Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Library Loot XXX

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 Claire's.

I grabbed these first three books for my youngest daughter. She's a picky reader and has just come off a streak of reading a whole bunch of books and now nothing appeals to her. We can all relate to that, right? Now if I suggest these books to her, she won't read them. If she finds them just laying around on the coffee table, however, she might just pick them up. Or maybe I will!

Peeled by Joan Bauer (2008)
Newberry Honor Author of Hope Was Here.
In an upstate New York farming community, high school reporter Hildy Biddle investigates a series of strange occurrences at a house rumored to e haunted.

A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin (2002)
A Newberry Honor Book. Another book set in a small town community, Hattie Owen's world gets turned upside down when her Uncle with mental disabilities arrives.

Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning (2003)
Seventeen year old Molly Montgomery learns about the cost of fame and stardom when her band, The Hormones gets a big break.

These three young adult novels are my picks. The first is a re-loot.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (2006)
A Michael L. Printz Award For Excellence in Young Adult Literature Book.
Abandoned by her drug addict mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.

Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (2007)
I've read two books by this author team--Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist which I read in 2008 and thought was decent, and then more recently Dash & Lily's Book of Dares which I absolutely adored, so it seemed logical to pick up this one, published in 2007.

Although they have been friends and neighbors all their lives, straight Naomi and gay Eli find their relationship severely strained during their freshman year at New York University.

Marly's Ghost by David Levithan (2006)
While exploring the shelves for more books written by David Levithan, I spied this one and thought it sounded cute. It's basically a modern day twist on The Christmas Carol set on Valentine's Day.

The spirit of Ben's girlfriend Marly returns with three other ghosts to haunt him with a painful journey through Valentine's Days past, present and future.

One more young adult selection.

The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams.

I sought this book out after having read a review by Ana of The Book Smugglers last fall. I was next in line on the holds list for it at the library for literally months and it finally came in-- surely the person who had it out surely paid beyond what it cost in overdue fines. Anyway, I just finished reading it yesterday and am still mulling it over. The book is very well written and I think very highly of it. I'm just trying to decide how to effectively explain why it's such a good book when the story left me feeling kind of sad and lost.

The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum
I read this book last week for the Authors by the Alphabet Book Club that I'm in hosted by Paula at the blog called Tome's Devotee. This is the book chosen for the letter 'B.'

This is a story about a set of twins--one who is bipolar and the other who is not-- who haven't seen each other for twenty years and the consequences of their harboring a dark kept secret all that time and how this secret has affected them and their relationships with others and each other. It also creatively uses storms--specifically tornadoes-- as a metaphor for the mental cycles of a bipolar individual.

The Hundred Tousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
Book One of the Inheritance Trilogy

I don't have a Library of Congress summary for this one, but on the cover it says this:

Gods and Mortals. Power and Love. Death and Revenge. She will inherit them all.

I know nothing else about this book, but I have been curious about it for a while and it happens to be the January reading selection for the Women in Fantasy 2011 Reading Club hosted by Erika at the blog Jawas Read Too in which I hope to participate even though I still haven't officially signed up. I guess I feel a little out of my element signing up for a fantasy book club when I don't read a lot of straight fantasy, but I'm really intrigued by the titles selected for the year. I'm still hoping to just bite the bullet and join! I guess borrowing the book from the library this week is one step closer to joining. ;)

Have you read any of these books? Thoughts? Opinions? :)


  1. All of those look great. Hope one of those catches your daughter's eye. Enjoy your loot!

  2. I haven't read any of these but the first three look really good. I wonder if my library has them.....
    Hope you're having a good day!

  3. Oh, let me know what you think of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms! :) I know Ames wanted to read it and I've been wavering :P

    Lots of YA :) Good for you. I hope you enjoy Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List and the other book by David Levithan. He seems to be an interesting author, very appealing.

    I like the covers for YA like Peeled and A Corner of the Universe. Do these kids no how lucky they are?!?

  4. Oh! Jellicoe Road!
    Awesome read.
    In fact, all your loot is awesome!!

    Hope you love them all!

  5. I've been eying the Jemisin book, but haven't bought it yet. But perhaps in the future...

  6. Hey everyone! Thanks for checking out my loot! :)

    Thanks, Linda! :)

    Brandy, I hope you can find those books at the library. They really do look cute.

    nath, I will definitely let you know about The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. I'm so curious about it, too. I'm going to read it as soon as I'm finished with Shadowfever. Although, maybe I'll read one of those light YA books first... sort of like a palate cleanser. LOL! ;)

    I agree... David Levithan is an interesting author. I'm going to try to read his backlist this year. (I think I told you that already.. repeating myself).

    I know what you mean! I don't ever remember having such a great selection of YA books when I was young!

    AnimeGirl, I've heard SO many awesome things about Jellicoe Road. I'm determined to finally read it this time!

    Maija, I'll be sure to let you know what I think of the Jemisin book. On goodreads, at least. ;)

  7. You've got some great picks there! I'm going to have to pick up The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. The cover plus short blurb has my mouth watering!

  8. Hi Christine! Guitar Girl caught my eye. Let me know what you think once you've read it.

  9. I've been reading a bit about the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms series and I'm interested in it. I look forward to seeing what you think about it.

    thanks for stopping by my blog,
    Jennifer (An Abundance of Books)

  10. I haven't read any of these but I've been seeing The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms around a lot lately and am quite intrigued!

    Enjoy your loot!

  11. Hi Zee! :)
    Sweet! I hope you do get a chance to read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. We can compare notes. :D

    Hi Jen! Sure thing. Guitar Girl has a cute cover, right?

    Hi Jennifer. I'll be sure to post my thoughts on The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms when I read it. It seems a lot of people are curious about it.

    Thanks for the return visit. ;)

    Hi Claire! :)
    Thanks for stopping by to check out my loot!

  12. I still really love this idea of sharing books that you check out from the library. My only problem is that I don't go to my public library often since I have been trying to start up my library collection of my own. I really do need to utilize my library so maybe after this semester is over and summer starts up I will head that way to check it out.

    All of these books sound very interesting, unfortunately I have not read any of them!

  13. I really enjoyed Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List and I just finished reading Dash and Lily's Book of Dares. I think you'll enjoy it too. :P

    I have Hundred Thousand Kingdoms in my tbr pile, I really want to read it soon.

  14. I read Dash & Lily... in December. Which do you like better? Dash & Lily.. or Naomi & Eli..?

  15. That's a hard one! But my a very small margin, Dash and Lily. :P


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