A sad, uplifting, beautifully tragic true story of a young woman's struggle with addiction. Highly rec'd it.
This is one of my censorship challenge books. It was banned in several libraries in Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Massachusetts and Maine. Reasons for banning include drug references, sexual situations and references to runaways (apparently parents think the tragic story will inspire young people to venture forth into drug-ridden alleys and sell their bodies for sex!). It is the 23rd most challenged book on the top 100 list.
26) Alice the Brave - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (4/21/08) - continuation of the coming-of-age Alice series. Definitely one of my faves.
27) Blue Moon - Laurell Hamilton (4/5/08) - In which readers pray and hope that Hamilton will use some other simile than "like so much meat".
28) Obsidian Butterfly - Laurell Hamilton (4/6/08) - Yet, she doesn't.
29) I am America (And so can You!) - Stephen Colbert (4/9/08) - It's true! You so can you! Pointless read but worth a few chuckles.
30) Narcissus in Chains - Laurell Hamilton (4/20/08) - Again with the overused similes. This is where I stop reading the series.
31) To Hell and Back - Lilith Saintcrow (5/4/08) - Final book in the Dante series. Lots of plot holes but I like the main character (oddly b/c she's consistently annoying) and some of the concepts (that I can't remember, that probably says something).
32) Ink Exchange - Melissa Marr (5/3/08) - Companion to "Wicked Lovely". I'm not a huge fan of overly senseless violence or deciding three years have past in one page. Liked the main character and enjoyed the book enough to consider reading it again (but I feel that way about most books I read, just fyi). However, not really as enjoyable as the first.
33) Fire Study - Snyder (5/11/08) - FINALLY! Love the characters, again hate the senseless violence (even more so in the second book), but the stellar main character makes it all okay. Good plot, kept together with interweaving story lines.
34) The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle (5/15/2008) - IT'S SHERLOCK HOLMES, FOR CRIPES SAKE! 'nuff said, really. Holmes is the King of Snark and of course Deduction and Smarty-Pantness. I DEMAND YOU READ ALL THE SHERLOCK HOLMES BOOKS!
35) City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare (5/18/08) - Second in the Mortal Instruments trilogy, the story continues the sage of Clary, her brother (OR IS HE?!?!?), and her soon-to-be SOMETHING ELSE sort-of boyfriend. Good plot, solid characters, story progressed nicely.
36) The Valley of Fear - Arthur Conan Doyle (5/30/08) - HELLO, AGAIN IT IS SHERLOCK HOLMES! While a chunk of this story does not involve Sherlock Holmes (for shame, Doyle, for shame), it's definitely an intriguing, can't put the book down, story. Loved it.
I am severely behind on my library challenge. I don't think I'll finish it by May of -09, so I might try for the end of '09. I will finish it, it's just going to take some time. I go through phases of liking certain genres and MUST READ THEM NOW urges crop up. Hence why I've been so behind on my challenge...oh and the $15 fine incurred b/c Celeste at half of one of my books hasn't helped. But once I pay that sucker off, watch out! there will be some major ALA challenge reading going on.