First quarter of the year down and I’ve finished 48 books (I have also given up on more books than normal because my tolerance for lousy books is shrinking). I’ve linked to the ones I’ve reviewed.
- Drought by Pam Bachorz
Surprisingly good; not a bad way to launch 2011.
- Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Just as good as the first, I think, but frankly I was having a hard time recalling some of the details of the first one. I should take a hint from Bart and stop reading series before the whole set is out.
- Split by Swati Avasthi
What can I say? I’m a sucker for a problem novel. Especially a really good one like Split.
- Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
So funny and sweet and perfect. This book gave me hope for good reading in 2011.
- What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Another winner by Sarah Dessen. I swear, that woman is magic.
- Countdown by Deborah Wiles
It is not a good sign when you prefer the images 100000x more than the story line. Every time it returned to the plot, I was unpleasantly surprised.
- Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
I’m a big fan of the Luxe books, but this book was so silly. I will not be reading the rest of them. I have such low tolerance for willfully dumb characters.
- At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
I really loved this book, even if half of it just seemed like an excuse to share randomly fascinating trivia on the author’s part.
- Bitter Melon by Cara Chow
I love any book that talks about speech and debate. Even ones that aren’t particularly great books.
- Stolen: A Letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher
This book dragged on for. ever.
- After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
Even better than the first. I am in love with these books.
- June Bug by Chris Fabry
What an odd book. And all the references to it being like Les Mis just compounded the weirdness.
- Room by Emma Donoghue
This book was just so brilliant.
- The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
I really expected this book to be terrible. And so when it was merely average, I was pleasantly surprised.
- Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Such a great choice for the Newbery. I loved this book.
- Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating by Mark Bittman
This book was really the one that made me want to change our eating habits.
- Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Not bad, although kind of silly.
- Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford
Look, I’m just not going to try any more books by this author because they don’t work for me. My apologies.
- Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly
Better than I’d expected. Sad and quirky.
- Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry
This book was too much of an agenda book (the agenda being to teach the skills of storytelling/writing). Snore.
- Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Quite wonderful writing but a really dark storyline.
- The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt
This book was terrific. It started a little much for me, but really came together by the end.
- The Girl Who Was on Fire edited by Leah Wilson
Still marveling over how great this book was.
- A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
This was the most utterly bizarre book. Nothing happens.
- Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick
My favorite of his books so far. I laughed myself silly.
- Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg
I wanted to love this, but I just didn’t.
- Gossamer by Lois Lowry
Lois Lowry’s books are just all over the place. This one was weird.
- Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Read this for bookclub and thoroughly enjoyed it.
- You Wish by Many Hubbard
Completely unmemorable except for when the Ken doll came to life and wouldn’t stop kissing his biceps.
- The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal
I love a sweet, clean, clever fantasy book.
- Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart
Brilliant. Read this.
- Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison
This book made me cringe. Seriously, everything about it horrified me, from the completely dysfunctional relationships to the way that characters didn’t recognize things that were not only staring them in the face but BEATING THEM OVER THE HEAD.
- Where She Went by Gayle Forman
My feelings about this sequel to If I Stay were all over the place.
- Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin
I prefer Nancy Werlin’s contemporary books.
- When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer
Completely went off the rails at the end.
- Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly
This book was published about sixty years ago and is still in print. Somehow, NOTHING HAPPENS IN IT. And I mean nothing.
- My Antonia by Willa Cather
Reading this in conjunction with Seventeenth Summer meant that I was reading two books simultaneously where absolutely nothing happened. Not one thing.
- Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
Another YA book about photography. Pretty good.
- Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
A good basis for a story that could really have benefited from a different format of storytelling.
- Forget You by Jennifer Echols
This book was truly terrible. I cannot stand books where the only way the plot holds together is by people being so insanely dense that they can’t see the truth right in front of them.
- Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen
Pretty good. Much better than the recent Emily Griffin books, that’s for sure.
- Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Some really really fantastic moments combined with parts that draaaaaaaaggggggggged. Took me a good six weeks to get through the audiobook.
- This Girl is Different by JJ Johnson
I am not unbiased, but ugh, do I get annoyed by the stereotypes of homeschoolers.
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michale Pollan
And NOW I get why this is a bestseller.
- Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Best book of the quarter. I love Gary Schmidt so very much.
- Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
First Chris Crutcher. Weird, but good.
- Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott
I quite liked her first couple of books. The last two or three have been nails-on-chalkboard irritating.
- Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Fantastic historical fiction. I was surprised by how much I loved this book, although after all the good things I’ve heard about Geraldine Brooks over the years, I shouldn’t have been.
By the way, that last book was one I read for BlogHer’s new bookclub, which I’m really excited to be part of.
And, the giveaway over here for the Slim-Fast prize pack is still going on if you happen to enjoy free things.