Saturday, August 25, 2012

My Wishlist for August

     Here are 8 books I want to see on my shelves. All of these are reccomendations from I decided to start a new monthly list so here it is along with the synopsis of each of the books :

1. The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It by Lisa Shanahan
" IN MY FAMILY, when anyone rides the wave of their emotions, we say they're chucking a birkett. When the emotion drives out all common sense, we say they're chucking a big one. The telltale signs are: flaming cheeks, shortness of breath, bulging eyes, and a prolonged illogical outburst.

Gemma Stone is convinced that it's always unseemly to chuck a birkett and that it's actually insane to chuck one in front of a complete stranger. But that was before she fell for a boy who barely knows she exists, before she auditioned for the school play, before she met the family of freaks her sister Debbie is marrying into, before the unpredictable Raven De Head took an interest in her, and before she realized that at the right time and for the right reason, a birkett could be a beautiful thing."

2.  Take Me There by Carolee Dean
"Dylan has a bad-boy past and a criminal record. He knows that rich, beautiful Jess is way too good for him—but she has always been the one person who sees through his tough exterior and straight to his heart, and he has been hopelessly in love with her from the first time they met. He would change his life for a chance with her.

But trouble follows Dylan wherever he goes, and a deadly mistake soon forces him to hit the road and leave his dreams behind. He’s on the run and in search of answers—answers to questions he wishes he’d never asked."

3.  Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler
"Star basketball player Chelsea "Nitro" Keyes had the promise of a full ride to college—and everyone's admiration in her hometown. But everything changed senior year, when she took a horrible fall during a game. Now a metal plate holds her together and she feels like a stranger in her own family.
As a graduation present, Chelsea's dad springs for a three-week summer "boot camp" program at a northern Minnesota lake resort. There, she's immediately drawn to her trainer, Clint, a nineteen-year-old ex-hockey player who's haunted by his own traumatic past. As they grow close, Chelsea is torn between her feelings for Clint and her loyalty to her devoted boyfriend back home. Will an unexpected romance just end up causing Chelsea and Clint more pain—or finally heal their heartbreak?"

4.  Girl Saves Boy by Steph Bowe
"Girl Saves Boy is the fresh and quirky debut novel from 16-year-old Melbourne blogger Steph Bowe.
Isn't it enough having your very own terminal disease, without your mother dying? Or your father dating your Art teacher?
No wonder Sacha Thomas ends up in the lake that Saturday evening…but the real question is: how does he end up in love with Jewel Valentine?
With the help of quirky teenage prodigies Little Al and True Grisham, Sacha and Jewel have a crazy adventure, with a little lobster emancipation along the way. But Sacha's running out of time, and Jewel has secrets of her own.
Funny and sad, silly and wise, Girl Saves Boy is a story of life, death, love…and garden gnomes."
     This one piqued my interest, because the girl who wrote it is sixteen, like me. I am trying to write a book like I said previously, and this gives me hope that I can. So out of any of the books, this is the one I want to read/own most.

5.  Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
"Anke’s father is abusive. But not to her. He attacks her brother and sister, but she’s just an invisible witness in a house of horrors, on the brink of disappearing altogether. Until she makes the volleyball team at school. At first just being exhausted after practice feels good, but as Anke becomes part of the team, her confidence builds. When she learns to yell “Mine!” to call a ball, she finds a voice she didn’t know existed. For the first time, Anke is seen and heard. Soon, she’s imagining a day that her voice will be loud enough to rescue everyone at home—including herself."

6.  Good Oil by Laura Buzo
" 'Miss Amelia Hayes, welcome to The Land of Dreams. I am the staff trainer. I will call you grasshopper and you will call me sensei and I will give you the good oil. Right? And just so you know, I'm open to all kinds of bribery.'From the moment 15-year-old Amelia begins work on the checkout at Woolworths she is sunk, gone, lost...head-over-heels in love with Chris. Chris is the funny, charming man-about-Woolies, but he's 21, and the six-year difference in their ages may as well be 100. Chris and Amelia talk about everything from Second Wave Feminism to Great Expectations and Alien but will he ever look at her in the way she wants him to? And if he does, will it be everything she hopes?"
     This book is almost out of print, and I fear that I may have to buy a kindle, even though I swore up and down I never would. First of all, reading a screen for long periods of time gives me a headache. Don't get me wrong, I go on facebook and I'm writing my book on the computer and obviously I'm keeping a blog, but I don't spend eight hours staring at a screen. I normally read my books in one sitting, and my average size book takes about that long to read. I am not interested in jelly-brain. Also, I like to feel the paper. Two reasons I am not interested in an electronic book.

7. Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton
"Anna is dreading another tourist-filled summer in the Georgia beach town she lives in year-round. That is, until she meets Will, the gorgeous and sweet guy who is in from New York for the summer. Anna soon finds herself in the midst of a romance she never thought was possible in her small town. But Anna knows Will won’t stay forever, and with a broken heart just around the corner, Anna’s not sure how much she’s willing to risk for one perfect summer."

8. Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman
 "Ever since she was a child, Savannah has heard her mother tell the story of Savannah’s first asthma attack, which occurred on the day her dad left the family. Since then, breathing has been a challenge for Savannah. Enter Jackson Channing, a gorgeous 18-year-old who is visiting his cousins. As she spends time with Jackson, Savannah’s breathing problems begin to dissipate. Then Jackson leaves for home, and Savannah’s challenge is to learn to breathe on her own, without her daddy, without her mama’s vigilance, and without Jackson’s validating love. This debut novel is a sweet, low-key romance about a young couple who find true love early and struggle to stay together as they embrace their individual growing-up challenges. Herbsman has created likable characters and a coastal Carolina setting that will capture the reader’s imagination, and she subtly emphasizes the qualities that create supportive life partners. Although some may find the dialect a challenge, it is authentic, lyrical, and consistent. Readers will look forward to more from this talented new author. Grades 7-10." -Frances Bradburn

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