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post #121 of 324
I'm reading The Privilege of Youth by Dave Pelzer right now.
post #122 of 324
I don't really keep track of how many books I read but it's a fair number. To answer the question posted on page 2, I believe, I do read YA fiction and quite a bit. I just finished my Master of Library and Information Science last month (and saw at least one other librarian on this post, yippee!) and am looking for a position as a school library teacher for the fall. I'd really like to work in a middle school/junior high so keeping up on YA is obviously a priority for me.

In the past couple weeks I read one of this year's Alex Award winners from the Young Adult Library Services Association. (I've got a few other winners sitting around home but haven't started them yet.) Peresopolis by Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novel about a girl who lived through the Islamic Revolution in Iran and how it affected her spirituality, her education, her family, and her world-view.
post #123 of 324
If you like YA Sisterhood of the ...Pants and Second Summer, try Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings by Megam McCafferty.

Little Children by Tom Perrotta was good. He also wrote Election-which was a movie with Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon. Little Children is about families in the suburbs--the cliques, the parks, the day-to-day. A stay-at-home dad makes waves. Interesting details and spawned lots of fun daydreams, for me.

The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper was also a really good read. The guy (Joe) writes a prize-winning book about his hometown, where he wasn't BMOC. And never goes back, until his father falls ill. Big city success, goes back hole, blissfully unaware of how the town feels about him. Very poignant and very funny, and very sad. Cool replay of the 80's, for those among us who were teens ourselves then. Musical references, movies, fashions. Really enjoyed this one. Recommend it A LOT at work.

SoccerMom--I can recommend some good romances that are IMHO better than Danielle Steel...
post #124 of 324
Alkenny - which did you agree with the comments on the thread or the comments on The Art of Mending?

Here are the last few books I read:

The Monk Downstairs- Although it got great reviews on Amazon and the book store clerk recommended it, I was disappointed. It was a light romance about a ex-monk who rents a basement apartment from a single mom and about how they eventually get involved - unfortunately, I never really liked or cared about any of the characters so it didn't really do much for me.

Housekeeping - A beautifully written book about 2 girls with a very unstable life. Their mother kills herself and then the live with their grandmother who dies, then two aunts who can't handle kids, and then eventually their mother's sister who is also emotionally unstable. Sound good? I thought so, but again I did not feel any emotional involvement with any of the characters so I didn't really care what happened to them.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - I LOVED THIS BOOK! It is a young adult book but really well written. It starts with a really fun concept of a pair of jeans found at a thrift shop that magically looks wonderful on four girls of different body shapes and sizes. The girls are separating for the first time that summer and the pants travel from girl to girl and we get to hear their stories. The girls deal with some real issues like a divorced dad getting remarried, a girl falling for an older guy and getting in over her head, etc. I am saving this book for when my daughters get older. I guess there is a sequel out too which I want to read.

Now I am reading "The Jane Austen Book Club" - I'm about 2/3's throught it and it is EXCELLENT also. It's about 5 women and 1 man who have a book club to read Jane Austen books. There personal life and history is woven in between meetings of the club. Every story is really interesting is done in such a great way to let you know why the characters are the way they are.
post #125 of 324
Originally Posted by cathe
Alkenny - which did you agree with the comments on the thread or the comments on The Art of Mending?

I usually like Elizabeth Berg, but I thought this one went on and on with no conclusion if that makes any sense. She told her sister and brother what happened, they didn't believe her, then nothing with the mother. KWIM?
post #126 of 324
I totally agree.
post #127 of 324
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Alkenny thanks for the link. I just saw the commercial and the lead girl is the one from the Mean Girls movie, which is a complete 180 in charater, which should be good.

librarymom, thanks so much for those recommendations! I LOVED the Traveling Pants books too. I also have read almost all but one of the Gossip Girl series, I know don't even say it : And I would love romance recommendations although I will always have a soft spot for DS! :LOL

cathe you have to read the sequel to the Traveling pants one it is really good too. I am interested in the Housekeeping book and the JAne Austen one you just told about! They sound great!!!

Look out summer it is a reading bonanza!!!!
post #128 of 324
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Just finished reading this at 1:30 this morning, I HAD to know the ending! :LOL

Jemima J: A Novel About Ugly Ducklings and Swans by Jane Green

Jemima Jones is overweight. About one hundred pounds overweight. Treated like a maid by her thin and social-climbing roommates, and lorded over by the beautiful Geraldine (less talented but better paid) at the Kilburn Herald, Jemima finds that her only consolation is food. Add to this her passion for her charming, sexy, and unobtainable colleague Ben, and Jemima knows her life is in need of a serious change. When she meets Brad, an eligible California hunk, over the Internet, she has the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself–as JJ, the slim, beautiful, gym-obsessed glamour girl. But when her long-distance Romeo demands that they meet, she must conquer her food addiction to become the bone-thin model of her e-mails–no small feat.

With a fast-paced plot that never quits and a surprise ending no reader will see coming, Jemima J is the chronicle of one woman's quest to become the woman she's always wanted to be, learning along the way a host of lessons about attraction, addiction, the meaning of true love, and, ultimately, who she really is.
post #129 of 324
I really liked Bookends, will have to track Jemima J down.

Sorta OT, my dh and I are "decluttering" and one way I am helping was by cutting my paperback collection in half. I am ashamed or proud to say I now have over $250 credit at the local paperback trader. 8 big boxes of books left the house and that was just 50%. And doesn't include the box my mom borrowed to start her retirement. But no more stacks on the floor, the ones that stayed are all on a shelf with a bit of room to grow.
post #130 of 324
Thread Starter 
WOW aimee!!! I am going to try and do that as well. I have so many unread books that once this lot from the library is read I plan to read the ones I bought and then donate them to our local library. I may also sell some on amazon to make some $$

Wanted to add that I really liked Bookends, more so then Jemima J, I also liked Babyville alot too. I did skip some parts in Jemima J because they were boring, like talk to how LA and London look. But it was a good read!
post #131 of 324
What a great thread!!!!! I want to join!

I just finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. It was a wonderful read. (It was synopsized - is that a word? - above). I have been thinking about it all day, and I even want to go back and reread parts of it.

Before that I read Morality for Beautiful Girls (from the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency series). I really like the series - a light easy read but with some meat on it - makes me think.
post #132 of 324
I was very excited to get the book "Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination" by Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones Diary) but I got about 2/3 thru it and just couldn't read it anymore. I did not like it at all - seemed really stupid to me.

Then I read "I Sailed with Magellan" by Stuart Dybek. This was not one of those books that you can't put down - not was it a fast and easy read. It was a beautifully written book of short stories about life in Chicago - mostly centered on one family. I particularly liked the coming of age type stories about the Perry and his brother and his friends. There was also a wonderful story about Perry's grandmother where you really felt like you are right there with her. The author has a wonderful way of describing characters so you feel like you know them.

I read Room to Grow by Tracey Gold. This was the story of her battle with anorexia written by her. Not much there - tells how she got into acting and about her career. Mildly interesting.

Anyway, I am reading My Sister's Keeper now for the MDC discussion group. Now this is a book you don't want to put down!
post #133 of 324
Cool thread! I was very excited to find it, as I've been on a reading binge, my first since dd was born!

~Monkey Hunting by Cristina Garcia~
A great story about a Chinese immigrant to Cuba in the mid-19th century, and his descendants.

~My Invented Country by Isabel Allende~
A fabulous memoir about her life and Chile. Now I want to read Paula.

~The Idiot Girls Action Adventure Club by Laurie Notatro~
Cute stories, but I think I'm too old and busy to appreciate them right now.

~The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon~
Great book

Now I am reading Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. I'm enjoying it so far.

cathe- Danticat is one of my favorite authors, and so is Jamaica Kincaid. Have you read Danticat's first 2 books: Breath, Eyes, Memory and Krik? Krak! They are wonderful. I haven't read Dew Breaker yet, but it's on my list.

Thanks for the ideas, mamas!

post #134 of 324
I loved - Breath, Eyes, Memory. Read it ages and ages ago. Hmm may be time to read again and see what else my library has for her.
post #135 of 324
I did read Krik Krak but don't think I read the other. I'll have to check it out.
post #136 of 324
I can't wait to get to the library!!!! I just sat down and made a long list of the ones I want to read.

I too like YA fiction. The Giver by Lois Lowry and The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis are a couple of my favourites. Oh, and anything by Sarah Ellis or Kit Pearson or Katherine Paterson.
post #137 of 324
I just finished Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. It's shockingly riveting! I seriously couldn't put it down.
post #138 of 324
I finished My Sister's Keeper. It was one of the best books I have ever read. It was a story of a girl who was specifically created (thru invetro process) to be a donor for her sister with leukemia. She spends her whole life donating one thing after another but when her parents tell her she has to donate a kidney, she hires a lawyer to fight them. This is such an incredibily heartbreaking story from every side.
post #139 of 324
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I know cathe I really liked that book but boy oh boy did I cry!!!
post #140 of 324
I just finished reading The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst (sp?)

I was for the last 2 or 3 chapters. It's one of those books that I can't stop thinking about!
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