The Need to Read & my first review

When I started my blog Need to Read several years ago over on Livejournal, there weren’t that many book blogs. At least, not that I remember. Now it seems like everyone and their brother is doing book reviews. I’ve reached a point where I don’t really have time for one more task if I ever want to find time to actually write books, so I’ve decided to stop posting to Need to Read. I will…

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Betsy & Nikki

After all the blogging about Betsy and the re-release of the Betsy-Tacy high school books, I felt compelled to read a few. I read Heaven to Betsy and Betsy in Spite of Herself. Basically, I walked around for three days with a smile on my face because they’re just so darn enjoyable. I had planned to read all the grown-up ones in a row, but the library FINALLY got me my requested copy of Being…

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Gorgeous by Rachel Vail

Summer is over. There’s a fire in the woodstove and I have a big TBR pile, so it’s time to get back to Need To Read. The first book I’ve read in almost a month (I know!) is Gorgeous by Rachel Vail. This is the companion book to last year’s LUCKY. I vaguely remember that I liked LUCKY, although I was slightly disturbed to discover that I couldn’t really remember anything about it except the…

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Coffeehouse Angel

If you’ve been hanging out here for any length of time, you’ll know two things about me. I only write about books I really love here on Need To Read, and every time Suzanne Selfors writes a book, I have no choice but to write about it. She’s quickly becoming one of my favourite authors! SAVING JULIET made my Fave Fifteen of 2008, and COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL, her new book is a fantastic read too. When…

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Summer Vacation

Hiya! Just a quick note to say that Need To Read is on a summer hiatus. You’d think that I’d be reading more, not less in the summer, and I actually am, but I’m not really reading things that apply to NTR. I am reading some adult fiction, some ARCs for books that don’t come out for ages, and a lot of gardening and cookbooks. One of our goals (mine and my husband) is to…

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Ruby Oliver by E. Lockhart

I know Ruby Oliver is not the title of the book, but I’m going to blog about the first two books in the series. I’m still hoping to be on the ARC list for the third one, but I don’t know if I’m going to be lucky or not. The titles are: The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book These were great books. I’ll admit it, I’d never read them because from the covers and…

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The End…it couldn’t come soon enough

I just read most of the worst book I’ve ever read. Seriously. Previously, I thought THE EVENING STAR was the worst book I ever read, and I guess it still is because at least I finished it (it took me months though). This is the worst book I almost read all of. Quite frankly, I’m flabbergasted as to WHY a publisher would want to publish this. I won’t tell you the title, but I will…

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The Prince and the Pilgrim by Mary Stewart

Funny…I just looked at the book cover to get the title because I had no idea what it was! I picked this book up for one reason only. Dame Mary Stewart wrote it. It’s set during Arthurian times and based on a legend (which I didn’t know until the end when I read the author’s notes). I love Mary Stewart’s books, especially the ones about Merlin (The Crystal Cave, the Hollow Hills, etc.), but my…

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Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

I know I haven’t posted here much, but I’ve been reading some adult fiction and also the couple of YAs I’ve tried just did not work for me. However, I am HAPPY to say that Audrey, Wait! is fantastic. I first heard about it on Meg Cabot’s blog, but my library didn’t have it and I forgot about it. Recently, Alexa mentioned it to me, and my library had purchased it, so I put it…

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PEACE, LOVE AND BABY DUCKS by Lauren Myracle

I’m a little behind in that this is the first Lauren Myracle book I’ve read. I got it as an ARC and thought the cover looked fun. Of course, I’d heard of the author, but none of her books had crossed my path before. I really liked this book. I thought the characters and ideas were fascinating. I liked the twists it took. And I felt very emotionally involved in this book. It also got…

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HOW TO BE BAD by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle

I had seen this book in my library and avoided it for a couple of reasons. The first was the cover. It looks like rich-girl-chick-lit. Sometimes I love YA chick-lit, but I’m not so much into the elite rich girl stuff full of brand names. Another reason I didn’t pick it up was because it was by three authors and I, for some reason, thought it was a collection of short stories and I can…

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You’ve Got Blackmail by Rachel Wright

This British YA is quite funny, light reading. If you like Louise Rennison, you’ll like this too. It made me laugh quite a bit. Also, just because you think you know where it’s going doesn’t mean it actually is going there! And the best part about this fun book is that it’s a series. Already out in Britain, and hopefully here soon. I got the ARC in October, so hopefully by the time this posts…

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Favourite Book Covers

Here are my favourite RECENT book covers. Some I’ve just put up, and some I’ve commented on. The top 5 are first and then after that it’s in a random order. Top 5. 1. The Rose Variations I love everything about this cover. I love the photo itself. I love the placement and font of the text. I love the splash of colour along the bottom. I love what the photo evokes and I love…

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FORTUNE’S MAGIC FARM by Suzanne Selfors

You can definitely judge this book by its cover. Fantastic cover, fantastic book! Suzanne Selfors is consistently great, so I always consider her books a “sure thing” and of course, I wasn’t disappointed at all. I’ve raved about her YA, Saving Juliet (out in paperback soon!) already and To Catch a Mermaid is her other MG that I love. I am very lucky in that my fabulous agent is also her agent. That’s how I…

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STICKS by Joan Bauer

This is a perfect book. I know, I know…I love everything I write about, but this is really good. It’s also 13 years old and perfectly timely, even though it was a contemporary book at the time. The only thing that dated it was the cover, and now it’s got this cool new one! What I love about Bauer’s books is that she packs them with all this information that just isn’t that common. In…

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FLIPPED by Wendelin Van Draanen

Alex recommended this book to me (for once I actually remember who recommended the book) and she had me pegged. I LOVED this book. You could say I flipped over it. I actually listened to it on audio, which added a bit to it, I think because there are two points of view in this book, a young boy, and a young girl, and the producers of the audio book hired two narrators- a male…

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Ransom My Heart by Princess Mia (Meg Cabot)

I am pretty sure that this is the only adult romance novel I have ever read. Boy, was it fun! The characters were kind of stock, but true to Cabot’s style, they were all well drawn. It was laugh out loud funny in places, and the adventure took some good twists. I can’t really see me jumping onto the romance bandwagon or anything, but this was highly entertaining. Not to mention steamy. I’m so used…

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THE WINK OF THE ZENITH by Floyd Skloot

I’ve been reading some nonfiction lately (for adults – more YA reviews coming soon). The subtitle of this book is: The Shaping of a Writer’s Life I put this book on hold at my library back in September when Janet Reid wrote this post about it. Not so much because of the review, which she steals from Shelf Awareness, but because Janet is always hip to the coolest books. Also, I really like the author’s…

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Allie Finkle’s Rules For Girls – Best Friends and Drama Queens

I hate to brag, okay…in this case, I love to brag… I got an advanced copy of Meg Cabot’s latest book in the Allie Finkle series. I love Allie. I really do. She’s the coolest nine year old I’ve ever seen. Did I mention she reminds me of me? Okay, so she doesn’t because she’s way cooler, but whatever. This is the third book in the series and I would’ve read it straight through last…

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