Thursday, May 29, 2008

A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel

Haven Kimmel's memoir was like going home. It unlocked my 8 year old mind and took me back to the years where your biggest concern was your cat's missing tail, your best friends older brother, and who can cross the monkey bars fastest. If you love To Kill A Mockingbird then you will love this book too.

From Publishers Weekly
It's a clich‚ to say that a good memoir reads like a well-crafted work of fiction, but Kimmel's smooth, impeccably humorous prose evokes her childhood as vividly as any novel. Born in 1965, she grew up in Mooreland, Ind., a place that by some "mysterious and powerful mathematical principle" perpetually retains a population of 300, a place where there's no point learning the street names because it's just as easy to say, "We live at the four-way stop sign." Hers is less a formal autobiography than a collection of vignettes comprising the things a small child would remember: sick birds, a new bike, reading comics at the drugstore, the mean old lady down the street. The truths of childhood are rendered in lush yet simple prose; here's Zippy describing a friend who hates wearing girls' clothes: "Julie in a dress was like the rest of us in quicksand." Over and over, we encounter pearls of third-grade wisdom revealed in a child's assured voice: "There are a finite number of times one can safely climb the same tree in a single day"; or, regarding Jesus, "Everyone around me was flat-out in love with him, and who wouldn't be? He was good with animals, he loved his mother, and he wasn't afraid of blind people."

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Uglies Trilogy
Uglies, Pretties, and Specials
by: Scott Westerfeld

I wanted to read this trilogy when we had our sci-fi month but the library didn't have them in at the time. They are in the YA section, so it still fits for this month. I just finished with the 2nd book and I can't wait to go check out the final book.
It's about a world far in the future where when you turn 16, you have an operation where you turn pretty. Tally can't wait to turn pretty, when she no longer has to be known as ugly and when she finally gets to move to where all the other pretties live. But then she meets Shay who introduces her to a life where being pretty maybe isn't all it's cracked up to be. I couldn't put the books down and I can't wait until I see how it ends! I highly recommend these books, go check them out!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

So in honor of May's CHALLENGE I read the first book in
Bartimaeus Trilogy

I enjoyed the book and LOVED Bartimaeus. He is hilarious and left me laughing out loud. I am such a fan of YA books and love this months challenge. I am off to the library to get the rest of this trilogy.

PS. On a side not this book is being made into a movie which should be really fun!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Host
by Stephenie Meyer

Last fall I fell in love with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series. It was after that love affair, while surfing her website that I was introduced to The Host. Her website posted the first chapter of her new book and I read it and knew I wouldn't like this book. She may be able to trick me into liking vampires BUT there was NO way I would fall in love with aliens. Nope. I was pretty sure that not even Stephanie Meyer could make me go that far.
Well I am happy to admit I was wrong. I do love aliens, Soul's in Meyers world. I love their kindness and love for peace. I found myself rooting for the enemy. Meyer is not only creative but a GIFTED storyteller who creates characters you can help but love.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Host

So I read all day and into last night and I finished the host was FANTASTIC! I really, really liked it! It was unlike any books I have read. The story narrator/heroine is kind of the bad guy (she's a body snatching alien). But she is also a really great character so you find yourself rooting for her and against her at the same time. I just kept thinking, what in the world is going to happen? and that made it a real page turner. Some really good romance and serious suspense. So so so good. A must read!

Monday, May 5, 2008

The Case Against My Brother

by: Libby Sternberg

How cool that Amanda picked the young adult books as our May challenge. I just finished this book and it was good. I was a little skeptical about reading it at first, the title didn't jump out at me but I really enjoyed it! It's a historical novel as well as a good mystery! It is the story of two brothers who are orphaned and sent to live with their uncle in Oregon. The story's told through Carl, a 14 year old boy who idolizes his older brother Adam. Since their mother died, Adam has always promised Carl that he will take care of him. Then Adam is accused of a jewelry theft and Carl sets out to clear his brothers name..insistent on his innocence. In his search he learns first hand about bigotry and the hateful nature of people. He learns to trust himself and his instincts as he realizes that his brother isn't as perfect as he always thought. In the end, Carl has to grow up and learn to accept people the way they are...a realization that tests his faith and trust in his older brother, who maybe isn't who he thought.

May Challenge!

When I was in college, I took two classes of Children's literature. In the course of those classes, we had to read tons of young adult novels. I thought, “This is so lame! I already read all these books when I was in high school! What am I paying all this tuition for?!” But I was shocked to find that most of them were ten times better when I read them as an adult. And thanks to J.K. Rowling, it is no longer taboo for adults to shamelessly read Young Adult Fiction. So I am making this months challenge to read something from the Young Adult section that you haven't read in recent years (meaning you can't re-read Twilight or Harry Potter). I made a list of good books that are my favorites from the genre, but there are tons out there..

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Crispin by Avi
Holes by Louis Sachar (if you have not read this book, you MUST before you die)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brasharesby
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred Taylor

This challenge might also be related to the fact that my birthday is next week and I am officially feeling OLD and I want to remember time when I was young.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

These Is My Words
By Nancy E. Turner

Read it. Loved it. Read it. Loved it. Read it. Loved it. Read it.

Sarah is one of my new favorite female heroines. I loved this book and plan on owning's one that you would read over and over again.
Thanks Katie for the recommendation...LOVED IT!