Friday, September 30, 2011

Month in Review: September '11

SEPTEMBER '11

New year-to-date total: 266 books
Books left to hit 2011 goal: 99

Books Read: 25

Pages Read: 5,521
(including the page equivalent of any audiobooks)

The Ink Drinker by Eric Sanvoisin
A Stray for Two by Eric Sanvoisin
The City of Ink Drinkers by Eric Sanvoisin
Little Red Ink Drinker by Eric Sanvoisin
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney
Never Bite a Boy on the First Date by Tamara Summers
Star Wars Scanimation Book by Rufus Butler Seder
Fallen by Lauren Kate (audio)
Justice, Inc. by Kenneth Robeson
Slide (ARC) by Jill Hathaway
The Initiation by L.J. Smith
Witch & Wizard by James Patteson (audio)
The Captive by L.J. Smith
The Power by L.J. Smith
Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur (audio)
Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler (audio)
Bunnicula by James Howe (audio)
Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (audio)
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
Across the Universe by Beth Revis (audio)
Monster High by Lisi Harrison (audio)
Blood Trinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love (audio)


Reviews
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
The Secret Circle series by L.J. Smith
The Secret Circle premiere on the CW

Sunday, September 25, 2011

My Week in Books (49)

Credit for IMM goes to The Story Siren
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Books bought

Pre-order arrivals

  First Kill (The Slayer Chronicles, #1) Where There's a Wolf, There's a Way (Monster High, #3) Kiss of Night



First Kill by Heather Brewer
Where There's a Wolf, There's a Way by Lisi Harrison

Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions by Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong
(^ GR graphic link not available)
Kiss of Night by Debbie Viguie

What I read this week

Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian, #1) Fledgling Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery Obernewtyn (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #1) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1) Drink, Slay, Love

Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur (audio, reread)
What can I say? I was in Aussie accent withdrawal.
Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
Bunnicula (audio, reread)
Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
I'm hoping to get this one to count for the "wizards" section of my Vampires, Wizards, and Superheroes kidlit class!
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (audio, reread)
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
Books I started but haven't finished (yet!)

Across the Universe A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1) Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #1) Hero

Across the Universe by Beth Revis (audio, reread)
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
Hero by Mike Lupica

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Top 100 YA Books of All Time

So... after I went through and correctly formmated the Top 100 YA Books list for Tuesday, I found this other list. It freaked me out a little, because the posts had almost the same title, so I thought I had just spent a lot of time o something that wasn't even correct! It turned out to be something completely different, though. (Whew!) This list is a bit older, from August of 2010, but I thought it was interesting as well. Check out the original post at Persnickety Snark for more details!

Books I've read will be in blue.
Books I want to read but haven't yet will be in purple italics.
Books I don't particularly want to read will be in black.

1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
3. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
4. Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson
5. Northern Lights, Philip Pullman
6. The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen
7. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
8. The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
9. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
10. This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen
11. Looking for Alaska, John Green
12. Just Listen, Sarah Dessen
13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
14. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
15. City of Bones, Cassandra Clare
16. On the Jellicoe Road, Melina Marchetta
17. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
19. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
20. Along for the Ride, Sarah Dessen
21. Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater
22. Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead
23. Graceling, Kristin Cashore
24. Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher
25. Sloppy Firsts, Megan McCafferty
26. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
27. Alanna: The First Adventure, Tamora Pierce
28. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
29. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
30. Uglies, Scott Westerfeld
31. A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray
32. Tomorrow, When the War Began, John Marsden
33. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart
34. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
35. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
36. Paper Towns, John Green
37. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
38. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
39. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Betty Smith
40. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
41. Lock and Key, Sarah Dessen
42. The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman
43. Evernight, Claudia Gray
44. Sabriel, Garth Nix
45. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling
46. Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
47. Forever, Judy Blume
48. I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
49. Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine
50. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
51. Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
52. Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
53. The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper
54. Hush, Hush, Becca Fitzpatrick
55. Saving Francesca, Melina Marchetta
56. Second Helpings, Megan McCafferty
57. Dreamland, Sarah Dessen
58. Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer
59. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
60. Fire, Kristin Cashore
61. The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier
62. Weetzie Bat, Francesca Lia Block
63. The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
64. Looking for Alibrandi, Melina Marchetta
65. How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff
66. City of Glass, Cassandra Clare
67. Keeping the Moon, Sarah Dessen
68. Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer
69. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison
70. If I Stay, Gayle Forman
71. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner
72. Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson
73. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, Robin McKinley
74. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley
75. Feed, M.T. Anderson
76. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Ann Brashares
77. Go Ask Alice, Anonymous
78. Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr
79. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
80. Someone Like You, Sarah Dessen
81. The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan
82. Jacob Have I Loved, Katherine Paterson
83. The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
84. Poison Study, Maria V. Snyder
85. Shadow Kiss, Richelle Mead
86. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi
87. An Abundance of Katherines, John Green
88. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon
89. A Ring of Endless Light, Madeleine L’Engle
90. Glass Houses, Rachel Caine
91. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I:The Pox Party, M.T. Anderson
92. Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech
93. Whale Talk, Chris Crutcher
94. Perfect Chemistry, Simone Elkeles
95. Going Too Far, Jennifer Echols
96. The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks
97. Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver
98. Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
99. The Pigman, Paul Zindel
100. The Hero and the Crown, Robin McKinley

What are your favorites from this list? Better yet, what do you think should be on the list that isn't?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Top 100 YA Books

I've seen this making the circuit on the blogosphere (namely on Smash Attack Reads and The Bookish Brunette. I've enjoyed reading everyone's lists, so thought I'd share mine here!

Books I've read will be in blue.
Books I want to read but haven't yet will be in purple italics.
Books I don't particularly care to read will be in black.

1. Alex Finn – Beastly
2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
3. Ally Carter – Callagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
4. Ally Condie – Matched
5. Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
12. Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2)
13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
15. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3)
18. Christopher Paolini – Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
28. Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3)
29. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
32. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
37. John Green – Looking for Alaska
38. John Green – Paper Towns
39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
41. Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
43. Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)
44. Lemony Snicket – Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
48. M.T. Anderson – Feed
49. Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) (read as a kid)
51. Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
52. Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
55. Mary Ting – Crossroads
56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)
58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
60. Meg Rosoff – How I Live Now
61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
63. Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
66. Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind
69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline
70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust
71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
73. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
79. S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
82. Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
84. Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
85. Scott Westerfeld – Leviathan (1, 2)
86. Scott Westerfeld – Uglies (1, 2, 3)
87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
89. Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
92. Stephanie Meyer – The Host
93. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
94. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
95. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
96. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)
97. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
98. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
99. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
100. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped

What's on your list? Or better yet, what do you think should be on the list?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

My Week in Books (48)

Cedit for IMM goes to The Story Siren
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Books received for review

SLIDE
by Jill Hathaway
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (Harper Collins)
Source: The amazing Jill Hathaway herself!
To be released: March 27, 2012

SHE KNOWS TOO MUCH . . .
BUT NOT ENOUGH TO STOP A KILLER.

Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth - her sister's friend Sophie didn't kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn't actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else's mind and experiences the world through that person's eyes. She's slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed "friend" when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing would have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie's slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can't bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she's spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

Books bought

Pre-order arrivals

Frost Drink, Slay, Love Fateful Away (The Line, #2) Circle Nine  You Have Seven Messages 

Frost by Marianna Baer
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
Fateful by Claudia Gray
Away by Teri Hall
Circle Nine by Anne Heltzel
You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis

Ashfall (Ashfall, #1) Blood Wounds Glow (Sky Chasers, #1) As I Wake The Shadowing: Hunted (The Shadowing, #1) Going Underground

Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott
Hunted by Adam Slater
Going Underground by Susan Vaught



What I read this week

Justice, Inc. Slide The Initiation (The Secret Circle, #1) Witch & Wizard The Captive (The Secret Circle, #2) The Power (The Secret Circle, #3) 

Justice, Inc. by Kenneth Robeson
Slide (ARC) by Jill Hathaway
The Initiation by L.J. Smith
(I wanted to read this series before the show debuted on the CW!)
Witch & Wizard by James Patterson['s ghostwriters]
The Captive by L.J. Smith
The Power by L.J. Smith


Books I started but haven't finished (yet!)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1) Fledgling Drink, Slay, Love

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (audio)
Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler (audio)
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

Thursday, September 15, 2011

TV Review: The Secret Circle Premiere on the CW

All right, my lovelies - I will be talking about tonight's premiere episode of the Secret Circle. If you don't want any spoilers before you catch up on your DVR, skip this post!

Last night, I wrote up a brief review of L.J. Smith's Secret Circle series in anticipation of the show's premiere on the CW. I then spent too much time checking out the promos in the show's IMDB page and, by the time the show premiered tonight, I was practically drooling with anticipation. The story might be quite different from the books, but that's not always a bad thing!

So, let's recap, shall we?

The Story

I'm not sure how I feel about the writers killing off Cassie's mother in the opening scene. I was really looking forward to seeing their relationship develop, and it's disappointing to have that taken away right off the bat. I also thought that Cassie's nonexistent relationship with her cronish grandmother would have been important to the storyline. Her ignorance of her heritage makes less sense when you consider that she knows her grandmother. Why wouldn't she have visited, yet had a relationship?

The curtain scene with Nick was cute, but I think that she should have met Adam first, since they're soulmates who are destined to be together. It's symbolic! But no, they had to start the love triangle (quadrangle?) early. The stars on the ceiling were a nice touch, though. Clearly there is symbolism there, just like Adam's dad mentioned - stars rather than silver cords.

So many weird little changes - Faye Chamberlain's mother as the principal, Diana being played by a dark-haired beauty instead of a blond bombshell (there goes the symbolism!), etc. Adam's character feels like he should be a little more rugged, too. (Or maybe I'm just getting old...) It's nothing against the actors; I just don't feel like they're entirely representative of the characters. Then again, I suspect the writers have completely twisted the story around to fit their weird and twisted storylines, just like they did with The Vampire Diaries, so it probably won't matter in the long run.

Charles is super creepy. I can't believe he's Diana's dad! The writers are clearly trying to add in an extra layer of drama by having the adults hiding secrets too. I liked it better in the book when the parents were oblivious, yet the grandmas knew everything. That's dramatic and funny at the same time.


I think it would have been nice if Cassie had discovered something for herself, or if Diana had a little more control over the Circle, etc. etc. Overall, though, I thought it was a good pilot! I'll definitely give it a few more episodes.


Phoebe Tonkin

I was most looking forward to Phoebe Tonkin's performance as Faye Chamberlain. I adored her as Fi in Tomorrow, When the War Began and even loved her performance in the Aussie show H2O: Just Add Water... which I started watching because I was in total TWTWB cast withdrawal. She seems to have always played "good" girls, so I was very excited to see how she would handle the "bad girl" role. I still think it's a little weird because of how I'm used to seeing her, but she did a fantastic job with Faye's character. I totally bought her as the badass. The clothes and makeup  helped, but she definitely has a spunky attitude underneath her nice girl exterior. The semi-innocence means that people will underestimate her when she needs them to. I suspect that Faye will be using that to her advantage later on in the series. Love it! Phoebe's American accent was very well done, as well. I am so happy to see her breaking into the American market. Go Aussies! Now we just have to get the rest of the Tomorrow cast over here... :)


So, did you watch the Secret Circle? What did you think?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

My Week in Books (47)

Credit for IMM goes to The Story Siren
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Books received for review

Tris & Izzie
by Mette Ivie Harrison
Publisher: Egmont USA
Source: Netgalley
To be released: October 11, 2011

I loved Tristan et Iseult when I read it back in French class, so I am so excited to read this modern version!

A modern retelling of the German fairytale "Tristan and Isolde", Tris and Izzie is about a young witch named Izzie who is dating Mark King, the captain of the basketball team and thinks her life is going swimmingly well. Until -- she makes a love potion for her best friend Brangane and then ends up taking it herself accidentally, and falling in love with Tristan, the new guy at school.



Books bought

Books for my Children's Literature: Vampires, Wizards, and Superheroes class

Obernewtyn (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #1) Super Human Powerless Black and White (The Icarus Project, #1) Shades of Gray (The Icarus Project, #2)

Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
Super Human by Michael Carroll
Powerless by Matthew Cody
Black and White by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge
Shades of Gray by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge

A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1) Hero Wild Cards 1 (Wild Cards, #1) Hero Justice, Inc.

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Hero by Mike Lupica
Wild Cards I by George R. R. Martin
Hero by Perry Moore
Justice, Inc. by Kenneth Robeson

Pre-order arrivals

 Sweet Venom The Hidden (The Hollow, #3)

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

The Hidden by Jessica Verday

What I read this week

Never Bite a Boy on the First Date Star Wars: A Scanimation Book Fallen (Fallen, #1)

Never Bite a Boy on the First Date by Tamara Summers
Star Wars Scanimation Book by Rufus Butler Seder
Fallen by Lauren Kate (audio, reread)

Books I started but haven't finished (yet!)

Day of Fire (2176 Series, #2) Tris & Izzie Sweet Venom The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1)

Day of Fire by Kathleen Nance
Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams