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October booklist

As per usual, brief reviews because this needs to be done in the next 27 minutes because then it is DARCY DAY.

1. Seraphina, Rachel Hartman

Really excellent YA fantasy; involves dragons in a unique way. Also, super sweet and realistic relationships involved.

2. The Future of Us, Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

I read this in one huge gulp one evening. At the end of each chapter I'd think "okay, now I'm going to get up and do things" and then I'd just keep reading. So. On the whole nothing revolutionary, but something about the story (2 teens in the 90s discover something called "facebook" that shows them what their life will be like in 15 years) had me hooked. I reviewed it for the library blog here.

3. The Runaway Princess, Hester Browne

Fun, light-but-serious, delightful. I was a teensy bit sad at the end (you mean they can't have it ALL?) but overall, just great. And British.

4. At the Corner of East & Now, Frederica Mathewes-Green

A reread. Excellent writing, excellent thoughts.

5. Five Little Peppers Midway, Margaret Signey (ebook)

Eh. I remember the first book fondly from my childhood (see below) but honestly this was just boring.

6. The Exile, Diana Gabaldon

A graphic novel from Jamie's pov covering the first half of Outlander. I'm just not a fan of gn storytelling in general (I like some of it, but it's harder for me to follow and in this kind of case, when it's an adaptation of a conventional novel, it has to leave out SO much detail.) On the other hand: Jamie!

7. Glow, Amy Kathleen Ryan

YA science fiction; I wish there had been more world-building and detail about ordinary life on the ships, because that was far more interesting to me than the action that made up most of the plot. (Also, I may really just be this slow, but I couldn't figure out why the title is what it is?)

8. Beastly, Alex Flinn

Unremarkable writing but some very nice character development. And of course I always have a soft spot for fairy-tale reworkings.

9. Ratio, Michael Ruhlman

How to cook based on ratios, not recipes. I love this concept. Also, I learned how to make cream puffs from this book, so yanno: WIN.

10. The Red Queen, Philippa Gregory (audio)

Excellent job at taking a very unlikeable, disagreeable, self-righteous character and making her at least a little sympathetic; the reader here had a lot to do with that. Her voice during some of the childhood parts made me so sad! Note: British history would be so much less confusing if every other character wasn't named Henry, James, Margaret, or Mary. Seriously. I kept having to turn to Wikipedia while listening to keep everyone straight.

11. Game of Thrones, George R R Martin

I finally did it! And I understand where the haters are coming from (senseless tragedy, check. Few likable characters, check) but I really did like it, and once I get through my current stack of stuff to read I'm looking forward to continuing with the series.

12. A Long, Long Sleep, Anna Sheehan

Another YA fairy-tale remake; I liked this one too. I totally did not see the main plot twist coming, so that was a nice surprise.

13. Dodger, Terry Pratchett

YAY. I was kind of worried after his last one (which I hated) and the last few Discworld books (which I was not enthused about) but this is good Prachett stuff. Not a Discworld novel, but it's Dickens! And London! And a conniving scamp!

14. Son, Lois Lowry

A companion/sequel to The Giver. It's been so long that I had to go back and refresh my memory on the plot of The Giver, but she did really well weaving everything together and making it awesome. I loved the writing here: very spare, very heartbreaking.

And two I forgot to review/count from last month:

15. The Five Little Peppers, Margaret Sidney (ebook)

Loved it as a kid, so I view it through rose-colored glasses. On the whole it's rather annoyingly moralistic, but, yanno. Memories!

16. A Homemade Life, Molly Wizenburg

Wonderful recipe book/memoir. I've marked tons of recipes to try (and the ones I've already made have been delicious.)

From the stack: 1
audio: 1



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 1st, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
I'm waiting to read Son until I can go back and read all the other Giver-universe books together. I discovered them years apart!
Nov. 1st, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
I'm not even sure I've ever read all of them (Gathering Blue? and Messenger?) but I think what's she's done with this story and world is very effective. Yay Lowry!
Nov. 2nd, 2012 09:30 am (UTC)
She's amazing.
Nov. 1st, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
I'm the same with the 5 Little Peppers... adored it at about age 10, and then went to re-read it a few years ago I thought, "blech! how sappy can you get?!" Apparently 10 yos need sap. Or something. :P Happened with "An Old Fashioned Girl," too.
Nov. 1st, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
I haven't reread An Old Fashioned Girl ... perhaps I'd be better off not. :)
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
British history would be so much less confusing if every other character wasn't named Henry, James, Margaret, or Mary. Seriously.

Dude. I do not even understand the Restoration one bit. Not one tiny bit. And there was even an Oliver in that time period.
Nov. 5th, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)
It makes me feel dumb because I have read SO much history and SO many fiction books set in the time period and I still can't keep even basic facts straight.

(Sort of like how I've read more WWII stuff out of any historical period and I can tell you all kinds of things about it but nothing actually important like names or dates and stuff.)
Nov. 1st, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
YEY GoT! I have a love-hate relationship with the book. It is terrible in so many ways yet that really get at me, yet I love it and was excited to move on to the next one. :)
Nov. 5th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
Re: GoT
Exactly! I really see how many people hate it - and there were many things about it that frustrated me - but WOW I can't wait to read the next one.

Any word on how long the series is going to be?
Nov. 2nd, 2012 08:17 am (UTC)
I reread "Five Little Peppers" this year too, and actually thought it was less moralistic and sappy (okay, it's pretty sappy) than I was afraid it was going to be. I pretty much assumed it was going to ruin my childhood memories, so maybe that's why I was pleasantly surprised. Either that, or I have a higher tolerance for sap and a stronger sense of nostalgia than you do? I dunno.
Nov. 5th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
The first one was not as bad - it was the second that was really pretty horrid. (I had downloaded all - what is it, seven? - of the peppers books, but I'm not very likely to read further now.) What I really like about the first one is the sense of "making do", and that's largely gone in the second.
Nov. 5th, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
Okay - yeah, I didn't get any further than the first one on this recent re-read, although I'm pretty sure I read them ALL back in the day.
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