where susie reads and blogs about it...maybe.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan I'm not sure how one could give this book anything less than 5 stars.Side Note: the tagline for this book should be, "What do you seek in these shelves?"

Across the Universe

Across the Universe - Beth Revis The 4 stars are primarily based on this book readability. It was entertaining and intriguing. I read this book pretty much in one day. I just needed answers!The setting was fantastic and well thought out. I had some issues with the writing. It felt a bit choppy or rushed in places, especially the ending. I won't be rushing to get the sequel, but I will definitely add it to my TBR.

I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith My first read of 2013.. An absolute delight.

The Art of Fielding: A Novel

The Art of Fielding: A Novel - Chad Harbach Video review:

How the Bible was Built

How the Bible Was Built - Charles Merrill Smith A nice brief and basic history of the Bible. I wish some parts had been more in depth. I think this book world be really good for a young audience, based on the simple writing style.

Fahrenheit 451: A Novel

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury When I finish reading a novel, only a good one compels me to continue on to read any of the extra writing follows it. I am so glad I did with this book. The Afterword, Coda, and the Conversation with Ray Bradbury, that was featured in the 50th Anniversary edition, made this novel, that would have been a four star rated book an unquestionable a FIVE star piece. I look forward to reading more of Ray Bradbury in the future!

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson Review to come


Hana - Lauren Oliver Delirium was better. This was interesting and definitely worth the read though if you are a Delirium or Hana fan.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick This book was the perfect combination of illustration and story telling. I loved how the illustrations directly impacted the narrative, it forces the reader to not only pay attention and read the text but the beautiful drawings as well. The reason I only gave it four stars instead of five is because while I loved the relationship between the illustrations and the text, visually and literally. The story had the potential to be a great and wonderful adventure, and it was, but I felt like it was missing something.If you like beautifully illustrated children's novels, movie history, magic, and adventure you will like The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Jennifer E. Smith The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was and is a very sweet love story. The characters were genuine and believable. They had a good balance of . I feel like in most contemporary romances one of the characters is usually too perfect, but that was not the case with this novel.The setting was depicted well, I assume. I've never traveled by plane, but I felt like the experience rang true. I love that the beginning of each chapter included the time in both the time zones (the main characters travel from U.S. to England).While this novel was primarily a romance, I was so glad to see other aspects of life dealt with in this book, other kinds of relationships addressed, like the relationship between parents and their children. I think that we do not read enough of that in Young Adult Literature. Overall, this novel was very lovely. If you are in the mood for a high quality contemporary realistic romance in the YA genre, this book fits the bill!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer  - Michelle Hodkin This book was okay. I'd heard such great reviews for it, but it was fairly disappointing. Perhaps I approached this book with expectations that were much too high. The novel was an easy quick read, but I spent most of the book waiting for substance. I really wanted to like this book. There were aspects of it that were interesting, but I think this novel would have worked much better as a short story. The ending was somewhat enticing, but I don't know if it was enough to warrant reading the next book in the series.I dislike giving "negative" reviews, especially for books that several people I follow enjoyed, but when it comes to book review honesty is more important than kindness.

Why We Broke Up

Why We Broke Up - Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman I really wanted to love this book. Unfortunately I did not LOVE it, but it had some very redeeming qualities. Min's voice was a bit annoying to me, I'm not sure why. Maybe it was her naivety, probably just because I heard so much of myself at that age in her voice. Regardless of that the voice was so genuine. The first three fourths of the book were underwhelming, but the last quarter made up for it, not enough to persuade me to give it 4 stars, but almost. I was heart broken for Min when she was heart broken. I was glad to see how she handled it with the help of her friends and whatnot. It was a nice ending. The illustrations were fantastic, understated, simple, but so lovely. They make me want to go and paint, right now.

Tempest: A Novel

Tempest - Julie Cross If you take a lesser version of The Time Traveler's Wife add teenagers and secret government agencies, you would get something that highly resembled Julie Cross's debut novel Tempest. I had high expectations for this book since the synopsis reminded me so much of The Time Traveler's Wife. Even without the comparison the novel would have let me down. It was exciting at first, but it became slightly repetitive and predictable. I am curious of how the book may have played out if it were a stand alone novel instead of the first in a series. I will never know, but I think I may have enjoyed it. Overall this book was not bad, just average and below my expectations. If you like Young Adult fiction, romance, time travel, and espionage you might like Tempest.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares - Rachel Cohn, David Levithan This book was quite nice. I have wanted to read it since I read Nick and Norah. I loved the reference to Nick and Norah.It might be better than Nick and Norah.I definitely like the characters better.

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner Trilogy)

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2) - James Dashner Unlike most, I liked this installment of the series just as much as the first one.Unfortunately this series leaves me feeling just as confused and frustrated as the characters.Maybe that is the point, eh?

Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books (Unpacking My Library Series)

Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books - Leah Price This book is any bibliophiles dream. Writers sharing little peeks into their lives, the way only looking at one's bookshelf can. Must read.

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