I read 37 books this quarter, putting my year-to-date total at 112. I’ve gotta admit, I’m feeling pretty good about myself today.
The Redheaded Princess – Ann Rinaldi Pretty good biography about Queen Elizabeth’s youth. Plus, I love Ann Rinaldi.
Slipping – Cathleen Davitt Bell Kind of time-traveley, touchy-feeling family book. For boys. Yes, it was a bit strange.
Caught Between the Pages – Marlene Carvell Unbelievably forgettable. As in, I can’t really think of a thing to say about it.
The Juliet Club – Suzanne Harper Girl goes to Italy to study Shakespeare and SURPRISE! Falls in love.
My Dad’s a Birdman – David Almond Too weird for my blood. And if my dad was eating bugs off the floor, I would lose my mind.
Revolution is not a Dinner Party – Ying Chang Compestine Communist Revolution books? Yes please.
The Willoughbys – Lois Lowry Funny, but still not quite funny enough.
Audrey, Wait! – Robin Benway Minus the copious swearing, a really amusing book.
My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park – Steve Kluger Uneven – sometimes hilarious, sometimes just weird and stupid.
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clark Harry Potter for adults? I think not.
Rapunzel’s Revenge – Shannon and Dean Hale An excellent graphic novel. Fun and funny. Anyone with braids that can be used as lassos is a winner in my book.
Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer The more I think about this book, the more I seethe with rage. I try not to dwell on it.
Alive and Well in Prague, New York – Daphne Grab I find it hard to believe that, even in Prague, New York, someone would willingly wear overalls.
Planet Pregnancy – Linda Oatman High I read this book in about thirty minutes. Thank you, blank verse.
The Loser’s Guide to Life and Love – A. E. Cannon Delightful and funny. Midsummer Night’s Dream has never been so charmingly modern.
Twilight – Stephenie Meyer What more is there to say?
New Moon – Stephenie Meyer Much better the second time when I wasn’t all consumed with IS EDWARD EVER COMING BACK!?!?!?
Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer My favorite of the series. I will not apologize for bawling through the end when she tells Jacob she picks Edward. Sob!
Monster – Dean Walter Myers Meh.
Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer Worse the second time. Yes, I read this twice in three weeks.
The Possibilities of Sainthood – Donna Freitas Cute, but a little repetitive.
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins This book is out now. Go read it, pronto.
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos – R.L. LaFevers Frankly? I’ve never been so bored by Egyptian curses.
Al Capone Does My Shirts – Gennifer Choldenko I read this after we visited Alcatraz. It was a really good book.
Forever – Judy Blume My first ever Judy Blume book, if you can believe it. This didn’t really make me want to run out and read more.
Jip, His Story – Katherine Paterson Not as good as Bridge to Terabithia but a bazillion times better than Jacob Have I Hated Loved.
Geography Club – Brent Hartinger So unrealistic in so many ways. I cannot even begin to list my issues with this book. Fortunately, we talked about it in class and I got to publicly air my grievances.
Thoreau at Walden – John Porcellino A top-notch graphic novel. Plus I felt uber-smart reading actual Thoreau (albeit with pictures).
Sweethearts – Sara Zarr A stellar book – definitely one of my favorites from the quarter.
Story of a Girl – Sara Zarr Sweethearts was much better.
Tex – S. E. Hinton Loved! So well-written that I didn’t even mind reading about horses.
The Declaration – Gemma Malley Interesting but very predictable. Also, the main character was kind of annoying, which is a downer.
How NOT to be Popular – Jennifer Ziegler Funny, predictable, disappointing ending. What else is there to say?
Shakespeare’s Secret – Elise Broach I could not wrap my head around this book. It was mystery! romance! history! but only sort of a bit of each.
High Dive – Tammar Stein Review forthcoming. For now, suffice it to say, this book was top-notch.
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