Author: Kristen Cashore

Publisher: Harcourt Books

Copyright: 2008

Pages: 480

For Ages: 13 and up

Rating: ****


With one blue eye and one green eye, Katsa is “graced” with super strength and fighting skills. She’s worked as King Randa’s hired killer since she was eight years old but hates that the king shows her off as his lethal girl-toy. Katsa’s afraid she’s nothing more than an angry killer until her secret council work launches her on a journey that will not only change her life, but also helps her understand the true nature of her “grace”.


The story started off kind of slow for the first 80 pages, but once the action started, I was completely sucked in and read the last 400 pages in just two days. Graceling has a little bit of everything: romance, action, intrigue, and self-discovery, plus a strong, realistic, and likeable heroine.


Parent Note: There is some sex but it’s vaguely described and not graphically detailed. The characters think things through carefully before deciding to have sex, use birth control, and are very caring of each other.

December 2008: Inbrief

Highlights:  1.  Saw Little Shop of Horrors at our neighborhood high school with the daughterling and friends.
    2. Went to Winter Music Concerts for both kids.
3. Had a relaxing low-key holiday with few gifts and little fanfare—just the way I like my holidays!


Fiction Books Finished:

*** ½ Impossible, by Nancy Werlin


Non-Fiction Books Finished:

**** Taking on the System, by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga



***   Dan in Real Life (on Netflix Instant)

**** Milk (at the movie theater)


TV- Top 5 Favorites of the Month (In A, B, C Order)

Most of my regular shows had repeats so I caught up on Tivoed shows:


1. Gavin and Stacey (Finished the US Season 1 from my Tivo)

2. Pushing Daisies

3. Skins

4. The Big Bang Theory

5. True Blood (Finished season1 from my Tivo)


Sub Jobs:

1 day- 2nd grade, Ms. S’s class

1 day- 2nd grade, Ms. K’s class

1 day – 2nd grade, Ms. D’s class

1 day- Kindergarten

½ day- 2nd grade, Ms. S’s class

½ day- 2nd grade, Ms. S’s class

2008 Inbrief (Mostly in A,B,C Order)

Yearly Highlights:

Allergies– They’ve been getting worse and worse each year. This year they were so bad I was pretty sure I wouldn’t survive the next year if I didn’t do something. So now I’m getting allergy shots. Everyone cross your fingers that they make this spring livable.

Camping at Assateague– Great time camping at the beach with the kids and their friends

Family Reunion in Southern Illinois
– Another wonderful vacation with my family


Following the Election–  It was the most exciting election I’ve followed.


SCBWI Conferences (Arlington & Westminster)- Good information, fun people, and much needed inspiration


Favorite Fiction Books Read:

Dreams Underfoot, by Charles de Lint

Homeless Bird, by Gloria Whelan

Impossible, by Nancy Werlin

Rebel Angels, by Libba Bray

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either, by Meg Cabot


Favorite Non-Fiction Books Read:

(The) Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp

Plot & Structure, by James Scott Bell

Staying Connected to Your Teen, by Michael Riera

Taking on the System, by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga


Favorite Movies or DVDs:

Children of Heaven (on DVD)

Once (on DVD)

Dr. Horrible (an online musical)

Milk (actually saw this in an theater)


Favorite Music Groups:

Flight of the Concords

Missy Elliot


Taylor Swift

Yael Naim


Favorite Routines:

Computer Time: reading blogs, emailing, family websites, writer’s groups, etc.

Dance Class

Grocery Store Walks with my Backpack (I’ve been doing most of my grocery shopping by foot for over a year now!)

Hanging with the kids in the living room

Lunches w/ Martin

Writing Time (Book Reading too)


Favorite TV Shows:

Friday Night Lights (Season 2 and 3)

Mad Men (Seasons 1 and 2)

Skins (US Season 1)

Supernatural (Seasons 1-4)

The Big Bang Theory (Seasons 1 and part of 2)

The Office-US (Seasons 1-4)