May 26th, 2014


Weekend Roundup...

...very much a relaxing and lazy weekend -- thank goodness!

...I think we're all on the edge of being burned out. I did manage to get some fleurs (and some basil); I even planted them all yesterday (after the hail).

...speaking of weather:


(This has been the scene for the past two afternoons/evenings -- crazy!)

...D got to spend the day and night with his bff yesterday (and last night). They have a small farm, and this hail was not good for them. :( But D and M had a great time (from the sound of it), despite the crappy weather., it's sunny and breezy, but the clouds are building again in the west. At least DH went riding early (he's still gone, taking advantage of the decent weather till it turns, I imagine).

One more full day of school, then D's continuation ceremony tomorrow evening, a half day for E on Weds, and then we'll have our much-needed down time! Whew!

Book Reports (50-54)...

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).

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 [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].

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breathe ***+
Breathe, by Sarah Crossan -- recommended for those who enjoy dystopic stories with an environmental twist (lack of trees leads to lack of oxygen) and those who enjoy friendship turning to romance -- Greenwillow Books, 9/13 (hint of GLBT)

taking ****
The Taking, by Kimberly Derting -- recommended for those who like alien abduction stories and those who enjoy romance (though a very fast-moving one) and mystery/suspense -- Harper Teen, 4/14

three ****
Three, by Kristen Simmons -- recommended for those who've read the rest of the trilogy, those who enjoy dystopic scenarios, those who enjoy revolution leading to change, and those who enjoy a solid and faithful romance -- Tor Teen, 2/14

madwicked ***
A Mad, Wicked Folly, by Sharon Biggs Waller -- recommended for those who enjoy historical fiction, suffrage, strong heroines, and a hint of romance -- Viking Juvenile, 1/14

countdown ****+
Countdown, by Michelle Rowen -- highly recommended for those who enjoy paranormal mystery (and dystopic) and suspense and those who enjoy good chemistry leading to romance -- Harper Teen, 9/13

Currently Reading: well, I'm still working on the two I'd started before...nowadays, the books which can really grab my attention are those which I read without interruption. ;)

On Deck: the second in the Sylo series -- looking forward to that!