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Re: [BookCrossing] Lots of kids' books in June (Mellanie's reading list--very long)

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  • Brenda Klaassen
    Would you consider bookringing or raying the following book: The Secret School--Avi It sounded really interesting to me. Thank you, Brenda, Iowa, momofap
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 1, 2005
      Would you consider bookringing or raying the following book:
      The Secret School--Avi
      It sounded really interesting to me.
      Thank you, Brenda, Iowa, momofap

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    • Sharal Heinemann
      Mellanie, what did you think of UNDEAD AND UNAPPRECIATED? Sharal Currently reading DEAD WITCH WALKING by Kim Harrison and listening to I IS FOR INNOCENT by Sue
      Message 2 of 3 , Jul 2, 2005
        Mellanie, what did you think of UNDEAD AND UNAPPRECIATED?

        Currently reading DEAD WITCH WALKING by Kim Harrison and listening to I IS
        FOR INNOCENT by Sue Grafton

        Up next: TBA

        What am I babbling about?

        See the books I've set free at:

        >From: Mellanie <magpye29@...>
        >Reply-To: BookCrossing@yahoogroups.com
        >To: magpye29@...
        >Subject: [BookCrossing] Lots of kids' books in June (Mellanie's reading
        >list--very long)
        >Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 22:26:44 -0700 (PDT)
        >I ordered a bunch of the Dear America books from ebay and read several of
        >them this month, as well as a bunch of other stuff. I don't think I had
        >any rereads this month, but this was a fairly eclectic month.
        >Slow Way Home--Michael Morris
        > This was about a boy whose mother runs off with her latest loser
        >boyfriend, leaving him to be raised by his grandparents. Just as he's
        >finally settled into life with them, his mother shows up and wins custody,
        >so the grandparents hit the road with the boy. I really liked the writing
        >in this one, found it reminiscent (in some ways) of Grisham's A Painted
        >Tweed--Lass Small
        > This is an older Silhouette Romance about a pilot who rescues a woman
        >stranded in the wilderness. Her uncle has been murdered and she's been
        >raped by a group of men who saw the signal fire. Tweed, the pilot, is an
        >orphan, named after his foster father's coat. When Connie collapses after
        >her ordeal, Tweed is the only one to whom she'll respond. I'm not
        >describing this well, but this was one of the best romances I've ever read.
        > Tweed is a truly memorable hero, funny and gentle, and Connie has a core
        >of strength beneath her vulnerability. I really want to find the rest of
        >the books in this series because this was so well done.
        >Poisoned Vows--Clifford L. Linedecker
        > A very strange story about a female polygamist who was eventually
        >convicted for the murder of one of her husbands, this book was rather
        >circular and repetitive in its story-telling. The case was interesting,
        >and there was obviously an enormous amount of conflicting information to
        >sift through, but the presentation lacked a bit.
        >The Messies Manual: The Procrastinator's Guide to Good
        >Housekeeping--Sandra Felton
        > A lot of this is the basis for FlyLady's program. I learned a few
        >good tips, but overall, I still prefer FlyLady's method.
        >Uncle John's Second Bathroom Reader--Bathroom Readers' Institute
        > I love books like this, a compendium of lots of interesting and
        >arcane trivia, suitable for reading in brief chunks of time. I read the
        >whole thing pretty much straight through, but I get that way sometimes.
        >A Most Unsuitable Man--Jo Beverley
        > Gosh, I remember the cover of this so clearly, because for some
        >reason, the handsome hunk didn't LOOK British (I know that's irrational,
        >but I can't explain it). I'm blanking on the details, and I've already
        >passed the book along. I remember liking it a great deal, though.
        >Pillow Talk--Hailey North
        > I really hate the cartoony covers on these romances, because it gives
        >the wrong impression about the contents of the book. This one was about a
        >young widow who marries a guy for a few days for a price, only to have him
        >shot dead in a drug deal gone awry. Naturally his family are suspicious of
        >her, and she doesn't want to tell them how her marriage came about. The
        >crusty old patriarch of the family sends for the heroine's children, and
        >she and the hero retrieve her stepson from his private school and try to
        >help him cope with his father's death. I liked this a lot more than I
        >expected to, and will keep an eye out for more of Ms. North's books.
        >Undead and Unappreciated--MaryJanice Davidson
        > I read this for review.
        >The Secret School--Avi
        > I'm always amazed at the different types of stories Avi can write.
        >This was about a small rural school whose teacher must leave before term is
        >over because of an illness in her family. The two eighth graders don't
        >want to have to repeat a year of school, so they conspire to keep the
        >school running long enough for the children to finish out the year and take
        >their end-of-year exams. This was a quick, interesting read.
        >Empty Promises--Ann Rule
        > Another selection of cases from Rule's endless files. I always enjoy
        >her books, although the cases seem so old all of a sudden.
        >Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan,
        >Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 (Dear America)--Mary Pope Osborne
        > This series is very well-written, and doesn't shy away from harsh
        >reality, although it does pad it a bit. The research is very well done,
        >however, although the illustrations are sometimes hard to decipher because
        >the print is so small and dark.
        >When Will This Cruel War Be Over? The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson,
        >Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864 (Dear America)--Barry Denenberg
        > Barry Denenberg is one of my favorite authors in this series, because
        >he is willing to explore the dark edges of the historical eras he writes
        >about. This volume will definitely give younger teens something to think
        >Forbidden--Helen Kirkman
        > It took me three tries to get into this book, which I bought purely
        >for the beefcake cover, but ultimately, I enjoyed it. An 8th-century widow
        >buys herself a slave in a fit of pique because she needs help with a secret
        >mission: finding proof that the King's Reeve is stealing taxes and keeping
        >them for himself. A lot of the dialogue consisted of the heroine reminding
        >her slave of his position in her household, which got rather boring and
        >annoying after a while. Details got skipped over and things resolved
        >rather too easily, but the book wasn't awful, just not as good as it could
        >have been. I'll look for more by this author, though, because I think she
        >has potential.
        >A Woman's Innocence--Gayle Callen
        > Maybe I'm shallow, because I thought this title was sort of wasted on
        >a heroine whose sexual past put her out of the norm for Regency-set
        >historicals. Anyway, the heroine is accused of treason, and the
        >investigator who built the case against her is the son of the gardener of
        >her family estate. When he realizes that she is virtually guaranteed a
        >death sentence, he breaks her out of jail and soon realizes that she's been
        >framed. They go undercover to her brother's estate to research the crime,
        >with her disguised as a man. It was a fun book which could have used more
        >fleshing out at the denouement.
        >Because You're Mine--Nan Ryan
        > I think I've blocked most of the details of this book because I
        >didn't care for it.
        >To Pleasure a Prince--Sabrina Jeffries
        > I always like Jeffries' work and this was no exception. This is part
        >of a trilogy about three bastard sons of the Prince of Wales. In this
        >volume, the hero agrees to let his younger sister be courted by the
        >heroine's brother if the heroine will agree to a sham courtship between
        >them. This was a lot more interesting than I've made it sound, because the
        >brother has ulterior motives, the sister is not the simpering miss she
        >seems, and the heroine has a doozy of a secret. Definitely recommended for
        >historical romance fans.
        >The Duchess's Next Husband--Terri Brisbin
        > When a love match turns into a duty marriage after the hero inherits
        >a dukedom, his asthma and their inability to conceive become huge problems,
        >further complicated by the fact that the hero has overheard his doctors
        >agree that he will die within six months. This wasn't flawless, but it was
        >one of the fresher plots I've read in a while, dealing with upperclass
        >Regency life with a realism too often ignored in this genre. Brisbin did a
        >really nice job with this one.
        >Princess Nevermore--Dian Curtis Regan
        > When a princess who lives in the land under a wishing well finds
        >herself on the aboveground side of the water, she's faced with many
        >challenges and temptations. Very nice lesson on the consequences of greed
        >and the desire for power. The only problem with many YA novels, such as
        >this one, is that they end too fast.
        >Hand Quilted with Love--Joyce Livingston
        > I really wanted to like this one, because the premise seemed
        >promisingly up my alley. A widow (yep, another one) inherits a sewing
        >goods store in Alaska and has to move there with her young son in order to
        >claim her legacy. Unfortunately, the heroine was not very likable,
        >constantly yelling at the hero and afraid of everything. The hero's
        >anti-marriage stance (he likes his freedom to come and go as he pleases)
        >seemed very contrived, particularly as he spends the whole book chasing
        >after the heroine, in spite of her repeated shrieking attacks on him. I
        >did not care for this book at all.
        >Brian's Winter--Gary Paulsen
        > I was very intrigued by Hatchet after I encountered it while subbing
        >last month, so when I saw this book at a consignment shop, I snapped it up.
        > This is Paulsen's take on what would have happened to Brian if he hadn't
        >been rescued before winter set in. I LOVE frozen wilderness survival
        >stories, and this was well done.
        >Drop-Dead Blonde--Nancy Martin, Elaine Viets, Denise Swanson, and Victoria
        > This was an anthology of four mystery novellas, all of which I
        >enjoyed quite a bit. I found Laurie's contribution frustrating, though,
        >because I really liked the premise of a psychic, but the story suffered
        >terribly from bad writing and virtually no editing. Laurie has enormous
        >potential if she can be weaned from cliche.
        >Dead Certain--Mariah Stewart
        > This is part of a series that evokes Strangers on a Train on
        >steroids. After Amanda Crosby's business partner is found murdered, she's
        >the prime suspect because she'd threatened his life after a spectacularly
        >bad antiques acquisition. Once another victim turns up, Police Chief Sean
        >Mercer realizes Amanda's the victim, not the perpetrator, and then he's
        >free to act on his attraction to her while he tries to figure out who's
        >gunning for her. Nifty page-turner.
        >I'm up to 100 books and 31,756 pages for the year, but observers please
        >take note of how much YA I've read this year--I've got a lot of those books
        >to clear out of Mt. TBR!
        >Mellanie: Evan, did you pack underwear for the trip?
        >Evan (age 10): Mom, I am not in the habit of going commando!
        >Hillary (14): He knows commando?!
        >Here's what the Crowthers are reading:
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