Thursday, December 16, 2010

Library Loot XXIX

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries! This week's Library Loot is at Marg's.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

I forgot to list this book in my library loot post last week. I just love the cover art to this one with the city buildings in the background, the street signs, the snow, and the heart in the pedestrian crossing light--so cute.

I first heard of Dash & Lily's Book of Dares from Mel who blogs at He Followed Me Home........ Can I Keep Him? several weeks ago. Not only did Mel give the book a very positive review, but once I picked up on the fact that this story takes place in New York City at Christmastime, I just knew it would appeal to me. The premise sounds really fun, too. The main characters are two teens who are as opposite as can be with their sentiments towards Christmas. Dash is to the Grinch as Lily is to Cindy Loo Who and yet they develop a relationship by writing back and forth to each other in a notebook that Lily shelves in the bookstore The Strand (a real, live NYC bookstore, too!) and Dash finds. I was sold. Again. Plus it is co-written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan who also co-wrote Nick and Nora's Infinite Play List, which I read and enjoyed some time ago. Both authors have extensive titles published individually as well.

I plan on reading Dash & Lily's Book of Dares next week along with another Christmas themed novel--The Gift by Nora Roberts. This time last year, I read the historical romance anthology, The Heart of Christmas by Mary Balogh, Nicola Cornick & Courtney Milan and discovered that I really enjoyed reading holiday themed stories in the days before Christmas, adding a little extra boost to my Christmas spirit in a similar way as watching Christmas movies. :)

Do you like to read Christmas themed books during the holiday season?

What have been some of your favorites?


  1. Ooh, I definitely have to see if my library has this one.
    I reread Moonlight and Mistletoe by Maggie Daniels every year at this time. It's such a sweet and funny Christmas story.
    Hope you're enjoying a good book!

  2. Hi Brandy!
    I hope your library has Dash & Lily... It sounds like a great story.

    I AM actually enjoying a good book! I am completely immersed in Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning right now. I finished Faefever yesterday, which is the third book in the Fever series and promptly downloaded the fourth onto my iPad. I know you don't read urban fantasy. Otherwise I'd insist you read this series. It's SO goooood!

    Likewise, I hope YOU'RE enjoying a good book! ;)

  3. I so want to read this book, it's been getting a lot of good buzz around the blogs so I'm itching to read it myself. I can't wait to hear what you think! Happy reading!

  4. The library had it and I have it on hold. *g*
    Glad you're enjoying a good read! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  5. I keep seeing this everywhere! It's going on my tbr list.
    I usually never read holiday books but I got Wishin' and Hopin' by Wally Lamb in my library stack. I thought it might be fun to read a holiday themed book!

  6. Rowena: I'm going to start it very soon! I'm absorbed in Karen Marie Moning's fourth Fever book right now, Dreamfever. It's taking all my might to put the iPad down and go out and start my Christmas shopping today. LOL! I'll let you know how I like Dash & Lily.. as soon as I can! :)

    Brandy: YAY!!! You'll probably get it and read it faster than me, but I can't wait to chat about it. I have a feeling our daughters would enjoy this one, too.

    Linda: I think you're going to enjoy reading a holiday themed book this time of year. Last year was my first time doing it, and I have to say it really added another dimension so to speak to getting that Christmas spirit into your heart. :)

  7. I don't normally read Christmas-themed books for the holidays. But this year I joined the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge, so I wound up rading 4-5 books with a Christmas theme. It was fun. And I finally read Dickens' A Christmas Carol instead of just watching one of the many filmed versions.

  8. I don't read Christmas themed books during the holiday, but my brother and I do watch a lot of Christmas themed movies, which include the classics, Lifetime, and horror movies.

  9. Yeah - another Fever lover! I'm listening to Dreamfever again. Read it & listened to it before. Can't wait for Shadowfever. Less than a month!

    I got Dash & Lily's Book of Dares from the library too! So far so good.

    I like reading Christmas themed book now, it feels weird to read them during the summer. LOL

  10. Hi Bev! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

    That's wonderful that you ended up reading so many Christmas themed books this season--including Dicken's A Christmas Carol! I'm so impressed!

    Zee! We love our Christmas movies in our house too. What's your favorite? And what? There are Christmas themed horror movies??!

    Hey Leslie! I'm about half way through Dash & Lily... right now, too. Cute, right? :)

    And OMG I have major FEVER right now!!! I am DYING for January 18 for Shadowfever. DYING!!! I have not been this anxious for a book to release in fecking ages!!! LOL!

    There's a Fever Read Along discussion going on over on Fiction Vixen's blog about Faefever if you're interested. Then we're discussing Dreamfever in January while waiting for Shadowfever. WANT.

  11. I've been hearing all kinds of good things about this book ... so much so that I plan on reading it. I usually don't like Christmas-themed books, but this one seems witty and fun and smart and everything I look for in a book. Hope you enjoy it ... I need to see if my library has it now!

  12. Oh, that book about Dash and Lily sound cute. Will you review? Pwease pwetty pwease? Hehe.

    I love KMM other series besides the Fever series. Hmm, maybe I should read. How about a review on that series too? lol.

    By the way, I saw your comment at Nath's latest post. I love lumpia!! Care to share your recipe? And other flipino foods? hehe. A friend brought lumpia to a party I hosted one year and it was soooo yummy.

  13. Hi Jenners!
    Thanks for the visit! Dash & Lily... is great so far! I hope you get the chance to read it, too.

    I'm considering joining your Take A Chance Challenge for 2011. It's one of the most creative ones I've seen and I would definitely be challenged to read books from the criteria in the challenge. Hmm...

    Hiya Tabz! I definitely want to review this book and really wish I had finished it last week, because even though I'm just a bit over half way through, I would already recommend this to anyone looking for a gift suggestion for the teen reader on their Christmas list. But I'll still try to review it... :)

    ... and maybe post my recipes for lumpia and pancit, too.I may have already taken photos of those dishes the last time I made them but never got around to posting. That would make things easier. LOL.

  14. I love reading Christmas-themed books! ATM I'm reading the His for the holidays anthology! Then I'm going to delve into my previous Christmas anthologies and re-read (for the nth time :) my favourites, including novellas by Lisa Kleypas and Day Le Claire :)

  15. So Christine, will you review this book? I just read leslie's review earlier today and went out to buy the book LOL.

  16. orannia, thanks for those holiday recommendations. I'm going to make it a tradition to read Christmas themed stories this time of year from now on. I really like the way it ramps up my holiday spirit! :)

    nath, I ADORED this book! It is possibly my favorite YA for 2010, although I am now reading the sky is everywhere by Jandy Nelson and am LOVING this one, too!

    I should really review both of them ... although if Leslie gives Dash & Lily.. 5 stars, can't I just say "ditto"? *total cop out* ;)


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