This past week, I finished: Remembrance by Meg Cabot My rating: 3 of 5 stars I have never been a huge Mediator fan, but I love Meg Cabot and needed something fun to read, so here we are. This was a fun read, and I liked Jesse way more than I probably ever have. It probably helps that he’s not dead. My only real issue is that I was annoyed (view spoiler)[they had sex before the wedding, especially since they got married the following week. That was dumb. I’m also not sure about the message it sends. Like, it was PERFECTLY FINE for them to wait since Jesse is Catholic and wanted to wait. Sometimes guys wait to have sex until they get married. And I liked that Suze was the one who had to deal with it, but ugh. It felt like such a PREMARITAL SEX IS OKAY moment, […]
…metaphorically speaking, of course. So, I have tried and tried and tried and TRIED to make this blog interesting and a place I want to post. I have tried so hard, and it is just not working for me. At all. I just can’t relax into it. So I’m going back to my roots. From now on, I’m going to be posting back at my old blog, which I’ve had for over 13 years. I don’t want to lose touch with anyone who is reading/following me here, so please follow me at my (new) old space: http://keenai.livejournal.com/ I was going to explain in more detail why I’ve decided to move back, but it took me a million years to write this short snippet, so you can see part of the issue right there.
Apparently, I was wrong about July being my slow month. August was the slowest. I only read three books in August. Three. Three! And I only reviewed two. (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is from July.) The other book I read was Screenplay by Syd Field, which was a reread. Coming off the reading deprivation and then moving into course prep for the fall didn’t leave me with a real interest in reading, alas. September is not looking any better so far, to be honest. I haven’t really found a book that I can get into yet. I’m sure that once I do, I’ll pick up the pace and explode my reading goal. (Goodreads says I have met it, but I know that’s inaccurate since you have to shelve a book in order to mark it as unfinished, which is just dumb, but whatever.) So here’s hoping I get […]
So this has been sitting in my drafts for weeks. I have no idea why I never posted it. I read eight books in July! Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (YA) The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (adult) Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher, illustrated by Karl Kerschl (YA graphic novel) The Friendship Riddle by Megan Frazer Blakemore (middle grade) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (YA) The Living by Matt de la Peña (YA) The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (middle grade) Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (middle grade) And I even reviewed some of them on the blog! I also reviewed Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, but didn’t post it until August, so it’s not showing up in my nifty pre-populated list. With eight books read, I am […]
Well, this post is late. Between wrapping up the end of the summer semester and traveling at the beginning of my summer break, I have not had time to really sit down and get started on any kind of post. But I’m happy to be back now. In June I read nine books:
I have sucked so hard at blogging. School got out and then there was all the prepping for summer, and now it’s summer, and I am deep in the throes of my summer class (only two weeks left! It went so fast!). So, yes, my blogging has suffered, but my reading has not. I read 9 books in May. (I started 12, though.)
Meg Cabot is the bomb. There’s just no way around it. I don’t like to pick favorite authors, but if I had to pick one, she’d definitely be at the top of my list. Why? Well, here are five reasons* I totally dig Meg Cabot. *Technically, there are more than five reasons.
I read seven books this month: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (YA) In Real Life by Cory Doctorow, illustrated by Jen Wang (YA graphic novel) Get Over Yourself (Princeless, Vol. 2) by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by Emily Martin (graphic novel) The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (YA) Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King (YA) Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskovitz (YA) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (adult) Three of the seven are for book club, and the number of book club books I read is going to increase a lot because the summer children’s lit book club I belong to meets once a week over the summer. Yeah, it’s pretty intense. Of note:
I finished nine books this month: Princeless by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by M. Goodwin (graphic novel) This Side of Home by Renée Watson (YA) Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff by Walter Dean Myers (YA) The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, narrated by Bronson Pinchot (middle grade, audiobook) The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom (adult) 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody (YA) The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (YA) The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (children’s lit) Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates (adult lit, non-fiction)
I am super behind on everything (and by everything, I mean grading, of course). Still and all, I am going to try to carve out some time to do stuff around my blog for Bloggiesta. I’m digging the fact that it’s a week this time, so I can really do 15-30 minutes a day on some stuff. My to-do list: 1. Import reviews from old blog — I forgot I had started a blog over at blogspot when I jumped into book blogging and was trying to figure out where I wanted to hang my hat. As such, I want to get those posts/reviews over here so everything is all in one place. 2. Make a button for roundup posts — for visual interest, you know.