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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

This is My Problem:

A) I wanted to read a lot this summer.

B) The closest B&N and/or other type of bookstore to my house is a half hour away. Not very far, but when I spend the rest of the year driving back an hour and forth an hour twice/three times a week for school, I don't like driving when I don't absolutely have to. That, and gas is expensive.

C) While I like ordering books online, I feel that buying them new in a bookstore supports the author more. I'm just cool like that.

A+B+C= I didn't read a lot this summer. As my lack of a book review since June has showed.

D) Now that fall quarter is upon me, I will be a mere hop, skip, and a jump away from a B&N whenever I go down for classes to mi universidad. (btw: googling "mi universidad" brings up a lot of links to the University of Michigan...oh, wait. "mi"="MI"="Michigan". I'm not blonde, I promise.)

E) Now that I will have access to a bookstore at regular intervals through the week, I will *gasp* be buying a lot of books to catch up on all the many, many, MANY books I did not read this summer. Bad, Sara, bad.

F) I'll start classes the same time I'll start buying books. This, along with the newly resurrected Stream Pirate sequel, may cause a conflict of interests. But I'm okay with that.

D+E+F= I need book suggestions! What have I been missing? I know it's been a LOT. Apparently there's some book called Catching Fire, or something, and it's kind of a big deal, or whatever. (BUT: I did start The Hunger Games and hated Katniss so, so much I couldn't finish it. She drowned a CAT! Did that not disturb anyone else? When they do biographies of serial killers, they always go back to their childhood and discover how the five-year-old used to chop squirrels to pieces in their backyard or DROWN CATS. I'm just saying.)

Anyway, I have compiled a list on my own, but dude, I need more. A lot more. Throw in any titles I'm missing. Please. I want to have so many books sitting beside me as I do my homework that my homework gets scared, shrivels up, and runs away.

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
As You Wish
by Jackson Pearce
Sea Change
by Aimee Friedman
by Maggie Stiefvater
by Aprilynne Pike
Strange Angels
by Lili St. Crow
Shrinking Violet
by Danielle Joseph
by Kristin Cashore
Once a Witch
by Carolyn MacCullough
Paper Towns
by John Green
Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
Stray by Rachel Vincent
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson


Natalie Whipple said...

Um, Sara? I'm pretty sure Katniss didn't drown that cat. She only wanted to, but Prim loved it so much she didn't. Just saying.

As for other reads, that's a good list. I don't know if you've read The Summoning, but I really liked that one and the sequel. If you haven't made it to The Graveyard Book, I enjoyed that. I'm dying got Lips Touch, but that's not out quite yet.

Sara Raasch said...

Oh...maybe I should re-read it. I just remember being really put-off by Katniss, and I thought that was why. Maybe it was something else...

I'm not a fan of Neil Gaiman. *ducks as sharp objects are thrown in her direction* I don't know know why, but he's just not my cup of tea. Sigh. I probably should've put a disclaimer on this post. "WARNING: Sara is very, very, very inordinately picky."

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Just wanted to second Shiver and If I Stay-two absolutely AMAZING books. And try Hunger Games again -its really awesome and Catching Fire so far is even better! Also get Maggie Stiefvater's Lament -Ballad is coming soon in October (along with Hush, Hush-more awesome).

Sara Raasch said...

Hush, Hush! How did I forget that one? Thanks, Frankie!

Mariah Irvin said...

Finish "The Hunger Games"! Please.

And you should add "The Book Thief" to your list, too.

K. M. Walton said...

The Absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Read it only if you want to laugh your ass off. Some people like their ass, so beware.

Jade said...

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson is pretty cool.
Otherwise, your list is almost identical to my own must read list. Which always seems to grow and never decrease...

Renee Collins said...

Ooo, I've been wanting to read Sea Change and Shiver. They sound pretty dang cool.