Some of my recent reviews

October 13, 2008 at 2:07 am (Book Reviews, Young Adult)

I’ve been updating my “Books Read in 2008” list. But I realized that I haven’t really spotlighted any of my recent reviews. So, for your reading pleasure:

  • Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher (8/10)
  • How to Be Popular by Meg Cabot (8/10)
  • Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (8/10)
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (8/10)
  • The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton (9/10)
  • New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (10/10)
  • These are all YA novels.

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    Need help improving my reviews (and my blog).

    October 4, 2008 at 6:20 am (General)

    I’m trying to improve my reviews, but I’m not quite sure how to go about doing so. In addition, I sometimes wonder: if I’m reading a book that tons of other people have read, do people really want to hear about it? I don’t know. It frustrates me.

    So, I’m asking for a favor. Two, really.

    1. If you have a few moments, please review the list of books I’ve read so far this year. If you have any questions or would like to see a review on a book that I haven’t reviewed yet, please let me know. I’d also love it if you’d read some of my latest reviews and let me know what you would like to know more about each book or anything I left unanswered (please leave those comments on this post).

    2. How do you keep your blog fresh? And do you plan out what you’re going to do ahead of time? Do you rate the books? If so, how? Any other book blogging tips? I’m interested in how other book bloggers maintain their own blogs.

    Thanks in advance for helping me out!

    Here are the books that I’ve read so far this year:

    1. The Sweetest Gift by Jillian Hart (3/10)
    2. Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton (5/10)
    3. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (10/10)
    4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (8/10)
    5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (9/10)
    6. Nothing Changes Love by Jacqueline Bard (5/10)
    7. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman (7/10)
    8. The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee (9/10)
    9. Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis (9/10)
    10. Shelf Life by Suzanne Strempek Shea (9/10)
    11. Secrets of a Former Fat Girl(8/10)
    12. For the Love of Letters by Lisa Delany (8/10)
    13. The Good Body by Eve Ensler (8/10)
    14. He Loves Lucy by Susan Donovan (7/10)
    15. Animal Instincts by Gena Showalter (7/10)
    16. The Best American Erotica 2007 by Susie Bright (8/10)
    17. Family Album by Danielle Steel (7/10)
    18. The Blonde Geisha by Jina Bacarr (8/10)
    19. The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle (7/10)
    20. The Giver by Lois Lowry (10/10)
    21. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (9/10)
    22. Area 51 (Book 1) by Robert Doherty (9/10)
    23. Calico Bush by Rachel Field (7/10)
    24. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (10/10)
    25. Area 51: The Reply by Robert Doherty (9/10)
    26. A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb(8/10)
    27. Area 51: The Mission by Robert Doherty (9/10)
    28. Area 51: The Sphinx by Robert Doherty (9/10)
    29. Leonardo’s Shadow: Or, My Amazing Life as Leonardo Da Vinci’s Servant by Christopher Grey (8/10)
    30. A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce (8/10)
    31. The Garden by Elsie V. Aidinoff (10/10)
    32. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (9/10)
    33. Un Lun Dun by China Mieville (9/10)
    34. Enchanted: Erotic Bedtime Stories for Women by Nancy Madore (5/10)
    35. Devil Who Tamed Her by Johanna Lindsey (6/10)
    36. Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner (8/10)
    37. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin (9/10)
    38. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (10/10)
    39. Baby Proof by Emily Giffin (5/10)
    40. Area 51: The Grail by Robert Doherty (9/10)
    41. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (7/10)
    42. Area 51: Excalibur by Robert Doherty (9/10)
    43. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (8/10)
    44. Area 51: The Truth by Robert Doherty (9/10)
    45. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby (7/10)
    46. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney (9/10)
    47. Whatever Happened to Janie? by Caroline B. Cooney (8/10)
    48. The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson (9/10)
    49. Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson (9/10)
    50. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (8/10)
    51. Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin (4/10)
    52. Talk to the Hand by Lynn Truss (8/10)
    53. Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs (9/10)
    54. The Voice on the Radio by Caroline B. Cooney (9/10)
    55. What Janie Found by Caroline B. Cooney (8/10)
    56. Living Gluten-Free for Dummies by Danna Korn (9/10)
    57. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher (8/10)
    58. The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams (8/10)
    59. Fit From Within by Victoria Moran (9/10)
    60. The Secrets of Skinny Chicks by Karen Bridson (9/10)
    61. The Nine Modern Day Muses by Jill Badonsky (8/10)
    62. Creating Sketchbooks for Embroiderers and Textile Artists by Kay Greenlees (9/10)
    63. I Was a Teenage Popsicle by Bev Katz Rosenbaum (8/10)
    64. Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney (8/10)
    65. My Name is Number 4 by Ting-Xing Ye (8/10)
    66. Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot (8/10)
    67. How to Be Popular by Meg Cabot (8/10)
    68. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (8/10)
    69. My Best Friend’s Girl by Dorothy Koomson (8/10)
    70. Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (8/10)
    71. The Eight by Katherine Neville (9/10)
    72. High Risk by Emma Darcy (6/10)
    73. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (8/10)
    74. Hunter’s Run by George R.R. Martin, Garner Dozois, and Daniel Abraham (7/10)
    75. The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton (9/10)
    76. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (9/10)
    77. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (10/10)
    78. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (10/10)
    79. My Heart Remembers by Kim Vogel Sawyer (7/10)

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