Weekly Recap 6/27/10

I kind of like this weekly recap idea, so I’m going to go with it for a little while. :)

Books Read:

Incarceron (Incarceron, Bk 1) by Catherine Fisher – So good!  I really liked this book.  It was interesting!  The settings (both inside and outside Incarceron) were so imaginative.  Inside the prison was creepy.  It wasn’t what I expected, but it was cool.  The outside of the prison being another kind of prision for Claudia was a pretty cool concept as well.  I liked how it went back and forth between Finn and Claudia.  As the action gets going, the perspective switches are faster.  There’s a lot of adventure and lots of reveals, but the reveals often open up new questions.  I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.  I ordered it from Amazon UK so it should be here this week or so.

Swoon at Your Own Risk  by Sydney Salter – Eh – it was okay.  I didn’t really love any of the characters.  Most of them were selfish and annoying.  Polly was kind of a brat at times and kind of hard to relate to.  But she wasn’t alone – Jane, Sawyer, Grandma Swoon, and Hayden weren’t likable either.  I did like Xander despite his creepy stalkerish ways.

Books Received: 3

  • The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff (PBS FIFO)
  • The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting (PBS Game)
  • Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 10) by Charlaine Harris (PBS FIFO)

Books Mailed: 4

Grrr…

I updated my blog theme yesterday and it overwrote my banner! I may have the old banner on my old computer at home, but I guess this is an excuse to update the books in the picture. :)

And I lost all the modifications I’d made!  I’ll definitely make a list of the changes I’m remaking now for next time.   And I won’t delete my back up until the new one is running correctly…

Weekly Recap 6/20/10

Here’s what I read the 3rd Week of June.

Every Little Thing in the World by Nina de Gramont – This book was okay.  I had issues with several parts of it, though there were several parts I really liked.  I know that is vague, but explaining it would take longer than I have right now and I don’t really want to get into it.  The atmosphere in the book was great, though!

Aaaaaand… that’s it!  I had a busy week/weekend this week.  One thing I did do was add all of my TBR to my Goodreads profile, so now my TBR Pile page is graphical.  That makes me happy.

Speaking of the TBR pile, I have challenged myself to not buy any books until Mockingjay comes out in August.  It’s a little over two months, but I can do it!  (I do have two Amazon Preorders that I am not deleting, but no new purchases!)  I need to make a dent in the books I have.

Weekly Recap 6/13/10

Here’s what I read the second week of June.

Zen and Xander Undone  by Amy Kathleen Ryan – This book was okay.  It was another book that the sibling relationship frustrated me quite a bit.  I kind of felt like the story meandered for a while before it got to the plot/resolution.

Breathing by Cheryl Herbsman – This book was hard to get in to.  The extreme southern accents took some getting used to, despite the fact that I have a southern accent and know people that actually talk like the characters in the book.  Savannah was kind of frustrating.  I hated how she was so dependent on Jackson to be her everything.  I didn’t think she really learned to “breath” on her own by the end.

Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Bk 1) by Heather Brewer – I am not a huge fan of vampires, but I loved this book!  Vlad is awesome.  I really liked how he was down to earth and just kind of normal in a “I’m secretly a vampire way.”  I also liked that HE was the sidekick and Henry was popular instead of the other way around.  I have the next two books in the series and can’t wait to read them!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han – I wasn’t a fan of this at all.  Belly was obnoxious and the “romance” was pretty lame.  The book was set at the beach but didn’t really feel like it was.

Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker – At first I was pretty annoyed with Quinn, but she grew on me.  She was so stuck up about what music was “good” and I didn’t like the way she didn’t like Penny, Chrissy, and Russ because they were in a sorority/fraternity.  I did like that she grew up in the book and became a lot nicer by the end.  I ended up liking the book.  It was a quick two hour read.

Secrets of Truth and Beauty by Megan Frazer – This was okay.  It kind of felt all over the place, but I guess in the end it was about acceptance.  I think.  The “romance” felt kind of like a last minute addition and the book probably would have been better without it.

Weekly Recap 6/6/10

I’m still in a blogging funk, so I thought I’d try doing weekly “what I’ve read this week updates” until I get back to actually writing about what I’m reading.

Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts – the third book in the Bride Quartet.  I’m pretty burnt out on NR and find her stories predictable, but I liked that this one was about a wedding cake baker/designer.  Hello, dream job!

The Cardturner  by Louis Sachar – I haven’t really read any Sachar since Sideways Stories from Wayside School in elementary school (though I have Holes TBR).  I loved this book!  It’s kind of weird, but I loved that the Bridge explanations that were woven into the story.   I read this right after my grandfather, an avid Bridge player, passed away, so I was probably a bit sentimental, but it was a good book.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce – I’m a bit torn on this book.  I liked it.  It was interesting and a pretty fast read.  I liked how the story of Little Red Riding Hood was used in the modern day story.  It was kind of fun to read a book set so close to where I live.  There are Fenris in my neighborhood!  On the other hand, the sisters’ relationship frustrated me sometimes.  Perhaps it’s my own issues from growing up with a protective older sister, but I spent a lot of the book wanting to tell Scarlett to stop babying her sister and let her grow up and wanting to tell Rosie to stand up for herself and be her own person.

Books Read in May

Continuing catching up on my thoughts on books I’ve read recently.  This is going to take forever!

Deadly Little Lies (Touch, Bk 2) by Laurie Faria Stolarz – Again, I liked this series.  I didn’t like the second book quite as much as the first book in the series, but I’ll definitely pick up the third book when it comes out.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld – Really interesting idea and fun adventure.  The characters really came across as younger than the ages they were supposed to be, but they were both likable, especially Deryn.

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles – I loved Perfect Chemistry when I read it last year.  This book focused on Carlos, Alex’s younger brother.  I liked Carlos’ bad attitude, but overall I felt the book was a bit too predictable and too much like Perfect Chemistry.

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford – Kind of strange at times, but I liked it a lot.  I really liked Beatrice and Jonah and all the people on the radio.  The ending was not what I was expecting, but oddly satisfying.

Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell – I was a little iffy on this while I was reading it at times, but I ended up really liking it.  The characters were not cliche and I really liked the story.

The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Bk 1) by Rick Riordan – Loved this!  It was pretty similar to Percy Jackson, but in a good way.  Two kids find out that the Egyptian gods are real.  They have to fight a god.  They encounter a bunch of other parts of Egyptian mythology.  I liked Carter and Sadie and am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray – Another kind of weird book and another bad attitude that I liked.  Heh.  But this book was really interesting and funny.  It was really long though and took me forever to get through.  It’s another book that I was a bit surprised by the ending.

Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu – Such a emotional book!  It was very well written.  I’ve watched enough of Hoarders on TLC to understand the situation and Lucy’s story just broke my heart.  I really liked Lucy and wanted to make everything better for her.  The book did leave me kind of sad at the end because I wanted to know what happens next.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – OMG I loved this book!  I am so glad I picked John Green for my “Pick an Author” challenge this year.  I’d heard mixed reviews about this book, but I loved it.  I loved Colin and thought he was a fantastic character.  Hassan and Lindsey were great too.  I loved the way the book was written, especially when they were in the cave.

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Bk 5) by Richelle Mead – Another great book in this series!  I am kind of sad that it is almost over.  I am not going to spoil anything, so I will just say this book is really good and I can’t wait for the last one to come out!

Heist Society by Ally Carter – Ocean’s 11 with teenagers.  The book was pretty fun.  I liked Kat a lot.  I really wanted the book to be longer so that we could get to know the rest of the characters better.  I hope there are more books to follow!

The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg – Ergh – here’s one I didn’t like.  I read it because it won the Newbery award and I can kind of see why it did, but I didn’t really like the story.  The kids weren’t believable and the book was just strange.

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantasky – This one was just okay in my opinion.  I liked it more in the end than I did in the middle.  Jessica occasionally annoyed me.

Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols – The sequel to The Boys Next Door.  I love Jennifer Echols’ writing and TBND is fantastic.  Part of me was excited for this to come out and part of me was a little resistant because sometimes Happy Ever After should just go on Forever After. :)  I really liked it, though.  I still love Lori’s brother and all the Vader boys.  I was kind of sad that there was less wakeboarding in this book.

The Pace by Shelena Shorts – Another kind of weird book.  I was on board with the first twist, but kind of annoyed with the second reveal.  It just seemed like too much.

How to Steal a Car by Pete Hautman – Really short book that I liked but didn’t love.  It would be a little better if it was longer, I think.  I’m not sure exactly why I think that.

Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray – Really great!  I will admit – the book is British and I am kind of an Anglophile, so I was probably predisposed to like this book, but I really did like it!  The boys were all great characters.  I was cheering for them on their trip.  Parts were really funny and parts were heartwrenching.

Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook – I was a little wary of this book as Mean Girls stories sometimes annoy me, but I ended up really liking it.  I occasionally thought Helen went too far, but I generally found myself cheering her on.

The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty – This book was written mostly in letters, plus sometimes in signs and “trial” transcripts.  I liked getting to know all of the characters so well.  There were times when the girls were kind of annoying and I liked the boys more, but I liked all of them in the end.

Books Read in April

I’ve been a terrible blogger recently!  I was kind of in a reading funk.  For a while, I wasn’t really reading much at all, then I just wasn’t in the mood to write about what I was reading.  I’m still kind of not in the mood, but I hate neglecting my blog!  I have been keeping up with the pages across the top and my GoodReads profile.  Anyway, I thought I’d just put together a list of the books I’ve read since I stopped blogging with a few thoughts.

Chicks Dig Time Lords edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea – Really fun read if you like Doctor Who.  There were parts that were too nostalgic for the old series for me, being a New Who fan.  But it was cool to read about the fandom that existed then and the new fandom.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – Kind of Groundhog Day meets Mean Girls.  I was pretty captivated while reading the book – I ended up staying up until 3 AM finishing it, but in the end, it left me a little empty and frustrated.  Don’t want to spoil anything, but it didn’t end the way I wanted it to.

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin – Apparently not super memorable because I am having trouble coming up with something to say about it.  I remember liking it but not really loving it.

Deadly Little Secret (Touch, Bk 1) by Laurie Faria Stolarz – I liked this series, especially this first book.  It was a bit Twilight-y, but I liked the main characters.