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Subject: December YA Reading
Date Posted: 12/1/2011 1:04 PM ET
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Finished the last two in my challenge - Boston Globe-Horn Book Award:  Holes by Louis Sachar and Book that has been made into a movie - A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.  Clockwork uses a great deal of street language which I am deciphering as I read it - not always successfully.  Learned after I finished the book that one can find definitions for the street language online.  So if you choose to read this interesting book check it out.  Holes was a good little read that should appeal to young people who are bullied by their peers.  Well done.  Also reading The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien as it's on all the lists of 100 Best Fantasy books that I have found.  Read this one when the children were young but I feel it's time to revisit Hobbitland.



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Date Posted: 12/3/2011 10:12 AM ET
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Reading Die For Me.  Up after that....If I Die and Touch of Frost.

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Date Posted: 12/3/2011 12:20 PM ET
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Just Starting Soul Thief by Jana Oliver. It is the sequal to Demon Trapper's Daughter. I liked that one so hopefully this one is good too.

Alice

Date Posted: 12/3/2011 8:47 PM ET
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I read from page 79 to the end of LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR today at my daughter's cheerleading competition.  I'm not sure if I liked this more than ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS or not.  Either way, I couldn't put it down and really liked the characters!  Jenna, it'll be winging it's way to you on Monday!  LOL!wink

Date Posted: 12/4/2011 9:08 PM ET
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I finished Under the Never Sky.  It was okay...even though there was a lot of action, it just seemed kinda slow to me.  Now reading Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

Date Posted: 12/5/2011 5:32 AM ET
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I just finished Ordinary Beauty by Laura Wiess.  It was a tearjerker, but I loved it so much!  Anyone else read it?  What did you think?

Date Posted: 12/5/2011 3:30 PM ET
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I have it Kelly but haven't read it yet.  Did you read HOW IT ENDS?  If so, how does it compare to that one?  I was bawling my eyes out by the end of that one...

Date Posted: 12/5/2011 6:08 PM ET
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Just finished City of Bones....it picked up like Terri said it would! I really enjoyed it! Now I am 100 pages into Heist Sociey

Date Posted: 12/6/2011 11:46 AM ET
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Haven't read that one, Val, but I did read Such a Pretty Girl and Ordinary Beauty was better (although I liked SAPG).  Get your tissues ready from the beginning for it, and don't put them away till you finish the bookcrying

Date Posted: 12/8/2011 12:14 AM ET
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I finished reading Dearly Departed early this  morning.  It was my first zombie book and I really enjoyed it.  Then I started and finished A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron.  Oh my!  I LOVED it!  It is my favorite book this year, the only book with a 5 rating!  If you're not a dog lover, you might not enjoy it, but if you are, you need to read this! 

 

Starting Dead to You by Lisa McMann

Date Posted: 12/8/2011 3:06 PM ET
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Andrea... thanks for mentioning that book!!!  I am a dog lover for sure!!!  It sounds very good!!!!!  Will have to get that with some of the amazon gift cards I anticipate for Christmas!!!

Date Posted: 12/8/2011 6:07 PM ET
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Just finished Heist Society...it was mediocre....Started on The Maze Runner yesterday...I admit it has me hooked! I can't wait to continue reading it tonight!

Date Posted: 12/8/2011 8:55 PM ET
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Reading The Predicteds.

Date Posted: 12/8/2011 10:04 PM ET
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I finished Divergent a few days ago. It was okay, I can't really understand the hype around the book though. It's a first for me since I tend to like a lot of the popular series (Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games, etc.)

 

 

McKenna, The Maze Runner is awesome!! One of my favorite dystopian trilogy. Haven't read the last book, but I can't wait to start it. :)

Date Posted: 12/9/2011 2:56 PM ET
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hmmm....wonder why Lori is reading the Predicteds right now?  LOL

Reading DIE FOR ME for the TBR swap...  Starting pretty decently.  Like the writing style by Plum.  i just finished DREAMLAND SOCIAL CLUB last night by Tara Altebrando.  i had trouble getting into it at first because it was so different from WHAT HAPPENS HERE which I loved a lot.  But once it got going, I quite enjoyed it.  Quirky characters and intriguing situations.  Gonna start Magnolia League on audio on Monday...

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Date Posted: 12/10/2011 7:22 AM ET
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Last night I finished

 
I couldn't put it down. Just loved the story, pulled me in from the begining. I liked the first book ONce a Witch a lot too. Does anyone know if there will be more in this series. I though this book tied up the story line quite well.
 
I highly recommend this series.
Alice
 
Date Posted: 12/10/2011 7:36 PM ET
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Reading Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick

Date Posted: 12/10/2011 9:20 PM ET
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I'm reading Bunheads by Sophie Flack. I used to dance so I'm really enjoying those parts. :) 

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Date Posted: 12/11/2011 8:06 AM ET
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Last night I finished if new YA mystery Shelter by Harlan Coben. It you like mysteries it was very good. First in the series.

Date Posted: 12/12/2011 5:36 PM ET
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I finished It Started WIth a Dare over the weekend and didn't like it very much.  It was trying to be Mean Girls and failed.

Date Posted: 12/12/2011 6:27 PM ET
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I started Ironman by Chris Crutcher this morning. It's been awhile since I've read anything by Crutcher but he's still as good a writer as I remembered.

Date Posted: 12/13/2011 6:27 PM ET
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I finished Dead to You.  It was okay..I didn't like the ending though.  Starting A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford

Date Posted: 12/14/2011 6:27 PM ET
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Just finished If I Die.  I like this author's writing.  Very captivating.

Next up....Touch of Frost.  Love Jennifer Estep, so I'm hoping this book is good!

Date Posted: 12/14/2011 11:21 PM ET
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I finished A Touch Morbid.  And like the first one, I was confused for the whole book.  There are different groups of people and the author doesn't really explain who they are.  Blah.

 

Up next is The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams

Date Posted: 12/17/2011 9:01 PM ET
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I just finished Divergent last night. I really wanted to love it, what with all the hype and the Hunger Games comparisons. But...I just didn't. And it's bugging me. I thought the world building was rather subpar, and it bothered me throughout the entire book. Dystopian novels should create a complete, complex world, and I'm from the school of thought that there should be at least some explanation of how the world came to be that way. I could go in to detail, but I don't want to post spoilers. There were too many  things that weren't explained or elaborated on that really needed to be. Tris grew on me as a character as the book went on, but not enough to make up for the other frustrations. The action scenes were exciting (although not without their own "why???" moments) enough and the characters and world intriguing enough to make me want to read the next book, but I was pretty disappointed overall. I liked Divergent, but I was expecting much more from this book-- really hoping the second book delivers.

A little less than halfway through Across the Universe right now, no opinion on it as of yet.

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