October 15th, 2008

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Book Reports...

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 the I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read.

* 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 will read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good.
***** I read every word, and I loved it!

The Off Season, by Catherine Murdock **** Okay, so this went a long way toward making up for the previous book of hers I read ;) I couldn't find Dairy Queen, so I went with this instead, and I liked it -- even though the narrator was really scattered (in her telling of the story, I mean). But good story with nice depth and pacing.

Cybele's Secret, by Juliet Marillier ** I obviously don't get these. The story is okay, but the wordiness completely puts me out of the story, and I couldn't make myself actually read it. I guess I'm missing out ;).

the otherworldies, by Jennifer Anne Kogler *** The premise of this is good, and I liked it okay. I kind of guessed where it was all going (but then, I should, as it's MG).

This Must be Love, by Tui T. Sutherland ** This is when I can tell I just grab books off the shelf at the library -- if I'd taken a few seconds to look through this, I would have known it wasn't for me. Too many texts/letters/flyers/etc. (I seem to remember E dancing beside, needing the bathroom.)

unraveling, by Michelle Baldini * I started this, and put it down before the end of the first chapter when the MC was revealed to be a misunderstood teen who wanted to write. *rolls eyes*

vibes, by Amy Kathleen Ryan ***** Okay, this is shocking. I started reading and didn't think I'd like it -- but I couldn't put it down! The MC is sooooo negative, but there's something appealing about her. I really, really like this book.

Betwixt, by Tara Bray Smith ** Meh. I should know by now, I'm not an urban fantasy person. Someone who is would probably really like this (and OTHERWORLDIES, from above).
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Me books...

I read this on fabulousfrock's LJ (and Tara's too). I like reading through them, and it made me think...so here's my own attempt.

There are definitely books that I like very much, but 'me' books are the kind I anticipate revisiting almost as soon as I finish. Some of these are popular (like the HP books), but I'm guessing most aren't. :)

'Me' books have these factors:

*romance with a lot of tension (you know, the kind where even though you've read it a hundred times, you still wonder if it'll turn out okay each time) -- ex: Touch Not the Cat, by Mary Stewart; Anne of the Island, by LM Montgomery
*adventure that I couldn't possibly have -- ex: Protector of the Small Quartet, by Tamora Pierce; Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, by Ally Carter
*sweetness (I don't do edgy; I like my MCs sweet and not snarky) -- ex: By the Highway Home, by Mary Stolz; The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney, by Suzanne Harper
*philosophical ideas presented in a thoughtful but not wordy or preachy manner (though I realize perception of this will vary depending on the reader, heh) -- ex: Speaker for the Dead, by OSC; The Keeping Days, by Norma Johnston
*something surprising (this is one that's tough -- but I've read enough that very little surprises me; so when something manages to do that, I'm impressed and drawn back to that story repeatedly) -- ex: Shift, by Jennifer Bradbury (surprising because I didn't expect it to be as compelling as it was); vibes, by Amy K. Ryan (surprising because the MC was everything I don't like, but I really liked the book); Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg (surprising because it's really a collection of vignettes about the south -- not my thing at all -- but I love it!)
*clever books -- The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin (my first clever book, heh); Black is the Color of my True Love's Heart, by Ellis Peters

Of course, the very best books encompass almost all of these (like HP).

This was fun -- feel free to try it also, either on your blog or in the comments :)
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