rinalia (rinalia) wrote,

February Reads

February "Regular" Reads
8)All Together Dead (Southern Vampire Myster... by Charlaine Harris (2/3/08) - Sookie is a telepath and, unfortunately, continues to garner the wrong kind of attention. In the 8th Souther Vampire Mystery book, Sookie must attend an uber-important vampire summit while also figuring out when the right-wing crazies will attack. Much darker than the previous books, and so I enjoyed it less (I like this series because it's fun and campy, not dark and dreary).

9) Whistling In the Dark by Lesley Kagen (2/4/08) - Ten-year-old Sally is on the hunt for a child-killer, while also dealing with a hospitalized mother, a drunk step-father and a wild-child of a younger sister. I liked the overall premise and loved Sally's character, but I became annoyed with Sally's obsession with one particular subject.

10) Dogs I Have Met: And the People They Found by Ken Foster (2/4/08) - I really liked The Dog's Who Found Me, Foster's first book, and I had high hopes that his second one would be as cohesive, moving and entertaining. While parts of it were fascinating and fun, it lacked an overall thread of thought - nothing really keeps the book together. Still a nice read, especially because he's so pit bull friendly (though I had to chuckle at his portrayal of vegans...)

11) In the Forests of the Night - Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (2/8/08) - when I started reading this book, I paused and thought that this would be something a high-schooler could write. And then I looked up the author. Lo and behold, Amelia IS a high-schooler. The book's a glorified high school english assignment.

12) Touch the Dark - Karen CHANCE (2/11/08)  - Cassandra's a 20-something seer who's been raised by a nasty vampire. She finally escapes the clutches of the psycopathic-vampire, only to fall prey to another, more powerful vampire. Soon, she has the vampire government and magical circle-like-people-thing after her. Fun read (if you like Kim Harrison, you'd probably like Karen Chance).

13) Circus of the Damned - Laurell Hamilton (2/15/08) - Anita, vampire hunter extraordinairre, seems to have a vampire-magnetism. While she still avoids the advances of one vampire, another one is trying to make her his human servant. Plus, there are creepy-ass snake-like lamia thingies. And, once again, enough with the animal sacrifice (when I read these books, I pretend the animals are rubberized and the blood is really ketchup).

14) Dead Man Rising: A Dante Valentine Novel (Book 2) by Lilith Saintcrow (2/17/08) - The library doesn't carry this series, so I had to start buying them. They're only $2/book, so I feel the purchases are acceptable. We learn more about Dante in this book, including her tragic and painful childhood. Plus, we learn the devil is an asshole. But we already knew that, I think.

15) Demon in My View - Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (2/22/08)
 - Okay, so I checked out Demon in My View AND In the Forests of the Night at the same time. I am loathe to return a book without trying to read it. And the book was like a 150 pages, something I could finish in a little over an hour. So I read it. And have promptly forgot all about it.

16) Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar - Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein (2/26/08) - You must read this book. Seriously. It's hilarious. If you like philosophy, you'll love this book. If you don't like philosophy, you'll love this book. It's a win-win.

17) Life on the Refrigerator Door - Alice Kuipers (2/27/08) - A single-mom works long hours as a doctor, rarely seeing her teenage daughter. They communicate via notes on the refrigerator door. The ending is a foregone conclusion. The book is a VERY easy read - though it's got to be a little under 200-pages, there is probably only 40-50 small-pages worth of text (it's all done in note-format). I still thought it was a poignant look at the relationship between mother and daughter.

February 2008-2009 ALA challenge
10) You know you love me - Cecily Von Ziegesar (2/7/08) - Bleh.

11) All I want is Everything - Cecily Von Ziegesar (2/10/08) - Bleh. I shall triumph over this series, but shit these kids are annoying.

12) Reluctantly Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (2/15/08) - Unlike the Gossip Girls series, the Alice series continues to be phenomenal. You can't help but adore Alice. We find Alice starting seventh grade, starting to "mature", and trying to find her place in the school. The only reason I can think of that these books are on the most challenged list is they discuss sex and physical maturity openly. God forbid kids learn about that shit.

13) All but Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (2/24/08) - Alice is still in seventh grade. She discovers the Sisterhood - this universal bond that unites all women together. She's still searching for that mother figure, while finding herself at the same time. Beautiful stuff, really. I'm looking forward to reading more of this series.

Alright, so that's it for February - 13 books makes me a book whore. Go me.
Tags: 2008 book list, reading
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