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Sleep Donation by Karen Russell:
Here's an itty bitty review for an itty bitty book. I loved this. There's a world wide insomnia epidemic. People can donate and/or receive sleep transfusions. Some people's bodies don't accept the transfusions. Unless they come from Baby A - the first universal sleep donor. Oh, and don't forget nightmares... if you have them, you're in trouble. The concept was amazing and Russell's writing was awesome enough to make me pick up her full novel, Swamplandia!. Alligator rasslin'.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
I read this book for reasons. Reasons that never manifested. I liked it, which surprised me. Mead is pretty good at world building and her characters are more fleshed out than the usual teen vampires. There was still a lot of brooding and unrequited love, but if you're jonesing for a trashy vampire novel, this one is like perfectly good food sitting on top of the rest of the garbage that's only been there for about two minutes.
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
My quest to read more non-fiction continues. This book was life changing, enough so that I got a quote from it tattooed on my arms last weekend. "Spontaneity isn't random." Blink teaches you to trust your instincts without dismissing a lengthier thought process, both within their proper contexts. By reading this, I learned not to feel guilty by the fact that sometimes, too much information is bad for me when decision making.
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
I have mixed feelings about this book. It's well written. It's going to stick with me for a while. But this story about a girl who is seemingly kidnapped at random and taken away to the Australian Outback, gets repetitive pretty fast. This book is a great character study of both the kidnapper and the victim, with a satisfying end. But be prepared for a lengthy character study of the landscape as well.
Ranger's Apprentice Book 1: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
Last one. I read this book for World Book Night. I was a book giver and this was the book I was assigned. I had a lot of fun and managed to give away 14 out of 20 copies. This book is perfect for the middle school or reluctant reader high school set. It follows the first adventure of Will, an orphan, who is chosen to be the local Ranger's apprentice. At 35, I feel a little too old for this book, but I would have loved the hell out of it in 8th or 9th grade.