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

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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!

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Bringing YA 2 You: Vote for Orlando!


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:

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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!


Top Ten Tuesday: January New Releases

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a fun, safe and happy New Years Eve! It is a brand new year full of hope and newness, and with a new year comes a new month and…new books!

Every Tuesday I participate in The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday.  This week the theme is Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read In 2013, but I like to spend the start of each month focusing on new releases. It’s only the first day of 2013 and I’m already going my own way!

So, let’s go ahead and take a peek at ten books that will be released in January.

The Fire Horse Girl by Victoria SchwabThe Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman (Jan. 1)

Casualties of War by Chris LynchCasualties of War (Vietnam #4) by Chris Lynch (Jan. 1)

Crash by Lisa McMannCrash by Lisa McMann (Jan. 8)

Just One Day by Gayle FormanJust One Day by Gayle Forman (Jan. 8)

Road Trip by Gary PaulsenRoad Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen (Jan. 8)

Shades of Earth by Beth RevisShades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis (Jan. 15)

The Archived by Victoria SchwabThe Archived by Victoria Schwab (Jan. 22)

Prodigy by Marie LuProdigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu (Jan. 29)

The Prey by Andrew FukudaThe Prey by Andrew Fukuda (Jan. 29)

What the Spell by  Brittany GeragotillisWhat the Spell by Brittany Geragotelis (Jan. 29)

So there you have it!  Brand new delicious looking books to help ring in the new year!


Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books of 2013

Happy Tuesday everybody!

I am still on vacation this week (Paris!!) so I’ll only be posting my regularly scheduled posts while I’m gone.  You also won’t see me on Twitter because data plans while traveling internationally are mad expensive!

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareEvery Tuesday I participate in a weekly event, called Top Ten Tuesday,  hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  Each week a theme is posted and book bloggers all over create bookish lists to go along with the selected theme.  This week the theme is our Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2013.  There are so many books that I can’t wait to read, and 2013 seems so darn far away!

1. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

2. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa MeyerScarlet by Marissa Meyer

3. Divergent #3 by Veronica Roth (This one is still untitled but I CAN’T wait!)

4. Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis

5. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

6. Star Cursed (Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood

7. Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3) by Ally Carter

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter8. The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

9. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

10. Size 12 is the New Black (Heather Wells #5) by Meg Cabot (not YA but I love this series!)The Elite by Kiera Cass

There you have it!  Some of my most anticipated books of 2013! As you can see I’m a huge fan of series and always have been!  What books are you excited for in the upcoming year?



Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Authors by Genre

Welcome back!

Today is Tuesday so, as always, that means it is time for another Top Ten Tuesday post.  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish and is a fun weekly event where book bloggers post lists that all fit a particular theme.

Today’s theme is “Top Ten Favorite Authors In X Genre”.  I had a difficult time with this because I try to jump around genres a lot so I’m reading a wide range of YA and MG fiction.  Because of this, I can’t always say that I have ten favorite authors in one specific genre.  So, instead I decided to list ten different genres and my favorite author in that category.  So, here we go My Top Ten Favorite Authors by Genre!

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher1. Fantasy: Catherine Fisher

Lola and the Boy Next Door  by Stephanie Perkins2. Contemporary Romance: Stephanie Perkins

The Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale3. Fairy Tale Redo: Shannon Hale

Across the Universe by Beth Revis4. Sci Fi: Beth Revis

The Maze Runner by James Dashner5. Dystopian: James Dashner

Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter6. Spy Fiction (I’m pretty sure I made this genre up): Ally Carter

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher7. Realistic Contemporary: Jay Asher

Smile by Raina Telegmier8. Graphic Novel: Raina Telgmeier

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell9. Historical Fiction: Judy Blundell

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare10. Paranormal Romance: Cassandra Clare

So, there you have it!  There are, of course, other fabulous authors in each of these genres, but these are just some that stand out to me. Who are your favorites?



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


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?


Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Ponder the Deeper Things in Life

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and Bookish.  Every week they post a list theme for book bloggers to participate in.

This week’s theme is Books That Made You Think. So, I have a list of books that made me ponder the deeper things in life. Now, I will say that I tend to prefer books on the lighter sides because I don’t like books that make me cry!  I’m such a crier in normal life that when I read books I like happyish endings.  But, I have read some books that fit this category.  So, here they are! (Sorry no pictures this week my internet at home is down so I’m posting at work and the connection is slllooow…) 

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This book is centered around bullying and teenage suicide. Working with teens, especially those labeled ”at-risk” made this book so meaningful to me. It is an intense read, but is also worth the emotional rollercoaster ride.  If you haven’t read it, you should.

2. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Park weaves together two stories of African youth affected by difficult times.  One is the story of a boy trying to survive in the face of civil war in his homeland, while the other tells of a young girl who has the responsibility of providing water for her family every day. Civil war? Poverty? The reality of life in a third world country? This one definitely made me think.

3. The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Such an amazing true story of a German teen in the 1930s/1940s who grows to reject Hitler’s teachings and eventually takes a stand against them.  It was interesting to get the perspective of one who had originally been a member of the Hitler Youth because you rarely get to see that point of view.

4. May B by Caroline Starr Rose

A novel in verse about a girl living on the prairie struggling to survive a harsh winter.  The book also deals with dyslexia and made me, as an educator, wonder how students with disabilities fared in school during past eras. It must have been isolating, and confusing to not understand why everyone else was “getting it” while you were having trouble.

5.In Too Deep by Amanda Grace

 about a girl who does nothing to counteract the false rumors that a boy from school raped her, is so incredibly thought-provoking.  It made me think of lies, even those of omission, and the effects and consequences they can have in our lives.

The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Herandani6. The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani

This debut middle grades novel deals mainly with the idea of identity. The main character, Sonia,  is of both Jewish-American and Indian heritage and is struggling to figure out where she fits in her new school and in life altogether.  Sonia is also dealing with an out of work father who is struggling with depression and goes missing. I’d never read a middle grades novel displaying a parent with depression before. 

7. The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Peterson

More civil war and ethnic killing…The Day of the Pelican tells the story of a young girl and her Muslim Albanian family trying to survive in the middle of the Kosovo War.  Talk about a perspective adjustment for those of us who have never experienced war on our own soil.

8. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

I loved this YA sci-fi story filled with themes of genetics and ethics. It had the “whoa thats cool!” factor but also made you realize that meddling in genetics has major ethical consequences.

9. Matched by Ally Condie

The dystopian world Condie creates has immense restrictions on creativity. The governmentMatched by Ally Condie has deleted all but a hundred songs, a hundred paintings, a hundred books etc… from the world’s memory.  People are not allowed to create new songs or books or paintings either.  With these type of restrictions the ability to create anything (words for example) gives power.  As the wife of a musician I can’t even imagine a world without creativity!

10. A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this one before (it’s not YA or MG though) but this book blew my mind when I read it in my senior AP Lit class eleven years ago! I had never read anything like it in my life.  Chalk full of a dystopian society run by religion that puts restrictions on everything including sex and child-bearing.  Talk about making me think!

So there you have it- books that really made me think! What are some books that made you ponder the deeper things in life?


My Type of Sci-Fi: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

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Let me start by saying that I’m pretty much kicking butt in my personal goal for the 2012 YA Audiobook Challenge! I am participating in the Head Bangin’ Level which means I need to listen to 36+ YA audiobooks and review at least 24 of them.  I’m already on 19 reviews and it is still August!  Today’s review of Beth Revis’ Across the Universe is number 20!Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Science Fiction is a genre I’m not used to saying I like yet.  I do like it, but I didn’t for so long because I think I always thought science fiction looked like this:

Now don’t get me wrong, some people may really enjoy this specific type of sci-fi which strange-looking space creatures and aliens interacting with humans, but it’s not my thing. I’m more into the humans in the future with really cool technology and/or living in space type of sci-fi, like this: Firefly

Across the Universe fits perfectly into my preferred type of sci-fi.  You have people living in the future on a spaceship, in…SPACE! Plus there is all sorts of cool technology, even if it is sometimes used unethically. I don’t want to give too much away, but the idea that people would choose to be cryogenically frozen in order to populate a new planet 200 years into the future is awesome. There is this whole underlying theme of genetics and ethical decisions with a tad bit of dystopian leadership thrown in. I actually find all of the genetic meddling that goes on throughout the story to be an incredibly realistic possibility for the future. Revis manages to pinpoint both the coolness and creepiness factors of genetic science and technology.

At its heart though, Across the Universe, is also your basic murder mystery. Someone is trying to kill the other frozen passengers on the ship and it’s up to Amy and Elder to figure out who is behind it all. The whole point of view switches between Amy and Elder add to the mystery surrounding the ship and what is actually happening on it.  You get a newcomer’s perspective as well as that of one who was born on the ship and is accustomed to its culture.

When it comes to Amy and Elder, both of them frustrated me at times.  I felt like despite what Elder knows about Eldest or how things are run on the ship, he is still so quick to believe what he already knows. But, I guess it is easier to go with what you know rather than the unknown.  And I sometimes wanted to tell Amy to listen to the people around her.  She often just does what she wants without thinking about the consequences and how they affect others. But without this device it can be hard to move a story along.  These flaws didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book at all, I just wanted to point them out.

The sequel, A Million Suns, was released in January of this year, so I need to get my hands on it because I had fun listening to this one. In fact, I hope the same two narrators (one for Amy and one for Elder) also read for the second book.  Because of some sexual language and scenes referring to “The Season” (oh the infamous season!!) is definitely YA not MG and I’d only recommend Across the Universe to high school aged readers and those like me, who may be a little older!

Author: Beth Revis

Publisher: Penguin Audio (January 11, 2011)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins

Narrator(s): Lauren Ambrose and Carlos Santos

Series: First in the Across the Universe series


Buy the Book:  Across the Universe


Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I’ve Read During the Lifespan of Book Tasty


After a busy, fun, motivating and tiring Pre-Planning week, the students came back to school yesterday.  I have high expectations for this school year and am excited to see the kids and get back to work. I am not excited that I got literally no reading done this past week because of the fullness of my calendar!

So, anyway it’s time for my favorite weekly feature Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by the wonderful people over at The Broke and Bookish.  This week’s list theme is Top Ten Favorite Books You’ve Read During The Lifespan Of Your Blog.  I’ve read so many awesome books since starting BookTasty about a year and a half ago and it was majorly difficult to narrow it down but there are some that just really stand out as books I simply adore. So, without further ado I bring you my favorite books since starting BookTasty and no I didn’t stop at just 10! I couldn’t!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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

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

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally CarterThe Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

Across the Universe by Beth RevisAcross the Universe by Beth Revis

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

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba BrayThe Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray

Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth

Uglies by Scott WesterfeldUglies by Scott Westerfeld

Dark Life by Kat Falls

Incarceron by Catherine FisherIncarceron by Catherine Fisher

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David LubarSleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather BrewerChronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

So, I know that was thirteen books, but I just couldn’t narrow it down to ten!  Have you read any of these?  What are some of your favorites?


Book Trailer of the Week: Across the Universe

Book Trailer of the WeekHappy Friday!

This is my last free no responsibilities Friday of the summer.  Oh summer, how I shall miss you!Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Every Friday I post my Book Trailer of the Week Feature where I highlight a book trailer that has caught my attention.  This week’s trailer is for Beth Revis’ Across the Universe.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

I actually recently finished listening to the audiobook for Across the Universe but had never seen the book trailer.  I was incredibly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! I don’t know why, but I never expect to love sci-fi and then I totally do! Well, obviously you can tell I loved Across the Universe and I can’t wait to grab the audiobook of book number two, A Million Suns.

So, without further ado, check out this book trailer!