Book #57 -- Gabrielle Zevin, Elsewhere
, 288 pages.
Elsewhere is the story of Liz Hall's life *after* she was killed by a hit-and-run driver, and it's the most interesting treatment of death and afterlife that I've read in a long time. Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry.
Book #58 -- Timothy Carter, Evil?
, 256 pages.
Stuart woke up one morning to find that his entire heavily Cristian small town had gone nuts. What else can you call it when everyone was suddenly all up in arms over the most horrible wicked sin of all: The Sin of Onan. For Stuart, who had been caught performing said sin in the shower that morning by his loud-mouthed younger brother, being an acknowledged Onanist was pure hell. Stuart is getting death threats, bricks through his window, and rotten fruit to the face. And he may be the first, but he's not the last. One by one the village's youth are being cast out of their homes on the mere suspicion of Onanist behaviour. Something must be done. So with the help of Stuart's one-time makeout partner Chester (kissing guys is ok, as long as no seed is spilled, apparently), their really cool local priest, and the demon Stuart likes to summon up and videotape as a hobby, they set out to discover - and hopefully stop - whoever's causing this madness, before someone gets killed. This book is incredibly funny, but also makes a rather strong statement about the illogicality of prejudice.
Book #59 -- Gillian Shields, Immortal
, 360 pages.
With her beloved grandmother ill and her father stationed overseas, Evie Johnson knows she should feel grateful for her scholarship to Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies. But life at Wyldcliffe isn't anything like living with Frankie or her father - for one thing, nothing about the school seems to have changed in the last hundred years. And as a scholarship student, Evie is constantly tormented by the other girls and expected to serve the mistresses in 'gratitude' for her place. The only good thing about Wyldcliffe is Sebastian, the local boy Evie met on her journey to the school and who she sneaks out each night to see. But there's something strange going on at Wyldcliffe. One of the other students is acting odd, and Evie is haunted by dreams and images of a young girl in white - and both of them are warning her away from Sebastian. This is the first in a series and I'm looking forward to the others.
Book #60 -- Jackie Morse Kessler, Hunger
, 177 pages.
Lisabeth Lewis never imagined she'd see the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, much less be
. And yet she has the scales and the black horse and she's been appointing Famine. Which Lisabeth finds absurd - after all, she's fat
(it doesn't matter what her boyfriend or her traitorous friend Suzanne say - no one as fat as Lisabeth could possibly be anorexic). Now Lisabeth has two things to hide from her friends and family - her eating habits, and the giant black horse in the yard. But as Lisabeth struggles to fulfill the job she's been given, she learns more about herself than she'd ever wanted to know.
Progress toward goals: 346/365 = 95.0%
Books: 60/75 = 80.0%
Pages: 17323/20000 = 86.6%2010 Book List
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