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Top Ten Tuesday: Friendship Favorites

Hi and Happy Tuesday!

As usual I’m participating in Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s list topic is all about friendship books. The titles that have made my list today all highlight different parts of friendship that are important and all come highly recommend by me!

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin LevineThe Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

This touching historical fiction about friendship with those who you feel a connection with despite what others think.

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth EulbergBetter Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Eulberg deals with the question, can a boy and a girl be friends non-romantically?

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

This one deals with how friendship can heal and challenge us to be better.

The Humming Room by Ellen PotterThe Humming Room by Ellen Potter

A re-telling of The Secret Garden that reminds us that friendship is supposed to be life-giving.

Wild Things by Clay CarmichaelWild Things by Clay Carmichael

This one centers on how our friends can become our family.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This haunting read shows us what can happen if we don’t reach out to others in friendship.

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

Dessen’s novel inspires me to be purposeful in my friendships and how sometimes you can be surprised by who wants to be your friend.

Smiles to Go by Jerry SpinelliSmiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli

A fun middle grades novel that deals with how friendships can change over time.

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

Who wouldn’t want the love and support of this group of friends?!

A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson LevineA Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine

One I could have used in middle school because it deals with choosing your friends wisely.

Do you have any friendship related books I need to read? Feel free to share them in the comment section below! :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Sequels

Hello and welcome back to BookTasty!

I’m a big fan of book series. I just adore how they allow me to continue living in a world that I don’t want to leave. They allow me to just keep on doing exactly what I want to do!

Well, today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) theme gives me the chance to highlight some of my favorite sequels ever.

Are you ready to see some of my favorite sequels? Here we go!

Catching_FireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
My favorite book in the trilogy because Katniss’ world opens up and we meet more of the past tributes. Tick-tock!

Rebel Angels by Libba BrayRebel Angels by Libba Bray

This second book in the series has the Spence girls in London attending fancy balls. Oh and more Kartik.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally CarterCross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

This sequel introduces a brand new group of spies to the Gallagher Academy!

The Scorch Trials by James DashnerThe Scorch Trials by James Dashner

This series is awesome, but there was something more frenzied and creepy about this sequel, which I loved.

The Crown of Embers by Rae CarsonThe Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

This series is just perfection.

The Madness Underneath by Maureen JohnsonThe Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

It’s not as atmospheric as the first book, but suddenly there is a new enemy that I didn’t expect!

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann BrasharesThe Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

Honestly, I read these books so long ago that the plot of the last three kind of run together for me (thanks to that mashed up second movie), but I just remember my love for this series growing with each book.

The Boy Book by E. LockhartThe Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them by E. Lockhart

Ruby Oliver. She just gets better and better.

Fire by Kristin CashoreFire by Kristin Cashore

Cashore is the queen of awesome, sexy fantasy. I loved Graceling, but I REALLY LOVED Fire.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK RowlingHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

The wizarding world finally opens up and we get to meet other schools of wizardry when Hogwarts hosts the Triwizard Tournament

Are you a fan of any of these sequels too? What are your favorite sequels? Please feel free to share in the comment section!

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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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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

Top Ten TuesdayHola!

Every Tuesday I participate in Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week they post a theme to create our own bookish lists.

I’m not a huge fan of this week’s official theme, so I’m going to do the one from last week (which I skipped because I did an August New Release list), which is Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With For 24 Hours.  So these are all characters who’s shoes I’d love to temporarily (or permanently) fill.

Catherine Morland1. Cathrine Morland

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Other than Elizabeth Bennett, Catherine Morland is my favorite of Austen’s heroines.  She is just so loveable and naive and is full of book lust! I think that I could manage pretty well in Catherine’s slippers as she dances with Henry Tilney,  goes on long country walks with Elinor and explores Bath for the first time.

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter2. Cammie Morgan

The Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter

I’m pretty sure I’ve said this (many) times, but I want to be a student at the Gallagher Girl Academy for Exceptional Young Women!  I want to learn how to be a spy in a huge, old mansion. I’ll just overlook the whole secret organization who may or may not wish me harm thing.

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale3. Charlotte Kinder

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

I just want to vacation at Austenland.  I also like the idea of some mystery and intrigue thrown in with my Regency romance. So, yes I could do very, very well for myself at Austenland!

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson4. Ginny

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Ginny gets to travel all over Europe on a special quest.  Yes please! I wish someone would give me money and send me off to explore Europe!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins5. Anna

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Boarding school in Paris?! Why not! I laughed that Anna was, at first, angry about being sent to live in Paris for a year, because I thought…well heck! I’ll gladly take your place Anna! Can I still attend a French boarding school at 29?

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare6. Tessa Gray

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Okay, so I’ll admit Tessa’s life isn’t all romance, puppy dogs and laughter.  She loves two boys, doesn’t know who she really is, and has these robotic/clockwork creatures chasing her, but I’d still switch spots with Tessa for a day.  I’d love to explore Victorian London, with a certain Welsh shadowhunter!

A Rather Lovely Inheritance by CA Belmond7. Penny Nichols

A Rather series by C.A. Belmond

If I was Penny Nichols (yes that’s her name) I could gallivant all over Europe in an antique sports car or yacht.  I would also have a job that allowed me to find historic antiques and solve mysteries.

Carmen 8. Carmen

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Anne Brashares

I just want to be a part of this group of friends and Carmen is my favorite of them all.

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier9. Jena

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

I know she gets mixed up with the dangerous fairy world, but Jena is just a fun character and I wouldn’t mind living in a fairy tale like setting for a day or so…but only for a day!

Rumors by Anna Godbersen10. Diana Holland

The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen

Gilded Era Manhattan? Wealthy young socialites in gorgeous gowns?  I can play dress up for a day!

Which fictional characters would you be willing to switch places with?

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Top ten Tuesday: Books I’d Recommend As Good Summer/Beach Reads

Top Ten TuesdayHi there! It’s that time of the week again!

Every Tuesday I bring you a Top Ten list!  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish, to encourage book bloggers to get to get to know one another better and to share our love for books.

This week’s Top Ten is Books I’d Recommend as Good Summer/Beach Reads. When I think of delicious beach (or poolside reads) I tend to lean more towards contemporary titles.  I’m splitting this list up into two.  The first five beach reads I’ve read and recommend while  the second five titles will be summer reads I haven’t read, but I can just picture myself enjoying while lounging next to a pool (even though I live in Florida, I’m not a huge beach fan…go figure!).

I’ve Read and Recommend These

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares1. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares

If you haven’t read this series yet, you’re really, really missing out.  It is hands down one of my favorite YA series ever.  In fact, thinking about it makes me miss the characters so much that I kind of want to re read them all!

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen2. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Set in the fictional beachside town of Colby, this is the story of one girl breaking out of her shell and the boy who helps her open up. Dessen is the Queen of Summer Reads!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han3. The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han

In my opinion, summer reads should be full of the beach and cute boys at the beach.  These books have both!

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson4. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Summer is the time for travel and vacations.  In this read, Ginny is sent on a self discover scavenger hunt through Europe.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter5. The Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter

These books really have nothing to do with summer or the beach, but they are such fun reads that they’re perfect for a sunny day and a tall glass of something sweet.

Haven’t Read Yet, but Want To!

6. Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols

Two irresistible boys. One unforgettable summer.Lori can’t wait for her summer at the lake. (And neither can I!)

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols7. Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin8. The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Two best friends lose themselves in their summer, hanging out at a local resort. But when they meet a new boy, neither of them is prepared for how it impacts their friendship.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen9. The Truth About Forever by Sara Dessen

As Macy ventures out of her shell one summer, and meets Wes,  she begins to wonder, is it really better to be safe than sorry?

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland10. The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland
When Em gets the opportunity to get away and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, she learns that her family has some pretty significant secrets. And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn’t.

What books are in your beach bag?  Let me know if you have any summer must reads that I need to add to my bag!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved But Never Wrote A Review For

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I’ve often wondered if other book bloggers review everything they read.  For the most part I currently review everything I read.  This could change as life changes (gets busier etc…) but for now I have the freedom and time to do that.  However, there were tons of Young Adult and Middle Grades books I read before I started BookTasty and before I started writing reviews.  So today’s Top Ten list is focused on the poor, neglected titles that I absolutely loved, but never wrote a review for.  I can vouch for all of them as awesome reads and they deserve some love too!  Here they are:

The GooseGirl by Shannon HaleThe Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (ANYTHING by Shannon Hale)

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba BrayA Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle series) by Libba Bray

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Gregor The Overlander by Suzanne CollinsGregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Sorcery and Cecilia by Patricia C. WredeSorcery and Cecilia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede

A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C BunceA Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

The Sacrafice by Kathleen Benner DubleThe Sacrifice by Kathleen Benner Duble

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

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian SelznerThe Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brin Selznick

Fairest by Gail Carson LevineFairest by Gail Carson Levine

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann BrasharesThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants  (series) by Ann Brashares

So, like I said before these books were all great and deserved some attention!  Check them out!

Thanks to The Broke and Bookish for hosting Top Ten Tuesday every week!

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Tuesday Top Ten: My Favorite Young Adult/Middle Grades Authors

Once I find an author I like, I devour all of their books.  All of them.

This week’s Top Ten is focused on current favorite Young Adult/Middle Grades authors.  The titles next to the names are some I recommend.

10. Ann Brashares: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series

9. Gail Carson Levine:  Ella Enchanted, Fairest, Ever, Two Princesses of Bamarre

8. Libba Bray: The Gemma Doyle trilogy

7. Cassandra Clare: The Mortal Instruments series, Clockwork Angel 

6. Heather Brewer: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series5. Jessica Day George: Dragon Slippers series, Sun and Moon Ice and Snow, Princess of the Midnight Ball

4. Margaret Peterson Haddix: The Missing series, Palace of Mirrors, Shadow Children Sequence, Just Ella

3. J.K. Rowling: The Harry Potter series

2. Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games trilogy, The Underland Chronicles

1. Shannon Hale: Princess Academy, The Books of Bayern series, Book of a Thousand Days

There are obviously tons of other authors I’ve read and enjoy immensely, but there are my top favorites.  Other notable authors that were on the original list were: James Patterson, Gary Soto, Anthony Horowitz  and Jeff Kinney.

Any suggestions on authors I should check out, let me know!