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Rachel Brand January
1. Permanent Rose by Hilary McKay
2. Forever Rose by Hilary McKay
3. Startled by his Furry Shorts by Louise Rennison
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott O
5. Dying Voices by Laura Wilson X
6. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery O
7. When Lightning Strikes by Meg Cabot
8. Code Name Cassandra by Meg Cabot
9. Safe House by Meg Cabot
10. Santuary by Meg Cabot

February
11. Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery O
12. The Bed and Breakfast Star by Jacqueline Wilson O
13. Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery O
14. Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor X
15. Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott O
16. Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult X

March
17. Just Another Kid by Torey Hayden
18. Twilight Children by Torey Hayden
19. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult X
20. Love in the Present Tense by Catherine Ryan Hyde X
21. Dancing With Eva by Alan Judd X
22. The Island by Victoria Hislop X
23. The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen X

April
24. Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
25. I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson
26. To Die For by Catherine Jinks O
27. Becoming Bindy MacKenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty

May
28. Ally's World: Crushes, Cliques and the Cool School Trip by Karen McCombie X
29. The Babysitters Club: Kristy's Great Idea by Ann M. Martin O
30. The Babysitters Club: Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls by Ann M. Martin O
31. The Babysitters Club: The Truth About Stacey by Ann M. Martin O
32. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min X
33. Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers X
34. A Theory of Relativity by Jacquelyn Mitchard X
35. Finding Cassie Crazy by Jaclyn Moriarty
36. Caddy Ever After by Hilary McKay
37. Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay
38. The Unicorn Club: Lila's Little Sister by Alice Nicole Johansson O
39. Indigo's Star by Hilary McKay

June
40. Raspberry House Blues by Linda Holeman O
41. The Babysitters Club: Kristy's Worst Idea by Ann M. Martin O
42. Invasion of the Vampire Spiders by Susan Gates
43. The Mystery of the 99 Steps by Carolyn Keene X
44. The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk by Carolyn Keene X
45. The Riddle of the Ruby Gazelle by Carolyn Keene O
46. Nancy Drew Files: Hit and Run Holiday by Carolyn Keene O
47. Nancy Drew Files: Deadly Doubles by Carolyn Keene O
48. Blabber Mouth by Morris Gleitzman O
49. Lucky Girl by Fiona Gibson X
50. Beloved by Toni Morrison X
51. Fireweed by Jill Paton Walsh O
52. Sweet Valley Twins: Lila's Music Video by Jamie Suzanne X
53. Sweet Valley Twins: The Gossip War by Jamie Suzanne X
54. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker X
55. Sweet Valley University: Broken Promises, Shattered Dreams by Kate William X


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Rachel Brand July
56. The Story of the Treasure Seekers: Complete and Unabridged by E. Nesbit X
57. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde X
58. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells X
59. Little Men Life At Plumfield With Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott X
60. Come Away with Me by Sara MacDonald X
61. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett X
62. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd X
63. Hostage by Francine Pascal X
64. Beware the Baby-Sitter by Francine Pascal X
65. The Invisible Intruder by Carolyn Keene X
66. Lucia, Lucia: A Novel by Adriana Trigiani X

August
67. The Catalogue of the Universe by Margaret Mahy X
68. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett X
69. Nancy Drew: The Treasure in the Royal Tower by Carolyn Keene X
70. A Quiet Belief in Angels by R. J. Ellory X
71. Iggie's House by Judy Blume O
72. The Girls by Lori Lansens X
73. Othello by William Shakespeare X
74. Mercy by Jodi Picoult X
75. Luuurve is a Many Trousered Thing by Louise Rennison X
76. The Babysitters Club: Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook by Ann M. Martin X
77. Marshmallows for Breakfast by Dorothy Koomson X

September
78. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison O
79. Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens X
80. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory X
81. The Princess Diaries: After Eight by Meg Cabot X
82. It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers! by Louise Rennison O
83. Knocked Out By My Nunga-Nungas by Louise Rennison O
84. Finn by Matthew Olshan X
85. Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume O
86. Dancing in my Nuddy-Pants! by Louise Rennison
87. "...and That's When It Fell Off in My Hand." by Louise Rennison O
88. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad X
89. "...Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers" by Louise Rennison O


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Rachel Brand October
90. Property by Valerie Martin X
91. The Ballroom on Magnolia Street by Sharon Owens O
92. Size 14 Is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot X
93. Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot O
94. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe X
95. Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson X
96. Angel's Rest by Charles Davis X
97. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer X
98. I Need You by Francine Pascal X
99. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult X
100. No Rules by Francine Pascal O
101. Summer of Love by Francine Pascal X
102. I've Got a Secret by Francine Pascal O
103. Undercover Angels by Francine Pascal X
104. Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare X
105. Have You Heard About Elizabeth? by Francine Pascal O
106. Elizabeth in Love by Francine Pascal O

November
107. Studentdom by Matt Stuart X
108. Mary Anne Saves The Day by Ann M. Martin X
109. Blood Red Horse by K. M. Grant X
110. Kristy for President by Ann M. Martin O
111. Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock X
112. Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson O
113. Orphans of the Storm by Katie Flynn X
114. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer X
115. Size Doesn't Matter by Meg Cabot X

December
116. The Lost Locket by Carolyn Keene X
117. Chez Moi by Agnes Desarthe X
118. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff X
119. Digging to America by Anne Tyler X
120. Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott X
121. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton X
122. White Boots by Noel Streatfeild X
123. The Growing Summer by Noel Streatfeild O
124. Mallory Hates Boys and Gym by Ann M. Martin O
125. Arabella Finds Out by Jacqueline Whitehead O
126. March: A Love Story in a Time of War by Geraldine Brooks X
127. Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli X
128. Rachel's Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott by Beth Nimmo & Darrell Scott X

Total: 128

BOOK KEY
X - New read
O - Have not read for several years

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Just finished:

To Die For by Catherine Jinks

It wasn't on my list of books which I was currently reading, but my mum's best friend gave me it last night and finished it this morning. I'd read the book when I was about eleven, but could never remember the title, and it turned out that she owned it! Wonderful book, probably quite advanced considering when it was published. There weren't many books written in message board format in 2000.

So that makes book number 26!
Just finished another book (which again, wasn't on my "Currently Reading" list. Oops?):

Becoming Bindy MacKenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty

I love this book; it's so unusual. Usually books written in note/diary format don't give you the full perspective, but I really enjoyed reading this book. I got it a few Christmases ago, and picked it up again the other day when I needed a break from school work. I'm trying to finish A Theory of Relativity but I find all of the characters irritating, and don't have sympathy of any of them!

Book count upon the end of April: 27


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Rachel Brand My mum has a pile of childrens' books on the ottoman in the livingroom, for her writing course, and I picked up this one today:

Ally's World: Crushes, Cliques and the Cool School Trip by Maren McCombie

I actually love it! I used to read these books when I was about ten, but only ever found a couple of them in my library. They're actually very enjoyable books, and a lot better than some of the rubbish out there for pre-teens. Very realistic.

That makes book number 28!


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Rachel Brand Picked up another of my mum's books when I was having my lunch today. Technically, it used to be mine, and I passed it on to her best friend's daughter, and my mum borrowed it back for her writing course. I'd forgotten how much I loved these books!

The Babysitters Club: Kristy's Great Idea by Ann M. Martin

The copy I have is in a set with 'Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls' and 'The Truth about Stacey' (a 3-in-1 thing which the British publishers did back in the late 1990s when I devoured these books) so I might read those two as well. I definitely think that the first three books with just the four girls are better than the ones where Dawn, Mallory and Jessi appear. I don't mind Dawn so much, but the younger girls were clearly there to appeal to the younger audience. And I never quite liked Abby either.

I should see if Hope still has all of my old BSC books and ask for them back. She's thirteen now, and will have outgrown them. I doubt they'll be republished any time soon, so I might keep them for my kids. They have good morals in them, and the first book alone deals with some serious issues - such as Kristy's mum remarrying and Stacey's fear over telling her friends about her diabetes. They're a lot better than some of the other books out there for pre-teens. The Sweet Valley books, for instance, which gave me mucked up ideas about relationships when I was nearing adolescence.

Anyway, that's book 29 finished! I'm currently half-way through 'Empress Orchid,' but had to put it down earlier as the details about politics in China were confusing me a little, so I'll pick it up again tomorrow or over my two holiday-days in between studying for English.


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Rachel Brand I'm about 3/4 of the way through Empress Orchid and thoroughly enjoying it. I noticed a copy of The Last Empress in my library the last time I was there, so shall maybe read that...once I've finished the five books I'm currently reading!

I took a break from "grown up" books over the long May weekend, and finished the other two Babysitters Club books which my mum had borrowed from Hope.

The Babysitters Club: Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls by Ann M. Martin

The Babysitters Club: The Truth About Stacey by Ann M. Martin

They're such cute books. I do remember the later ones not being as good as the originals. Possibly because they were ghostwritten, or because they were churning out one every month.

Back to grown up books now. And English revision!

Oh, and thirty one books now!


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Rachel Brand Finished Empress Orchid by Anchee Min last night. Brilliant book. Glad I picked it up for £1.25 in a charity shop.

My mum's friend passed a book on to my which she found for 50p in Asda, and I read that really quickly this morning:

Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers

It was okay, but nothing special. Really good novels can be written through notes - for instance, Jaclyn Moriarty's teen novels - but this wasn't one of them. It's probably good for a quick read if you pick it up in a charity shop and need something to read on the train or in your lunch break. But it went far too fast, and the characters seemed very 2D.

Thirty-three books now!


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Rachel Brand Just finished A Theory of Relativity by Jacquelyn Mitchard! The story turned out to be quite good in the end, although Lorraine definitely annoyed me. It's not the best book in the world, it definitely has its faults, but the storyline is enjoyable if you put up with Lorraine's stubbornness and selfishness.

Thirty-four books now!


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Rachel Brand Have been reading Finding Cassie Crazy by Jaclyn Moriarty for the last few days, and finished it this morning.

I still have to finish the two childrens' classics which I started a few months back - The Secret Garden and Little Men, as well as Anna Karenina before I go on my summer holidays, as the book belongs to the school library.

I also picked up two books from the library a about three weeks ago, and have glanced at one, and am now wondering why I picked them up when I have so many books at home which I need to read!

Oh well, that's book thirty-five now. Back to the Maths revision before I read any more books!


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Rachel Brand Just read Caddy Ever After by Hilary McKay, again. It was much better than I remember it being.

Thirty-six books now!


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Rachel Brand Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay

Probably about the sixteenth time I've read it, but I still love it! =]

Thirty-seven books! I think I'm going to reach fifty by the end of July at this rate!


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Rachel Brand I bought five kids/teens books from the library today! 20p each! My mum's friend got there first and bought nearly all the Sleepover Club books, as well as a St. Clares one, but having reread The Sleepover Club at Felicity's, I can happily say that although I loved these at the age of eight, they don't still grip me the way that The Babysitters Club and The Unicorn Club do. Also, why do clubs appeal to preteen girls so much?

Anyway, I'm not adding the Sleepover Club book to my list as it's far too short to be considered a novel. However, I am adding The Unicorn Club: Lila's Little Sister by Alice Nicole Johansson. It's a very cute book, although the comments about the amazing way that computer's can COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER! make it very dated today. I'm definitely keeping it.

Also today, I finished Indigo's Star by Hilary McKay, but not for the first time. I love these books. They should be on every family's bookshelves.

So, that makes thirty-nine books read by the end of May! I really didn't think I'd get much reading done this month due to revision, but for some subjects, I had less revision today, and I liked reading in my breaks. Only eleven to go before I reach my target!

Book count upon the end of May: 39


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Rachel Brand Finished a book already, and it's only the first day of the month!

Raspberry House Blues by Linda Holeman

It's another of the books which I picked up for 20p from my library yesterday. It really is a wonderful book - it even managed to make me cry!

So, that's me finished book fourty! I can't believe that if I read ten more books then I'll have reached my target! I should count how many books I read every year, because I had no idea it was this many!


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Rachel Brand I went to see my friend Johanna after my Art and Design exam yesterday, and got chatting to the kids in her host-family. Hope was trying to be a matute teenager and sat with us at the kitchen table giggling and gossiping and talking an awful lot about chavs. I think I may also have done that as a thirteen-year-old. Anyway, she told me that she had some of my old books which she'd finished with and rushed off to get them. I'll have to find a way of giving her my last Meg Cabot books as she says she'd like to reread them.

Anyway, among the six books which she gave me back, was The Babysitters Club: Kristy's Worst Idea by Ann M. Martin. It's actually a pretty good book. I now feel the need to snatch the other "new" BSC books off my school library's shelves and see if they're on the same standards. Like the first three BSC books, boook 100 covers quite a few serious issues, and is definitely the kind of book which I'd be happy with my kids reading.

So, that makes book 41.

I also read another kids book today - Invasion of the Vampire Spiders by Susan Gates. Also a very good children's book. It seems like it'll just be horror all the way through, but it has really unique characters, lots of facts about spiders and history about life in the late 1800s. It's one which my mum picked up for 20p from the school library. I'm thinking of ordering a cheap copy off Amazon for myself, as it's a really good book.

So, that makes book 42! And after tomorrow, I'll have no exams and therefore more time to read. I hope I'll reach my 50 book mark by the end of June, so that I can spend the summer reading all the unread books on my shelves.




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Rachel Brand At the end of last week I read:

The Mystery of the 99 Steps by Carolyn Keene
and
The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk by Carolyn Keene

Very cute reads.

Also - books 43 and 44!


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Rachel Brand Finished another Nancy Drew book today! I'm not sure if reading teenage books counts as cheating, but technically I am still considered a teen (sixteen) in some circles, so I think I can get away with it =]

The Riddle of the Ruby Gazelle by Carolyn Keene

This one was no where as near as good as the old Nancy Drew books, which were written in the 1940s. In all the Nancy Drew books I read, Nancy always helped her father out with a law case, and each chapter ended on a dramatic climax. This book had very few climaxes, and no mention of Nancy's dad. Not to mention the fact that Nancy went to New York - not somewhere exotic like France or South America as per 99 Steps and Brass Bound Trunk - and because of this, the book read like a guidebook for NYC! And lastly - it was so easy to work out who was the "baddie"! That should not happen in a Nancy Drew mystery.

Anyway, the mystery was pretty interesting, and it's good for kids who can't relate to the 1940s ND books, but I'm not sure if I'm going to keep this one. I might pass it on to a charity shop.

Book number 45!


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Rachel Brand I feel like cheating adding so many kids books to this list, but I'm reading a big, fat adult novel in my study periods at the moment, and will probably finish Othello in a few weeks as well, so that'll make up for these additions:

Nancy Drew Files: Hit and Run Holiday by Carolyn Keene

The transition into moderness with the Files worked better than the later Mysteries, and none of the books which I've read sound like travel guides. However, Nancy and her friends do seema a bit like the Wakefield twins with their stunning beauty, ability to attract any guy and mysterious links with famous people.

Nancy Drew Files: Deadly Doubles by Carolyn Keene

Blabber Mouth by Morris Gleitzman

My Austrialian primary five teacher read my class this story, and I bought a battered copy from the library sale box a few years ago. It's a really good book...however, now I want to find the other two novels about Rowena! I remember the one where she went to Francr quite vividly.

48 books read now!


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Rachel Brand Finally, an adult book!

Lucky Girl by Fiona Gibson

The British cover and blurb suit the book a whole lot more than the one featured on GoodReads. For one thing, the GoodReads/US blurb makes this book sound like a chick-flick, which this book definitely isn't. It was a very thoughtful novel, with unusual sub-plots and characters. I very much enjoyed it, and am thinking of investing in a copy.

I now have Come Away With Me by Sara MacDonald to read, and my library books will be finished - and so will my 50 books!

Book count: 49!


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Rachel Brand I finished my 50th book yesterday!

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The first of the books which I'm reading for research for my Advanced Higher English Specialist Study Dissertation. (What a mouthful!) I really enjoyed it - unusual, bizarre, but very thought-provoking. I'm considering reading books about slavery in the US for my dissertation.

I'm surprised I reached 50 books after nearly six months, considering how busy I've been this year! Technically a few of them were teen books, but, hey, anything with more than ten chapters and more than 150 pages is a book to me!

Now I'm off to read books for my dissertation, and work my way through all the unread books on my bookshelves!


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Rachel Brand I think I'll just continue adding to this list, although a lot of my reading this summer will be research for English class.

Fireweed by Jill Paton Walsh

This was one of my favourite books when I was about nine, and I still love it. I think this is possibly down to all the descriptions, and the idea of people moving somewhere new - in this case, Bill and Julie move into a basement and turn it into a home. I was also really interested in the World Wars as a child (an interest which I probably got from my dad).

This book is rather unusual for a children's book, as it has a fairly sad ending. I can't think of any other books which I've read which have a sad ending, least not one which still makes the book enjoyable.

Anyway, this is book 51. I'm hoping to keep reading books for the fun of it over the summer, but I will need to spend a lot of time doing research.




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Rachel Brand Books 52 and 53:

Sweet Valley Twins: Lila's Music Video by Jamie Suzanne

Sweet Valley Twins: The Gossip War by Jamie Suzanne

I was alphabetising the junior fiction shelves in my school library yesterday when someone turned up with a box of books which hadn't sold at the last car boot sale. The librarian kept most of them, but let me have three Sweet Valley books and a Nancy Drew for myself, and a Hardy Boys book for my brother. I understand Sweet Valley not being popular anymore, but Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys are still pretty good books. I was really surprised when I learned that the school library had none of those books!



message 22: by Rachel (last edited Jul 04, 2008 09:09AM) (new)

Rachel Brand I got more reading done at the Sutton Trust Summer School than I had expected!

June:

54. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker

55. Sweet Valley University: Broken Promises, Shattered Dreams by Kate William

Book count upon the end of June: 55

July:

56. The Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit

57. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

And hopefully I'll get some more books read on holiday next week! I've already started on my list of Owned But Not Read books, as well as some Books Which I Should Read To Look Impressive On My Personal Statement For Getting Into St. Andrews University. So this summer is going well!


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Rachel Brand 58. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

59. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

Read while on holiday in the Lake District.


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Rachel Brand Just finished book 60! I nearly considering handing this book back into the library as I'd had it out for six weeks and not even started it. I'm really glad I didn't do that! I loved this book, even if I did find Jenny and Adam's relationship a bit disturbing at times - especially at the end. However, brilliantly written, and a book I'd love to invest in.

Come Away With Me by Sara MacDonald


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Rachel Brand Finally finished The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett! I've been reading it since about...March? It was hard to get into at the start because of the amount of description about the garden, and the Yorkshire accents, but I really got into it recently and was sad when it was finished. I'm glad I spent £1.79 on it!

I now want to find the video of it and watch it again. That was one of my favourite films as a child =]



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Rachel Brand 62. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

This book has sat on my shelf for years, and it was only when my mum said, "Do you still have that book I leant you? I could be good for your English essay," that I picked it up and read it. A great book, one I'm definitely going to invest in. I'm not sure why I didn't start reading it before, because I thoroughly enjoyed it.




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Rachel Brand Went charity-shopping today with my mum, and came back with a whole load of kids books, including Sweet Valley High: Hostage! by Francine Pascal and her Army of Ghostwriters, which I've already read.

So that puts my count up to 63!




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Rachel Brand Read two more books today, while sitting outside in the sun!

64. Sweet Valley High: Beware the Baby-Sitter by Francine Pascal (or whoever was writing them at this point)

65. Nancy Drew: The Invisible Intruder by Carolyn Keene


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Rachel Brand Finished Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani. It was a good read, but it got quite sad in the second half, and although I really liked it, I wished that Lucia could have had a happy ending. It was a bit like Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern - they've known each other all their lives but don't get together until they've married someone else and are about seventy.

Still, it was very well written and a book I'd probably like to read again, just because of the descriptions of the clothing!

Book count at the end of July: 66


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Rachel Brand 67. The Catalogue of the Universe by Margaret Mahy

Gradually working my way through the unread books on my shelves. For some reason, the synopsis made me think this was sci-fi or fantasy, but it wasn't. It was the kind of realistic, romantic YA fiction that I would have loved as an eleven-year-old. But seeing as I'm nearly seventeen, and due to many years of studying English, subconciously analyse everything I read, this wasn't a fantastic read. It was still interesting, and fairly good. But I didn't start to like the FMC until half way through the last chapter, the plot didn't even appear until the eighth chapter (out of sixteen), and the MMC's brother was the most interesting character in the whole book. These was a hell of a lot of imagery and description, far too much for a teen novel, and this confused me on several occasions.

However, I did prevail and it wasn't dreadful, so I can't complain too much. I do think that I will add this to my swap list on readitswapit.co.uk, as I can't see myself reading this again.




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Rachel Brand Finished another book this morning!

68. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

It was fantastic! I like it a lot better than The Secret Garden (and I did truly enjoy that one as well!). It seemed so much more realistic, and was such a lovely story. It also didn't have as much description, which meant I could read it a lot quicker.


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Rachel Brand 69. Nancy Drew: The Treasure in the Royal Tower by Carolyn Keene

70. A Quiet Belief in Angels by R. J. Ellory

71. Iggie's House by Judy Blume


message 33: by Rachel (last edited Aug 14, 2008 05:42AM) (new)

Rachel Brand 72. The Girls by Lori Lansens

A good, interesting read, but there were parts which I didn't like and parts where I lost interest in it.


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Rachel Brand 73. Othello by William Shakespeare

It took me a while to understand the language, but by the fourth act I was able to read it quite quickly, and pick out the parts which were actually essential to the plot. I was worried that I wasn't going to finish it on time, as I go back to school tomorrow, but it all worked out okay. However, I do think that as soon as Iago told Othello that he believed his wife was having an affair, Othello should have confronted Desdemona and Cassio, instead of just believing everything Iago said, and then we could have avoided four deaths and one two serious injuries.


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Rachel Brand This has to have been the longest it's ever taken me to read a Jodi Picoult novel! I think I started it at least a week ago.

74. Mercy by Jodi Picoult

This book was fairly good, but I hated 3 out of 4 of the characters until more than halfway through the book. Allie should have dealt with her marriage problems long before now, but I did like her when she stood up to Cam and stopped letting him walk all over her. Cam didn't get any sympathy whatsoever, and I felt like screaming "About time!" when he cried into Allie's shoulder and told him that he was sorry. Damn right he should be sorry, he slept with another woman on numerous occasions! I was also really annoyed at the fact that Allie felt bad for not taking him back straight away - he had an affiar, I think she had every right to be pissed off with him for more than just a few days. Hated Mia all the way through, what a horrible person. How could anyone ever consider going after a married man? I mean, how would she feel if she were in Allie's position? Mia needed to grow up. I think too much travelling and part-time work has made her lose her bearings on life. Also, Cam and her really had no idea what love is. It was clear that they were just lusting after each other. After all, all they seemed to do was have sex. They talked sometimes, but they never did things together.
I actually liked Jamie most out of all of the characters for most of the book, although I still don't know if I agree with what he did. I understand why he did it, but I could never do it myself. To me, death happens when it happens. Diseases suck, but there's not much you can do about them. I do agree with the jury though; it seemed clear at the end of the book that Jamie was having second thoughts, wishing he hadn't killed Maggie, etc, so I'd go with the temorary insanity idea. It's hard to make rational decisions when you dying wife asks you to kill her.

4/5 for me. Better than The Pact (hated that one so much, this one is fantastic in comparison) but not as good as any of her other novels.


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Rachel Brand 75. Luuurve is a Many Trousered Thing by Louise Rennison

Georgia is shallow and immature and truly needs to grow up, but these books are still very funny. Sadly, there's a girl in my year who steals all of Georgia's phrases and words, and everyone thinks she's wonderfully original.
I was slightly annoyed at Georgia moaning about how crap History is, and also how unromatic Germans and the German language is. The most gentlemanly man I've ever met is from Germany, so she clearly is quite biased.
Anyway, a light read and only took me a few hours to get through. It's obvious that Georgia is meant to be with Dave (their levels of maturity match) and I feel kind of sorry for Robbie and Masimo having to put up with a girlfriend who believes that the most important things about them are their looks and how good they are at kissing.


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Rachel Brand 76. The Babysitters Club: Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook by Ann M. Martin

A girl on RiSi sent me this book as a surprise as she knew that I used to love these books - how kind! A fun read, although I can tell now as an adult that these later books were ghostwritten. Stacey's voice is very different from that of her first book.


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Rachel Brand 77. Marshmallows for Breakfast by Dorothy Koomson

Great book! I wasn't sure if I was going to like it at the start, but it was very well written and the characters were very realistic. I think this will be one I'll be investing in in the future!

Book count upon end of August: 77


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Rachel Brand 78. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

My mum bought me a set of the first eight books for my birthday (seventeen!) and I reread one of them yesterday. Very funny, and probably better than the later books in the series. Also, this brings back quite a few memories from when I first read these books at the age of 11!


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Rachel Brand 79. Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens

Lovely book, enjoyed it a lot more than The Girls, although I have noticed that Lori likes lots of traumatic things to happen to her characters. Addy's life was just a stream of misfortune...but it was still a really enjoyable read, despite this!


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Rachel Brand 80. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

I loved this! I wasn't sure if it was going to be as good as The Other Boleyn Girl, which I read some time ago, but it was a great read, and I found it really hard to put down. I can't wait to read another of her books.




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Rachel Brand 81. The Princess Diaries: After Eight by Meg Cabot

Better than the last one, but not excellent. Still, a fun, fluffy read, and she did learn a lesson in the end.

82. It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers! by Louise Rennison

A reread, as my mum bought me the first eight books for my birthday. Really funny read, even if she does made fun of Germans! And Sven is definitely the best character - he should have his own series.


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Rachel Brand 83. Knocked Out By My Nunga-Nungas by Louise Rennison

Not quite as good as the previous two, but still very funny. I'm intrigued about Sven's nationality - in book one he is described as being Dutch, and then switches to being Swedish in book two, and is now Norweigen. I wish they'd just ask him where he is from. He should turn out to be German just to spite Rennison!

Okay, now I'm going to read some new books, possibly some adult ones!


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Rachel Brand 84. Finn by Matthew Olshan

I think I would have enjoyed this more as a young teenager. As a nearly adult, I cab see why this book is so well loved, and did enjoy reading it - but probably didn't get as much out of it as I would have at twelve or thirteen. The middle of the book rather surprised me - where Chloe and Silvia end up at the railway with Clark and James, and then end up in the park with the black people. It didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the book. I suppose it would probably have made more sense if I'd ever read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn! That will have to be another book to go on my Want To Read list. Overall, I think this book deserves 7 or 8 out of time, but will probably be going on RiSi to be swapped. I do keep quite a lot of teenage novels, but only ones which I read as a teenager; not teenage novels which I read as an adult. Just ones which have memories attatched to them!


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Rachel Brand 85. Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume

Finally got my own copy of this book via readitswapit.co.uk! It's just as good as I remember it being as a child, and I still enjoyed it as an adult, unlike Iggie's House. Definitely one to keep for when I have kids. It was particularly interesting to read in the days after I'd visited Auschwitz-Birkenau.


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Rachel Brand 86. Dancing in my Nuddy-Pants! by Louise Rennison

Lessons in reading 100 books before Christmas 2008:

Lesson 1: Read Sweet Valley books
Lesson 2: Read Nancy Drew books
Lesson 3: Reread the entire Georgia Nicolson series

Seriously, I've only read two adult novels this month, and I reckon that I'm going to hit eleven books in one month for the third time going!

Another funny read, but I totally don't see what Robbie sees in Georgia. She's really immature. And I really never, ever acted like her when I was fifteen.


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Rachel Brand I swear, I am actually reading some adult books as well as the entire works of Louise Rennison! I just sometimes need some fluff to read.

87. "...and That's When It Fell Off in My Hand." by Louise Rennison

Currently reading Angel's Rest by Charles Davis, and enjoying it. The main character - Charlie - has a very similar voice to Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. Also reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad as research for my English dissertation. Not enjoying quite as much, but it's a compelling read, if not slightly vague.


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Rachel Brand 88. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

See, I told you I was reading some real books! Okay, this is more of a novella, but the language means that it is quite a heavy-going read. It was very interesting, although vague in some places. My English teacher recommended it to me as part of the research for my dissertation. She said that I probably wouldn't be able to use it as one of my key texts, but that it would still be useful to read. I think she was right, but I came out of reading it a bit confused. I suppose it accurately show the way in which Africans were portrayed in the early 20th/late 19th century, so in that sense it is useful.


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Rachel Brand 89. "...Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers" by Louise Rennison

I think this is the funniest out of the whole series. Very enjoyable.

Book count upon end of September: 89

90. Property by Valerie Martin

Loved this book so much, read it over two days. Had been waiting for it to come in from another library and I'm glad I did order it. I'm not totally sure if I can use it for English, but if not - at least I found a great book!


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Rachel Brand One reread:

91. The Ballroom on Magnolia Street by Sharon Owens

Didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first time I read it, several years ago, but was a nice, light read.


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