Friday, July 30, 2010


It's Friday and I pretty much have no more brain cells to devote to anything other than reading and sleeping.  So here are some of the books I've read and enjoyed over the last few weeks:

THE DARK DAYS OF HAMBURGER HALPIN by Josh Berk - I read this while in the hospital and there were a couple of times I had to stop because I was laughing so hard it literally hurt.  Josh has this playful silliness in his book that's really charming.  I actually know what he's working on next and if I could stand over him and force him to write it faster, I would because I can't wait to read it.

FREEFALL by Mindi Scott was awesome.  I want to see the movie.  The writing is spare and wickedly sharp.  It was emotional without getting too sappy.  And Seth McCoy is a modern day Lloyd Dobbler, but without Dobbler's creepiness.

LIVVIE OWEN LIVED HERE by Sarah Dooley broke my heart and then put it back together again.  Livvie is an autistic girl who moves around every time an eviction notice shows up, but all she wants to do is go back to the house she loved.  So great.

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series by Cassandra Clare - Okay, not my normal reads but I was looking for something different here and I found it.  The thing that really stood out to me about the books were the characters.  They were so freaking fun.  Even if you're not a fan of this type of paranormal, read these for the characters, especially Magnus.

And right now I'm reading THE DEATH AND LIFE OF CHARLIE ST. CLOUD.  I saw the preview for the movie and thought the premise looked intriguing even though I can't sit through and entire movie featuring Zac Efron.  So I decided to read the book instead.  I'm about a quarter of the way through and already swept up in it.  It borders so often on becoming sickening sweet, but Ben Sherwood knows just when to reel it back in and keep it from becoming syrupy....that's a real talent.  It's tough to be emotional without getting melodramatic.  The folksy narrative style helps.  It feels like it's being told by someones grandfather.

So what are you all reading right now?  Next up on my list is ROCK, PAPER, TIGER, and I'm taking THE PASSAGE with me on my trip to San Diego in two weeks.  On deck I've also got NOTHING by Jaane Teller, THE CARDTURNER by Louis Sachar, DRUMS, GIRLS, AND DANGEROUS PIE by Jordan Sonnenblick, THE GREEN GLASS SEA by Ellen Klages, THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY by Siobhan Dowd, and UNWIND by Neal Shusterman.  Oh, and MOCKINGJAY comes out in less than a month, so I'll be stopping whatever I'm reading to hop on that train of awesomeness.  So yeah, what're you all reading?


  1. Based on what you say about these books here, I'm feeling like we do have similar reading tastes!

    Thanks for the FREEFALL shout out! And, man, I so want to watch that movie, too. :-D

    Oh, hey! Wouldn't a DEATHDAY movie would be pretty sweet??

  2. I'm reading A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT by Laura Whitcomb and it is pretty much blowing me away. If I was still in the classroom, I'd be pushing it on all my 8th graders who are obsessed with TWILIGHT. It's literary, suspenseful,para-normal romantic, and I feel as if the "Spirit" narrating it is actually from the 1800's - her sensibility just flows from that. Thanks for the suggestions - I'm always on the lookout for my next favorite book!


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