My Library Reads is a spotlight on the library books that I have read during the previous week. This is not a post on what books I borrowed but books that I read. Since I don't review library books, this is a way to still be able to showcase them on my blog.
BTW, if anyone knows of another meme that is like this on another blog, could you please let me know? I don't know of any myself, but if there is one already in place, I'd like to give credit where credit is due!
Library Books read from 12/12/10 - 12/19/10
Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2010)
Middle Grade: This was a REALLY cute book. I loved Penny's character and her adventures in both her old home and her new one. The story was refreshingly realistic and lots of fun to read. This is exactly the type of middle grade fiction that I love reading and I would love if there is a sequel to Penny's story in the future.
Love Finds You in Sun Valley, Idaho by Angela Ruth (Summerside Press, 2010)
Christian Fiction - Romance: This was a fairly typical Christian romance but I thought the premise was more interesting than normal. I was intrigued that a Wonder Woman movie was made since in real life that movie probably never will be. I was glad that Emily's character wanted to be an actress and was interested in pursuing this in the future. The ending is a bit tidy but not as bad as I thought it was going to be.
Reinventing Rachel by Alison Strobel (David C. Cook, 2010)
Christian Fiction- General/Contemporary: I REALLY enjoyed this book. Very realistic without being over dramatic. Rachel's situation is one that a lot of people do face and seeing her faith go from being strong to non existent to slowly going back was refreshing to read. Strobel's writing is very good and I'm looking forward to reading more from her in the future.
You Wish by Mandy Hubbard (Razorbill, 2010)
YA: This book was highly addictive and fun to read. I couldn't put it down. The story is not very serious but it was just a really enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. It makes you go back and think that you might want to think twice about what you wish for. Hubbard's books have been great to read so I'm looking forward to more from her.
Love Finds You in Deadwood, South Dakota by Tracey Cross (Summerside Press, 2010)
Christian Fiction - Historical Romance: I was rather disappointed with this book. I have loved Tracey Bateman's (she wrote this book under a pen name) historical books in the past but this one felt very all over the place. I was not a fan of Jane or Franklin and the villain in the story was just crazy. I also wasn't a big fan of the stereotypes of slaves and Chinese immigrants in the book. It just kept going on and on and felt like a huge western soap opera. I'm hoping future books from her will go back to the quality I know she can write.
The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee (Candlewick, 2010)
YA: This was an awesome book!!! An Asian, ok half-Asian but still!, young girl who solves mysteries in Victorian England? And the writing is awesome too? This book was so good and I cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of this series.
Losing Faith by Denise Jaden (Simon Pulse, 2010)
YA: Wow, is all I could say when I finished this. Great story about faith (no pun intended). Such an interesting read and I hope that lots of readers will be able to discover this book. Read for The Contemps Challenge.
Love Finds You in Carmel By-The-Sea by Sandra Bricker (Summerside Press, 2010)
Christian Fiction - Romance: Rather predictable storyline. In fact I can't really remember much of what happened but I do remember that the heroine acted more like a middle age older lady than a twenty something.
Sinister Sprinkles by Jessica Beck (Minotaur, 2010)
Cozy Mystery: Donuts. YUM. Third book in the Donut Shop Mystery series. I absolutely love this series. The characters are great. The story is fun. The mystery is suspenseful. And there are DONUT recipes. So I can't wait to read more in this series.
Adventures In Odyssey: Hidden Treasures (Tommy Nelson, 1999)
Adventures in Odyssey: Out of Control (Tyndale, 2005)