robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

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Five on Friday with Book Reports (18-19)...

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 for 2011 (and I'll try to remember to put the month it's released, as well). I'm linking to Tattered Cover's pages for the ARCs.

* 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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1. The Lover's Dictionary, by David Levithan ****+ I'm a huge Levithan fan, so it's no surprise that I loved this, as well. I liked the honesty of the narrator; I really liked how Levithan painted such a clear (and realistic) picture of the relationship through the 'dictionary entries'. It is an unique and thoughtful way to present a story, and I enjoyed it. The story: a man shares the story of his relationship through alphabetical word choices. (Adult/upper YA contemporary, released this month, publisher: FS&G)

2. Brain Jack, by Brian Faulkner ***** I really liked this one! I liked the thriller feel to it; I loved the computer jargon. I liked Sam and Dodge too. Interesting concept, definitely. The story: Sam hacks into a huge telecommunications company to order the latest rage in computers -- the neuro-headsets, which allows people to be the computer themselves. When he's caught, days later, he's taken to 'prison' -- which he learns is the just the first step in working for the 'good' guys and taking his hacking to a new level...hopefully in time to save the world from a dangerous computer threat. (YA spy/dystopic, released 9/10, publisher: Random House)

3. D has a game tonight, and surprise! My MIL is coming into town for the weekend (sigh).

4. It's supposed to be sixty degrees today -- I guess Mother Nature didn't get the memo that it's winter (or else, she's all wintered out from the east coast stuff).

5. re: #4 -- I'm not complaining! :)

Happy Friday!
Tags: book reports, life

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