Friday, October 22, 2010


 I have recently finished in no particular order...

The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff - Read this book for voice! And the prose is beautiful. I love what the reader learns in the end of the book about the beginning(and also about the end).

The Dead-Tossed Waves - Liked this one better than the first in the trilogy.

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick- this is a YA romance page turner, with the flavor of a mystery.

Looking for Alibrandi - The first of Melina Marchetta's books. Good characters. Good romance. Didn't love it as much as her others. I LOOOVED the others.

Everlasting by Angie Frazier -an adventure romance.

Before I fall  by Lauren Oliver - I was so impressed with how she made all characters likable, even mean girls. This book stuck with me.

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine - on the short list for the National Book Awards and I totally see why. Told in first person and even as the narrator does not understand, we feel the pain of everyone around her. Well done.


  1. I read BEFORE I FALL. I didn't like the ending. I thought she should've ended up in a different way, if you know what I mean. And my favorite character (from a writing standpoint) was the teacher. She totally changed him from this hot guy to a loser. Loved that.

    Happy reading!

  2. I've been slacking on |-1| and that makes me an ass.

    I read HUSH, HUSH, it deserves 3/5 stars at the most. The last fifty pages pissed me off.

    MOCKINGBIRD is on the shortlist of the eternally long to-be read list.

  3. Some of these (Dead Tossed Waves) I've been eyeing; others are new to me. Now I have even more books to add to the stack towering on my desk.

  4. Anita: I hear that and agree whole heartedly. And the teacher thing - you are dead on! I love Lauren Oliver!

    Jon - Yep. I agree there too but I was totally reading for fun at that point and just letting everything slide.

    Kay - How have you been? I am wondering how the writing has been going now that you are back in school!

  5. Great list of books, Tina. I think I'll copy and paste your one line descriptions of them b/c several of them sound like books I'd like to read. You've said a lot with a few words. Thanks!