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Doomsday Book
Connie Willis
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Cheryl Strayed
Black Hills - Nora Roberts Nora Roberts books are like reality television, I know I'm not going to like most of it and wish I had done something more productive with my time and yet I read her anyway.
The Thief - Megan Whalen Turner I read too much about this book before I read it so I should say "It's not you, it's me."

Looking forward to the second book though, heard great things.
Finnikin of the Rock - Melina Marchetta I am a true Marchetta fangrrl, first Jellicoe Road and now this.

So amazing, I burst into tears at one point from sheer joy (pg 270 for those of you keeping track at home.) I can't wait for someone else to read it so I can talk about it with them.

How a book could be so incredibly heart breaking and still so funny still gets me.

I'm totally buying this one, and not just because Evanjalin in one badass mother(shut your mouth).
Wonder - R.J. Palacio 4.5 stars

Of course I started to cry (a few times) while reading and actually started to tear up the next day in the shower thinking about it.

The only thing which bothered me keeping it from 5 stars was Julian. He just seemed too one-sided for my taste although I realize there are people out there who are jerks just for jerks sake (but I don't have to like it.)
Graffiti Moon - Cath Crowley I took awhile to warm up to the story but then read right throught to the end.
Catching Jordan - Miranda Kenneally Too many cliches and stock characters for me to really connect.

And Jordan's denseness when it came to the actions/motivations by some of the people closest to her made me want to bang my head against the table and yell, "WAKE UP!"

I did skim to see how things were resolved so I cared enough about the chracters to at least do that.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares - Rachel Cohn, David Levithan Cute and fun but I know none of it will stay with me.
Everybody Sees the Ants - A.S. King 4.5 stars
This book was so engrossing I kept reading to finish it even though I came home with a HUGE headache yesterday. Most books would be tossed aside until I felt better but I wanted to stay with Lucky and the rest of the characters that badly.

It also made me cry more than once.
Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) - Susan Ee I think I read too, too many rave reviews about this one and my expectations were too, too high.

Good things about this book:
- very creepy post-apocalyptic world (I am not thinking too much about some of the developments because it will keep me up at night, seriously)
- believable kickass heroine
- motivations of most characters rang true to me

Not-so-Good things about this book:
- Raffe didn't do much for me, his verbal sparring with above mentioned kickass heroine was cut from the usual "I am too cool for school" cloth. (Although, the last 1/4 of the book I started to warm to him, probably because there was some actual personal information given)
- I think the editing was my biggest complaint, I wanted it to be tighter. After coming off Daughter of Smoke and Bone where the writing really stuck with me, what I remember about Angelfall was the world building

So even after all this and the just average rating, I will probably read the next one because that last 1/4 peaked my interest and I think all of the groud work from book one will pay off.

Also, mark my words, Penryn's "crazy" mom is going to mean something...
Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins So fun! This book made me smile a lot and I cared about the characters - I'm looking at you The Future of Us.
The Future of Us - Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler The only good thing to come out of me reading this book is to actually institute a new policy that if by page 75 I don't care about the story, I'm moving on.

So unremarkable I can't even remember the lead male character's name even though I just finished the book 2 says ago.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns - Rae Carson Another one I stayed up super later to finish. Reminded me a little of "The Hero and the Crown".
Desires of the Dead - Kimberly Derting I've been told the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. So why did I pick the sequel to "The Body Finder" up from the library?

All of the things which annoyed me from the first book are still present: Violet still can't do anything without Jay (the topper for me was when she missed two days of school because they had a fight) and Jay is still completely understanding and awesome no matter what (even when his girlfriend is jealous he has a friend... who is male.)


Seriously, the eye roll and gag suppression factor were in full effect for the entire book. I won't be touching the next one with a ten foot pole.
On the Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta Well, I stayed up so very late last night to finish that my husband admonished me (twice) not to complain about being tired. And then I stayed awake even later just thinking about it.

How about that for a good book?

I have to admit at first not knowing what exactly was going on was disconcerting but I’m so glad I overcame my initial reluctance and kept reading.

Black Rose - Nora Roberts Perfectly servicable but so far this series is gdoing nothing to capture my interest. Started the last one (Red Lily) but ho hum, it's not grabbin my attention either.

Could be NR doesn't give me the same guilty pleasure she used too???
Nerd Do Well - Simon Pegg I really wanted to like this book more because I am a huge Simon Pegg fan but ultimately I couldn't give it more than three stars.

There were parts that were very funny but for me it bogged down too many times in the minutiae of "what Simon was doing in school and with whom". Also, this isn't a criticism on the writing but he's from the UK (duh, duh, duh) and I just couldn't keep up with all of the British television and cuturally references. I felt like the uncool kid who wasn't getting most of the jokes in the group.

I still love Pegg, so much more now that I know how deeply his geekness runs.