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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten “Older” Books I Want My Students to Read

Well hello there!

It’s Tuesday which means its Top Ten Tuesday time! Every week the lovelies over at The Broke and Bookish post a theme for everyone to create a list upon.  This week’s official theme is a Top Ten Rewind, meaning that everyone is free to pick a previous theme to work with.

Last week the theme was Top Ten Older Books I Don’t Want People to Forget About, but I chose to do an October New Releases post instead.  So, this week I’m going back to focus on last week’s theme!  The books I’ve chosen for my list are books that I always try to push on my kids at school, but they’re just not super interested.  It’s such a shame because these are all wonderful reads that I know my students would love if they just gave them a chance!

Nancy Drew by Carolyn KeeneThe Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

One of my favorites as a preteen.  These rarely get checked out in my Media Center…even the newer graphic novel versions. Why?!

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann BrasharesThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

This series is NOT that old, but my girls are never interested! They loved the movies, but aren’t concerned about reading the books.  What is wrong with youth today?! :p

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie BabbittTuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Such a hauntingly beautiful read. I guess my students don’t have time for hauntingly beautiful?

The Princess Diaries by Meg CabotThe Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

Once in a while I get a 6th grade girl checking these out…but all the over kids are missing out.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson LevineElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

This is just such a fun fairy tale mash-up and I try to encourage kids to check it out.  They just shrug and ask for something different. But ITS SO GOOD!

The Babysitters Club by Ann M. MartinThe Babysitters Club series by Ann M. Martin

They make the graphic novel versions (illustrated by Raina Telgemeir) which are awesome, but I’d love for my kids to get into these books.

Anne of Green Gables by LM MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Okay, so I didn’t even read these books in middle school, but my students should! It’s just full of such fun that I’m sure they’d fall in love with Anne if they only gave her a try.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson RawlsWhere the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

This book is cry-tastically good.  It’s not that I want my kids to cry, I just want them to experience this beautiful story.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I haven’t even tried to push this one because it’s actually not in my catalog.  I know that my kids would take one look at this book and toss it back on the shelf.  They have little context for Victorian England…alas….

The Chronicles of Narnia by CS LewisThe Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis

Lewis’s classic get a little circulation when the movies come out, but not much.  My kids don’t even know what they’re missing!

So this list is pretty much just a list of books I loved as a kid and want my students to fall in love with to.  Parents: Read these books with your kids! Pre/Teens: Read these books!  Teachers: Encourage your students to read these books!!!

Are there any titles you think my students shouldn’t miss out on?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Days of Blood and Starlight

Howdy and Happy Wednesday!

Every week I participate in Breaking the Spine’s Waiting on Wednesday event.  Each week book bloggers all over the interwebs :) post about an upcoming new release that they’re waiting for.  Days of Blood and Starlight by Lani Taylor

This week I’m spotlighting Lani Taylor’s much anticipated sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

I’m smack in the middle of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone audiobook and it is completely engrossing. I’m seriously loving it, although it also creeps me out a little at times.  So, by the time Little, Brown Books for Young Readers releases Days of Blood and Starlight on November 6 , I’ll be ready to start it!

Are you waiting on any books this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday: October New Releases

Hello!

Welcome back to BookTasty! Every week I participate in Top Ten Tuesday which is an event hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Each week they post a theme and bloggers (like me) create our own list based on their theme.

This week’s officially list is about older books you don’t want readers to forget about, but I usually go my own way at the start of each month and post a Top Ten of new releases. So, this week let’s look at ten titles that are scheduled for release in October! There are always way too many new books coming out, so I just narrowed it down to the ten that I’m most interested in…well, eleven….but who’s counting?! (All links go to GoodReads)

Mark of Athena by Rick RiordanThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (October 2)

Son by Lois LowrySon by Lois Lowery (October 2)

Tales from a Not So Smart Miss Know It All by Rachel Renee RussellTales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All (Dork Diaries #5) by Rachel Renee Russell (October 2)

Mystic City by Theo LawrenceMystic City by Theo Lawrence (October 9)

Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid PaulsonValkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson (October 9)

Beta by Rachel CohnBeta by Rachel Cohn (October 16)

The Innocents by Lili PeloquinThe Innocents by Lili Peloquin (October 16)

Crewel by Gennifer AlbinCrewel by Gennifer Albin (October 16)

Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamaraLovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara (October 16)

The Shadow Society by Marie RutkoskiThe Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski (October 16)

Finale by Becca FitzpatrickFinale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick (October 23)

So! How about all these new books!  Don’t they look great?!  I wish I had the funds to purchase all the books every month! But alas….

Which of these are you most excited about?