Three Quarters of the Way Through

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

Still conflicted on this book. It just wasn’t quite what I wanted.



Rumors – Anna Godbersen
I LOVED this series. I am DYING for the last one to come out!




Envy – Anna Godbersen
This one is not quite as good as the first two, but still fun.




Fire – Kristin Cashore

This is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year.



Academy 7 – Anne Osterlund

Still Star-Warsy.



This Lullaby – Sarah Dessen
I will never stop loving Sarah Dessen




Keeping the Moon – Sarah Dessen
Probably my least favorite of her books, except maybe That Summer.




Twenty Boy Summer – Sarah Ockler
This book was a crushing disappointment.




The Finishing Touches – Hester Browne
Fine, but forgettable.




One Lonely Degree – C.K. Kelly Martin
Bleck, too depressing.




Catching Fire – Suzanne Cullins

There are not words to show my devotion.



Feathers – Jacqueline Woodson
This book fell a bit flat for me; I need to read one of her other books.




The Lemonade War – Jacqueline Davies
Not my favorite either. The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award and I got off to a bit of a rocky start.




Another Faust – Daniel Nayeri
Too weird. Just. . .too weird.




When You Reach Me – Rebecca Stead
A book I meant to write about – funny, smart, and completely engrossing. Clearly, I never did, though.




The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton

This one deserved the hype. I feel oddly awesome to have finally read it.



Small Steps – Louis Sachar
This is a rather flat follow-up to the absolutely amazing Holes.




The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Han

Another one that had me frantically Googling the release date of the sequel.



Fairy Tale – Cyn Balog
Tried too hard.




Life with Picasso – Francoise Gilot

I still cannot believe I managed to read this whole book.



Downtown Chic: Designing Your Dream Home: from Wreck to Ravishing – Robert Novogratz

I want a garage door in my kitchen.



Twenties Girl – Sophie Kinsella
Maybe my favorite Sophie Kinsella now. I kept forcing Bart to listen to me read parts aloud, while I HOWLED with laughter.




Practice Makes Perfect – Julia James
Romance. Definitely romance.




Banker – Dick Francis

I need to read something else by him, since this book was phenomenal.



Valley of Fire – Janet Cox

Total Mormon chick-lit. Loved every page.



Radiant Darkness – Emily Whitman

Surprisingly memorable.



Fade to Blue – Sean Beaudoin
This book was so weird. As in, I literally had no idea what had happened when I closed the book. I was just so glad it was done.




The Hunger Games – Suzanne Cullins

Just as good the second time. I can’t wait to read Catching Fire to Bart.



Hate List – Jennifer Brown

This book was just marvelous. It deserves the hype it’s getting.



Once Was Lost – Sara Zarr
A terrific Sara Zarr book – maybe my favorite so far.




Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
Bless you people who tuld me you hated this book too. I feel so much less alone.




On the Wings of Heroes – Richard Peck

Richard Peck, your books are just too good for words. Not that that stops me. I forgive you for telling teachers to pass out vocab lists when they read aloud.



Princess Ben: Being a Wholly Truthful Account of her Various Discoveries and Misadventures, Recounted to the Best of her Recollection, in Four Parts – Catherine Gilbert Murdock
This book dragged on and on. It gave me no hint of how awesome her other books would be.




Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie – David Lubar
A fun audio book. Kind of cheesy.




Dairy Queen – Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Holy cow, I loved this book (pun unintended but appreciated).




Swindle – Gordon Korman
My students LOVED this book. A total winner.




The Off Season – Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Even BETTER than the first one. I am shaking with excitement about the third one.




A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith

So lovely. So glad to have read it.



Judy Moody – Megan McDonald
I can see why these are popular – very cute and fun.




The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo
I was biased against this book going in, but it won me over in spite of myself. Darling.




Billy the Fish – Charlie James
Funnyish but too weird and didn’t have a strong enough plot.




Flygirl – Sherri L. Smith
Great YA historical fiction.




Goldengrove – Francine Prose
Much different and better than I expected.




Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus – Barbara Park
Having been around elementary schoul students for a month now, this book rings pretty true.




The Fairy-Tale Detectives – Michael Buckley
I so wanted to love this. Instead I just liked it.




The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
Bizarre, but semi-charming.

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  1. Twenties Girl! I so want to read it and am on the waiting list at my library…in fact, I am 14 in the queue! That is down from when I first added it to my list…I was 33 then!

  2. Yay! I love this post.

    Still haven't read The Hunger Games, but I have it at home now. Took Twenty Boy Summer back unfinished and am considering not checking it back out. Need to add Hate List to my list.

    I keep requesting that my library order all these YA books. I feel like you're doing their job for them.

  3. Um, yeah. I've been wondering where the heck your list WAS. And then it turns out I did mine a month early.
    Sigh. Lucky I can read cuz I certainly can't count.

  4. I was introduced to Junie B Jones in first grade and loved her. My niece is in kindergarton and I'm excited that she is almost ready for Junie B Jones 🙂

  5. augh.. an author told teachers to pass out vocab lists? that's a shame.

    although i'm sure his books are marvelous. i love looking at your book lists!! i have loved pretty much every single book that you have!

  6. Your reading list is seriously inspiration to me. I feel like I am reading a lot in my MA program, but still nothing compared to you.

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