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Favorite Books of 2011

In Random on January 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I wish I had time to write a review about each one of these books, but since I’m trying to finish writing one of my own I’m going to keep it to a list. I read over one hundred books in 2011. These are my favorites (in random order) (okay, it isn’t exactly random order–it’s the order I read them–but is random as far as I didn’t rank them beyond, “Oo, this is one of the best books I’ve read this year!”):

  • The Limit by Kristen Landon (Early YA)
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Middle Grade)
  • The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (YA Dystopian)
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (Middle Grade)
  • Matched by Ally Condie (YA Dystopian)
  • Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt (YA Contemporary)
  • Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (YA Paranormal)
  • Cross My Heart by Julie Wright (Adult Romance)
  • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (books 1, 2, and 3) (Middle Grade)
  • Slayers by CJ Hill (YA Fantasy)
  • Cotillion by Georgette Heyer (Adult Historical-Regency)
  • The List by Melanie Jacobson (Adult Romance)
  • Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann (Adult Suspense)
  • The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal (YA Fantasy)
  • Dining With Joy by Rachel Hauck (Adult Contemporary)
  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George (Middle Grade Fantasy)
  • Freshman for President by Ally Condie (YA Contemporary)

Happy reading.


Rejuvenating Fully Authorized

In Random on June 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm

When I started this blog, I had big plans. (I always have big plans.)

Unfortunately, a lot of times my big plans fizzle out before they can reach reality.

I’m trying to pick up this dying dream and shine it up a little.

Look forward to these coming reviews:

The Rangers Apprentice Series

Flowers for Algernon

Princess for Hire (and its sequel)

Sean Griswold’s Head




The Day My Son and I Were Born

and maybe a few others in the coming weeks.

My goal is to make this more firmly book- and writing-dedicated, to link up with author blogs and websites that I like (although that is going to take some time) and also possibly introduce coming-soon books that I’m excited about.

Look for me on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s going to be great, right?

[Note to self: be more assertive.]

I mean, It’s going to be great!

Not Every Book

In Random on February 3, 2009 at 3:02 pm

I’ve been debating about whether or not to review every book I read and post it here. I’ve decided against this because:

  1. I don’t have time. I read three or four books a week, which should tell you how behind on housework I constantly am.
  2. I don’t want to post “bad” reviews. That may make me sound like a biased reviewer, but I hate to think of posting something unkind about another person’s hard work. Also, reading is highly subjective. I’d hate to post something that makes a person not read a book they might have loved.
  3. I originally intended this blog to be a resource for finding a good book to read, and also for parents to find something for their kids to read if they don’t have the time to read it themselves. I think this is doable without posting every book I read.

I haven’t posted much lately because I’ve been busy with other projects, although I have several books on the docket (what’s a docket?) I hope to get up in the next few days.

Another blog?

In Random on January 21, 2009 at 11:30 pm

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about blogging and which direction I want my blog to go. I went back and forth in my head: book reviews? or not? writing information? or not? links to authors’ websites? or not?

I feel grateful to have met quite a few authors this last year at a writers’ retreat, and I’ve virtually met (interesting how the meaning of the word “virtually” has changed, and yet remained the same, isn’t it?) quite a few others through ANWA, a writers’ group I joined. I’m writing a book (or two), but I didn’t really want to mix that in with my family blog–because, really, if you’re interested in writing and books it doesn’t automatically follow that you are interested in my children’s birthdays.

So–instead of making myself crazy with the circular internal question-and-answer goings-on, I thought, “Why not just start another blog?”

Hence, Fully Authorized was born. (Don’t you think “hence” is a good, author-type word? I’m seriously trying here.) I hope you enjoy it and the links available. I’ll start posting reviews soon.