Saturday, January 23, 2010

Weekly Book Roundup (Jan 23)

Wow, I haven't done of these in what feels like forever! I've kinda missed it, but the truth is that I just didn't have anything to write about for the last few week. I've been working my way through my personal library, so there was nothing to report, but this week was very good in the book department, it wasn't bad in other respects, either. It was just a good week. Okay, I'm just gonna get on with it and tell y'all what I got1!

Really good day at the library! I found a bunch of stuff I'd been wanting to read, and something I hadn't previousy heard of but turned out to be excellent!

A first novel of refreshingly original letters exchanged between teenage friends, refrigerator notes from a madcap mother, and darkly comic epistles from the heroine's internal voice of self-doubt.
The Association of Teenagers" is coming down pretty hard on Elizabeth Clarry. What is she to do when her best friend Celia keeps disappearing, her absent father suddenly reappears, and her communication with her mother consists entirely of wacky notes left on the refrigerator? And now, because her English teacher wants to rekindle the "Joy of the Envelope" in the "Age of the Internet," a complete and utter stranger knows more about Elizabeth than anyone else.
But Elizabeth is on the verge of some big changes. She is about to outgrow a friend, discover a great new friend, kiss the sexiest guy alive, and run in a marathon. Who needs "The Association of Teenagers" anyway?!
Jaclyn Moriarty's hilariously candid novel shows that the roller coaster ride of being a teenager is every bit as fun as it is harrowing.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen—terrified, but intrigued—is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.

Me: Lucas Swain—I'm nearly sixteen years old and live in London. I was fairly normal until the night I found Violet. Then everything changed.
The Missing: Dad. He disappeared five years ago. Nobody knows what happened to him, and nobody cares except me. It's enough to drive you crazy.
The Dead: That's Violet . . . in the urn. Speaking of crazy—I know she's trying to tell me something, and I think it's about my father. . . .
A dead lady may not be much to go on, but my dad's out there somewhere, and it's up to me to find out where.
Click here for my review Me, the Missing, and the Dead.

Used Bookstore:
My used bookstore must've hired someone new ecause the YA section was immaculate! Usually it's sorta messy and overwhelming, but they cleared a bunch of titles that've probably been there since the last milenium2 and the place is sooo much easier to navigate. Within the first two minutes of browsing, I found the following:

Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.
Click here my review of The Giver.

In perhaps her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit and that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.
As she did in THE GIVER, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what could be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira’s plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.

Catch-22 is like no other novel we have ever read. It has its own style, its own rationale, its own extraordinary character. It moves back and forth from hilarity to horror. It is outrageously funny and strangely affecting. It is totally original.
It is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever even if he has to die in the attempt.)
His problem is Colonel Cathcart, who keeps raising the number of missions the men have to fly.
The others range from Lieutenant Milo Minderbinder, a dedicated entrepreneur (he bombs his own airfield when the Germans make him a reasonable offer: cost plus 6%), to the dead man in Yossarian's tent; from Major Major Major, whose tragedy is that he resembles Henry Fonda, to Nately's whore's kid sister; from Lieutenant Scheisskopf (he loves a parade) to Major -- de Coverley, whose face is so forbidding no one has ever dared ask him his first name; from Clevinger, who is lost in the clouds, to the soldier in white, who lies encased in bandages from head to toe and may not even be there at all; from Dori Duz, who does, to the wounded gunner Snowden, who lies dying in the tail of Yossarian's plane and at last reveals his terrifying secret.
Catch-22 is a microcosm of the twentieth-century world as it might look to someone dangerously sane. It is a novel that lives and moves and grows with astonishing power and vitality. It is, we believe, one of the strongest creations of the mid-century.

And that's what I got this week! A really good week.
Happy reading,
Zombie Girrrl
1 Kudos to The Story Siren for starting and promoting the IMM meme!
2 Where did the books go, you wonder? Two pallets worth went to the local Goodwill. Where will I be going soon? You guessed it. I'm following the books!


Amber Skye said...

I really enjoyed A Certain Slant of Light. I haven't read any of the others, though. Happy Reading!

Kathy Martin said...

You gathered a nice group of books this week! I hope you enjoy all of them. The only one that I have read is The Giver which I had mixed feelings about. I don't love ambiguous endings.

Happy reading!

pirate penguin said...

You've got some great books this week! I've actually read most of them too o.O! Feeling Sorry for Celia is very interesting :) I think I may reread it sometime in the future... AND ZOMG A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT. I adore that book<3

Aww, the giver. I had to read that book in school...I liked it so much that I found a used copy and I "accidently" took it with me. xD

Sarah said...

I love the name of your blog...and happy reading!

Holly said...

Feeling Sorry for Celia is awesome, hope you enjoy it.

Check out what was in my mailbox this week :)

Ravenous Reader said...

What a great assortment of books. A Certain slant of life is one of my all time favorite reads. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Enjoy your reads :0

Anonymous said...

Great books.. I really want to read Thirteen Reasons Why. And Me, the missing & the Dead sounds good!

Stephanie said...

Your blog name is *awesome!* :-) I liked both Catch 22 and The Giver -- in fact The Giver is one of my all-time favorite kids'/YA books.

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I've only read the Lowry books but the rest look very interesting. Have fun!

Brooke Reviews said...

Ohh, I love 13 Reasons Why :) Enjoy!


Thirteen Reasons Why was pretty good, happy reading girl!

Dana said...

Feeling Sorry for Celia used to be one of my favorite books - I've reread it many times. Catch-22 is one of those books I feel like I should read but have never got around to... Happy reading!

Jenny Renee said...

I love Thirteen Reasons Why! I hope you enjoy it! :)

Chutzpah said...

A Certain Slant of Light is AMAZING. And the first book, I've never heard of, but it sounds like fun. (Also, Moriarty is pretty much the most badass last name to have.) Enjoy!

Justine said...

Ooh, these all have cool covers. I've yet to read THE GIVER again. I read it for school...and I only remember some of it. Enjoy your books! :)

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