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Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Moooooooo. Libba Bray’s Printz winning book pulls snippets from many other books I’ve read. the most obvious comparison is Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas (of Veronica Mar’s fame). Both books start with the premise of a teen boy smoking way too much pot and doing weird things. In Going Bovine, we meet Cameron, an under the radar weirdo whose about to start making a really big splash in the pool of weird. Maybe weird things are a trend in young adult literature right now, because I sure have been reading a lot of books that would fall under that classification. But Going Bovine takes weird to a whole new level. It out the same “out there” level as ,Fade to Blue while still staying rooted in something the reader can connect to. I was never really clear what it was about Cameron that I did connect to. I didn’t really want to like him, but I did. And I wanted to go with him on his crazy adventure! Bray pulls her readers through the weird nonsense in a way that Fade to Blue failed to

January Reflections

Finished 15 books! These books went towards a nice variety of challenges. 4 Cybils (3 YA, 1 MG) 4 dystopian 1 audiobook (need to do better) 8 from the library Almost HALF my books read were owned! Only ONE was an adult selection :( 107 books were purchased (excluding gifts and picture books) 1 book read in January was purchased this month Best book of January: Going Bovine by Libba Bray (more later, kiddo wants nothing to do with all this)

The Demon's Lexicon

Sarah Rees Brennan introduces us to two brothers with a unique and hilarious relationship. But this isn't a story about hugging after the day is over. This book is about kicking butt with big weapons. In The Demon's Lexicon brothers Nick and Alan have to fight evil magicians to protect their family, especially there emtionally and often mentally abscent mother. Years before their father died trying to do the same. This urban fantasy novel was interesting and funny. The storyline was different from what I normally read. But if I am going to read fantasy, I want it to be urban fantsy because it is in a world I can understand. Nick is a British bad boy that Chelsea wishes she could date. He makes Patch look like a toddler. And looks at his lips on the cover, aren't they just begging to be kissed? The first 40 pages of The Demon's Lexicon had me laughing out loud and sitting on the edge of my seat. But after that, it kind of started lagging. The end definitely had m

Library Loot - January Week 5

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries! Checked Out The Hotel Under the Sand by Kage Baker Fearless by Francine Pascal The Iron Heel by Jack London Night Wings by Joseph Bruchac The Silver Child by Cliff McNish The Secret Under My Skin byJanet McNaughton Fade by Lisa McMann Genesis by Bernard Beckett Fade to Grey by Jasper Fforde Firebirds Soaring edited by Sharyn November Renewed Going Bovine by Libba Bray Okay, so I was thinking I would take it easy on the library books this week. Um... oooops ? It has been fun trying to keep track of what I get out of the library because I always forget books that I started and wanted to check out again. I also

The Sunday Salon - Disappointed

January blogging has pretty much been a BIG disappointment for me. I had a lot of plans and did a whole lot of nothing. Is anyone else having a hard time recovering from the holidays? Still? Even though I haven't been blogging as hard as I wanted, I have been getting my reading done! So far I have read 12 books and I have 3 more on tap for today. I usually read on average a book every two day and I am trying to keep that going strong as I break into the new year. If I get 15 done for the month by midnight tonight I will be right on task! I have 100 pages left in Going Bovine and I am loving it. Today is mostly going to be dedicated to getting this book finished. Last night I put a huge dent in Blue Moon and only have about 30 pages left to read. I will reward myself with these pages as soon as I finish Going Bovine . I have a few options for my 3rd book to finish and have the last ditch option of a really quick juvenile novel with LOTS of illustrations if I end up getting