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Friday, July 23, 2010

Best Books of the Summer

I don't really do reviews. A. I don't think my brain works that way. B. When I read something I like I try to make everyone I know read it and I don't like to spoil anything. At the beginning of the summer I gave my friend Doug two books, Ender's Game and The Hunger Games. I didn't tell him anything about them, just, "Have I ever given you a book you didn't like?" He loved them both, of course, and has already read Catching Fire. C. I don't feel qualified to say bad things about other author's books because so much of my reading is dependent on mood, setting, screaming kids, whether I'm on an airplane or waiting in front of the school to pick up my kids, whether I have a headache...but today I'm going to blog about the books I couldn't put down this summer.

1. Hate List by Jennifer Brown

I enjoyed the structure of the book, I enjoyed getting to know the characters, and I enjoyed how conflicted the characters, particularly the main character, but other characters, too. I will be adding this to the reading list of my YA Literature class, and I've already told our library to order at least two copies.

Warning, you will want to read the sequel and it isn't out yet in the states.
I have to say I love this cover, I have this one on my personal shelf, but since I'm using it in my Spec Fic class (also told the library to order this right away) I'm afraid that my copy is going to get grabbed up by students. It's hard to say no when they really want to read something.

I loved the setting and the mystery of this. The characters were interesting. And the biggest indication that it was a good book, was that when I got to the end I was like, wow, I have to get the sequel!

I'm going to be doing a lot of reading the next week or so, particularly flying to California and back, so I expect to have some favorite books of late summer, soon. What are your favorite new books?


Blogger Nomes (inkcrush) said...

I really think Incarceron is going to be my thing :) Haven't seen it anywhere here in Australia yet...

And, the last truly awesome book I read that I'm still thinking about is Stolen by Lucy Christopher. really truly set a new standard for me.

Have fun with your reading coming up :)

I know what you mean about reviews, they can be so subjective...

July 23, 2010 at 7:48 AM  

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