Monday, November 29, 2010

Weekly Round-Up 11/29 + an award!

Weekly Round-Up is my wrap-up of last week's activities and includes what I'm reading this week, reviews I've posted, books in the mail and anything else of interest plus From the Library, my weekly listing of what I've checked out from the library.
This week I'm reading The Moonstone Castle Mystery, The Phantom of Pine Hill (Keene), Beautiful Darkness (Garcia and Stohl) and Delirium (Oliver) and listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Rowling)

Last week I read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Meyer)
I jumped around between books so I didn't finish reading anything else though I did finish on audio A Season of Gifts (Peck).

ComaCalm's Book Reviews was very nice and gave me the Versatile Blogger Award.  Thanks so much!

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties. Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star… Cordelia is searching for the father she's never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined—and more dangerous. It's a life anyone would kill for . . . and someone will. The only person Cordelia can trust is Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia's brother, Charlie. But Astrid's perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets. Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls' fortunes will rise and fall—together and apart

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline's often wondered what's behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her "other" parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
"If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Alone since four members of the family died of arsenic poisoning, Merricat, Constance and Julian Blackwood spend their days in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears.


  1. Ooh great books listed. I adored the Shirley Jackson book and Coraline, and I can't wait to read Delirium and Dash & Lily!

  2. Coraline is such good fun. I loved the story and the movie too. I adore the cover you have of We Have Always Lived in the Castle! But the paperback, the black and white one, is also really good. I have not read this story, so I'm looking forward to your review.

  3. Oooh...looks like a good reading week coming up!

    I love how you holidayed-up your header!


  4. I have several of these on my TBR pile as well. I hope you enjoy them!

  5. @Amanda - I loved Coraline the first time I read it, but it is so creepy.

    @Nina - The black & white cover is really good too.

    @Sue - Thanks! I love the header too.

    @justpeachy - Thanks! Happy reading.

  6. What a coincidence. I just bought Bright Young Minds yesterday. I still haven't read a page, though.

    Book channels


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