March 16th, 2011

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Books 9–10/50

Title: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Authors: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Pages: 240
Rating: 4.5/5
Book: 9/50

Books like this are the reason I still read so much YA lit. Dash & Lily is my favorite of the three Cohn/Levithan collaborations to date. It's a really fun read with a great cast of characters, following two Manhattan teens on winter break as they trade notes and challenges via a red Moleskine notebook that they leave in various places around the city. Funny, articulate, and sweetly insightful.

Title: Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies)
Authors: Justina Chen Headley
Pages: 256
Rating: 3.5/5
Book: 10/50

Nothing But the Truth is a story of self-discovery for a fifteen-year-old hapa (half Asian, half white) girl who gets shipped off to Stanford math camp for the summer. I feel like it did a pretty good job of capturing the issues that mixed kids face. A lot of things about this story were very near and dear to my heart. I can't think of many hapa characters, especially protagonists, in fiction today, and I appreciate Headley's writing a character who's relatable both for her cultural background and as a regular teenage girl.

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10 / 50 books. 20% done!
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Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless by Gail Carriger

B&N Synopsis

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire — and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

 

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It’s not often I continually come back to a book – especially for a third read – but I imagine I’ll be refreshing myself with Alexia’s adventures for the foreseeable future.  

Book 8/40
Reading/News

First books of the Year

Man, have I been failing when it comes to reading recently. I forgot to keep updated last year, but read I think about five more books since the last time I posted. Anyway, decided to read more after working to relax so I can enjoy reading again.

1. Catalogue of Death - Jo Dereke
Pages: 324
Blurb: A diligent Dewey decimalist, Miss Wilhelmina Zukas believes in doing everything by the book. And if that means keeping the library open during the most blinding blizzard Bellehaven has ever experienced, so be it! But something more sinister than big snow transpires outside her window. While inspecting the site he's generously set aside for the town's new library, local billionaire Franklin Harrington is inexplicably blown to bits! Since the surviving Harringtons are more inclined to build pricy condos on the designated land, Helma - under strict orders from her boss, library despot May Apple Moon - sets out with her offbeat friend Ruth to convince the dead philanthropist's dysfunctional clan to honor Franklin's wishes. But delving too deeply into Harrington affairs could prove fatal - because a murderer may be hanging off the family tree. Then again, Miss Zukas has never been one to ignore a juicy mystery...especially when there are skeletons in the closet that could use a good rattling.

I hated this book. I hate the main character, in fact all the characters bugged me. I also disliked Dereke's writing style, which came across as highly pretentious the whole way through. Apparently it's meant to be like this, but even if it is, it was highly irritating. The story also left much to be desired.

2. Snoopy & die Peanuts: Ganz Schön Blöd 25. Buch - Charles M. Schulz
Pages: 95
Classic Snoopy - but in German! I borrowed this off of a friend and it throughly cheered me up on the busy train ride home. Very funny - even in German!


2 / 50 books. 4% done!


419 / 15000 pages. 3% done!
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book progress - 19%

I'm finally getting around to doing my book post here, yay me! I'm doing 100 books this year instead of 50 (god help me). This has been cross-posted to inferiarecoming.


BOOK/SERIES: The Yellow Wallpaper
AUTHOR: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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BOOK/SERIES: The Lily Bard Mysteries: Shakespeare’s Landlord, Shakespeare’s Champion, Shakespeare’s Christmas, Shakespeare’s Trollop, Shakespeare’s Counselor.
AUTHOR: Charlaine Harris
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BOOKS/SERIES: Southern Vampire Mysteries Series: Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Dead as a Doornail, Definitely Dead, All Together Dead, From Dead to Worse, Dead and Gone, Dead in the Family.
AUTHOR: Charlaine Harris
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BOOKS/SERIES: Soulless (Parasol Protectorate series)
AUTHOR: Gail Carriger
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BOOKS/SERIES: Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers
AUTHOR: Mary Roach
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BOOKS/SERIES: Lucky: A Memoir
AUTHOR: Alice Sebold
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