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23rd-Dec-2007 12:17 am - Another The Golden Compass review!
Book #29
Book Title: The Golden Compass
Author: Philip Pullman
Genre: fantasy
# of pages: 351
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: B
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22nd-Dec-2007 10:12 pm - The Golden Compass
Us- cutting the cake
Book #37
Book Title: The Golden Compass
Author: Philip Pullman
Category: YA Fiction; Fantasy
# of pages: 351
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: A+
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com):In The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman has written a masterpiece that transcends genre. It is a children's book that will appeal to adults, a fantasy novel that will charm even the most hardened realist. Best of all, the author doesn't speak down to his audience, nor does he pull his punches; there is genuine terror in this book, and heartbreak, betrayal, and loss. There is also love, loyalty, and an abiding morality that infuses the story but never overwhelms it. This is one of those rare novels that one wishes would never end. Fortunately, its sequel, The Subtle Knife, will help put off that inevitability for a while longer.

My Thoughts: I tried reading this book last year and could only get halfway through it. I am glad that I tried it again because this time around I realize that I can now say that this is one of the best books that I have ever read. If you enjoy a great fantasy read then this is the book for you.

Books read this year: 37/50. I'm 74% done!!!

Next read(s): I am about to start You Know You Love Me: A Gossip Girl Novel.

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18th-Dec-2007 04:34 pm - Books 233-250!

I actually reached my reading goal for 2007 about a week ago (Whooot!) but haven't had much time to read or review anything till now because of finals. You can see the complete list <here>

And now onto the reviews. Warning: this is going to take awhile >3<

233. Transmetropolitian: Back on the Street by Warren Ellis
234. Ruse 1+2 by Mark Waid
235. Death Note vol 10+12 by Tsugumi Ohba
236. Hana Kimi vol. 7-10 by Hisaya Nakajo
237. Strange Candy by  LKH
238. Immortal Rain vol 1-5 by Kaori Ozaki
239. In the Shadow of the Moon by Karen White
240. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
241. Heart of Fire by Kat Martin
242. Accidentally Yous by Susan Mallery
242. Loveless vol. 1-7 by Yun Kouga
243. Son of the Shadows by Juliret Marillier
244. Spindle's End by Robin McKinley
245. The Red Tent by  Anita Diamant
246. Yume no Kodomo vol. 1-5 by Kuwabara Mizuna
247. Mirage of Blaze vol. 1+2 by Hamada Shouko, Kuwabara Mizuna
248. The Summit vol. 1-6 by Lee Hee Young
249. Love Mode vol. 7-12 by by Yuki Shimizu
250. Tokyo Crazy Paradise by Yoshiki Nakamura

Currently Reading:
The Golden Compass
Time Traveller's Wife
Shadows and Lace

I might take a break for a few weeks and catch up on some movies/ art stuffs till New Years. We'll see tho (I am weeeeak).

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4th-Dec-2007 06:51 pm - Gossip Girl
Us- cutting the cake
Book #36
Book Title: Gossip Girl: A Novel
Author: Cecily von Ziegesar
Category: YA Fiction; Chick Lit
# of pages: 199
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: A
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com):At a New York City jet-set private school populated by hard-drinking, bulimic, love-starved poor little rich kids, a clique of horrible people behave badly to one another. An omniscient narrator sees inside the shallow hearts of popular Blair Waldorf, her stoned hottie of a boyfriend, Nate, and her former best friend Serena van der Woodsen, just expelled from boarding school and "gifted with the kind of coolness that you can't acquire by buying the right handbag or the right pair of jeans. She was the girl every boy wants and every girl wants to be." Everyone wears a lot of designer clothes and drinks a lot of expensive booze. Serena flirts with Nate and can't understand why Blair is upset with her; Blair throws a big party and doesn't invite Serena; Serena meets a cute but unpopular guy; and a few less socially blessed characters wonder about the lives of those who "have everything anyone could possibly wish for and who take it all completely for granted." Intercut with these exploits are excerpts from www.gossipgirl.net (the actual site launches in February), where "gossip girl" dishes the dirt on the various characters without ever revealing her own identity amongst them. Though anyone hoping for character depth or emotional truth should look elsewhere, readers who have always wished Danielle Steel and Judith Krantz would write about teenagers are in for a superficial, nasty, guilty pleasure. The book has the effect of gossip itself once you enter it's hard to extract yourself; teens will devour this whole. The open-ended conclusion promises a follow-up.

My Thoughts: I didn't know what to expect, but after reading this book, it left me ready to read the rest of the series. If you like gossip, teenage reads, and chick lit, I cannot recommend this book enough. I can't wait to watch the show!

Books read this year: 36/50. I'm 72% done!!!

Next read(s): I am attempting to read The Golden Compass again.

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1st-Dec-2007 09:57 am - Angels All Over Town
Us- cutting the cake
Book #35
Book Title: Angels All Over Town
Author: Luanne Rice
Category: Fiction; Chick Lit
# of pages: 372
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: B
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com):Una Cavan doesn’t believe in ghosts. But ghosts seem to believe in her. At least, her father’s ghost does, walking into and out of her life as casually as if he were entering and exiting a room. Una has always believed the Cavan women had the power of witches, and from the beaches of Connecticut to the bustle of New York City they’ve shared the special unbreakable bond of sisters. No man has been able to come between them…until Lily marries the “perfect” man and begins to drift away and Margo gets engaged. With another failed relationship behind her, and a thriving career as an actress ahead of her, Una wonders if she’s destined to be alone–or if there isn’t something more, something magical that life has in store for her. Then an unexpected encounter gives her the answer she’s been seeking.

My Thoughts: This was a cute read! I really enjoyed reading about Una and her various relationships. I wish there was a sequel to this book so we could know how all of her sisters and sister's relationships turn out. If you like chick lit then this is a read that you will enjoy.

Books read this year: 35/50. I'm 70% done!!!

Next read(s): Gossip Girl: A Novel by Cecily von Ziegesar.

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19th-Nov-2007 03:00 pm - Prozac Nation
Us- cutting the cake
Book #34
Book Title: Prozac Nation
Author: Elizabeth Wurtzel
Category: Memoir
# of pages: 311
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: C
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com):Twenty-six-year-old Wurtzel, a former critic of popular music for New York and the New Yorker, recounts in this luridly intimate memoir the 10 years of chronic, debilitating depression that preceded her treatment with Prozac in 1990. After her parents' acrimonious divorce, Wurtzel was raised by her mother on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The onset of puberty, she recalls, also marked the onset of recurrent bouts of acute depression, sending her spiraling into episodes of catatonic despair, masochism and hysterical crying. Here she unsparingly details her therapists, hospitalizations, binges of sex and drug use and the paralyzing spells of depression which afflicted her in high school and as a Harvard undergraduate and culminated in a suicide attempt and ultimate diagnosis of atypical depression, a severe, episodic psychological disorder. The title is misleading, for Wurtzel skimps on sociological analysis and remains too self-involved to justify her contention that depression is endemic to her generation. By turns emotionally powerful and tiresomely solipsistic, her book straddles the line between an absorbing self-portrait and a coy bid for public attention.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book when I started it. However, as I kept on reading, it seemed like this book dragged on, and a lot of things she discussed were repeated too many times. Also, there was something about her attitude I picked up on as I read this book, that I really did not like. Even though I preferred the movie to the book, I am still very interested in reading more memoirs about mental illnesses.

Books read this year: 34/50. I'm 68% done!!!

Next read(s): Tithe by Holly Black

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13th-Nov-2007 09:17 pm(no subject)
Definitely overdue for a book post!!

Title: Twilight
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Pages: 498
Grade: A
Reason: For pleasure

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Title: The Choice
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Pages: 272
Grade: B-
Reason: For pleasure

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Title: Extras
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Pages: 417
Grade: B+
Reason: For pleasure

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Title: The Target
Author: Catherine Coulter
Pages: 381
Grade: B+
Reason: For pleasure

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In progress: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.

Next: I have no idea. I think I'm going to either read Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar or...really, I don't know. Any suggestions?
10th-Nov-2007 10:43 am - Goal Met!
I've officially read 52 books, which was my goal for this year.  AND there are still quite a few weeks to go, and quite a few books left to read.  I haven't been keeping up on posting each time I finish a book, so I thought I'd just post my whole list.  If you want to know anything about the books, just leave a comment :)

1st-Nov-2007 03:21 pm - Wicked Lovely
Us- cutting the cake
Book #33
Book Title: Wicked Lovely
Author: Melissa Marr
Category: young adult fiction
# of pages: 328
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: C-
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com):
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.

Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.

But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning 21st century faery tale.

My Thoughts: I was surprisingly disappointed with this book. It just seemed like a combination of Twilight (which I really like) with the Narnia series (which I don't really care that much for.) The story was mildly entertaining, but as the story progressed, I continued to lose interest in it. I was glad that I checked this book out of the library instead of purchasing it.

Books read this year: 33/50. I'm 66% done!!!

Next read(s): Never Let Me Go byKazuo Ishiguro, The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer, and Leonardo's Shadow by Christopher Grey.

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31st-Oct-2007 01:47 pm - Books 208 - 212
208. INVU vol. 1+2 by Kim Kang Won
209. Bleach vol. 6-11 Tite Kubo
310. A Lick of Frost by Laurell K Hamilton
311. Junjo Romantica by Shungiku Nakamura
312. Crossing the BLVD by Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan

Currently Reading:
Theft: A Love Story by Peter Carey
Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Golden Compass

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