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Comments for On My Wishlist: February 05, 2011
Looking back at my January wishes, and I ended up adding seventy (yes seventy) to my wishlist. These ten reflect what I was wishing for on or about New Years.
On the other end of the wishlist, my reading titles off the list is going well. Last week I finished two books from the list: The Canary Trainer by Nicholas Meyer and William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies by John Carey. For next week I have three more to pick up from my library: The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr, The Widow's Season by Laura Brodie and Walking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand.
Dirt Road Home by Watt Key (Nominated for a Cybils)
After his recapture at the end of ALABAMA MOON, gutsy 14-year-old Hal Mitchell is sentenced to live at Hellenweiler, an institution that is more like a jail than the boys' home it's supposed to be. Hal could walk out in just a few months if he keeps out of trouble. But in a place like Hellenweiler, the more he tries to avoid the gangs and their violence, the stronger Hal's fellow inmates try to make him fail.
Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly (Nominated for a Cybils)
Sixteen-year-old, music- and sound design-obsessed Drea doesn’t have friends. She has, as she’s often reminded, issues. Drea’s mom and a rotating band of psychiatrists have settled on “a touch of Asperger’s.”
Having just moved to the latest in a string of new towns, Drea meets two other outsiders. And Naomi and Justin seem to actually like Drea. The three of them form a band after an impromptu, Portishead-comparison-worthy jam after school. Justin swiftly challenges not only Drea’s preference for Poe over Black Lab but also her perceived inability to connect with another person. Justin, against all odds, may even like like Drea.
It’s obvious that Drea can’t hide behind her sound equipment anymore. But just when she’s found not one but two true friends, can she stand to lose one of them?
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan (Nominated for a Cybils)
Here Comes the Bride — If She Can Pass Chemistry.
Eighteen-year-old Bronwen Oliver has a secret: She's really Phoebe, the lost daughter of the loving Lilywhite family. That's the only way to explain her image-obsessed mother; a kind but distant stepfather; and a brother with a small personality complex. Bronwen knows she must have been switched at birth, and she can't wait to get away from her "family" for good.
Then she meets Jared Sondervan. He's sweet, funny, everything she wants — and he has the family Bronwen has always wanted too. She falls head over heels in love, and when he proposes marriage, she joyfully accepts. But is Jared truly what she needs? And if he's not, she has to ask: What would Phoebe Lilywhite do?
Scrawl by Mark Shulman (Nominated for a Cybils)
od Munn is a bully. He's tough, but times are even tougher. The wimps have stopped coughing up their lunch money. The administration is cracking down. Then to make things worse, Tod and his friends get busted doing something bad. Something really bad.
Lucky Tod must spend his daily detention in a hot, empty room with Mrs. Woodrow, a no-nonsense guidance counselor. He doesn't know why he's there, but she does. Tod's punishment: to scrawl his story in a beat-up notebook. He can be painfully funny and he can be brutally honest. But can Mrs. Woodrow help Tod stop playing the bad guy before he actually turns into one . . . for real?
Read Tod's notebook for yourself.
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers (Nominated for a Cybils)
Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard—falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around. Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.
Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be
Split by Swati Avasthi (Nominated for a Cybils)
Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father’s fist), $3.84, and a secret.
He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school, and a new job, but all his changes can’t make him forget what he left behind—his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret.
At least so far.
Worst of all, Jace realizes that if he really wants to move forward, he may first have to do what scares him most: He may have to go back. First-time novelist Swati Avasthi has created a riveting and remarkably nuanced portrait of what happens after. After you’ve said enough, after you’ve run, after you’ve made the split—how do you begin to live again? Readers won’t be able to put this intense page-turner down.
Stolen by Lucy Christopher (Nominated for a Cybils)
Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist - almost.
Devil in the Details by Jennifer Traig (Recommended by She is Too Fond of Books)
Devil in the Details announces Jennifer Traig as one of the most hilarious writers to emerge in recent years and one of the strangest! Recalling the agony of growing up obsessive compulsive and a religious fanatic, Traig fearlessly confesses the most peculiar behavior like tirelessly scrubbing her hands for a full half hour before dinner, feeding her stuffed animals before herself, and washing everything she owned because she thought it was contaminated by pork fumes. The result is a book so relentlessly funny and frank, its totally refreshing.
Counting Heads by David Marusek
The year is 2134, and the living is easy. The Information Age has given rise to the Boutique Economy, in which mass production and mass consumption are rendered obsolete. Almost everything one needs - clothing, food, furniture, medicine, electronics, etc. - can be easily fabricated in the home with nanotech assemblers. Life-extension therapies have increased the human life span by centuries. Loyal mentars (artificial intelligence) and robots do most of society's work. What they can't manage is performed by a contented labor force of human clones.
If this sounds like paradise, it is - but only as long as you make your payments. And that's the problem. The Boutique Economy has made redundant 99 percent of the world's fifteen billion human inhabitants. The world would be a much better place if they all simply went away. And conditions on Earth are about to get a lot worse.
Without much in the way of public debate, greater Chicagoland announces the deactivation of its canopy. Its canopy is a region-wide filtering dome structure that protects the city from airborne and waterborne viruses, toxins, and nanobots (a legacy of the terror wars of the mid-twenty-first century).
By 9:00 A.M. on the date Chicagoland plans to "break out of its shell" - its region-wide canopy will be deactivated during a ceremony with fireworks - the day has swerved off its tracks. Eleanor K. Starke, one of the world's leading citizens, is assassinated, and her daughter, Ellen, is mortally wounded. Her cryonically frozen head is in the hands of her family's enemies.
A ragtag ensemble of unlikely heroes joins forces to rescue Ellen's head, all for their own purposes. They include family retainers and friends and their artificial intelligence mentars and cloned human helpers, as well as destitute chartists, assorted robots, and a defrocked bishop of a radical Gaiaist movement.
Ouran High School Host Club Volume 2 by Bisco Hatori
The school-wide physical exam has thrown the members of the elegant Host Club for a loop. How can the doctor not discover that Haruhi is a girl?! And once the female customers learn the truth, Haruhi can kiss her job goodbye. But then life for the members will be unbearably boring if she leaves! So the guys start wracking their brains for a solution....
Comment #1: Saturday, February, 5, 2011 at 11:28:30
Wow, that's a great list. Several of those would go perfectly on my wishlist too, but then I saw Stolen and I just stopped. I have to read that one. It sounds incredible.
Comment #2: Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 23:28:12
Hopefully in the near future we can compare notes on Stolen.
Comment #3: Saturday, February, 5, 2011 at 15:19:02
I've never heard of Scrawl, but it sounds interesting. Have you read Crazy by Han Nolan? It's one of my favorites. You might like it.
Comment #4: Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 23:29:51
I haven't read Crazy. I will look into it and maybe add it to my ever growing wishlist.
Comment #5: Saturday, February, 5, 2011 at 19:52:22
I think I have several of the YAs on my list. I need more time to read.
Comment #6: Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 23:34:59
That wouldn't surprise me. I added most of these books on my wishlist because of the YA centered book blogs I follow.
Comment #7: Saturday, February, 5, 2011 at 19:56:54
Nice wishlist! Have a good weekend! :]
Comment #8: Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 23:35:59
Thank you. Same to you.
Comment #9: Saturday, February, 5, 2011 at 20:23:33
You have quite a few this week. I hope that you get the books you have listed on your wishlist and that they are everything you hope them to be. Check out what is On My Wishlist.
Comment #10: Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 23:36:02
I am reading through as many of my wishlist books as I can find via my local library system. Right now I'm working through January 2010's wishes.
Comment #11: Saturday, February, 5, 2011 at 20:37:21
Nice list! I definitely want to take a look at Harmonic Feedback and Stolen. They've gotten some really great reviews.
Comment #12: Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 23:37:03
I hope you can and that we can compare notes in the future. Happy reading.
Comment #13: Saturday, February, 5, 2011 at 20:46:31
OMG I sooo want to read Some Girls Are. it sounds sooo good :D
Comment #14: Saturday, February, 5, 2011 at 20:39:04
Great. I hope you can read it soon. Thanks for stopping by.
Comment #15: Saturday, February, 5, 2011 at 21:24:14
Hope you get all those books. I am also looking forward to reading Stolen!! Happy Reading.
Comment #16: Saturday, February, 5, 2011 at 20:40:12
I will, asuming my local library system has the books.
Comment #17: Saturday, February, 5, 2011 at 22:35:38
OMG 70?!! I don't keep track but I do see my wishlist getting bigger. LOL
Comment #18: Saturday, February, 5, 2011 at 20:41:23
Yup: 70. I don't normally keep track either but I just happened to notice the increase when I was looking at my list on GoodReads.
Comment #19: Sunday, February, 6, 2011 at 00:48:46
Loads of great books! Hope you get these! :D
Comment #20: Saturday, February, 5, 2011 at 20:42:04
If my library has them, I will get them read.
Comment #21: Sunday, February, 6, 2011 at 05:28:13
These are all new titles to me this week :)
Comment #22: Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 20:45:52
I hope you found something interesting on the list. I will get them reviewed as I get them read.
Comment #23: Saturday, February, 12, 2011 at 22:13:03
Melissa(Books and things)
I almost got Stolen this week, but passed because I just have too much on the tbr. Hope you get your Jan. wishes!
Comment #24: Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 20:46:21
I have a lot on my TBR too but I'm working in wishlist books by checking them out from the library a few at a time.