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on 24 May 2012 09:11

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Book Diary 2012

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1. It's Kind of a Funny Story: A Novel - Ned Vizzini
I loaned this book from a friend for no other reason that I just felt like reading a book.
It was witty and very insightful. As soon as I finished I had to watch the movie as well. As usual, the book was better, but the movie is worth watching as well.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.
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2. The Giver - Lois Lowry
I took a children's literature class during my spring semester, and this was one of the books that I was instructed to read.
Even though it was at a 4th grade reading level, I enjoyed it very much. It is definitely worth picking up.
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3. Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo
Another book that I had to read for my class. This one was way too juvenile for me to enjoy, plus I have seen the movie and knew eactly what would happen.
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4. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
There was so much hype surrounding The Hunger Games, so I really don't know what I can say that hasn't already been said. I'll just say that I agree with the positive reviews :]
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5. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2) - Suzanne Collins
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6. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3) - Suzanne Collins
Okay, is it just me, or did Suzanne Collins seem like she ran out of steam in the last 3-4 chapters and just rush though the climax and resolution?
In any case, I am glad that there isn't another book. The ending did not leave me wanting more, but it did please me.
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7. Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1) - Becca Fitzpatrick
It's a teen read, so naturally it's going to be a little bit corny.
To me it kind of seemed like a generic version of Twilight, all the way down to the fact that the fateful couple were paired up in a science class.
But I have to admitt, it kept me reading and it was hard to put down.
On another positive note, this is the first novel about fallen angels that I have ever read, so props to Fitzpatrick for writing something other than yet ANOTHER vampire/werewolf romance.
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8. The Garden of Eve
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9. The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Hum... - A. J. Jacobs
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10. The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal N... - Michael Scott_XVIII
Browsing aimlessly through Barnes and Noble, I came across this series and thought it was worth a shot...and I loved it. I have already ordered the next 5 books.

"A contemporary fantasy which opens in modern
day San Francisco when brother and sister, Josh and Sophie discover that the owner of the bookstore where Josh works is the immortal French alchemist, Nicholas Flamel. Flamel and his wife, Perenelle, are the guardians of the Book of Abraham which they have protected for centuries. This is a collection of the most powerful spells in the world. When Dr John Dee discovers the Flamels’ whereabouts, he attacks and snatches the book. Josh and Sophie intervene to help Flamel, but now they too are being hunted by Dee and creatures that predate humanity.

All of the main characters in The Alchemyst series are based on figures from history or mythology."
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11. The Magician (The Secrets of The Immortal Ni... - Michael Scott_XVIII

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12. Seven Up (Stephanie Plum, Book 7) - Janet Evanovich
I started reading this and about half way in I came to the realization that"One for the Money", which I had watched a few months prior, was actually based on the first in this series. So I was extremely excited to go back and re-watch the movie just to get a more firm visual on the characters.

"Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's got a lot on her mind. How does cigarette smuggler Eddie DeChooch, a fugitive so geriatric that even the hot-to-trot Grandma Mazur won't go out with him a third time, keep giving her the slip? How did a woman who died of a heart attack end up in DeChooch's garden shed with five bullet holes in her chest? Who stole a rump roast from Dougie and Mooner, the two lovable potheads who have decided to be crime fighters in Spandex bodysuits? Can Stephanie's perfect sister Valerie make it as a lesbian single mother without driving her family crazy? And--oh yeah--what should Stephanie do about that damn wedding dress on hold at Tina's Bridal Shoppe, waiting for her to decide whether vice cop Joe Morelli's really the one for her?"
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13. Heartless (Pretty Little Liars, Book 7) - Sara Shepard_ii
Four gorgeous girls are telling very ugly stories.

First Emily, Aria, Hanna, and Spencer claimed they found a dead body in the woods behind Spencer's house, only to have it vanish without a trace. Then, when the same woods went up in flames, they swore they saw someone who's supposed to be dead rise from the ashes. And even after all that, the pretty little liars are still playing with fire. Call me heartless, but it's about time someone shut these liars up for good. After all, nobody likes a girl who cries wolf—least of all me. . . .
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14. Killer (Pretty Little Liars, Book 6) - Sara Shepard_ii
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15. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
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Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Feb 13 21:49
I so agree with your notes on the Mockinjay!

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