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