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March Books

Posted by KristoCat, 08 April 2011 · 2672 views

Oh dear, I'm a bit late yet again with last month's book post. Ah well, better late than never.

Under 200 Pages:
  • Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise. Cute kids' story featuring a friendly ghost.
  • Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen. Adventure story set during the Revolutionary War. Pretty good but not as amazing as his classic novel Hatchet.
  • Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Perry. A farm life story for kids.
Regular Books:
  • The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. WOW!! This book was amazing and worth the long wait. I'm really looking forward to book 3.
  • Peak by Roland Smith. Adventure story about a kid who is trying to be the youngest person to get to the top of Mt. Everest.
  • The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon. A well-told but sad story about a kid named Sam who is caught up in the civil rights movement in 1968 Chicago.
  • Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Interesting kids' story about social class.
  • The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane. A good sports story for kids with a female main character--unusual, but hopefully not for long.
  • In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz. This was a paranormal romantic mystery that wasn't terribly complex--a good beach read.
  • Flygirl by Sherri Smith. Really well-told WWII story about a female pilot. Extra bonus points for not being horribly depressing!
  • A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley. This was an Australian chick lit book for teens. Kind of like Sarah Dessen's work, but not *quite* as absorbing, maybe because I didn't like the characters as much.
  • Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel. This was a story about a teenage boy with scientist parents who decide to raise a chimp in their Canada home in the 1970s to see if the chimp can learn language. Not bad but a little sad.
  • Mister Monday by Garth Nix. This was the first in the Keys to the Kingdom series that people have been recommending to me. It was ok, but I'm not sure if I really want to continue with the series.
  • The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig. A coming-of-age historical fiction tale. Nice if you're in the mood for something heartfelt and nostalgic.
  • Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. VERY dark and grim fantasy story, dealing with refugees and terrible abuses of power. I almost put it down halfway, but I cared *just* enough about the main characters to slog through.
  • The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly. Very good courtroom drama/mystery featuring Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller and popular detective Harry Bosch.
  • The Cardturner by Louis Sachar. It's really amazing that Sachar made a book for teens about the game of bridge--and made it friendly and accessible enough so most teens would finish it! Kudos.
  • Masterpiece by Elise Broach. Really cute story for kids about a ground beetle whose artwork and detective skills help foil an art thief.
  • One-Handed Catch by M.J. Auch. This was about a kid who lost his hand to a meat grinder just after the end of WWII. It's all about his recovery and his slow re-acquisition of formerly basic skills like knot tying and playing baseball.
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. Masterful collection of short stories about India and the West. Gorgeous writing that convinced me she deserved the Pulitzer she won for the book.
I read 17 regular books this month, and mentioned 20! Yeah it helps when you take a week off from work and sit around reading most of the time. :P :book:

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