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And my books completed at the time of transfer:
1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I've decided that, until I'm tired of doing it, I'll re-read this series annually. I began on January 1st in 2008, but now that I'm in school, I began during my holiday break to allow for at least partial completion before classes begin again.
2. Foundling by D.M. Cornish
If the entire series is as engaging as this first novel, it will be one I happily follow. Rossamund is a likable enough main character, but it is in the supporting cast and the creation of the Half-Continent that D.M. Cornish truly shines.
Without too heavy a hand, the author weaves definitions, customs, and facts from this new world into the story, giving readers the opportunity to absorb the information rather than expecting us to recall slews of terms from the moment of their introduction. The comprehensive appendices provide supplementary insight to what is found in the book as well as a well-arranged glossary of terms, should one escape you during the telling of the tale.
The characters with whom Rossamund interacts, from the staff at the foundlingery where the story begins to the creatures he meets on his journey to the new folks we meet at the end who are bound to be important in book two of the series, are all brilliantly crafted and utterly lifelike. They propel the story effortlessly, providing Rossamund with ample opportunities for adventure.
The story has themes to appeal to juvenile and YA readers, but the writing is not simplified for such an audience. I highly recommend this book to youth at or above middle-school level; it may be somewhat challenging to younger readers, but the grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary will set a beautiful example for early reader/writers.
3. The Little Prince
WHY DIDN'T ANYONE EVER TELL ME THIS BOOK WOULD MAKE ME CRY?????
Beautiful. I can't believe I waited this long to read it.
*wanders over to the recommended site improvements group*
4. Marked. This series was recommended by a friend whose taste in books is usually pretty close to mine. Part of me wishes I'd waited to pick up the whole series until I could find them at a used bookstore, but hey, everyone needs a little brain candy now and again :)
Definitely chick-lit of the teen variety, with the added vampyre theme. A fluffy and speedy read, and actually not badly written, if you can forgive the over-the-top use of teen slang; it is, after all, written about teens, and co-authored by one.
And funnily enough, I have lost The Book of Lost Things - but deliberately. I loaned it to a friend from work :)
Thanks for reminding me, though; I need to go mark it as Loaned in my library!
Read for class, but will likely get second volume out of curiosity. While not always superbly eloquent, Riverbend is certainly engaging, and forces us to revisit our perception of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Recommended for current event buffs and those who, like me, need a first-person account to make history make sense.
You know, this is probably my least favorite of the series, and I don't think I realized it until this reading. It just doesn't seem to be as well-written, and certainly doesn't justify its own length in the way I remember the last few doing. We shall see how I feel about them in the coming weeks, as I continue through the series...
A cute YA story, and one I would have loved twenty years ago. Not particularly unique or creative within the genre, but a fun quick read nonetheless.
I reread this since we started watching the film the other night. I adore Roald Dahl for his children's and adult works; definitely one of the cleverest and most talented writers of our time.
I just read this last year, but had to re-read it because I discovered a signed first edition at Borderlands yesterday... Yay, retail therapy post-oral-surgery!
I can't say whether you need to know at least Ender's Game to appreciate this short story, but I would imagine it would be helpful in appreciating the extreme nature of the isolation at battle school, which is central to the plot. As with all of the writing Orson Scott Card has done circa Ender's time in battle school, my only real qualm is that there isn't more of it.
I like the Enders series so shall keep an eye out for this one.
Have you read Ender in Exile yet? I really enjoyed that one, too.
One of the books that bugged me more the first couple of times through because of Harry's angsty teen drama, but this time I focused more on the Order, the adults - particularly Dumbledore and McGonagall - and found it much more illuminating. I feel like we learned quite a bit about the main students' characters in book 3, and felt book 4 was a bit of a waste of time (sorry, JKR!), and this one was where we learned enough about the profs and parents/guardians to feel some deeper connection with each of them, just in time for everyone to be in real danger. It's also where we begin to see into Snape's past, and are given more reason to believe Dumbledore's got the measure of him perhaps, after all.
(trying not to spoil Order pf the Phoenix for whoever hasn't read it so I won't say who it was)
♦ My favorites are the ones you mentioned - the last three - but in no particular order
♦ Then the fourth
♦ And then the first three in no particular order
Edited to add that my least favorite is, I think, Chamber of Secrets. Though I've rated all of them 5 stars because I perceive them as a whole.
Prisoner of Azkaban
Order of the Phoenix
Chamber of Secrets
Goblet of Fire
This is the only one that's made me actually cry on this series read. I got a little stingy-eyeballed during a couple of spots in earlier ones, but no tears until the last few chapters here.
I've been slacking - school and Animal Crossing and in-laws' visit have stunted my reading for the last month or so, but I've just been introduced to http://librivox.org, and am listening to Herland at work for a school book review. Yay, getting paid to do homework!
Thus completes the 2008-9 HP series read.
Nothing in the entire series makes me cry as hard as when Dobby dies.
I think I blubbered my way across the living room muttering something incoherent about hating JKR and who does she think she is and *mumble mumble mumble*...
I liked the idea, the story was well told (when it was actually being told), and the characters were great fun.
***** Possibly Spoiler-ish *****
It may be simply because I read the Harry Potter books first, and I'm not going to check publication dates and blah blah blah, but first, the "Alivened" thing seemed an obvious ripoff of horcruxes. At any rate, the premise was far better developed by JKR.
Also, it seemed to me that the last page or two contained a (very) thinly veiled dig at the HP books which, sorry Sanderson, you haven't got the literary cohones to pull off.
I felt like Sanderson's style was a bit too self-involved, and that the asides, references to the author/narrator connection, and other "clever" bits were not only too frequent, but overblown. I feel like if I met this guy in a bar, I'd roll my eyes and walk away before he could complete his first "See how witty I am" pickup line.
On the other hand, the book wasn't badly written - I just don't care for his style. I'm glad I didn't get the next book in the series in hardcover, but I'll probably pick it up when it comes out in paperback.
I will take note of his other works, though, and possibly check one out. I try not to bail on authors after one book if I feel like they have potential!
5/5 stars, and then some.
I really don't know what I can say about this book that I haven't said before, and even though many of you probably haven't heard me go on about it, I always feel a little guilty when I do, because it's not a book for everyone, though I wish everyone had to read it just once.
This book changed my life, quite literally, and quite dramatically, the first time I read it.
It has continued to do so on different levels and in more intricate ways each time I've read it since.
I chose the session of English comp I'm taking this semester based primarily on the professor's inclusion of this work on her required reading list. I haven't been disappointed.
If you want to know more about it than you can learn from descriptions or reviews, I'll happily talk (and talk, and talk, and talk) about it - just drop me a line here or on my profile.
Even better than the first book, Mull really begins to flesh out the characters and expand on his fantasy world and its interaction with the world we know. It had been several months since I'd read the first book, and I was really pleased with the way Mull inserted his reminders about the previous summer's events - not too much like the sorts of reintro you always got in Nancy Drew books or, hate to say it, like I sometimes feel we get in the first chapter or so of Harry Potter books.
Already started the third book with high expectations :)
These books continue to improve as the series progresses. Mull's writing is compelling, and his storylines a good blend of lore and original themes. Usually by a third book, I begin feeling a certain formulaic quality to a series, particularly in juvenile fiction, but it's not gotten to the eyeroll stage yet; here's hoping it doesn't :)
A beautifully told tale of family, pride, and self-discovery, Serendipity is a story that successfully follows the lives of several women without falling into the dreaded "chick lit" category. Juxtaposing past and present, mother and daughter, New Haven and New York City, this series of vignettes lets us into the hearts and minds of a web of characters, each one unique, each one engagingly developed through the eyes of the others.
This story was the first in a long time to compel me to read it in its entirety in a day; the prose wasn't over the top, the characters were realistic, and the desire to learn more grew with each new perspective. I'll definitely be reading others of Shaffer's works, in the hopes that they are each as well-crafted as this one.
I loved the first three books in this series. They were fun, clever, and well written. The fourth book is something else entirely. Something far better.
It's as though Mull went from being a very talented storyteller to being a novelist in the time between Shadow Plague and Dragon Sanctuary. His prose is more mature, his characters more complete, his story lines deeper, than in the previous books. What makes this a true success is that those things were never lacking in the first place; he simply improved upon traits of the series that were already great to make them exceptional.
This may be the best book I have ever read.
I'm not really sure where to begin. Not sure if I can right now. More than the story, the writing itself is indescribably enchanting. The way Zuzak demands the attention of your senses, creates characters you feel certain you've met, weaves humanity into the most inhumane of events... Incomparable.
Now I'm nervous to try again. What if I still can't read it!
And this, folks, is why I rarely give up on any author, particularly one writing out of his or her standard genre, after a single try!
Brandon Sanderson has created a mystical world that effortlessly envelops his reader. His prose is eloquent without being stuffy, and his characters' voices are very well developed, so that no matter how many new friends or foes are brought into the fracas, it is simple to keep track of names, alliances, and actions.
Only a single item had me puzzled, though it was one I noticed right away and kept track of from the first mention. I will likely re-read this series in a couple of years, so I'll be on the watch for this singular potential inconsistency. It certainly wasn't enough to really distract from the book, but because of his well-crafted definitions and introductions of other pieces of his world that are not of our own, it stood out.
Overall, Sanderson has a gift for capturing the nuances of character, and for action that engages both mind and body. His style isn't such that you feel hurtled toward the end, but it is compelling enough that I often had to stop myself jumping to the next dialogue to see what was coming. A very strong start to a series; I'm greatly looking forward to the sequels.
What a great start to the series! A breezy read with great characters, The Lightning Thief was fun, fast-paced, and well-conceived. The mythology refresher was enough to get the back stories for some of the kids' alliances, without giving so much history as to be drawn-out stories that detracted from the main plot. With quirky plot twists, a light environmentalist theme, and no saccharine result to Percy's parentage discovery, this was, overall, a very satisfying book that has prompted me to move right along to the second in the series with only enough time in between to update my reading challenge thread :)
I'll link to the blog in my future posts when I update both at the same time; the blog will likely have more in-depth thoughts on the books I read, and I will save any spoiler-ridden discussion for over there, as well (with warnings and a cut or a jump).
I'm also looking for others to add to my blogroll, so be sure to drop your URL if you swing on by!
A familiar story but a book I'd never read, the tale of Peter Pan is a delicious one indeed. Barrie's conversational tone with his reader makes it feel like a bedtime story being related by an eccentric uncle, one who relishes making small children squeal with terror when the pirates are closing in. Adulthood never seems so devastating as when you realize the price you must pay for it, and without any hand in the decision making; oh, to be gay, and innocent, and heartless forever.
Another fun jaunt with Percy and Annabeth, this time working to save Camp Half-Blood from the monsters who are free to attack now that someone has poisoned its magical borders, and to rescue Grover from his crafty captor, the (thankfully) mostly-blind Cyclops who happens to be in possession of the one thing that can save the camp.
Each Percy Jackson adventure is swiftly paced, action packed, and cleverly told, and whole books feel like chapters in an epic tale rather than complete novels on their own. Certainly, if I didn't have the next books when I completed one, I would feel like I was being given the story in installments! I'm always thrilled to find a new series to read, and even more so when the series is complete and there is no year-or-more-long wait for subsequent volumes.
While the books in the Percy Jackson series don't seem to increase in complexity or profundity like some authors' works tend to do over time, they don't lose any of their charm, either, as we follow Percy and his friends on adventure after adventure. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud funny moments, moral and ethical dilemmas, and dynamic battles, and we are left with Riordan's now customary cliffhanger ending - good thing I went and bought books 4, 5, and The Demigod Files last night!
Flossie, yes, Percy's scope was decidedly American. I would have liked some diversity among the campers, at least, if not the locations visited on their adventures.
27. The Demigod Files, Rick Riordan. A cute supplement to the series; nothing integral, but some fun insight into some of the minor characters.
28. Lamplighter. D.M. Cornish
I have to give it to this guy - the creation of a whole world cannot be an easy task, and the thoroughness with which Cornish accomplishes it is to be commended. The second book in particular is a tome, but the stories are intriguing, and the characters truly lifelike even in their utterly unearthly circumstances. The cliffhanger ending is oft employed, but you can usually see it coming; with the thick appendices at the end of this volume, I thought surely it couldn't be the end but ------ ! Now, the next chapter of Rossamund Bookchild's life must wait until it's written. I shall look forward to it!
Lorie, I'm so glad someone else has read them; I'd never heard of them when I picked Lamplighter up as a clearance remainder at Borders, and I was pretty surprised at how little mainstream attention D.M. Cornish has gotten. Granted, his prose is pretty heavy-handed for a young adult audience, which is probably what most people think is the target because of the age of the protagonist, but I think it's more appropriate for adult fantasy fans because of the actual writing.
Hm, I hate to end a series read on a sour note, but I think I found this to be the least inspired of the books in the Percy Jackson series. A big part of that may simply be that I read it after reading so many other YA fantasy series, and some of the premises are typical to the genre. However, I did feel as though a few key points were a bit too reminiscent of those in a certain very popular series about a certain other protagonist coming of age and facing a final battle.
I can only imagine that creating characters and prose that grow with your readers is something for which few adults have a natural talent. That being said, I enjoyed these books immensely for what they were: easy, engaging reads, with simple but well turned out plots, with characters to whom most readers can relate on some level. I may pick up others of Riordan's novels to see if his adult books are as vastly superior writing-wise as Brandon Sanderson's adult novels are in comparison to Alcatraz.
I first read Gilman's short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper," and was captivated by it, and by her. Herland, the story of three young men who find themselves in a country that has been devoid of males for some two thousand years, is nearly a century old and still strikingly applicable in modern day society. It's only a hundred and forty-some pages in the Dover Thrift, and a swift read - highly recommended for anyone with an anthropological/sociological bent, or feminist/women's activism interests.
Marianne Kirby has been a LiveJournal friend of mine for several years, since I saw a photo shoot of her with long braids, a lacy black bra and panties set, a couple of fresh limes, and a coy smile. Doesn't sound like a big deal (unless you have a citrus fetish), but here's what really got me - she's fat. Not like, a little pudgy. Fat, like 5'4", and three hundred pounds. Fat like me.
And she was HOT.
If that weren't enough, she was also quirky, funny, and damn smart. After following her writing for a while, I knew it wouldn't be long before she got a book deal if that's what she wanted, and the result is every bit as good as her LiveJournal and her fat activist blog, The Rotund, led me to believe it would be.
The first few chapters of the book are full of true laugh-out-loud moments. If you're familiar with either Kate's or Marianne's online personality, you can often tell whose words you're reading. It's like sitting down for a late lunch with your best girlfriends, with pitchers of margaritas kept full at all times.
Like that same late lunch where, once a few margaritas have been thrown back and the lighthearted catching up is out of the way, you get into the real nitty gritty of what's going on in your lives, the book takes a turn for the more intense in the last third or so. I felt truly overwhelmed by much of what was discussed in the last few chapters in particular, and upon finishing, I wanted to go immediately back and begin again, annotating as I went.
This is not just an anti-diet book. This is not just a fat-positive book. This is not just a feminist book. This is a couple of best friends whispering everything you need to hear about your value as a person, in black and white in front of your face. You know that scene in Good Will Hunting where Robin Williams's character says "It's not your fault," over and over and OVER until Will finally breaks down? That's what this book is like. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever suffered from low self-image or self-worth because of body image issues. Otherwise known as "everyone."
I read this in my youth, but didn't appreciate it as fully as I did this time around. The wordplay is so much fun, and some of the descriptive passages are just wonderful.
dk, I heard the same; I've not yet looked it up, but I do have a faint recollection of seeing the DYNNE in some animated form sometime in my life. Maybe I saw the movie and just don't remember anything but him?
I have to say, I think the Everpresent Wordsnatcher was my favorite character in the book, even though his appearance is brief.
It's so bittersweet when I discover an author I should have met so very long ago; wonderful to have found him now, but all those years NOT reading Dickens, WASTED!
OK, maybe that's a bit dramatic, but really, I was in love with the language of this book from the very first sentence, far more than the story. I could read - and probably will read - Dickens forever without tiring of his prose. The humor, what I would call "snark" today, is brilliant, and the descriptions of those moments in life which we all experience but can never quite capture - he does capture them, in such a way that makes you nod and say, "Yes! That's exactly how it is!"
However, I cannot read him. The only one I have got all the way through is A Christmas Carol and thats because I was listening to it as an audiobook and imagining Patrick Stewart in the role, and it was at christmas.
I have tried again and again and again with various difficult titles but I just get bored! However, its wonderful that you love him and that now you have lots to look forward to.
Who do you feel that way about, as an author? Whose writing could you read without ever tiring of his or her style?
#98: I am a very big Dickens fan (are you joining the group read we are doing of Bleak House? It starts June 15th), but I know a lot of people are not. I am glad you discovered and enjoyed him!
104: Bwahahaha, it will track you down... You cannot escape...
I would feel like a hypocrite rating this any lower, since I essentially devoured it in a single sitting. It's a good book - a compelling book. Not poorly written, but simple. Not badly plotted, but predictable. I tried very hard not to compare my feelings while reading it to my experience reading Battle Royale, but I have to admit that the similarities are strong enough to force comparison, and weak enough to leave The Hunger Games off the list of all-time best novels while Battle Royale is still clearly parked in my top 5, if not top 3. I think a younger generation of readers, perhaps those not ready for the complexities of Takami's work, will be perfectly suited for Collins, as they might not see through the setups as easily as someone who has read, seen, and lived through more.
This was recommended by someone who read my "15 sticky books in 15 minutes or less" this week on my blog (it's Thursday's post - didn't link directly so you don't see the list behind the cut if you want to participate without seeing mine first!).
I happened to hit the library that same night, and picked this book up and began reading it immediately. I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of the shift from the familiar (to me) Lowry world of Anastasia to this utopia where rules have been determined for every aspect of life to eliminate conflict and suffering. The cost, however, is that without those, the people who live in the Community cannot experience love or joy, either.
I can't think of anyone who shouldn't read this book; its simple prose and intriguing story have the pages flying by from the first, and I was intensely sad to reach the end.
36. Anastasia's Chosen Career, Lois Lowry
This was my favorite of the Anastasia books when I was a kid; since I was picking up The Giver anyway, I grabbed this one at the same time. I remembered it fairly well, but this was a great example of how reading a book some 20 years later will give you an entirely different feeling. More than ever, I identify with Anastasia - she truly is my alter ego in so many ways!
#109: I am glad you liked The Giver. I thought it was terrific, although the other 2 books in the trilogy were disappointing in comparison.
I didn't know there were sequels; I might check them out since they won't take all that long to read in any case, but good to know that my expectations shouldn't be as high!
37. Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede
A cute fairy tale with a feminist bent; first in a series that I'll probably check out from the library, but unless the later books are more involved, they'll likely be a one-time read. Enjoyable characters, straightforward plot, and consistent style.
38. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and six more, Roald Dahl
I love Roald Dahl, and this was a fun set of shorts, plus a mini-bio about how he got into writing and a reprint of his first ever piece of writing sold to the Saturday Evening Post.
I've wanted to read this for some time; it's the first Wilde I've read besides The Importance of Being Earnest (which is possibly my favorite play of all time). Being a novel as opposed to a play, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I definitely saw some of the Wilde philosophy I loved about Earnest, but this tended more towards lengthy monologues and, eventually, a darkness that surprised me.
Overall, I loved it. While it did tend towards a bit more lengthy non-dialogue character development than I generally enjoy, Wilde's writing is engaging and for the most part, I didn't feel compelled to skim like I normally do when there is no direct character interaction for pages. The ending was surprising and terribly, delightfully predictable at the same time, and its delivery was perfect.
Another fun romp with Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance, this time globetrotting after Mr. Benedict and Number Two on a hunt that was initially meant to be fun, but has become a race against Mr. Curtain and his evil "Ten Men."
I enjoyed the book and getting back to these characters, but I think some of the magic went out of the puzzles for me; they weren't written in such a way that the reader could work them out along with the character, which was one of my favorite things about the first book.
I'm still looking forward to book 3, but without the expectation that it will be as good as the first.
41. Loser, Jerry Spinelli
This book had me in gasping, gut-wrenching sobs for the first half, and wondrous contemplation for the second. A simple, swift read, but one that brilliantly captures the soul of a child as he leaves the emotional safety of a loving home and comes in contact with the world around him, its cruelties immense and looming.
Re-reading this series before the unexpected 6th novel is released in August. These books were among my partner's favorites when she was younger, and I read them for the first time a couple of years ago when I moved to SF and had a whole new library to peruse. Am enjoying the second time around, mostly because I'm actively stopping myself from skimming pages where no dialogue occurs; that's always been a key to my speed reading, but detracts from overall appreciation of an author's skills. Brooks is adept at describing scenery, blending our reality with the fantasy world he's creating, which makes sense, as the protagonist is of our world, but now living in another.
well I'm new here and the books that I just posted are some of the books that i read this summer.
I don't know how I didn't read this years ago. Love his quirky, tactile writing style. 5/5 stars
44. s/he, Minnie Bruce Pratt
This book was great the first time I read it, but now, 5+ years into my being out as femme and loving butches, it means so much more. 5/5 stars
Even more poignant for me than Running with Scissors, this novel really delved into the demons of addiction, the way our past is reflected in our present, and the complexities of adult relationships.
A well-written, interesting memoir, following an American-born Jewish lesbian daughter of a single immigrant mother in the 40s-70s. Her life has so many parallels to femmes from the same time that I had to remain actively cognizant of her antipathy for that community. At any rate, a compelling read by an intelligent and passionate voice, part of the earliest feminist movement in academia.
A fun re-read; though a bit dated, lots of little pep talks for finding your inner femme strength and extending it to outer fabulousness. Shar's perspectives on butch-femme, sex, size, class, and other topics are pretty forward-thinking for being published nearly a decade ago.
The first in the erotic tales of Sleeping Beauty; I lent this to a friend recently and wanted to re-read it before she did, so I picked up another copy.
School starts this week, so my reading will increase again; I've been slacking over the last couple of months, with all of what's been going on in my world. Glad to get back to it.
Re-read for my queer lit course; I'm terrible at taking notes while I read, so I'll probably go through it a second time for that and only count it as a single book, given its length.
A small booklet of spoken word poetry written by two butches in my hometown, Portland, Maine. Having heard each of them perform over Pride weekend this year made the pieces even more intense, being able to hear their voices as I read. Amazing, touching, stirring stuff. Looking forward to their next publication.
Also re-read The Little Prince before loaning it to a friend; not going to count it again, but each reading seems to bring something different to light... Looking forward to seeing what surfaces each time.
Read this for my queer lit course; I loved Baldwin's voice, and the story was swift and engaging. Baldwin's talent for expressing emotion without heavy-handed prose made this novel compelling and enlightening without being depressing. Always a good balance.
Also on the list are Beebo Brinker, Angels in America, Faggots, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Girls, Visions, and Everything, Valencia, and Stone Butch Blues.
I had this prof before and liked her approach, plus I'd not read anything on the required reading list besides Earnest and Stone Butch Blues, so it was a good opportunity for me to broaden my literary scope and also to learn some of the history.
Another coming of age tale about a young butch from the midwest who runs away to Greenwich Village in the late 50s/early 60s (presumably; no direct timeframe is given that I can see). A quick, easy read, with lifelike characters experiencing only somewhat unrealistic circumstances.
I think I've taken a half star away from this book every time I've read it, and yet, when I want something lighter than but as comforting as Harry Potter, this is where I go. Meh, what can ya do...
If someone else had written it, I might have enjoyed this book as a story. Kramer's voice, however, is just too manic for me.
I hope you like Fun Home and Stone Butch Blues too. I loved them both.
I read this for the first time a few years ago; I participated in the 24 hour read-a-thon this weekend and the first book I started turned out to be a bit dense. I wanted to feel like I was getting somewhere, so I picked this one up. Konigsburg writes terrific children's repartee!
59. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
I'm so glad I re-read this one; I think the first time through, I was so absorbed in its similarities to Battle Royale that I couldn't appreciate it on its own merits. I definitely need to revise my review and rating; this book really is among the best YA I've read in some time.
60. James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
I hadn't read the book in years and years; I had all but forgotten the ways in which it differs from the play (which my school produced my junior or senior year of high school).
Overall, I was surprised and disappointed by my reading totals; I honestly expected to get through much more, but I spent quite a lot of time watching/playing on Twitter with other read-a-thon-ers, foraging for food and drink, reading update posts and mini-challenge entries, and texting with a very handsome "distraction" whom I had no desire to ask to just let me read *grin*
I'll be doing a lot of pre-planning for April's read-a-thon; I'm glad I went in essentially blind this time, because it meant I had no real expectations but to have fun and see what it was all about. Next time, it's a whoooooole new ballgame!
And you really must; I'm looking forward to picking up the sequel, as I hope to see some development of a few supporting characters from The Hunger Games.
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61. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins. This was a faster and more engaging read for me than The Hunger Games, maybe because it had more to do with strategy and politics than with the killings of the games. Definitely recommended, and can't wait for the third book! 4/5 stars
avatiakh, thanks for the tip! I'm always looking for new YA series, though I've gotten pickier about them, I've found... And yes, I read Lamplighter and reviewed it briefly up there in message 83. It was excellent, and I'm really looking forward to the next installment :)
64. The Time Travelers, Linda Buckley-Archer
I found this to be an easy enough read, but it really didn't captivate me. I can take or leave the rest of the series, I think. I don't regret spending time reading it, but I doubt I'd do it again.
I think I'm actually enjoying these more this time around; I know what to expect of the writing, so there's no disappointment, and the characters feel like old friends.
I'm counting this as a single book, though I read both Millennium Approaches and Perestroika. I thought this was a phenomenal play overall; there were definitely parts I preferred and parts that dragged a bit, but I enjoyed it as a whole. We watched the first three hours of the HBO adaptation in class, and I'm definitely going to get the second half on Netflix.