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For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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complicit **
Complicit, by Stephanie Kuehn -- recommended for those who enjoy psychological thrillers/mysteries, those who enjoy male POVs, and those who don't mind Spoiler belowCollapse ) -- St. Martin's Griffin, 6/14

blackice ****
Black Ice, by Becca Fitzpatrick -- recommended for those who enjoy fast-paced thrillers, those who don't mind somewhat selfish/spoiled/immature MCs, and those who like romance (under pressure) -- Simon & Schuster, 10/14

Currently Reading: I started an e-galley by Kirsten Gier

On Deck: many more...that's what a week off work is for, right?

Book Reports (98-101)...

books
For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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madeforyou ****+
Made for You, by Melissa Marr -- highly recommended for those who enjoy romantic suspense (with a paranormal twist) and sweet romance -- Harper Collins, 9/14

afterlight *****
In the Afterlight, by Alexandra Bracken -- highly recommended for those who enjoyed the rest of the trilogy (beginning with The Darkest Minds), those who like thrillers (with a sci-fi twist), and those who like romance -- Disney-Hyperion, 9/14

sacrifice *****
Sacrifice, by Brigid Kemmerer -- highly recommended for those who enjoyed the rest of the series (beginning with Storm), those who enjoy suspense and male POVs, those who enjoy romance, and those who enjoy paranormal tales -- K-Teen, 9/14

secondthoughts ****
Second Thoughts, by Cara Bertrand -- recommended for those who enjoyed the first (Lost in Thought), those who enjoy paranormal mysteries, and those who enjoy romance -- Luminis Books, 10/14

Currently Reading: I just started an e-galley on my phone Kindle

On Deck: I have a rather large pile I'm hoping to tackle during Thanksgiving break...we'll see ;)

Weekend Roundup...

beach
...it was actually a pretty relaxing weekend...

...I didn't leave the house on Saturday as it snowed (gentle, fluffy flakes). The kiddos went out and sledded (and got all rosy-cheeked), and DH made a turkey (something he often does this time of year -- a couple weeks before Thanksgiving). We also had hot chocolate. :)

...on Sunday, the Broncos lost, which made both D and DH grumpy. I had to leave (with D) to get him bball shoes for tonight's practice -- which made me grumpy (ha).

Only four more days (three for me -- I'll probably have a few papers for students who are behind, but I should be able to take at least five days off from any grading -- yay!) till Thanksgiving break. E's b-day is Friday, so we have a busy weekend (but a good kind of busy)...

Four on Friday...

aspen leaves
1. The wind is howling away...there are still yellow, gold, red, orange-ish, and even green leaves...but they may not be here long.

2. D has gym with one of the boys from his football (and upcoming bball) team -- and they just started bball in gym. D and this boy are on the same team, and they've won all their 'games' so far...he says it's been a lot of fun :)

3. E has a few performances for choir in the next few weeks. Next week, the entire 5th grade has their Veteran's Day performance (D's 5th grade did this, as well). Then the choir performs for grandparents on Thursday -- and in four weeks, they have their Christmas performances (well, winter holidays). Fortunately, she loves choir, so she's a happy camper these days.

4. Well, the worst week of work ended yesterday. I still have a few stragglers, but I'm basically done -- thank goodness! Now we've moved on to the second drafts...and book reports with one class. That won't be fun, either, but at least it's the smallest class I have!

5. I'm taking E to a climbing wall today (or tomorrow). She loves to climb, and we've not really made much time for it. Hopefully, she'll enjoy these little forays...

E's bday is in two weeks -- how is that possible???

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Four on Friday...

catching leaves
1. Had a great day on Tuesday with my mom -- we spent a day together (my b-day present that we haven't had time for until now). Got a couple of nice pix, including this one:

mom

2. Weds was a half day for both kiddos. D did some homework and then got to spend the rest of the afternoon with his bff (who had conferences at his school). E hit Jump Street for a bday party. Then DH took them out for pizza (while I stayed home and worked -- it was a win-win since I got so much done without the noise).

3. I started helping in math at E's school this week too. I love having the opportunity to go into the classroom (as much as I love not *having* to be there every day).

4. D's school has a dance tonight. D isn't going. I wrote a rather long piece on FB about how that makes me feel...short version, the teen (and pre-teen) years are tough on introverts. ;)

D's last regular season (and perhaps last period) game is tomorrow. I'm so hoping they win! What are your plans?

Book Reports (93-97)...

books
For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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findmewhere ****+
Find Me Where the Water Ends, by Rachel Carter -- highly recommended for those who enjoyed the first two, for those who like a sweet romance, for those who enjoy the tensions and paradoxes of time travel, and for those who like science fiction -- Harper Teen, 7/14

inthefire *****
In the Fire, by Eileen Griffin and Nikka Michaels -- highly recommended for those who enjoy male/male romance and those who enjoy foodie books -- Carina Press, 11/14

geteven *****
Get Even, by Gretchen McNeil -- highly recommended for those who enjoy suspense, contemporary teen issues, multi-POV, and romantic tensions -- Harper Teen, 9/14

standbyyou ***+
Stand by You, by A.M. Arthur -- recommended for those who enjoy male/male romance and those who enjoy characters recovering from domestic abuse -- Carina Press, 10/14

tabularasa ****
Tabula Rasa, by Kristen Lippert-Martin -- recommended for those who enjoy suspense and mystery, science fiction ideas, and sweet romance -- Egmont, 7/14

Currently Reading: well, I haven't actually started the next book yet ;)
On Deck: a bunch, heh...

Four on Friday...

aspen leaves
1. I've read four books but haven't had a chance to report on them yet. One more thing for my to-do list...

2. This week has held a dearth of sleep. *sigh* I'd love to catch up this weekend, but D's football game is at 9 am tomorrow morning (with arrival time set for 8:15).

3. D got on the bball team he wanted (after some negotiations on the part of the coach) -- he's hoping to just have fun this year. His team (Division A) from the previous 4 years has pretty much disbanded; 4 went to the ultra-competitive division (Division A+, ha), 1 (D's bff) will be playing for his private school team, 1 dropped out altogether, and the remaining 3 were placed on a random team (with a coach who's only in his second year of coaching). That's where the negotiations came in -- D wanted to play on the same (Division B) team as many of his football teammates. So that coach (who used to help coach D's old team) had to trade a couple players to get D. But it's done, and now we have a hopefully fun season ahead of us. (That will begin in November -- if D's football team doesn't win the next 2 games, football will be done -- and we'll all have one week to recover before bball begins, ha.)

4. E is loading up on the arts -- she has choir every Tues and will be starting a sculpture class on Thursdays through December. She's also going to be doing some indoor rock climbing during weekends in November...you know, because we're apparently not busy enough (ha).

I can't believe that November begins 2 weeks from tomorrow...yeesh.

Autumn...

Book Reports (91-92)...

books
For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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illgiveyousun ****
I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson -- recommended for those who enjoy contemporary, realistic tales; angst and grief with resolution; and romance (including GLBT) -- Dial, 9/14

shattered ****+
Shattered, by Mari Mancusi -- highly recommended for those who read the first book (Scorched), for those who like fantasy mixed with dystopia, for those who enjoy teen angst and romance, for those who like suspense and time travel -- Sourcebooks Fire, 9/14

Currently Reading: an e-book on my Droid Kindle

On Deck: Melisa Marr's newest (yay), the second in Blackout, another in the Elemental series...and many more -- good reading days :)

Wordless Wednesday...

clouds
leaves1 (2) (Our trees down here aren't there yet, but they probably will be soon -- early changing this year [though this was taken last October...close to the end])

Book Reports (87-90)...

books
For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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emberash ****
Ember & Ash, by T.M. Goeglein -- recommended for those who enjoyed the rest of the trilogy, those who are intrigued by the Mafia, and those who like family loyalty -- Putnam Juvenile, 7/14

mortaldanger *****
Mortal Danger, by Ann Aguirre -- highly recommended for those who enjoy romance, Faust, and time-travel type twists -- Feiwel & Friends, 8/14

blackbird ****
Blackbird, by Anna Carey -- recommended for those who don't mind a long wait for resolution (and tons of mystery) and those who like suspense -- Harper Teen, 9/14

elementalists ****
The Elementalists, by C. Sharp -- recommended for those who like paranormal fantasy, dystopia, teen angst and triumph, and who don't mind some overly dramatic aspects -- Diversion Books, 10/14

Currently Reading:...I've started a couple but haven't found something I *have* to read yet.

On Deck: some sequels (yay)

Four on Friday...

beach
1. Beautiful weather this week -- almost record-setting warmth. The leaves are golden in the high country, but it's hard to find time to go and visit...

2. Crazy busy today, especially, and I'm beat. *sigh*

3. The good news is that my aunt is in town :) I always love seeing her, though it never seems long enough. Today, I spent way too much time driving around (almost 3 hours running back and forth...or should I say crawling -- rush hour is NO fun, and I can't believe some people have to deal with that every day).

4. D had his conferences this week, and I'm not sure why I went. We have a 'parent portal' that we can use to look at grades daily (if we want). Anyway, D is doing quite well, but I guess I thought it would be like elementary school (or how I used to do it when I taught middle and high school). Instead, it was hot, crowded, and the teachers barely knew who D was (except his LA teacher, who also knew me). Oh, well. ;)

Can't believe it's the last weekend in September...

Wordless Wednesday (Timeless)...

e looking into distance
sdcove (LaJolla Cove, 2000)

cove (LaJolla Cove, 2014)

Different vantage points, but the same sea...

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Four on Friday...

d field day
1. Wow, look at me -- Friday morning, no less. :) We woke to a dusting of snow this morning...sigh. However, it's supposed to be 80* by Sunday. We'll see!

2. This felt like the first real week of fall (as in, first real week of work combined with school combined with football, etc). I managed to get all my papers in on time, I helped in E's classroom, D won his first game...it's all humming along.

3. I'm having lunch with one of my dearest friends today. :D We get together every few weeks, and it's always a treat.

4. I'm thinking it won't be long before we see some gold leaves -- that doesn't feel as early this morning (with the snow) as it did last weekend! Hopefully the weirdly fluctuating weather won't cause them all to simply wither and fall off (I think that's happened before). We're heading up to the hills after D's game tomorrow, so I'll get to scope out the situation then.

It's my favorite time of year -- woot!

Book Reports (85 and 86)...

books
For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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killerinstinct *****
Killer Instinct, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- highly recommended for those who enjoyed the first, those who like FBI/crime mysteries, those who enjoy gifted teens, and those who like romance and complicated relationships -- Disney/Hyperion, 11/14

flickerburn ****
Flicker & Burn, by T.M. Goeglein -- recommended for those who enjoyed the first, those who like Mafia-style stories, those who enjoy paranormal elements, and those who don't mind a somewhat simplified romance (though not, by any means, uncomplicated) -- Speak, 8/14

Currently Reading: the final Cold Fury book; another e-galley -- both of which are very engaging :)

On Deck: an ever-growing pile...

Four on Friday...

rain
1. We had our hottest day of August/September on Weds, and today, it's in the 50s...and damp. Brrr. I'd love something in between ;)

2. It always seems like Labor Day is the true end of summer break, even though we had two weeks of school before then. But now, the kiddos are settling in, I'm slowly readjusting to my work schedule, and vacation is over. *sigh* Still, the change in seasons (both physical and mental) is what keeps us going, no?

3. Our first true football weekend is here -- both D's team and the Broncos' home opener. I imagine I'll be all football-ed out by late Sunday night (um, not that I'll actually watch the Broncos game...I'll be reading or some such thing, ha).

4. I've read two books in the last two days -- which is encouraging, because I've also been busy with work. Of course, what I haven't done much of is write...so now, that will be my next challenge. ;)

First weekend in September -- what will you be doing?

Wordless Wednesday...

rafting
View from the top...two 14K peaks:

pp top4 (Pikes Peak)

clouds (Mt. Evans)

Book Reports (81-84)...

books
For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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shadowwoman ****+ (R)
Shadow Woman, by Linda Howard -- recommended for those who enjoy romantic suspense -- Ballantine Books, 11/13

coldfury ****+
Cold Fury, by T.M. Goeglein -- highly recommended for those who enjoy mafia-style books with hints of romance and paranormal activity -- Speak, 6/13

breatheannie *****
Breathe, Annie, Breathe, by Miranda Kenneally -- highly recommended for those who enjoy athletic girls, contemporary (and realistic) teen life, and sweet (though passionate) romance -- Sourcebooks Fire, 7/14

lostinthought *****
Lost in Thought, by Cara Bertrand -- highly recommended for those who enjoy paranormal mysteries centered in a school along with a strong romance -- Luminis Books, 4/14

Currently Reading: three other books (one on my Kindle), all of which are good :)

On Deck: the final Cold Fury book along with many others

Four on Friday...

aspen leaves
1. Back to school nights are long. *yawn*

2. I got my student rosters, and I'm pleased to have more students than last year (I was a little worried because I've heard numbers are dropping).

3. It's been fairly rainy this week -- each afternoon has brought storms. But they're saying 90+ on Sunday...yikes!

4. We haven't seen changed leaves yet, but with all this cool weather, I'm thinking it won't be long...I love the golden leaves, but having it come early is always bittersweet!

Any plans for Labor Day weekend? :)

Weekend Roundup...

e on ground
...I got up early on Saturday to go to Pikes Peak with DH so he could ride (with some friends) down Pikes Peak (famous for 'America, the Beautiful'). I didn't like getting up early (at all), but I will admit that now that it's over, I'm so glad I went. It was so beautiful, and I've never been up there before. I will post pictures tomorrow (I'm on the wrong computer right now, oops).

...we came home and basically passed out (altitude mixed with getting up too early -- plus, we didn't get home until 6). DH somehow pulled it together enough to go to the Broncos' game.

...yesterday, D had scrimmages for football -- which also took all afternoon (didn't get home till 8). It was beautiful again (we were in the mountains), and it helped me get out my nerves a bit (I saw again that it really is hard to get seriously injured at this level of play -- not impossible, but probably not likely). Again, I'll post some pix tomorrow. :)

...today, we're back at it. We're slowly settling into the school-year routine, I think. The hardest part continues to be the sleep issue, *sigh*.

Last week of August -- how are you finishing out the month?

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