Waiting On Wednesday



Waiting on Wednesday a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine highlights future releases in books, this week I'm excited for.....



Wither by Lauren Destefano

This comes out in March 2011.

Enter to win a free copy here!

Read an excerpt here!

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1 edition (March 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1442409053
ISBN-13: 978-1442409057




Waiting On Wednesday



Waiting on Wednesday a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine highlights future releases in books, this week I'm excited for.....



In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one . . . until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.
It comes out in November 2010 and I'm really wanting to read this one!

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (November 30, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525423648
ISBN-13: 978-0525423645





Book Review: Dust



Book Review: Dust by Joan Frances Turner

First sentence: "My right arm fell off today."

From the back: "Jessie's gang is the Fly-by-Nights. She adores the ancient, skeletal Florian and his memories of times gone by -- and the mysterious beach he longs to return to. She's in love with Joe, a maggot-infest corpse. They fight, hunt, and dance together as one -- something humans could never understand. There are dark places humans have learned to avoid, lest they run into zombie gangs.

But now, Jessie and the Fly-by-Nights have seen new creatures in the woods -- neither human nor zombie. And a strange new illness has flared up out of nowhere, causing the undeads to become more alive and the living to exist on the brink of death. Now Jessie will have to choose between looking away or staring down the madness -- and hanging on to everything she has come to know as life..."

My take: Yuck. I wasn't even able to finish this one. I won the ARC through a contest and thought it sounded interesting. Little did I know that the first pages were filled with gruesome details of varying states of decay of the human body as it decomposes. And the creatures that help along the decomposition... like maggots and stuff. It talks about all sorts of things that I found unappealing. You know, like eating fresh kill. Deer meat is awful when it's cooked let alone still warm from the kill. I don't want to know about this stuff. I could not get into it. Others have and loved it. Sadly, I am not one of them.

If you've reviewed the book, leave a comment here and I'll post a link to your review!

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Ace Hardcover; 1 edition (September 7, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0441019285
ISBN-13: 978-0441019281

My Rating: E





Book Review: Gifted: Out of Sight, Out of Mind



Book Review: Gifted: Out of Sight, Out of Mind by Marilyn Kaye

First sentence: "There were 342 students at Meadowbrook Middle School and three lunch periods each day."

From the back: "Amanda Beeson is Queen Bee at Meadowbrook school. If you're not friends with Amanda, you're nobody. But one morning gorgeous, popular Amanda looks in the mirror and sees a very different face staring back at her. The Queen Bee is about to get a taste of life in someone else's shoes.

Amanda has a secret. She's GIFTED. And she''s not the only one..."

My take: I picked this one up at Half Price Books, along with the 2nd book in the series. I don't know when or even if I'll read the 2nd book. It took me too long to get through this book, and it's not because there were a lot of pages. I just couldn't get into the story or relate to the characters. I have to confess, I mostly skimmed after the first 1/2 of the book. It wasn't bad enough to stop reading, but it wasn't good enough to garner my attention for every word. The premise for the story is a good one. Walking in another person's shoes. Amanda thinks she's all that and delights on putting down other people. When she starts to feel sorry for them, she winds up in their shoes so it's easier for her to be mean than care. That's it, in a nutshell. It's classified as YA, but I would almost call this MG.

If you've reviewed the book, leave a comment here and I'll post a link to your review!

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Kingfisher; 1 edition (June 9, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0753462834
ISBN-13: 978-0753462836

My Rating: D





Friday's Fab Five



With this Meme I will ask you 5 question which could be book related or not so we can get to know each other better! The only rule is you can't use the same answer twice!

1. What is your favorite Disco Song? "More Than a Woman" by the Bee Gees
2. What is your favorite Soft Rock Song? "Best of my Love" by the Eagles
3. What is your favorite Love Ballad? "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison
4. What is your favorite hard Rock song? "The Zoo" by the Scorpions
5. What is your favorite Pop song? ???

YOU CAN PICK 2 ANSWERS if you can't decide between 2!!
(more next week so think of other favorites you have in music!!)

The Bestsellers



The Bestsellers
Top-Selling Titles Last Week in Chicagoland

The following were the bestselling books at independent bookstores in and around Chicago during the week ended Sunday, September 12:

Hardcover Fiction

1. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
2. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
3. Room by Emma Donoghue
4. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
5. Body Work by Sara Paretsky

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Let's Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell
2. Packing for Mars: the Curious Life of Science in the Void by Mary Roach
3. Grand Design by Stephen Hawking
4. Third World America by Arianna Huffington
5. A Journey by Tony Blair

Paperback Fiction

1. Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
2. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
3. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
5. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Paperback Nonfiction

1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
2. Open by Andre Agassi
3. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
4. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
5. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Children's

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
3. My Mommy Hung the Moon by Jamie Lee Curtis
4. The 39 Clues by Margaret Haddix
5. City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems

Reporting bookstores: Anderson's, Naperville and Downers Grove; Read Between the Lynes, Woodstock; the Book Table, Oak Park; the Book Cellar, Lincoln Square; Lake Forest Books, Lake Forest; the Bookstall at Chestnut Court, Winnetka; and 57th St. Books; Seminary Co-op; Women and Children First, Chicago.

Waiting On Wednesday



Waiting on Wednesday a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine highlights future releases in books, this week I'm excited for.....



I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

It starts with whispers.

Then someone picks up a stone.

Finally, the fires begin.

When people turn on witches, the innocents suffer. . . .

Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren’t sparkly, aren’t fun, don’t involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy.

But someone—or something—is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Aided by her tiny blue allies, the Wee Free Men, Tiffany must find the source of this unrest and defeat the evil at its root—before it takes her life. Because if Tiffany falls, the whole Chalk falls with her.

Chilling drama combines with laugh out-loud humor and searing insight as beloved and bestselling author Terry Pratchett tells the high-stakes story of a young witch who stands in the gap between good and evil.

A big collective gasp for me: I've never read Terry Pratchett. But this looks really entertaining!




Book Review: Sweep: Book of Shadows



Book Review: Sweep: Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan

First sentence: "I wore a green tie-dyed T-shirt and jeans."

From the back: "Something is happening to me that I don't understand. I see things, feel things in a new way. I can do things normal people can't do. Powerful things. Magickal things. It scares me. I never chose to learn witchcraft. But I'm starting to wonder if witchcraft is choosing me."

My take: This is the first book in Cate Tiernan's Sweep series. I read this in a few hours. I enjoyed it a lot. It's a little younger than I normally like reading, but I still liked it. Now, I wish I had the rest of the set to read. The first 3 books are currently out in one volume and the second 3 are going to be coming out in November this year. Not sure about the rest of them. I would like to find a boxed set of all of them. They are short and sweet and it wouldn't take long to read all of them, I'm sure. Morgan is torn. She likes the new boy in school -- her and every other girl at school. Her best friend likes him too. Does Morgan step aside so her best friend can have him? Or does she go for it? Morgan's self-confidence level is below low and so she steps aside. But what happens when the new boy likes her better than her best friend? Interesting storyline, that's what. This is meant to be a series, and you could quit after the first one, but there are so many things that I want to know.

If you've reviewed the book, leave a comment here and I'll post a link to your review!

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Speak (March 22, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0142409863
ISBN-13: 978-0142409862

My Rating: B





Book Review: Immortal Beloved



Book Review: Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

First sentence: "Last night my whole world came tumbling down."

From the front flap: "New name, new town, new life. Nastasya has done it too often to count. And there's no end in sight. Nothing ever really ends... when you're immortal.

Finally disgusted with her meaningless party-girl life, Nastasya heads to River's Edge, a safe haven for wayward immortals. She trades her designer clothes for jeans and flannel, and the hardest drink available is tea. There she meets "the Viking god," the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn. Nastasya desires him, of course, but there's something uncomfortably familiar about him that makes her wary, cautioning her to stay away. But she can't.

Soon Nastasya realizes that this place holds the key to her salvation -- and her possible destruction. She's not the only one at River's Edge with dark secrets. And sometimes dark secrets can be fatal -- even for an immortal."

My take: The book took awhile for me to get into, but once I got into it, I was mesmerized. There were times when I laughed out loud. Here's a paragraph that made me giggle: "Now he was kissing me, not in a scary way, not with hostility, but with warm, seductive intent. In a hayloft, in the barn, in the middle of the night. This scene brought to you by the letters W, T, and F." There were several other times I found myself thinking "what a great line!" The story starts off a bit slow and gives you a bunch of back history, but it is necessary for the storyline. I loved the book. I can't wait for the next one. But it doesn't come out until 9/2011. That's enough to make me think, W.T.F. Cate Tiernan, I'm not sure why I never read your work before, but trust me... that's an oversight I intend to fix. Starting with the first book in the Sweep series! One teensy problem? I didn't like the heroine's name. Nastasya. But that's just me.

If you've reviewed the book, leave a comment here and I'll post a link to your review!

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 7, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316035920
ISBN-13: 978-0316035927

My Rating: B





On My Wishlist



On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here.



Return the Heart by T.K. Richardson

What if your gift was a curse? To a casual passerby, Lilly Paige is anything but special. As a seventeen year old, she is faced with all the complications of a teenager, but deep down there is much more. Lilly has a gift, though sometimes it seems to be a curse. Lilly can peer into the hearts of others - their deepest, darkest secrets are there for Lilly to see - but to what end? Raised by aloof parents, Lilly has been independent her whole life, but soon she will need to rely on her friends to evade an evil that has sold her gift to the highest bidder on the black market. Lilly and her four closest friends are immersed in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, that will not only reveal more about Lilly's gift, but also her link to an old Russian prophecy. Can Lilly and her friends escape the danger that is so close they can practically feel it? Where will their perilous journey lead them - to darkness or light? Return the Heart, by T. K. Richardson, will take readers on a wonderful adventure filled with excitement, twists, turns, and revelations that will keep you reading from start to finish. Join Lilly on her quest to learn more about this dangerous gift.




The Bestsellers



The Bestsellers
Top-Selling Titles in Chicagoland Last Week

The following were the bestselling books at independent bookstores in and around Chicago during the week ended Sunday, September 5:

Hardcover Fiction

1. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
2. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
3. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
4. The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise by Julia Stewart
5. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. The Tiger by John Vaillant
2. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
3. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
4. SuperFreakonomics by Steven Levitt
5. The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Paperback Fiction

1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
2. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson
3. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
4. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
5. One Day by David Nicholls

Paperback Nonfiction

1. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
2. Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford
3. Lit by Mary Karr
4. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
5. Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

Children's

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
2. My Mommy Hung the Moon for Me by Jamie Lee Curtis
3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
5. It's a Book by Lane Smith

Reporting bookstores: Anderson's, Naperville and Downers Grove; Read Between the Lynes, Woodstock; the Book Table, Oak Park; the Book Cellar, Lincoln Square; Lake Forest Books, Lake Forest; the Bookstall at Chestnut Court, Winnetka; and 57th St. Books; Seminary Co-op; Women and Children First, Chicago.

Waiting On Wednesday



Waiting on Wednesday a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine highlights future releases in books, this week I'm excited for.....



Pegasus by Robin McKinley

Because of a thousand-year-old alliance between humans and pagasi, Princess Sylviianel is ceremonially bound to Ebon, her own Pegasus, on her twelfth birthday. The two species coexist peacefully, despite the language barriers separating them. Humans and pegasi both rely on specially-trained Speaker magicians as the only means of real communication.

But its different for Sylvi and Ebon. They can understand each other. They quickly grow close-so close that their bond becomes a threat to the status quo-and possibly to the future safety of their two nations.

To be released November 2, 2010



Book Review: City of Bones



Book Review: City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare

First sentence: "You've got to be kidding me," the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest."

From the back: "When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons -- and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It's also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know..."

My take: This is one that's been around for awhile. I don't know why I never got into the series before now, but I'm glad I did. There probably isn't anyone out there in YA book-lover-land who hasn't read this series, but was everyone else totally shocked with the turn of events toward the end of the book? Did anyone else leave the book thinking there has to be a mistake? It can't be true?! And maybe, when I read the rest of the books, I'll get that answer. I definitely do want to read them all, I just don't know when I'll get to them... Or if I will this year. But I enjoyed the book. I liked the characters. The writing was good, even if it didn't take me exactly where I wanted to go.

If you've reviewed the book, leave a comment here and I'll post a link to your review!

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: McElderry (February 19, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416955070
ISBN-13: 978-1416955078

My Rating: B





On My Wishlist



On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here.



On My Wishlist: Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber

Iris, a 15-year-old living in 1920s Missouri, is sent away for the summer by her father to become a live-in companion to a doctor's elderly mother. She has felt unwanted since her mother died when she was six, and now that her father has a new girlfriend, soon-to-be fiancée, Iris knows that there is no longer a place for her in his life. Her position as a caregiver in a rural community doesn't promise to improve her situation, but in Doctor Nesbitt and his mother, Iris finds compassion and friendship, and a place where she belongs. Thought-provoking and tender-hearted, Iris's story is one of a mature young woman who faces life with courage and common sense. Subplots include a romantic attachment, an abused and pregnant young neighbor, and a family death. This thoughtful novel offers strong character development and an engaging protagonist.

This book hasn't had much attention, but I happened across a review of it here: The Fourth Musketeer, and think it sounds really good. It has 7 reviews at Amazon.com -- all of them 5 Star.




Book Review: Mockingjay



Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

First sentence: "I stare down at my shoes, watching as a fine layer of ash settles on the worn leather."

From the front flap: "Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost."

My take: Well you have to have been living under a rock for the past several months not to have heard of Suzanne Collins or her trilogy. While I loved the first 2 books in the series... It was like pulling teeth for me to get into this 3rd, and final, book. BORING. To me, it didn't start to even get interesting until just before the 2nd part of the book started -- at around page 130 or so. That's pretty far into a book for me to hang around to see if I'm going to like it. But I felt like it had to get better, right? For me, it didn't. Not much. I'm not one to be a hater or right negative reviews. So I won't say anything really bad about the book or even give away any spoilers. I will just say that I found it unappealing. But judging from the countless raves and wonderful reviews out there, I am in the minority. My heart just wasn't in it.

If you've reviewed the book, leave a comment here and I'll post a link to your review!

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 24, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0439023513
ISBN-13: 978-0439023511

My Rating: D





Waiting On Wednesday



Waiting on Wednesday a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine highlights future releases in books, this week I'm excited for.....



From Library Journal: "Gr 9 Up–This sequel to Fallen continues the complex tale as Luce tries to uncover the truth and break the cycle of falling in love, dying young, and being reincarnated. Daniel, her lover through the ages and a fallen angel, institutes a truce with Demons to protect her from the Outcasts, who would do her harm. For her safety, Daniel hides her at a boarding school for the Nephilim, children of human and fallen angels, and cautions her to remain on campus and learn all she can. Unfortunately a little knowledge can be dangerous and Luce's naive attempts to manipulate her powers constantly put her and others in danger. Some of the rescues employ a deus ex machina as is the case when Arriane inexplicably arrives in Vegas and saves the day. At times the story plods along, with a full chapter devoted to a fencing lesson. Daniel regularly returns to check on Luce and there's lots of swooning, passionate kissing, and playing at being in love, though it often ends with bickering. Interest is piqued with the hint of a love triangle, and the suspense is ratcheted up in the heart-pounding final battle scene."





Monthly Recap: August 2010



Monthly Recap: August

1. Out of Time by Caroline B. Cooney
2. The Vampire Diaries: The Struggle by LJ Smith
3. The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by LJ Smith
4. She's So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott
5. The Named by Marianne Curley
6. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Brady
7. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
8. A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

What a poor reading month August was for me. The best book I read during the month was Graceling. I recently picked up Fire and am looking forward to reading that. There were so many books that just didn't do it for me this month. My did not like list was a lot longer than my likes list. The least favorite was The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. My volume was way down as well. Partly due to the fact that the books I chose didn't hold my interest and partly because of my attention being focused on other things in August.

On August 7th, I brought a new addition into my house. Barkley. He's a sweet little 10 month old Min Pin that keeps me occupied and gets me up and moving when I'd really rather sit and read. He's helped me get through the trauma of having to put my 9 year old Scottish Terrier Duffy to sleep on August 11th -- which broke my heart. So, I'm sure there were times when my heart wasn't really into reading this month.

I'm also reading Mockingjay right now by Suzanne Collins -- and unless you've been living under a rock, you all know that was released last week. I started reading it the day it came out. Picked it up at Borders that morning. Is it just me, or is this one not as good as the other two? I'm struggling my way through it and just now got to part 2 -- and finally things are starting to get a little interesting for me. Too bad it's only take about 150 pages to do it for me. Anyway... Mockingjay will go on my monthly recap for September ... if I ever finish it!

And here's the light of my life: Little Barkley (Boo-Boo)



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