I just finished reading:
Magic Study - Maria V Snyder (The first book in the series is poison study and I highly reccommend it, the characters were so colourful and I loved them and the author created a world that was well put together)
Hood - By I believe Stephan Lawrence (It is the first in a series, it was okay. This was a retelling of Robin Hood)
The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak (Amazing is all I can say)
I re-read the Pelinor series - Allison Croggan (I really loved this series and how well it flowed)
Enthusiasm - Polly shulman (This book is small, probably a two hour read but it is so cute and sweet)
and finally I read Uglies by Scott Westerfield and I found it to be his worst book by far and would not reccommend reading it. The story was lacking somehow...
I am just about to read Silas Marner by George Elliot And I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak
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