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February TBR Goals

February 2013
Because I have so much to read and so little time, I'm going to start keeping a list on my blog of what I am going to try and read each month. I'm hoping it will help me to read a variety and finish books that I've been meaning to get read.

I have a feeling I am not going to get through my list this month. Not only is it an exceptionally long list, it also is a very short month. I can only try!

One Adult book:
Pies and Prejudice

One book from my Goodreads TBR pile:
Alice on Her Way

Library books:
The One and Only Ivan
Liar and Spy
My Life Next Door
Simply Irresistible
Chasing the Skip

My own books:
Nancy Drew 1-6

Galleys:
Dance of Shadows
A Perfect Proposal
Undeadly
Also Known As
Going Vintage

Waiting on Also Known As

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Waiting on Also Known As

I don't know which cover is correct... but I like the one on the left way better!
From Goodreads: Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She'll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school's security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.
Why …

Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters

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Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters in no particular order

I would have to say that Amy is pretty frustrating. She just doesn't seem to get her guy and she does the stupidest stuff! Lucky for us, because it means a good plot and hilarity.

The mom in Out of the Easy MADE ME SO FREAKING MAD! How dare she treat her daughter that way?! How dare she set her daughter's life up to be that way?! Terrible. Just terrible. There's nothing like a good villain. Great job, Ruta Sepetys!





Oh, Ruby Oliver. She is another person who just doesn't quite get it. I blame it on her anxiety - that could make things harder than it should be for anyone. Even though she is frustrating, her life is so INTERESTING. Great series. Hi, my name is Bella and I am obsessed with my boyfriend to the point that I will die because of him and in order to be with him. Nothing matters more than him. Enough said? I think so.
I kind of want to shake Fanny Price and …

Garden Spells

Garden Spells
By Sarah Addison Allen
Bantam, 2007
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
The women of the Waverley family -- whether they like it or not -- are heirs to an unusual legacy, one that grows in a fenced plot behind their Queen Anne home on Pendland Street in Bascom, North Carolina. There, an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties looms over a garden filled with herbs and edible flowers that possess the power to affect in curious ways anyone who eats them.


For nearly a decade, 34-year-old Claire Waverley, at peace with her family inheritance, has lived in the house alone, embracing the spirit of the grandmother who raised her, ruing her mother's unfortunate destiny and seemingly unconcerned about the fate of her rebellious sister, Sydney, who freed herself long ago from their small town's constraints. Using her grandmother's mystical culinary traditions, Claire has built a successful catering business -- and a carefully controlled, utterly predictable life…

Underworld

Underworld
By Meg Cabot
Point, 2012
Audience: Older Teens

Source: My own bookshelf

From Goodreads:
Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.

Not this time.

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.

Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance…on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.

But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.

And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape.

This book was more action-packed than the first. It was a lot …

Abandon

Abandon
By Meg Cabot
Point, 2011
Audience: All Teens

Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

I am so excited because this is the FIRST Me…

Waiting on Dance of Shadows

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Waiting on Dance of Shadows From Goodreads: Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you're close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner's heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .

Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister's shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . .

Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unle…

Top Ten Settings To Read More Often

Top Ten Settings that Should be in More Books
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New Orleans - I liked the atmosphere in Out of the Easy.Spain - It's a beautiful place, and gets overshadowed by France all the time.The Midwest - Everything always seems to take place near a coast. Exciting stuff happens here, too!Chicago - I loved Veronica Roth's novels, and I want to go there.Ireland - So green, so pretty. Such a good setting!Road Trips - They are always awesome, and you get to see more than one place.Boarding School - I love books where teens have to go away from their parents and home and live somewhere else.Study Abroad - It would be great to read more books that have a main character who can share that unique experience.Amsterdam - I don't think I've ever read a book that took place there, but it seems so interesting. I'd love to learn more about it through a good novel.The past - Historical Fiction is underrated.

The Sigh

The Sigh
By Marjane Satrapi
Archaia Entertainment, 2010
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Rose is one of three daughters of a rich merchant who always brings gifts for his girls from the market. One day Rose asks for the seed of a blue bean, but he fails to find one for her. She lets out a sigh in resignation, and her sigh attracts the Sigh, a mysterious being that brings the seed she desired to the merchant. But every debt has to be paid, and every gift has a price, and the Sigh returns a year later to take the merchant’s daughter to a secret and distant palace.

I stumbled across this book at work. I had no idea what to expect. I checked it out based on the author alone. I have read The Complete Persepolis more than once for classes in school, and was interested to see what her other work was like. This one was different because it was for children, it wasn't a memoir and it wasn't a graphic novel (but it still had illustrations, of course.)

The story was beautiful and fanta…

TBR Pile Challenge Wrap Up #1

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I am so proud of myself. I have read ONE WHOLE BOOK from my TBR pile. The review will be up this week. I am currently working on the sequel, Underworld and The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen.

New Books, Happy Girl 25

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I ALMOST got out of the bookstore without buying more than what I intended.

And then I saw the $5 bargain cart. This cart has limited quantities, and one of the titles I had been planning on getting WAS THERE. And then I saw another one, and another one, and my awesome plan was over.

Here's what I got!

Click on the picture to go to Goodreads.





Bad Boy Rehab Winner

And the winner is...

Dione T.

Out of the Easy

Out of the Easy
By Ruta Sepetys
Philomel Books, 2013
Audience: Older Teens

Source: NetGalley

From Goodreads:
It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

In the battle of Out of the Easy vs. Between Shades of Gray, Between Shades of Gray wins hands down, no contest. I feel like that story was stronger and the characters were more vivid. Also, I le…

Waiting on Going Vintage

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Waiting on Going Vintage

From Goodreads: When Mallory discovers that her boyfriend, Jeremy, is cheating on her with an online girlfriend, she swears off boys. She also swears off modern technology. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in 1962, Mallory decides to "go vintage" and return to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn't cheat on you online). She sets out to complete grandma's list: run for pep club secretary, host a dinner party, sew a homecoming dress, find a steady, do something dangerous. But the list is trickier than it looks. And obviously finding a steady is out . . . no matter how good Oliver (Jeremy's cousin) smells. But with the help of her sister, she'll get it done. Somehow. 
Why I am Waiting Key Words: cheating, modern technology, simpler time, steady

Top Ten 2013 Debuts

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Top Ten 2013 Debuts I THINK these are actually debut books, but I chose them based on the list on Goodreads, and those aren't always accurate. I apologize if any of them are incorrectly listed here!







Suite Dreams

Suite Dreams
By Rachel Hawthorne
HarperTeen 2008
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Hello, mate! (Practicing my Australian.* How am I doing?)

I'm so glad the timing worked out for this couch exchange. I'll be crashing on yours by the time you get to mine.** If you run into any problems, just find Alyssa. She'll help you out with whatever you need.***

Your couch-swapping mate, Rick

*That's cute. Go have fun in Australia and leave ME--your girlfriend for an entire semester--to waste away on campus, alone.

**Um, think again. Your couch is already taken.

***Great. Now I've got to find a place for the (unbelievably hot, it turns out) Aussie to crash. But there's only one couch available: the one in my dorm room. . . .

This book was short and sweet and exactly what I expected. I am in a contemporary romance mood, and this delivered. And the guy was from Australia! I like Rachel Hawthorne more with each romance I read by her. She is one of those writers that grows with ea…

New Books, Happy Girl 24

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So my book resolution that was checking out less library books is not going so well. However, in my defense, a lot of them are middle-grade novels that I can read quickly and it was a long week. Long weeks always make me more susceptible to buying/checking out books.
So here's what I got this week:

Click on the picture to go to Goodreads!


Batman The Long Halloween

Batman The Long Halloween
Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale
DC Comics, 1999
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
"THE LONG HALLOWEEN is more than a comic book. It's an epic tragedy." - Christopher Nolan (director The Dark Knight Rises)Taking place during Batman's early days of crime fighting, this new edition of the classic mystery tells the story of a mysterious killer who murders his prey only on holidays. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A mystery that has the reader continually guessing the identity of the killer, this story also ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman's deadly enemy, Two-Face.

Whoa! This book was awesome! It had pretty much every villain you could imagine in it. It took place over about a year, and it definitely kept me guessing. I almost didn't review this book because it is so …

Paper Valentine

Paper Valentine
Brenna Yovanoff
Razorbill, 2013
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying …

Bad Boy Rehab Blog Hop

My VERY FIRST ATTEMPT at a blog hop! Contest Runs January 10-17. Open to residents of the US only. LIMIT 6 ENTRIES PER PERSON. I'll bet monitoring entries.
I chose this one because who doesn't love a story with a bad boy in it?
I'll be giving away your choice of the paperback Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles OR the hardcover of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry.

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Waiting on Etiquette and Espionage

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Waiting on Etiquette and Espionage

From Goodreads: It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit…

Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013

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Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013
Make a dent in my TBR pile.Check out less books from the library (because I never read as many as I actually check out.)Buy one book only after I have read 5 of my own first.Join a blog hop.Complete all of the challenges I've joined this year.Finish the following series: Mortal Instruments, Divergent, Wolves of Mercy Falls, FablehavenFinish Sense and Sensibility and Let the Right One In (I've been "reading" both of them for over a year.)Organize my books better.Maybe give up some of the books I probably won't read again... Maybe. It's time for me to go through them. Sadness.Read more galleys.

Sapphire Blue

Sapphire Blue
By Kerstin Gier
Henry Holt and Co, 2012
Audience: All Teens

Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.
At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.

Oh, goodness. I was s…

New Books, Happy Girl 23

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