Monday, July 1, 2013

Weekly Round-Up 7/1

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 by The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen and The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting by Bunmi Laaditan and listening to The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, read by the author. I switched to audio on this book because I couldn't get into reading it though the pictures are lovely. I wasn't in the mood to read a children's book and thought maybe audio would be the answer.

This week on SYNC you can download Rotters by Daniel Kraus, read by Kirby Heyborne and
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, read by Jim Weiss. Downloads are free til Wednesday. Thursday the new downloads are Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford, read by Nick Podehl and She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, read by a Full Cast.

 The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
A long, hot summer...

That's what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy's father.

But sometimes unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister's project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl's world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to wonder, Is it really better to be safe than sorry?

Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:

- As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school--not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.
- As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn't exactly on everyone's must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.

When Elise's beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince's best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.


  1. Oooh...I've had Rotters sitting here on CD for over a year - couldn't convince the kids to listen to it with me on our road trip last summer - sniff, sniff - they've outgrown audio books in the car with mom!

    And I would love to hear Frankenstein read by Jim Weiss! He is a master on audio - my kids listened to many of his CDs when they were little.

    Enjoy your audios this week!


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