WWW Wednesdays #2

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WWW Wednesdays is hosted over at Should Be Reading!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


 

1.  I’m currently reading “Landry Park” by Bethany Hagen and “A Midsummer Tights Dream” by Louise Rennison.

 

2.  I finished “Withering Tights” by Louise Rennison a few days ago.  It was a quick read, which was a good thing.

 

3.  Not sure, once again, what I’ll be reading next.  Probably the next book by Louise Rennison in the Tallulah series.  Even though I’m kinda over the series with just having read the first book.  Not what I really enjoy reading, but I have a thing about seeing a series through.  I know there’s one series I didn’t see through to the end and that’s so rare for me.

 

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Teaser Tuesdays #2

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


 

Vaisey was so wound up about seeing Jack that she was practically herding us into the hall like a collie dog.

~ p. 135, “A Midsummer Tights Dream” by Louise Rennison

 

Maybe not.  I want him to think of me as an attractive thespian.

~p. 12, “A Midsummer Tights Dream” by Louise Rennison

 

“A Midsummer Tights Dream” is the second book in a series called The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey.  Actually working on a review of the first book to be posted at some point this week.

What book teasers do you have to share today?

Read On,

Liz

Review: Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison Published by HarperTeen on June 28, 2011. Hardcover, 274 pages $16.99 US

 

From Goodreads:

Wow. This is it. This is me growing up. On my own, going to Performing Arts College. This is good-bye, Tallulah, you long, gangly thing, and hellooooo, Lullah, star of stage.

Tallulah Casey is ready to find her inner artist. And some new mates. And maybe a boy or two or three.

The ticket to achieving these lofty goals? Enrolling in a summer performing arts program, of course. She’s bound for the wilds of Yorkshire Dales–eerily similar to the windswept moors of Wuthering Heights. Tallulah expects new friends, less parental interference, and lots of drama. Acting? Tights? Moors? Check, check, check.

What she doesn’t expect is feeling like a tiny bat’s barging around in her mouth when she has her first snog.

Bestselling author Louise Rennison returns with her trademark wit, a hilarious new cast, and a brand-new cheeky heroine who is poised to discover plenty of opportunities for (mis)adventure!

Dear Book Reader,

So, Tallulah Casey is off to some performing arts program for the summer.  Crazy friends await, bodily changes aren’t coming as quickly as Tallulah hopes (and honestly are just over-focused throughout the book), and boys – can’t forget about the boys.  Or the owl and the little owlettes.  Yes, there is a reason for the owl on the cover.  The random little owl.

Tallulah goes through the summer, doing the best that she can with the work that’s been given to her and her friends.  The work involves different acting skill, dancing, and putting together an adaptation of Wuthering Heights for the end of summer performance.  Tallulah has multiple problems, often related to her gangly pre-teen/teenage body.  This point it made more times than it ought to be.  There are first with boys from another nearby school (just for boys…Tallulah’s school is just for girls).  First dates, first kisses, first…ackward conversations.  On top of all the firsts and acting, there’s an owl, whose’s just had owlettes.  This owl tends to dive bomb anyone who walks into the barn and is just not a friendly creature.  Apparently the owlettes are nice enough to be picked up, out of the nest and touched, though.  Isn’t that something we’re always told not to do because then the parents won’t come back?  I don’t know much about birds here.

Does Tallulah make it through the summer program?

How do the boys make or break Tallulah?

Does Tallulah’s body ever catch up to the thoughts she has about it?

This book was really just okay.  It’s on the juvenile side of the YA genre, which is not the side I typically read from.  It had it’s humorous storytelling parts that had me laughing, but there were also major distractions.  Constant “so-and-so said”, “he said”, “she said” before whatever was said by whoever in a conversation really annoyed me.  I don’t know if that’s something that has stuck out to me in other reads before or if it was just this book.  It seriously made me want to just skim the conversations happening.

Although I didn’t totally enjoy this book, it was a good break from some of the heavier books I’ve read lately.  “Withering Tights” is a quick read as well.  Which might be a good thing considering how back and forth it was.  There were a lot of British words and phrases throughout the book as well, so be ready for that if you choose to read this.  Honestly, I hope this review helps you make a choice because it was a pain to write.  I guess I still can’t find all the words to describe how much I disliked this book.  It takes a lot for me to truly dislike a book.  I’m giving the second book in this series a shot before totally throwing it off as a series I won’t continue reading.

Series: Misadventures of Tallulah Casey, #1

Stars: **

Recommendation: No…I honestly can’t recommend this book.

Read On,

Liz

This book was checked out at my awesome public library!

Check It Out Fridays #3

Dear Book Readers,

Here we are again at another Friday.  Another look to see what I’ve gotten from my library!  I’m super excited about two of the books I checked out and they’ve moved to the top of my reading list!  It’s also been one of those weeks where everything came in or was up for renewal.  So if this doesn’t say anything about the number of books I currently have checked out, I’m not sure what more can.  Maybe I need to do a post of what I’ve managed to return each week, although it would only be one or two books.

First Time Check Out:

  • Panic by Lauren Oliver
  • Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
  • Insanity by Susan Vaught
  • Ruins by Dan Wells
  • Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington
  • Something Real by Heather Demetrios
  • The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

Checked Out/Renewed Again… And Again:

  • Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
  • Altered by Gennifer Albin
  • The Savage Blue by Zoraia Corova
  • Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • Hereafter by Kate Brian
  • Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
  • A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison
  • The Taming of the Tights by Louise Rennison
  • Mirage by Jenn Resse
  • What We Become by Jesse Karp
  • Wake by Amanda Hocking
  • Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
  • Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova
  • The Other Countess by Eve Edwards
  • The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
  • Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Overdrive Media Library:

  • Landry Park by Bethany Hagen
  • The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow