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Julia's comments from the Young Adult Book Reading Challenges group.

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Jan 09, 2013 11:25AM

3551 I finished A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly this morning. I really liked it. It's set in the Adirondacks in New York. Now I'm reading Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt and really enjoying it. I'm reading it because I didn't like the author's What Came from the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt and Lizzie is set in rural Maine.
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Jan 03, 2013 11:11AM

3551 I do the A-Z challenge with author's names. Last year I read “The Other Shore” by Gao Xingjian, who won a Nobel Prize, but I don't recommend it, though as a play, it's *short.*

Zombies Vs. Unicorns by Holly Black is also a lot of fun!
Jan 03, 2013 09:46AM

Jan 02, 2013 09:57AM

3551 Here's my progress:
48/50

Alabama: Looking for Alaska
Alaska: Julie of the Wolves
Arizona: Everybody Sees the Ants
Arkansas: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
California: Mr. Penumbra's 24- Hour Bookstore
Colorado: Monument 14
Connecticut: One for the Murphys
Delaware: The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls
Florida: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Georgia: The Walking Dead
Hawaii: Under the Blood Red Sun
Idaho: Period 8
Illinois: Tandem
Indiana: The Fault in Our Stars
Iowa: Ashfall
Kansas: The Learning Tree
Kentucky: The Queen of Kentucky
Louisiana: Out of the Easy
Maine: Lizzie Bright & the Buckminster Boy
Maryland: Blood and Chocolate
Massachusetts: What Came from the Stars
Michigan: Starting from Here
Minnesota: The Round House
Mississippi: Beneath a Meth Moon
Missouri: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Montana: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Nebraska: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland...
Nevada: Tilt
New Hampshire: Love & Leftovers
New Jersey: The Art of Wishing
New Mexico: Fated
New York: A Northern Light
North Carolina: Three Times Lucky
North Dakota: The Beet Fields
Ohio: The House of Dies Drear
Oklahoma: Hereafter
Oregon: The Lathe of Heaven
Pennsylvania: Ghetto Cowboy
Rhode Island: Devilish
South Carolina: Sweetly
South Dakota: Go Big or Go Home
Tennessee: Hourglass
Texas: Texas Gothic I didn't care for this but loved Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Utah: Lost Boy
Vermont: Jip
Virginia: The Raven Boys
Washington: Other
West Virginia: Funny How Things Change
Wisconsin: Candy Everybody Wants
Wyoming: Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me I loved this a lot, but ~page 200 in, I found it's set in Montana. but I am about to direct The Laramie Project which is set in Wyoming.
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan; The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 by Robert Kirkman; What Came from the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt; Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow; The Round House by Louise Erdrich; Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson; The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1) by Catherynne M. Valente; Candy Everybody Wants (P.S.) by Josh Kilmer-Purcell; A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly; Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt; Tilt by Ellen Hopkins; The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay; One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt; Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings, #2) by Jackson Pearce; Lost Boy by Brent W. Jeffs; Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage; The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) by Michelle Hodkin; Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury; The Beet Fields Memories of a Sixteenth Summer by Gary Paulsen; Fated (Soul Seekers, #1) by Alyson Noel; Hereafter (Hereafter, #1) by Tara Hudson; Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri; The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher; The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks; The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton; Funny How Things Change by Melissa Wyatt; The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater; Jip His Story by Katherine Paterson; Ashfall (Ashfall, #1) by Mike Mullin; Other (Other, #1) by Karen Kincy; The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin; Period 8 by Chris Crutcher; Monument 14 (Monument 14, #1) by Emmy Laybourne; Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain; Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler; Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys; Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs; The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman; The Art of Wishing (The Art of Wishing, #1) by Lindsay Ribar; Devilish by Maureen Johnson; Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou;
Hourglass (Hourglass, #1) by Myra McEntire; The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker; Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause; Looking for Alaska by John Green; Tandem (Many-Worlds, #1) by Anna Jarzab;


Plus Countries 19/ 20
1.France- Code Name Verity
2.England- The London Eye Mystery
3.South Africa- Zoo City
4.Scotland- Hollow Earth
5.Sudan- Home of the Brave
6. Brazil- The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
7. Czech Republic- Daughter of Smoke & Bone
8. Australia-The Light Between Oceans
9. Abkhazia-Magic Rises
10. China- Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was
11. Afghanistan- A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story
12. Hungary- Lady Lazarus
13. Rome, Italy- Heaven Is Paved with Oreos
14. Ethiopia Cutting for Stone
15. Germany Rose Under Fire
16. Nigeria Purple Hibiscus
17. Congo Endangered
18. Viet Nam Inside Out & Back Again
19. Poland The Boy on the Wooden Box

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein; The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd; Zoo City by Lauren Beukes; Hollow Earth by Carole E. Barrowman; Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate; The River of Doubt Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard; Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor; The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman; Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6) by Ilona Andrews; Bridge of Birds A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was (The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, #1) by Barry Hughart; A Fort of Nine Towers An Afghan Family Story by Qais Akbar Omar; Lady Lazarus (Lady Lazarus Trilogy, #1) by Michele Lang; Heaven Is Paved with Oreos (Dairy Queen, #4) by Catherine Gilbert Murdock; Cutting for Stone  by Abraham Verghese; Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2) by Elizabeth Wein; Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Endangered by Eliot Schrefer; Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai; The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson;
Jan 01, 2013 12:08PM

3551 Best Books I Read in 2012
Fiction - adult
1. Farthing by Jo Walton
*2. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
3. The Healer’s War by Elizabeth Scarborough
4. Anything But Typical by Nora R Baskin
5. Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie
6. Earth (The Book) by Jon Stewart
*7. Among Others by Jo Walton
8. Somewhere Beneath These Waves by Sarah Monette
9. The Heidi Chronicles and Other Plays by Wendy Wasserstein
10. Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler
11. Elfhome by Wen Spencer
12. Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler
13. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman
14. Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold
15. A Fistful of Sky by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Fiction ~ya
*16. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
17. Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
18. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
19. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
20. Where Things Come Back by J C Whaley
21. Partials by Dan Wells
22. Anything But Typical by Nora R Baskin
*23. Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
*24. Foiled! By Jane Yolen
25. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
26. Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
27. The Diviners by Libba Bray

Non- fiction
28. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
29. Wendy and the Lost Boys by Julie Salamon
*30. My Wonderful World of Slapstick by Buster Keaton
31. Buster Keaton Remembered by Eleanor Keaton
32. Prophet’s Prey: My Seven- Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints by Sam Brower
* The Best of the Best

I don't have a list of my worst books, but here's the books I didn't finish, possibly because I wasn't in the mood for them when I picked them up...

1. Lunatics by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel
2. Faithful Place by Tana French
3. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
4. Moon Called by Andre Norton
5. The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
6. Eyes Like Leaves by Charles de Lint
7. Underdogs by Markus Zusak
8. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
9. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
10. Elements of Style by Wendy Wasserstein
11. After Life by Rhian Ellis
12. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
13. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
14. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
Dec 23, 2012 06:44PM

3551 Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1) by Octavia E. Butler and Parable of the Talents (Earthseed, #2) by Octavia E. Butler are dystopian science fiction novels with a young woman protagonist that take place just a few years into our future. They are harrowing, real novels, perhaps part of why the author, Octavia E. Butler was the first science fiction author to win a MacArthur Genius grant. She saw what was going on with corporations and thought legalized slavery wouldn't be far behind...
It's possible you've heard of her better known novel which is time travel but primarily set in the ante- bellum South Kindred by Octavia E. Butler.

What is this 'New Adult contemporary books ?'

And hopefully most of my favorite authors Charles de Lint, Emma Bull,Terri Windling, Jane Yolen, Neil Gaiman and their publishers disagree with you, Mariya, that urban fantasy is overdone.
Dec 23, 2012 06:27PM

3551 Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas is a wonderful book, that I wish more people had heard of.

I just cried all the way through Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow, but they are mostly happy tears.
3551 Completed 11/11! Four days late, but still!

1. Alex award winner: Room 4 stars 2/16/13
2. new: The Tragedy Paper
3. winter: The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
4. WINTER: The Warrior's Apprentice 2/21/13 5 stars & the series is political, too!
5. graphic novel: Anya's Ghost1/5/13 3 stars
6. red cover: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making~12/29/12 3 stars
7. romance Starting From Here 4 stars 12/2/12
8. political: The Telling 5 stars 2/23/13
9. Asian: Thirteen Orphans 4 stars 3/4/13 Which turns out to be set mostly in California, but they talk a lot about an ancient China- like universe called "The Land Born from Smoke and Sacrifice."
10. warm: Operation Oleander
Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow; Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol; The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1) by Catherynne M. Valente; The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan; The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming A Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket; Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn; Operation Oleander by Valerie O. Patterson; Room by Emma Donoghue; The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga, #2) by Lois McMaster Bujold; The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin; Thirteen Orphans (Breaking the Wall, #1) by Jane Lindskold;
3551 Kim asked: I'll admit that I'm not certain what you mean by books that "aren't capital R Romance books."

Kim, it's more rare than I would like -- to find a good YA novel that is not about the romance of its main characters. I guess I'm asking for recommendations of anything else like mysteries, science fiction, coming of age, identity, dealing with real life problems, hey I read one a few books ago, I wonder if it'd do...

In Starting From Here the young girl is able to fix several of her problems by first loving her dog...

Dec 23, 2012 05:08PM

3551 Currently reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making which starts in Omaha, Nebraska.
3551 I am looking for recommendations of books that aren't capital R Romance books to satisfy #7.

Does anyone know of any Hanukah books for #3? The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming A Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket is very good-- any others?

As for poiltical books, most David Levithan qualifies, but especially Wide Awake by David Levithan and Love Is the Higher Law by David Levithan. Also, 1984 by George Orwell and Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.
Nov 27, 2012 07:10AM

3551 I want to live in Charles de Lint's Newford, where magic and despair and hope and homelessness exist alongside each other. I want to hang out with Jilly, Sophie, Wendy and the Crow Girls.

Some of the books in this series, just in case you are unaware of Newford are: The Blue Girl (Newford, #15) by Charles de Lint, Someplace to Be Flying (Newford, #8) by Charles de Lint, Memory & Dream (Newford Book 5)  by Charles de Lint and Moonlight and Vines (Newford, #9) by Charles de Lint to name a few.
Nov 27, 2012 06:53AM

3551 Among Others by Jo Walton starts in Wales and is now set in England. (I'm on page 77 out of 302.) (But the book has another equally important setting: what the main chracter is reading and how she grows through what she reads...) The main character aches to be back in Wales...
Nov 27, 2012 06:50AM

3551 I am reading and loving Among Others by Jo Walton. I've just discovered Jo Walton this fall and I'm really glad!
Nov 27, 2012 06:36AM

3551 read 10/10

1. banned- The Perks of Being a Wallflower reread 5 stars 9/30/12
2. new- Every Day 9/29/12 4 stars
3. 1980's- Annie on My Mind reread 11/12/12 2 stars; I couldn't get interested in the characters, setting or situation this time.
4. TBR- A Fistful of Sky reread 11/26/12 5 stars
5. Halloween- Santa Olivia 5 stars
6. Columbus Day- Son 4 stars
7. coming out- Farthing 5 stars 10/10/12
8. 500+ pags- The Diviners 5 stars 10/29/12
9. white cover- ]The Bermudez Triangle 4 stars 10/7/12
10. male protagonist- The Giver reread 4 stars
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky; Every Day by David Levithan; Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden; A Fistful of Sky (LaZelle, #1) by Nina Kiriki Hoffman; Santa Olivia (Santa Olivia, #1) by Jacqueline Carey; Son (The Giver, #4) by Lois Lowry; Farthing (Small Change, #1) by Jo Walton; The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray; The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson; The Giver (The Giver, #1) by Lois Lowry;
Nov 14, 2012 07:28AM

3551 read 6/10

1. banned- The Perks of Being a Wallflower reread 5 stars 9/30/12
2. new- Every Day 9/29/12 4 stars
3. 1980's- Annie on My Mind reread 11/12/12 2 stars; I couldn't get interested in the characters, setting or situation this time.
4. TBR- A Fistful of Sky reread
5. Halloween- Santa Olivia currently reading & loving it!
6. Columbus Day- Son
7. coming out- Farthing 5 stars 10/10/12
8. 500+ pags- The Diviners 5 stars 10/29/12
9. white cover- The Bermudez Triangle 4 stars 10/7/12
10. male protagonist- The Giver reread

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky; Every Day by David Levithan; Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden; Farthing (Small Change, #1) by Jo Walton; The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray; The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson;
Oct 10, 2012 04:28PM

3551 read 4/11

1. banned- The Perks of Being a Wallflower reread 5 stars 9/30/12
2. new- Every Day 9/29/12 4 stars
3. 1980's- Annie on My Mind reread
4. TBR- A Fistful of Sky reread
5. Halloween- Santa Olivia
6. Columbus Day- Son
7. coming out- Farthing* 5 stars 10/10/12 or and Rage: A Love Story
8. 500+ pags- The Fallen and Leviathan
9. white cover- The Bermudez Triangle 4 stars 10/7/12
10. male protagonist- The Giver reread
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky; Every Day by David Levithan; Farthing (Small Change, #1) by Jo Walton; The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson;
* Would also work as a 'Columbus Day' book.
Sep 20, 2012 04:58PM

Sep 19, 2012 05:08PM

3551 I just finished Thirteen (Women of the Otherworld, #13) by Kelley Armstrong; I liked it a lot.

Next up is Persepolis The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi for a book group, Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem by the end of the month for a challenge and Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub just came in the mail as an ARC...
Sep 06, 2012 09:58AM

3551 A few days ago I was doing errands, brought my book Spell Bound (Women of the Otherworld, #12) by Kelley Armstrong, which I'd only read 20 or 30 pages of and I left it somewhere or it was stolen... Fortunately, I can get it from the library. So I've started Kitty's Greatest Hits by Carrie Vaughn.


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