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Jul. 20th, 2005 | 02:16 pm
mood: indifferentindifferent
music: Elliott Smith- I Better Be Quiet Now

I am like the only person in the world who has not been swept up in the Harry Potter mania. Eh. I don't know, I'll probably read Half Blood Prince eventually, but I'm in no rush. I just never got that into the Harry Potter books, especially not after 2 or 3. I'll probably have to reread the whole series to understand what's going on in book 6, and there are so many books I want to read for the first time that rereading those is not exactly high on my priorities.


86.) Title: Out of the Fire
Author: Deborah Froese
Marcia's Grade: B+. Pretty good YA book focusing on a teenage girl who's burned in a fire. The process of her healing, and trying to get back to a normal life, is fascinating. A clunky subplot about her grandmother's diary makes the second half of the book much less interesting. Reccommended for fans of young adult "issue" novels.

87.) Title: Five Quarts: A Personal and Natural History of Blood
Author: Bill Hayes
Marcia's Grade: A. Fascinating little book that looks at the history of blood as pertains to the author's life and in a broader context. Very, very interesting and well-written, I only wish it had been longer.

88.) Title: The Fall of Fergal; Or, Not So Dingly in the Dell (The First Unlikely Exploit)
Author: Philip Ardagh
Marcia's Grade: B. This is the first in another trilogy by the author of the Eddie Dickens trilogy. I loved the Eddie Dickens book, but this wasn't quite as funny. It was still full of quirky characters and it did pick up and get more amusing towards the end, so I will certainly read the next book in the series in the hope of Eddie-like guffaws.

89.) Title: The Man Who Cast Two Shadows
Author: Carol O'Connell
Marcia's Grade: A-. This is the second book to feature detective Kathleen Mallory, and while it's not quite as enthralling as Mallory's Oracle, it's still pretty damn good. I am greatly enjoying this series.

90.) Title: Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book One)
Author: Angie Sage
Marcia's Grade: A. Fun children's fantasy. Some of the elements are very predictable, others seem to come from left field. It took me a while to get into it, but once I hit the halfway mark I was hooked. Recommended.

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