Three Quarters of the Way Through

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

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

  • Fairy Tale – Cyn Balog
  • Tried too hard. 

  • 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. 

  • Valley of Fire – Janet Cox
  • Total Mormon chick-lit. Loved every page. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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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  • Reply Lexilooo October 2, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    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!

  • Reply Lisa October 2, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    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.

  • Reply Elizabeth October 2, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    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.

  • Reply Picture Taker October 2, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    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 🙂

  • Reply Peaceful Reader October 3, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Impressive list!! I am reading Rumors right now and love it!!

  • Reply Trish October 4, 2009 at 4:09 am

    Love these ity bity mini-reviews! Sounds like a great year so far.

  • Reply poodle October 4, 2009 at 4:22 am

    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!

  • Reply Katie Rich October 5, 2009 at 4:40 am

    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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