February 24th, 2014

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Weekend Roundup...

...I did as little as possible this weekend -- yay!

...the kiddos bowled with DH on Friday afternoon, and I vegged (whew, hard work). Then he took them to a Nuggets game last night, and I vegged. :D

...I did handle piano lessons...but other than that, I hung out, caught up on a few things (like D's team posters), and read. Sometime soon I'll do my book reports and get all caught up there too.

...one thing I didn't do much of is sleep. *sigh* I seem to be going through an insomniac patch.

Last week of February -- shocking, isn't it?

Book Reports (19-23)...

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. Bolded, blue titles mean it's an ARC (linked to Tattered Cover's book page) or e-galley.

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* 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.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book.

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savageferrell *****
The Secret of Ferrell Savage, by J. Duddy Gill jennifer_d_g -- highly recommended middle grade for those who love humor, quirky facts, male protagonists, and very likable characters -- Atheneum Books, 2/14

independentstudy *****
Independent Study, by Joelle Charbonneau -- highly recommended for those who enjoyed the first book and those who like dystopic worlds with strong heroine and hints of romance and political intrigue -- HMH Books, 1/14

altered ***+
Altered, by Gennifer Albin -- recommended for those who liked the first one and those who enjoy intricate and complex world building, who don't mind love triangles, and who enjoy concepts of time manipulation -- FSG, 10/13

intostillblue ****+
Into the Still Blue, by Veronica Rossi -- highly recommended for those who enjoyed the rest of the trilogy, those who like lyrical prose, those who enjoy solid world building, and those who love sweet and faithful romance -- Harper Collins, 1/14

dividedwefall **
Divided We Fall, by Trent Reedy -- recommended for those who like political power struggles, the military, and rebels with a cause -- Arthur A. Levine, 1/14

Currently Reading: Elizabeth Eulberg's most recent (on my Droid Kindle)

On Deck: yep, a huge pile still, including at least 5 or 6 that I recently purchased and want to read