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Ok, first I am turning my earlier reads into a list so it is easier to keep track.  

 

1. Fangirl

2.  Kizzy Ann Stamps

3.  Liesel & Po

4.  Tell the Wolves I'm Home

5.  Paper Boy

6.  Divergent

7.  Insurgent

8.  The Grimm Collection

 

I forgot about 

9.  The Coldest One in Coldtown -- I didn't care for this book very much.  I thought that I remembered people talking it up when it came out.  I just finished it because I was sure it would get better.  I did like the ending, but it was just not my style of book. 


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#10:  Finished the Divergent Trilogy with "Allegiant."  

 

SPOILER ALERT: 

 

 

While this series wasn't top notch for me, I did like the third book.  I can't say the same for other dystopian trilogies.  This book was my favorite of the series.  The ending surprised me though-- not too many YA writers are willing to sacrifice such a prominent character.  

 

1. Fangirl

2.  Kizzy Ann Stamps

3.  Liesel & Po

4.  Tell the Wolves I'm Home

5.  Paper Boy

6.  Divergent

7.  Insurgent

8.  The Grimm Collection

9.  The Coldest One in Coldtown

 


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1. Fangirl

2.  Kizzy Ann Stamps

3.  Liesl & Po

4.  Tell the Wolves I'm Home

5.  Paperboy by Vince Vawter

6.  Divergent

7.  Insurgent

8.  The Grimm Collection

9.  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

10.  Allegiant

11.  Alice in the Know  (by Naylor--the Alice series has always been a fun read for me and I stumbled upon this one in the discards at the library.  This would be a YA read.)

 

Now I am reading It's "Complicated: the social lives of networked teens" by Danah Boyd.  I recently read a review of it and thought it sounded interesting.  


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I am beginning to feel like the only one reading!  Although since I do mostly read children's and YA materials, I can plow through a book pretty fast.  

I just finished "Fault in our Stars" by John Green.  I really liked this book.  Some people complain about how "wise" the characters are and claim that it isn't realistic because having cancer doesn't make you a wise person.  That is probably true.  However, the people I have known with cancer do seem to achieve a clarity about what is important to them.  I liked that these characters were wise/smart/whatever because it made for interesting characters that were able to give me something to think about even after putting the book down.  

 

I am still reading "It's Complicated". . . nonfiction usually takes me longer to read.  

 

 

Therefore, my list for the year so far is:

1. Fangirl

2.  Kizzy Ann Stamps

3.  Liesl & Po

4.  Tell the Wolves I'm Home

5.  Paperboy by Vince Vawter

6.  Divergent

7.  Insurgent

8.  The Grimm Collection

9.  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

10.  Allegiant

11.  Alice in the Know  (by Naylor--the Alice series has always been a fun read for me and I stumbled upon this one in the discards at the library.  This would be a YA read.)

12.  Fault in our Stars

 

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You've been reading a lot!  I like The Fault In Our Stars too.  I'm curious what the movie will be like.

 

I have a huge list of books to write down, just haven't had a chance to log any books lately.  I hope to come back soon and do it!

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I've been reading, too, but just fell off the wagon on writing it down. Here's my latest update. I think this is where I left off late January:

 

Widdershins / Charles de Lint 

Here on Earth / Alice Hoffman 

Anarchy / James Treadwell 

The onion girl / Charles de Lint 

Seven wild sisters / Charles de Lint ; illustrated by Charles Vess 

Muse and reverie : a Newford collection / Charles de Lint 

Dreams underfoot : the Newford collection / Charles De Lint 

A highly unlikely scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza employee's guide to saving the world / Rachel Cantor 

The very best of Charles de Lint 

A little night magic / Lucy March 

currently reading: Swarm / Lauren Carter 

 

You might detect a trend. If I find an author I like I tend to run through his/her catalog. 

 

Audio books with the kids:

Cold cereal: [sound recording] / Adam Rex ; read by Oliver Wyman 

A world without heroes [sound recording] / Brandon Mull 

The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls [sound recording] / Elise Primavera 

Three times lucky: [sound recording] / by Sheila Turnage ; read by Michal Friedman 

Breadcrumbs: [sound recording] / Anne Ursu ; drawings by Erin McGuire ; read by Kirby Heyborne

You'll like it here (everybody does): [sound recording] / Ruth White ; read by Becca Battoe and Jesse Bernstein 

The Supernaturalist [sound recording] / Eoin Colfer ; read by Chiwetel Ejiofor 

 

 

These are all from our library. The website has a cool feature where it will save your reading history. There may have been a few more that I read from our own collection or that I picked up at the thrift store, but I use the library a lot. If I like it I keep reading, if not, I toss it in the "returns" pile and no money wasted.


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Ok, I finished a book meant for adults!  I was trying to break out of my children/YA fiction rut.  I read Reconstructing Amelia.  It was a quick read, and I enjoyed it.  It left some things hanging--more like forgotten.  That was kinda annoying, but it really didn't affect the story.  It was told through a multi-media approach (facebook posts, texts, and regular chapters).  So, while not "high quality" material, it was fun and entertaining.  

 

Therefore, my list for the year so far is:

1. Fangirl

2.  Kizzy Ann Stamps

3.  Liesl & Po

4.  Tell the Wolves I'm Home

5.  Paperboy by Vince Vawter

6.  Divergent

7.  Insurgent

8.  The Grimm Collection

9.  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

10.  Allegiant

11.  Alice in the Know by Naylor

12.  Fault in our Stars

13.  It's Complicated --I didn't read the whole thing, but it was interesting.  I am tallying it here anyways so I don't forget about it. 

14.  Reconstructing Amelia

 

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Adding two more to the list. I finished up the Selection trilogy with "The One"-- yes, another YA book, though I have found quite a few adult women reading this series. I got a little bit annoyed with it, but it was still fun to read. Perhaps it isn't possible for me to really like how some of these end. The other book I read was "If I Stay." I saw a trailer for it at a movie with a friend. She bought the book and shared it with me. Wow, that book was massively depressing for me. I thought it was well written though, very good. However, I had to put the book down often because it was heartwrenching. If you haven't heard of it, it is about a girl who was in a car crash with her family. Everyone else dies, and she is in a coma. She is deciding whether or not to live. You see flashbacks of her life, you see her watch the people who visit her, etc. I did really like the character development, especially her mom (seen through flashbacks).

Therefore, my list for the year so far is:
1. Fangirl
2. Kizzy Ann Stamps
3. Liesl & Po
4. Tell the Wolves I'm Home
5. Paperboy by Vince Vawter
6. Divergent
7. Insurgent
8. The Grimm Collection
9. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
10. Allegiant
11. Alice in the Know by Naylor
12. Fault in our Stars
13. It's Complicated --I didn't read the whole thing, but it was interesting. I am tallying it here anyways so I don't forget about it.
14. Reconstructing Amelia
15. The One
16. If I Stay

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Here are my books so far this year.


1. The End of Eve by Ariel Gore
2. The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
3. Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
4. A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin
5. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
6. Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman
7. Wonder by RJ Palacio
8. Difficult Men by Brett Martin
9. Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma
10. The Good Mother Myth by Avital Norman Nathman
11. The Generosity Network by Jeffrey Walker
12. The Witness Wore Red by Rebecca Musser
13. A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
14. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
15. Toothiana by William Joyce
16. Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
17. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
18. The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony
19. The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
20. The Leftovers by Tom Perotta
21. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert O'Brien
22. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
23. Why Did It Have to Be Snakes by Lois Gresh
24. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
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My list so far

1. The Kill Order
2. The Maze Runner
3. Fault in Our Stars
4. If I Stay
5. The Silkworm

Been busy.. I hope I could read a lot more... But I'm catching up!

I'm now reading (which is actually different from my preferred book genre) the "Paleo Kitchen" by Juli Bauer & George Bryant. And I'm enjoying it so far.
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4. If I Stay
What did you think of this one? I read it also, I am just curious to how if affected others.

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Maya Angelou's death reminded me that I had never read "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Well, I finally did and really enjoyed it! I am also finally reading "One Summer: America 1927" (I mentioned this book at the beginning of the year, but never got a chance to read it.) I am enjoying it a lot too, but it is a slower read for me.

My list for the year so far is:
1. Fangirl
2. Kizzy Ann Stamps
3. Liesl & Po
4. Tell the Wolves I'm Home
5. Paperboy by Vince Vawter
6. Divergent
7. Insurgent
8. The Grimm Collection
9. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
10. Allegiant
11. Alice in the Know by Naylor
12. Fault in our Stars
13. It's Complicated --I didn't read the whole thing, but it was interesting. I am tallying it here anyways so I don't forget about it.
14. Reconstructing Amelia
15. The One
16. If I Stay
17. I know why the caged bird sings

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#10:  Finished the Divergent Trilogy with "Allegiant."  
 
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While this series wasn't top notch for me, I did like the third book.  I can't say the same for other dystopian trilogies.  This book was my favorite of the series.  The ending surprised me though-- not too many YA writers are willing to sacrifice such a prominent character.  
 
1. Fangirl
2.  Kizzy Ann Stamps
3.  Liesel & Po
4.  Tell the Wolves I'm Home
5.  Paper Boy
6.  Divergent
7.  Insurgent
8.  The Grimm Collection
9.  The Coldest One in Coldtown
 
I read the Divergent series and I enjoyed them. The authors concept was pretty interesting, splitting people based on personality and forcing them to conform to these 5 personality sets. I'm surprised there wasn't more "Divergents". I was also pretty shocked about the ending and as bummed out as it made me I'm kind of glad she went that route because like you said not many authors are willing to do that. Not sure if you're a movie watcher but they did pretty well on the movie. The actress that plays Tris is apparently a HUGE natural health/living girl (i.e.: uses reusable pads, drinks stinging nettle tea, and apparently tans her lady bits) which is pretty neat.
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I'm joining late in the year, so I don't really know when in 2014 I read these books but here is my already read list, (I'm a voracious reader, of mostly non-fiction. I especially like economic, sociological, psychological, or gender studies books)

Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools - Jonathan Kozol

Free Will - Sam Harris

The Hobbit - Tolkien

Fellowship of the Ring - Tolkien

Women in the Material World - Faith D'Aluisio & Peter Menzel

The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking - Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference - Malcolm Gladwll

What the Dog Saw - Malcolm Gladwell

Whatever it Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America - Paul Tough

Buyographics: How Demographics and Economic Changes will Reinvent the Way Marketers Reach Consumers - Matt Carmichael

50 Great Myths of Popular Psyschology - Scott O. Lilienfeld

Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self - Rossalene Glickman

The Millionaire Next Door - Thomas J. Stanley & William D. Danko

Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself - David McRaney

A Rulebook for Arguments - Anthony Weston

Cunt: A Declaration of Independence - Inga Muscio

I'm Currently Reading:

The Ethical Slut: A Practial Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures - Dossie Easton & Janet W. Hardy

The Two Towers - Tolkien

And books on my to-be-read list (which is ever increasing):

The End of Molasses Classes - Ron Clark

Ethics: An Intro to Philosophy and Practice - Stephen Freeman

Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver

This I Believe (NPR)

Being Logical - D. Q. McInerey

The Moral Animal - Robert Wright

Woe is I - Patricia T. O'Conner

The Return of the King - Tolkien

Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality - Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error - Kathryn Schulz

The Economics of Enough: HOw to Run the Economy as if the Future Matters - Diane Coyle

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty - Abhijit V. Banerjee & Esther Duflo

Capital in the Twenty-First Century - Thomas Piketty

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain - Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants - Malcolm Gladwell

God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything - Christopher Hitchens

Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil - Paul Bloom

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media - Noam Chomsky

Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future - Jennifer Baumgardner

Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World - Lisa Bloom

Rose: Love in Violent Times - Inga Muscio

Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil: My Life and Times in a Racist, Imperialist Society - Inga Muscio


I'll come back in and do some mini-reviews tomorrow when I have more time. Just wanted to get subbed.
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