Three Quarters Read

I cannot believe the year is three quarters over.

Since we’ve moved to Texas, my reading has really accelerated (not to the post-ALA/husband out of town heights of the first quarter, since my second and third quarter titles TOGETHER do not equal how many books I read in the first quarter, but never mind that).

This quarter, I read 38 books, with a total of 10,947 pages. And I’ve read some far more decent books this quarter. I think.

Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles
My least favorite of hers so far.




White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen Klages
As usual, the sequel was not nearly as good as the first book, but this one was still pretty excellent.




The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Not a favorite.




The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
Fine, but not great. I felt like it was trying too hard to be a teen romance with SUBSTANCE.




As Simple as It Seems by Sarah Weeks
I just couldn’t get into this book. Also, I thought it’d be geared a little older. It was not.




Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle
Okay, so I guess the books have NOT been more decent this quarter. . .




11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
Fun at first, but went on a little too long.




This Gorgeous Game by Donna Freitas
Much better than her first book, I thought.




Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castelluc
Weird, but nicely done. I really quite liked it.




Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Cannot WAIT for the sequel.



Mississippi Jack: Being an Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and Lily of the West by L.A. Meyer
For some inexplicable reason, I can’t get enough of these books.




General Winston’s Daughter by Sharon Shinn

Good, but not great.



Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

If all fantasy was like this book, I’d read a lot more fantasy.



After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy 20201106323
It’s only been about a month, but I cannot remember a thing about this book except that it had two narrators.




Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Uglies was a much better book.




Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Realistic but not all that fun to read.




Little Bee by Chris Cleave

This book nearly killed me.



School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari
Wanted to be A Series of Unfortunate Events. Failed.




How to Take the Ex out of Ex-Boyfriend by Janette Rallison
Where it all began . . .




A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

Female spies. Quite awesome.



The Daughters by Joanna Philbin
So much better than I expected. Shopaholic for kids, kind of.




Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

Cute. So cute.



What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
One of the best books I’ve read this quarter. Loved every article.




The President’s Daughter by Ellen Emerson White
Just picked up the next three in the series yesterday. I suppose you could guess I liked it. . .




Trial of the Heart by Sierra St. James
Very Mormon-y. Cute, though.




Fame, Glory and Other Things on My To-Do List by Janette Rallison
Janette Rallison is vair vair funny.




The Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin
Delightful fluff.




All’s Fair in Love, War, and High School by Janette Rallison
Not my favorite of hers.




On Becoming Babywise by Gary Ezzo
This book stressed me out so much.




Life, Love and the Pursuit of Free Throws by Janette Rallison
My least favorite of her books. The dual narrators were confusing. In unrelated news, I’m not very bright.




Me and Rolly Maloo by Janet S. Wong
Making a book a graphic novel doesn’t make a lame story line more interesting.




Nightshade City by Hilary Wagner

Now I want to go re-read the Redwall series. Except that there are a THOUSAND of them.



My Double Life by Janette Rallison
Told Bart all about this book. Because that’s what I do when I like a book.




Playing the Field by Janette Rallison
Cute but I like the ones about girls more.




It’s a Mall World After All by Janette Rallison





The Case of the Terrible T. Rex by Michele Torrey
Wish I’d had these books at my schools last year.




Amy’s Eyes by Richard Kennedy

Hmm, this book was just too weird for me.

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  1. What an excellent list to consider! My 12 year old just finished The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt. When a 12-year old says she LOVES this book and didn't want it to end, it makes me want to read it. Have you read that one?

  2. And I thought I was doing well, having read 25 books in the past three months – and I don't have a newborn! 🙂

    I've only read a few of the books you've listed, so I need to add some of these to my to-read list.

  3. I have so much to read after I finish the Sarah books…re-reading the Ellen Emerson White books, start the Janette Rallison books and the Joanna Philbin book sounds good too.

  4. On Becoming Babywise stressed me out too! I know people who swear by it, but it was not for me or my first two children. I now have another method I like much better, which also comes from a book who's name I cannot remember right now . . .

  5. The only one besides Little Bee that I've read (on your list) is What the Dog Saw. I loved it! He is such a good, interesting writer! And – while I really enjoy a lot of his books – there's something to be said for the quality of his writing when he's focusing on one small piece.

  6. As usual when you post, I want to rush to the bookstore (80 miles one way), buy them all and read. Never happens.

    When your little darling starts crawling, your reading time will diminish again. It won't stop, but it will be hindered. Sorry. But, the baby is more fun, and she will only be little for a short time.

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