Monday, 29 October 2012

What are YOU reading? #139

What are you reading on Monday? is a weekly meme hosted by Rachel at Home Girl's Book Blog where you post books completed last week and plans for upcoming books. Jump over to her blog and see who else is participating.

Books I've read 

Forget Me Never by Gina Blaxill
Young Adult,
(Lots of thrills in this dramatic read about a teen foster girl...) 

Dork Diaries: Party Time by Rachel Renee Russell
Children's, 9 years +
(McKenzie proves to Nikki how much of a mean girl she is, leaving Nikki to juggle several parties on the same night!!) 

Escape From The Forbidden Planet by Julie Anne Grasso
Children's, 9 years +
(A fun read with heaps of imagination used in locations and how Caramel and her fellow elves live...) 

Winterling by Sarah Prineas
Children's, 9 years +
(A thrilling, not too gloomy adventure about a spunky girl who will keep asking questions until she finds the answers...) 

Dork Diaries: Pop Star by Rachel Renee Russell
Children's, 9 years +
(MacKenzie makes Nikki's life miserable, but it's balanced out by the humour which follows Nikki around almost constantly!) 

Fire by Kate Cann
Young Adult
(My excitement over following Rayne on the continuation of her story in Possessed was well and truly justified!) 

The Sniffles For Bear by Bonny Becker
Children's, Picture book
(An accurate, hilarious portrayal of what it's like having a cold...)

Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill
Release Date:  Spring 2013
Children's, 9 years +
(Darcy is certainly on extraordinary girl...)

Om Shanti, Babe by Helen Limon
Children's, 10 years +
(Sometimes it takes a trip away from home - in Cass's case half way round the world - to find yourself and who you truly wish to be...) 

First Sticker Book: Princesses illustrated by Rebecca Finn
Children's, Activity book
(At least 40 mins of princess fun to be had!!) 


Sweethearts: Star-Crossed by Jo Cotterill
(I reread this because I needed a light, uplifting read. I LOVE how through her emotional suffering Fliss starts to know and be confident with who she really is. I say it now: Sam is EVIL!)

Sweethearts: Strictly Friends by Jo Cotterill
(Another light read which deals with a lot of heartache and inner strength...)


Winx Season 5
...various episodes in English & French (blog post here). I'm ecstatic that I can watch this as it is released!  It's a good series; there's never a bad Winx series!

Shugo Chara Doki!
...I'm near the end of this series, so I haven't watched much because it gets more intense. I've needed lighter reads. 

GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class
...this is a slice of life anime, following a group of girls who are in art school. It's very funny, as the series goes on there's less info dumping about various art techniques which are blended more into the story line. The girls themselves are funny, although they are similar to the girls in Azumanga Daioh.

Hanasaku Iroha
...not sure of the English title, but this is about a girl whose mother ditches her to run off with an in-debt boyfriend, sending her daughter to her mother who runs an onsen (Japanese hot spring). The girl thinks it will be wonderful, she'll have fun with her grandmother. She didn't expect to be hated and to be made to work when she's not in school. The girls are a bit odd there (one out-rightly hates her, the other is scared of everything), but the girl (yes I've forgotten her name - my memory is terrible) is sweet and slowly wins people round, working hard and learning through mistakes. Occasional older content, the voice actress is the same one who does Amu in Shugo Chara (all the series).

La storia della Arcana Famiglia
...I adore this show! I love Mafia based anime (Noir and Gunslinger Girls), the Arcana is really powerful. Felicita - the girl is a tough sweetheart, wanting to do her best and realising how much responsibility from knowing about all the Arcana powers is placed on her. 

H2O - Just Add Water favourite mermaids continue to make me smile. This is a show that gets better each time I watch it. 

Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch
... a mermaid anime which is kind of like LilPri (which I almost forgot to mention, despite watching countless episodes this week!) 

...the girls are learning more about their powers, and about fairyland. 

As you can see I've got a range of anime - some are cute and upbeat, others cover various issues and are insightful. I love anime!

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