Check It Out Fridays #10

Dear Book Reader,

Here we are again, at another Friday.  I can’t believe this is the tenth one of these posts I’ve made.  The list doesn’t seem to be getting smaller, does it?  I’ve been doing so well about not checking out many new books each week, but of course a bunch of books on my TBR list were sitting on the new YA shelf or on the holds shelf this week.  I don’t have much time to read right now either!  Here’s a look at what’s new and renewed for this week!

First Time Check Out:

  • The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth
  • Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
  • Earth Star by Janet Edwards
  • Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
  • The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel
  • The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi
  • Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
  • The Heiresses by Sara Shepard
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page
  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  • Space Mountain by Bryan Q. Miller
  • Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Checked Out Again:

  • Asunder by Jodi Meadows
  • Double Digit by Annabel Monaghan
  • Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
  • Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein

Renewed Again:

  • Fates by Lanie Bross
  • Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
  • Defy by Sara B. Larson
  • Panic by Lauren Oliver (holding onto two copies…)
  • Road Rash by Mark Huntley Parsons
  • Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
  • Nil by Lynne Matson
  • School of Charm by Lisa Ann Scott
  • Split Second by Kasie West
  • Pivot Point by Kasie West
  • Diamonds & Decit by Leila Rasheed

That’s so many books and I hardly have time right now to do any reading!  Why is it that, as soon as my library’s summer reading program starts I have no time to read?

Read On,



Check It Out Fridays #5

Dear Book Readers,

I hope everyone had as a great week!  It’s been a busy up and down week for me and I’m so glad to see the end of it.  Next week is going to be pretty much of the same.  This week library wise…so much was due back and it was either take it back or renew it.  Most of the renewed stuff was just renewed today.  I don’t remember checking so many books out in one day, but I must have gone on a book binge four weeks ago.   See, I hoard library books.  This is proof.

First Time Check Out:

  • A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier
  • A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • Me Since You by Laura Wiess
  • Plague by Michael Grant
  • Fear by Michael Grant
  • Light by Michael Grant
  • Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
  • Ashfall by Mike Mullin
  • Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin

Checked Out/Renewed Again…and Again:

  • The Program by Suzanne Young
  • Through The Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter
  • Avalon by Mindee Arnett
  • Pawn by Aimee Carter
  • Going Rogue: An Also Known As Novel by Robin Benway
  • And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
  • A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
  • Double Digit by Annabel Monaghan
  • Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler
  • Enders by Lissa Price
  • Starters by Lissa Price
  • No Place by Todd Strasser
  • Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
  • When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens
  • Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
  • Shutdown by Heather Anastasiu
  • Override by Heather Anastasiu
  • This Is How I Find Her by Sara Polsky
  • Shadowlands by Kate Brian

At this point I feel no need to add in the couple of books that I could download from the Overdrive Media Library.  🙂

What book(s) did you pick up from your public library this week that you can’t wait to read?  Or did you have a renewal that you’re glad to hang on to for a few more weeks?

Read On,


Review: A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan

A Girl Named Digit

A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan Published By HMH Books for Young Readers on January 1, 2012. Hardcover, 187 pages. $16.99, US.

From Goodreads:

Farrah “Digit” Higgins may be going to MIT in the fall, but this L.A. high school genius has left her geek self behind in another school district so she can blend in with the popular crowd at Santa Monica High and actually enjoy her senior year. But when Farrah, the daughter of a UCLA math professor, unknowingly cracks a terrorist group’s number sequence, her laid-back senior year gets a lot more interesting. Soon she is personally investigating the case, on the run from terrorists, and faking her own kidnapping– all while trying to convince a young, hot FBI agent to take her seriously. So much for blending in . . .

Dear Book Reader,

Digit is nothing short of a math genius.  Now a senior in high school, she tries her best to hide her gift of working with numbers from everyone and just does her best to blend in.  One night she catches some numbers along the bottom of the screen during a television show she’s watching with friends – and realizes this isn’t the first time she’s seen random numbers there.

Then a terrorist attack happens, and as Digit puts the pieces together, she finds herself in real danger.  Suddenly she’s in FBI custody because the terrorists are out to end her life.  Everything is about to change.  Along with her bodyguard/boyfriend, Digit finds herself being “kidnapped”, tossed into hiding, and on the run to solve this crime before it’s too late for another one to take place.

What other problems does Digit find herself in along the way?

What happens with the boy she’s falling for?

Does another attack happen, or is Digit quick enough to stop another one?

I wasn’t sure if, going into this book, I’d really like it.  Once I go into it though, I wanted to keep going!  This book is fast paced, full of action and excitement, and many adventures.  Oh, and there’s a little romance thrown in as well.

The only thing I couldn’t love about this book, although at points it did make sense, is how quickly the romance and relationship bloomed.  The only thing keeping it from going too far was Digit’s age, being only seventeen.  I guess I’m just getting tired of all the quickie I’m-so-in-love relationships that pop up in books and have it all work out.  Okay, so there might be some relationship problems, but it always seems to end just perfectly.  Of course, this is coming from someone that’s seen too many quickie relationships end.  They’re just difficult to belive in.

Digit was a quick read, which was nice, considering the length of most books these days.  It’s that combination of a fluffy ready with a bit of “gotta pay attention to what’s going on”.  The plot moves along smoothly without missing a beat.  The characters each have their own voice and personality.  I loved how easily the writing flowed and transitioned.  There was always something there than kept me hanging on for one more page, one more chapter until the book had ended.

Stars: *****

Read On,


This book was checked out at my awesome public library!