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The end of summer and the Summer challenge 50

August 6th means that while you are reading this I am in my classroom, putting music stands and chairs out, pushing my benches back into place, pulling out instruments, and getting ready for my students to show up next week. I really can’t believe how fast this summer has gone. I spent it writing and reading like crazy. I escaped the hot sun outside and dove into a plethora of distant worlds created from the minds of others. Now though, summer is gone and I have to go back to work.

This means some changes on the blog. To start, I won’t be posting daily like I have been. I’m going for a bare minimum of once a week but am shooting for 3 times a week. We’ll see how things settle out after school starts. The end of summer also means returning to work on my master’s degree which means a huge loss of reading time for me.

I am glad that I set this challenge for myself this summer. I feel as sense of accomplishment and relief. I don’t have to push quite as hard anymore 😉

In case anyone is wondering here are the books I read for the summer challenge in the order I finished reading them! Note: Some of the reviews for these haven’t posted yet but are coming soon.

  1.  Overseas by Beatriz Williams (5/25/12)
  2.  The Kings of Casino Park by Thomas Aiello (5/28/12)
  3. A Once Crowded Sky by Tom King (5/28/12)
  4. The Piano by Jane Campion (5/28/12)
  5. Black Sunday by Thomas Harris (5/29/12)
  6. Into the Green by Charles de Lint (5/30/12)
  7. The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card (5/31/12)
  8. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (5/31/12)
  9. The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohlijian (6/1/12)
  10. Eve by Anna Carey (6/2/12)
  11. 11/22/63 by Stephen King (6/3/12)
  12. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen (6/4/12)
  13. The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind (6/5/12)
  14. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (6/5/12)
  15. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (6/6/12)
  16. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (6/6/12)
  17. Jane Slayre by Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Browning Erwin (6/7/12)
  18. Reamde by Neal Stephenson (6/12/12)
  19. The Strain by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro (6/13/12)
  20. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma (6/15/12)
  21. Fire and Ice by Patty Jansen (6/16/12)
  22. Dirty Little Angels by Christ Tula (6/17/12)
  23. We Are Absolutely Not Okay by Students of Scriber Lake Alternative High School (6/18/12)
  24. Threat of Darkness by Valerie Hansen (6/18/12)
  25. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (6/18/12)
  26. The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams (6/18/2012)
  27. Caught in Crystal by Patricia C. Wrede (6/19/2012)
  28. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (6/23/12)
  29. Room by Emma Donogue (6/24/12)
  30. The Fall by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (6/27/12)
  31. The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (6/28/12)
  32. Soulbound by Heather Brewer (6/28/12)
  33. Duck Boy by Bill Bunn (7/2/12)
  34. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow (7/3/12)
  35. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (7/4/12)
  36. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (7/4/12)
  37. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick (7/4/12)
  38. Bag of Bones by Stephen King (7/5/12)
  39. The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (7/6/12)
  40. Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan (7/6/12)
  41. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (7/7/12)
  42. Weak and Loved by Emily Cook (7/8/12)
  43. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (7/9/12)
  44. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (7/10/12)
  45. Jane Vows Vengeance by Michael Thomas Ford (7/10/12)
  46. Sirensong by Jenna Black (7/10/12)
  47. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (7/11/12)
  48. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (7/12/12)
  49. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Makler (7/12/12)
  50. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons (7/13/12)

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Book Review: Silence

Book: Silence

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Recommend: Not as good as the first two, but still a fun read!

I literally dived from the second book straight into the third. I was excited to see where she would take the story. I never imagined that she would start the third book with Nora having no memory of anything that happened in the past five months including meeting Patch or Jev. I don’t know if this is just me, but when I hear amnesia, I instantly set myself up to very disappointed in the story line. This one did get better as the book continued. I was impressed that there was a plausible explanation for the amnesia, which is rare.

If you’ve read the first two books, it is worth reading the third, although it is not as strong as the first two. It is still a fun, fast-paced read and worth the time.

Final Rating:

Get it used…

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Book Review: Crescendo

Cover of "Crescendo"

Book: Crescendo

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Recommend: Definitely, if you have read the first book in the series, Hush, Hush..

Okay, I devoured this book. I also almost threw this book about six times. Even though I knew it was coming, it was still frustrating. Everything seems to be going well for Patch and Nora until he mysteriously starts spending time with Marcie, the girl who makes her life miserable. Angry, Nora breaks up with Patch. Enter Scott, the mysterious boy with a secret. Overnight, Nora’s life falls apart and she is driven further into the secret life of the angels and their offspring.

I don’t like to compare books to each other but this book is this series’ version of New Moon except instead of the boy leaving, he stays and continues to hurt her. It was an extremely engaging read. I wanted to toss it aside but had to know what was coming next and so I kept going after a few seconds.

I envision this series joining my collection as soon as I can afford it. Definitely worth the ride.

Final Rating:

Get it new!

Buy it new 🙂

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Book Review: Hush, Hush

Cover of "Hush, Hush"

Book: Hush, hush

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Recommend: This was a fun, light read 🙂

I picked up the first three books in this series at the library this a couple of weeks ago. I went to renew my books and the second book in the series was on hold and not renewable. It immediately told me what the next books on my reading list were going to be. I settled in to my couch and started reading. I finished the first book in a couple of hours.

Nora gets partnered with the strange new transfer kid in her biology class. While she finds him annoying, something else is drawing her in. Unfortunately bad things keep happening around Nora. Someone is after her and it just might be her new lab partner.

While this read was a bit fluffy, it was just a lot of fun to read. Just the right balance of suspense and romance. Besides the fact that the author couldn’t seem to pick something other than biology class, apparently the only place to meet scary boys (Twilight anyone?), this book is fast paced and engaging. Definitely worth the time and energy if you are a fan of YA fiction.

Final Rating:

Get it new!

Buy it new 🙂

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