Friday Reads for 8 Aug 2014

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

Finding Mr. Darcy by Amanda Hooton

The 100 by Kass Morgan

Day 21 (The Hundred #2) by Kass Morgan

Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer

Dark Child (The Omnibus Edition) by Adina West

Atlantia by Ally Condie

The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Althea and Oliver by Cristina Moracho

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz

 

Happy Reading and Happy Friday!

WWW Wednesday 19 Mar 2014 (Find out what I am reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Longbourne by Jo Baker

What did you recently finish reading?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney

What do you think you’ll read next?

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

 

Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday 08 Jan 2014 (Find out what I am reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

I found this while I was searching the library shelves on my Kindle. I’ve only read parts of Little Women, but I watched the movie with Winona Ryder and Claire Danes plenty of times when I was in college, so I know the basic story. Some reviewers thought the author didn’t do the original work justice, but since I don’t have a big emotional attachment to it, I find it quite interesting.

What did you recently finish reading?

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

I finished this while lying in bed last Saturday morning. It was such a touching story, and I was glad to start of my year of reading with such a unique middle grade novel. Thanks to everyone who recommended it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Per my 2014 Book Bingo Challenge, I think I’m going to go with a classic next. Since I’m on the topic, I may as well finally read all of this. It’s been on my TBR list for ages too. It’s just one that I just never got around too, even though I’ve owned copies. Sad, I know. (Don’t you just love this cover?)

Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!

 

WWW Wednesday 18 Dec 2013 (Find out what I am reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I’m really liking this and am already 13% into the book. I got it from the library via Kindle after reading the sample Amazon offers. There is a new trend in dystopian, Earth invasion books, and I’m on board. The next book close to this one seems to be Angelfall and In the After.

What did you recently finish reading?

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Some people don’t like Daisy’s voice as she tells this story. I wanted to stop reading, but I each day I looked forward to reading more. I wanted to know what was going to happen to her and her cousins. It’s a different book that the cookie-cutter action stories that YA Lit has become. (Each one seems to start the same anymore, ya know?) I gave this a five star rating because it kept me interested and was just the right length for the sorted love story.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I have technically been reading this for months now, but I just cannot make myself get through it. I don’t know why either because Lauren Oliver has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I’m interested in the story and I want to read the whole trilogy (hint, hint, Santa) but I keep finding other books that catch my attention. I need to finish this and move on to the next books.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I also expect Santa to leave the last two books in the Divergent trilogy. I wasn’t that jazzed about Tris as a character in the first one (I know, I know) but by the end I was more interested in the whole story.

I know it’s been since October since I wrote one of these posts, so I hope to keep up now that I’m back on a good role with my book choices. This time next week will be Christmas Day so I wish you all a very happy holiday. May you find many books under the tree, and even more books on sale on Boxing Day.

Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!

 

Friday Finds for 11 Oct 2013

     

     

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

My finds:

Happy Reading, Happy October, and Happy Friday!

 

WWW Wednesday 3 Apr 2013 (Find out what I’m reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? I bought a print copy of Beautiful Creatures to read instead of The Host because I just couldn’t get into it.
What did you recently finish reading? I wrote a reviewof The Future of Us on Easter Sunday. It was pretty good, but I had some issues with it.
What do you think you’ll read next?I read about a quarter of Delirium already, so I’m anxious to finish it.

Review of The Future of Us

The Future of Us by Jay Ascher and Carolyn Mackler

Josh and Emma are about to discover themselves—fifteen years in the future.

It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long—at least, up until last November, when everything changed. Things have been awkward ever since then, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD-ROM in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto Facebook. but Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. Josh and Emma are looking at themselves fifteen years in the future. Their spouses, careers, homes, and status updates—it’s all there. And every time they refresh their pages, their futures change. As they grapple with the ups and downs of their future, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right—and wrong—in the present. – from Wikipedia

I have to give this a slightly less than perfect score of 4 & 1/2 stars for a specific reason – Dave Matthews.

Look, if Josh is a skater, he’s not going to be into a girl who likes Dave Matthews. And no one in the 90s would make a mix tape of Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews, and Pearl Jam! That’s not even in the same category. The 90s were about breaking into new genres that was all “alternative,” but that wishy-washy, radio-friendly stuff was not good. 1996 had so much more to offer than that, for crying out loud! Smashing Pumpkins had released 1979 as a single, for instance, and Rage Against the Machine had Bulls on Parade. That will always outshine Dave Matthews, I don’t care if some preppy misogynist character like Cody Grainger tries to convince us that a bootleg copy of Crash Into Me has some amazing guitar work. No, just no. Not even close.

Granted, not everyone’s 90s experience or musical tastes are the same, but only middle of the road people at that time wouldn’t have a strong connection to a ground breaking band. I can’t like Emma because she likes Dave Matthews. A lot. It’s discussed way, way too much in the book. I’m guessing that one or both of the authors really, really like his music and may have never given Lollapalooza a try.

Plus, were we supposed to think that Emma was ironic or just plain boring for not liking Wayne’s World?

Some other reviewers said they didn’t like Emma being such a spoiled brat who didn’t change at all through the whole book. I quite agree. I didn’t hate her, but she didn’t seem good enough for Josh. The plot was predictable, but I still found it engaging. It took me a day & 1/2 to finish because it was easy to get in to. I think it speaks to a very certain age group. I graduated in 1994, so the book was pointing just past the Nirvana era. I think that’s why I was a bit critical of the stereotypical push to discuss the 90s with the over-use of Dave Matthew-isms. It seems less authentic than if they had been all over the shop with 90s references instead of sticking with the same, boring thing.

My other main criticism that I also agree with from Goodreads, is just how the idea was executed. Would two kids really be able to accept the technology so easily? Would 16 year old care about their future that much? They’d have to be less angsty, focused on school, then aim for their future college, life, etc. I mean, the book references Back to the Future, but Marty was dealing with saving Doc, his family, and the whole town. Most 16 year olds wouldn’t be that apt to plan out their future.

Unless they listen to Dave Matthews, I guess.

I liked Carolyn Mackler’s The Earth, My Butt…, but I didn’t dig Jay Ascher’s Thirteen Reasons Why because of the back and forth switch in narrative. (I hear it’s easier to listen to on audiobook, so I’ll try that later.) But both authors are older than me, so I’m going to assume that they’re taking researched information on a 16 year old’s 1996 experience, and making it mild because it will connect to a wider audience.

All in all, I liked the book, but I didn’t feel really emotionally moved by it. It was a quick read, which makes it good in its own right. Great book, it just had some glaring problems that I couldn’t get past. I’d still recommend it to teen readers (then I’d hand them a decent 90s mix tape.) I also appreciate the fact that I bought the print version of this, just to feel old school.

And one last thing:

Marvin the Martian on a skateboard is from Clueless, if no one else noticed.