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Happy Fathers Day to all you Fathers and Grandfathers and Stepfathers and Soon-to-Be Fathers!

I’m back with another edition of Tasty Treats!

Tasty Treats is where I take some time to celebrate the books I received recently. I don’t do these posts on a regular basis so you never know when one is coming! I like to keep you guys on your toes!

As you probably know by now, my Husband and I are moving to Columbia, SC in a few weeks. Well, my awesome Husband and awesome co-workers got together all sneaky like and threw me a little Goodbye Shindig at a local pub. It was such a complete surprise and I loved every minute of it!

How does that relate to Tasty Treats? Well one of my co workers gave me a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card to uplift me during the moving stress. So I got to go shopping!! (Thank you!)

Here is what I got:

City of a Thousand Dolls and The Moon and MoreCity of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

I’ve been eying The City of a Thousand Dolls for a while now so I can’t wait to get to it.  The Moon and More has such a pretty summertime cover and I love Sarah Dessen!

I’m totally going to miss my coworkers and I’ve loved being a part of the Lockhart Family with them these past seven years!

What books have you recently added to your collection?

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Hi there!

I’m back for another edition of Tasty Treats!

Do any of you enter book giveaways on other blogs? I definitely do! In fact, I enter a ton of them never really expecting to win because, you know the internet is full of billions of people! But every once in a while I do win an online book giveaway, and I am always completely shocked when I do.

Well, that happened a few weeks ago, when I entered Teen Librarian Toolbox’s Orca Publisher’s Book Giveaway. If you’re unfamiliar with Orca Book Publishers they are a publishing house that focuses on creating books that will appeal to reluctant readers. I entered the giveaway because my school is chock-full of reluctant readers and although I have a few of the Orca titles, I thought that it’d be fun to add some newer ones to my Media Center collection.

Well, guess what?!

i won

YAY! I totally won!

So, Orca Book Publishers sent me 10 of their newest 2013 titles!

The first set is Orca Currents. These titles are short high-interest novels with contemporary themes, written expressly for middle-school students reading below grade level.

Orca Currents

Caching In by Kristin Butcher

Eric and his best friend, Chris, find themselves on a high-stakes geocaching treasure hunt.

FaceSpace by Adrian Chamberlain
Fourteen-year-old Danny invents a fictitious friend in an effort to fit in at school.
Vanish by Karen Spotford-Fitz
Fourteen-year-old Simone becomes a key witness in a parental-abduction investigation.
Stolen by John Wilson
Fifteen-year-old Sam solves a mystery while treasure-hunting on the Australian coast.

Then there are also the Orca Soundings titles. These books have contemporary themes and exciting stories, making the Orca Soundings for reluctant teen readers books that teens want to read.

Orca Soundings

Deadly by Sarah N. Harvey

Amy is abducted and locked away, forced to write essays about the error of her ways.

Night Terrors by Sean Rodman
Dylan struggles with the memories of the death of his younger brother while fighting for survival in a snow-bound resort.

Tagged by Eric Walters
Oswald uses graffiti to fight back against an over-bearing politician.

Damage by Robin Stevenson
Theo ends up in a strange situation with a girl who has kidnapped her own child.

And last, but not least are the Orca Sports books. Perfect for reluctant teen readers, the Orca Sports titles combine mystery and adventure with team sports such as hockey, baseball, football and soccer, and solo sports like scuba diving, running, sailing, horse racing and even race-car driving. Orca Sports books engage young readers with exciting plots and easy-to-read language.

Orca Sports

Break Point by Kate Jaimet
When Connor and Maddy discover that their tennis club is going bankrupt, they set out to try and save it.

Hurricane Heat by Steven Barwin
Years after Travis’s parents die in a car crash and he and his younger sister, Amanda, are separated, Travis sets out to search for her at the risk of losing an opportunity for a future baseball career.

So there you have it! I’ve already put these on the shelves and at least 6 of them have already been checked out! Thank you so much to Teen Librarian Toolbox for hosting the giveaway and thank you so much to Orca Book Publishers for supplying the giveaway and for not forgetting about the reluctant readers of the world!

Do you know any reluctant readers? Have you had success with the Orca books? Which ones are your favorites?

*All book summaries and series descriptions came from Orca Book Publishers.*

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Hello and welcome back to BookTasty!

If you’re not from Florida then you don’t know too much about FCAT…but if you are from Florida then you’ll understand when I say that we (my middle school) are in FULL FCAT MODE for the next two weeks! Oh the joys of FCAT. Well, when I came home this week from our first day of FCAT testing I was exhausted…and I wasn’t even the one actually testing! I walked into the family room and sitting on the table was box from Harper Collins!

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A box! A box!

Seeing this box waiting for me when I came in from a tiring day just completely made me smile! I was so excited!

So….do you want to know what was in it?

Of course you do…

Two audiobooks!!

Two audiobooks!!

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders book 1) by Peter Lerangis

Yay! Two middle grades books to add to my TBR list! I’ve heard fabulous things about The One and Only Ivan, but not much about The Colossus Rises (look it’s a series!) so I can’t wait to get started on them ASAP! It’s great because I am totally in need of some more audiobooks to run to. To Harper Collins…THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Did you get any fun new reads recently? Which of the two books above should I start first?

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Hello everyone!

It’s Sunday (a kind of dreary, potentially going to rain Sunday) and I’m actually posting today! I rarely post on Sunday so it’s kind of exciting when I do! :)

I am officially on Spring Break (WHOOT!)  which is awesome because although I love my students and my school, I was in need of some time off. Spring Break affords me time to lounge, read, visit the library and spend time with my friends (and my cousin Audrey who is coming to visit!).

Friday was a teacher work day so we got to go home much earlier than we normally would, so with my extra free time I decided it was time to check out my local public library. I picked up a few audiobooks, but I also poked around the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore and found some fun treats! Now I don’t know about you but when I visit a new book store like Barnes & Noble I get a little crazy. I get a massive case of book lust. The problem is that I can’t AFFORD to BUY all of the books I want (which is ALL of them). I feel a lot like this little guy.

Book Lust

So close, yet so far.

It’s just not possible for me to buy every book I want! So when I find a deal like I did at the used bookstore I get so excited! I have to say that I purchased 6 books (3 paperback, 3 hardcover) for $16.oo.  YUP! I think that’s a pretty good steal for SIX books!

So, let’s see what I snagged:

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The three paperbacks are:

Paperbacks

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han*

The three hardcovers (for only $3.50 each!):

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Princess Academy by Shannon Hale*

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher*

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter*

I’m so proud of myself for finding these at such good prices and in such good condition! This does however, mean that I need to do some book shelf rearranging to make some room for these new additions…but hey! It’s Spring Break right?! I’ll have time for it!

What tasty treats have you acquired recently?

*= I’ve already read this one but who cares!

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Hi there! Happy Sunday!

Recently, I received two gift cards to Barnes and Noble as Christmas gifts!  One from my brother-in-law (thanks Ray!) and the other from my Secret Santa at school (Thanks Dep!).

You can imagine how excited I was upon receiving these gift cards! I immediately started dreaming out what titles I’d buy. I spent some time reviewing my Waiting on Wednesday posts and my TBR list on Goodreads to refresh my memory on books I’d been wanting for a while.  Well, I ended up purchasing four books with those gift cards and they all finally came in this week (SO EXCITED!). Shall we take a looksy?!

Look at these tasty treats! Yum!

Look at these tasty treats! Yum!

I love looking at them all lined up, but let’s get a better look at each of those pretty covers!

My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickDelirium by Lauren Oliver

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Grave Mercy by Robin LeFeversThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Man, I’m a sucker for brand new books! Is it weird that I kind of want to caress them all? You know what…just don’t answer that!

Each of these books are ones that initially drew my attention, but then I kept hearing such fabulous reviews I knew I had to read them. So yes! I think I spent my gift cards pretty wisely, don’t you?!

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Hello!

This is my first Tasty Treats post of 2013!  Yay!

This past week I went a little crazy on NetGalley. Seriously. I think I was approved for 15 titles over the course of this week. I’m sure for some people, that’s not crazy, but it is for me! My goal was to find a ton of books to read for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge, and I did!

So, let’s take a peek at what tasty treats I received this week! I can’t wait to get started reading these!

P.S. Sorry about the MAJOR formatting problems with this post, I’m going to have The Husband fix it when he gets home later this afternoon.

The Culling Steven Dos Santos

The Culling Steven Dos Santos

Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

Strands of Bronze & Gold by Jane Nickerson

Strands of Bronze & Gold by Jane Nickerson

Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

Delusion by Laura L. Sullivan

Delusion by Laura L. Sullivan

A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso

A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso

Poison by Bridget Zinn

Poison by Bridget Zinn

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

The Ruining by Anna Collomore

The Ruining by Anna Collomore

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Blaze by Laurie B Crompton

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Bringing YA 2 You: Vote for Orlando!

YA TO YOU

Have you ever wished that a big YA book tour would make a stop in your hometown? Well, here’s your chance for that wish to come true! YA2U is a program that features five award-winning and best-selling authors who are holding a contest to see what city they should visit in an exclusive tour stop!

The authors are collecting votes from January 1 to February 15, and any city in the continental US or any Canadian city that has an international airport can win an exclusive visit from all five authors, including an author panel and book signing! Entering is super easy–and if you help spread the word about the contest, you can also enter win a signed copy of all of their books (TEN signed books in total!)–and the book contest is open internationally!

The authors in the program are:

ya2u books

And they want to have an event in your home town! To participate, just go to the YA2U website and let them know what city you want them to come to. And while you’re there, help spread the word about the contest and you can be entered to win all of their books–TEN signed books in total!

Here’s why the YA2U Team should
come to MY hometown…ORLANDO, FLORIDA!
Okay Orlando and Central Florida peeps! Let’s get these amazing authors to our City Beautiful! My feelings about Orlando would be best expressed in a list!
1. Fun in the Sun! The weather in Orlando is pretty much awesome. It’s almost always warm and sunny which is why people CinderellasCastlefrom all over the world come to spend their vacations here- GREAT POOL WEATHER!
2. Mickey! Yes, we are home to the most famous mouse in the world. Mickey can be seen frolicking in the warm Florida sun (see #1) at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom or any of the other smaller Disney attractions.
HarryPotter3. Harry Potter! In addition to that cute little mouse, Orlando also hosts the one and only Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios! The only place that you can get your own wand, down a mug of butter beer and fly on a hippogriff!
4. Shamu! Another famous creature whose residence is in Orlando? Shamu the whale! Shamu and her friends can be seen every day at Sea World! Plus there are penguins, dolphins and even a narwhal or two!
5. The Magic! Do you fancy basketball?! Orlando is home to the NBA team The Orlando Magic!
6. Boy Bands! Both N’Sync and The Backstreet Boys were formed in Orlando. Also, Matchbox 20 and Mandy Moore are from the area too! Yay for 90s music!NSYNC
7. Readers! Orlando is home to many readers! We’re also home to tons of librarians who jump at the chance to get their students to meet authors! Also, because Orlando is in Florida, and Florida is a little out-of-the-way, we’re not often a tour stop for authors…so we’re a littler author starved and would FREAK to have such amazing authors visit our city!
Why should the YA2U Team come to
your hometown?
Why not join in the fun today and share with others about this program and your hometown. The more votes your town gets, the closer you are to having your very own personal tour stop! Vote for YOUR town here!

And if you help spread the word, you can also participate in the book giveaway. Tell them that you learned about YA2U from me and we both get extra entries in the contest!

Click Here to Enter the Contests!

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Tasty Treats: Secret Santa Edition

So it’s been a long time since I posted a Tasty Treats update!

Today I’m showing off the fun gifts I received from my blogger Secret Santa! This is the second year I’ve participated in The Broke and Bookish’s Secret Santa program and it was just as fun this year as it was last year!

My wonderful Secret Santa was Alexa over at Alexa Loves Books. She sent me not one, by two, boxes in the mail!

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In the photo you’ll see two books by Sarah Dessen (!) and two books relating to my obsession with all things Jane Austen! Also delicious smelling tea!!!

I can’t wait to start digging in to these books and enjoying that tea while doing so!

Thank you so much Alexa!

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Hi there!

I’ve missed you all so much! I have been so crazy busy with work and other work related things that I’ve been memeing only…which is kinda lame I know, but something had to give for a little while! Things are kinda back to normal pace now (at least for a little while) so I’m trying to start making up for lost blogging time.

So, this is still a meme post, but I don’t do it on a weekly basis so I figure its different!

This week I have had the opportunity to get some tasty treats to add to my reading stack, so let’s see what they are!

Skinny A Girl Named Digit
I was able to pick up this copy of Skinny by Donna Cooner for free Tuesday morning at our county’s annual Principal’s Breakfast. Every year our local Media Specialist professional organization hosts a breakfast thanking our principals for support.  Everyone gets to leave with a free book, so when I saw Skinny on the table I snatched it up because I’ve heard great things about it!  I also saw A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan at my public library this week and it just sounds so cute I had to grab it!

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece Dead City

I recently discovered that there is a Forever Young Adult book club meeting at my public library…I can’t wait to check it out! Apparently My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher is their November read.  I’ll be honest, it sounds really weird, but I’m going to give it a try! This weekend I was able to spend a few days at the Florida Association for Media in Education conference, which I love! I presented on a monthly event we do in my Media Center, threw a social hour for our local organization, and got a chance to meet local Orlando author James Ponti, who wrote Dead City.  He was really friendly and funny and I can’t wait to start reading it!

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

You guys know how much I love Ally Carter’s books, so I was so happy to finally find the audiobook for Uncommon Criminals in my local library!  I’m already on disc five of six, so obviously it’s a good one!

Read Tshirt

A the FAME conference, there is always a lady selling bookish and library related -.  I’ve never had the chance to get any, so this year I decided I was going to buy myself a tshirt…and I did! There was this super cute hoodie I wanted, but it was like $40, so I chose this cute t-shirt instead.  It fits perfectly and I can’t wait to wear it to school!

So there you have it- all the fun bookish things I received this week! What fun books or bookish treats did you get recently?

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Well what do ya’ know?!

I am actually posting a Tasty Treats review of books I received recently.  It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared my new reads with you guys.  I’ve just been lucky enough to receive many books over the past few weeks that I had to share! :)  Seriously, this is an awesome looking group of books!

So, let’s start out with books I was given by other bloggers!  I just have to say that since I’ve been blogging, and especially since I’ve been on Twitter, I have met some really nice and friendly book bloggers who help make my blogging experience that much easier (and fun!).

One of these bloggers is Kyle over at A Reader’s Pensieve  who is incredibly sweet and fun to chat books with on Twitter!  Well, this week she and I decided to do some book swapping (YAY!) so I sent her and ARC of In Too Deep by Amanda Grace and she sent me an ARC of Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale!  This was my first time swapping with another blogger and I was so excited I did a little shimmy and yelled about it to my husband who was on the other side of the house.  hehehe  As you probably already know, I’m a big Shannon Hale fan so I can’t wait to start this one.  Thanks Kyle!

Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2) by Shannon Hale

This week I also stumbled across Jennifer Dee’s from Novel Thoughts and learned about her new ARCycling idea on Twitter. I was so intrigued I emailed her about it. It’s an awesome idea!  She pulls select titles from her “donate” pile of ARCs that are about to come out or recently come out and give them to other bloggers, librarians, teachers, booksellers strictly for continuing promotion.  Awesome!  I requested two ARCs and she sent them!  I’m planning on donating some too, to help out.  Thank you Jennifer!

The Sweetest Spell and Lucky Fools

The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors
Lucky Fools by Coert Voorhees

Additionally this week, I received an audio copy of Forgive my Fins (Fins #1) by Tera Lynn Childs for review from Harper Collins! Mermaids!!!  A bunch of my students told me I needed to read this one so I’m finally able to give it a go!  A huge thank you goes out to Harper Collins!

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

And last but not lease I picked up some more of the Florida Sunshine State books! These are the final four of the fifteen titles I needed.  Now I can focus on reading them all instead of finding them all! I’m not a huge fan of the Happenstance Found cover, but as we all know, you can’t judge a book by its cover! :)  But with that said, My Fair Godmother just looks like my kind of book! haha

Hide and Seek, Happenstance Found, Wild Things

Hide and Seek by Katy Grant
Happenstance Found by P.W. Catanese
Wild Things by Clay Carmichael

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

So, those are some of the tasty treats I’ve been able to get my hands on over the past few weeks, I can’t wait to read and review them! Have you read any of these already?  Did you get any tasty treats of your own recently?

By the way: Tasty Treats is based on mailboxlike memes like In My Mailbox, Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves.