Progress: Notes on A Reading Life – June 30, 2010

By Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Permalink 0

Wow!  I haven't done one of these in the longest time, but I severely need to get back in the habit of tracking my reading.  I feel like everything has gone all helter skelter without me having all of my lists. The last time I attempted to do any kind of reading notes was way back on February 24, 2010. Basically a lifetime ago.  So much has happened in the interim that I won't even ...

Lost vs. Rowan The Strange: A Nerds Heart YA Showdown

LOST vs. ROWAN THE STRANGE The Nerds Heart YA Tournament seeks to find and recognize the finest in Young Adult Literature in underrepresented categories.  All books selected to compete in this tournament fit into at least one and sometimes more of the following: Person(s) of Color (POC), GLBT, Disability/Mental Illness, Religious Lifestyle, Lower Socioeconomic Status. To follow the tournament to its conclusion check for updates at the Nerds Heart YA Website, or alternately you can also follow along on Twitter. Meg: ...

Rowan The Strange, by Julie Hearn – Book Review

Rowan the Strange, by Julie Hearn Oxford University Press  – April 2010– Hardcover – 352 pages Source: Purchased for my personal collection Rowan the Strange is set in 1939, just on the eve of England entering the fighting in World War II.  Everyday brings fear of bombs and warfare and all live on the edge- ready to flee to air raid shelters, families poised to send their children away until the fighting is over.  Thirteen-year-old Rowan Scrivener is ...

Lost, by Jacqueline Davies – Book Review

Lost, by Jacqueline Davies Marshall Cavendish Corp  – April 1, 2009 – Hardcover – 242 pages Source: Purchased for my personal collection Sixteen-year-old Essie Rosenfeld has had a hard life growing up on New York's Lower East Side in the early 1900's.  Her father dies when she is just ten, and her mother never really recovers from his loss.  When Essie's mother gives birth to a daughter eight months after her husband's death, she shows no interest in ...

The Summer of Skinny Dipping, by Amanda Howells – Book Review

The Summer of Skinny Dipping, by Amanda Howells Sourcebooks Fire  – June 1, 2010 – Hardcover – 304 pages Source:  Review copy sent by the publisher 16-year-old Mia Gordon has been just been dumped by her boyfriend Jake.  After such a shock to the system, she is especially looking forward to reconnecting with her cousin Corinne and having a low key and boy free summer on her family's summer vacation in the Hamptons.  Mia's relationship with her mother, ...

I Thought You Were Dead: A Love Story, by Pete Nelson – Book Review

In Pete Nelson's I Thought You Were Dead, Paul Gustavson's life has truly fallen apart.  He is struggling to write his latest "For Morons" book, his wife has left him, his sometime girlfriend leaves no doubt that she is considering her options with another man, he's impotent, and his circle of friends are all a group of men who drink way too much (this includes Paul).  The only thing Paul has going for him ...

An Awesome Reader & Her Magical Bag of Books

By Thursday, June 24, 2010 Permalink 0

Tiffani is a new reader of my blog whom I have traded a number of e-mails on the topic of being an eclectic reader.  She has been enjoying my all over the map recommendations, and I asked her if she had any for me.  Well, I was expecting that maybe she would list one or two, so you can not even imagine my shock and excitement when she sent me the following list with her ...

5 Reasons Why I Keep Coming Back to Audiobooks

By Wednesday, June 23, 2010 Permalink 0

My friend Jen over at Devourer of Book is hosting Audiobook Week this week.  Those of my readers who are also bloggers, or who are heavy blog readers, probably have not been able to miss this big celebration of the spoken book.  I have to admit that I have been watching and reading all the posts with some fascination.  There are such a wide variety of  ways that listening to audiobooks is perceived and interpreted, ...

Backseat Saints, by Joshilyn Jackson – Book Review

Backseat Saints, by Joshilyn Jackson Grand Central Publishing  – June 8, 2010 – Hardcover – 352 pages Joshilyn Jackson (Website) Source:  Review copy sent by the publisher Rose Mae Lolley has known a world of hurt since her mother left her as a young child, and her once adored father turned his fists on her instead.  After suffering years of abuse at his hands, Rose Mae leaves her father and the only life that she has known when he ...