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)

Weekly Recap 7/18/10

Books Read:

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater – I wanted to like this more than I did.  I think I might have built it up too much in my head, because I love her writing.  I really liked Cole and Isabel, but Grace and Sam kind of grated on me and were too melodramatic.  Parts of the book were a little slow and didn’t hold my attention.  I will most definitely read the last book in the series, Forever, and anything else Maggie Stiefvater writes, but this wasn’t one of my favorite books.

Hate List  by Jennifer Brown – Wow.  This book was really amazing and yet so painful to read all at once.  Part of me couldn’t stop reading and the other part needed a break all at once.   There were a lot of aspects of the shooting that seemed very familiar from the shootings at Columbine and Heritage in 1999.  Probably others, too, but those are the ones I picked up on, since I was a senior in high school when they happened and Heritage was my rival high school.  I cried a lot reading this.

The Search by Nora Roberts – Not my favorite NR ever, but better than some others I’ve read recently.

Hard to Get by Emma Carlson Berne – The Simon Romantic Comedies are kind of hit or miss for me.  Some I love, some just don’t work for me.  This one feel into the latter category.

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Books Received: 11

  • The Kid Who Climbed Everest by Bear Grylls (PBS FIFO)
  • Intertwined by Gena Showalter (PBS Game)
  • Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner (PBS Game)
  • Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (Borders because Amazon didn’t change the date so I canceled my pre-order and picked it up in the store)
  • Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs (PBS Game)
  • X-Isle by Steve Augarde (PBS Friend)
  • Windblowne by Stephen Messer (PBS Friend)
  • Keys to the Repository (Blue Bloods, Bk 5) by Melissa de la Cruz (B&N Giftcard)
  • The Search by Nora Roberts (B&N Giftcard)
  • How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (PBS FIFO)
  • Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell (PBS Game)

Books Mailed: 3

  • Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien (PBS Game)
  • Mossflower by Brian Jacques (PBS FIFO)
  • Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski

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.