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Subject: What YA book are you reading... January 2012
Date Posted: 1/3/2012 5:35 PM ET
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Wow... 3 days in and no one has started a new thread....  I just finished reading Scored which I thought was a decent book...  I am now reading XVI...  I know several others have read this...  I am only a few chapters in but feel lost...  like no explanation of what is going on or anything... 



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Date Posted: 1/3/2012 6:22 PM ET
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I finished Bloodrose and really enjoyed it!  I thought the first two books in the trilogy were only okay, but I finally got what everyone loved in this last book!  Now starting a non-YA book, It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake

Date Posted: 1/3/2012 8:01 PM ET
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Andrea, I can't wait to read that book. Glad to hear it is good. I just finished Jenny Han's last two books of the summer series. It's not summer without you and We'll always have summer. Pretty good, and both fast reads.
Date Posted: 1/3/2012 8:56 PM ET
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reading RUTHLESS (PLL 10) and listening to Manolia League.  I'm enjoying ML more than I expected to! 

Date Posted: 1/5/2012 2:48 PM ET
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I finished Partials by Dan Wells! What an awesome, amazing book! If you like dystopian, sci-fi apocolyptic thrillers, don't miss this one!!

Date Posted: 1/5/2012 7:52 PM ET
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Just finished Ruthless by Sara Shepard...doesn't nearly match up to the fast paced-ness of the first few books.....wondering how long/how many books it will take her to tie down loose ends. About 150 pages in Matched, so far I am liking it.

What do ya'll think about the Diary of Anne Frank? I Have been meaning to read it for a while, but  am procrastinator...is it an attention holder?

Date Posted: 1/5/2012 8:52 PM ET
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It Takes a Witch was a cute, light, witchy story!  Now onto Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne

Date Posted: 1/6/2012 9:55 PM ET
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did anyone else read CHIME by Fran Billingsly?  I'm listening to it on cd... I'm about 1/3 of the way through and am wondering, what is this even ABOUT???

Date Posted: 1/6/2012 10:08 PM ET
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I am reading Mockingjay the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy...I'm having a hard time with it though because the bloodbath is really hard to swallow and the horrible death of characters I really care about is killing me. I'm reading as fast as a can to see who is left alive at the end....the series as a whole is amazing... my favorite book is the second one, Catching Fire.

Date Posted: 1/6/2012 11:12 PM ET
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Read Protector of the Small First Test by Tamora Pierce. Third Person Omniscient Narrator (all knowing or godlike).  It's a wonderful story about a determined young woman who enters page training with the ultimate goal of becoming a knight.  She is admitted on probation and must endure humiliating experiences from her fellow male pages who seek to ensure that she will fail.  The first in a series, it's very well done.  

Completed Ella Enchanted by Gail Levine. Female protagonist.  I liked this Cinderella type story.  The primary difference is that Ella has been given a "gift" by a fairy.  She can never say no to an order.  While it seems like a small thing to be so obedient it causes no end of trouble for Ella.  However, like Cindarella she falls in love with the prince who admires her individualism  Fine little story.

Finished The Secret Scroll by Lynne Ewing:   Fantasy.    Good, light read.  My copy is unpostable due to a rubbed bottom back cover and is available FREE with a book order.

Finished The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland for the category:   Takes place in a non-industrialized country.

Completed A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.  Contemporary Historical Novel (from another century).

Read Kissing the Rain by Keven Brooks for the contemporary challenge.  It's written from the viewpoint of a 15-year-old and wonderfully done.  Took some getting used to this train of thought but the author held true to character from beginning to end.  It's good and posted on my shelf. 

 

 



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Date Posted: 1/7/2012 12:39 AM ET
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I finished Still Waters...it was okay but I felt like there was a lot wrong with the plot.  Now reading Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton

Date Posted: 1/8/2012 2:02 PM ET
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Blood Red Road

Date Posted: 1/8/2012 3:15 PM ET
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So far I've read A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray and A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb. A Great and Terrible Beauty was amazing! I have the companion and cannot wait to start that, I want to wait though because I don't have the last book of the trilogy though and I know once I finish the sequel, I'll want to read the last one immediately! A Certain Slant of Light was not as great. I had read amazing reviews about it, but it just wasn't what I had expected. 

Right now I'm reading On The Road by Jack Kerouac, which isn't really YA, but it's good. 

I don't really know what I'll read after that. 

Date Posted: 1/8/2012 3:22 PM ET
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Val - I "attempted" to read Chime.  Yeah......it didn't work.  I feel your pain. lol

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 4:53 AM ET
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I'm reading Plague by Michael Grant. 

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 10:57 AM ET
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Thanks Lori, glad it's not just me.  I've put it on hold because one of my electronic audiobooks came up last night and I only have a 7 day loan on it...  THE FUTURE OF US!  Started it today and already I'm sucked in!!!

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 10:18 PM ET
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I really enjoyed Wings of the Wicked...I really like the whole series!  Now onto Fracture by Megan Miranda.

Date Posted: 1/10/2012 10:05 AM ET
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Can I just say I REAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLY enjoyed The Future of Us.  I could not put it down last night!  It's the first book in a LOOONG time that I sat and read in one evening.  Very entertaining and fun. smiley

Date Posted: 1/10/2012 12:35 PM ET
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Val, would The Future of Us translate well to audiobook?  I have some Audible credits I need to use and that's one I was considering getting.

Date Posted: 1/10/2012 1:19 PM ET
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yes! i started it on audio actually and was so caught up i continued it in the copy that came from pbs yesterday! lol it has alternating naarators for josh and emma which was a nice change
Date Posted: 1/10/2012 9:38 PM ET
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At the moment I am reading a non YA book, Safe Haven by Nicholas sparks.....after that I will start the Iron King by Julie Kagawa.
Date Posted: 1/10/2012 9:53 PM ET
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Just finished Going Bovine by Libba Bray and all I can say is WOW. Read it for a challenge, but so glad I did.  Still trying to digest it.  Don't want to spoil it for anyone but, emotional.



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Date Posted: 1/10/2012 10:03 PM ET
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Oohhh Heather, that is on my TBR.....I'll have to move it up the list
Date Posted: 1/10/2012 10:43 PM ET
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Oh, I loved Going Bovine! It was definitely quirky, but I thought it was great.

Val, I listened to the first 2 hours of The Future of Us, and it is great! I do wonder if it resonates more with people my age (31) than with teens today with all the 90s music and technology references.

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