Thursday, June 28, 2012

What's Next? (5) Vacation Edition!

What's Next? is a weekly meme hosted by IceyBooks.  It's a chance for you to choose what I read/review next!  This week, I really need you to help me.  I'm going on vacation for two weeks (leaving Saturday, bye-bye blog, hello Alaska!) and I can't decide what books to take with me.  I'm definitely taking Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and a cozy mystery or two, but what else should I take?

Leave me a comment and tell me what to read next... please!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Body & Soul (The Ghost and The Goth, #3)

Body & Soul
Stacey Kade
320 pages
Publisher: Hyperion
Source: library

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

Body & Soul picks up right where Queen of the Dead left off - Alona is still in Lily's body trying to figure out how to get out while trying to fool Lily's family into believing she's their actual daughter.  She and Will start visiting local psychics, but when Malachi the Magnificent takes one look at Will and bolts, they know somethings up.  Furthermore, Alona's former BFF is claiming to be haunted by Alona.  and that's obviously not true.  Will they ever find a way out of this mess?

What a great end to the trilogy!  I still love Alona and Will's relationship, though in this book they really have to confront Alona's mortality, such as it is.  They both struggle with the issue - can she stay in Lily's body forever?  Is that really fair to Lily's family?  I can't really say much more without spoilers, but I thought the conclusion to the novel was spot on and it made me a little sad this trilogy is over.

Body and Soul wasn't as fast paced as Queen of the Dead, though the climax of the novel did leave me a little breathless.  So many exciting things were going on!  The only thing I will add is that I wish the book focused more on Will's father and what he was involved in.  I thought we would get to know a lot more about that in this novel, but that wasn't the case.

Four stars!  I really enjoyed this whole trilogy and I'm sad to see it end.  If you haven't started this series yet, please give it a look.  I know it looks cheese-tastic, but it's a really great storyline with more depth than you might expect just by looking at the covers.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

In My Mailbox (40)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Betrayal by Gregg Olsen (I'm so excited!  If you haven't read Envy yet, you must!)

Starring Me by Krista McGee

The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Possession of Cassie Quinn by Kathryn Knutson

Fated by Alyson Noel

The Devil in the Shape of a Woman by Carol F. Karlsen (occasionally I need to feed my inner my history buff)

Total TBR: 186

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Jessica Martinez
288 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: won ARC

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

Carmen is a teenage violin virtuoso and the biggest competition of her life is rapidly approaching - the Guarneri competition, whose prize includes a priceless violin for four years, but also the start to an epic violin career.  Carmen was just trying to scope out the competition when she spied on Jeremy and she certainly didn't intend to actually meet him... or get kissed...  Meanwhile Carmen is also struggling with her anti-anxiety medication, worrying that she may be addicted.

Ah!  Why did I wait so long to read this book?  I absolutely loved it.  I was anything but a musical prodigy as a child - I played clarinet through middle school but was terrible and refused to practice - yet the story line in Virtuosity drew me in entirely.  Maybe I just wanted a glimpse of what that world was like.  Carmen really is an interesting character to read about; she's won a Grammy yet she hasn't even graduated high school yet.  As for school, she doesn't even go to school, she has a tutor so she can spend as much time as possible with her violin.

I loved that Carmen loved music so much.  Sure, everyone loves music, but it was practically in her veins.  I think because Carmen didn't attend high school like normal teenagers, she was a much more mature character and I really appreciated that about her.  She was wise beyond her years and that really came to her advantage near the end of the book.  Even when she found herself in a dating situation, she wasn't stereotypical teenage girl about it at all.  Perhaps that's what I enjoyed about Virtuosity the most - it was far from stereotypical.

That was such a fantastic part of the book, as well, her relationship with Jeremy.  It was such a forbidden thing because her mother thought she should focus on music and because spending time with Jeremy was practically like consorting with the enemy, and who doesn't love reading about a forbidden romance.  The ending of the book really surprised me though, the last chapter in general, but also the very last paragraph - it really left me thinking about what's next for Carmen.  I liked the way the author ended things.

The only thing I wish the author had expanded on more was Carmen's "addiction" to her anti-anxiety medication.  It wasn't a very heavy topic in the novel at all.

Four stars!  Virtuosity was a delight to read and I highly recommend it to YA contemporary fans.  The virtuosity theme was refreshing and very enjoyable.

What's Next? (4)

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Spirits of Glory

Spirits of Glory
Emily Devenport
113 pages
Publisher: the author
Source: the author

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

Jigsaw is a colony on another planet that humans have inhabited.  It's there that sixteen-year-old Hawkeye lives, a child prodigy who graduated college at a young age, studying the disappearance - that is, how and why did all the people in the South suddenly up and disappear leaving no trace behind?  So when a ragtag group of "Neighbors" arrives at her front door thinking she knows more than she does, she has no choice but to go with them because the Northern gods have told her too, but also because she's curious...

So I feel a little bad about letting this ebook sit on my Nook for so long.  The author asked that I review it back in December, but it kept getting shoved aside until late last night when I couldn't sleep.  Enter Spirits of Glory, which I finished today and it did not disappoint!

Hawkeye is a massively interesting character to me.  She's still a teenager, but she's already graduated college and is considered very well versed in her field.  She may have bad hips that cause her a lot of pain, but that doesn't stop her!  I also adored her cat and dog, which she took on her journey with her.  They were a great addition to the story and had their own unique little personalities.  Very cute!

Overall, I recommend Spirits of Glory because it should appeal to a huge group of readers - dystopian, fantasy, and paranormal loves alike should really enjoy this short novella.

Take a Bow

Take a Bow
Elizabeth Eulberg
280 pages
Publisher: Point
Source: library

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

Emme, Sophie, Carter, and Ethan all attend a performing arts school for different reasons.  For Emme, it's a chance to take her song-writing to the next level; for Sophie, it's just a step in plan to super-stardom; for Carter, former-child-star, it's a way to experience normal high school while not abandoning his craft; and for Ethan, he's in it for the music, but will his self-sabotaging ways get in the way?  Take a Bow follows the lives of these four students and their friends as they navigate life not only as teenagers, but as students of the performing arts.

Take a Bow is the first book I've read by Elizabeth Eulberg and it won't be my last!  I was immediately sucked into the performing arts high school drama and I found this book to be a great way to fill my time waiting between seasons of Glee.  While I've never attending a performing arts school, Take a Bow did seem pretty realistic overall.  The drama within its pages could be found in any high school across America - best friends betraying each other, unrequited love, substance abuse, to name a few.  I think Emme has to deal with an unfair amount of crap throughout the school year, but that was what made her character so captivating to me.  I would love to have Emme as a friend in real life.

I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to keep these characters straight, but that turned out to not be a problem at all since they each had unique goals in life and personalities.  Carter was also an interesting character because he's a former child-star and it was great to watch it grow throughout the novel to pursue his real dreams.

Three stars - I really enjoyed reading this book!  Like I said, it won't be the last book by Eulberg that I read, both her other books sound really interesting to me, too.  If your YA contemporary fan, definitely check this one out.  It's like real life Glee in book form.

Monday, June 18, 2012

This One Time With Julia

This One Time With Julia
David Lampson
224 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: library

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

This isn't the first time Alvin's disappeared.  Joe and Alvin are twins and when Alvin disappears leaving his distraught girlfriend Julia behind, Joe and Julia travel to her hometown in Tennessee where Joe gets his first job ever, falls in love, and gets to know Julia's dysfunctional family.

This is going to be a short review because I really didn't like this book.  I liked that it was short, I was able to read it all in one night and honestly if it had been longer, I probably would have given up on it.  The first thing that struck me was the awkward dialogue.  It sounded so forced.  I thought for awhile that maybe Joe had some sort of mental disorder and when it was finally explained that he had ADD, it made a little more sense.  But really, everyone in the book (with the possible except of Cecily) didn't seem quite right.  I've never read a book before with so many - how do I put this? - psychologically stressed characters.

One star.  Don't bother.  If you're really curious, borrow a copy from the library.

12/12 complete!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

In My Mailbox (39)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

The List by Siobhan Vivian

This One Time With Julia by David Lampson

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

Body & Soul by Stacey Kade

Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Nightshade by Andrea Cramer

Ironside by Holly Black

Total TBR: 187

Friday, June 15, 2012

The List

The List
Siobhan Vivian
332 pages
Publisher: Push
Source: Library

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

Every year a list is posted at Mount Washington High declaring the ugliest and prettiest girl in every grade.  No one knows who does it or how the honor is passed on from year to year.  The List follows the lives of the eight girls on the list during the week after it's posted, homecoming week.

I loved this book!  Let me start out by saying that it's not just a fluffy contemporary novel, The List really has some depth and the character development is amazing.  We really get to know each of the eight girls in the 332 pages of the book; they were all unique and reacted to their placement on the list differently.  I think it's great that Siobhan Vivian was able to come up with eight unique personalities and let the reader get to know them all equally - it's a feat I couldn't accomplish!   Anyway, you would think the "ugly" girls would get all depressed and the "pretty" girls would be ecstatic, but that really wasn't the way it worked out and that took this book to the next level; from stereotypical fluff to realistic contemporary.

The character that stuck out to me the most was Sarah.  For some reason I kept picturing her like Janice Ian from Mean Girls but more hardcore.  (And no, I'm not going to compare the novel to Mean Girls because it's nothing like Mean Girls.)  I understand why she acted the way she did, strangely enough I really do, but I do think that hints at the need for therapy.  Perhaps all eight girls could benefit from a dose of therapy.  The fact that the list existed at all is unfortunate.

Five stars!  This is a really unique YA contemporary standalone that is not at all too fluffy.  I think The List would make for a great book club book, I could see a lot of discussion occurring based on the different girls' reactions.  This book is a must read!

"Clear Your Shelf" Giveaway Hop!

Yay another giveaway!  I'm clearing off my shelves and putting together a medium sized USPS flat rate box filled with YA goodness.  If you win you'll definitely get an ARC of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater and a bottle of China Glaze's Stone Cold from their Hunger Games collection.  I'll fill out the box with other random YA books from my shelf, including but not limited to some Sarah Dessen for sure and maybe some Meg Cabot, too.  Who knows, I'll just keep throwing stuff in there until the box is full.  Enter below and be sure to check out the other blogs on the hop!

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Once (Once Trilogy, #1)

Morris Gleitzman
163 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Source: library

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

It's been awhile since I've read a WWII/Holocaust novel and when I stumbled across this one at the library, the cover caught my eye.  I read the first few pages right there and decided that I needed to read the whole thing, so I brought it home with me.

Once is a very short novel about a young Jewish boy named Felix.  His parents had sent him to an orphanage for his safety but convinced that his parents are out there looking for him, he runs away.

There were several likable things about this novel.  In particular, I found it charming and friendly despite its heavy subject matter.  Felix is young and doesn't realize what's going with the Nazis the Jewish people.  He thinks his parents sent him away so they could salvage their book selling business, not so they could keep him safe from blood hungry Nazis.  Felix is a very good story-teller, often using stories as a way to get what he wants or to get something for a friend.  The stories Felix tells are charming and dispersed throughout the novel, they're a reminder of how innocent Felix is.

Felix goes on two journeys in Once - an actual journey while he tries to find his parents, and a second more intellectual journey as he slowly learns the truth about the world around him.  I found the whole thing very eye-opening.

Four stars!  Once was a quick read that left me wanting more.  I'll definitely be looking into the other two books in the trilogy.

What's Next? (3)

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Under The Never Sky

Under The Never Sky
Veronica Rossi
374 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: library

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

Under The Never Sky came out in January so I know I'm a little behind the game here, but my library just got it in and let me tell you the wait was worth it.  Under The Never Sky is being billed as a post-apocalitypic science fiction novel, but it's actually got a little something in it for everyone.

The post-apocalyptic world Aria grew up in is pretty segregated.  You've got those who live where she lives, in pods with fancy technology and no wants for anything, really.  Then you've got those living in The Death Shop, the "Savages" as they're called, those who still live in the outside world, filled with Aether that is rumored to those in the pods to kill you in the most horrible ways.  When the two meet it definitely causes clashes that will keep you turning the pages.

The science-fiction aspect of the novel really intrigued me the most, I think.  Those in the pods wear little devices on their eyes, kind of like a built in smart phone but with much greater technology.  Since life in the pods in and of itself is pretty boring, you can use your Smarteye to virtually travel to other realms and there are plenty to visit.  Aria and her mother used to visit a realm with a giant stage where Aria would serenade her mother, but there are also forest realms and others you can visit.  This didn't seem entirely unrealistic to me; surely we don't have the technology now for this kind of thing, but at the rate technology advances, I don't think it's out of the question for something to be attached to our bodies at some point in the future... and I'm certainly not saying that's a good idea.  Under The Never Sky taught me that.

Finally, there was also a romance in the novel.  It's not a hot and heavy romance, but Aria and her suitor do have a sort of je ne sais quois chemistry.  The way their romance progresses, it actually reminded me of the romance in the Outlander series between Jamie and Claire.  Maybe it was the way they were thrown together followed by all the epic fighting in the woods.  Either way, it was a great plot thread in the novel.

I really liked Under The Never Sky and if you're a fan of epic adventures, I think you'll like it, too.  It's got a little something for everyone.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

In My Mailbox (38)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Butter by Erin Jade Lange

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

That Summer by Sarah Dessen (I bought this for an upcoming box of books giveaway! Stay tuned!)

A Time to Love by Barbara Cameron (Free Nook Book Friday!)

Once by Morris Gleitzman

Ghost Trackers: A Novel by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson with Tim Waggoner

Everlasting by Alyson Noel

Total TBR: 184

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

Born Wicked
Jessica Spotswood
330 pages
Publisher: Putnam
Source: purchased

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

Cate Cahill and her sisters have been a bit recluse from society since their mother passed away and it's starting to arouse suspicion.  Now their father, with the help of their nosy neighbor, has determined that they need a governess to help them through this trying time, to help them become proper young ladies and to help them find appropriate husbands.  For Cate time is running out, she must choose a suitor by December or the Brotherhood will choose for her.  Speaking of the Brotherhood, Cate and her sisters have to be careful around them because they're notorious witch hunters and the sisters Cahill happen to be witches who are on the verge of destruction, if their deceased mother's diary is correct...

How can you not want to read a novel with that description?  I was happy to read about these charming young witches at the turn of the twentieth century and everything about this novel was charming to me.  I loved the New England setting and the author did a great job of describing the weather and change of the seasons - it really made me pine for autumn up north, something we don't see much of down here in the south.  In addition, the characters are captivating, particularly that of Cate.  She's an independent spirit and if given the proper venue, I think she would be a great fighter for women's rights.  I think she's definitely a heroine young girls can look up to - independent to the core and thus not dependent on a love interest to help her.

But that doesn't mean there can't be a love interest!  Despite being a bit of a recluse, Cate had two prospects in the novel.  The bit of a love triangle kept me on my toes at first, but by the end of the novel there was a clear winner in my head and I'm still pulling for the two-love birds.  I hope to see more of him in the next book.

Finally, I'll add this: Born Wicked isn't just about witchery.  There are hints of mythology throughout the novel, a theme that I suspect will be elaborated on in future novels.  Witchery and mythology - two things that I wouldn't necessarily think go together, but ended up meshing very well, in fact.

Five stars!  I adored this charming novel from debut author Jessica Spotswood.  I can't wait to continue on with the series and see what happens to Cate and her sisters.

10/12 complete!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Angel Eyes (Angel Eyes Trilogy, #1)

Angel Eyes
Shannon Dittemore
311 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Book Sneeze

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

Tragedy has struck, so Brielle is moving back to her small hometown of Stratus, Oregon.  She feels full of guilt and suddenly she's freezing cold all the time, but when she meets Jake she starts to feel warm again.  When she finds out why she's surprised and suddenly she finds herself in a battle of good vs. evil while she tries to figure out what really happened to her best friend.

Angel Eyes is angel lore done right.  I absolutely loved that about this novel.  I'm a big fan of YA paranormals and that seems to include a lot of books about angels.  While I've enjoyed those other books a great deal, they always seems so completely fictionalized to me.  Angel Eyes, on the other hand, read a lot more realistically.  Sure, Brielle meets angels in real life and for most people that probably doesn't happen, but her life and reactions to life were incredibly realistic, which made Angel Eyes that much more lovable.

And I did love this book, so much.  Shannon Dittemore writes beautifully and I found the whole book to be utterly charming.  I loved Brielle's character because she seemed so realistic and I loved following her on her spiritual journey that culminated in an ultimate battle of good vs. evil.  Her relationship with Jake really drew me in and they had a lot of chemistry together - so much so that I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and see what happens to them!  There was a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of the novel in regards to their relationship.

Five stars!  I adored this charming, wonderfully written book.  The back cover of the novel categorizes the book as Christian fiction, but I think this book will appeal to a much wider audience, including those YA readers who love a good angel book.  There were some religious undertones because the angel lore is based of Christianity, but the book did not come off preachy at all.  I highly, highly recommend this one for YA angel fans everywhere.

PS: Even though this book was provided to me in exchange for a review via the Book Sneeze program, that did not influence my review.  I genuinely enjoyed this novel.

9/12 complete!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Debut Author Giveaway Hop!

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What's Next? (2)

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Temptation (Tempatation, #1)

Karen Ann Hopkins
382 pages
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Source: NetGalley

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

I am a huge fan of Amish fiction, the works of Beverly Lewis in particular, so I was happy to see HarlequinTeen was coming out with an Amish novel!  The description really appealed to me and I was excited to see Temptation on NetGalley.

Temptation is told from two points of views, that of Noah, a young Amish man who is of courting age, and that of Rose, a sixteen-year-old girl who moves in next door to Noah's Amish farming community.  Because Rose's father is a doctor, the families get together for dinner to meet and Noah and Rose have an instant attraction.  Knowing everything about their relationship would be difficult, they still continue to see each other and their feelings grow more serious.

It seems like everything is stacked against Noah and Rose from the beginning, despite their mutual attraction.  Noah has no desire to be "English" and Rose really has no desire to become Amish, either.  Rose is completely ignorant of the Amish lifestyle, focusing more on their "antifeminist rules" rather than their faith; she has plans to go to college and wait to get married until her late twenties.  That was the one thing that really bugged me about Rose.  You cannot view the Amish as "antifeminist" because they are a faith group.  At the heart of the Amish lifestyle is their faith, not a set of rigid rules, and Rose completely failed to see that.  Rose doesn't seem to have any faith at all, so for her to consider turning Amish to be with Noah seemed a little out there to me, like she would be doing it for all the wrong reasons.

But that didn't detract from my reading of the novel at all.  Rose might seem ignorant, but that was probably the point.  There were times during the book that I felt Rose and Noah should just give up, but there were also times where I felt they could overcome anything to be together.  Even now that I'm done with the book, I cannot decide if I want them to make it or not - I'll have to wait until the next book in the series to find out if they do or not!

Despite all that, I found myself really empathizing with Noah and Rose.  Even though it seemed really obvious to me that their relationship was doomed, the chemistry between them was very intense and appealed to me.  Who doesn't want to have feelings like that when it comes to their significant others?  But a part of me felt it was just lust, and that for Noah and Rose to actually be together as man and wife... well it just seemed impossible.  Or maybe not.  I don't know!  I love that this book got me thinking about what was the right thing to do here; it's not black and white at all, it's obviously a hard decision for anyone involved.  While Rose and Noah spent a great deal of time thinking about it seriously, I felt like both sets of their parents didn't give it as much thought, and maybe gave in too easily.

This novel of self-discovery was amazing.  I highly, highly recommend it for fans of YA contemporary romance.  The Amish aspect is a fresh new theme on the YA market and was very enjoyable.  I'm eagerly looking forward to the sequel so I can find out if Rose and Noah will make it!

Temptation will be released June 26th, so preorder now!

8/12 complete

Partials (Partials, #1)

Dan Wells
468 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: library

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

First I want to say thanks to all who voted on my "What's Next?" post last Thursday.  Partials was the winner so here's my review!  I'd seen a lot of positive blogger buzz for this book and that, combined with the long library hold list and great sound description, made me eager to read this book.

Partials focuses on a post-apocalyptic world where several humans were wiped out by RM, a virus created by the enemy in a terrible act of biological warfare.  Now the human population is smaller and has a major problem - it cannot reproduce.  All infants die within days of being born.  The government's solution is to have teens get pregnant by law, but Kira knows there has to be a better way.  If they could just capture a Partial they could study their immunity.  But Kira's plan soon turns her and her friends into a group of outlaws as both sides of the war resist their efforts.

The most interesting part of the novel for me was the science behind the RM virus and Kira's attempts to solve it.  I really enjoyed reading the sections of the book that focused on her in the lab studying the virus and I was glad to see Kira given that opportunity from the hospital administration.  She'd only been working in the hospital for a short time studying infants and it was clear that wasn't the job for her.  It only goes to show you have to do what you love!

The book loses some points from me however for being very drawn out.  Partials falls victim to "info dumps" where the author goes on for paragraphs describing background information.  I was much more interested in the actual action-packed sections of the novel, which picked up as the book continued on.  There was a particular plot twist on page 409 that really caught my attention and helped me plow through to the end.

Three stars - while I did enjoy this book, there were parts where I was bored and I admit I did skim a lot of the info dump sections.  However, hardcore fans of post-apocalyptic literature and books with medical mysteries will enjoy Partials and I highly recommend it to them.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

In My Mailbox (37)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

Teeny-tiny week this week!

Dearly, Beloved (Gone With the Respiration, #2) by Lia Habel


Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings (Thanks for sending this, Strange Chemistry!)

Total TBR: 181

Friday, June 1, 2012

May Recap

Ou, May was a slow month for me; I only read sixteen books and one of them was a picture book* that I'm not counting towards my annual total.  Oh my goodness.  But it was a pretty good month blog wise!  I made myself a new blog header and took on a new format in an attempt to make my blog look more professional.  I also acquired a few new followers (*waves*) and joined a new meme, What's Next? hosted by IceyBooks.  In the real world, I joined a book club for adults who love YA - ah people like me!  Anyway, without further ado, here's everything I read in May:

The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George
My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody
Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick
Shadows on the Sand by Gayle Roper
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Summer Before by Ann M. Martin
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen
Awakening by Karice Bolton
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
Ruined by Paula Morris
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
*I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert

Total books read in 2012: 104
Total pages read in 2012: 29,839