March 13th, 2009

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Friday Five...

1. First Friday in a while where I haven't been giving away ARCs -- makes it easier on me, I must say ;) But it was great fun, and once I'm done reading the whole pile, I'll probably have a half-giveaway (meaning anyone who wants one can have it, but they'll have to pay postage).

2. AFter the sprint to the finish line yesterday on Ileah's ms, I feel light and free...and excited for the first time in a while about writing! It's amazing how much the work of an incomplete first draft will drag me down.

3. My SIL is in town this weekend -- I guess my FIL had very minor surgery on his nose (a spot of skin cancer), and she panicked and has to see him. It was such minor surgery that he didn't even tell us about it -- I'm guessing he might have mentioned it to her in passing...anyway, he's fine, and now we get to see her too (she's the younger SIL, not the SIL who took me to ALA).

4. I'm meeting with a good friend this morning. Our kiddos are friends (which is how we met -- D and O had pre-school together); but we rarely (this might be the second time ever) get together without them. I'm excited :) She's such a wonderful person -- I feel very blessed by her!

5. DH is planning to take D skiing next week -- finally! It'll be D's first time, and we want to make sure it's not too cold...he needs to think it's fun, that's the key :) I'm pretty sure D will end up loving it, but since DH spends so much time on the slopes, it's something we're both hoping the kiddos will enjoy.

Hope you all have a great weekend (and a wonderful Friday)!
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Book Reports (58-60)...

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!

At Face Value, by Emily Franklin ***+ This is a fun re-telling of Cyrano de Bergerac. I liked Cyrie, the MC, and I loved the sweet romance between her and 'Rox' -- if you like re-tellings, or even if you just like this story (Cyrano), I think you'll enjoy this book.

Fragile Eternity, by Melissa Marr **** This is easily my favorite of the three. I LOVE Seth, and the complex characters and relationships in this were wonderfully done. Nothing is simple...just like real life, and for me, this book defines excellent story-telling with thoughful characters. (mid-upper YA, releases 5/09) melissa_writing

Hunger, by Michael Grant ***** I love this book! It's truly gripping -- I could hardly stand to put it down between readings. There's so much going on from beginning to end...and even though he resolves some of the problems, he leaves so many others open. So now I can't wait for the next one, either! (definitely upper YA -- graphic violence, and everyone in the book is 15 or less -- releases 6/09)