Book Reviews

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 Castellucci
  • Weird, but nicely done. I really quite liked it.

  • 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.

  • After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Darling.

  • 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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  • Reply Jen October 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I tell my husband about the books I like too and I keep telling him, even after that glazed look appears 🙂

  • Reply Jenny October 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    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?

  • Reply alisonwonderland October 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    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.

  • Reply Jeanelle October 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    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.

  • Reply Lisa October 3, 2010 at 3:57 am

    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 . . .

  • Reply McKinley October 3, 2010 at 6:37 am

    I am so impressed! Nicely done!! Now you need to make a post of which one is your favorite!

  • Reply lifeofadoctorswife October 4, 2010 at 4:03 am

    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.

  • Reply Packrat October 5, 2010 at 2:11 am

    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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