“Weekly” Recap 3/27/11

Okay, so getting behind on In My Mailbox is not that big of a deal because I can look back at Goodreads and PBS and figure out what I’ve mailed and received.  Getting behind on Weekly Recaps is bad though!  Now I have to remember what I liked or didn’t like about stuff I read a while ago.  Here goes nothing!  This is 3 weeks worth of reading and I’ve been reading a lot trying to win a YA Reading Challenge on PaperBackSwap.

XVI by Julia Karr – Review coming (Debut Author)

Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors -This was okay.  It was pretty cute, but not super memorable.  I liked Alice and liked how she was trying to keep everything together.  I was kind of frustrated by how much she didn’t believe Errol was Cupid, especially towards the end.  I thought she was on board and then bam!  She didn’t still didn’t believe.  It got a little old.

Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg -This was adorable!  Pride & Prejudice is one of my favorite books ever, so I was probably a little bit predisposed to liking it, but I thought it was a lot of fun.  The way the original story was meshed into a new setting was really interesting.  I liked the way the characters were portrayed.  Even though they were basically the same characters, I liked that they weren’t just exact replicas of the original characters.

Me, The Missing, and The Dead by Jenny Valentine – This was just okay.  Lucas was strange and I had a hard time getting really invested in him.  I liked his grandparents the most. (This is a UK author, but I am not counting it towards my UK author total because I started skimming after a while.)

The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson – I loved this!  I liked all three of the sisters, but May the most, followed closely by Palmer.  I loved that they were all named after baseball players. ;)  I laughed with them, I cried with them, but most of all I just loved them.  (Third person limited multi-perspective)

Violence 101 by Denis Wright -It’s hard to say I liked this book because it’s about a kid that does all kinds of bad stuff, but I definitely found it very intriguing.  It was really interesting to see Hamish’s justifications for what his actions.  I definitely liked the first section more than the second section and though it wrapped up a little too neatly. (International Author [from somewhere other than US, Canada, UK, or Australia])

Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph -I was pretty disappointed in this one.  I liked Shrinking Violet a lot, so I was looking forward to this book.  Indigo is annoying, self centered, and just all around unlikeable.  There were times I did like Adam, but especially at the beginning beginning, he was whiny and way too obsessed with Indigo.

Fat Cat by Robin Brande – I liked this a lot!  I occasionally found Cat annoying and I wanted her to actually stop and listen to herself sometimes, or listen to Matt or something!  But I really related to Cat and really enjoyed the book.

Inside Out  by Maria V. Snyder – I liked this!  Maria V. Snyder is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.  I really liked Trella, Cogan, and Riley.  I loved discovering the secrets of Inside and Outside with the characters.  The book totally sucked me in.  I was kind of sad when it was over.  I can’t wait to read Outside In!

Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott – This had sat on my shelf for a really long time and I’m glad I finally picked it up.  It wasn’t my favorite book by Elizabeth Scott (that would be Something, Maybe), but it was a really enjoyable read.  I really liked Dani.  She was easy to relate to and her struggle was really interesting.  I liked her relationships with Greg and Allison.  I couldn’t stand her mom!  She was frustrating.

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs – This was fun.  In terms of books about children of Greek/Roman gods, Percy Jackson was way better, but I did like the differences in this one.  I can’t say I loved it, but I enjoyed it.

The Heart Is Not a Size by Beth Kephart – I wanted to like this a lot more than I did.  I found the writing a bit frustrating.  I can’t really put my finger on why exactly, but I just felt like I was being talked at instead told a story I was part of.  I’m not sure that makes sense. LOL  But I just never got to the place where I cared about the characters and found the book a bit disappointing.

Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi – This book didn’t blow my mind, but it was enjoyable.  I kind of related to Maddy in some ways, like how it’s easier to be honest and “yourself” on the internet than it is in person sometimes.  It was a really cute book.

Devilish by Maureen Johnson – After reading and loving The Key to the Golden Firebird, I had high hopes for this one, but I didn’t love it.  It’s another book where I never really felt invested in the characters and more felt I was just reading to get to the end.

The Deathday Letter by Shaun David Hutchison – I almost always like books with a male protagonist, but I was a little unsure about this one at the beginning.  I know teenage boys are all about sex, but I was starting to think it was going to be too much for me to continue reading.  But I’m glad I did.  That aspect toned down somewhat.  The premise of the book was really interesting.  What would you do if you knew you had a day to live?  I really liked Ollie, Shane, and Ronnie by the end of the book.

Weekly Recap 1/9/11

One week of 2011 down!  By this time next week, I’ll be 30 years old.  Ack!  How did that happen???  LOL  I’m not really that stressed about it… age is just a number, right?

Anyway, I am making fantastic progress on my Reading Challenges already this year.  It’s easy now because everything I’ve read has fit into a category.  I’m sure this will slow down in the near future.

Books Read:

Magic Study (Study, Bk 2) by Maria V. Snyder – I still love this series.  I thought I might not like this one as much as I liked the first one because the setting has changed and there are loads of new characters, but it did not disappoint at all.  I love Yelena. (Fantasy)

Fire Study (Study, Bk 3) by Maria V. Snyder – The last book in the series – sadness!  To be honest, I didn’t like it as much as the rest of the series.  Yelena was frustrating at times.  Moon Man drove me nuts.  I missed beloved characters from the other books, like Ari and Janco, Valek, Irys, and Leif.  I did still think it was really interesting and I’m really glad I read the series! (Female Protagonist)

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge – This was fun.  I am a huge baseball fan and am so ready for baseball season to be back, so this was a great book for me.  I liked the poetry, especially when Kevin was kind of making fun of his own attempts at poetry. (Poetry)

Weekly Recap 1/2/11

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I can’t believe it is already 2011, but I am excited for what this year will bring.  I forgot to post last week… I guess I was too busy watching Veronica Mars on Netflix.  lol

Books Read:

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo – I loved this!  It was definitely a kids book, but it had a lot of depth to it.  It was a great story of love, hope, and forgiveness.  The characters were really well imagined and each one’s story was really interesting.  I loved that there was a good amount of action and things kept moving forward.  Definitely worthy of the Newbery Medal.

Monster High by Lisi Harrison – This was okay.  Parts were really creative, but I was kind of turned off by the brand name dropping and mean girl-ness.  I liked Frankie and her spunk.  I’ll probably read the next book in the series.

Poison Study (Study, Bk 1) by Maria V. Snyder – This was fantastic!  I’ve heard good things about Maria V. Snyder, but this is the first book of hers I’ve read.  I really liked Yelena and Valek and can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill – This was good.  It started out a bit slow, but I liked the end.  I liked Durango, Vienne, and Mimi.  The miners were interesting, but I would have liked to have gotten to know the rest of the davo better and some of the characters (like Jean-Paul) seemed pointless. (Science Fiction)

Sister Wives by Shelley Hrdlitschka – This book was really interesting.  It’s about young girls being forced into plural marriage, so it’s hard to say that I liked the book.  It was interesting to see the three girls’ perspectives on everything going on around them. (Family Conflict)