May 11th, 2012

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Friday Four...

1. I got roped into doing a special science thing for E's class today...I did it for D's class too, so I'm hoping it won't be that bad.

2. My mom and I are celebrating Mother's Day by going to a movie together. We haven't decided which yet -- any suggestions?

3. After outrageously warm weather, it's grey and almost-rainy here today -- and it's supposed to continue all weekend. We so need the rain (so we're dancing, for the most part).

4. I'm going to hit the trail before the rain comes. I have a bit of a migraine, but I think (hope) it's fading -- I think the fresh air and gentle exercise will help (so yeah, I won't be pushing myself).

Happy Mother's Day to all moms out there -- and sweet memories to all of you who've been apart from your mom, as well.

(Classic pic of my mom -- this shows her serious side, her love of nature, her focus, and her love of family, since this is from our trip to Mesa Verde with her and my dad...she had such a great time pointing out all the neat sights to the kiddos.)
me & kids

Book Reports (60-61)...

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 that 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. Brackets mean it's an ARC or e-galley. I'm linking to Tattered Cover's pages for the ARCs.

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* 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 -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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The Selection, by Kiera Cass ** I picked this up because I was very intrigued by the basic premise, and somehow I thought I'd enjoy it -- even though I kind of hate TV shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. The thing is, I definitely enjoyed it -- until she was selected and went off to the palace with the other 34 girls. Then I couldn't read any more. Clearly, it's a personal hang-up...I just don't like the idea of a bunch of people competing for one person's romantic attention. It gives me the creeps, in all honesty. So I skimmed to the end (only to discover another device I've complained about before: the love triangle), and decided it's just not for me. I can't decide if I'll pick up the next one or not -- the competition bothers me enough that I might not. At the same time, I really liked Aspen, and I might have to see what happens to him (he was the most sympathetic character, in my eyes, and I felt like he was someone in one of the worst positions, where it didn't seem like he could win, no matter what -- which made me resent America, a bit). The story: America's family is one of the lower castes in a new country (which is the U.S. many generations from now). America is in love with a boy who's in an even lower caste, and their future is uncertain, at best. When the Selection comes up, both America's family and her boyfriend want her to participate. America doesn't want to do it -- but her boyfriend insists that it could make things better for her and for them. But then America is Selected as one of te 35 girls who will get to vie for the Prince's hand in marriage...and now she must decide what it's worth to her to get her family into a higher caste, even if she loses the one person she loves the most in the process. (YA dystopic romance?, released 4/12, publisher: Harper Teen)

Now You See Her, by Linda Howard (R) ***** I do love this one. :) I won't rhapsodize about it every time I reread it, however. (Adult romantic suspense, released 1999, publisher: Pocket Books)

On Deck: The next Mortal Instruments book; Insurgent