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State of Wonder

I listened to State of Wonder on audio. I hadn’t read an Ann Patchett before so it was my first. This was a fun book to listen to while I sketched and did art.

There were several twists in the book and I liked them all ok. In the end, I didn’t think it was super-amazing and I hear Bel Canto is much better. But it was an okay read.

If you’re a fan of Patchett, it’s worth a read.

Then again, if you are, you’ve read by now I’m sure.

ethereal

Ethereal is another supernatural young adult book. paranormal? I don’t even know what to call them. It’s just another one of those. It’s fast paced. It’s fun. Its characters are enjoyable.

It’s a quick read.

If you’re not sick of the genre and like to read something quick and fun, it’s a good one to pick up.

And there are a few more where that came from so you can enjoy the characters and plot for quite a few books.

And I read them all:

I will admit they sort of get progressively worse and also more explicit. So while the first was ok, the rest, eh.

Imagine

I picked up Imagine cause I heard Noelle tweet about it and it sounded interesting. I rarely ever enjoy nonfiction novels. But this was a lovely exception.

Even though it took me a while to get through it, I enjoyed every bit of it and found it very fascinating. If you’re interested in how creativity works, I cannot recommend it enough.

And it’s not just about artistic creativity. It’s about creative thinking. It’s about out of the box ideas. It’s about how we come up with unique ways of looking at the world.

Recommended.

Daring Adventures in Paint

Daring Adventures in Paint sounded like a lovely book. It’s rare that an art book gets all positive reviews on amazon but this one did.

So I ordered it.

And I am glad I did. There’s magic in this book. It’s beautiful, happy, colorful and it has art instruction and step by steps. It also has encouragement and motivation. It’s rare to find both in the same book. And this book is also laid out beautifully and there’s just so much joy that comes out of it.

I really recommend it, especially if you’re sort of a beginner.

But even if you’re not.

birthmarked

Birthmarked is one of those fantasy books that I normally steer away from. I honestly can’t remember why I picked it up but I am glad I did. I read it really quickly. I enjoyed every minute of it and I almost started the sequel but then I decided to wait until the third one was out, too, read them all in one sitting.

I’m writing this in the summer of 2012 and I know it will be coming out in fall of 2012, so by the time you read this, I might have already read them all.

If you’ve read them, too, let me know what you thought.

edited to add: I have now read the other two and loved those, too. If the subject interests you and you like young adult novels, I can recommend this series.

false memory

False Memory is another book where a girl wakes up, no memory of who she is, etc. She then finds out she’s part of this team for a special project, blah blah.

You’ve heard it before.

But, just like the others, it’s fun. It’s fast. It’s enjoyable. I am glad I read it.

There are so many books like this now, but I like them so I keep reading them. If you like these kinds, too, I recommend it.

the goddess test

I was looking for something light to read when I picked up The Goddess Test. I’ve always liked mythology so I figured I was going to like this.

I wasn’t wrong.

It was a fast, fun, light read.

If you’re a fan of mythology and like romance, this one is for you. It’s not a genre I normally lean towards but I did like it. I probably will read the others.

Not much else to say for this one.

The Body Finder

The Body Finder is a mystery novel for young adults. Not so common in the genre. At least not without a lot of other mystical things going on. And this has some supernatural side to it, too but it’s also more teenager than some of the others I’ve read.

I will admit that even though some parts of it were more gruesome and scary than I’d like, I really enjoyed it. And I know there are sequels. A few. I will likely read at least a few more of them.

If you’re into mysteries and like young adult genre, this one is recommended.

Amber Frost

I had Amber Frost on my list for a long time. I wasn’t sure why but I finally picked it up and I am glad I did. I read it in one sitting. I really liked the characters. Even though the plot was a bit odd, I still really enjoyed it.

When I finished it, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to move on to part two or not. There was a pull to continue with the story, which I don’t feel often, but I still resisted it. I wanted to sit with the characters a bit more and see how I felt in a few weeks.

Still sitting.

But I do know that I will read it at some point.

The Selection

I picked up The Selection because…actually I have no idea why.

I think I picked it cause I heard about it and the premise sounded interesting. I liked the cover, too. But it was mostly one of those “why not” situations.

And I am glad I did.

I enjoyed reading this book and swallowed it in one take.

The only bad part was the ending. I assume it’s cause the author knew there was more coming, but the story doesn’t really end. It sort of is like a “wait for the next part to see what happens” ending. Even if a book is a trilogy or 5-part or whatever, I like each part to be able to stand on its own. And I didn’t think this one did.

But I still liked it.

Spectral

I picked up Spectral on a whim. And while I did read it really fast, and enjoyed it, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. For me, it was a little on the fantastical side.

I liked it ok. And if you’re into paranormal stories, you might like it more than I did. I like them ok but I’ve just read stronger, better, more interesting books. Having said that, it’s a quick, fun read.

So, you choose.

starters + the portrait of a starter

I picked up Starters after reading the blurb and seeing the cover. Computer chips?! I am a programmer after all. I had to pick it up. And I am so glad I did. It was absolutely fascinating. I read it pretty much in one sitting and then moved over right to the short story she wrote after it.

The Portrait of a Starter was fun, too. And the premise of these books is different than all the other young adult novels.

It’s rare to find something new and different now and I appreciate it very much when I find it. So I loved it.

And I look forward to the second one.