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Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Art I’d Frame

Hiya!

I totally judge books by their covers! I know it’s wrong…but I don’t care! I just a sucker for a pretty cover and in the YA world there are tons of lovely covers out there, but sometimes you get some that just stand out above the rest.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Cover Art I’d Frame”. I guess if I’m thinking about book cover art as “frameable” I tend to lean towards those that are illustrated. There are probably other cover I’d consider “frameworthy” floating around out there, but here are ten that just stand out as lovely.

Serafina's Promise by Ann E BurgSerafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg

I love the muted pastel colors and the shape of the girl’s arms.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail CarrigerThe Finishing School series by Gail Garriger

These covers are just so strikingly beautiful that I’d want them hanging in a fancy dressing room, if I was wealthy enough to have a fancy dressing room, that is.

The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

When you look at this cover closely you see just how detailed and gorgeous the brush strokes are.

Chomp by Carl HiaasenAny of Carl Hiassen’s middle grades book covers

The simplicity and vivid colors of his covers just draw me in. They remind me of the paper cutouts of Matisse.

After the Snow by SD CrockettAfter the Snow by S.D. Crockett

I actually haven’t read this book, but I’ve always loved the look of these trees.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie StiefvaterThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

This one is prettier without the text over it because the title is covering the horse and rider’s reflection in the water.

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

I love the simplicity of the silhouette and sunset.

The Lion, The WItch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. LewisThe Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (cover illustrations by Pauline Baynes)

Nothing beats classically illustrated book covers like these.

The Goose Girl by Shannon HaleThe Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (illustrated by Alison Jay)

Jay did the artwork for the first three books in this series and they’re so bulbous and beautiful!

Princess Academy by Shannon HalePrincess Academy by Shannon Hale (illustrated by Tim Zeltner)

This has always been one of my favorite covers. I just adore the touch of whimsy Zeltner’s work has. I actually like his non book covers even better than this!

Well, would you frame any of the book covers I’ve selected this week?

 

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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: Favorite Supporting Characters in YA/MG Fiction

Top Ten TuesdayWelcome back!

Remember that Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish to encourage community among book bloggers and to talk about books, our favorite things!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is supposed to be Books on My Summer To Read List, but I feel like it would be me just talking about the same books that have been on my to read list for a while now, so I decided to mix it up a little and pick an older topic to do a little rewind.

So, my top ten for the week is My Top Ten Favorite Supporting Characters in YA/MG Fiction.  We all love the main characters because they’re usually awesome and they’re the focus of the story, but sometimes there are some amazing and lovable minor characters that we just can’t seem to forget. Today I want to share those supporting characters that I just love.Foxface Hunger Games

1. Fox Face from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Foxface makes me laugh.  She always turns up right when Katniss least expects it and is, I think, a lot like Katniss.  I love how Katniss respects Foxface and even gets a kick out of seeing her out in the Games.

2. Newt from the The Maze Runner series by James DashnerLuna Lovegood Harry Potter

Oh Newt.  I love him.  Newt stands by Thomas pretty much from the beginning.  He is funny and  loyal, and has an Irish accent (I listened to the audiobooks).

3. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Luna is so awesomely nerdy and cool.  She is her own person and does things her own way.  She doesn’t really care too much that people think her and her father are odd, she knows who she is.

4. Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Magnus is someone I’d just love to hang out with.  He is always up for fun, but is also incredibly loving and thoughtful.  Plus he wears glitter.

5. Severus Snape and Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harroy Potter series by J.K. RowlingSnape

Snape! Snape is like the most bad-a character ever.  His loyalty and willingness to sacrifice everything is mind-blowing.  And Bellatrix is the world’s most awesome villain!  She is the BEllatrix Lestrangeperfect combo of fabulous and evil mixed together.  I think I want to be her for Halloween…hmmm…

6. Dwight from The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

I just love that Dwight is nothing less than a weirdo.  A loveable, observant and smart weirdo, but a weirdo none-the-less.  I mean this guy digs wholes in his back yard, sits in them, then fills them back up.  That just cracks me up!

7. Maggie, Esther and Leah from Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

These girls are willing to overlook Auden’s bad judgement and befriend her anyway.  They don’t give up on Auden when she tries to push them away either (which she does, a lot).  They continue to pursue her because they understand the value of deep relationships.  They seem like the type of people I’d like to get to know.

8. Marcie Millar from the Hush, Hush books by Becca Fitzpatrick

I know Marcie is suppReepicheep Narniaosed to be Nora’s arch nemesis and everything, plus she says some mean things about Vee, but things are just more colorful and fun with Marcie in the story!  I really enjoyed the second book and I’m convinced its because there is more Marcie in it.

9. Reepicheep from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Oh. My. Gosh. Break my heart! I honestly can’t think of Reepicheep too long without my heart hurting.  This little guy is the epitome of courage, faith, and perseverance.   Plus he is an adorable, talking, sword wielding mouse!!

10. Macey, Bex and Liz from The Gallagher Girl Series by Ally Carter

These girls are part of the reason why I wish I was a Gallagher Girl!  They’re loyal, fun and smart, but also (best of all) they’re spies!  I love the banter between these girls in this series so much!

So, those are some of my favorite minor characters in YA and MG fiction.  I have tons more but these were the ones that popped into my mind first.  Who are your favorite characters in supporting roles?