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message 1: by Kandice (new)

Kandice Me either:( But I have The Book Thief on my nightstand, so it will be soon:)


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Everyone recommends I Capture the Castle, so I am reading this at the moment. I will let you all know what I think in the corresponding thread.


message 3: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) I think you may get a little hug from Fiona for that one, Linda!


message 4: by Alisha Marie (new)

Alisha Marie (endlesswonderofreading) I'm currently reading A Great and Terrible Beauty and so far I love it. I think this may go into my favorites.


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

:) I like the idea of it, but I am still in the beginning.


message 6: by Tahleen (new)

Tahleen | 229 comments I bought a bunch of YA books this weekend at a library booksale... they include Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge, Shabanu Daughter of the Wind, Haveli, and The Blue Sword. So I'm gonna get on that.


message 7: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) I recently finished The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and I loved it. I chose it because it touched lots of shelves in the Shelf Challenge in another group, and it got so many good ratings on GR, so I thought I'd try it. I'd never heard of the author. It was very funny, and the illustrations are hysterical too.

Sherman Alexie has written lots of other books, so I'd like to try some more of his.


message 8: by Kate (new)

Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 120 comments I am currently reading:
I was a Non Blonde Cheerleader
Invitation Only
Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys
I know... three YA books at once... but I can't just pick one!


message 9: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Laura wrote: "I recently finished The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and I loved it. I chose it because it touched lots of shelves in the Shelf Challenge in another group, and it got..."

I'm looking forward to reading this. I've heard nothing but good reviews, so I've got high hopes.


message 10: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Right now, I'm sort of reading 6 books, but only 1 could be considered YA - The Sword Thief, which is the third book in the 39 Clues series. As soon as I make progress on the rest of my books, I've got to start Sorcery and Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot: Being the Correspondence of Two Young Ladies of Quality Regarding Various Magical Scandals in London and the Country.


message 11: by April (new)

April (booksandwine) | 312 comments I'm currently reading The Grey King by Susan Cooper which won a Newbury. Nothing like a bit of YA fantasy to brighten up the final countdown til the end of the semester aka hell week!


message 12: by Tahleen (new)

Tahleen | 229 comments April I bet we'll read Silver on the Tree around the same time. Once finals are over I'll have PLENTY of time to read stuff I've been meaning to read, and that's the only book I haven't read in the series.


message 13: by April (new)

April (booksandwine) | 312 comments Tahleen, I keep interspersing the Dark is Rising books with other ones to keep my reading fresh, so I could forsee that happening!


message 14: by Natalee (new)

Natalee (nataleem00) | 459 comments I am reading two books right now - one YA (Wicked Lovely) and one not (The Thirteenth Tale). I never accomplish reading two books at the same time. One always wins out while the other has to sit and wait. We'll see which one I stick with.


message 15: by Allison (new)

Allison (inconceivably) I'm reading His Dark Materials right now :)


message 16: by Alisha Marie (new)

Alisha Marie (endlesswonderofreading) I just finished A Great and Terrible Beauty and I loved, loved, loved it! I thought it was amazing. Later (a horror movie currently awaits me), I'm going to start Abarat, Book 1 Abarat by Clive Barker. I've never read anything by him, but I have heard of him (ummm, Hellraiser, anyone?) and from what I've gathered he seems to mainly write horror. But Abarat sounded too good to pass up. Besides, I'm currently getting into Fantasy YA, so this will work (I hope).


message 17: by Tahleen (new)

Tahleen | 229 comments Abarat was definitely interesting. I hope you have one with his paintings--they're pretty fantastic.


message 18: by Alisha Marie (new)

Alisha Marie (endlesswonderofreading) Actually, I do. I found out that it was illustrated literally like two minutes ago. The paintings do look great so far (I haven't looked at many yet, as to not spoil myself).


message 19: by Josie (new)

Josie (maid_marian) | 126 comments For once, despite reading three books at once, I'm not reading YA! How can this be? The Spring Challenge is to blame, it's forcing me to read adult books! (I'm sure it's good for me.)


message 20: by Tahleen (new)

Tahleen | 229 comments Did you also figure out that the title is the same if you flip it upside down? :)


message 21: by Alisha Marie (new)

Alisha Marie (endlesswonderofreading) Haha, yeah, I actually did. When I picked it up I was like "Ummm, why does the 'T' look like an 'A'?" And then I turned it upside down and thought "Clever, if a little pointless", lol.


message 22: by Samantha McNulty (new)

Samantha McNulty Currently, I'm reading The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson #1)
I've read #2 and #4 in the series already, so I'm reading them muddled, but they are still exciting and quite good.


message 23: by Samantha McNulty (new)

Samantha McNulty Linda wrote: "Everyone recommends I Capture the Castle, so I am reading this at the moment. I will let you all know what I think in the corresponding thread."

I recently added that to my TBR list


message 24: by [deleted user] (new)

So far, so good... :)


message 25: by Susan (new)

Susan (mrsfun) | 89 comments Nothing right now. Looking forward to seeing what is chosen on the polls for the May read... Maybe I'll set a goal to read ONLY YA for an entire month! Oooooo, do I dare?!



message 26: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) None at the moment, but will try and read some over this month.


message 27: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Harvey | 1046 comments I just finished The Curse of Addy McMahon and The Secret Hour today. I'm currently listening to Uglies, but I'm not digging how dumb and young the narrator makes the boy Paris sound, so I may revert to the book format soon. I'm probably going to start... hrm - Bones of Faerie tomorrow after work or during.


message 28: by Jen B (new)

Jen B (jennybee618) I'm almost done reading The Truth About Forever, and I'm also listening to The Westing Game on audio (though I've had to pause for a few days since my son has been in the car with me and insists on the Beatles). Next I think I, too, am moving on to I Capture the Castle...


message 29: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (readerandwriter) I am in the middle of the "House of Night" series by P.C. and Kristin Cast. I am on book 4, "Untamed".


message 30: by Alisha Marie (new)

Alisha Marie (endlesswonderofreading) Jen B, how do you like The Truth About Forever? I've read a few of Sarah Dessen's books and loved them, but this is one of the ones I haven't read. It's on my shelf and I really can't wait to read it.


message 31: by Jen B (new)

Jen B (jennybee618) Alisha wrote: "Jen B, how do you like The Truth About Forever? I've read a few of Sarah Dessen's books and loved them, but this is one of the ones I haven't read. It's on my shelf and I really can't wait to rea..."

I'm really liking it. It's very much in line with her other books in that it focuses on one main "issue" (this character's father has died) and the aftermath. There's also quite a bit about catering, since the main character spends her summer working for a catering company...I'm a foodie, so I'm enjoying that part. Definitely worth reading!


message 32: by Natalee (new)

Natalee (nataleem00) | 459 comments Ashley, how are you liking the House of Night series? I think they are fun reads! I love the mix of fantasy (vamps) & real cherokee culture. I actually looked up some of the cherokee references and learned something new!


message 33: by Natalee (new)

Natalee (nataleem00) | 459 comments Since I am going to participate in a challenge (for the first time!! I am excited!) I am putting The Thirteenth Tale down and reading Wicked Lovely. I started it but only read the first few pages. I hear its a good book so I hope to read a lot of it over the weekend.


message 34: by LinBee (new)

LinBee I just finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I'm working on Lisey's Story by Stephen King now, so currently I'm not reading a YA. Maybe when I finish that.

And Natalee...Wicked Lovely was really good. I also liked the sequel Ink Exchange.


message 35: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) I'm so looking forward to The Graveyard Book! I'm a fool for anything Gaiman writes it seems.


message 36: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) I forgot to see if there was a copy at library lol.


message 37: by Tahleen (new)

Tahleen | 229 comments :) I loved Despereaux.

Heather, I *think* I read Faerie Wars, if it's the book I'm thinking of. It was pretty intense but I liked it. A more adult faerie story--plus faerie is spelled really cool.


message 38: by Allison (new)

Allison (inconceivably) Heather wrote: "I don't know if this is really considered YA or not, but my son and I are reading The Tale of Despereaux Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread togeth..."

I just added Dark Hills Divide to my TBR, cause the library has it :P


message 39: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) I like the pearls of wisdom from the author part - I'll have to check that one out too!


message 40: by Laura (last edited May 01, 2009 09:37AM) (new)

Laura (apenandzen) Hey it's a Newbery winner too! I'm a sucker for award books, I'm gonna see about nabbing this one from the library - thanks Heather!

**Edit - I'm downloading it now! Love it!


message 41: by Allison (new)

Allison (inconceivably) Laura wrote: "Hey it's a Newbery winner too! I'm a sucker for award books, I'm gonna see about nabbing this one from the library - thanks Heather!"

durn it...I added that too.

woe on my poor TBR :(


message 42: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) Seems like a nice upbeat read - I love those.


message 43: by Samantha McNulty (new)

Samantha McNulty Natalee wrote: "Ashley, how are you liking the House of Night series? I think they are fun reads! I love the mix of fantasy (vamps) & real cherokee culture. I actually looked up some of the cherokee references..."

I've heard much about the House of Night series, but I'm unsure wheather to purchase the first book or not. The reviews I've read are mixed, so I keep changing my mind.

Opinions?



message 44: by Natalee (new)

Natalee (nataleem00) | 459 comments I wouldn't consider them deep and intellectual with an underlying message or anything. But they are fun quick reads. I love them. They are, what I call, "in-betweens".... fun books to read when you need something a little lighter.


message 45: by Samantha McNulty (new)

Samantha McNulty Natalee wrote: "I wouldn't consider them deep and intellectual with an underlying message or anything. But they are fun quick reads. I love them. They are, what I call, "in-betweens".... fun books to read when ..."

Maybe I'll see if I can order the first book at the library..


message 46: by Tahleen (new)

Tahleen | 229 comments I'd give it a shot, Sam. I really liked the first one, and it's not too too expensive, like seven bucks. Unless you find it at a used bookstore or something.


message 47: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Harvey | 1046 comments I'm going to restart Uglies since the audiobook killed the image of the characters.. they sounded like whiney 12 year olds. I just started Wondrous Strange last night.


message 48: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 37 comments I'm reading a deliciously tongue in cheek fantasy book called Hero, Second Class by Mitchell Bonds. It's a great YA for adults because it's full of sarcasm and funny references. Check it out.

A recent guilty pleasure read was I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You and its sequel Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy by Ally Carter, the third one comes out in June and I can't wait! All about a girl in a secret spy school, very cute characters, loved the writing.


message 49: by Laura (new)

Laura (apenandzen) They all sound good Michelle! Oh every book sounds good, I'm such a horrible addict.


message 50: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 37 comments I know, there are always too many books to read! But it's a good kind of addiction!


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