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Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart

Haaaaay!

Holy junk! With this review I am finally up to date with my reviews! It is an amazing feeling! Whoot!

Today’s review is of the fourth and last book in E. Lockhart’s Ruby Oliver series, Real Live Boyfriends.

Ruby Oliver is in love. Or it would be love, if Noel, her real live boyfriend, would call her back. But Noel seems to have turned into a pod-robot lobotomy patient, and Ruby can’t figure out why.

Real Live Boyfriends by E. LockhartNot only is her romantic life a shambles:
Her dad is eating nothing but Cheetos,
Her mother’s got a piglet head in the refrigerator,
Hutch has gone to Paris to play baguette air guitar,
Gideon shows up shirtless,
And the pygmy goat Robespierre is no help whatsoever.
Will Ruby ever control her panic attacks?
Will she ever understand boys?
Will she ever stop making lists?
(No to that last one.)

Roo has lost most of her friends. She’s lost her true love, more than once. She’s lost her grandmother, her job, her reputation, and possibly her mind. But she’s never lost her sense of humor. The Ruby Oliver books are the record of her survival.

If you’ve read any of my other reviews on this series, you’ll know that Ruby is one of my favorite characters.  Throughout this whole series Ruby is struggling with change and acceptance and how to take care of herself while also taking care of her friends.  And in Real Live Boyfriends you see Ruby finally get it. It seems like things finally click into place. Not that Ruby is perfect, she’s still far from it, but she now knows how to work with what she has. She is just so relateable and I know that I second guessed everything like Roo does in high school!

I normally like Ruby’s parents a lot. They’re also incredibly imperfect and hilarious making them easily to love. But in this book Ruby’s mother drove me crazy! It seemed like she was acting like a whiny baby who couldn’t handle it when things weren’t easy for her.

This series is just one of the best in contemporary YA (definitely YA!).  They are realistic without taking themselves too seriously and just an all around fun series to read. If you’re interested, just know that Real Live Boyfriends is the fourth and last book in this series, so start with number one The Boyfriend List, you won’t be sorry!

Author: E. Lockhart

Publisher:  Delacorte Books for Young Readers (Dec. 28, 2010)

Format: Hardcover

Length: 225 pages

Series: Final book in The Ruby Oliver quartet

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book:  Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, plural. If my life weren’t complicated, I wouldn’t be Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver Quartet)

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Major Headway: The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart

Hello!

Don’t you just love when you find a series that you absolutely love? Well, I feel this way about the Ruby Oliver books by E. Lockhart, so I knew I needed to finish it as soon as possible. The Treasure Map of Boys is the third book in the series and I had to wait for it for months because my students were constantly checking it out! So, I finally grabbed it over our ThanksgivingThe Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart vacation to Europe.

Ruby is back at Tate Prep, and it’s her thirty-seventh week in the state of Noboyfriend. Her panic attacks are bad, her love life is even worse, and what’s more: Noel is writing her notes, Jackson is giving her frogs, Gideon is helping her cook, and Finn is making her brownies. Rumors are flying, and Ruby’s already-sucky reputation is heading downhill. Not only that, she’s also: running a bake sale, learning the secrets of heavymetal therapy, encountering some seriously smelly feet, defending the rights of pygmy goats, and bodyguarding Noel from unwanted advances.

Ruby Oliver is one of my favorite characters in teen lit ever. She is all things annoying, hilarious, neurotic and just plain lovable. In this third book Ruby is working hard to be a good friend but also learning to be good to herself. She is learning that repressing her thoughts, and feels is not healthy in any way. I loved this fabulous scene where Ruby stands up to someone who thinks she is weak and wants to keep her that way. She totally lets him have it… Which was long overdue!!

Although we do see Ruby making major headway in her relationships we also see her make a ton of massive mistakes, which of course make Ruby…Ruby!

If you’re already a fan of Ruby Oliver, The Treasure Map of Boys doesn’t disappoint! Plus it’s such a quick read I read on the plane back from Paris!

Author: E. Lockhart

Publisher: Delacourte Books for Young Readers (July 27, 2010)

Format: Hardcover

Length: 244 pages

Series: Third book in the Ruby Oliver series

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon–and Me, Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver Quartet)

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Current To-Be-Read Stack

Hi there!

Happy Tuesday and Merry Christmas! I am currently in the Jacksonville area celebrating the holiday with my in-laws and my parents! I hope you are enjoying the holiday season with friends and family as well!

Since it’s Tuesday I’m participating, as usual, in the Broke and Bookish’s weekly Top Ten Tuesday. This week the official theme is a freebie so I decided to share a little about the books that have made it on my current To-Be-Read list!To Be Read

1. Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

2. Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart

3. Everlost by Neal Shusterman (audiobook)

4. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

5. Firelight by Sophie Jordan

6. Dead City by James Ponti

7. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

8. A Whole Lot of Lucky by Danette Haworth

9. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

10. Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Now, don’t get me wrong, I have tons of other books I haven’t yet read sitting on my shelves (TONS!).  These are just the books that have recently been calling out to me!

I plan on getting some of these at least started during the two weeks I have off for the Winter Break. I’ve been craving some serious reading time! Have you read any of these? Any that should be made a priority? What titles are in your current to-be-read stack?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Want on a Deserted Island

Bonjour!

I’ll be in Paris in two weeks! Whoot! Whoot!

Also…today is my birthday! Wow! I’m 30…yup.  So, let me say that my only birthday wish is….

a Colin Firth birthday cake!

Who can make this happen?! Go!

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday!  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful people over at The Broke and Bookish. Each week they post a theme to create a list of related books.

This week the theme is Top Ten Books I’d Want on a Deserted Island.  I’m taking this theme to books I haven’t read yet but have been trying to forever! If I had these books on a deserted island with me I could actually read them without life getting in the way.

Princess of Glass by Jessica Day GeorgePrincess of Glass by Jessica Day George

The Treasure Map of Boys by E. LockhartThe Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart

This has been sitting on my nightstand for MONTHS. No kidding.

Palace of Stone by Shannon HalePalace of Stone by Shannon Hale

Kyle at Readers Pensieve loaned this one to me in like August and I started it, but haven’t been able to finish it! It’s going on the plane to London with me!

Delirium by Lauren OliverDelirium by Lauren Oliver

Star Crosse by Elizabeth BunceStar Crossed by Elizabeth Bunce

Gone by Michael GrantGone by Michael Grant

Firelight by Sophie JordanFirelight by Sophie Jordan

Shatter My by Tahereh MafiShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

My friend Stephanie loaned me this one sometime last year and it is still sitting on my shelf..unread!

The Iron King by Julie KagawaThe Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreBitterblue by Kristin Cashore

I won this one in someone’s blog contest…I can’t remember who’s it was, that’s how long I’ve been trying to read this book!

Seriously, if there is a deserted island out there (with a fully stocked cabana, fridge and lots of desserts….desserted island?!) sign me up so I can FINALLY finish these books!

Which of these books should I bump up to the top of my deserted island reading list?

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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?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Series that I Need to Finish

Top Ten TuesdayWelcome back!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful Broke and Bookish.  Each week features a different topic Each book blogger then creates a list based on that topic and gets  to share it with other book bloggers and blog readers!

I’m not even going to think about the fact that it is July.  I’m also not going to think of the fact that pre-planning at school starts in about a month.  Summer don’t run away…I LOVE YOU!!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was officially a freebie and I chose to talk about book series that I need to finish.   Sometimes I start a book series and really, really enjoy it, but for whatever reason, am unable to finish reading all the books in that series.  It is hard to read every book in every series I like, so I try to be picky about which series I continue.  All the series listed below are books that I need/really want to finish.

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick1. Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick

I was surprised by how much I liked reading about Nora and Patch.  I’ve read Hush, Hush (#1) and Crescendo (#2), but need to get my hands on Silence, the third book.

The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart2. The Ruby Oliver books by E. Lockhart

I’m a huge fan of the neurotic Ruby Oliver and I’ve read The Boyfriend List (#1) and The Boy Book (#2), but haven’t had a chance to read The Treasure Map of Boys (#3) or Real Live Boyfriends (#4).

The Last Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson3. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

This is a two book series and I liked the first book, but number two, The Last Little Blue Envelope eludes me.

Its Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han4. The Summer books by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty (#1) was sooo good and I finally picked up It’s Not Summer Without You (#2) at my public library yesterday.

Envy by Anna Godbersen5. The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen

I was completely engrossed by The Luxe (#1) and Rumors (#2), but still have to read Envy (#3) and Splendor (#4).

Rip Tide by Kat Falls6. Dark Life books by Kat Falls

Dark Life (#1) was my favorite Sunshine State book last year and need to read Rip Tide (#2)

Specials by Scott Westerfeld7. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

I loved Uglies (#1) but wasn’t a huge fan of Pretties (#2) and I’ve heard things about Specials (#3) that makes me wonder if I will like the end of this series or not.

Bitter Blue by Kristin Cashore8. Graceling Realms books by Kristin Cashore

I adored both Graceling (#1) and Fire (#2) so I have high hopes for Bitterblue (#3) and am proud to say it is in my possession.

Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George9. The Princess series by Jessica Day George

I’ve read Princess of the Midnight Ball (#1) but still have the second book, Princess of Glass, to read before the third book comes out.

Forest Born by Shannon Hale10. The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale

I’ve read, The Goose Girl (#1), Enna Burns (#2), and River Secrets (#3) but haven’t gotten to Forest Born (#4) yet.

Have you already finished some of these series?  If so let me know which ones I need to make top priority!

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Fictional Female Characters

Top Ten TuesdayAnother week another Top Ten Tuesday! YAY! I think it really is my favorite meme, even though writing these posts take the most time. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish to encourage interaction between book bloggers.

This week’s theme is favorite fictional characters, but I decided to narrow it down and make it my favorite female fictional characters. I’m in the mood for a little girl power this week!

Spice Girls

Ummm…not exactly that kind of girl power.

All the characters I chose as favorites are strong, yet also vulnerable and not afraid to be themselves. They’re girls that I see pieces of myself in at times, which I think is why I feel a connection with them. So, lets get started with my ten (okay eleven!) favorite fictional female characters!

Katniss EverdeenKatniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Girl on Fire! I mean, need I say more? I don’t, but I will. Katniss takes care of those she loves, and she even makes major sacrifices for those she loves. She is strong, but is also not perfect (she can be pretty clueless at times) and she’s okay with that. Katniss is awesome.

Hermione GrangerHermione Granger from Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Hermione is a reader. She’s always reading more and more to learn more and more. She also doesn’t let bullies get her down, and is extremely loyal to her friends.

Fire by Kristin CashoreFire from Fire by Kristin Cashore

What I like about Fire is that she is both strong and incredibly sad and guilt ridden. She is strong and powerful but vulnerable and gentle. She’s a pretty awesome heroine.

Divergent by Veronica RothTris Pryor from Divergent by Veronica Roth

Tris has a deep sense of who she is. She knows she can’t live a certain way and doesn’t try to mold herself into an impossible mold for the sake of others. But at the same time, she is incredibly caring and loyal. She is also so strong that she forces herself to face her fears head on.

Real Live Boyfriends by E. LockhartRuby Oliver from The Boyfriend List series by E. Lockhart

Ruby is so hilariously obnoxious. She is so self absorbed but is, at the same time, improve herself and her relationships. She isn’t satisfied with her status quo and pushes through the pain to get to the joy.

Don't Judge a Girl By Her Cover by Ally CarterCammie Morgan from The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

Cammie is awesome. She is normal – for a teenage spy in training. Despite all the things that make her extraordinary (like all her covert ops capabilities), Cammie is really just a normal girl who likes to be with her friends and talk about cute boys. I feel like I could hang out with her!

Nancy DrewNancy Drew from the Nancy Drew series by Carolyne Keene

Nancy Drew was probably my first favorite heroine ever. I started reading these books in early elementary school with my mom. Nancy is smart and doesn’t take no for an answer. She always manages to solve the mystery while looking fabulous the whole time (in perfect 1950s fashion!).

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareTessa Gray from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Tessa is one of my favorites for many reasons but one main reason is that she’s an American girl in love with a Welsh guy. So romantic… yes I just said that. Also, Tessa doesn’t let herself believe the lies about her that others try to convince her of. She isn’t perfect, but she knows she is a person of value despite what others may think.

Princess Academy by Shannon HaleMiri from Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

She is smart, brave and loyal. Miri is the one in her family who takes care of the business side of things, she does this even better than her father. She also doesn’t really believe she is brave, but can be courageous when its necessary. Miri is also incredibly loyal to her family, friends and hometown. She will do, and does, whatever she can to make sure they’re safe.

Raina Raina from Smile by Raina Telgmeier

I feel like Raina’s preteen years were exactly like mine! For so many reasons! I literally turned every page in Smile thinking, “That is SO me!” From embarrassing middle school moments to a love for New Kids on the Block! For more about this check out my review of Smile.

Elizabeth BennetElizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I know this is #11, but the “fine eyed” Elizabeth Bennet cannot be left off this list. She is witty, intelligent, and confident. But she also recognizes her mistake and changes in the end. I totally believe we’d be friends in real life.

Who are your favorite fictional female characters? Are there any I’ve forgotten?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Titles From My To Read Stack

My To Read Stack

I always have a huge To Read stack, so I decided it was time to feature its presence in my life! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday are ten titles in my To Read stack. Now, as you can see there are not ten books in the stack above, and that’s because I also have some e-books on my Kindle that are technically in this category. So many delicious books, so little time! Anyway, here we go!

The Scorpio Races by Maggie StiefvaterThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Miracle Wimp by Erik P. KraftMiracle Wimp by Erik P. Kraft (ignore the giant puppy paw!)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie PerkinsLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

My Most Excellent Year by Steve KlugerMy Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day GeorgeTuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

The Boy Book by E. LockhartThe Boy Book by E. Lockhart

Heist Society by Ally CarterHeist Society by Ally Carter

Tempest by Julie CrossTempest (audiobook) by Julie Cross (ARC)

May B. by Caroline Starr RoseMay B.: A Novel by Caroline Starr Rose (e-book)

In Too Deep by Amanda GraceIn Too Deep by Amanda Grace (ARC)

Of course I’ll let you know when I get to these; I just wish I could read them all right now, but alas its not possible! What titles are waiting for you in your To Read stack?

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End of the Year Book Survey 2011

The End of the Year Book Survey was created by Jaime at The Perpetual Page-Turner.  This is its second year, and my first year participating.  Boy, it took a lot of work, but it was fun to look back at my first year as a book blogger.  If you’re interested in participating, click on the image above and sign up!

Best Book You Read In 2011? 

I’m definitely picking two.  My favorite Young Adult title this year was Divergent by Veronica Roth (loving this dystopian romance trend!).  My favorite regular adult fiction (saying adult fiction sounds kinda dirty but I have to make the differentiation), was The Help by Kathryn Stockett.Divergent by Veronia Roth

2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?

I was pretty excited to read Vixen by Jillian Larkin because I love the “Roaring ’20s” (I’ve been a flapper for Halloween more than 3 times).  I was so disappointed though.  The writing just wasn’t that great and although I thought the story was fun I felt like I was reading a cheap romance novel.  Oh well!

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?

I rarely read books with guy main characters because I prefer/relate to female characters (since I’m one).  But in an effort to be better adept at recommending “boy books” to my male students I read Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar and loved it!  Scott was a male main character/narrator who I completely identified with and I was very surprised by and impressed with the book!

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?

I think I have two for this one.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins most definitely.  My students hadn’t really heard much about it and we added it to the 8th grade summer reading list.  I’ve been asking those that didn’t do their summer reading, “Have you read The Hunger Games yet?” And they’ll respond with something like, “No but my friend/sister/brother has and they love it!”.  So I encourage them to read it as well! Also, I tell other adults about how they really need to read this series; it helps when there is a movie on its way.

Also, I think City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is the other title I’ve recommended most this year.  I have tons of girl students who have read the Twilight series and maybe the Vampire Academy series or the Vampire Kisses series, but they don’t know what to read next.  So I tell them how cool Clary and the Shadow Hunters are and how there are all sorts of supernatural creatures in this series, not just vampires.    They check it out and get hooked; my job is complete!

5. Best series you discovered in 2011?I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

I know the books have been out for a while, but I didn’t start reading them until this year; I love The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter!  I’ve only read two of these books so far, but they’re my escape to normal life (they’re spies but somehow I think this is normal) after reading too much supernatural or dystopian fiction.  This series is just so light and fun they leave me wishing I was a part of Cammie’s group of friends.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?

Well, Stephanie Perkins isn’t really a new author, but I hadn’t really known who she was before reading Anna and the French Kiss. Lola and the Boy Next Door is in my TBR stack!   I also adore Veronica Roth and Divergent was awesome.  I can’t wait to read more of her writing in the future!

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher really wierded me out at first.I think it was because I couldn’t categorize its genre.  It’s a mix of sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, and dystopian fiction.  My mind was boggled and somewhere I found myself absolutely loving it.  I guess the librarian in my likes to classify and when I have trouble doing so it makes me uncomfortable.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?

When I started the Clockwork Angel audiobook by Cassandra Clare I was completely enthralled and listened to it whenever it was socially acceptable to.  I even did dishes every day for like two weeks just so I could have an excuse to listen to it! (If you know me, you’ll know that I despise washing dishes!).  I was happy and my husband was happy (that he didn’t have to do the dishes!).

9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.   Oh I have been waiting for more Will and Tessa (and Jem even though he’s not my favorite) since I finished Clockwork Angel in March.  I know it wasn’t a super long time to wait, but when one loves Will Herondale you require his presence more frequently.   :)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?

The cover for Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater gets me every time.  The icy blue of the trees and branches surrounding the title does make me feel that wintry chill.  It’s just so lovely.  But I also adore the cover of Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George.  Period costumes are an automatic win for me. And I love how the girl’s gown is rustling as she walks (runs?).  So pretty!

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day GeorgeShiver by Maggie Stiefvater

11. Most memorable character in 2011? 

Ruby Oliver from The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart is hilarious.  She’s so neurotic, loveable, sarcastic, funny, way overdramatic, smart, but also very self un-aware.  I love how complex her character is; I feel sorry for her and at the same time have no sympathy for her!  It takes great writing to get at all the character’s complexities.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?

Matched by Ally Condie.   How can a book with such a focus on words not be beautifully written?  Cassia and Ky cherish poetry and the written word so Condie takes this plot line and weaves it into the narration.  I mean for real: “So in the middle of all the noise, I point to the sky. I hope he understands what I mean, because I mean so many things: My heart will always fly his name. I won’t go gentle. I’ll find a way to soar like the angels in the stories and I will find him. And I know he understands as he looks straight at me, deep into my eyes. His lips move silently, and I know what he says: the words of a poem that only two people in the world know. Tears well up but I blink them away. Because if there is one moment in my life that I want to see clearly, this is it.” (from Matched by Ally Condie) So well done!

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011? 

This question is hard to answer.  All the books I’ve read leave an impact on me.  I guess I’d have to say The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  I was so struck by the many different female relationships/friendships were displayed in this novel.  I also adore Stockett’s comment in the authors note about how just trying to understand each others stories is what causes change.  I love this because we’ll never fully understand every person’s personal experience in life, but its they trying to listen and understand that makes all the difference.  I think this is incredibly important.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read? 

I waited years to read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  A student recommended it to in 2007 so I tried to start it but had trouble getting into the story, so I stopped.  But I realized I needed to read it if I was going to be a decent Media Specialist, so read it I did.  I enjoyed it but it wasn’t as good as everyone made it out to be. Oh well, I finally read it!

Matched by Ally Condie15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011? 

“And I’ll tell her that I don’t want my life to be samples and scraps. A taste of everything but a meal of nothing.” -Cassia in Matched by Ally Condie.  I love the desire for more life expressed in this quote.  I want my life to be better than a “meal of nothing”.

16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012? 

Maybe Rumors (Luxe #2) by Anna Godbersen.  There is so much going on in this series that I’d have to reread at least the previous book before I started the next! I read this one in July and don’t remember much about it at all!

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

The scene in The Help  by Kathryn Stockett where Minnie is surprised by an axe wielding Johnny Foote!  I laughed and laughed so hard and I wanted to know where my friends were (in their reading) so we could talk and laugh about it!  I think I told my husband all about it even though he had no idea what I was talking about since he hadn’t read the book.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2011? 

This was my first year involved with book blogging but Heidi at the YA Bibliophile, has been so friendly and helpful! Like me, she is a middle school Media Specialist who love YA fiction—I feel like we’re very similar.   She was even my Broke and Bookish Secret Santa!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2010?

I think review I wrote on both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. It was me too excited to even try to hide my fan girl tendencies. It was a review full of gushing, but I loved it because I had fun writing it.


3. Best discussion you had on your blog? 

I’m still a relatively new and small blog so I haven’t really had any discussions.  Maybe in 2012?!

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

Almost everyone had thoughts on the “Darkness Too Visible” editorial in the Wall Street Journal.  I didn’t share my opinion too much, but I was very intrigued to read everyone else’s thoughts.  It is an interesting topic and reading other opinions helped me think about both sides to the argument in ways I hadn’t before.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Well, I haven’t done too much of this, but my school did pay for me to attend the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) conference this year and I had so much fun!  FAME is full of school librarians (from all grade levels) learning more about our profession and sharing ideas and tips.  But there are also authors! (My personal favorite part!)  I got to meet Kiersten White, Roland Smith, Gordon Korman, James Preller, Jennifer Allison and more!  They were all so friendly and nice and even signed books for my students.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2011?

I think the best moment of blogging for me this year was having authors like Roland Smith and David Lubar re posted my reviews of their books on Twitter or Facebook.  Such an honor to know they visited my little blog to begin with and liked what they saw enough to share with others.  Incredibly humbling!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My most viewed post was the book review I wrote for The Luxe by Anna Godbersen with 193 views.  It actually has double the amount of views any of my other posts have!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I really had fun posting about my top ten all time favorite teen fiction crushes. I mean, who doesn’t have some series love for boys in books?!  I guess not as many people as I had thought! haha

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

NetGalley all the way!  I kept wondering how book bloggers keep getting their hands on all of these ARCs!  Finally I got the courage to ask someone and Heidi and YA Bibliophile showed me the way of Net Galley!  It is a book blogger’s dream to request advanced copies and have the publisher just give them to you! Very cool!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Other than reading all fifteen Florida Sunshine State titles, nope.  Next year though! I’ll be participating in the Debut Authors Challenge 2012, hosted by The Story Siren.

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2011 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2012?13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson has been on my list for a while now and is one of my main priorities on 2012.  Also Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins and Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George are must reads in early 2012.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2012?

Insurgent by Veronica Roth, the sequel to Divergent. I can’t wait to find out what happens with Tris and Four! Also, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.  If Tessa doesn’t end up with Will, I’ll still love Cassandra Clare, but my head might esplode!! (yes, esplode!)


3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2012?

I’d like to get more readership and maybe even do a giveaway sometime this year.  The thought of a giveaway scares me; it suspect they are more work than they look!