Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Picks for the Week

…or year.

There are so many books on my floor that I’m trying to read before I return them to the library, it’s insane.

Add to that my smaller pile of books I own and haven’t yet read, and it becomes COMPLETELY insane.

However, because of my obsessive THATBOOKLOOKSGOOD disorder when I go to the library every Monday, I got three more to read!!

Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver’s daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden charms are so fine that some even call her “witch-blade” — a dangerous nickname in a town where witches are hunted and burned in the square. For Kate and her village have fallen on hard times. Kate’s father has died, leaving her alone in the world. And a mysterious fog now covers the countryside, ruining crops and spreading fear of hunger and sickness. The townspeople are looking for someone to blame, and their eyes have fallen on Kate. Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: In exchange for her shadow, he’ll give Kate the means to escape the town that seems set to burn her, and what’s more, he’ll grant her heart’s wish. It’s a chance for her to start over, to find a home, a family, a place to belong. But Kate soon realizes that she can’t live shadowless forever — and that Linay’s designs are darker than she ever dreamed.

Steel by Carrie Vaughn
Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.
 The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate's life is bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get home—one that risks everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
I'm marooned.
 Left to rot in boarding school . . .
 Viola doesn't want to go to boarding school, but somehow she ends up at an all-girls school in South Bend, Indiana, far, far away from her home in Brooklyn, New York. Now Viola is stuck for a whole year in the sherbet-colored sweater capital of the world.
 There's no way Viola's going to survive the year—especially since she has to replace her best friend Andrew with three new roommates who, disturbingly, actually seem to like it there. She resorts to viewing the world (and hiding) behind the lens of her video camera.
 Boarding school, though, and her roommates and even the Midwest are nothing like she thought they would be, and soon Viola realizes she may be in for the most incredible year of her life.
 But first she has to put the camera down and let the world in.

I’ve already started Steel, and so far it’s really good!!

So I just thought you guys deserve a list of all the books I’m technically “currently reading”:
Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Steel by Carrie Vaughn
A Need so Beautiful by Suzanne Young
Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch
A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine

What are you reading?
What did you get/receive lately?


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