Saturday, February 18, 2012

TBR Intervention (10)


Overall--I feel like I set very ambitious goals for last week, so I am calling this week a success even though I am not done with everything.

Last Week

I am 2/3 of the way done with this one.  I have been finding many of the same problems I find with a lot of second books in series--it drags a lot more than the first one did.  But in talking with my friend we learn a lot from this book that is very important in later books and we meet a lot of people who are important in later books.  So in other word it is very important as the series continues.  So I have been working through it, and now that I am in the last 100 pages I can feel it starting to pick up quite a bit!


I finished this one--and I loved it.  Well maybe love is not the right word.  I struggle with describing how I feel about Ellen Hopkins books--they are so well written but it is hard to say "love" with the topics that she covers.  They are gritty, dark, and hard.  But it affected me.  I felt it deeply as I finished it.  More to come in my review.


This one I can say I finished and I loved without hesitation! Although I do not necessarily think it was my favorite Sarah Dessen book--I did love it. I loved Ruby and Nate.  Review to come.

This Week


My first fail of the week is destined to be my first success next week!  I am going to start Fat Vampire as soon as I finish Kitty Goes To Washington.  I cannot read two fantasy books (both of which have a different vampire world created) at the same time.  But this one is going to be next--I promise!

And from the library (and coming due this week--eek!):

This is Ellen Hopkins first adult novel--and I have been so excited to read it.  I am very optimistic that the style that makes her so accessible and honest in YA will do wonders in an adult novel!

Summary (from Amazon):
THREE FEMALE FRIENDS FACE MIDLIFE CRISES IN A NO-HOLDS-BARRED EXPLORATION OF SEX, MARRIAGE, AND THE FRAGILITY OF LIFE.

Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-athome mom, she sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Will it bring the fulfillment she is searching for?

Andrea: A single mom and avowed celibate, she watches her friend Holly’s meltdown with a mixture of concern and contempt. Holly is throwing away what Andrea has spent her whole life searching for—a committed relationship with a decent guy. So what if Andrea picks up Holly’s castaway husband?

Marissa: She has more than her fair share of challenges—a gay, rebellious teenage son, a terminally ill daughter, and a husband who buries himself in his work rather than face the facts.

As one woman’s marriage unravels, another’s rekindles. As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s reconfigures into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Unflinchingly honest, emotionally powerful, surprisingly erotic, Triangles is the ultimate page-turner. Hopkins’s gorgeous, expertly honed poetic verse perfectly captures the inner lives of her characters. Sometimes it happens like that. Sometimes you just get lost.Get lost in the world of Triangles, where the lives of three unforgettable women intersect, and where there are no easy answers.

And because we all know that I cannot go anywhere without a book on my ipod, my audiobook this week is:

Although--I am listening to the unabridged version! I think that is very important to note.

Summary (from Amazon):
Finding wealthy Elaine Boldt seems like a quickie case to Kinsey Millhone. The flashy widow was last seen wearing a $12,000 lynx coat, leaving her condo in Santa Teresa for her condo in Boca Raton. But somewhere in between, she vanished. Kinsey's case goes from puzzling to sinister when a house is torched, an apartment is burgled of worthless papers, the lynx coat comes back without Elaine, and her bridge partner is found dead. Soon Kinsey's clues begin to form a capital M -- not for missing, but for murder: and plenty of it.

Winner of the 1985 Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award and the 1985 Anthony Award for Best Novel.

What are you reading this week?

12 comments:

  1. Yay! Three books! That rocks. And I like your optimistic outlook on not finishing Fat Vampire. lol. I really must try Eileen Hopkins. I don't like a steady diet of books that leave you with that feeling you described, but once in awhile most definitely. :) Good luck this next week with all your books!

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    1. I couldn't read books as heavy and intense as Ellen Hopkins books all the time. I would get burned out. But every once in a while having that emotional reaction to a book really makes me feel invigorated--I remember to value everything I have and everything I work for.

      But generally after I read one of her books, I have to read something light and funny (after Glass, my light book was going to be Fat Vampire). :)

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  2. Yay for Triangles, don't worry you'll like it. It is very good and sequels too.

    Happy Reading!

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    1. There is a sequel to Triangles? That is wonderful news!

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  3. Wow, you had an amazing week! Even if that second-in-series dragging case presented itself, it still was very productive.

    I hope you will enjoy your new books too! Happy reading!

    Ron @ Stories of my life

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    1. Thank you. I did feel very productive this week. Now I just need to get my reviews done too. :)

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  4. Triangles looks really good! Hope you enjoy it! I like the cover and the summary looks interesting!
    Have a nice week!

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    1. I am really excited about that one! Have a great week too. :)

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  5. I loved loved loved Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen and soon I'm going to read The Truth About Forever. A friend of mine loved Lock and Key and I've been meaning to get it soon too. I'm excited for you! I'm sure it will be a great week for you! :) I love reading contemporaries in between dystopians and paranormal/fantasy books. :) Have a great week Shanan!

    Lovelots, APril

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    1. LOL I can't have two books too close together in topic at the same time. They start to get confused in my head.

      I think Along for the Ride will be my next Sarah Dessen. I think The Truth About Forever may be my favorite so far. :)

      Have a great week yourself. :)

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  6. I need to read more Dessen books, I've liked the ones I've read but its been a while.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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    1. I love that Sarah Dessen brings her characters back throughout her books--it is like a little treat for reading more of her books. And it actually makes me want to go back and re-read some of the books I read earlier.

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