January 5th, 2009

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First 2009 Book Reports (1-6)...

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!

Dear Julia, by Amy Bronwen Zemser * In all honesty, I picked this up because of the very cool cover, not realizing that it was mostly about cooking (as I don't really like to cook) -- and the first chapter appeared to be a mg-perspective...so even though I glanced at the end, I didn't feel compelled to read it. But if you like to cook, I think it's a humorous take on it :)

Jet Set, by Karasyov & Kargman **** This is one of those books which has the totally improbable setting (a poor-ish girl being accepted to a rich, private, international school) that sucked me in :) Even as I read on and on, I kept thinking, "This is so not my usual kind of book." But it was a fun read!

Lily Dale: Believing, by Wendy Corsi Staub ** This author also writes adult stuff, and for me, the pacing of this was off a little. She'd speed up then slow down. The mystery was interesting, but it just didn't gel for me.

Let It Snow, by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson ***** Yep, a truly fun read :) I enjoyed it very much, especially the different styles tying the three stories together!

Utopia, by Lincoln Child (R) ****+ My first re-read of the year, and I'm loving it :)

ETA: Tracking Daddy Down, by Marybeth Kelsey marybethkelsey ****+ OKay, this is one of my favorite mg books -- of all time. It reminded me very much of a series of books I read over and over again as a girl: THE MILLER GIRLS and THOSE MOTORING MILLERS. However, I have to say that Marybeth's book is definitely better-written -- and the ending completely caught at my heart. Loved it!

Guess what I bought today?? At Grave's End, by Jeaniene Frost frost_light...can't wait :D
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