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What I’ve been reading and not blogging about

August 31, 2011
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Enclave by Ann Aguirre
I remember being pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it… and not much else.

Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby
So many paranormals are dark or ominous. This is a fun!paranormal. Very entertaining and the three fairies were quite amusing.

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Classic Dessen. Need I say more?

Warriors in the Crossfire by Nancy Bo Flood
I feel kinda guilty that I don’t remember more about it. Notable particularly because of the setting and Chamorro protagonist. C’mon, how many other YA books set in Saipan can you think of?

The Revenant by Sonia Gensler
Reminded me a bit of Christine Fletcher’s Ten Cents a Dance. Proud, headstrong girls who make mistakes, but who don’t come across as too modern. Authors who aren’t afraid of having their protagonists initially display the casual racism of the period, then learn to see beyond their initial ignorance.

Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
It doesn’t get off to the fastest, most exciting start. Still, I found Andi and Bernardo so likable and endearing, and the magical realism elements so engaging, that I ended up rather adoring the book.

Shine by Lauren Myracle
Early chapters are primarily flashbacks, but I was sucked in anyway. Thought it read more like a mystery than anything else, which I loved. Great sense of place. Powerful and moving.

Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
I have to say, the cover looked even more awkward in print than it did online. As for the book itself, it was good. Really good, especially since (like Angie) I was underwhelmed by Bloodhound. I want to say more, but mostly about things that fall firmly into spoiler territory, so I’ll stop for now.

Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez
Heavy-handed but readable. Appreciated the diversity and bisexual angles, but ultimately, not very memorable.

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly
I haven’t even read that many YA angel books, and I’m already tired of them. For some reason, I decided to read this anyway and was pleasantly surprised. It’s a nice change of pace from all those love triangles, at any rate. Did take a bit of time to get used to the alternating first- and third-person narrations in the same chapter, though. Also, has no one heard of dyeing your hair? Seriously?

Blood Red Road by Moira Young
I generally don’t like books that don’t use quotation marks, but I got over that pretty quickly. (Then I was startled the one time they appeared; still not sure that usage made sense to me.) It took a bit longer, about fifty pages or so, before I got used to the dialect. Liked it overall, think it’s one of the better dystopians I’ve read recently, and would definitely recommend it to Hunger Games fans.

Non-Fiction (Not YA)
The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick
Okay, it’s a dense read so I’m still (slowly) making my way through it. And it is *totally* blowing my mind.

Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal
As you might guess from the title, very pro-gaming. But, for librarians, worth a read regardless of whether you’re a gamer or not, for the insights into learning, motivation, and (of course) gaming. Also, McGonigal designed the New York Public Library’s Find the Future game.

Book source: All books borrowed from the public library, except for the Mastiff ARC, which I borrowed from fellow librarian Hillary (thanks!).

6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2011 4:21 am

    I am so glad I am not the only one horrified by The Mastiff cover. The first two Beka books were decent actual photographs and then all of the sudden they switch to Frankenstein. Those arms don’t even look like they belong to her. Her head looks like it is on wrong and that armor, ugh!

    • September 5, 2011 3:09 pm

      Some covers don’t look as bad when you’re actually holding the book in your hands as they do on screen. This is not one of them. I completely agree with you.

  2. September 3, 2011 4:23 am

    I like these short reviews both as a reader and blogger!! I may have to borrow this format!

    • September 5, 2011 3:10 pm

      Thanks! This was my I-feel-kinda-guilty-for-not-blogging-because-I-have-been-reading recap. It’s good for books I don’t have that much to say about, but there were a couple (like Shine) that really deserve longer reviews. Maybe one day…

  3. September 10, 2011 1:05 pm

    We got Blood Red Road, just haven’t found time for it yet!

    Sash and Em

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