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Top Ten Tuesday: Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

Hello!

Welcome back BookTasty friends for our weekly Top Ten Tuesday meme (hosted by The Broke and Bookish). Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is focused on covers we wish we could redesign. In general I am not that critical of covers, but sometimes there are some that just irk me. Most likely there are more than 10, but the ones mentioned below are some that just seem to stand out to me for whatever reason. The frustrating thing is that some of these are books I really, really enjoy!

City of Bones by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I just feel like there are just too many nipples with light radiating from them on this cover.

Wild Things by Clay CarmichaelWild Things by Clay Carmichael

This is a really nice little book, but the cover is just so boring.

Marie Antoinette Serial Killer by Kate AlendarMarie Antoinette Serial Killer by Kate Alender

It’s just too garish.

The Two Princessess of Bamarre by Gail Carson LevineThe Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

It looks a little too 1980s.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen JohnsonThirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

I’m just not a fan of the way this girl is standing. It looks awkward.

Finale by Becca FitzpatrickThe Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick

Someone please draw a shirt on Patch.

Such a Rush by Jennifer EcholsSuch a Rush by Jennifer Echols

I’m just not a fan of the hair in the face I guess.

Icefall by Matthew J. KirbyIcefall by Matthew J. Kirby

I’m finally reading this book (and enjoying it!), but the cover totally prevented me reading it for a LONG time.

Starters by Lissa PriceStarters by Lissa Price

This creepy cover is seriously all that is keeping me from reading it.

Alienated by Melissa LandersAlienated by Melissa Landers

I really would like to read this book because it sounds fun (and it’s not released until 2014), but this cover has just too much going on.

How do you feel about these covers? Are there any that you’d like to redesign as well?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Should’ve Finished by Now

Welcome Back BookTasty friends!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we book bloggers get to highlight books based on a specific theme. This week’s theme is officially Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders, but me and this theme just weren’t meshing well, so I decided to mix it up a little.

My theme for this week is Series I Should’ve Finished by Now but Haven’t. Okay, so I read a ton of books. I usually have one print, one e-book and one audiobook all going at once so you’d think I’d have more time to complete some of my favorite series, but alas…I haven’t! The series listed below are all ones I really, really liked, but just haven’t gotten around to finishing….yet!

Pandemonium by Lauren OliverDelirium series by Lauren Oliver.  I still haven’t read Pandemonium or Requiem, but I do have the audiobooks checked out from my public library right now!

Finale by Becca FitzpatrickHush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick.  Okay so I wasn’t a huge fan of Silence (book 3), but I enjoy this series and need to read Finale.

Endlessly by Kiersten WhiteParanormalcy trilogy by Kiersten White. I have yet to read Supernaturally or Endlessly.

beautifulchaos1The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I’ve only read the first book, Beautiful Creatures, but there are still 3 more books to read!

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally CarterHeist Society series by Ally Carter. She is one of my favorite authors but I still haven’t read the third book in his series, Perfect Scoundrels.

Shades of Earth by Beth RevisAcross the Universe series by Beth Revis. I thought Across the Universe was awesome, but just can’t seem to get to A Million Suns or Shades of Earth.

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny HanSummer trilogy by Jenny Han. I read books one and two, but still have We’ll Always Have Summer left!

Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreGraceling Realm books by Kristin Cashore. These first two books are amazing! I own Bitterblue but it’s so large I’m super intimidated!

Envy by Anna GodbersenLuxe books by Anna Godberson. I got stuck after book two and haven’t yet read Envy or Splendor.

Rip Tide by Kat FallsDark Life books by Kat Falls. I thought book one was great but just haven’t had the chance to read Rip Tide yet.

I can’t deny that all the series I mentioned above are awesome reads! That’s not the problem! There just literally isn’t enough time in the day for me to read all the books I lust after! I totally do want to read all the books!

Read All the Books

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I Can’t Help It: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hi guys!

I’ve been doing a TON of reading recently which, in my opinion,  is completely lovely! But that also means that I’m falling behind in reviews. I finished Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick back in July.  Things just got so busy with school starting that I never wrote a review for it until now.

Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told Silence by Becca Fitzpatrickthat she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows. And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again

I’ve confessed this before but this series is seriously a major guilty pleasure for me. It’s not that I’m embarrassed that others will know I read this series. If that was the case I wouldn’t be sharing it online. Personally, it’s just not the most well written series ever.  These books are simply fun reads that allow me an escape.

Silence was my least favorite book in the series. The first book Hush, Hush was interesting and I liked the banter between Nora and Vee.  In the second book, Crescendo, my favorite thing was the tension between Nora and Marcie, plus the introduction of new characters. Silence had none of these things. I think that was one of the problems I had with it. The whole time, Vee, who is supposed to be Nora’s best friend just isn’t helping her out at all. And there was only one measly little scene with the awesome Marcie and I just wanted more of her.

Oh and let’s talk about Nora. Nora is normally kind of cool, in her own way, but her memory loss was pretty annoying. I was frustrated because Nora spend a good chunk of the book trying to remember things that the reader already knows. There was no interest in it for me because the suspense was taken away. This, by far, was my biggest complaint about Silence. I just felt like nothing really happened until the VERY end.

I can’t help it. I just need to go ahead and read the whole thing because there is only one book left. I really do want to read Finale, but I’m serious, it had better have more Marcie and a lot less memory loss!

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (Oct. 4, 2011)

Format: audiobook

Length: 9 hours and 39 minutes

Narrator(s): Caitlin Greer

Series: Book three in the Hush, Hush series

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book:  Silence (Hush Hush)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer TBR List

Hiya!

Have you all been enjoying summer so far?

As an educator it is my responsibility to supremely enjoy my summer vacation.

Part of this enjoyment is reading. So, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) is focused on Books on My Summer TBR (To Be Read) List. Now, I’ve already posted my Reading Queue for June, so you may see some of the same books on today’s list. But that’s okay right?!

In no particular order here are the books in my TBR stack this summer. I can’t wait to devour them in all in true BookTasty fashion!

Silence by Becca FitzpatrickSilence by Becca Fitzgerald (already started)

Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu

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

Wonder by RJ PalacioWonder by R.J. Palacio

The False Prince by Jennifer A NielsenThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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

My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Lock and Key by Sarah DessenLock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Real Mermaids Dont Wear Toerings by Helene BoudreauReal Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau

Scarlet by Marissa MeyerScarlet by Marissa Meyer (already started)

Have you read any of these? Which should I make top priority?  What books are you hoping to read this summer?

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The Reading Queue: June

the-reading-queueHi there and welcome back to Book Tasty!

It’s time for the Reading Queue!

Reading Queue is a monthly meme where you share what books you plan to read for the month. You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide. Reading Queue is hosted by Book Tasty (hi!) and Books: A true story.

The premise of Reading Queue is to provide a monthly recap of what we’ve read the previous month and create a list of what we’re planning to read in the coming month. It seems like there are bloggers doing both separately so we thought it’d be fun and helpful to combine the two together. Our main goal with Reading Queue is simply to talk with other bloggers about books! It’d be really cool to know who has plans to read the same book as you during the same month. Maybe it’ll even be helpful in providing reading recommendations! The focus of this meme is what you are planning to read, but if you already do a monthly recap post that has things in addition to what you are reading, feel free to join us! Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

My Reading Queue

Just so you know, I have high hopes for this month because it’s June! Although, these high hopes may totally backfire on me because we’re moving in early July and I’ll be packing this month….high hopes!!!

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossBelle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

I didn’t get to read this one in May so I’m trying again!

Silence by Becca FitzpatrickSilence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Again, didn’t get to this one in May…high hopes!

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

I started this audiobook in May, but the bulk of it will be finished in June.

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

I own this one and have been crushing on the pretty cover forever. Plus I hear great things about it!

Legend by Marie LuWonder by RJ Palacio

Legend by Marie Lu

Wonder by RJ Palacio

One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen

One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Neilsen

These four are all on Florida’s Grade 6-8 Sunshine State Book List for 2013-2014, so even though I’ll be moving to South Carolina I still want to read them.

How I Did Last Month

Okay, so I read four books in May…better than April, but not great.

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

This one was fabulous and a review will be coming soon.

Torn by Amanda Hocking Ascend by Amanda Hocking

Torn by Amanda Hocking

Ascend by Amanda Hocking

These were fun but I liked the first book, Switched, best.

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay RibarThe Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

I actually Did Not Finish (DNF) this one, even though I got like 70% through it.

There you have it! What are you reading this month? Have you read any of these books? Which of the titles in my Reading Queue should I read first?

If you’re interested in joining up, please add your Reading Queue post to the linky below!



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Top Ten Tuesday: When You’re in the Mood for Light and Fun

Hiya!

Welcome back to BookTasty!

Every week I participate in The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday event. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is focused on books that are light and fun reads.

Light and fun reads are super important and necessary to any reader’s repertoire, just like the deep and serious books are. You can’t have too much of one type or else you get bored. Sometimes you’re in the mood for a deeper more complex story, and other times all you need is a break! So, what books do I recommend if you’re in the mood for something of the not-so-serious and complex type? Well, let’s take a look at some fun and entertaining reads!

I'd Tell You I Love You but then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally CarterGallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

These do get darker as the series progresses, but even in this Carter manages to keep the mood light.

Poison by Bridget ZinnPoison by Bridget Zinn

Poison is such a fun fantasy read. It’s a great new addition to my list!

Smile by Raina TelegmierSmile by Raina Telegemier

This graphic novel is so fun and sweet you can’t help but…smile!

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn ChildsForgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

A fluffy mermaid fantasy full of corny puns and sweet romance.

The Luxe by Anna GodbersenThe Luxe series by Anna Godbersen

Elaborate gowns and tantalizing gossip make for a simply entertaining read.

Hush Hush by Becca FitzpatrickHush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

A fun not so serious supernatural romance.

39cluesThe 39 Clues series by various authors

It’s like National Treasure in book form. SO FUN!

Austenland by Shannon Hale

Austenland by Shannon Hale (not YA)

Jane Austen. Romance. Darcy. Need I say more?!

Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg CabotThe Heather Wells series by Meg Cabot (not YA)

A murder mystery series in chick lit form. Heather Wells is a hilarious Bridget Jones-like character who makes you love her and laugh at the same time.

A Rather Lovely Inheritance by CA BelmondA Rather series by C.A. Belmond (not YA)

This is just such a breezy chick-lit mystery series set in many gorgeous and luxurious locales across the world.

All of these are titles I love and recommend to you. They’re light and fun reads that are good mix-ins between more weighty reads. Do you have any suggestions for books on the airy and delightful side?

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The Reading Queue: May

Welcome back BookTasty friends!

Today, I’m introducing a new meme that will be recurring on a monthly basis. Recently I was chatting with Jessica at Books A True Story and we came up with the idea for the Reading Queue! We’re pretty excited to be working on this together!

Reading Queue is a monthly meme where you share what books you plan to read for the month.  You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide.  Reading Queue is hosted by Book Tasty and Books:  A true story.

The premise of Reading Queue is to provide a monthly recap of what we’ve read the previous month and create a list of what we’re planning to read in the coming month. It seems like there are bloggers doing both  separately so we thought it’d be fun and helpful to combine the two together. Our main goal with Reading Queue is simply to talk with other bloggers about books! It’d be really cool to know who has plans to read the same book as you during the same month. Maybe it’ll even be helpful in providing reading recommendations!

A badge is currently in the creation stages and we will have a linky for you next month.  We just wanted to announce the meme this month, to give you an idea of what it is, and see how many others would be interested in joining us.  The focus of this meme is what you are planning to read, but if you already do a monthly recap post that has things in addition to what you are reading, feel free to join us!  Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!  Official start date is June 1st.

My Reading Queue

So, let’s get started! In May I’m planning on reading the following books:

Torn by Amanda HockingTorn by Amanda Hocking

This is the second book in the Trylle series and I started it on Wednesday. This will count towards my 2013 YA Audiobook Challenge!

 

 

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay RibarThe Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

I technically started this one in April, but haven’t finished it yet, so I’m hoping to this month. It’ll count towards the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.

 

 

SilenceSilence by Becca Fitzpatrick

So, I’ve been holding out for my public library to get this one on audio since that’s how I read the first two, but it’s been forever so I got sick of waiting and just decided to checkout a print copy. This series is one of my guilty pleasures! haha

 

 

WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio

This one is on the 2013-2014 Florida Sunshine State 6-8 grade book list and I can’t wait to start it!

 

 

 

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

Also on next year’s Florida Sunshine State 6-8 grade list. This one will also count towards my goal in the 2013 YA Audiobook Challenge.

 

 

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossBelle Epoque by Eizabeth Ross

Loved the summary for this one so I really want to read it! It will help me get to my goal in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.

 

 

How I Did Last Month

April was a CRAZY busy week with FCAT and work commitments so I only read three books this past month.

The Madness Underneath by Maureen JohnsonThe Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

I really love this series so much!

 

 

 

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Finally! I got to this one and enjoyed it so much!

 

 

 

Switched by Amanda HockingSwitched by Amanda Hocking

I have one student who is constantly telling me to read these books, so I finally did and I was pleasantly surprised.

 

 

So what are you reading this month?  Have you read any of these books? Which of the titles in my Reading Queue should I read first? Are you interested in joining our meme? Let me know!

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Students’ Picks

Mirage by Kristi Cook

Hi there! Each week I participate in The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday.  This week is a Rewind week which mean we can choose any topic we prefer. This week I decided to share the spotlight with some of my students. I asked some of my top Media Center patrons (“My Reader Girls/Boys” is what…
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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?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Just Haven’t Finished…Yet!

Haaay!

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Remember, that Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blogging event hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  Every week they post a theme that we create a list around.  The theme this week is Book Series I Just Haven’t Finished.

I adore reading books that are part of a series.  It’s just so fun to see the story and characters I love continue!  I get so incredibly sad when a series ends because it’s like saying “goodbye” to friends and a setting I love! I know all my bookish peeps out there will totally get this! I usually always finish a series once I start it, but once in a while I just don’t get around to it as fast as I’d like. Sometimes I’m just not feeling a story enough to bother taking the time to continue reading.  So, these may be series that I didn’t like, or even those I loved and just haven’t gotten around to finishing yet. Yet, being the key word!

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn ChildsForgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Over the summer I finally got a chance to read book one, Forgive My Fins, and I can’t wait until I can read book two, Fins are Forever!

Forest Born by Shannon HaleThe Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale

I am a massive Shannon Hale fan and it still shames me a little to think that I’ve read the first three books in this series but not the fourth, Forest Born! Soon!

Across the Universe by Beth RevisAcross the Universe by Beth Revis

About a month or two ago I read Across the Universe, book one, and need to read A Million Suns like whoa.

Heist Society by Ally CarterHeist Society by Ally Carter

Ally Carter is one of my favorite authors and I am obsessed with her Gallagher Girls books.  I finally got around to reading Heist Society over the summer and really, really want to read book two, Uncommon Criminals.

The Treasure Map of Boys by E LockhartThe Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart

This series is one I just love, although I’ve only read books one and two.  I actually have The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon—and me, Ruby Oliver, sitting on the floor next to bed waiting to be read!

Silence by Becca FitzpatrickHush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

This series is one of my guilty pleasures.  I’ve only read books one and two, but I know I have to finish the series! Silence, book three, has been eluding me at my public library so I still haven’t gotten to it.

Percy Jackson by Rick RiordanThe Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan

My students love this series. My husband loves this series.  I…thought it was okay.  I know! I know! I’m the only one out there!  But, I really didn’t love this book like others did and I just didn’t feel like spending the time to read the rest of the books.

Envy by Anna GodbersenThe Luxe by Anna Godbersen

This series was so tantalizing!  I loved the fashion, the romance and the drama of it all! I have only read the first two books but I intend to read the rest of them!

Princess of Glass by Jessica Day GeorgeThe Princess series by Jessica Day George

Love, love, love Jessica Day George and retold fairy tales! The first one was so good I need to make room for The Princess of Glass soon!

Uglies by Scott WesterfeldUglies by Scott Westerfeld

Okay.  Let me say I thought Uglies was AWESOME! I thought Pretties was just okay. I just don’t know if I’m a fan of the direction the story took and I don’t really want to read book three, Specials.

Have you finished these series? Which do I need to make a priorities? Are there any particular series that you haven’t finished yet but want to?