September 23rd, 2009


Book Reports (195 & 196)...

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 (for more thorough summaries).

* 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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When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead ***** Yes, you've seen it twice now this year -- two middle grade books I LOVED! This and The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. So for this one, just wow. It was a slow starter, but don't let that stop you -- the book feels like L'Engle's books...I got sucked in around chapter 3 or 4, and I didn't stop reading until I finished it. I have the same awed feeling for both these books -- I'm not the same as I was before I read them.

The Hourglass Door, by Lisa Mangum ****+ Okay, now before I read the above book, I was planning to give this five stars...and it is very good. Interestingly enough, they're both about time travel -- in very different ways, however. So this is between 4 1/2 stars and five stars...either way, it's a strong book with an unique view of time travel -- and a great romance! Plus, there's another coming out next summer (you can bet I'll be all over that one too).

Great reading day!