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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Wish List

Well hello there friends!

I am currently on Spring Break and am visiting friends in Manchester, UK! I’ll share some photos when I get back as I plan on visiting the newly renovated Manchester Central Library, which I’ve heard is amazing!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is all about bookish gifts that have made my wish list! Take note friends…my birthday is in November! :p

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1. This sweet library themed stationary set. You’d all be getting mail!

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2. These little snail tea bag holders for when I’m reading. So smart and so adorable!

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3. This library due date card phone case. This is perfect for a librarian like me!

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4. This freaking awesome bookmark. Not only does it mark your page, but also the line!

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5. The coolest book map ever! This would hang in my bedroom!

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6. The perfect mug for my morning coffee at work. To go with my “Super Librarian” t-shirt!

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7. The prettiest Pride & Prejudice tote ever! The peacock design is so delicate!

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8. This adorable librarian necklace! I have glasses that are (kinda) like those!

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9. This super smart book lamp. How awesome is this?!

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10. This colorful librarian mug. You can never have enough mugs!

Did anything from my bookish wish list also make it on yours?

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Welcome to YA

Hi there everyone!

I’m typing up this post from the Detroit airport as I’m waiting for my flight back home to South Carolina. I spent the weekend at an International Baccalaureate educator’s workshop specifically for librarians and it was pretty darn awesome. I met a lot of like-minded librarians from around the world and learned a ton about the IB programs!

But now it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday. It’s been a few weeks so remember that Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish and I participate on a (mostly) weekly basis. This week’s theme is “gateway books” and I’ve decided to focus on books that I recommend to friends and other adults to welcome or introduce them to YA or Middle Grades fiction. Obviously, I do take into account the readers’ interests, but these are some of my “go-to” titles for recommendation. Each of these titles have successfully hooked an adult reader into YA fiction!

The Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner

This is one I recommend the most. It’s great for sci-fi/dystopian lovers and pretty much anyone.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I mean, this is just YA canon. It’s a fabulously easy gateway into YA.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

My go-to for contemporary romance lovers

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae CarsonThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

If you’re a fantasy fan, I’ll recommend this to you!

Princess Academy by Shannon HalePrincess Academy by Shannon Hale

For those who enjoy a good fairy tale, middle grades style.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Those interested in historical fiction will be hooked.

I'd Tell You I Love You but then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally CarterI’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

For those looking for a fun, girly read with some spying thrown in.

Along for the Ride by Sarah DessenAlong for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Dessen is always good for a realistic contemporary beach read.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail CarrigerEtiquette & Espionage by Catherine Fisher

For those who enjoy some steampunk fun!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

For those interested in some supernatural romance you can’t beat Clare.

There are tons of other books I recommend to introduce adult readers to YA, but these are the ones that come up the most frequently. Each of the ten titles listed above are guaranteed to get you hooked into YA…just let them be your gateway drug!!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring TBR List

Hi there!

For a few days I thought spring had sprung, but it seems South Carolina disagreed with me. The past few days have been very “Seattle-like” as it’s been cold and rainy down here in the South! I’m not complaining because I really do prefer these actual seasons to Florida’s never-ending summer and rain just means that I get to wear my awesome pink wellies!

Although it quite been springtime weather, I do still have my spring reading all planned out!  If you haven’t checked out Reading Queue, the meme I host with the awesome Jen at  Books A True Story, you’ll be interested to know that today’s TTT is what we do every month in our Reading Queue. We talk about the books we read the previous month and plan our our TBR pile, or Reading Queue. You can participate too if you’re interested!

So, today’s list is going to be made up of my March Reading Queue, as well as titles I’s like to get to in April and May. You’ll notice a ton of middle grade titles as I try to focus on that level since I am a middle school librarian who sometimes gets sucked into more YA…not that its a bad thing! haha

The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. NielsenThe Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Neilsen (MG/YA)

Jinx by Sage BlackwoodJinx by Sage Blackwood (MG)

Icons by Margaret StohlIcons by Margaret Stohl (YA)

The Flame in the Mist by Kit GrindstaffThe Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff (MG)

The Time Fetch by Amy HerrickThe Time Fetch by Amy Herrick (MG)

The Moon and More by Sarah DessenThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (YA)

Manorof Secrets by Katherine LongshoreManor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore (YA)

Half a Chance by Cynthia LordHalf a Chance by Cynthia Lord (MG)

A Spark Unseen by Sharon CameronA Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron (MG/YA)

    Better to Wish by Ann M. MartinBetter to Wish by Ann M. Martin (MG)

The Boy Problem by Kami KinardThe Boy Problem by Kami Kinard (MG)

I am sooo looking forward to all these fun spring reading titles I have planned out! And yes, I know my list includes eleven titles instead of just ten..whoopsie!  I’ve actually already started The Shadow Throne and The Boy Problem, but only a little bit so far. Are you also planning on reading any of these books this spring?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books with Male Narrators

Top Ten TuesdayHello friends!

This week, my theme for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and Bookish) is Favorite Books with Male Narrators. It’s just a thing with me, I’m usually not drawn to books with male narrators, but I make myself read one once in a while and I do usually end up enjoying them. I just have a difficult time relating to male narrators, but all the titles on the list below are those with male narrators who I feel are simply compelling characters. They defy my assumptions about male narrators!

The Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Maze Runner series by James Dashner

This story is just fabulously creepy and Thomas has so much perseverance.

The False Prince by Jennifer A NielsenThe Ascendance trilogy by Jennifer A Nielsen

Sage/Jaron is sarcastic and snarky and I love him.

Airborn by Kenneth OppelAirborn by Kenneth Oppel

Matt Cruise is just the kind of boy you’d want to be friends with.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina MarchettaFinnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Finnikin is stubborn beyond all measure, but he’s also brave!

Okay for Now by Gary D. SchmidtOkay for Now by Gary Schmidt

Doug Swieteck is so lovable and loyal!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami GarciaBeautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

Ethan is a breath of fresh air in a world dominated by female narrators!

How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal AllenHow Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen

Lamar is hilarious and remind me of some of my past students!

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack GantosDead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Jack is so funny!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Clay is sweet and in so much pain.

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather BrewerThe Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

Vlad is the coolest teen vampire ever!

And there you have it! Each of these books come to you with the BookTasty stamp of approval so you should definitely check them out if you haven’t already!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

Hello everyone! Welcome back to BookTasty!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) theme is Popular Authors I’ve Never Read. I know what’s wrong with me?!  All the authors on my list today are incredibly popular YA authors that I, for one reason or another, have just yet managed to read. What is really pathetic is that I even own books by some of these authors and still haven’t read them! It’s really no big deal, I’ll get to them at some point!

Shatter My by Tahereh MafiTaherah Mafi

Miss PEregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsRansom Riggs

Vampire Academy by Richelle MeadRichelle Mead

Alanna by Tamora PierceTamora Pierce

Shadow and Bone by Leigh BardugoLeigh Bardugo

The Iron King by Julie KagawaJulie Kagawa

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCaffertyMegan McCafferty

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse AndersonLaurie Halse Anderson

Throne of Glass by Sarah J MaasSarah J Mass

The Demon King by Cinda Williams ChimaCinda Williams Chima

Okay, so now that you know all the awesomeness I’m missing out on (they have to be awesome right?! There is a reason they’re popular!) which authors should I make a priority in 2014? Help me out guys! Make your case because without some help I may never get to them!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fantastic Swoons

Happy Tuesday everyone!

We all know that Valentine’s Day is this Friday and while some of you may eschew this particular holiday, some of you may be in the mood for some majorly swoon worthy reads to cuddle up with. Well, you’re in luck because this week’s Top Tuesday theme is centered around romance!

I read tons of books and most of them involve some sort of romance, because I just like it. Now, I’ve actually done this theme before and it feels too soon to do it again the same way, so this year I’m going to focus on Fantastic Swoons…romances that take place in a fantasy setting of some sort.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

1. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. This book is kind of like a historical fantasy and there is some major romantic tension between two of the characters.

2. The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson. Most of the swoon making happens in the second and third book, but you have to read book 1 to get the whole picture!

The Burning Sky by Sherry ThomasClockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

3. The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas. If you enjoyed The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern, you’ll like the romantic tension in this one too…it has a similar feel.

4.The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. Seriously, there is some mad romance going on in these steampunk books.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie StiefvaterGreat and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

5. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. The heat in this one isn’t in your face, instead it simmers just below the surface.

6. The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray. Kartik and Gemma. Say no more!

Graceling by Kristin CashoreA Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C Bunce

7. Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Po….be still my heart!

8. A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce. Super creepy but super swoons too.

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9. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale. I love a good romantic fairy tale retold.

10. Fire by Kristin Cashore. A fabulous fantasy with an even better romance!

Like I said before, if you like a good fantasy and a lot of romance thrown in these books are sure to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day!

Are there any romantic fantasies that aren’t on my list but I should know about? Go ahead and share them in the comments below! :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Want to Make You Cry

Hi!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) was a difficult one for me. Why you may ask? Well, let me tell you…

…because I don’t do books that want to make me cry.
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Nope. I don’t like them at all.

Except that sometimes I make myself read one or two because I am a librarian and it is part of my job to be well read. Unfortunately, I ended up actually liking some of these books, but not because they made me cry…or did they? YOU CAN’T PROVE ANYTHING!

The first five titles on my list are books I’ve read whose sole purpose in publication is to make me cry. All five of these were, in the end, good books that I’d recommend if you prefer an emotional read.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysBetween Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

If I Stay by Gayle FormanIf I Stay by Gayle Forman

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly HuntOne for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue ParkA Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

The second half of today’s list is books that I’ve stayed away from because I suspect they’ve been told to make me cry. I’m told they’re all really, really good books, but so far I’ve kept my distance.  If you’re someone who enjoys a good cry while reading then these may be quality suggestions for you!

The Book Thief by Marcus ZusakThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John BoyneThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

How to Save a Life by Sara ZarrHow to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

So there you have it! Please share which books have turned you into a sob monster (that way I’ll know to stay away from them! haha)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Would Never Switch Places With

Hello!

Welcome back for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday!

You know how sometimes you finish a book and you just wish you could trade places with the main character and live their charmed life for a little while?  Well, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and Bookish) is about the opposite of that! This list is all about those “Characters I Would Not Want to Switch Places With”. The lives of the characters on my list are not charmed, and are in fact, pretty terrifying. Are you ready?

Nick and Allie from The Skinjacker Trilogy by Neal Shusterman. I hope and pray that Everlost is is not Everlost by Neal Shustermanreal because this place freaked me out so much when I read these books. There is just so much creepiness that happens in Everlost that I think I’d rather just sink into the Earth rather than tough it out with the Afterlights.

Aria from from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.  Aria undergoes some major character growth while traveling through “the Deathshop” with Perry, but the dangers she encounters while there are not something I’d want to mess with. First you have these terrible ether storms, then you have the cannabalistic Croven with their sinister jinge bells, and dweller society that isn’t as safe as it first appears. No thank you!

Any person living in one of the Panem districts from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This one is obviously easy. Why would I ever trade places with anyone from any of the districts when you have to live in constant fear of The Hunger Games?! Not only is there the fear that you might get chosen as tribute, but think about all the other people afraid for their children?! And even if you’re lucky enough to never get chosen, you still have to live in a world where killing kids is entertainment.

Anyone in a Soviet work camp from Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. This is really a hard one to talk about because Between Shades of Gray is based on actual events. Thousands of people (men, women, and children) were forced into Soviet work camps and lost their lives during Stalin’s cleansing of the Baltic region. Sepetys’ writing is beautifully haunting and you get good understanding for the horrors these people experienced. I debated adding this one to the list, but this story and setting still stick with me months after reading it and reminds me to be thankful.

Ender Wiggins from Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Ender’s life kind sucks. He thinks he’s in charge of his life, but the whole time someone else is pulling the strings purposefully testing him and making things difficult to bear. Not my idea of fun!

May from May B. by Caroline Starr Rose. May thinks she is going to work for this nice young married May B. by Caroline Starr Rosecouple as their housemaid only to be abandoned in a snow covered prairie homestead with winter coming in full force. May has to struggle to survive all alone and no one knows she needs help. Talk about feeling helpless!

Sam from In Too Deep by Amanda Grace. The amount of guilt Sam experiences due to the choices she makes is just overwhelming while reading this book. I’ve gotten myself into bad situations where the guilt just slowly eats away at your insides and I never want to go through that again! So, no. I will not be trading places with Sam.

Pippa from the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray. I can’t say much about this without things becoming majorly spoilery so I won’t got any further. Just know that I wouldn’t switch places with her for anything.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie BabbittThe Tuck family from Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. The poor Tuck family never got a choice in the whole eternal life question; it happened to them with out them even knowing it. I even can’t imagine knowing you are forced to live eternally and you had no say in the matter.

Thomas and The Gladers in The Maze Runner series. A life of hardship and fear forced on you by a government stuck in a desperate situation. Nope. I would have never made it out of the tunnel in the second book because those orbs are so terrifying, not to mention “the cranks”. I can’t even…

All of the books mentioned above were great reads, I just have no desire to trade places with the characters! haha So, what characters would you never trade places with?

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Reading Wish List

Howdy!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) theme is centered around the idea of a reading wish list. I supposed we all have them, but I’ve been finding it a little challenging to put my wish list to words. Maybe I just want too much?! haha

Boarding School books. There is just something fun about students living away from home in a boarding school. ReadingGirl2

Lighthearted steampunk. I think I just want more people to write books like Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series.

Historical fiction/romance set in Colonial America. I want to read more about life in the colonies (before the war) and I want some kissing mixed in!

First Ladies as Teens. Haha This sounds really lame but I’d be interested in a YA or MG series that fictionalizes the teen years of some of the early first ladies. Maybe this would end up being too much like the American Girl books, but I think it’d be fun!

Jane Austen retellings. More creative YA or MG retellings of Jane Austen’s novels please!

Fairy Tale retellings. I know they’re all out there, but as Ariel said, “I want more!”

Short stories about the previous tributes in The Hunger Games. Wouldn’t that be a cool short story collection?  Little snapshots into the lives of some of the previous tributes? Very cool.

Reading GirlYA Amish Fiction. Ahh! I don’t know what I’d do if there were more YA Amish mash-up novels. I might not be able to handle it.

Upstairs/downstairs plots. One of the most interesting things about shows like Downton Abbey is the relationship between the people upstairs with those who work downstairs. I’d love to see all the intricacies of these two groups living their lives under the same roof written well.

So, I can only think of nine things I’d want on my reading wish list. Seriously, I’ve been staring at the screen and thinking about this for over twenty minutes. If I can’t think of a tenth after twenty minutes it is time to stop!

What is on your Reading Wish List?  I’m very interested to see what everyone else has on their lists, so please go ahead and share in the comments below!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Debuts that Look Yummy

Well, hello there!

It’s time again for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and Bookish)! This week’s theme is Young Adult or Middle Grades debuts of 2014 that I want to read the most. I really enjoy reading debuts each year because it gives me a chance to get to know some authors that might not get as much attention as others simply because they’re new to the YA/MG scene.

As usual, there are some really good-looking debuts scheduled to release this year! I’ve looked long and hard at the debut list and, of course, some (more than others) just seem like they’d be right up my alley!

Oh yeah. I chose twelve this week, not ten, because I do what I want, when I want! hahaha

Defy by Sara B Larson

Defy by Sara B. Larson (Jan. 7)

Fantasy goodness!

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (Jan 28)

A new retold fairy tale!!

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Alienated by Melissa Landers (Feb. 4)

An alien exchange program? Sign me up!

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen (Feb. 4)

Flaunted as Downton Abbey meets The Selection!

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L Jensen

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen (April 1)

Fantasy fun!

The Breakup Artist by Philip Siegel

The Breakup Artist by Philip Siegel (April 29)

Cute contemporary?!

Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose

Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose (May 8)

Weird cover, but it sounds like more fantasy fun!

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae (May 6)

Another cute contemporary romance just in time for summer?

Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz (Sept. 16)

No cover reveled as of Jan. 14, 2014. Captain Hook’s daughter?! Yes!

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (April 22)

Historical fiction awesomeness!

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

The Falconer by Elizabeth May (May 6)

Steampunk/paranormal fantasy!!! YES PLEASE!

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman (July 10)

Middle Grades fun times with an adorable cover!

I have scoured the 2014 Debut list for the ones that sound the most exciting to me, but it is always possible I missed some.  Which debuts are you excited about this year?