January 11, 2007

A Month of Reading: December


Best reads of the past month:

Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler
This fun little book was like a sweet summer's day in the dead of winter. Mara Valentine reminds me of myself in high school. Socially backward and uninterested in being otherwise. Single-minded when it comes to being valedictorian. Hopelessly in love with a really cool guy. One of my favorite things about Mara is that, rather than letting herself be consumed by her ex-boyfriend's lameness, she opts for a healthier obsession and becomes a vegan. Awesome.

Best rereads of the past month:

In the Hand of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, and Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
Read the first one last month, so I had to follow up with the rest of the series. What fun books. They got me through being 13. Somehow I'm not surprised they can get me through being 28, too.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
The anticipation for Book 7 is rising fast. I figured I'd go back and give Book 6 its first reread. It was great. I picked up on tons of stuff I missed the first feverish time around. My only requirement for Book 7: Harry cannot die. And neither can Hermione, Ron, Ginny, Fred, George, or Neville. Do you hear me, Ms. Rowling? They're off limits. Please.

Deerskin by Robin McKinley
Because when she takes a story in hand, you can trust her. And you finish the book thinking it could never have been written any other way.