Monday, July 13, 2009

Latest reads

Last Resort by Linwood Barclay -- a funny, poignant memoir about the author's growing up running a campground in rural Canada with his family.
Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger - a re-read, one of my all time favorites.
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I'm stuck halfway through. I don't know if I'll be able to make it all of the way.
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry - a fun kid's book
Scat by Carl Hiaasen -- another great teen book by Hiaasen, whose Hoot appears on lots of school reading lists. I really enjoyed this one.
Origins of the Specious by Patricia T O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman - fun to page through and learn the origins of certain words and conventions of language
Dying to Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road, Book 1 by Kate and M. Sarah Klise - thanks to Trisha for this kid's book recommendation. Enjoyed it a lot.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

still with the thrillers

Skulduggery Pleasant and Playing with Fire (teen fantasy/thrillers) by Derek Landy - for fans of the Rick Riordan series

Lone Wolf and Stone Rain by Linwood Barclay - the last two Zach Walker mysteries - I could barely bring myself to put them down long enough to go to sleep

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Recent reads

Beastly and A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn - two enjoyable teen novels that retell fairy tales in a contemporary setting.

The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society by Beth Pattillo - not bad, but a little disappointing. I enjoyed Pattillo's previous "Betsy" books but this one didn't seem quite as good.

(Many more than) Fifty Books For Our Times

Check out this week's Newsweek cover story, Fifty Books For Our Times, if you need inspiration about what to read this summer:

Need more ideas? Oprah Magazine published their top beach reads for 2009 here:

Or, you could check out's Summer Reading bookshelf at