August 17th, 2009

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Weekend Roundup...

Spent some time at the pool (indoor -- our weather's been very strange this summer) and had a good chat with one of my close friends...

Got to go to a 'martini party' (annual celebration of an acquaintance's birthday) and chat with friends...

Had a wonderful time with jennifer_d_g yesterday :D She always makes me feel peaceful and valuable -- thank you, Jennifer!!...

Three days, three chapters...I've right at the midway mark, I think. Hopefully I can keep it up...

Happy Monday :)
kitty

Book Reports (166-168)...

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. Different colored font means it's an ARC (and I'll try to remember to put the month it's released, as well). For those available for pre-order or order, the titles link to Powell's.

* 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!



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Playing in Traffic, by Gail Giles ** This is very dark (imo) -- too dark, really, for my personal taste. But it's also a pretty realistic look at a girl trapped in a horrible world (partly of her own making, and partly her circumstances). Not a lot of hope here, however (which is why I couldn't read much of it).

Prophecy of the Sisters, by Michelle Zink **+ I've heard tons of good buzz about this book, and certainly the premise is quite intriguing...for me, personally, it was a little darker than I prefer. It does end with hope (yay), and I'll probably look for the next one, just to see what happens. If you like dark stories with a fantastical (gothic) bent, this is for you!

The Espressologist, by Kristina Springer kspringer ****+ This was very good -- I loved the MC (she reminded me a bit of Emma from Jane Austen) and her clever way of matching customers and friends through their coffee choices. I like the romance, and I just thought the whole idea was smart and unique. (YA, releases 9/09)