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Opinion by Renesemee717 posted over a year ago
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These are some books to read if you've ran out of ideas (lol)
1.) Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smit
2.) Warriors (It's a series) by: Erin Hunter
3.) Fever by: Laurie Halse Anderson
4.) Shooting The Moon by: Dovey Coe
5.)Vampirates (it's a series, too) by: Justin Somper
6.) The Percy Jackson Series by: Rick Riordan.
7.) A Little Princess by: Frances Hodgson Burnett
8.) The Animals Of Farthing Wood by: Colin Dann
9.) City Of Dogs by: Livi Micheal

Oh, here are some other good books, all by David Clement-Davies
The Sight(it was fantastic and about wolves!)
Fell (it's the sequel...it's awesome too!)
Fire Bringer (It's about a fantasy about deer...really interesting)
The Telling Pool (I'm in the middle of it...it's page-turning once you get past the first 150 pages!)
I'll keep editing as I find more!
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List by werewolflover posted over a year ago
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BTW,these are in NO particular order.
1.Shiver
2.Twilight Series
3.Harry Potter Series
4.Dragon Rider
5.Percy Jackson Series
6.Diary of a Wimpy Kid
7.Vampire Academy
8.The Old Willis Place
9.the Dawn Rochelle Series
10.Scary Stories to tell in the dark(1,2,&3.NOT a novel)
11.Bud not Buddy
12.Goosebumps
13.Fearstreet:the stepsister
14.The Diary of Callie Wade
15.Deep and Dark and Dangerous




Well,I have to make this longer and I don't have anything to say....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... I'm Bored
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Review by pumpkinqueen posted over a year ago
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The book Smiling Hill Farm is about the Wayne family’s life at Smiling Hill Farm. It starts out with the Wayne family moving to Indiana in an ox driven wagon to be pioneers and find new farm lands. The book shows how the farm and family grow through the years 1817-1937.
The story starts on the Wayne family moving from Virginia to Indiana. They found a settlement on a hill and called it Smiling Hill Farm. They started building the farm, and making the farm bigger. The farm and kids grow up over the years. For example now they grind their wheat with a machine instead of horse power. As they were building their new house a flood comes and destroys the new house. They repair and rebuild the farm. As the farm and kids keep growing relatives come to live at the farm. The story ends with Great-grandfather Wayne’s ninety-second birthday.
If you like books that are funny or sad you probably don’t want to read this book. The goal of this book was to tell you how life was long ago. Every once in a while you will come by something funny or sad but that’s not the books purpose. If you like books about history you will like this book.
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Review by juicyjossy9 posted over a year ago
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Norman Doidge, m.d.
2007
427 pages


The discovery that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains – even into old age – is the most important breakthrough in neuroscience in four centuries. In this revolutionary look at the brain, bestselling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they’ve transformed

Introducing principles we canal use as well as a riveting collection of case histories – stroke patients cured, a woman with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, learning and emotional disorders overcome, IQs raised, and aging brains rejuvenated – The Brain That Changes Itself has “implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history” (The New York Times)

Readers will want to read entire sections aloud and pass the book on to someone who can benefit from it … Links scientific experimentation with personal triumph ain a way that inspires awe. (The Washington...
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Review by juicyjossy9 posted over a year ago
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David R. Hamilton, Ph.D.
2010
263 pages


The connection between your mind and body is close, dynamic, and often a valuable tool in taking control of your life and ambitions. The power of thought can transform you in profound ways, particularly in regards to its truly incredible effect on your health. These topics are examined in detail within these pages.

This fascinating book by cutting-edge scientist David R. Hamilton explores the influences of visualization, belief, and positive thinking – and their impact on the body. He also presents a revolutionary quantum-field healing meditation – through which you can change yourself on an atomic level – and shows how you can use your imagination and thought processes to combat disease, pain, and illness.

You will see how science and belief system merge … so that you can heal yourself more effectively than ever before!

Website: www.drdavidhamilton.com

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Fan fiction by gaby124 posted over a year ago
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Who Am I?
By: Gabriela Acosta



Chapter 1
“How would you describe me Lilly?” I asked.
“Paula, you’re a very smart and unique person. But also mysterious. In a good way.” She replied.
“How am I mysterious? I mean, I never thought of myself that way.”
“Because you’re always so quiet around people. Not around me, of course. It’s like you shut yourself down completely, like you don’t want them to know who you are.”
“But you know I’m very shy! Besides, I’m not very good at socializing, you know? I always make myself sound like a total freak!
“Hey, you asked for my opinion!” She answered quickly.
“You’re right. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have reacted that way.”
Ring ring!
“Hello? Oh, hi mom.” Lilly answered her cell phone.
She was an 8th grader with medium short hair and pale skin, and also very popular at school. I knew her since she was in kinder. Since then, we were inseparable. She was my only real friend. I could be myself around her...
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Review by hotpink6 posted over a year ago
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12 year old Percy Jackson is just another normal kid...or so he thought. When he realizes he is the son of the Greek god Poseidon, the god of water, the battle really begins for his life, his friends, and the gods....

This is an AWESOME series. If you are a read-aholic (like me).....no further questions, this is the series for you. It's funny, thrilling, and so AMAZINGLY AWESOME I want to scream.

If you don't already know, they also just made the first book of this series (Percy Jackson & the Olypians: The Lightning Thief) into a movie. So check that out as well.
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Guide by maja3322 posted over a year ago
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Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'
Vampires – just because some of them sparkle doesn’t mean there’re all bad.

The Classical Vampire
The first vampire to appear in fictional literature was created by the British author John William Polidori in his book ‘The Vampyre’. After this came the rather long short story ‘Carmilla’ by Sheridan Le Fanu. But it was a work inspired by these two stories that remains the greatest vampire story to this day – Bram Stoker’s ’Dracula’. ’Dracula’, which was published in 1897, started a Vampire craze the hasn’t ceased yet. It is in this novel that we find the original, classic vampire. You know the kind that has no reflection, doesn’t like garlic or sunshine and dies after being stabbed in the heart. The evil Count Dracula has decided to leave his Transylvanian castle to come to England. But there are some, who oppose him, especially after he attacks a really special woman and makes her a vampire as well. For those who don’t like today’s vampires, ’Dracula’ could easily be loved. And if you enjoyed this, you should definitely try ’The Historian’ by Elizabeth Kostova....
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Guide by juicyjossy9 posted over a year ago
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BJ Gallagher Hateley and Warren H. Schmidt
2006, 172 pages

I know the title may make you smile and giggle. I did too when it was introduced to me as a gift when I was studying for my master’s degree in psychology in 2001. And what a gift! I am since happily involved in human resources for a law firm employing over 600 people, including 250 lawyers. Over 600 very different human beings with very different ways of thinking, but 600 very different human beings all living for the same purpose: make the best out of everything life gave to each and everyone of them – creativity and courage – and on top of all, their will to team work, TOGETHER. Hence the analogy of the peacock evolving with penguins.

This book was first on the market in 1991, and exclusively destined for “corporate purposes”. It soon became internationally acclaimed by many major companies, and was reedited for the public in 1995, 1997, 2001 and 2006. It is definitely one of the few reference works I constantly rely to, to find solutions to untie delicate situations involving internal relational disagreements. An average of 9 out of 10 gets settled with smiling hand...
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Guide by juicyjossy9 posted over a year ago
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Daniel Goleman, 2006, 334 pages

Goleman in his groundbreaking book reveals that neural linkages between humans influence the brain and the body. These invisible bridges give us the ability to change people's moods, emotions, and health - as these people can do to us. Relationships not only shape emotional states and general psychological experience, but also the very physiological matter that makes our body. Our interactions with people influences our immune system, circulation, hormones, and breathing for example.

Social Intelligence expands from the one-person psychology within an individual to a two-person psychology that looks at the connection shared between individuals. More specifically, Goleman defines social intelligence as:

1)    Social awareness, which comprises of primal empathy, attunement, empathic accuracy, and social cognition, and

2)    Social facility, which includes synchrony, self-presentation, influence, and concern.
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Guide by juicyjossy9 posted over a year ago
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Daniel Goleman, 1996, 288 pages

A penetrating analysis of the dark corners of human deception, enlivened by intriguing case histories and experiments – It was written for the professional, yet is understandable by the layman as well because it is so well and clearly written. This is a great book for coaches, counsellors, and therapists working with individuals that are grieving or dealing with past issues. I found the book to be helpful in explaining why so many of the people I coach seem to have denied or repressed very emotionally traumatic incidents. The human mind is amazing and complex. This book helps unmask some of that complexity.

It is so clear that humans have incredible capabilities, and yet we cannot seem to use them in many cases, especially on the social or cultural level ... and part of the reason has to be our ability to lie to ourselves or be manipulated by our tendencies to keep us stunted. This book dissects and explains the mechanism here, and is one of the most important books I can recommend to anyone interested in psychology.
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Guide by juicyjossy9 posted over a year ago
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(original title: Essere Gentile)
by Piero Ferrucci, 2008, 306 pages
and Vivien Reid Ferrucci (Translator)

A book to read as a soul provider – if you are in a state of confusion, conflict, in quest of wisdom or in reach for soul comfort – or all…

A leading transpersonal psychologist reveals the unexpected secret to a happy life: behaving with kindness.

Piero Ferrucci calls it "global cooling," a phenomenon of chilly human relations. Communications are hurried and impersonal. The drive for profit and wealth has become a cherished value. And warmth and genuine presence have all but dissolved into a sea of materialism and self-interest.

"The Power of Kindness" is a stirring examination of a simple but profound concept. Piero Ferrucci, one of the world's most respected transpersonal psychologists, explores the many surprising facets of kindness and argues that it is this trait, and this trait alone, which will lead not only to our own individual happiness and the happiness of those around us, but will guide us in a world that has become cold, anxious, difficult, and frightening.
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Review by juicyjossy9 posted over a year ago
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Daniel J. Levitin, 2008, 354 pages

Could music unlock the mystery of who we are and how we think?

An unprecedented blend of science and art, Daniel Levitin’s bestselling debut, This Is Your Brain on Music, changed the way we understand how music gets in our heads. Now, in what is being called a tour de force by leading scientists, he presents his audacious theory of ‘six songs,’ the key to how music shaped humanity across cultures and throughout history.

Preserving the emotional heritage of our lives and of our species, music from its very beginning, was allied to dance, as the structure of the brain confirms. Developing that neurological observation, Levitin shows how music and dance enabled the bonding and friendship necessary for society, science, and art to evolve. Songs of Friendship, Joy, Comfort, Knowledge, Religion, and Love have been sung for tens of thousands of years as we made our world. This palette of song types constitutes a remarkable tool for understanding who we are. It can reveal what music is accomplishing at work, at play, in the throes of a romantic break-up, or on the crest of a brilliant revelation.
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Guide by juicyjossy9 posted over a year ago
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Daniel J. Levitin, 2006, 320 pages

Why human beings make and enjoy music is, in Levitin’s telling, a delicious story. In this unprecedented meeting of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music – its performances, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it – and the human brain.

Taking on prominent thinkers who argue that music is nothing more than an evolutionary accident, Levitin argues that music is fundamental to our species, perhaps even more so than language. ‘This Is Your Brain On Music’ is an ear-opening, mind-blowing investigation into an obsession at the center of human nature.

Take a look at the content:

    I love music and I love science – Why would I want to mix the two?
    What is music – from pitch to timbre
    Foot tapping – discerning rhythm, loudness, and harmony
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Opinion by midnight-stars posted over a year ago
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Wednesday, July 19, 2006
The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought from Ancient Times to Today

I am by no means a great votary of any kind of "Best" lists and find them too subjective and at times highfalutin. But this list of the 100 most influential & mind-expanding books ever written seemed quite apposite and all-encompassing. British literary critic & historian Seymour-Smith's survey of what he considers the 100 most influential books is a searching inquiry into major thinkers, writers and philosophers. Seymour-Smith finds most modernist techniques already present, or anticipated, in Cervantes's Don Quixote, and he views Rabelais as the first truly popular writer. His eclectic choice of influential moderns-de Beauvoir, Mao, Orwell, Keynes, Chomsky, cybernetician Norbert Winer, mystic G.I. Gurdjieff, Wittgenstein is unpredictable. I have read some 22 books in the list and am making painfully slow progress in enriching myself by reading the remaining. It would be interesting to have others opinions of this list.
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Article by midnight-stars posted over a year ago
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1. The Twilight Saga- most people have herd about it and If you have not I'll tell you some about it.. Well a human girl and a Vampire fall in love But a werewolf wants her to love him...you gotta read to see who wins!



2-Dear John- I'm reading this now, so far it is about a male named John falls deaply inlove with a woman named Savannah, but he is in the Army so you'll have to read and see what happends :)




3-Hatchet- I have read this book for school it is very good. Its about a boy named Brian and his plane crashed and he was left in the woods with nothing but a hatchet. Does he leave or does he die? read and find out!




4-Were The Red Fern Grows, it's about a dog and his love for dogs...



5-Distant waves-its about a young woman and her mother is a mediun and she has faked it...you'll have to read to see what happends
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Opinion by swimchick posted over a year ago
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Well it's been a month or so since my last "10 Books" article, so as promised, I'm back with more suggestions. I want to point out that these are my personal opinions, and I stand behind every book I add to any list. I love science fiction and fantasy and I wanted this list to reflect some of the books I believe anyone can enjoy whether these are their favorite genres or not. I intend to add 10 new books to every list, so if you feel one is missing, please refer to my other lists as I may have already mentioned them. As always, I welcome your comments!

1. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Ah, Ender's Game. After A Wrinkle in Time (which, I apologize, is not one of my favorites) this is often "a child's first sci-fi." This is an inspiring type of story about a young boy born at a disadvantage in a futuristic world. This is actually the first in the series, but I don't think I'll ever get to the others as the first one truly stands alone in my opinion.

2. Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
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Opinion by swimchick posted over a year ago
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Hi everyone!

I just want to say enough already. We have determined again and again that Vampire and Twilight lovers comprise maybe a little less than half of the members who are answering these questions. I say we just give it a rest now. We don't need any more picks about whether you love or hate vampires, which is the best vampire series, or any other opportunities for fighting over an issue that's at a standstill.
Now I have read Twilight and am not a fan, though I will admit they are addicting while you read them. I have said how I feel about the books, the writing, the characters and all of it on the C.A.T. (Critical Analysis of Twilight) spot. If your aim is to battle this out, please, join that spot! It's a great place for people to talk out all of this.
But on the Books to Read spot, I would rather hear new and different suggestions. I love Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter too, but these are practically everyone's recommendations. It's not just Twilight that's everywhere. We need to stop judging each other for what we like or don't like.
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Opinion by swimchick posted over a year ago
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Since everyone was so positive about my last article, I decided to make it a series of sorts. Different themes, maybe one article a month. I am 23 and I still love all of the following books. People can enjoy them at any age, but these are especially great ones for kids and teens. There were so many to choose from, so I apologize that I had to leave out so many of my favorites. Let's all recapture youth! As always, these are in no particular order.

1. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
This is one of the few fantasy novels that isn't an entire series. Not to offend anyone, but I do not like this movie at all. So when a friend told me the book was great, I was quite surprised. I didn't read this until I was in college, but I think it's a great one for young fantasy lovers.

2. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I find this book completely amazing. It is full of hope and magic. It makes me want a garden of my own. It's a thick book, but very easy to get through.
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Opinion by swimchick posted over a year ago
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I know not everyone celebrates Christmas, but in many countries, there is a big break coming up, and I thought I would share some good vacation-type reads. So put these on hold at the library now to prepare for a long period of time for relaxation and good reading.

1. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
(The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass)-I read this series once over a break and it is fantastic. Deep and meaningful while still a quick read. The 2nd one is my favorite.

2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
This is probably a challenge for a lot of people, but it's one of the most amazing books I have ever read. I tackled this one over a Christmas break and finished in a little over a week. It's a good book to go for when you have a long stretch of time to devote to it.

3. Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini
(Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr) This is a good chance to catch up before the 4th book comes out. (Anyone know when that is, btw?) People may laugh at this pick, but the books are very easy reads and pretty addicting. You'll get into them quickly which is perfect for the holidays. You want to relax after...
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Review by lead posted over a year ago
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if you've wondered what you're cat really was saying,then there's a book for you. DEWEY written by vicki myron,is a tale of a cat with a big personality that was put into a smalltown library dropbox at a few weeks old and became the worlds most talked about cat.except for a few detailed moments about her family or herself,this book is a very clean book.so if you have a cat or just like a heartwarming,funny book then you will want to read DEWEY.i had a cat so i know what they are like and that's why this book is one of my favorite books and i hope it will be one of yours too.if you want to find it go to www.hachettebookgroup.com to read a inspiring book of survival,hope,and most imporantly,love.
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Review by vampiregrrl999 posted over a year ago
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The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a tale about a teenage girl finding her identity. Even though it's a young adult book, I would reccomend it to anyone.
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year-long coma-so she's been told-and she is still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. But what happened before that? She's been given home movies chronicling her entire life, which spark memories to surface. But are the memories really hers? And why won't anyone in her family talk about the accident? Jenna is becoming more curious. But she is also afraid of what she might find out if she ever gets up the courage to ask her questions.
Sound good? That's what I thought. However, after I read the book, I found that the summary was slightly misleading. Especially the line "But are the memories really hers?" In fact, the story has a slight sci-fi feel to it-but don't let that turn you off! I think this story has something in it for everyone, and I think you should definetely read it!
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Fan fiction by sk8rgirl714 posted over a year ago
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Preface

“Okay honey, it’s your first time on a plane!” my mother cooed me. I was five then so I didn’t hate it entirely. “I’m ready Mommy!” I said. We sat in section… 1A and 1B.
My mother was overly excited for the both of us because it was also her first time on a plane.
After takeoff, my mother spotted San Diego, which was the wrong direction. We were going to visit my grandparents in Michigan. It felt like the plane was dropping all of a sudden.
“Mommy, are we going to land now?” I asked. “I’m going to go talk to the pilot honey. I’ll be right back.” My mother never came back.
Soon after, the plane began to tip forward more and more. There were people screaming saying, “It’s a terrorist!” I knew what that word meant.
I began to worry for myself and the others in the plane. I knew I was to die a quick death. I couldn’t even look out the window knowing that I would be a dead child. I decided to push all the negative thoughts out, but behind them were even more negative thoughts.
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Opinion by XxXAFI4everXxX posted over a year ago
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I am an upcoming Manga lover and these r the three books out of the 5 series i read that were the most interesting:::

1) Pet Shop Of Horrors ~ A mysterious pet shop owner named Count D owns a shop in Chinatown that sells "dreams" but if u don't fallow the rules, it might kill u...or worse.

2) The Dreaming ~ Two twin sisters go to a privite school with a past of girls going missing in the bushes around the school. So they decide to solve it.

3) Princess Ai ~ A princess ends up in Tokyo and becomes a star, and meets the love of her life. But will that stop her enemies from coming back to kill her?

These r three great series of Manga, I hope u read and enjoy.
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Opinion by BiteMeCullen107 posted over a year ago
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“Jacob!” I was yelling from the bath room. I was in more pain than I ever thought was possible. It felt like something was clawing its way out of my stomach. This couldn’t be possible I’d been pregnant for only a couple of months. “JACOB BLACK GET YOU ASS UP HERE!” I was screaming so loud I thought Jacob would go def. He ran into the bath room and kneeled down beside me. “What’s wrong?” “I need to get to grandpa.” He picked me up and drove me to the house and carried me in.

“What’s wrong with her?” My mother came rushing to my side. “Mom stop just get grandpa.” I said trying not to scream at her from the pain that was coming from my stomach. In an instant he was by my side. Jacob laid me down on the long couch. “Emmett and Jasper go get the…” be for grandpa could finish they were already getting the machine. Grandpa put this cold green goop on my stomach. It looked like I had been pregnant for six months. Jacob was holding my hand but more to hold me down. “Wow!” Jacob and I looked at each other and then strait at grandpa. “Is every thing okay?” I asked with sweat coming down my forehead. “Esme, honey can you get...
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Opinion by cressida posted over a year ago
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The blush after your first kiss. The adrenaline of a roller coaster ride. Moving to a new town. None of these can compare to the emotions one feels after finishing a book so completely excellent that you want to buy it for everyone you know. I love that feeling. And somehow I have become blessed this past month for I have read not one but TWO of these wonderful books. Of course I have to share them now with you all and desperately hope that you will pick them up at the local library.

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Klueger

"Boston teens T. C. and Augie are such close friends that their families acknowledge them as brothers. Alejandra has recently arrived from Washington, D.C., where her father served as a Mexican ambassador to the U.S. Kluger’s crowded, exuberant novel follows the three high-school freshman through an earth-shaking year of friendship, romance, musicals, and baseball. At the center is a broadening sense of what family means." In the hands of any other author this story would have been sappy chick lit, but Klueger gives his first YA book a fresh and...
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Opinion by cressida posted over a year ago
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Stephen King "couldn't stop reading" it. Stephenie Meyer was so "obsessed . . . I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table." Publishers Weekly called it "the best book of 2008."

What is it?

The Hunger Games!

In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed and been replaced by Panem, a country divided into 12 districts and ruled by the Capitol.

To keep the districts in line, the Capitol has required that annually each of the Twelve Districts send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death. Sixteen-year-old Katniss, whose family's survival rests on her since her father's death, has been forced to represent her district in the Games. To survive, she must kill others. But to kill others is a test Katniss is unsure she will pass.

Part gladiator-like adventure, part romance, part survival story, part political commentary, The Hunger Games asks the question: How far would you go to survive?
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List by cressida posted over a year ago
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Apoc·a·lypse

Pronunciation:
\ə-ˈpä-kə-ˌlips\

1: one of the Jewish and Christian writings of 200 B.C. to 150 A.D. marked by pseudonymity, symbolic imagery, and the expectation of an imminent cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil and raises the righteous to life in a messianic kingdom

2: something viewed as a prophetic revelation

3: a great disaster

Whether it's been a subconscious attempt to remind myself that despite the economic recession, current wars and general devastation, life could be worse, the theme of my reading recently has been "apocalypse". Bring me misery and despair apparently.

But I want to share the list of apocalyptic stories as they are general good tales of human endurance and survival in the face of total catastrophe. Take note. Enjoy. Humanity shall endure!



Z for Zachariah by Robert O'Brien
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Opinion by dominoharvey posted over a year ago
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Books have definitely taken on a new meaning in the past few years. Before, books were a way to past time, something to take your mind off your busy and chaotic life. Now, we can see those classic stories come to life on the big screen. There are many movies which were based on books, most of them very good. But I think a lot of us rabid readers can agree that sometimes, it’s just better to leave the story in the pages of a book. First of all, it’s very hard to create a film that’s just as good as the book. Books have so much fun detail and information on what the characters are thinking. The possibilities are endless and there are almost no limits. For example, an author can write as many pages as they want, while director’s have to watch their movie length. Secondly, a director will never be able to make every reader happy. Everyone has a different image in their head of what each fictional character will look like. Combined with the author’s description and their own imagination, readers will carry that picture with them throughout the book. So, it’s not really the director or actors fault when the guy playing your favorite fictional hero doesn’t look the way you...
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Opinion by cullenjonas4eva posted over a year ago
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*A person in the "questions" section asked if they were "too old" to read young adult novels. They wanted to know "how old is too old"? I presume that a lot of adults ponder this question, or feel ashamed of reading young adult novels instead of "adult" novels. This was my answer, and I hope it will help you, too:

I believe that any adult can share in the joy and experience of losing yourself in a good book; whether it's a young adult novel or not.
Young adult novels usually revolve around themes that attract the tween/teen ages, but this does not mean that these themes do not also attract adults, too.
I am a person considered of young adult age. If I find a really good young adult novel, I lend it to my mother (who is a very picky critic I might add), and she usually enjoys it. My mother is 46 years old.
In conclusion, there is no such thing as "too old" for a book. However, there is such a thing as "too young" for a book, as some books involve complex themes that younger children might not understand or these themes would frighten them.
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Opinion by breebree446 posted over a year ago
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#5 The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer

The Supernaturalist takes place in the future. A boy named Cosmo Hill is an orphan in this new world. He goes to a school where he's tortured every day. He finally sees his chance to escape when there is a crash on the highway. He and his friend ziplock manage to escape, this only ends in Ziplock's demise and Cosmo's attack by these strange blue creatures. He is saved by three people(Stefan, Ditto, and Mona) who call themselves the Supernaturalist. The Supernaturalist become the closest thing he's ever had to family and together they have to take on the blue creatures and learn the secrets behind Satellite City. The Supernaturalist is packed with action and takes an interesting outlook on the future.

#4 Goddesses Series by Clea Hantman

The story kicks off when three troublesome Muses pull a prank on the goddess Hera. Thier dad, Zeus, banishes them to Athens, Georgia in 2002. Now, the goddesses have to get along in our time. Thalia is worrying about whether or not she loves Apollo. The only way for the girl's to get home is to learn thier lessons, which won't be easy when The Furies are there with...
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Review by cressida posted over a year ago
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Sometimes it's great to be a bookseller.

B.E.A. (which I didn't go to, alas) has passed and our book buyers have come back with some great ARCs in their suitcases and begun to share the book love. The eagerly-awaited second book to The Hunger Games is in my hands, as well as Jeannette Wall's new "true-life novel". I was also happily surprised by a new book in a new series by Cinda Williams Chima, author of the Heir trilogy (The Warrior Heir; The Wizard Heir; The Dragon Heir). All three are fantastic -- y'all should pick them up come Autumn 2009!


Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
US Release Date: September 1st, 2009


The Hunger Games are back!

"Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss, to her horror, is the face of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry....
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Opinion by harold posted over a year ago
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This review was last edited on 6 November 2008. A caveat: keep in mind that this was written by an adult man reading a young adult novel: my opinions will differ from many fans of the book just as my time in life and experience also differ.

In my mind, a review consists of three parts: a recommendation, a review of the plot, and a critique of the craft that went into the product. These each follow. If you have not read the book already and think you might, avoid the review and critique both, as they discuss the book in detail.

Recommendation: Definitely read Twilight if you are a preteen girl, or you are interested in knowing what is enthralling all the preteen girls.

Synopsis: In Twilight, 17-year-old Isabella Swan leaves her mom's home in Phoenix, AZ to live with her father in gloomy Forks, WA. She feels alienated from everything until she encounters the Cullen family, a group of outcast vampires who've taken vows of abstinence (from killing people, not from sex), and falls in love with the lone singleton, Edward.
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Opinion by liissaaxx posted over a year ago
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Another great book,
For all bookworms thirteen and over, well for bookworms who don't need each character explained to them each time there mentioned throughout the novel, I have a great book you may like to try out if you haven't already. 'The Way of Shadows' By Brent Weeks, the first book in the Night Angel Trilogy. It's an action packed story filled with assassins, romance, friendship and life when it's hard. It's a fantasy book that challenges your imagination and keeps you guessing. I have heard multiple phrases for it and love it myself. Another book of mine that I didn't want to put down.
If your searching for a book to read try this one. Though I can't promise that you won't be disappointed, because everyone has different tastes, I can promise that if you don't give it a shot you may regret it.
Yeah I know, it's not much of a book review but I'll leave you with your wandering minds and the blurb.

[b]For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art. And he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir.
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Opinion by Renesmee-C-C posted over a year ago
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When I look on youtube or even here, there are people that just want every one to hate the Twilight series and Edward most of all! THEY ARE FICTIONAL! And your all fighting like a bunch of babies! Its a book! You dont have to like it and I am not telling you to read it if you haven't.
I agree, Love does not work like she explains it, and this book is pretty stereotypical but thats not the point!
Us kids and Teens know that vampires and werewolves are NOT real but we have every right to like what we want to like!
I see that some people are waiting for someone like Ewdard to come and sweep them off their feet and I agree, they are just going to be disappointed. And I see that some of them do not want to listen no matter what, but you cant go telling them not to like him! Thats like telling a toddler not to want a Prince Charming!
You should listen to yourselves! Its like you never read a book when you were little and went "I want my boyfriend to be just like that."
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Article by ja8ke posted over a year ago
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Hullo everyone, my name Is Renee Smith and I would just like to say, Im the most erratic person you'll ever meet lol that and I'm going through a painful publishing period for my FINALLY DONE AND GONE UNDER THE KNIFE FOR EDITING novel its a bit science fiction but very up to speed with the century we live in....I know how its hard to relate to books that takes place in the future. The book is called seeker, and its a story that my characters have been dieing to tell the world and me, which i never usually listen to because its hard to pay attention when you have senioritis! Any ways I just wanted to let you all know before it hits stores, I was hopeing to get feed back from everyone and if your wondering what its about become a fan and i'll become yours and I'll let you read a few chapters. My friends and editor are workin on a website that should be up by the ending of summer. WHOOOOO!! It's a rush but I'm still feeling doubious about this whole thing. Giving my thoughts to you all would mean I dont have anything to keep sacred but everyone insists that i should "SPREAD THE NEWWWWWWS" so there it goes.:)
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Opinion by NikkiLovesOTH posted over a year ago
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Hi! Everyone I Made A New Fanpop Club About The Series "Boys That Bite By: Mari Mancusi" And Would Totally Be Stoked If You Can Add It Here's The Fanpop Address:
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It's An Awesome Book Series And If You Like Buffy Or Vampire Books You Would Love It, I'm Trying To Find Fans That Can Add Stuff To The Club And Help Get It Started! You Can Look Up the Series Or
Check Mari Mancusi's Myspace At: link
They Are Really Good Books Their My Favorite Of All Time! Here Is The Summary Of The First Book! Wrote By Mari Mancusi!

"ABOUT BOYS THAT BITE

My mom is so going to kill me if she finds out I'm turning into a vampire...

Okay, so technically she can't because I'm immortal. Well, not yet. See, due to the worst case of mistaken identity with my dark-side-loving twin sister at a Goth hangout called Club Fang, Magnus, a vampire hottie, went for my innocent neck instead of hers. Now, if I don't reverse it in time, Magnus will be my blood mate forever...
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Fan fiction by BuffyFaithFan1 posted over a year ago
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CHAPTER ONE: My Life Story...

My name: Peyton Strong. My life: Different. My wish: To have someone else do my job. Why?: Cause I was destined to do THIS. Why?: A civilization called The Light, called me in and recruted me as one of there "HELPERS" when really...I'm on a fight for my life to save the world from un explicable things. Demons, thefts, you name it! Right now: I'm on top of a building, wathcing down far below. Knife in hand. Gun in it's holster. And searching. Searching what you ask?: For members of The Shades. Who?: They are just like The Lights, but they are competly different. They could lean to The Lights, or lean towards The Darks. And right now, they are leaning towards The Darks. And they have something for The Darks. Who are they?: They are just like The Lights, but they are villains. Who will stop at nothing to get what they want! Which means?: They will kill and go through whatever or whoever is in their way. I slid the knife in my side pocket, and felt the rain hit my leather suit. I wasn't cold or hot in this thing, just part of the HUNTING outfit they gave me. I grabbed the edges of my hood, and in a swift movment, pulled it over my head. I...
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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Statement of Intent: If you read to the end, you'll notice that I do not advocate against reading Twilight, just putting it into context for young readers. This was originally written for a Facebook audience of friends until I decided to post it here as well. It was not intended to offend Twilight fans or readers, but to simply give a little perspective on why I believe Edward Cullen is a poor character to respect/admire. Should there be enough popular demand, I'm willing to write a similar article about Bella Swan.

Personality Traits in Abusive Relationships [link, link]

Note: The ones in bold are ones that are displayed by Edward Cullen in the book or film. Thanks to Jody for the research.

1) Uncontrolled temper. "Sometimes I Have a problem with my temper, Bella." (Twilight, Edward, page 164).
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Article by AnnabethChase posted over a year ago
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Mmkay, this is a really powerful-but really long- quote and I really hope you take just a few minutes out of whatever you're doing and read it.

"I was telling you about evil, now that I know what it is. It's what makes a man get drunk and press a red hot poker on his child's back. It's what makes men have to queue for hours at the dock gates for a chance of a job when there are only a dozen jobs for a hundred men, so they fight each other in order to get them, and the foreman laugh and egg them on. It's what takes an old couple who've got nothing left but each other and splits them up to go in the workhouse so they each die alone. It's ... what takes rent out of tenements and slums and refuses the responsibility of mending the drains, so that children have to wade knee-deep through filth to get into their houses....Don't interrupt. Don't open your mouth. Listen to me and learn.

Evil....it's what makes a family starve--the family I heard about the other day, five of them, father and mother and three children all dead, with nothing in their little room, nothing, because they'd pawned every spoon and every blanket and every chair, and there was no work, and...
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Opinion by cressida posted over a year ago
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I explained in my previous linkthe meaning of the this phrase, but here is a quick recap: advance readers' copies are sent pre-published books by publishers in hopes that a particularly enthusiastic recipient will personally promote the work to his or her customers, and thus increase sales exponentially.

Titles mentioned in my first article included:
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Half-Assed by Jeanette Fulda
- The Rhino with Glue-on Shoes by Lucy Spelman
- Cheer! by Kate Torgovnick

Here are more books that I have read in galley form (another phrase for advance reader copy) and hope that y'all will pick them up upon their publishing.

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The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University
by Kevin Roose
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Opinion by appleco posted over a year ago
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the book are you there god its me margret is very inspiring to me i don't know how judy bloom does it i would deffinetly recomend this book for any girl who fells sad or depressed it is a short book so you will mort likely finish it in about a week maybe even a day i normally don't like reading but after reading this book it made me think that i should read more books now i am reading so many cool books i could write my own but i am not feeling up to that so i will just stick to reading i hope you found my article usefull and remember if you have a good book tell me because i am really loving reading now
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Opinion by cressida posted over a year ago
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This is a common phrase/question that people employ when asking us booksellers for suggestions for their friends and family. "Well, he/she loved so-and-so...what else is like that" In fact, that is very helpful when trying to recommend books, knowing other books & authors that they like.

But sometimes one can get stuck in a rut and cannot come up with a wide selection of suggestions. Let's help each other find new books based on books we already enjoy. Adult, young adult, whatever you like!

Here are some Specific Titles that might prompt some suggestions:


-If you liked Harry Potter, you'll love...


-If you liked Twilight, you'll love...


-IF you liked Murder on the Orient Express, you'll love...


-If you liked Little House on the Prairie, you'll love...

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Or if you would prefers to make suggestions per Genre:
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Opinion by cressida posted over a year ago
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A note to book-cover publishers: before you decide on a cover, go into a bookstore and head to the respective section. See the trend of tints and shades that color that genre. then pick a different color! It is astonishing that, even in this day and age, history books about China and Russia are still primarily red, books about Ireland are green, and "women's books"(i.e. Chick Lit and Self Help) are pastel pink, blue or yellow. Honestly, even murder mystery books, when targeted towards female readers, take on pink as opposed to the red and/or black of other mysteries.

The psychology of book covers seems not to have evolved past an assumed color code. And yet, as a bookseller, I wonder why a book publisher doesn't try to break the conformity so to make the book stand out. Got a new history book about China? Try bright yellow. It's still in the warm colors but will pop! Irish books? Try a orange (tho' that might fall into a political realm of Catholic Green vs. Protestant Orange....so maybe a yellow would too work in this scenario).
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Opinion by johannaesp posted over a year ago
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FIRST part of the book series The children of the earth.

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love.

Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves The Clan of the Cave Bear.

Besides the book there was a movie in the 80's starring Daryl Hanna (Kill bill).


Totally Amazing!! Every Woman Should read it!!
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Opinion by cressida posted over a year ago
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We all love books. That's a given. But what about bookstores? What are your thoughts on them?

I'm just going to presume that you love bookstores, and even more, independent bookstores. But in this day and age when it is too easy to search for and buy books online *cough* Amazon *cough*, I want to remind all of the wonderfulness of independent bookstores. But I also want to remind you that they are suffering. These historical and community treasures need your help!

And so I want to direct your attention to an upcoming PBS documentary called Paperback Dreams. Paperback Dreams is the story of two landmark independent bookstores and their struggle to survive. The film follows Andy Ross, owner of Cody’s Books, and Clark Kepler, owner of Kepler’s Books, over the course of two tumultuous years in the book business.

"In the last decade, competition from big chains and the internet has put booksellers in a vice. Half the independent bookstores in America closed in the 1990s. But in the 1960s, bookstores like Cody’s and Kepler’s redefined intellectual life, democratized literature, and helped launch...
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Review by Leightonfan posted over a year ago
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My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost—and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems. Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House . . . before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

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Review by Leightonfan posted over a year ago
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Synopsis:
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.


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Opinion by cressida posted over a year ago
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Advance Readers' Copies -- one of the many benefits of working at a bookstore. For those who might not know what that phrase refers to though, it means I (and other booksellers) are invited, even encouraged, to read advance copies of books before they are officially released to the public. In this world of thousands upon thousands of books, publishers often send out a free copy in hopes that a particularly enthusiastic recipient will personally promote the work to his or her customers, and thus increase sales exponentally.

Here are a few books that I have read in galley form (another phrase for advance reader copy) and hope y'all will pick them up, either at a bookstore or library.


The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes: And Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and their Patients
by Lucy Spelman (Editor), Ted Mashima (Editor)
In bookstores June 24, 2008 (US Release Date)


This is a cute book that all animal-lovers should pick up, or would be a great present for teenagers interested in becoming veterinarians. It’s a simple concept: vets from around the world contribute a story about an exotic...
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Review by Cinders posted over a year ago
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"I still get nightmares," begins Johnny Truant, editor of House of Leaves ("House," by the way, always colored in blue). He goes on to explain how he stumbled upon the fateful document that would consume him. How Zampanò, an old and eccentric shut-in had left his critique of the Navidson Record scribbled on loose-leaf papers, book covers, and the backs of envelopes and even stamps scattered across his room. Johnny diligently collected all of the papers and organized them into the comprehensive thesis it was meant to be. It is an elaborate and detailed explanation of a documentary that, Johnny discovers, doesn't exist. No matter where he looks, he cannot find the film. But regardless, and for no reason he can remember, he diligently edited this scholarly paper and his footnotes are scattered throughout the novel, sometimes pages long.

But of course, Johnny shares something in common with the Navidson Record in that he doesn't exist either. He is a character created by Mark Z. Danielewski to tell the story of House of Leaves, which is really a story-within-a-story. One story deals with Johnny and Zampanò and how the text effects them, especially...
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Opinion by cressida posted over a year ago
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Books About Reading

The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs
Just for the heck of it, one day A.J. Jacobs decided to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica, all thirty-two volumes. Surprisingly his details about his adventure is quite amusing and he does share some very interesting tidbits from the EB. Or as Jon Stewart says: "The Know-It-All is a hilarious book and quite impressive achievement. I've always said, why doesn't someone put out a less complete version of the encyclopedia? Well done, A.J."

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
I know I have previously recommended this book in my link soapbox article but besides her memories about living in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, Nafisi offers amazingly insightful analysises on Lolita, The Great Gatsby, and Daisy Miller. I wish I could have had Nafisi as my Western Literature professor!
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Opinion by cressida posted over a year ago
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Now, there are two types of memoirs in my mind: those about famous people, and those that aren't. Both have their pros and cons. More people are likely to notice a famous memoir at the bookstore and buy it based on the celebrity's name -- but "common folk" memoirs don't have pre-conceptions, politics, and religious perspectives to overcome. Or you're like me, who likes whatever she reads as long as its good. Whatever you like to read, here are a few memorable memoirs that I'd recommend you read.

With memoirs written by writers, you rightfully expect that the memoir is as good of a read as their non/fiction tales. None of the following authors will let you down! link's memoirs, which are split into childhood and adulthood, are as imaginatively funny and horrible gruesome as his fictional tales (did you know that his nose was practically sliced off in an accident?). Beverly Cleary's memoirs, also split between youth and adulthood, show how she and her literary celebrity Ramona Quimby are very similar. link's memoir isn't a straight...
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Opinion by cressida posted over a year ago
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In A Sunburned Country, A Walk in the Woods and I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away by link
While I have only discovered Bill Bryson's works within the past year, I have whole-heartedly fallen in love with his writings. Why? Because they are the freaking funniest things I have ever read. He delights in depicting the strange and the awkward, which usually turns out to be him. This "God Dad! [teenage eyes rolling in disdain, can't believing that they are related]" theme runs throughout his books, adding *pop* and *crackle* to his extremely informative self-travel journeys. A Walk in the Woods is about his hike along the US Appalachian Trail; In A Sunburned Country is about Bryson's travels across Australia; I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away is (as the title so prominently points out) about returning to the American lifestyle after twenty years of living in England. "Woods" and "Sunburned" are full-fledged books about his trips; "Stranger" is a collection...
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Opinion by cressida posted over a year ago
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My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme
You must know Julia Child by name if not by reputation. The cook of all cooks. The woman who revolutionized American household kitchens; she entered the home by TV and left us groaning, having just gorged on prodigious French food. But that really isn't her, Julia Child declares, in her book. My Life in France is an amazing, humanizing potrait of Julia Child as we peek into her life before fame and (can you belive it?) her life before she could cook (she claims that she was horrible in the kitchen before moving to France and attended cooking classes). The best thing about this book, besides its wonderful writing? The idea that you can become a master when you are older; that a skill doesn't have to be innate, it can be learnt.


A Chef's Life: In Search of the Perfect Meal by Anthony Bourdain
Written by "bad boy" chef Anthony Bourdain, A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal will provoke envy and jealousy when you read about how he gets paid to travel the world (Barcelona, Vietnam, Russia, etc.), experience out-of-this-world meals and...
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Opinion by tubby2002 posted over a year ago
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Tantalize (Cynthia Leitich Smith) was an awsome book. I really enjoyed it. It had me guessing what was going to happen until the very end!

Here is a piece about the book:

Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her hybrid werewolf first love threatens to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever. And just as she and her uncle are about to unveil Austin's red-hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef. Can Quincie transform the new hire, Henry Johnson, into a culinary Dark Lord before opening night? Will he be able to to wow the crowd in fake fangs, a cheap cape, and red contact lenses? Or is there more to his earnest fresh face than meets the eye?

As human and preternatural forces clash a deadly love triangle forms and the line between predator and prey begins to blur. Who's playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything?
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Opinion by tubby2002 posted over a year ago
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I read this really good book the other day and I would like to recommend it to poeple. This is what is written on the inside cover about the book:

Rule 3: DONT STARE AT INVISIBLE FAERIES: Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty- especially if learn of her Sight- and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule 2: DONT SPEAK TO INVISIBLE FAERIES: Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule 1: DONT EVER ATTRACT THEIR ATTENTION: But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost-- regardless of her plans.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friends, Seth; her life; everything.
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