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Subject: What YA book are you reading right now? July 2009
Date Posted: 7/1/2009 11:43 AM ET
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New month, new thread. :)

I am not reading any YA books at the moment, but what are you reading?

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 1:05 PM ET
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I'm currently reading WINGS by Aprilynne Pike. It was all the rage earlier this year, but so far I don't like it very much. Has anyone else read it, and if so, what do you think of it?

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 1:16 PM ET
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I hate to admit this, but I looked at Wings a few weeks ago at B&N and the cover blurb by SMeyer really turned me off. I know, I know... Though, lately I've been drawn towards much more realistic books, so that had something to with it, too.

I'm currently reading Geektastic edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castelluci. Some stores are good. Some are ok. And some I just want to skip.

I'm also reading Enter Three Witches by Caroline Cooney. I'm not far enough into it to really have an opinion.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 7:07 PM ET
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I am reading Wake by Lisa McMann. So far, it's decent. If you've read it, what do you think? No spoilers please. :)

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 7:07 PM ET
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I just finished The Hunger Games - wow!  I loved it.  I can't wait for September and the next book.  I'm not sure what I'm going to read next or if I'm going to read it again now.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 7:18 PM ET
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I hadn't heard of Wings, so I just read some reviews on Goodreads.  The overwhelmingly positive ones seemed to come from Twilight fans, the negative ones from Twilight haters.  I might check it out from the library, though I'm pretty solidly in the later category. 

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 10:12 PM ET
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I'm about halfway through "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak...and I'm loving it!

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 11:57 PM ET
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I started 13 Little Blue Envelopes tonight.  I'm not loving it so far, but I'm not very far into it, so there's still plenty of time to change my mine.

Date Posted: 7/3/2009 9:30 AM ET
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13 Little Blue Envelopes was good. 

I have the Book Thief but haven't read it yet.  I should get to it soon.  I've had it for a while now. 

I haven't read any YA books recently but I will be back to tell you about the next one I read.

Date Posted: 7/3/2009 12:06 PM ET
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So I finished WINGS. Probably one of the more disappointing YA books I've read this year. I thought WAKE was okay, but I enjoyed FADE, the second in the series, a lot better, so hang in there and I think you'll like it more and more!

Both THE BOOK THIEF and 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES are two of my favorite books of all time, so I hope you guys enjoy them. :)

I'm currently reading SO PUNK ROCK, a combination novel-slash-graphic-novel by Micol and David Ostow, and PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS by Michelle Zink, which comes out next month. SPR is not really my type of book but it's fun and cute, and POTS is pretty interesting so far.
Date Posted: 7/5/2009 2:38 PM ET
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I finished 13 Little Blue Envelopes.  It was just okay.  It felt very choppy and I never really felt connected to the main character.

I'm about to start Hacking Harvard by Robin Wasserman.

Date Posted: 7/5/2009 9:15 PM ET
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is the August selection for my daughter's monthly book readers' circle.  When I went to the local bookshop to get a copy, I discovered it is a YA book.  But now that I am deep into reading it, I think it would be a pleasurable and profitable read for adults, too.  All the participants in the book circle are adults, of varying ages.  They choose each month's book from a short list of nominations from the members.  (They don't have a July meeting.)

Date Posted: 7/5/2009 10:20 PM ET
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I started rereading Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith in the airport today.  I'm nearly done with Book 1, which I'm enjoying but all of my favorite parts (as I remember them -- it's been 6 years since I read it) are in Book 2.

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 11:11 AM ET
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Bonnie, it's funny you say that THE BOOK THIEF would be appropriate for adults as well, because it originally came out in Australia as an adult book. I'm not sure why the US marketed it as young adult, but it seems to have found its adult audience here anyway. :)

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 9:18 PM ET
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I finished Hacking Harvard.  It was a fun read and I really liked the characters.

Question: Has anyone read Little Brother by Corey Doctorow?  I saw it mentioned on Goodreads when I was reading reviews for The Hunger Games and it came pretty recommended.  I went to the Used Bookstore I used to live near and burned the last of my credit there and got bought it and another book of my wishlist today.



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Date Posted: 7/7/2009 10:23 AM ET
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I have Little Brother saved on my computer. Cory Doctorow makes some of his books available as free e-books under a Creative Commons license. I haven't got around to reading it yet.

Here is a link to the free and legal download of Little Brother if anyone is interested: http://craphound.com/littlebrother/download/

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Date Posted: 7/7/2009 10:01 PM ET
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Thanks, whippoorwill.  That's cool that he makes them available that way.

In the last couple days, I've read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and Max (Maximum Ride, Book 5) by James Patterson.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower was interesting.  It was written as a series of letters, which I liked.  Max was a lot better than Book 4 in the series, which I didn't really like at all.  I liked this one for the most part, though the Angel character is really starting to grate on my nerves. 

Date Posted: 7/8/2009 2:09 AM ET
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Im reading the Luxe Series by Anna Godberson. Total guilty pleasure, historical fiction, but I loved it. Great sunday afternoon read.
Date Posted: 7/8/2009 9:59 AM ET
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Is anyone familiar with Delia Sherman?  I'm thinking of going to a reading/signing she's doing tonight, though of course I don't think I've read anything she's written other than a few short stories. :)

(I have a friend who's met her - and been in her apartment, apparently - so I should probably be asking her. Oh well.)

Speaking of YA, I'm currently reading Ghost Boy by Iain Lawrence.  It's fine so far, but I'm still on a high from Crown Duel so I've had a hard time getting into it. 

Date Posted: 7/8/2009 12:55 PM ET
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Oh The Luxe! I want to read those so bad! they look so good!

I'm currently reading Summer Boys by Hailey Abbott



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Date Posted: 7/10/2009 9:38 AM ET
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I just finished House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones.  It's a sequel to Howl's Moving Castle, which I think I preferred (it's been awhile since I read Howl's).  Howl and Sophie are back as supporting characters, and Howl was pretty annoying and I felt terribly for Sophie.  HoMW was cute (and once again imaginative, which is why I love DWJ) but it's not among her best work.

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 10:02 AM ET
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I just finished Jinx by Meg Cabot.  It was a pretty fun.  I liked Jean/Jinx and Zach.  The ending was resolved really quickly and I kind of wanted a little more, though.

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 2:55 PM ET
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I just started Peace, Love & Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 9:31 PM ET
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I'm going to join in! :)    I just started Blue Moon by Alyson Noel, it's the next book after Evermore. So far, so good!

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 11:00 PM ET
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Hi everyone!  I'm reading Zel by Donna Jo Napoli, a retelling of Rapunzel.  I've read it twice before and think it's a really interesting twist on the tale. 

I've been wanting to read The Book Thief and after hearing all the positive reviews, I'll have to check that out.

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