Sunday, April 17, 2011

February and March

I never wrapped up my reading for February and March here, so here goes. In those two months I read 17 books. Of those books, all of them were YA except one. Yeah...I've been really into YA lately!

My very favorites of those months were Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, and The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. Great, great books!

Here are some quick thoughts and ratings on the books...

HP and the Order of the Phoenix, by JK Rowling
This is my 3rd time reading this one, and I love it every time! 5/5

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
The last book in the Fever series, the only 'adult' book I read this month. Fun series, interesting ending. 4/5

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Interesting story, great characters. Can't wait for the next book! 5/5

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Enjoyed this one more than I was expecting. Looking forward to the next book! 4/5

Paranormalcy by Kierstin White
Not my favorite, but an interesting paranormal book. I'll probably check out the next book. 3/5

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I admit, I mostly read this one because I heard Emma Watson is going to be in the movie version. I did enjoy it though. 4/5

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Wasn't sure what to expect, but really enjoyed it. Very interesting idea. Thought the characters would be really cliche, but I liked them a lot. Definitely looking forward to the next book. 4/5

Matched by Allie Condie
I love this type of book, but did find it pretty similar in some ways to Delirium. Still really liked it though! 4/5

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
This was a companion book to The Giver, but it was kind of flat for me. Easy to read, interesting idea, but not enough to it. 3/5

Where the Truth Lies by Jessica Warman
Picked this one up on a whim from the library. Really not a fan. 2/5

Messenger by Lois Lowry
The final companion book for The Giver. Again, interesting idea, but just kind of fell flat. The Giver was so good, and these just didn't live up to that. 3/5

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I loved everything about this book. Great characters, great setting. Just loved it! Great contemporary YA book. 5/5

Beastly by Alex Flinn
A modern day re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. Nothing spectacular, but decent. 3/5

Inside Out by Maria V Snyder
This one took me a little while to get into, but then I really liked the story and the characters. Interested to see what happens next! 4/5

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Fantastic book. I cried, grinned, blushed, all that stuff. Really well-written and great story. 5/5

Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Pretty good story, but the stupidity of the main character (she seemed like she should be way smarter about things than she was) kept me from loving it. A great male character though, which helps! 3/5

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Wasn't too sure what to expect from this one, but really liked the 2 perspectives. 4/5

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

January Reviews and Notes

I read nine books in January, for a total of 2811 pages.

Six of the books were YA, five of the books were part of a series. Of the series books, one was the final book and three were the first.

Seven of the books were by new (to me) authors.

It's hard to name a favorite, because I enjoyed several of them a lot! I only rated one of them 5/5, but several others were close! I always have a hard time giving a perfect rating, even if I really love a book!

Here are my short reviews and ratings:

Succubus Shadows by Richelle Mead
I have enjoyed this series, and really like the characters. I think there is one more book coming out this year, to wrap it up. I will be sad to say goodbye to Georgina. I don't think this book was the strongest of the series, but I did enjoy it. Rated: 3.5/5

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
This was the first book in a YA series, and I enjoyed it. It was a nice mix of paranormal and contemporary. I admit that I found the 'love interest' to be a little predictable and too perfect. But otherwise I'm looking forward to continuing the series. Rated: 4/5

The Duff by Kody Kiplinger
This book took me by surprise and I really enjoyed it. I think it is a great book for teen girls. It was a bit more mature than a lot of other YA books, but I thought the message in it was really relevant for teen girls. I will definitely read more by this author! Rated: 5/5

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
This was a really short YA read, the first book in a series. I wasn't really sure what to expect, and it was a little...odd. But I thought it was interesting, and will read the next book. It was a very unique look at eating disorders. Rated: 3/5

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I've been meaning to read this book for a long time, and finally got it from the library. I really liked it, and am waiting for the next book to come in from the library now! I liked it more than I thought I would, and can't wait to find out what happens next! Rated: 4.5/5

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
This is one from my 'ten to read in 2011' list. Again, it's a book that I've been meaning to read for a very long time, and just always put it off. I was glad I finally went ahead with it. I knew the basic story-line, but still found it really depressing. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it though - I thought it was very good. Glad I finally got around to it! Rated 4/5

Love Drugged by James Klise
I grabbed this book at the library without knowing too much about it. I thought the basic idea of the story was good (gay teen trying to fit in and change who he really is), and think it's a good read for young adults. I did find the 'bad guy' to be a little too convenient (and evil) at times. But the idea was a good one. Rated: 3/5

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
This book caught me by surprise. I'd heard of it, but honestly didn't know much about it. I had read a short excerpt from the beginning of the book and knew immediately that I wanted to read it. It was a very interesting story! Rated: 4/5

Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston
This was the last book in a YA series. I wanted to like it more than I did. I enjoyed the first two books, and this one just seemed a little flat to me. I found myself just wanting to see how it ended, and not really caring too much about how it got there. Rated: 3/5

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Wow. I am already on book #8 for January! I'm impressed, if I do say so myself!

AND, I've read one of the books from my 10 'must reads' for the year! I'm well on my way to reaching my goals of reading those 10 books, and reading 75 books for the year.

I'm not doing so great on the reviews though. I think I might just have to do one big review post at the end of the month or something.

I'm currently halfway through book #8 - The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. It is definitely an interesting read so far!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Ten Books I Will Read in 2011

Inspired by other blogs and a book-club message board I'm a member of...

Here is a list of 10 books that I am determined to read this year. Some have been on my bookshelf for a long time, others not so long, but still there. I have heard good things about all of them, and don't want to put them off anymore! (And as you can see, there is a pretty good variety!)

In no particular order...

1. Dark Lover by JR Ward (I need to see what the hype is all about!)
2. Case Studies by Kate Atkinson (haven't read anything by this author, but have had this one reccomended to me a lot lately)
3. Faithful Place by Tana French (I LOVED her two other books!)
4. Graceling by Kristin Cashore (I keep hearing that this is the start of a great YA series)
5. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (I've put this one off for a long time!)
6. Under the Dome by Stephen King (It's a big one, and that's a little intimidating. I got it while I was pregnant, and have issues reading Stephen King while pregnant. Yes, I'm weird)
7. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Why have I not read this yet??)
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (just bought this for my nook, but it's been one I've been meaning to read for a couple years now)
9. Storm Born by Richelle Mead (I've really enjoyed both of her other series, so I hope this one is good too).
10. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (kind of embarassed that I haven't read this one yet!)

So, there you have it. Of course, there are others I want to read too, but this is a list that I definitely want to get to this year. I'll have to check in from time to time and see how I'm doing on it!