I got more sleep today:D i'm still a bit tired, and i won't get much sleep tomorrow since i'm working at the library too, but i'll take it:P
7 One Good Dog by Susan Willis
I picked this and Hawke's Cove up on a whim at the library, and i really enjoyed both! there wasn't much surprising about the story or character development in this, but i really felt for both the dog and Adam. And she's really good a different styles, and with this one there were alternating POV's, and i didn't find them confusing or jarring at all. She wasn't strict with whose "turn" it was; although it did follow a general guideline, it also flowed naturally and if it didn't suit to change POVs, she didn't. She also used slightly different styles of writing for each, which helped keep them straight. It's a "contemporary issues" kind of book, but doesn't feel like it's about sensationalism or cashing in....
8 The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
This was fun and clever, and i really like that Enola is a strong, smart girl, but still young, naive and makes mistakes. I will be reading more of these, and i am intrigued by the author's Rowan Hood series:)
9 A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
I continue to like this series a lot, but i found the characters in this one to be very neurotic and bizarre, to the point where it kinda took me out of the story. And there's a lot of detail and focus on food! i kept getting snackish:P i did like the element of the sums though, and the ending over all. And i love love love Gamache and Reine-Marie's relationship:)
10 3 Willows by Ann Brashares
I didn't find this nearly as strong as the original series:( it's different, in that the friends aren't as close, and they have different issues to deal with, but i felt like some things were kinda glossed over and resolved too easily. There were some recurring characters, kinda cameos, which was fun, but i was disappointed by the lack of pants! and it's different, but i feel like it's also too similar to stand on its own....
11 Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue
This is difficult for me to review because it's well-written, interesting, and tells not-often-told, not-too-romanticized part(s) of history, and i really liked some parts and aspects. But i find Mary very unsympathetic, esp. once she gets to the country. she's spoiled, snobby and superficial. If it were real, i would respect her choices, and promote her rights to choose and make things (what she feels is) better, but as fiction, for-pleasure reading, i just didn't like it. It's also pretty graphic:S
12 Guys Write for Guys Read ed. by Jon Scieszka
I am obviously not the target audience for this at all, and i did enjoy some (James howe, Will Hobbs...), but for the most part it was too easy for me. The writings are often essentialist and somewhat sexist about gender and sex (Korman's especially so). I did like the diversity in masculinities, ideas and topics, etc offered though.
and now, i am only 9 books behind, so within my goal range finally!:P and jsut in time to get back to work:P