Hello, and welcome to the (nearly) monthly What I’m Reading post! Let’s begin, shall we?
The Sisters Grimm: The Problem Child by Michael Buckley — TBR.
My friend Izzy had forbidden me from talking about this book when she’s around. She has a bit of a problem with one of the character’s choices in it. :P
For Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, the latest in a long line of fairy-tale detectives, there is one mystery they want to solve more than all the others: who kidnapped their parents more than a year ago? Sabrina enters the hideout of the Scarlet Hand, the sinister group of Everafters who are keeping her parents prisoner. She has a chance to rescue her mom and dad but is foiled by the most famous fairy-tale character in the world. How can a human child defeat a magic one?
With the help of her little sister (who might be tougher than Sabrina realizes) and a long-lost relative, Sabrina finds a powerful weapon for fighting her enemies, and discovers that magic has a high price.
How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon: How to Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell — both TBR.
I’ve talked about the HTTYD series on here before (mostly ranting about the terrible book-to-movie adaption) . . . and I’m kind of running out of things to say about it. But, uh, the book on the left is the first in the series, while How to Speak Dragonese is the third. I really like the fact that the third book has a Dragonese–to-English dictionary in it.
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart — TBR.
The synopsis for the second book in TMBS series reminds me somewhat of The 39 Clues:
The Mysterious Benedict Society is back with a new mission: a mind-bending international scavenger hunt designed to test their individual talents. As they search for all the clues and riddles Mr. Benedict has hidden for the, Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance face unexpected challenges that will reinforce the reasons they were brought together in the first place and require them to fight for the very namesake that reminded them.
May Bird: Among the Stars (reading) and May Bird: Warrior Princess (TBR) by Jodi Lynn Anderson.
I bought the final two books of the May Bird Trilogy at Barnes & Noble — only $7 each! *celebrates* When I picked up the first book in this series, The Ever After, I was expecting it to be about fairytales.
BUT IT WAS NOT.
The Secret Series: This Book is Not Good For You (reading) and The Secret Series: This Isn’t What it Looks Likes (TBR) by Pseudonymous Bosch.
This is one of my favorite series ever. I’ve collected all five books in the series, and I’m rereading it for around the third time. It’s a funny series with charming characters. And it’s really, really good. (If you want a better description, look it up. On Google, not Bing.)
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin — TBR.
I happen to not know very much about this book (and what I do know came from Suzy’s review). I spotted it at my library and thought, I’ve heard about this book, and it has a pretty cover, so why not?
On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming — read.
My friend Izzy let me borrow me this book (really, she announced at a soccer game that she wanted me to read it). It’s full of short stories about how various teenagers died (told through the ghosts’ POVs) — not the sort of thing I’d pick up on my own. But I’m really glad that Izzy recommended it to me, because it was creepy and awesome. I might do a review of it.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume — reading.
Floors: 3 Below by Patrick Carman — TBR.
This is the second book in the Floors series. The first one is about a boy named Leo and his adventures in the wacky Whippet Hotel. According to the synopsis, he discovers new floors beneath the hotel and starts exploring them.
The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan — read.
I got this book almost as soon as it came out (because I love Rick Riordan). Apollo — who has been banished from Olympus and made mortal — was . . . well . . . an interesting narrator. His reactions to being human were pretty hilarious. While I enjoyed the original Percy Jackson series more then this book, The Hidden Oracle was still quite good.
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff — TBR.
I actually don’t know what this book is about. I was just meandering through the library when its colorful cover caught my attention. So I got it out.
In a remarkable world where many people are blessed with a special Talent, eleven-year-old Cady is an orphan with a phenomenal ability for cake baking . . . and no idea of the journey that Fate set in place for her the moment she was born. But when Cady moves into an upstairs room in the town’s Lost Luggage Emporium, she meets a curious cast of characters whose lives are tangled with her own in ways she never could have imagined. There the ragtag group of siblings struggling to grow beyond their Talents, the woman without any words, and the devious thief on a single-minded mission. And the one thing that ties them all together just might lie inside a single power-blue suitcase
The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: The Terror of the Southlands and The Buccaneers’ Code by Caroline Carlson — TBR.
I read the first book in this series a few months ago (see my review of Magic Marks the Spot here), and was eager to read the next one. But it took me a long time to find the second book at the library. But when I visited it on Saturday, they had not only the second book, but the third, too!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (read) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (TBR) by J. K. Rowling.
I was originally going to have to wait another year to read the Harry Potter series, but my mom caved around the beginning of the month. (It’s all thanks to Izzy, really. We were having a sleepover, and she wanted to watch a HP movie. Because she was so keen on watching one, my mom decided to let me read the series.)
I finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in about a day. I really enjoyed it — I loved all the details J. K. Rowling put into the world.
Have you read any of these books?