A Very Bookish Update!

Long time, no see!  November proved to be an insanely busy month for me with parent/teacher conferences, unit planning and report cards.  Sadly, the National Novel Writing Month and this blog had to be put aside.  However, I have some great posts and book reviews planned as I will always make time for reading. ;)

A few thoughts…

1.  Is Melina Marchetta the world’s best writer?  I think I could make a case for it.  I just finished Saving Francesca and it was A-MAZ-ING!  I can’t wait to write a review on it and I am eagerly anticipating the companion novel, The Piper’s Son, which will be published in America March 2011.

2.  There are so many great new releases out there!  I recently read Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and Matched by Ally Condie.  LOVED!

3.  Have you read Graceling by Kristin Cashore yet?  If you haven’t, run to the book store immediately and purchase it.  I never thought I would be a fan of fantasy novels but I am loving them more and more.  The world and characters that Cashore have created are unforgettable.  Fire, a companion novel to Graceling, is on my To Be Read list.

4.  Speaking of my To Be Read list…do you have any suggestions for me?  I still need to read The Scorch Trials and am really looking forward to Across the Universe.  Tell me some books that I absolutely must read.

5.  My husband got me a NOOK for my birthday!  I have always been somewhat of a book purist but I don’t know what I ever did without an e-reader.  Look for a full product review soon.  They are dangerous, though – you can download books instantly.  I must learn to restrain myself!

What’s new with you? I have missed all of you and can’t wait to catch up on your blogs!

About Jen

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. I have always viewed words as having a magical quality-able to transport, illuminate and inspire. I was able to parlay this love of reading into a career as a language arts teacher and am able to encourage students every day to find books that “speak” to them. I decided to blog about the books I read because books are meant to be shared and discussed. 🙂

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12 Responses to A Very Bookish Update!

  1. Oh, Jennifer! Yay you’re back! I missed you, and missed reading your posts! :)

    I think we’ve already established that I’m going to read all of Melina Marchetta’s books based on your recommendation! I have Matched and am about to read that, and haven’t read Anna and the French Kiss but am dying to. The only book I’ve read in this post is Graceling, ha.

    Book suggestions… Hrm. I haven’t been reading as much lately, because I have been busy as well. I might have to get back to you on that one! Oh, actually, I might have a suggestion. The Duff! I recently read it and loved it. It’s one of those hit or miss novels, though, and involves sex. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares was also a very cute novel – great to get into the Christmas spirit. *sigh* It’s just a sad day when I only have two book recommendations. Blah.

    And lastly, YAY A NOOK! Fellow Nook owner! How cool, we can be e-lending buddies now! :)

    • Jen says:

      Sorry your comment got relegated to moderation!

      Yes – I would love to be e-lending buddies. Here are books that my Nook says I am able to loan you…. let me know if you are interested!
      -Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian (a fun, thoughtful read)
      -Matched by Ally Condie (you have read this though – great review by the way!)
      -The Jumbee by Pamela Keyes (pretty good – interesting take on Phantom)
      -Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (you will LOVE this – so adorable)

      Thanks for your suggestions! I have read The Duff but I will have to check out Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. I wish that my Saving Francesca was a Lend Me book. Boooo. I can’t wait for you to read all of Melina’s books. I heart her and her writing.

  2. Jenny says:

    Yay for Matched! That was one of my favorite reads of the year, I absolutely adored it. And congrats on getting a NOOK! Now you can get some titles through NetGalley:) I need to read Graceling, everyone has said how wonderful it is, it’s on my Christmas list, I plan on going on an insane book buying spree as a gift to myself;)

    • Jen says:

      I loved Matched as well! What an engaging story :) I can’t wait for the sequel. I am super excited about getting books from Net Galley on my Nook. Yay face!

  3. I need to read Graceling, too. I’ve heard good things about it.

    Since you’ve now got a Nook, maybe you’d like to join the E-Book Reading Challenge. I know what you mean about restraint. When I first got my e-reader, I went a little crazy. Instant gratification… not always a good thing. But the nice thing is that you can now get NetGalley books and even e-books from the library (so not every book has to hit you in the wallet!).

    • Jen says:

      Yes! I will definitely join your E-Book Reading challenge. I am pretty much obsessed with e-books right now. Thanks for offering this :)

  4. Christina says:

    Yay! I am glad you are back! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I agree–November was nuts. I attempted Nano but only got to 17,000 words before report cards and conferences took over my life! Anyway, I read Matched and Anna as well- both my favorites! LOVE Graceling as well—soooo good! And congrats on getting the Nook or should I say late Happy Birthday! I have one too….it’s fabulous! Enjoy it!

    • Jen says:

      I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving as well! :) You got about 16,000 more words than I did – congrats! Let me know if you ever do write that novel. I would love to write one this summer, and I am looking for critique partners!

  5. Chrystal says:

    I have Graceling on my wishlist! :)

  6. Hey Jen! Welcome back! I had just realized the other day that you seemed awfully quiet… ^.~

    You loved Anna and the French Kiss and Matched? That’s great to hear! I’ve heard such amazing phrase for both yet I haven’t had a chance to buy either of them- I must amend that!

    I read Graceling awhile ago after some recommendations and really enjoyed it, but I’ve heard mixed thoughts about Fire so I haven’t read it yet. I’ll be looking forward to what you think when you get a chance to read it!

    And speaking of recommendations, I really enjoyed Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (a great historical YA novel) and Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers (if you’re looking for something along the lines of contemporary YA). I wish I had more to recommend but I haven’t had as much time to read lately. I can’t wait for the holidays so I can catch up!

    And I’ve been meaning to leave you this link and I can’t remember if I did in the past or not, but here’s a post from Parajunkee explaining pretty clearly how to use Google docs to set up a form for contests and such. I haven’t done a test trial yet but the instructions seem pretty clear and simple to follow along with:
    http://www.parajunkeedesign.com/2009/12/using-google-docs-for-contests-and-lets.html

    And Happy Belated Birthday!!!!!! :)

    • Jen says:

      Yes, you must read Anna and the French Kiss and Matched! They were really delightful. I am excited that Stephanie Perkins (of Anna and the French Kiss) is going to continue the Anna fun with some companion novels! I am sad that you heard mixed reviews of Fire. I did read the first chapter (it was included in my copy of Graceling) and it really focused on Leck (who I thought was terrible – especially what he did to animals). Therefore, I am a bit cautious about reading it.

      I really enjoyed Revolution but have not read Some Girls Are…I am going to add that to my TBR list that is now about 15 books long. :/ And thanks so much for providing that link about Google Docs. I am planning on having a contest soon so it will prove to be very helpful!

      Thanks also for the birthday wishes! It is great to be back to blogging. :)