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Subject: What YA book are you reading right now? April 2009
Date Posted: 3/29/2009 10:05 AM ET
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I thought we could start a new topic to tell everyone about the YA books that we have been reading.  I need some suggestions, so I figured this would be the best way to get them!  And to also get some participation going in the YA forum. 

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 10:07 AM ET
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The book that I am currently reading is called 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson.  It is very good!  It's about a 17 year old girl who's aunt has sent her on a trip around Europe.  She's got 13 little blue envelopes to open as she completes the tasks asked of her.  It's like a treasure hunt.  I am really enjoying it. 

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 12:01 PM ET
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I am reading The Boy Book by E. Lockhart.  It is the book that comes after The Boyfriend List and it keeps going with the character of Ruby Oliver.  I am enjoying it so far!

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 12:24 PM ET
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I'm reading the People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau.  I read City of Ember last week and I'd like to see how DuPrau continues the story now that the location has changed.

Between these books I read Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, which was beautiful and absolutely deserved the Printz award (which it won).

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 7:24 PM ET
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I finished 13 Little Blue Envelopes earlier today and decided to start So Inn Love by Catherine Clark.  It sounds like a cute summer romance and I'm SO ready for summer!  :)

Date Posted: 3/30/2009 12:14 AM ET
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I adore 13 Little Blue Envelopes and the Ruby Oliver books. Haven't read Jellicoe Road yet but I really want to! Right now I'm reading Say the Word by Jeannine Garsee. It's quite good, deals with homophobia, reminds me a lot of Sarah Dessen's writing style.
Date Posted: 3/30/2009 7:36 AM ET
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Finished People of Sparks last night.  I'm going to the library to pick up holds sometime this morning, so I'm not sure what I'll read next, but it will likely be City of Glass by Cassandra Clare.

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 3:21 PM ET
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And I finished City of Glass yesterday and started Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.  This one's pretty good so far -- it's about a girl who is dealing with anorexia and her best friend has just died.

Soon I'm going to have to stop reading library books and get back to the ones I own.  Then there'll be slightly less YA to choose from. :)

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 3:04 AM ET
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After I discovered and read Alabama Moon by Watt Key (his first0, many of my 7th grade male students have read and loved this book.  It's about a survivalist dad who dies, leaving his son where they lived in the woods.  Great book!

Several of my female students are reading Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (think I got the author right, but not positive).  This novel is about a girl who committed suicide and leaves 13 cassettes for 13 people to listen to and send on to the next person.  I read a few pages and it sounds interesting.

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 5:31 PM ET
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I loved Wintergirls (it might be better than Anderson's book Speak), read Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr yesterday (it was good, but I think I like Aislinn better as a protaganist -- I think the next book in this series is supposed to go back to her again), and started Street Gang: A Complete History of Sesame Street.  I LOVE Sesame Street (yes, present tense, though I don't love Elmo) and I can't wait to learn all about it.  The opening chapters are about people who were instrumental in starting the show, and some of them had pretty interesting backgrounds.

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 7:19 PM ET
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I finished the book Island Girls (and Boys) by Rachel Hawthorne.  It was just ok.  I finished it, but it wasn't spectacular.  The teens sounded very immature in this book.  I don't care for that. 

My next book is going to be Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson.  I really liked 13 Little Blue Envelopes, so I decided to start this one next.  It's very good from the first 30 pages or so that I've read!  :)



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Date Posted: 4/5/2009 2:45 PM ET
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I am still reading Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson, and I have to say that it is a great book!  I really like it.  This one may end up on my keeper shelf!

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Subject: Lisa McMann
Date Posted: 4/6/2009 5:07 PM ET
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Lisa McMann's Wake and Fade are both amazing YA books and are amazing books. The third book in the series (Gone) is scheduled to be released in 2010.

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 7:40 AM ET
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I'm still reading Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson and I like it but it's not as good as Girl at Sea was. 

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 9:01 PM ET
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I'm kind of ADD and have no life so I'm currently sifting through and/or finishing  the following:

The Morganville vampire series (1rst book: House of Glass) Currently on Lords of Misrule [Good if you don't mind reading about humans being kept and treated like cattle. For 5 books]

The Vampire Diaries and The Night World Series by L.J. Smith

Generation Dead by Dan Waters (Teenage Zombie Love agnst. :D)

Wake and Fade by Lisa Mcann [ Good!!!]

Evermore (The immortals series) by Alyson Noel [ Good, but the plot sounds like a red-headed step-child of 3-4 YA series]

Need by Carrie Jones [Just started. No opinions yet]

The House of Night series (Just finished Hunted) by P.C. and Kristen Cast [Luurrrrve this series. I'll admit it "Marked" sat on my shelf awhile, but when I read it, I was hooked.)

Vampire Kisses by Lisa Schrieber [ Not such a huge fan. Cute, but kinda predictable]

The Inheritance cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisinger)  by Christopher Paolini [Take Harry Potter, put him in a J.R. Tolkein novel that was written by a 15-year old home schooled sevant. I gave up halfway through eldest]

I've already finished and love:

The Wicked lovely series  ( I agree, Aislinn was a better narrator.)

Twilight series (I know, me and the rest of the world. But hey, it's good!)

Blood and Chocolate (I read it back when I actually fell into the YA demographic. It's still one of my favorites. The movie is poo-poo, though)

 

Mind you these are all Paranormal books.

 

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 7:49 AM ET
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Thanks for the feedback on all those series Brittany!  I have some on my TBR pile and most of the rest on my WL.

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 7:43 PM ET
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Just finished "Need." It's kind of "Wicked Lovely" meets twilight. Good, but not entirely original. And the main character was kind of...whiney, for lack of a better word. Although she's eccentric and "collects" phobias. Gotta love the strange ones. ;)

Date Posted: 4/13/2009 4:05 PM ET
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I'm reading Briar Rose.  Based on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty.

Anyone else read this?

Date Posted: 4/13/2009 4:42 PM ET
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I love Briar Rose, Diana. I read it when I was about 11. I bought it a few years ago and planned to re-read it (something I rarely do), but never finished it. I was going through a hard time, and the book was upsetting me too much.

I'm currently reading:

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Pure by Terra Elan McVoy



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Date Posted: 4/13/2009 5:04 PM ET
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I read Briar Rose a few years ago.  I really enjoyed it.  (The main character and I also went to the same college, as did Jane Yolen.  I didn't know the character went to Smith until I read it, though.)

I'm currently reading the first volume of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, and so far I'm enjoying it.  I wasn't sure if I would from the first few pages.

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 8:23 AM ET
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Britney,

I also have The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing  in my TBR pile here at home.  I picked it up at a sale and thought it looked interesting.  I'll have to dig it out and give it a read.

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 9:16 AM ET
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I started Marked (House of Night, Book 1) by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast last night and it's pretty good so far!  I don't know why I waited so long to read these books...



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Date Posted: 4/16/2009 1:00 PM ET
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Currently reading - Graceling- kristin Cashore.  Very good, and interesting so far.

 

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 7:28 AM ET
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Kristen, sometimes I feel like the only person in the world who dislikes the House of Night books.  The supporting characters get really annoying by book 4.  Oh, and yes, I've read all of them (but not book 5 yet). 

I finally finished volume I of Octavian Nothing last night.  The third part of the book changed narrators and it was a little boring.  I didn't love it and I'm definitely going to wait awhile before I pick up volume 2.

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 10:55 AM ET
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I'm reading Story of a Girl, thanks to Janelle! :)

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