Past the Point of No Return

The second quarter has not been quite as good as the first quarter (the end of the semester just swamped me). Still, I’m happy with 43 books and it definitely puts me on track to well exceed my goal of 120 books for 2009.
  1. The Girl Who Could Fly – Victoria Forester
  2. Cute, but it wasn’t until the last 50 pages that I really loved it. Kind of a slow start.

  3. Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen
  4. One of her best. But then, I love Sarah Dessen; you know that.

  5. Waiting for You – Susane Colasanti
  6. Fine, but not great. She gets touted as the next Sarah Dessen sometimes and I just don’t buy it.

  7. Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka – Jon Scieszka
  8. So amusing. Makes me want six boys, almost.

  9. Princess of the Midnight Ball – Jessica Day George
  10. A nice retelling, although not quite at the “Beauty” level for me. Also, JSD was one of my father-in-law’s students which I think rocks.

  11. The City of Ember – Jeanne Duprau
  12. Oh my heavens, this book was so long.

  13. The September Sisters – Jillian Cantor
  14. Too dadgum depressing for me.

  15. City of Bones – Cassandra Clare
  16. Romance and snark. My two favorite things in a book.

  17. City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare
  18. Poor Simon. And yet, I was absolutely solidly Team Jace.

  19. Sophomore Switch – Abby Mcdonald
  20. I . . . did not like this book at all. The characters kept saying “totes” instead of “totally.”

  21. If I Stay – Gayle Foreman
  22. Oh my heavens, I loved this book.

  23. The Forest of Hands and Teeth – Carrie Ryan
  24. Your own life has never looked so good.

  25. The Doll People – Ann M. Martin
  26. Somehow I missed the fan wagon on this one. Fine, but not wonderful.

  27. City of Glass – Cassandra Clare
  28. A nice conclusion to a good trilogy. Also, I’m finding that the people who hate Edward/Jacob also hate Jace. Interesting.

  29. Breathing – Cheryl Renee Herbsman
  30. I had such high hopes for this book, but sadly, the main girl was just too whiny for me.

  31. Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side – Beth Fantaskey
  32. I had low hopes for this book, but it turned out to be quite good, even with the fairly stupid title.

  33. Hattie Big Sky – Kirby Larson
  34. I loved Hattie and every page of this book. Read it.

  35. Teen Idol – Meg Cabot
  36. This book was incredibly unmemorable. Somehow Meg Cabot, queen of YA, doesn’t quite do it for me.

  37. Me, the Missing and the Dead – Jenny Valentine
  38. I don’t know what to say about this book – it was an odd one.

  39. Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini – Sid Fleischman
  40. I still think about this book. And wonder how he did some of those tricks.

  41. Wings – Aprilynne Pike
  42. I dreamed I got asked to write the sequel. I was terrified.

  43. Keturah and Lord Death – Martine Leavitt
  44. This book stretched on forever. Also, I was really surprised by the ending, not in a good way.

  45. Going Too Far – Jennifer Echols
  46. Surprisingly good, but a lot of swearing.

  47. The Dead and the Gone – Susan Beth Pfeffer
  48. Chilling – I now live in fear of meteorites and dying in an elevator.

  49. The Wednesday Wars – Gary D. Schmidt
  50. Just go read this book. What in the world are you waiting for?

  51. Unwind – Neal Shusterman
  52. A very quick engaging read, although the end kind of fizzed out for me.

  53. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy – Gary D. Schmidt
  54. Sad but also happy. I love Gary Schmidt.

  55. Love You Hate You Miss You – Elizabeth Scott
  56. Not my favorite Elizabeth Scott book. Bloom and Perfect You were better.

  57. A Kiss in Time – Alex Flinn
  58. Not one of my favorite retellings – both characters were sadly unlikable.

  59. Switch – Carol Snow
  60. Cool concept, but it didn’t quite fulfil its potential.

  61. Catherine, Called Birdy – Karen Cushman
  62. I know everyone adores this book, but it kind of dragged for me and I find Catherine quite unlikable.

  63. Boys Adrift: Five Factors Driving the Growing epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men – Leonard Sax
  64. Fascinating.

  65. Suite Scarlett – Maureen Johnson
  66. I didn’t know what to expect from this book and it was even more not what I expected.

  67. If I Stay – Gayle Forman
  68. It is very fun to try and conceal your bawling in an airport terminal.

  69. The Summoning – Kelley Armstrong
  70. I thought this book would be scarier and less interesting. I was happily surprised.

  71. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table – Molly Wizenberg
  72. Where is my cider cream sauce?

  73. A Long Way From Chicago – Richard Peck
  74. What a sweet book; the ending solidified this as a just darn good book.

  75. A Year Down Yonder – Richard Peck
  76. Even better than A Long Way From Chicago.

  77. The Luxe – Anna Godbersen
  78. This book was just fun.

  79. Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow – Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  80. Interesting in some parts, but a little slow in others

  81. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  82. I loved this book. No wonder it’s such a best seller.

  83. A Season of Gifts – Richard Peck
  84. I am totally on the Richard Peck bandwagon now.

  85. Al Capone Shines My Shoes – Gennifer Choldenko
  86. I liked this one better than the first book.

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  • Reply Sherry June 30, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Okay, but I really think you should listen to NPR just occasionally so that we can discuss important events together.

    I am reading the The Wednesday Wars with Eric, and I'm reading A Long Way from Chicago per the suggestion of STM.

    I'm quite enjoying both, and I find The Wednesday Wars just hilarious. I think Eric is only so-so on it. I'm hoping to finish it on our drive to Jackson Hole this weekend and that by the end he will adore it.

  • Reply Janelle June 30, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Funny, I read a couple of Elizabeth Scott books, liked Bloom okay, and didn't like Perfect You. I was a fan of Stealing Heaven, though.

    I have several of these on hold already, and am looking forward to reading them.

    And don't bother with the rest of the books of ember. The first one was by far the best.

  • Reply Kristy June 30, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Yep, you're really cool.

    Skipping off to reserve a bunch of these…

  • Reply Mary June 30, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Wow! That's a lot of reading. I'll have to go put some of those on reserve. By the way, do you have a copy of The Truth About Forever? I know you're a Sarah Dessen fan. I bought it at a library used book sale and am about half way through and know that it's not one I'm going to want to re-read. I was just going to take it to DI but thought I'd check here first!

  • Reply Jodi June 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Impressive list. Doesn't this mean you're about 85% done with your goal?

    This also just reminded me that I left my library book at work last night. Dangit.

  • Reply Lisa June 30, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Wednesday Wars- waiting on my library to get a copy.

    I have a couple more of these on my shelves too, but still have a huge stack of library books. I don't know why I think that the library won't have the same books later, but I want them all now now now!

  • Reply Jess June 30, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I haven't read a single book on this entire list and I am slightly ashamed of that.

    I totally agree with you on Meg Cabot. I have never gotten through a book of hers. So tedious.

  • Reply Chelsea Talks Smack June 30, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Such an awesome list, I have alot of catching up to do!

  • Reply Kelly J. June 30, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    You have very different feels about Guernsey Literary than I do! I'm glad my opinion didn't turn you off, at least. ha ha. Totally not my book. but goodness, it is NEVER available at work.

  • Reply Packrat July 1, 2009 at 12:12 am

    So glad you like Richard Peck's books. There was one – something with "Jessica" in the title – that I couldn't get into. When it surfaces, I'll try again.

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy July 1, 2009 at 3:10 am

    I TOTES love your list!

  • Reply Kimberly F. July 1, 2009 at 5:18 am

    You should read "Here Lies the Librarian" by Richard Peck. My mom got it for me when I was just starting library school. It is super cute. Now that I know his other books are good, I want to read them too!

  • Reply Mad Hadder July 1, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    No Shannon Hale? JSD is a good friend from Princeton Ward days. She's the only person I know who has met JK Rowling. And she has gorgeous red hair. And a maltese. And is married to "Mikey". And she knits. Pretty much a perfect combination of really great qualities. Thank heavens for us she left the adult genre and went for the YA market!

  • Reply Jeanelle July 1, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Okay, I am so with you on the "totes" thing. I haven't heard anyone say it in real life yet (and I of course, hang around a lot of cool people AND a lot of teenagers) so I think it's just a blogging/writer thing. Or am I wrong?

    You inspire me to read more so thank you for that. And hello – where is your camp report! I cannot be the only one waiting for that! 12 days and counting for me…eek.

  • Reply Kelly July 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I just read my first Dessen book (This Lullaby) and loved it. Can't wait til my library gets Along for the Ride!

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