Tuesday, March 1, 2011

February Books Read

So while I had a great time reading books this month, I have had a problem with several of them, why do authors feel the need to use such obscene language in books.  I understand that most of these books are for the young adult audience and that many of those in the target audience use language like that, but can't the author rise above that?  I would love to see more authors try to improve the language of the reader, rather than encourage such baseness in youth today.

The Replacement
Brenna Yovanoff
I have a hard time saying how this books was.  I enjoyed the story but I felt at times like the author was toying with the reader.  The protagonist knows more of the story than the reader does and it takes a long time for the reader to figure out what is going on.  The story is about a boy who is different than everyone else.  He is a replacement, or in other words a changling.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
John Green and David Levithan
This was an interesting story, but I will not recommend it for most audiences.  The characters go the gamut from the severely depressed,  over-sexed, gay, and everything in between.  The end of the book was nice, but getting there was a challenge.  I was actually really disappointed as Amazon had recommended this one and the premise was great.

When I Was Joe
Keren Green
I liked this story, this was about a boy who witnessed a murder and has been placed in the witness protection program.  The author and the story are both British, so the language and the slang can be distracting at times, but it was still enjoyable.

Sherri L. Smith
This was definitely the best book that I read recently.  The story is of a black girl during WWII.  She and her father were pilots and she really wanted to join in the military in order to help.  She has light skin and actually uses that to pass as white and to join the WASP and was able to fly missions.   The story is fiction, but is based on the experiences of actual WASP pilots.

Neal Shusterman
This book was another gem in the month.  This is the story of a boy misunderstood, but who has a gift.  The story becomes the typical diamond in the rough type story, but the getting there was a lot of fun.

The Girl Who Could Fly
Victoria Forester
The cover of this book has author Stephanie Meyer review is saying that it is "the sweetest/oddest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men" and I couldn't agree more.  The girl in the story is from the deep south, has great morals, and speaks like a southerner, while learning to fly and use her powers.  We also meet other kids with powers and get to see them grow together.

The Other Side of the Island
Allegra Goodman
This was a fun, quick read of another distopian world.  The characters are in a world where only a few islands have survived the melting polar caps and the horrible weather that ensued.  Earth Mother has come in a saved the people, but at what cost!?!  If you have ever seen Futurama, Earth Mother reminded me a lot of Mom, the creator of the robots.

Total Pages for February: 2016
Total for 2011: 5480

Books that I read but did not finish yet/ever this month.

The Peacegiver
This was our book club book for the month, but I had a hard time getting into it.  We'll see if it gets reshelved, or if I get around to finishing it.

Still going on this one...

Going Bovine
I am emjoying this one, the story is intereseting, but I am having a hard time getting past the foul language.

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