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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.
#61 - April 20, 2012, 03:29 PM
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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.

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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
#63 - April 20, 2012, 05:34 PM
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Sarum by Rutherford. Pretty amazing.
#64 - April 21, 2012, 08:24 AM

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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.
#65 - April 21, 2012, 01:18 PM

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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!
#66 - April 22, 2012, 03:37 AM
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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....
#67 - April 22, 2012, 08:55 AM
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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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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. :)
#69 - April 22, 2012, 09:43 AM

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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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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
#71 - April 22, 2012, 06:45 PM
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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.
#72 - April 22, 2012, 07:04 PM

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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 
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#73 - April 23, 2012, 04:37 AM

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Just finished The Duff by Kody Keplinger (I loved it!). Next up: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows.
#74 - April 24, 2012, 09:41 AM

Just finished Siobhan Vivian's THE LIST and it was fantastic.  I love her writing so much.  Complex, beautifully realistic characters.  Recommend!
#75 - April 24, 2012, 06:00 PM
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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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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.

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#77 - April 25, 2012, 07:11 AM

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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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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.
#79 - April 25, 2012, 11:46 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:
#80 - April 26, 2012, 11:13 AM

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I just read WONDER by the pen-named R.J. Palacio and thought it was great.
#81 - April 26, 2012, 11:43 AM
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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.
#82 - April 27, 2012, 07:03 AM
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Just finished Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. Great book.
#83 - April 27, 2012, 07:12 AM

Every lovely thing you've heard about THE FAULT IN OUR STARS -- True.
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Just finished Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin. So good! Want to read the next book now!
#85 - April 27, 2012, 11:39 AM
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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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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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Just finished Graceling. I thought it was super good.
#88 - May 05, 2012, 04:33 PM

Read Wake by Lisa McMann today.  Loved it.
#89 - May 05, 2012, 10:22 PM

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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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