December 12, 2008

Recent Reads – December 2008

Posted in Books, Fantasy, Girl-Power, groups, Historical Fiction, Humor, Juvenile, Modern, Romance, Young Adult tagged at 12:38 am by Merissa

I’ve been reading a lot lately, and I just hate it when I read too much and cannot post on them. Therefore, today I shall post my recent reads with little reviews next to them.

penderwicks_000by Jeanne Birdsall

A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

I loved reading this book. It was so fun! It’s one of those old-fashioned, squeaky clean books full of humor and adventure (and trouble!)



by Robin McKinleychalice3

She’s just a beekeeper with a woodright; she shouldn’t be Chalice, second in command. But she is, and she has to deal.

It’s been so long since I read a Robin McKinley book for the first time – and it’s so nice. Her writing is so detailed and enjoyable. It could have been a short story, but it was written into a novel and it’s probably better that way.




reachingforsu2by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

Josie has celebral  palsy, which makes her different from everyone else. But she wants to just forget her difference and live.

This book was written in verse. I’ve wanted to read this for so long, and I’m delighted that I finally have. The verses were compelling, and sweet, just like Josie herself.




by Irene Huntuproadslowly1

Julie’s mother has died, so she, with her brother Chris, leaves her father to live with her stern, spinster aunt. She cannot at all imagine what will happen to her.

This is a very old book (I think it was published sometime when my parents were born) but it was so good I decided to include it anyway. The book was detailed, the characters very lovable, and the story charming.


July 19, 2008

Favorite Books

Posted in Books, Fantasy, Favorites, groups, Historical Fiction, Humor, Modern, Romance, Young Adult tagged at 2:07 am by Merissa

It occured to me that I was publishing book reviews— but I hadn’t mentioned any of my favorites! So because I really haven’t read any books I feel like reviewing lately (I like to keep my reviewing positive), I decided to do that today. They’re not all in order, but I’ve done my best to sort them out.

by Shannon Hale

Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee is the Crown Princess of Kildenree. As the first born, she is meant to rule after her mother and father die… or at least she thought so.
But things change.
Her brother becomes the heir to the throne. Unbeknownest to Ani’s father, Ani’s mother betrothed her to the prince of Bayern, a neighboring country. Ani is only told after her father dies. So shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Ani sets out to meet the man she is to marry, armed with only a few guards, her lady-in-waiting, and her ability to speak with birds and her horse, Falada.

I really love this book. It is just my favorite book, period. No questions asked.

Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins. I didn’t like this book the first time I read it, but the second time I really, really liked it. I think it was a little mature for me, the first time.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. I think it’s my favorite of all her books. At least, it’s my favorite out of the ones I’ve read.

by Jacqueline Woodson

It’s January 1971, and Frannie is living with her parents and deaf older brother, Sean. They live on the other side of the highway, the ‘black’ side. So when a white boy suddenly appeared in Frannie’s classroom, and her classmates take to calling him ‘Jesus boy’, she’s surprised. And when Samantha, her best friend, takes to believing Jesus boy is the real Jesus, come back, Frannie decides to investigate.

I really like this book. Told in Frannie’s light, easy narrative, it’s sweet and light and funny. Yet beneath it there’s a more serious matter. Maybe I like it because the religious issues in the book kind of match what I agree with. I picked it up because it won Newbery Honor, and I didn’t expect to like it very much. Turns out, I did. And a lot, too.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson. Actually, I’m not sure if this is really an absolute favorite. But then, even if it isn’t, it should be on your to read list if you haven’t read it already. This book is lovely.

Jane Austen’s books. I have a feeling that my favorite JA book at this particular moment is Sense and Sensibility, but I also love the rest. I am very good at flipflopping between them, because they are all. so. good.

by Juliet Marillier

Jena lives with her four sisters close to the Transylvania woods, a place of mystery and magic. The five of them find a portal that allow them to go to a dancing glen in the forest on every full moon, where they dance the night away with strang, magical creatures.
But Jena’s cousin, Costi, was drowned in the forest, in a pond. And now his brother, Cezar, wants to revenge him, by cutting down the forest… and killing Jena’s secret friends. To make matters worse, Jena is sure her older sister, Tati, is falling in love with a Night Person, which is forbidden. Can Jena figure out what to do and who to trust, before it’s too late?

Personally, I found this book fantastic. I liked it immediately. I don’t know about you, but books usually have to dwell on me for a while before I like them. Almost all of my favorite books have endured times of indifference from me. Plus, the cover is lovely.

On Pointe by Lorie Ann Grover. This isn’t the best book that I’ve read that’s written in verse, yet it’s my favorite that’s been written in verse. It just rings true.

Strays Like Us by Richard Peck. To be honest, it’s been a long time since I read this book, and I don’t think I’d like it as much as I did before. Still, I can’t help but remember this book.

So this is about all I’ll post for now.