Monday, January 25, 2010

Weekly Round-Up 1/25

Weekly Round-Up is my wrap-up of last week's activities and includes what I'm reading this week and anything of interest plus From the Library, my weekly listing of what I've checked out from the library.
This week I'm reading Does My Head Look Big in This? (Abdel-Fattah), And Another Thing (Colfer) and The Hollow (Verday) and I'm listening to Lean Mean Thirteen (Evanovich), The Mystery at Lilac Inn (Keene) and Harriett the Spy (Fitzhugh).

Since last week I've finished Very LeFreak (Cohn) and The Bungalow Mystery (Keene).

Reviews posted:
Nothing Pink (Hardy)
Twelve Sharp (Evanovich)
Plum Lovin' (Evanovich)
Planet Pregnancy (High)
The Secret of the Old Clock, The Hidden Staircase, The Bungalow Mystery (Keene)

From the Library is my weekly listing of what I checked out from the library recently.
 I need to stop with the checking out for now.  But I only have a few more on my holds list so it's seems I can't/won't.  Ah me.

The Hollow - Jessica Verday

(I'm finally getting my turn at checking this out.  I hope it was worth the wait.)
When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead?and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.
Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

Madeline - Ludwig Bemelmans

(Oddly I've never read Madeline though I've seen the cartoons.)
Madeline is one of the best-loved characters in children's literature. Set in picturesque Paris, this tale of a brave little girl's trip to the hospital was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1940 and has as much appeal today as it did then. The combination of a spirited heroine, timelessly appealing art, cheerful humor, and rhythmic text makes Madeline a perennial favorite with children of all ages.

The Oracle Betrayed - Catherine Fisher

(I actually have no idea how this ended up on my holds list, but I'm going to try it.)
Fisher grabs readers quickly with a convincingly imagined Greco-Egyptian setting and characters that defy quick classification. Our heroine, Mirany, begins the story as a timid teen serving the High Priestess, the masked Speaker who discerns the wishes of a god through a mysterious island oracle. When the current Archon (the sequestered God-on-Earth) passes a secret note to Mirany just before he's sacrificed, the story throws intrigue onto intrigue with a murder plot, a drunken musician, a conflicted scribe, a slick tomb robber, an offended Rain Goddess, and no shortage of mystic burial rituals and dusty tombs.

Fearless Fourteen (audio) - Janet Evanovich, read by Lorilei King

(These books are addicting.  You can't just stop at one.)
Our heroine, the irrepressible bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, finds herself watching over a goth teen called Zook, who is heavily into gaming, after his mom can’t make bail and disappears (or has been kidnapped). A lot of people think there is stolen money buried in or near Officer Morelli’s little house—that’s Steph’s Morelli, the cop who is her number-one boyfriend most of the time, or at least when the entrancing Ranger isn’t nearby. The money is the reason behind Zook’s mom’s disappearance, and it’s the tie that binds Evanovich’s various plotlines, which carom about endlessly, not always resolving. Questions abound: Are Steph’s sidekick, the plus-size Lula, and Ranger’s man Tank really engaged? Ranger is working security for a fading but brassy pop star: How does Steph manage to get into and out of her reality show? Can Zook and his sidekicks protect Morelli’s house—and Stephanie—with their homegrown weaponry (think potatoes as missiles)?

Say the Word - Jeannine Garsee

The world expects perfection from seventeen-year-old Shawna Gallagher, and for the most part, that’s what they get. She dates the right boys, gets good grades, and follows her father’s every rule. But when her estranged lesbian mother dies, it’s more than perfect Shawna can take. Suddenly, anger from being abandoned ten years ago is resurfacing along with Shawna’s embarrassment over her mother’s other family. As she confronts family secrets and questions from the past, Shawna realizes there’s a difference between doing the perfect thing and doing the right thing.
Shawna’s honest and relatable voice will draw readers in and hold them until the last page in this coming-of-age story.


  1. I'll be curious to see what you think of And Another Thing. I'm curious to read it, but haven't heard if anyone likes it or not.

    Enjoy your books!

  2. I really enjoyed The Hollow, I hope you do as well - The Haunted Jessica's book 2 in the series will be out this year...I cant wait!

  3. Say the Word sounds really, really interesting! I hope it turns out to be good.

    I don't know why, but I avoid Janet Evanovich like the plague.


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