Tuesday, July 29, 2008

After a Long Absence [Chelsie]

[[Advanced Warning: There's a lot of content in this blog, so feel free to skim read... I've bolded the titles of the books, so if there's one particular book that you see that catches your eye go ahead and read about that...]]

Well, it appears that last week there were no posts. Which is extremely sad. Was everyone busy?

Anyways, I have been gone on vacation, which is why I didn't post for the last two weeks. But I have a lot of different things I could talk about, from the books I've bought, to the books I've read.

Since I don't have the books I've bought in front of me, I'll talk about the books I've read. Now I'll admit, as of this day (I'm writing this extremely early, Thursday night, just so I can get it done) I don't have any of the reviews written, but that's because of computer problems at my house.

But hopefully by the time this posts, the reviews will be written and ready to post at various intervals throughout the week.

So, without further adieu, the books I've read:

1. The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Oh my God, this book was absolutely amazing. I had it checked out from the library, and I'd been reading it for a couple weeks, but as soon as I sat down and really focused on it, I couldn't put it down. The whole story was perfectly amazing, and so I bought my own copy so I can read it again.

2. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. I really liked this book much better than I thought I would. My favorite part, thought, was the ending. It was the type of ending that I love with books that are in a series, because it was a perfect happy ending... but there were certain aspects of the book that have yet to be resolved, which is what I assume will happen in the second book, Seeing Redd, which I fully intend on reading at some point in time.

3. Rumors by Anna Godberson. Wow, was this book good! I couldn't put it down, and I'm dying for Envy to come out! These books are definitely fun and light but they are extremely extremely addicting.

So, for ten days I suppose three books isn't bad, especially inbetween everything I had going on.

Now, I'm reading Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Which I'm not too far in, but I'm really looking forward to reading more.


Now, it's Monday. And, after a weekend of extensive reading, it's time to add a bit more.

I finished Chasing Windmills, and there is a review on the way sometime in the next week. All I have to say is, this is a book that I think everyone needs to read. It is truly one of the most amazing books I've read in awhile.

After Chasing Windmills, I read Queen of Babble Gets Hitched. I have been a huge fan of the Queen of Babble books (and Meg Cabot, for that matter) since the summer of '06, and so I was eagerly anticipating reading this. Especially after the miserable, heartbreaking end of the second book, Queen of Babble in the Big City.

So, after reading this book all in one night, I'd have to say I'm slightly disappointed. It didn't seem as unexpected and witty and funny as the other two. Still, it was worth the read.

Now, after I finished that, I knew I had to start reading an ARC of Play Me by Laura Ruby (which I got from FirstLook). I read this one in one night as well, and let me tell you, Play Me was such an amazing book. Judging by the summary and the cover, I thought it would be fun, light reading. Boy, was I wrong. It wasn't completely deep and intellectual and meaningful like, say, Sarah Dessen, but it definitely had something to it. Which was a pleasant surprise.

So, I loved it.

That brings me to the end of my strenuous reading weekend. Now, I have about seventeen other books I must read at some point, so I'm going to end this long post.

Tell me, did you skim read this post? (It's okay if you did =P)


Megan said...

I was surprised to see no one had posted as well. I was, unfortunately, sick. I was so completely exhausted, it was horrid.

As you well know, I am jealous of all your reading. I will be diving back into Chasing Windmills soon.
I am going on a road trip this weekend and decided I will be taking some audio books out of the library for it. That will be a new experience for me and should make for a great post next week.

Vanessa said...

I didn't post because I thought maybe we weren't supposed to and no one said anything to me... hahaha, I'm a weirdo.
Anyway. I didn't skim, woohoo. I would like to read Chasing Windmills, Catherine Ryan Hyde joined Like OMG Teens Read, which is pretty cool. I'd also like to read Rumors after I read The Luxe. I know what you mean about the Meg Cabot novel... that happened when I read the Heather Wells Mystery Series, I think maybe its because Meg Cabot writes her books really quickly? Maybe she doesn't put that much into it being funny and witty and everything another book in the series is. I mean it doesn't sound nice, but when I read her books I think that.
At least you're back, we've missed you Chelsie! :)

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Re: The Looking Glass Wars

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