half-way caught up!
58 Geektastic edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
This was very geeky and fun and good. The stories were mostly romances, but within that there was a nice range:)
59 The Puppy Diaries by Jill Abramsom
This was ok. It felt pretty jumpy, but that may be because it was based on shorter articles. It does feel like it's much more focused on her than the dog, which i wasn't so keen on. It's also from a very privileged place, which she does at least acknowledge.
60 The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
I found the supernatural element in this to be kind of odd, awkward and to detract from the story, but i really liked everything else (the characters and relationships, the bit of mystery, the setting, etc):)
61 A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
I know there's been a lot of hype and praise for this, but it didn't live up to that for me. It felt very jumpy to me, in time, place and even person, and i just didn't get the point of it:S
62 The Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle
This was the 2012 choice for our One Book, One Island (a promotion through the library system to make one big, province-wide book club. Other places do it as a city, but we're so little, we can do it as a province:P). 2011 was Still Life by Louise Penny, which i really really liked, but this one didn't catch me the same way. It was interesting and i liked bits of it, but it was very quick and felt disjointed and separated. I admit i don't have a strong skill at reading graphic novels, so my feelings on it may be entirely a reflection of that. Someone with those skills better developed may have really enjoyed this:)
63 The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer
I continue to enjoy this series:) It's clever, fun, adventurous and feminist:) highly recommended:)
64 The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
This was Very Neat! It's very quick, very intriguing and very creative. I loved the illustrations, and how the different media, type placements, etc were used:) My only real qualm is that at times it does feel too quick, almost insubstantial.
65 Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
I really liked this well-told story. I'm not as familiar with this fairy tale, but Hale does a really good job of world building and characters, as well as an interesting story. I did find it lacking in strong, good women though....
66 The Gypsy Crown by Kate Forsyth
This was another good one. I was drawn in immediately and remained engaged for the rest of the book. It's fast-paced but not too rushed, and not predictable.
67 River Secrets by Shannon Hale
This was sweet and engaging. I should've read Enna Burning first, but I got along ok without it (it did kinda spoil Enna Burning, but I still want to read it for the storytelling, and to know these characters better and how they got to River Secrets).