Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday

I'm not sure who to credit this meme to so thank you to whoever came up with this idea! These are just books in my tbr pile or books that I want to buy.

1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school. This heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written tale, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character’s art, is based on the author’s own experiences and chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he seems destined to live.
-I've heard so many good things about this book!

2. Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead

Benji and Reggie, brothers so closely knit that many mistake them for twins, have been coming out to Sag Harbor for as long as they can remember. For Benji, each three-month stay at Sag is a chance to catch up with friends he doesn't see the rest of the year, and to escape the social awkwardness that comes with a bad afro, reading Fangoria, and being the rare African-American student at an exclusive Manhattan prep school. As he and Reggie develop separate identities and confront new factors like girls, part-time jobs and car-ownership, Benji struggles to adapt to circumstances that could see him joining the ranks of Those Who Don't Come Out Anymore.

-Not really YA but I've been wanting to read Sag Harbor for so long!

3. Silver Phoenix:Beyond the Kingdom of Xia by Cindy Pon

On the day of her first betrothal meeting--and rejection--Ai ling discovers a power welling deep within her. she can reach into other people’s spirits, hear their thoughts, see their dreams…and that’s just the beginning.
Ai ling has been marked by the immortals; her destiny lies in the emperor’s palace, where a terrible evil has lived, stealing souls, for centuries. she must conquer this enemy and rescue her captive father, while mythical demons track her every step. and then she meets chen yong, a young man with a quest of his own, whose fate is intertwined with hers. here is a heart-stopping, breathtaking tale for fans of action, fantasy, and romance--of anything with the making of legend

-Love this cover! So beautiful :) Heard that it's amazing!!

4. Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger

Samar (aka Sam) considers herself just a regular teenage girl, even though she is Indian American. Her mother has kept her away from her old-fashioned, very strict family, and she never has identified with her Indian heritage. None of this has ever bothered her, aside from the fact that she longs for a large family like her best friend’s instead of just herself and her mom. One day, shortly after 9/11, a man wearing a turban shows up on her doorstep. He is her estranged uncle, and through him, Sam begins to realize how important being Indian American is to her identity.
-Yet another book that I'm so eager to read! Heard such great things about it :D
5. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkles
A modern tale of star-crossed lovers with a fresh urban twist. At Fairfield High School, on the outskirts of Chicago , everyone knows that south-siders mixing with north-siders can be explosive. So when Brittany Ellis and Alejandro “Alex” Fuentes are forced to be lab partners in chemistry class, this human experiment leads to unexpected revelations – that Brittany ’s flawless reputation is a cover for her troubled home life, that Alex’s bad-boy persona hides his desire to break free from gang ties, and that when they’re together, life somehow makes more sense. Breaking through the stereotypes and expectations that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart, Perfect Chemistry takes readers to both sides of the tracks in a passionate love story about looking beneath the surface
-I like this cover and it's been recommended to me a couple of times.

There's so many, many others, but that's all for now!


  1. Shine, Coconut Moon rocks! Alexie's book is a laugh-out-loud read. Don't read in spaces where you're suppose to be quiet.

    Perfect Chemistry keeps popping up. Like to know what you think after you finish it.

    Doret loves Sag Habor. Don't know when I'll get to it.

  2. Susan you are so right about Alexie's book. I was on the metro and straight bust out laughing in a semi-quiet train. I was slightly embarrassed. :-)

    It's a fantastic read.

  3. I always seem to be reading books on the train or in any other quiet place that make me laugh. I did that with Whale Talk, I got some annoyed looks. Alexie's book and Shine, Coconut Moon are near the top of my tbr pile.
    Thanks for the warning! ;)

  4. Ohmi! I really want to read Shine and Perfect Chemistry too! AHHHHHHHH

  5. I feel like I've been wanting to read Silver Phoenix forever, must get on that! So many people are talking about wanting to read Shine, Coconut Moon but I've yet to see a review of it -is it not officially released yet?

  6. Shine, Coconut Moon is out. I don't know who has reviewed it yet. I may be the first but it sounds really good!


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