Weekly Recap 12/5/10

I had this all typed up and totally forgot to post it yesterday.  I am useless!  :) This week I was back in maniac reader girl mode, which is good because I had PBS Swap reading to do and I am really really close to finishing my 2010 Challenge!  I thought I wasn’t going to be able to do it, but here I am.  As of right now, I need to finish a book that starts with X for the Alphabet Challenge (I am halfway through X-Isle), read 1 Historical Fiction book (Annexed, also need to read it for a swap), and read 2 more Newbery Award winners (The Graveyard Book and The Tale of Despereaux).  Totally doable!  I also had a goal of reading 150 books this year, which I think I will miss, but that’s okay.  I’ll probably be closer to 140 books for the year, and that is not too shabby at all!

Books Read:

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen – I liked this a lot!  I swear there’s crack dusted in Sarah Dessen books.  On the surface, they seem like they should be light reads, but they always end up entertaining and thought provoking.

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John – This was really good.  There were a few times I felt like it was missing that little something that would make me LOVE the book, but overall, I still founding it really interesting and enjoyable.  I really liked the band and all the drama associated with that, and just that could have been a good book.  Adding in a deaf girl and her family drama just made it even better.  Piper’s parents drove me nuts, but I loved her brother and their relationship.

Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler – This was okay.  It was entertaining, but I had high expectations for it based on how much I liked Twenty Boy Summer, and it just didn’t live up to them.  I never really connected with Delilah and her relationship with Patrick seemed rushed into.  Patrick having a crush on her as a 12 year old shouldn’t have automatically meant they were in love at 18.  It just didn’t feel real.  I also felt that the end didn’t have as much resolution as I would have liked.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This book was totally swoonworthy!  I really liked all the characters and how real they felt.  The book made me feel like I was in Paris and now I really want to go!  It was also really hard to put down.  I didn’t mean to read it all in one evening, it just happened!  I definitely recommend this!

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead – I read this for my Newbery Award challenge.  It was a pretty easy read and was entertaining.  I liked the concept and how everything tied together in the end.

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Books Recieved:

  • Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John (Amazon)
  • Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz (PBS FIFO)
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Yang (PBS FIFO)
  • Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler (Borders)
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (Amazon)

Books Mailed:

  • Fear Is No Longer My Reality by Jamie Blyth (PBS FIFO)
  • The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (PBS FIFO)
  • Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle (PBS FIFO)
  • Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ocker (PBS Friend)
  • Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John (PBS Game)
  • Anna and the French Kiss (PBS Game)