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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’d Like to Start but Just Haven’t Yet

Hey there everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by the lovelies at The Broke and Bookish. Each week they post a theme for us to create a list to. This lweek’s official theme is Series I’d Like to Start but Haven’t Yet.

I have no idea why I haven’t started reading any of the following series yet, especially because I have heard nothing but good things about them! But for whatever reason I just haven’t gotten around to them yet (and I even own some of them!). So, let’s see which series I am regretfully missing out on.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa1. Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

Delirium by Lauren Oliver2. Delirium series by Lauren Oliver

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand3. Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter4. The Goddess Test series by Aimee Carter

Shatter My by Tahereh Mafi5. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

Gone by Michael Grant6. Gone series by Michael Grant

Bluebloods by Melissa de la Cruz7. Bluebloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Firelight by Sophie Jordan8. Firelight series by Sophie Jordan

Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan9. The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson10. The Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson

Okay, which of these do I need to make sure I read right away? Let me know! :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: November New Releases

Happy Tuesday to everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week they post a theme and book bloggers all over the interwebs (!) create lists to go with that particular theme.

It’s the end of October which means that November is here. (Yay for my birthday month and first trip to Europe month!!!)  With a new month comes lots of new books. So, I’m going my own way this week and skipping the official Top Ten Tuesday theme by highlighting some upcoming releases for November!

Days of Blood and Starlight by Lani TurnerDays of Blood and Starlight by Lani Taylor (Nov. 6)

Divide and Conquer by Carrie RyanDivide and Conquer (Infinity Ring #2) by Carrie Ryan (Nov. 6)

If We Survive by Andrew KlavanIf We Survive by Andrew Klavan (Nov. 6)

Reached by Ally CondieReached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie (Nov. 13)

The Third Wheel by Jeff KinneyThe Third Wheel (Wimpy Kid #5) by Jeff Kinney (Nov. 13)

Miss Fortune Cookie by Lauren BjorkmanMiss Fortune Cookie by Lauren Bjorkman (Nov. 13)

Under the Bridge by Michael HarmonUnder the Bridge by Michael Harmon (Nov. 13)

Witch World by Christopher PikeWitch World by Christopher Pike (Nov. 13)

Sacred by Elana K ArnoldSacred by Elana K. Arnold (Nov. 13)

The Lucky Ones by Anna GodbersenThe Lucky Ones (Bright Young Things #3) by Anna Godbersen (Nov. 27)

So there you have it!  A whole bunch of November New Releases!  Are there any that you just can’t wait for?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ll Never Read because I’m a Wimp

Hello there everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by those fine bloggers over at The Broke and Bookish!

So, this week’s official theme is Top Ten books to put you in the Halloween mood. That is a great theme, but I don’t usually do creepy books, so I’m calling this like it is.  I’ll probably never read any of these titles because I’m a HUGE wimp when it comes to scary.  This still amazes me because as a teenager in the mid-90s I used to devour R.L. Stein’s Fear Street books like they were covered in chocolate. Seriously.  So, I guess I’ve gotten wimpier in my old age.

These are all books that I have heard awesome things about, so I assume they’re good reads, but I’m too much of a scaredy-cat!

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare BlakeAnna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

I don’t care what this book is about.  I’ve heard it’s awesome.  But that title already has me way creeped out! I don’t want to be dressed in blood and I don’t know if Anna does either.

The Murmurings by Carly Anne WestThe Murmurings by Carly Anne West

This cover is freaky.  I don’t like super close up faces on covers…they creep me out.  This cover, plus the titles, plus the summary….Sounds really, really scary!

Bad Girls Don't Die by Kate AlenderBad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

This cover makes me think of the Sixth Sense.  My students  LOVE this series, but I just can’t bring myself to see what’s under that curtain.

Starters by Lissa PriceStarters by Lissa Price

This book isn’t even categorized as horror, I think it’s dystopian.  I don’t even care, I can’t look at this super scary cover! It’s so disturbing! Again, I’ve heard it’s good though!

The Devouring by Simon HoltThe Devouring by Simon Holt

This one is about evil demonic beings that inhabit humans.  It sounds super intriguing, but it also sounds super scary!

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonThe Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Okay, so I probably will read this one.  I like Maureen Johnson’s books and I bought it at my school book fair, so I’ll try to read it even though I’m pretty sure it’s going to scare me.

Ten by Gretchen McNeilTen by Gretchen McNeil

Yeah, I’ll probably read this one too.  It sounds very Agatha Christie, which I love, so even though it’ll probably freak the poop out of me, I’m most likely going to go for it!

The Replacement by Brenna YovanoffThe Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

I just know this book will give me nightmares. For reals.

Dust and Decay by Jonathan MayberryDust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry

The cover. Do I have to say more?

Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie RyanForest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

I want to read this book so bad.  I even promised I would last year…I didn’t.  And it’s because I’m too afraid.

So there you have it.  These are all books that I’ve heard good things about, but am scared to read because I’m a humongous wimp when it comes to all things creepy.  Have you read any of these?  Are there some I need to just buck-up and read?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books It Seems Everyone Else Has Read But Me

I was off of work last week and enjoying a whole week of Thanksgiving (Yay education!).  So, because of that, my mind ran off and I completely forgot about Top Ten Tuesday.  I must have been swimming in a world of friends, family, books, free time, and good food!  It is what it is!

Since I’ve been blogging on YA and Middle Grades Fiction (almost a year!), I’ve noticed that there are some titles it seems everyone in the YA fiction blogging world has read.  I keep hearing people talk about but I haven’t had the chance to read yet. Too many books and not enough time!  This week’s Top Ten are books everyone else had read but me!

Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Matched by Ally Condie

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

The Fallen series by Lauren Kate

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

I’d better get working on reading these; lots to read…lots to read…

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Book Trailer of the Week: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Happy Halloween!

So, I searched for a creepy book trailer to make this week’s post and I’m pretty sure I’ve found it.

Holy junk this trailer creeped me out!  I watched it while I was home alone one night.

Note to you:  its super scary! So don’t watch it  you’re not all about being spooked.

We have this one in our Media Center (the kids adore scary stories!) and I’m going to need to read it…maybe.  It sounds very M.Night Shymalan.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Creepy Reads

Its getting closer and closer to Halloween and my students have been in the mood for some scary reads.  So, today’s list is ten creepy titles that my kids have been checking out recently.

1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

2. The Presence: A Ghost Story by Eve Bunting

While visiting her grandmother in California, seventeen-year-old Catherine comes in contact with a mysterious stranger who says he can help her contact a friend who died in a car crash for which Catherine feels responsible.

3. Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

Molly and Michael dislike their spooky new stepsister Heather but realize that they must try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost child to her doom.

4. The Hunt for the Seventh by Christine Morton-Shaw

Jim moves with his dad and sister to Minerva Hall where a ghostly voice urging him to “find the Seventh” draws him into a sort of macabre treasure hunt for clues to an ancient prophecy that threatens them all.

5. Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan

Suspicious and uneasy about the atmosphere at her new boarding school, fourteen-year-old Kit slowly realizes why she and the other three students at the school were selected.

6. The Complete Horowitz Horror by Anthony Horowitz

Presents a collection of eighteen horror stories, set in England, that focus on everyday items that have sinister qualities, and includes computer games, a mysterious elevator, and a deadly cell phone.

7.  any titles by R.L. Stine

8. The Secret of Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby

While staying with her family in Louisiana’s Laurel Oaks Plantation, purported to be one of the most haunted places in America, thirteen-year-old Lila is contacted by the ghost of a slave girl unjustly convicted of murder.

9. Hide and Shriek: Camp Confidential 14 by Melissa J. Morgan

With rivalries and cliques to blame for the drop in attendance at Camp Lakeview, Bunk 5A is on official warning but after a horror story about a creepy local who tortures campers, Chelsea’s disappearance frightens everyone into joining forces.

10. The House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo

When fifteen-year-old Xander and his family move into an old, abandoned house in the middle of a dense forest outside of a small California town, they discover that not only are some of the rooms portals into other places, but that malevolent forces are at work.

Enjoy the spine tingling reads!! Muuuuhahahahaha

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Just Finished: Hush, Hush

So, I finally joined the Cool Kids Club and finished the audiobook of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Seriously, I know this book has been out for a while (years), and it seems like everyone else has read it, but it’s never to late to start right? Plus October has pretty much been “read titles that have been out for years and everyone else has already read them” month (I’m still in the middle of Riordan’s The Lightning Thief). So a review will come soon!

Now, the big question is….

What should I read next?

The Maze Runner by James Dashner (dystopian)

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter (spies, chick-litish)

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (fantasy/sci-fi)

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (post apocalyptic/zombies)

Let me know what you think!