters; 1st for another. I agree that it's not preachy, and that it cuts against stereotypes (although the bully, Chet, does seem a bit stereotypical to me; still, I was pleased that he didn't reform by the end).

A new YA in verse I just read is Joy McCullough's Blood Water Paint, about 17th-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Historical fiction can be a hard sell, but this one is not only a tense and compelling read, it feels fresh and speaks to our current moment in terms of gender and power.
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Post by: KathyC on March 19, 2018, 02:17 AM
I LOVE middle grade fantasy. My TBR pile is huge. lol. I re-read the Adventurers Wanted series not too long ago and I've just started Arlo Finch and the Valley of Fire.

 :flowers2
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Post by: Betsy on March 19, 2018, 10:26 AM
Thanks, Kathy and rab...

rab--You're right about the bully. On the other hand, I think the author was walking a fine line, and I was glad she didn't fall into the trap of trying to explain away Chet's behavior --which I'm afraid I would have tried to do if I had written that book.

I'll take a look at Blood, Water, Paint. Sounds interesting.
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Post by: langj01 on March 24, 2018, 04:56 PM
 :new
I'm reading George Orwell's "Burmese Days."  I'm almost done with it and am beginning to put together my summer reading list.  Summer will be here before we know it!
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Post by: onestepp on March 25, 2018, 10:21 AM
Just started reading the fairy-tale The Bear and the Nightingale which does seem like an interesting Russian fairy-tale.
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Post by: Betsy on March 25, 2018, 11:47 AM
I love this thread. But I'd love it even more if some of you would tell why you chose the book you're reading--and what you like and don't like about it. Or at least, a line or two describing what the book is about, so the rest of us can decide if we'd like to read it. Thanks.
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Post by: bridget-grenolds on April 06, 2018, 07:59 PM
I love this thread. But I'd love it even more if some of you would tell why you chose the book you're reading--and what you like and don't like about it. Or at least, a line or two describing what the book is about, so the rest of us can decide if we'd like to read it. Thanks.
I'm currently reading "Inheritance" by Christopher Paolini (4th book in series). It's wonderfully and intelligently written. The world-building is great and the character development is so good that the characters feel as though they are part of my family (it probably helps that the books are rather long).

I've chosen to read the series because I've been reading through my son's fantasy collection while he's at college. For some reason, "the Eragon series" (as I've always called it) never piqued my interest. I blame the movie for that. I'm so glad that my son repeatedly recommended that I give it a shot and that I finally did. The stories are extraordinary!

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Post by: Betsy on April 07, 2018, 08:51 PM
Thanks, Bridget. I'll take a look at that one again. I don't think I ever read Eragon.
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Post by: onestepp on April 08, 2018, 09:14 AM
I did not read the book, but I've  seen the movie Eragon, and it was enjoyable.
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Post by: bridget-grenolds on April 08, 2018, 10:28 AM
I did not read the book, but I've  seen the movie Eragon, and it was enjoyable.

You know what they say about movies based on books: "The book is always better than the movie." When it comes to Eragon, that's at least tenfold.  And, I liked Eldest equally and Brisingr even more (both also read fairly recently).

At nearly 850 pages and intelligently written, I'm tempted to describe my current read, "Inheritance" as a Chris Paolini tome, but it's an enjoyable tome nonetheless. If you like fantasy with all its elves, dwarfs, other fictional characters and creatures, and well-crafted societies with complete histories and belief systems of their own, the Inheritance Cycle should enthrall.
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Post by: onestepp on April 08, 2018, 02:10 PM
Thank you, I'm  not absolutely a big fan of dragons and other things, and I might take a look at the book "Inheritance" since I'm a person who does read.
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Post by: andracill on April 08, 2018, 02:35 PM
If you're interested in science fiction (YA), I'm just starting the third in the Illuminae trilogy. I like this trilogy in part because of the unique formatting -- the entire story is told through gathered 'documents' and recovered files. It's almost like reading a movie (because there aren't long sections explaining the setting or phrases to explain time passing, etc; instead, everything is implied through the dates on the documents, and the reader is part of the action/dialogue). It's an interesting world, as well -- very science-y, though none of it is explained, so it's definitely more for folks who like the science basis without needing to know that it's physically (Physics-ally) possible. ;)
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Post by: Claudine Gueh on April 12, 2018, 09:18 PM
Bought Patricia MacLachlan's THE POET'S DOG (ebook) yesterday. It was on sale and I couldn't pass it up!

Reading OUR MUTUAL FRIEND - very slowly and steadily.
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Post by: AnneB on April 24, 2018, 08:04 PM
Not if I Save You First, by Ally Carter. YA suspense, set mainly in Alaska although it starts in Washington, DC.

Older MG or  younger YA. It has been months since I've liked a book this much, and generally I'm not fond of suspense (life's scary enough without reading about it, for crying out loud). But I thought worked on a lot of levels.
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Post by: andracill on April 25, 2018, 10:20 AM
"Not if I Save You First, by Ally Carter. YA suspense, set mainly in Alaska although it starts in Washington, DC. " I just read this too. :) I liked the adventure feel, and as a fan of Carter's books (despite the somewhat emotionally immature MCs she often creates), I really enjoyed it. It isn't super suspenseful (but then, I like adult suspense/thrillers, and those are pretty intense sometimes), but it's definitely entertaining and a quick read, I thought.
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Post by: Betsy on April 26, 2018, 09:25 AM
Andracill--thank you so much for telling a bit about "Not if I Save You First" by Ally Carter.  It helps so much when posters on this board give a few details about the book they're reading.
 
You definitely piqued my interest.
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Post by: Vijaya on April 27, 2018, 05:28 AM
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis. Lovedlovedloved this for it's brilliance. There are so many PBs about the wonder in our backyards, but Ellis is so original and funny! A book to study and enjoy and share. Reviewed on my blog with a couple more adult books.
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Post by: Betsy on April 28, 2018, 08:58 AM
Thanks, Vijaya. I love funny and original.
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Post by: Pons on April 28, 2018, 09:10 AM
Just finished The Book Scavenger by our own J-Bert  (otherwise known as Jennifer Chambliss Bertram), and I know I liked it, because I kept ignoring things on my Must-Get-Done List so I could keep reading. Always a good sign. The books, the history, the puzzles, San Francisco - there are lots of things to like about this book, but one of my favorites was the relationship between the MC and her older brother. It wasn't problem free, but it wasn't all problems either. It fell much more realistically and attractively in between.
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Post by: Betsy on April 29, 2018, 12:39 PM
Thanks so much, Pons!

That really gives a sense of the book. Sounds like a good one.
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Post by: AnneB on May 26, 2018, 05:35 PM
The Way You Make Me Feel, by Maurene Goo. Clara Shin pushes a joke too far and nearly burns down her school. Her dad sentences her to a summer working on his Korean-Brazilian fusion food truck in order to pay for the damage; what's worse, the parents of the other person [unwillingly] involved in the prank has to work there as well.

Non-memorable title (although it does reflect the theme), but a  terrific book--and I speak as a very jaded  reader of YA. I could not  wait to see what happened next and I am very sad the library is closed for the long Memorial Day weekend because I want to read her debut as well.

Also, I'm now lusting for pastéis  but alas, I seem to be in a food desert as far as Brazilian food-truck fare goes in southeatern Wisconsin.  Upscale roasted meats, sure, but no street food :(
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Post by: Vijaya on May 26, 2018, 05:51 PM
Anne, that sounds sooooo good. And we are partial to food trucks since Max worked at Dashi (Asian+Latin) last summer.
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Post by: onestepp on May 30, 2018, 05:07 PM
Like the Book Scavenger hunt idea, and I'll have to look those up.


Also, I'm reading The Tenth Gift about a women who received an old needlepoint book, and it contained a diary of a woman captured by the Barbary pirates in the 1600's. 
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Post by: onestepp on June 19, 2018, 06:41 AM
Finally, picked up the book by Anthony Doerr  All The Light We Cannot See. about how World War II affected   a few people in different places and it comes together in today's world.  Also,  it is interestingly written even from a blind girl's point of view at times, too.
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Post by: faygie-holt on June 19, 2018, 07:35 AM
The Book Scavenger is on my book shelf just waiting to be read ... once I finish The Explorers: The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress.
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Post by: Pons on June 19, 2018, 08:13 AM
Sheeesh! I want to read all of the books mentioned - like right now.  :)  I hope our library has at least some of them. I love hearing all the recommendations. Thanks.
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Post by: andracill on June 19, 2018, 08:19 AM
Anne, I have The Way You Make Me Feel sitting in my TBR -- very excited!

Last week, I finally read the third installment in the Unplugged trilogy -- The Mind Virus, by Donna Freitas. Freitas is one of my auto-buy authors, and I *loved* the premise of these books. They're set in the future of our world where everyone is addicted to their devices, so someone comes up with a way to 'plug in' to the virtual world full-time. Bodies are left as shells while their minds are in this other world...then the story begins with the MC deciding she wants to leave the virtual world when she turns 17 (the first time they get that opportunity) and what goes on from there. It's a really intriguing look at the danger of technology and the power of addiction -- and what it means to really *live*.

I thought the first one was the best, with the last coming in a close second. The middle book, as often happens, added some glue to the whole world-building idea, but it was a little slow for me, with only the beginning and the end really as engaging as the other two books in the trilogy. Still, I'd definitely recommend the trilogy to anyone who finds our dependency on technology interesting (or alarming).
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Post by: olmue on June 19, 2018, 10:23 AM
I just read The Secret of Nightingale Wood, by Lucy Strange. Middle grade, about a girl whose parents are dealing with a little ptsd shortly after WWI, and the scary approach to mental health issues some people had at the time. It was well done and the girl was quite sympathetic.
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Post by: carrots on June 19, 2018, 11:07 AM
From the "oldie but goodie" file, I'm reading - for the fourth time - In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden. Set in the 50s-60s, it follows the journey of Philippa Talbot, a 40-something business executive from London, who leaves her job - and everything else - to become a cloistered Benedictine nun. This novel is painstakingly researched and reads like a mystery. (I'm told there's a movie, but can't quite warm up to the idea of seeing someone else's interpretation of these characters I hold so dear...)
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Post by: Betsy on June 19, 2018, 12:34 PM
I know what you mean, Carrots. I also have a problem with movie versions of dearly loved books.
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Post by: Pons on June 19, 2018, 01:35 PM
I know what you mean, Carrots. I also have a problem with movie versions of dearly loved books.

This novel is painstakingly researched and reads like a mystery. (I'm told there's a movie, but can't quite warm up to the idea of seeing someone else's interpretation of these characters I hold so dear...)
I know what you mean. Sometimes it works out, but often not. I dearly love the Inspector Gamache series of mysteries by Louise Penny, but didn't last more than five minutes with a movie version on television. The people I was watching on screen were strangers to me.

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Post by: Vijaya on June 19, 2018, 02:45 PM
Oooh, House of Brede has been mentioned a couple of times. I must take a look.

I have two new adult books both set in SC: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. Really enjoying it--it's based on the children that were literally stolen from poor parents and adopted by wealthy ones. There are two main storylines and I find that the past storyline of the children is much more gripping than the modern day investigation. The other is Sue Monk Kidd's Invention of Wings. She's such a terrific storyteller.
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Post by: onestepp on June 19, 2018, 03:29 PM
Read Sue Monk Kidd's Invention of Wings and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.  I'm also thinking of reading Before We Were Yours because of the intriguing cover of the book with the two girls who were sitting on suitcases on a deserted road.  Thanks for the information, too.
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Post by: Vijaya on June 19, 2018, 06:19 PM
I do remember you mentioning it on Gatz's thread. Love books that I can eat up!
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Post by: olmue on June 19, 2018, 07:43 PM
I also just read Yeonmi Park's memoir In Order to Live. It's adult, but considering she's barely in her 20s and it's about her escape from North Korea as a teenager, it sorta counts, right? Whenever I'm having a bad day, I'm going to remind myself of her story, because nothing I have ever gone through comes close to the experiences she's had. From growing up in famine times in North Korea, to "escaping" into China--by way of human traffickers--to finally receiving defector status and citizenship in South Korea--where they have to teach refugees simple things like how modern toilets work and what an ATM card is--she's had a wild ride so far. She's about five years older than my oldest kid, and reading about her childhood is like reading about someone living before electricity was invented. And we live on the same planet.
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Post by: rab on June 22, 2018, 06:13 PM
Carrots, I'm a fan of In this House of Brede, too (although I've only read it twice---maybe read #3 is about to happen). I just read Tommy Orange's adult debut, There There. 12 different narrators, all of them Native Americans somehow connected to Oakland, CA, and all of them heading for a pow-wow. It's a beautiful but brutal book. I also read Aja Gabel's adult debut, The Ensemble, which was a fascinating look at a professional string quartet and their shifting relationships over the years. I learned a lot about musicians from it. 
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Post by: onestepp on June 22, 2018, 06:59 PM
Vijaya   Yes I thoroughly enjoyed The invention of wings.  I like books that make you feel like you're on an adventure especially history with a ring of truth, too, and I don't like to eat books or the words in them.  I think they're to be savored more so because ever since I was little I enjoyed the adventurous characters like Peter Rabbit and Curious George more than the others.   
Title: Re: Re: Whatcha reading?
Post by: zoraida-rivera on June 25, 2018, 05:49 AM
Reading Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.  It's historical fiction and won a Newberry in 2011. Nice reading.  I like how she  weaves past and present so well.  Next in line Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. She has a unique voice and she handles difficult themes so well!
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Post by: Vijaya on June 25, 2018, 06:15 AM
Onestep, I finished INVENTION yesterday, at the beach on Sullivan's Island (where many of the slave ships from Africa came through). Perfect setting. As to eating and savoring--this is why I am a re-reader. I've ordered my own copy.

Zoraida, loved Moon and pretty much everything Kate diCamillo writes.
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Post by: zoraida-rivera on June 25, 2018, 06:32 AM
So many great books out there!  Reading a lot of picture books, too!   Are you in Goodreads? 
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Post by: Vijaya on June 25, 2018, 10:34 AM
I know, Zoraida. There won't be enough time for all the great books but I'm always so thankful when I discover new authors.
Not on Goodreads. But I do post many, many books reviews on my blog. There's just so many online things I can do.

Title: Re: Whatcha reading?
Post by: jodyjl on June 25, 2018, 11:52 AM
I am reading CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi. I am not usually a fan of fantasy, and I mostly read MG, but I heard Tomi speak about her book on NPR and so I bought it. It is difficult to put down!

Anyone else read this?

Zoraida, I loved Moon over Manifest and Raymie Nightingale. Great choices.

Jody
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Post by: zoraida-rivera on June 25, 2018, 05:38 PM
 CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi sounds interesting.  I looked it up. I write fantasy. There's this thread between fantasy and reality that I love.  I love books by Ursula K. LeGuin. She's a genius in this genre or was,  but she lives on in her books.
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Post by: jodyjl on June 25, 2018, 06:25 PM
I've heard CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE being marketed as a combination of Black Panther and Hunger Games. I would agree with those comparisons. It's very engaging.

I have never read any Ursula LeGuin, but I should. She was from my hometown of Portland, Oregon!!! This city was distraught when she passed. My husband loves her books. He's a fantasy guy.

Jody
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Post by: zoraida-rivera on June 25, 2018, 07:19 PM
Jody, 

Portland, Oregon is a mystery to me.  Thanks for sharing those details. 
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Post by: jodyjl on June 25, 2018, 07:24 PM
Zoraida,

Portland, Oregon is a mystery to many of us who live here and have lived here for many years. LOL.

But I love this city.

Jody

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Post by: zoraida-rivera on June 25, 2018, 08:21 PM
You made me laugh, Jody.  So I decided to follow you on twitter.  Now I see that we have school in common. I worked as a teacher and counselor.  And now writing!   

I, also, see my twitter handle doesn´t appear here. I must change that.  It´s  @Z_RiveraMorales, just in case.
Title: Re: Re: Whatcha reading?
Post by: olmue on June 26, 2018, 07:08 AM
I'm now on The Girl with Seven Names, by Hyeonseo Lee (another book about a girl who escaped from North Korea, interestingly from the same home town as the last one.) It's really good so far.

Also reading the fifth and final Penderwick book.
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Post by: Ev on June 26, 2018, 01:15 PM
I just finished reading  THE STAIRCASE OF FIRE by Ben Woodard over the weekend. It's a YA historical novel set in the 1920's about a boy coming of age. It's suspenseful and at times heartbreaking, dealing with the racial tensions of the times. The MC Tom is trying to outrun his demons (at a younger age he had accidentally caused his baby sister's death) and, in the process, makes some poor choices.

I thought it was well-done, although my husband didn't like that at the end, the reader is left to envision what comes next. The book deals with some tough ethical dilemmas, such as what you do when the needs of different people you love call you to different courses of action.

This is the third book in a trilogy, but I thought it stood by itself okay. If you're looking for something for YA boys I would especially recommend it.


Edited to correct my stupid error in the title. Duh!
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Post by: andracill on June 26, 2018, 03:50 PM
I received an ARC in the mail (one of the PW specials) that I read yesterday (the day it arrived). It's LIES, by TM Logan, and I thought it was nicely written with good flow and pacing. It was definitely creepy (in the sense that you can feel the noose tightening). It's a thriller about a man who discovers his wife has been lying to him, and at the same time, someone else in their life is trying to frame him. I really wondered a number of times how it would turn out. It comes out in September, I believe (though it's already published in the UK).
Title: Re: Re: Whatcha reading?
Post by: jodyjl on June 26, 2018, 10:09 PM
You made me laugh, Jody.  So I decided to follow you on twitter.  Now I see that we have school in common. I worked as a teacher and counselor.  And now writing!   

I, also, see my twitter handle doesn´t appear here. I must change that.  It´s  @Z_RiveraMorales, just in case.


I followed you back, Zoraida! I'm not surprised that so many children and young adult writers are or once were teachers and counselors!

Jody
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Post by: erinobrien on June 29, 2018, 11:31 AM
I am dipping my toes back on the BB after staying away far too long. This post seemed like a happy place to start!

I just finished THE DRY by Jane Harper. I couldn't put it down. The setting--a small town in Australia experiencing a terrible drought--was a character of its own. The story centers around a federal agent returning home after the tragic death of his childhood friend, and the investigation reveals a lot about the town itself. It's very well done and kept me guessing until the end.

Next up is HANNAH COULTER by Wendell Berry.
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Post by: andracill on June 29, 2018, 12:24 PM
Erin, THE DRY sounds really interesting -- I'm going to put it on hold at the library. :)

I just finished Karen Robards' MOSCOW DECEPTION, the second in a trilogy (I'm assuming, since it had a cliff hanger). It was as action-packed as the first, and I like her writing style (romantic suspense is the genre). The MC has a 'normal' life, but she's also a master thief...
Title: Re: Whatcha reading?
Post by: onestepp on June 29, 2018, 04:44 PM
Read Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, but I didn't like much.  There's a stream of water that surrounds the small town that the book refers to all the happenings through the nearby water. 

I, also, am going to have to read the book The Dry other people I've met have enjoyed and suggested it, too.
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Post by: Debbie Vilardi on June 29, 2018, 08:23 PM
I'm reading Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand. It's a potential comp for my MG. So far, I like the interplay between reality and fantasy--it may be an alternate reality, but I'm not convinced.

You're all making me wish I had more time to read.
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Post by: G.R. on July 29, 2018, 02:12 PM
This summer I've been reading Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE as Told by Its Stars, Writers and Guests, by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales (originally released in 2002, updated and expanded ahead of the show's 40th anniversary in 2014).

As a longtime SNL fan -- since I started watching in the late '80s-early '90s (I'm about halfway through the book now, up to the 1990-95 period, so most of what I've read about so far was before my time) -- I think it's pretty fascinating and funny stuff. So far I haven't been too shocked or disappointed about who was doing what (or whom), or who wasn't getting along or whatever; I've even found the various moments of conflicting accounts (which are bound to come up in the "oral history" format) more amusing than maddening.   ::-)
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Post by: andracill on August 17, 2018, 12:34 PM
I just finished reading She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell. I enjoyed its quiet (ha) intensity, and though the story unfolded a little on the slow side, I thought the insights into the various characters was fascinating. It's also a chilling tale because of the narcissism involved -- easy to see from the reader POV, but many of the characters only see one facet and miss it. I think some people don't like that kind of reveal (when the reader knows more than the narrator(s)), but I didn't mind it here.

This is a suspense/mystery which takes place at a boarding school, with the majority of the tension between twin sisters and their adult advisors -- you know from the get-go that one of the twins is murdered, but you don't find out which one until about 2/3 through...then it's waiting to see if the murderer will be caught (it's not really a mystery who it is -- just if the person will be caught before more are killed). I'd say it's more of a psychological suspense than anything else.
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Post by: Claudine Gueh on August 17, 2018, 08:52 PM
This is a suspense/mystery which takes place at a boarding school, with the majority of the tension between twin sisters and their adult advisors -- you know from the get-go that one of the twins is murdered, but you don't find out which one until about 2/3 through...then it's waiting to see if the murderer will be caught (it's not really a mystery who it is -- just if the person will be caught before more are killed). I'd say it's more of a psychological suspense than anything else.

Wow, this sounds like one of those chilling Japanese or Korean thriller films. I'm intrigued now!
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Post by: onestepp on August 18, 2018, 03:34 PM
Read a PB about Ada Lovelace and her love of math as one of the earlier woman mathematicians, and I'm reading "The Enchantress of Numbers" novel by Jennifer Cheveiliar about the same woman. 
Title: Re: Re: Whatcha reading?
Post by: onestepp on August 30, 2018, 08:44 AM
I just started "The Rosie Project" a humorous story about a professor who decided it's time to find a wife.