Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Reads:

This week, I'm reading The Diviners by Libba Bray. I really liked the Gemma Doyle trilogy that she wrote a few years ago so I snatched up her newest offering.  I'm only a few pages in so far, but I really like it.

It goes like this:

"Do you believe there are ghosts and demons and Diviners among us?

Evie O'Neil has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City -- and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic.  It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her Uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he'll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene,  Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened...

Printz Award-winning and New York Times Bestselling author Libba Bray opens a brand-new historical series with the Diviners, where the glittering surface of the Roaring Twenties hides a mystical horror creeping across the country."

Doesn't it sound deliciously creepy? So excited to read it. And so excited to hear that it's a series! I love stumbling upon a new series. It's one of my very favorite things. Finding a great new book is great but discovering that the story doesn't end there, that there is more to come is even better. It's one of the very best surprises.

If you're interested in how I'm progressing in my reading goal for the year, check it out after the jump.

I'm doing really well! I've almost reached my target number. I may even go over before the year is out.
Here's how the list looks so far:

  1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
  2. Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume
  3. The Sweet Far Thing
  4. Interview with a Vampire
  5. The Tales of Beetle the Bard
  6. Spud
  7. The Secret History
  8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  9. A Discovery of Witches
  10. Death Comes to Pemberley
  11. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  12. A Week at the Beach
  13. Little Bee
  14. Anthropology of an American Girl
  15. Naked
  16. Just as Long as We’re Together
  17. Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson
  18. The Hunger Games
  19. Catching Fire
  20. Mockingjay
  21. The Alchemist (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)
  22. All He Ever Wanted
  23. Back When We Were Grownups
  24. Moon Over Manifest
  25. Shadow of Night
  26. Divergent
  27. Insurgent
  28. The Pleasure of My Company
  29. Emma
  30. When We Were Orphans
  31. Viola in Reel Life
  32. Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride
  33. The Ordinary Princess
  34. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
  35. Viola in the Spotlight
  36. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Book 1: The Mysterious Howling
  37. The Mysterious Benedict Society
  38. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Book 2: The Hidden Gallery
  39. Acceleration
  40. Blood and Chocolate
  41. Beautiful Redemption
  42. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Book 3: The Unseen Guest
  43. Hourglass
  44. I Remember Nothing
  45. Betsy-Tacy and Tib
  46. Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill
  47. Besty and Tacy Go Downtown
  48. Heaven to Betsy
  49. The Glass Castle
  50. Timepiece
  51. Betsy in Spite of Herself
  52. Betsy and Joe
P.S. Have you ever read the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace? It's a charming little children's series about a group of friends set in the early 1900s. The first book starts when they are five years old and the last book ends with them getting married. My mother read these books as a child and she introduced them to me when I was little. I have read them about once a year ever since. They are so cute and I have so many happy memories of them growing up that I let myself disappear back into the world of Deep Valley, Minnesota whenever I can. If you have never read them, I strongly encourage you to. Even if you missed them as a kid and you're all grown up now. Read them. I promise you'll enjoy them.

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