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Subject: What YA book are you reading? August 2009
Date Posted: 8/1/2009 12:46 AM ET
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I am reading Gone and My Soul To Take. I just finished Fade. Not all that impressed with it. I am listening to Glass Houses and I am very impressed with it so far! What are you reading?



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Date Posted: 8/1/2009 1:37 AM ET
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I just finished Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers.  It was... weird.  I didn't like the main character at all, but I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to figure out why she was the way she was.  I didn't dislike the book, but I didn't really like it either.  So all I can say is it was weird.

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 9:34 PM ET
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Ok! I can finally return to this thread! I wanted to read it last month but I saw discussion on Graceling that I thought could contain spoilers, and it is next on my list so I just avoided it the rest of the month. Anyways, I am reading The Host and if there are any spoilers on any book discussion please warn me! :) Can't wait to hear what everyone else is reading!

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 9:38 PM ET
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Lacy, the Graceling discussion was pretty spoiler-lite.  I think all the spoilers were links to other sites. :)

I thought The Host was the best of Meyer's books but it was still 300 pages too long.

I started Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl today (because my other book is 800 pages - I needed a diversion!).  It's cute so far.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 1:41 AM ET
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I just finished City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.  I read it free online, which was kind of neat.  The books itself was pretty good until the end, then it went kind of weird.  I do want to read the other books and see how it all plays out.



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Date Posted: 8/2/2009 10:21 AM ET
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I'm halfway through Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez. Not bad!

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 7:06 PM ET
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I just picked up The Dragon King Trilogy by Stephen R. Lawhead and The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson in a bargain bin at Borders, so they'll be coming up sometime this month. I also still have to read The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee. Not super excited about any of them, but they look like an interesting afternoon.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 7:24 PM ET
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PhoenixFalls, I really enjoyed The Silver Metal Lover. It's weird, but it fascinated me.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 11:46 PM ET
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I'm currently reading Ruined: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris. It's very interesting so far. I just finished reading The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. It has a REALLY cute love story!! :) Somewhat predictable and not very original (I LOVE unique books so that was quite disappointing) but still VERY cute love story.

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 10:59 AM ET
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I just finished reading Fever 1793. It was a pretty good book. Kind of young for me, but it was still good. It was all about the yellow fever that hit Philly in 1793.

Now I'm reading Sleepwalk Society. I'm not far enough yet to have an opinion.



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Date Posted: 8/3/2009 1:17 PM ET
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I'm reading Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott.  It's okay.  I don't love it, but it is keeping me interested.

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 6:12 PM ET
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I just finished Snow by Tracy Lynn.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 3:52 PM ET
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I just finished "Sleepwalk Society" by Kendare Blake, and I wasn't impressed with it. Nothing really happened, and the characters were hard to connect with. It just felt unrealistic.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 4:10 PM ET
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I finished Perfect You over the weekend.  I ended up liking it more than I thought I was going to.  Parts were slow and the main character was a little annoying sometimes, but I liked where she was when it ended.

I'm currently reading Take Me There by Susane Colasanti, but I don't think I'm going to finish it.  The book is about three friends and the first section tells about one girl's 3 days, then it goes back and gives the same events from the other girl's perspective, then goes back again and give the same 3 days from the boy's perspective.  Since I didn't find the first girl's perspective all the interesting, I'm having trouble getting into the second girl's story.  There is also too much "and I was like" and "and then she goes" instead of saying someone said something and just overuse of "teenspeak" in general.  I felt the author went overboard with that.  I hate not finishing books, but I have enough books on my TBR that I don't want to waste my time on something I'm not enjoying.

I'm itching to read The Hunger Games again, but I'm trying to make myself wait until the end of the month right before the next book comes out.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 4:22 PM ET
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Man, I had high hopes for Susan Colasanti . Have your read "When It Happens" because I ordered it, and I was hoping it was a good book.

Can you believe I haven't read Hunger Games yet? I know, I know. I always get crazy looks when I tell people that. haha I want to read it, but I don't want to spend the money on a hardback, and I'm really far back on the wish list here... phooey.

 

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 4:30 PM ET
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When It Happens is on my Wish List, but I haven't read it yet.  I went to Goodreads to see what other people thought of Take Me There and there were a lot of "This wasn't as good as When It Happens" type comments, so I'm still looking forward to that one.   I think the average rating was almost half a point higher.

I loved The Hunger Games and cannot wait until Catching Fire.  I have $15 in Borders Bucks to use this month and I'm hoping they put the book on the shelf before 9/1 so I can use that to offset the Hardcover price.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 4:47 PM ET
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Okay, that's good. I was really looking forward to When It Happens, and I didn't want it to turn out to be a wasted credit.

Everyone says I have to read Hunger Games. They all love it. :) Oh, that'd be nice. I'm sure they will.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 5:47 PM ET
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Twyla, I've been dying to read Hunger Games too, but I'm a poor grad student and I refuse to buy hardbacks brand new. I either get them at the used book store, thrift store or here. :)

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 6:01 PM ET
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Hmm, I got Hunger Games from the library when I read it a few months ago...(yes, there was a list, but I wasn't on it for too long).  I plan to get Catching Fire the same way. :)

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 6:14 PM ET
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I refuse to pay money for new hardbacks too Lacy. :) Luck for me, there are some great used books stores where I live. I just have so many others books to read that I don't want to spend more money until I've finished the ones I have.

I would get it from the library, except I need to renew my card and the waiting list is too long. Plus, if it's a really good book, I like to have a copy for myself so I can reread it. :)

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 6:17 PM ET
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When I moved 5 years ago I got the shock of my spoiled suburban life, the public library in my college town is small and has a poor selection and strange rules (when books first come out you can only check them out for 2 days at a time), and the school library won't let anyone but education/LIS majors check out their children's or YA collection ( :( ) But that's okay because I figured out freshman year that checking books out from the public library while classes are in results in major fines and PITA. Buying used/PBS has saved me from due dates and is definitely worth what I put into it for what I get.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 6:26 PM ET
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I'm so happy I joined PBS. I've already saved a bit of money and joined a game. That's strange that you can't check out YA books. I've never heard of that before. And the 2 day rule is rather odd. I really like our local public library, because they're big into YA.

 

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 6:44 PM ET
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Yeah, the rules at these libraries make me sad. They do the same thing for "new release" videos, you can only have them for 2 days.

I just finished Ink Exchange. I couldn't really get into it or Wicked Lovely. Will that stop me from reading Fragile Eternity? Probably not.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 10:07 PM ET
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Well, Take Me There is on my wish list, but now I'm thinking twice about it....  glad you said that Jen....  I just started Everything Beautiful by Simone Howell this morning...  haven't gotten very far yet, but it seems to have potential.... 

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 11:27 PM ET
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I'm not much of a library fan either. I always end up with fines because I can never remember to return them on time. I go through phases though. Last year, I borrowed so many books through the inter library loan system that they had to keep a box just for me under the counter.



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