26. *Castle in the Air
by Diana Wynne Jones (304) YA/Fan
I don't remember exactly when I read this, but I just realized that I did in fact read it but forgot to post it.
It was amusing. Not my favorite DWJ ever, but I still liked it quite a bit.
27. *An Abundance of Katherines
by John Green (215) YA/Fic
I picked up this book for two reasons. The first is that someone linked me to this video
, which got me interested in the Brotherhood 2.0
project that John and his brother Hank did a couple of years ago (it's a year-long project of vlogs every weekday. I think I'm into June or July.). Eventually I realized that John is an author of YA books (I like YA books) so I thought I should check them out (making him the fourth author whose books I picked up after I followed some kind of web activity, after John Scalzi
, Wil Wheaton
, and Cherie Priest
The second reason I picked An Abundance of Katherines
is because I like the title.
The writing is good and the story is cute and the characters were believable. I have am looking forward to reading Looking for Alaska
and Paper Towns
28. *Looking for Alaska
by John Green (221) YA/Fic
Another excellent book. Green has a knack for creating characters that are interesting to read about even when they're not really doing anything. I did find the second half of the book predictable, but that didn't make it any less of a good read.
29. *13 Little Blue Envelopes
by Maureen Johnson (320) YA/fic
I read this in the bookstore, picked it up because John Green has mentioned the author several times in his vlogs, so I recognized her name.
Ginny's slightly-crazy aunt has given her a combination treasure hunt and scavenger hunt in a series of 13 letters. Each letter contains instructions for places to go, people to meet, and things to do or see. A solo tour of Europe is not something shy and quiet Ginny would ever have done normally, but with her aunt's letters to guide her, she takes the chance and goes.
This is the sort of book that you could (assuming the author did her research properly) follow along with in real life. Take a plane to this city, find this address. Take the ferry here, take a bus there, go to this museum and that cafe. It was a lovely journey to see new places and meet new people and, in the end, help Ginny accept her aunt's death.
30. *Paper Towns
by John Green (305) YA/Fic
Quentin's next-door neighbor Margo runs away from home not long before their high school graduation and Quentin follows clues to try and find her.
Another fantastic book by John Green. One thing I really like about Green's writing is that, unlike a lot of authors, his endings don't just stop
the book. The major event happens, then it still takes a while for everything to wrap up. If there's more than one major event, they're spaced out instead of all at once.
30 / 150 books. 20% done!
16 / 75 *new books. 21% done!
0 / 10 ^non-fiction. (hmmm)
8556 / 45000 pages. 19% done!