May 31st, 2009

single deer

Book Reports (105-107)...

Yeah, I didn't get much reading done this week...which is sad, because it feels like I didn't get anything else done, either! I wonder why that is...oh, yeah, the kids started summer break on Wednesday!

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 might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- definitely will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite!

The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams **** One of those intense, troubling reads. I'm glad I read it, and I very much liked the strength of the ending -- but beware, many sad moments along the way (sad and scary)!

Columbine, by Dave Cullen ***** Very informative and easy-to-read nonfiction account of what truly happened at Columbine high school. I was riveted, and I'm so glad I read it to get the facts behind so much of the media claims when it happened. Plus, it's good to hear about how many of the injured have moved on and found strong and happy lives since then (even those with permanent physical challenges).

Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys, by Kate Brian **** The V Club remains my favorite by Brian, but I enjoyed this one, as well. I think I prefer the multiple POV approach by most authors. The ending in this one wasn't quite as conclusive as I wanted, but it's still a fun read.