Friday, December 14, 2007

Cybils Updates...

DNF pile (Did Not Finish) This doesn't necessarily mean I'll never go back and finish them.

1. 68 Knots by Michael Robert Evans
2. A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
3. Converting Kate by Beckie Weinheimer
4. Glass by Ellen Hopkins
5. Hunter's Heart by Julia Green
6. Quaking by Kathryn Erskine

WTBR (Waiting To Be Reviewed) pile

1. Billie Standish Was Here by Nancy Crocker
2. Dawn and Dusk by Alice Mead
3. Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
4. Revenge of the Homecoming Queen by Stephanie Hale
5. Revolution is Not A Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine
6. So Not the Drama by Paula Chase
7. Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
8. Right Behind You by Gail Giles
9. Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

ABR (Already Been Reviewed)

1. Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
2. Beauty Shop for Rent by Laura Bowers
3. Before I Die by Jenny Downham
4. Before After and Somebody In Between by Jeannine Garsee
5. Beige by Cecil Castellucci
6. Bloom by Elizabeth Scott
7. Boy Toy by Barry Lyga
8. Crazy in Love by Dandi Daley Mackall
9. Cures For Heartbreak by Margo Rabb
10. Deadline by Chris Crutcher
11. Does My Head Look Big In This by Randa Abdel-Fattah
12. Dramarama by E. Lockhart
13. Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney
14. Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
15. Grl2Grl by Julie Anne Peters
16. Heaven Looks A Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass
17. In Search of Mockingbird by Loretta Ellsworth
18. Lessons From A Dead Girl by Jo Knowles
19. Notes On A Near-Life Experience by Olivia Birdsall
20. The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
21. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You by Peter Cameron
22. Quad by Carrie Gordon Watson
23. Something Rotten by Alan Gratz
24. Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
25. Story of A Girl by Sara Zarr
26. Tamar by Mal Peet
27. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
28. Tips On Having A Gay (Ex) Boyfriend by Carrie Jones
29. Top Ten Uses For An Unworn Prom Dress by Tina Ferraro
30. Total Constant Order by Crissa-Jean Chappell
31. Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin
32. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
33. The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
34. The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
35. Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick
36. Blood Brothers by S.A. Harazin
37. Diamonds in the Shadow by Caroline B. Cooney
38. High Spirits by Dianne Salerni
39. Memoirs of A Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
40. The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
41. Remembering Raquel by Vivian Vande Velde
42. Rubber Houses by Ellen Yeomans
43. Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel
44. Such A Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
45. This Is What I Did by Ann Dee Ellis
46. Walking on Glass by Alma Fullerton
47. Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande

TBR (To Be Read) pile

1. Angels on Sunset Boulevard by Melissa de la Cruz
2. Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby
3. Back Talk by Alex Richards
4. Bad Girls Club by Judy Gregerson
5. Big Slick by Eric Luper
6. The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols
7. Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell
8. Cassandra's Sister by Veronica Bennett
9. Ethan, Suspended by Pamela Ehrenberg
10. Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern
11. How To Ruin My Teenage Life by Simone Elkeles
12. Inner Circle by Kate Brian
13. It's Not about The Accent by Caridad Ferrer
14. Kiss & Blog by Alyson Noel
15. Lion Hunter by Elizabeth Wein
16. Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White
17. Mistik Lake by Martha Brooks
18. Or Not by Brian Mandabach
19. Outside the Box by Dan Allosso
20. Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
21. Peak by Roland Smith
22. The Poison Apples by Lily Archer
23. Princess on the Brink by Meg Cabot
24. Rat Life by Tedd ARnold
25. Red Moon at Sharpsburg by Rosemary Wells
26. Snitch by Allison van Diepen
27. Split Screen by Brent Hartinger
28. Tin Angel by Shannon Cowan
29. We Are So Crashing Your Bar Mitzvah by Fiona Rosenbloom
30. Wonders of the World by Brian Yansky
31. Candy In Action by Matthue Roth
32. Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy by Ally Carter
33. Freshman Focus by Carla Sarratt
34. Friends Unlikely by Susan Smith Alvis
35. Girl At Sea by Maureen Johnson
36. Porcupine by Meg Tilly
37. Prime Choice by Stepanie Perry Moore
38. Undercover by Beth Kephart

WFA (Waiting for Arrival)

1. A is For Angst by Barbara Haworth-Attard
2. A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd (lest you think this is a mistake. The copy I gave up on was borrowed.)
3. Brothers, Boyfriends & Other Criminal Minds by April Lurie
4. Circle the Truth by Pat Schmatz
5. Converting Kate by Beckie Weinheimer (again borrowed copy tried in the spring)
6. Cupcake by Rachel Cohn
7. Don't Get It Twisted by Paula Chase
8. Finch Goes Wild by Janet Gingold
9. Freak Show by James St. James
10. Fringe Girl In Love by Valerie Frankel
11. Graffiti Girl by Kelly Parra
12. Head Case by Sarah Aronson
13. Holdup by Terri Fields
14. How To Get Suspended And Influence People by Adam Selzer
15. In the Name of God by Paula Jolin
16. Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
17. Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
18. The Other Half of Me by Emily Franklin
19. Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot
20. Red Glass by Laura Resau
21. Slam by Nick Hornby
22. Spell Book of Listen Taylor by Jaclyn Moriarty
23. Strange RElations by Sonia Levitin
24. Under the Banyan Tree by Toni De Palma


Erin 8:37 PM  

Wowwwwwwwww you are amazing Becky.

Anonymous,  5:43 PM  

Hi wow that is amazing how many books you have read and all the other lists.I was just wondering did you read twilight? I am not sure if you did because I was just skimming the list. I also love reading but I cant read that many books.

Becky 6:28 PM  


I have read (and loved) Twilight. I've also read New Moon and Eclipse. If you use the search box on the upper left of the blog, you'll be able to find my reviews of all three. I do love that series :)


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