Weekly Recap 1/30/11

Books read this week:

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta – Have I mentioned how I am in love with MM’s writing? :) Review here (Aussie Challenge, Melina Marchetta Challenge, Realistic Fiction)

The Half-life of Planets by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin – I am kind of torn on this book.  On one hand, I really liked Hank.  His Asberger’s made him an interesting and honest character.  On the other hand, I didn’t like Liana much at all.  Her motivations didn’t make sense to me and I really didn’t understand her dad’s hypochondria or the resolution of that story line.  I really felt like Liana’s story was missing something that would have made me relate to her or have empathy for her, but I didn’t. (Romance)

Origins (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries, Bk 1) by L.J Smith, Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec – This was fun.  It was the story that is laid out on the show, so there weren’t any surprises.  I wish I knew who actually wrote the book.  It is actually listed as “based on the books by L.J. Smith and the show by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec.”  The writing was definitely better than the original Vampire Diaries book I read last fall. (First in Series)

Weekly Recap 11/21/10

So I missed a week again!  I have a good excuse again – I was in Nashville for my sister’s birthday!  Also, I am still in my reading funk, so I haven’t been thinking about books all that much.  Barely reading for a month is definitely making finishing my 2010 Challenges difficult, but I am still pretty confident in several categories.  It at least got me to read things I might not have read on my own this year.

My “books read” is kind of depressing right now…

Books Read:

Queen Geek Social Club by Laura Preble – I didn’t really like this.  The main character was annoying and it just felt like the book was random and a bit pointless.  I finished it because I needed a ‘q’ for my alphabet challenge. :)

Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith – I recently started watching the TV show The Vampire Diaries and like it a lot!  It is interesting and a lot of fun.  I bought the first season DVDs, which came with the audiobook of the first book in the original series.  I had a 4 hour car ride each way to Nashville, so I decided to listen to this.  It was awful!  Elena in the book was so unlikable.  I have issues with audiobooks anyway, so that could have been part of the problem, but the book just didn’t have the same charm the show has for me.

Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts – This was fun.  I really liked the 3rd book in this series and this one didn’t live up to that one, but it was still a good read.

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher – I didn’t like this nearly as much as I liked Incarceron.  I felt like I had to force myself to stay engaged with this and I was pretty bored through a lot of the book.  After loving this world in Incarceron, I really thought I would like this more.  I also was disappointed by the lack of answers in this book.  Some of them I kind of understand why they weren’t answered, but it was still a bit frustrating.

Paper Towns by John Green – Finally one I really liked!  I always seem to really like John Green’s books.  This one wasn’t quite as amazing as An Abundance of Katherines, but it was still really good – thought provoking, moving, and funny.  It makes me a little sad that I am pretty close to be caught up on John Green’s work. (though that was my challenge for the year…)

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Books Received:

  • Ruined by Simone Elkeles (PBS Game)
  • Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries: Origins (PBS Friend)
  • Monster High by Lisi Harrison (Borders)
  • Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts (Borders)
  • Moloka’i by Alan Brennert (PBS FIFO)
  • Keep Sweet by Michele Dominguez Greene (PBS FIFO)
  • The Miracle Stealer by Neil Connelly (PBS FIFO)
  • Plain Kate by Erin Bow (PBS Game)

Books Mailed:

  • Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts (PBS Friend)
  • Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer (PBS Game)