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I did so much better this week then last. I finished 98 (!) books since last Monday. Of course, the vast majority of those were picture books, but, still, it was so much better than the meager offering I had from last week!
As far as longer-ish books go, I finished:
|Oh my gosh, where to start. The writing was so odd - it felt like every third sentence had been deleted. I kept having to reread portions of the book to figure out what was going on, and even then, I was lost half the time. Seemingly important storylines are dropped, never to return. I never felt like I "got" any of the characters. The narrative skips around with so many viewpoints, that I wasn't able understand anyone well. None of the emotions seemed true to me - not the friend...moreOh my gosh, where to start. The writing was so odd - it felt like every third sentence had been deleted. I kept having to reread portions of the book to figure out what was going on, and even then, I was lost half the time. Seemingly important storylines are dropped, never to return. I never felt like I "got" any of the characters. The narrative skips around with so many viewpoints, that I wasn't able understand anyone well. None of the emotions seemed true to me - not the friendships, not the "romance," not the wanderlust, the fear, or the guilt. The plot has so many tangents, that the pacing is disjointed and glacial. It took me ages to finish it, and I probably would have given up had it not been a Printz honor book. I know people who adore it, but it just wasn't for me.|
Really enjoyed this one. I felt like it said a lot in a very few pages. Very honest with great illustrations.
My first encounter with Lunch Lady and I was just completely enamored with the silly, imaginative plot. So much fun and I adored it, but not quite as much as I adored...
I just love Babymouse. She may be my favorite character in all of MG literature. I've loved all the babymouse GNs and this was no exception.
Such creative poems. There is some fantastic stuff in here, but I could only take it in short doses. I had to read a few pages at a time then take a break or everything just got too silly, absurd, and
It was definitely entertaining although there was a bit too much info-dumping (which is often a problem is this type of novel, I've found. Just so much world-building details to get across - this time curtesy of the resident mad-scientist-alien-doctor-person). I also wish there was a more vivid setting and more evil villains. I loved the idea of it taking place in China of the future, but I wish more of Oriental culture was incorporated. The good characters were great, I just felt like I should have hated the villains more than I did. Finally, I felt like it's connection to Cinderella was a bit tenuous, but a cyborg fairy tale is a grand idea. I will be recommending this book a lot, especially to the those who are looking for a less-violent Hunger Games type novel.
Maybe I've been reading too many Hunger Games read-alikes, but this book sure reads a lot like a dystopian novel to me, even though it's historical fiction. Fascination tale, but I felt like the execution didn't *quite* meet the ideal. It very nearly does, but there were certain section when I just did not buy that this protagonist would act in the way he did, and it took me out of the story. Still, it's mighty powerful for such a quick read.
Finally, I finished my reread of:
Loved it just as much the second time. A great book to reread.
AND.... That's it! That was my reading week. I'm off for most of this week, so I plan to get lots of reading done (hopefully a #bookaday). Here's the books I'm currently reading:
I am ALMOST finished with this one, and I simply adore it. It's like historical fiction and war and mystery all wound together with two of the BEST characters in all of teen fiction. SO GOOD.
So far, Lena thinks WAYYYY too much.
About half-way through, hopefully I'll finish it tomorrow. It's uber-fun although the politics are a bit mystifying.
I read about 50 pages this week! I am making progress! Only 75 left!
Taking a sabbatical on this one since it is my "break" book that I read at work and, as I mentioned, I'm off this week!
I've promised myself that, by the end of this year, I will have read all of the Printz books. I have 17 to go, including this one.
Plus, I'm rereading:
Hopefully, I'll start reading: