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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books with Male Narrators

Top Ten TuesdayHello friends!

This week, my theme for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and Bookish) is Favorite Books with Male Narrators. It’s just a thing with me, I’m usually not drawn to books with male narrators, but I make myself read one once in a while and I do usually end up enjoying them. I just have a difficult time relating to male narrators, but all the titles on the list below are those with male narrators who I feel are simply compelling characters. They defy my assumptions about male narrators!

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

This story is just fabulously creepy and Thomas has so much perseverance.

The False Prince by Jennifer A NielsenThe Ascendance trilogy by Jennifer A Nielsen

Sage/Jaron is sarcastic and snarky and I love him.

Airborn by Kenneth OppelAirborn by Kenneth Oppel

Matt Cruise is just the kind of boy you’d want to be friends with.

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

Finnikin is stubborn beyond all measure, but he’s also brave!

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

Doug Swieteck is so lovable and loyal!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami GarciaBeautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

Ethan is a breath of fresh air in a world dominated by female narrators!

How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal AllenHow Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen

Lamar is hilarious and remind me of some of my past students!

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack GantosDead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Jack is so funny!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Clay is sweet and in so much pain.

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather BrewerThe Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

Vlad is the coolest teen vampire ever!

And there you have it! Each of these books come to you with the BookTasty stamp of approval so you should definitely check them out if you haven’t already!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I am Constantly Recommending

Hello!

Each week I participate in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the Broke and Bookish.  It’s a really fun meme where book bloggers create lists based on a common theme.  To find out more about it, click here.

This week the official theme is Top Ten Favorite Books from Before You Were a Blogger, but I kind of did that list already. So since I skipped the theme for March 26, I’m going to do that one this week. The theme is Books that I am Constantly Recommending to people, whether it be students or friends! Seriously, I recommend a lot of books in my job as a Media Specialist, but these are the ones on my “go to” list because they’re usually winners!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

It’s usually a win with the boys, especially the older  “reader boys”.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This one is a win for new 6th graders who are excited to read the popular book that their elementary school didn’t have!

Smile by Raina Telegmier3. Smile by Raina Telgemeier 

This is just such a fun book that pretty much everyone will love it.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson4. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

I always recommend this one to my older 8th grade “reader girls” and their friends.  It’s usually a big hit!

The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart5. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

I recommend this quick series to my contemporary loving girls. 

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen6. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

I tend to recommend Sarah Dessen to my friends to introduce them to YA.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Another one I recommend to my friends to introduce them to YA.

The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante8. The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante

My go to Sunshine State book for my kids who want to read about drama.

Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson9. The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

The action packed short chapters in this one make it the book I recommend to my reluctant readers this year.

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer10. Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

I recommend this one to my guys who are interested in supernatural fiction but avoid Twilight-like books! Of course my girls usually love it too.

For some reason I’m constantly recommending these books to my kids or friends.  Every once in a while I add a new one to my repertoire, but these are my current go to recommendations! What are some of your “go to” books for recommending?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving Book Fest

Well hey there!
I hope all is going well! I’m currently in Europe on vacation (I know right?!) so you won’t see me on Twitter or posting anything but my regularly scheduled posts.

So, now let’s get down to business!  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where they post a theme and book bloggers near and far create bookish lists related to that theme. This week’s theme, in honor of Thanksgiving, is Top Ten Books or Authors I’m Thankful For. All of the authors on this list are all authors whose books make me smile and wish for more!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenJane Austen: Need I say more?! We should all bow down to her genius!

Ally Carter: I want to live in her books so bad!

Shannon Hale: She is the queen of retold fairy tales and the worlds she creates are magical!Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Cassandra Clare: Her books helped me realize that I really enjoy supernatural fiction. Also she created Will Herondale, my favorite Welsh Shadowhunter! *squeeee!*

Veronica Roth: For writing a dystopian novel that rivals my beloved Hunger Games…seriously the Divergent books are THAT good.

Gordon Korman: I heart him and the fact that my students adore his books!

Rick Riordan: This guy knows exactly what my students want! Thank you for writing fabulous stories!

Jeff Kinney: For writing a new Wimpy Kid book every year because my circulation increases every time a new one is released (because my students are salivating over his books)!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff KinneyStephanie Perkins: For writing romances that make me want to hibernate in my house for days until I finish reading (and maybe rereading) them.

Heather Brewer: I’m thankful for Vlad Tod…this series made me realize, that okay…I do like vampires!

So, seriously if you are an author and your name is on the above list…THANK YOU so much for your wonderful books! They make my world (and my students’ world) a much better place!

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

Hi!

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?

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Fictional Real World Romances

Top Ten TuesdayHi!

Well, I am in the midst of Pre-Planning week at school.  The 2012-2013 school year is upon us and my kids will be back on campus next week.  I am, as I’m sure all educators are, both excited to get back to work and sad to see my summer freedom go away.

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, my favorite feature, hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Top Ten Tuesday was created because of a love of lists and all things bookish. Each week a theme is posted and we get to create a list based on that theme and share it with others!

Because Jaime from The Broke and Bookish is getting married soon (YAY! Congrats!), this week’s theme  is Top Ten Fictional Romances that I Think Would  Actually Make it in the Real World.  These are fictional couples that have some sort of quality that would give help them to last if they were actually in the non fictional world we all live in.  Each of the couples I’ve listed below have what I think it takes to survive outside of their fictional environments. Yay romance!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins1. Anna Oliphant and Etienne St. Claire

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and Etienne waited out their relationship for-EVER! This couple knows what it takes to work hard at getting something right.  I think they’d do just fine in the real world where relationships are hard work.

Forgive My Fins by Terri Lynn Childs2. Lily Sanderson and Quince Fletcher

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Quince’s affection for Lily is long standing and he stood by her even when it hurt him. Lily is incredibly loyal and once she makes a decision she pretty much sticks to it. Plus both Quince and Lily push and encourage each other to be better people and are willing to say what needs to be said even if the truth might hurt a little.

Heist Society by Ally Carter3. Katarina Bishop and Hale

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Trust.  Kat and Hale have it.  You can’t pull major heist after major heist with someone unless you trust them.  In the real world, trust really is paramount to a relationship.

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby4. Sara and Andy

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

Sarah and Andy have been through some seriously difficult times together. A real life romance, that has what it takes to make it, is one where the couple can stand firm together through the fiercest trials.  I’d say walking out of the Everglades together is a pretty fierce trial!

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood5. Cate Cahill and Finn Belastra Born Wicked

Cate and Finn both have each other’s backs.  In a real life relationship, you have to be on your partner’s side. If they don’t believe you are on their side fighting through life with them, there is something lacking.  I believe that Cate and Finn, living in a society that is unfriendly to both of them, are on each other’s side when it seems like no one else is.

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale6. Charlotte Kinder and Edmund Grey

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

Charlotte and Edmund hit it off right away.  They have an easy friendship and make each other laugh. Friendship and laughter are two incredibly important factors in a relationship.  If you’re not friends how will you enjoy being with this person every single day? If your partner doesn’t make you laugh how can you make it through the monotony that is day to day life?  In my opinion, you can’t; friendship and laughter are integral to a successful relationship.

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen7. MacLean and Dave

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

MacLean and Dave stick together even when the easy thing to do is run.  They know that relationships take hard work, and sometimes the pain of life can attack and make the relationship seem like more work than it’s worth.  MacLean and Dave seem to get it though.  Any relationship that matters is worth the work.

Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer8. Vlad Tod and Snow

Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

Healthy relationships call for sacrifice sometimes.  I believe that Vlad and Snow understand that sometimes in a relationship you have to sacrifice for the other person.  I mean come on…she let him suck her blood; if that’s not sacrifice I don’t know what is!

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen9. Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The best things in life are free! Both Catherine and Henry completely get what is important in life and it’s not money!  Both would give up wealth if it meant they’d get to be together.  Le sigh…maybe my favorite couple on this list!

River Secrets by Shannon Hale10. Razo and Dasha

River Secrets (Books of Bayern #3) by Shannon Hale

Both Razo and Dasha know what it means to be overlooked despite your special qualities.  These two can see past the failures or weaknesses seen by others and into the real quality person beneath.  They’re just so cute together too!

So there you have it!  What’d you think of the couples I’ve chosen? Which fictional couples do you think would survive in the real world?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Cover Art

I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes its okay. Especially when you have cover art as good as these:

Hot, Salty, Sour, Sweet by Sherri L. Smith

There is something I love about the simply drawn image of the girl on this cover!

Eight Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

Again I love the simple black and white graphic. Vlad Tod is too cool.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The artwork is so delicate and I love the lone wolf peeking out.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

I want to live in this cover. I want to be the goose girl lounging against the tree! So gorgeous!

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Girl in period costume. Done!

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Whimsical and dark at the same time. My eyes are automatically drawn to this one on the shelf.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

It’s all about the Mockingjay. Again with simplicity.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

So romantic and futuristic at the same time.

Life, After by Sarah Darer Littman

This tree is just so pretty and feminine. Reminds me of a quilt for some reason.

Matched by Ally Condie

Intriguing and not crowded. White space can be good! Like.

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Book Trailer of the Week: The Slayer Chronicles

Heather Brewer wrote one of my favorite series, The Chronicles of Valdimir Tod.  This new spin off series centers around Vampire Slayer Joss, Vladimir’s friend/enemy; hence the title The Slayer Chronicles. I’m definitely planning on reading this one although I’ll admit I’m a bit skeptical of spin off books.

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Tuesday Top Ten: My Favorite Young Adult/Middle Grades Authors

Once I find an author I like, I devour all of their books.  All of them.

This week’s Top Ten is focused on current favorite Young Adult/Middle Grades authors.  The titles next to the names are some I recommend.

10. Ann Brashares: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series

9. Gail Carson Levine:  Ella Enchanted, Fairest, Ever, Two Princesses of Bamarre

8. Libba Bray: The Gemma Doyle trilogy

7. Cassandra Clare: The Mortal Instruments series, Clockwork Angel 

6. Heather Brewer: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series5. Jessica Day George: Dragon Slippers series, Sun and Moon Ice and Snow, Princess of the Midnight Ball

4. Margaret Peterson Haddix: The Missing series, Palace of Mirrors, Shadow Children Sequence, Just Ella

3. J.K. Rowling: The Harry Potter series

2. Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games trilogy, The Underland Chronicles

1. Shannon Hale: Princess Academy, The Books of Bayern series, Book of a Thousand Days

There are obviously tons of other authors I’ve read and enjoy immensely, but there are my top favorites.  Other notable authors that were on the original list were: James Patterson, Gary Soto, Anthony Horowitz  and Jeff Kinney.

Any suggestions on authors I should check out, let me know!

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Yes, Its a Book About Vampires: Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

Yes, its a book about vampires. Teenage vampires.

Eighth Grade Bites is the first book in the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series written by Heather Brewer. The book centers around Vlad’s eighth grade year; his last at Bathory Junior High.  Vlad, along with his aunt and best friend, has grown up knowing he is a vampire, but for the most part he lives a relatively normal teenage life.  He has a loyal best friend, a cute girl he crushes on, school to worry about, and bullies who harass him.  Vlad is also still mourning his parents who died in a house fire a few years earlier.

The mysterious death of a favorite teacher however, brings a strange substitute, Mr. Otis, to Bathory Junior High.  While trying to find the truth surrounding his teacher’s death, Vlad soon realizes that Mr. Otis has been paying a little too much attention to him and Vlad starts to wonder if Mr. Otis knows his secret.  His fears are confirmed when Mr. Otis returns an essay to Vlad with “I know your secret” scrawled across the paper.  At the same time, it is also becoming clear that there is a killer vampire on the loose and he is hunting Vlad.

I excitedly picked up this book over the summer because I liked the cover art.  Yes, sometimes its okay to judge a book by its cover! It really is an eye-catching cover; the simple black and white with the pop of color on Vlad’s sweater just screams “I’m hip! Read me!”  About halfway through Eighth Grade Bites I realized that the story was just as fun as the cover.  What I enjoy about this story is that it takes itself lightly.  Thank God, because teenage vampires who take themselves too seriously has been done already.  Eighth Grade Bites is pretty tongue-in-cheek, and Vlad himself likes to play off that wit by wearing shirts with slogans like “Vampires Suck”.

The cover and humor help make this book a good pick for reluctant readers, and it apparently was named an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.  Being a school librarian, I will say that I’ve had kids who usually aren’t interested in reading pick up this book, check it out, read it and enjoy it!  (Yay!) Although I have five copies of Eighth Grade Bites in our school library, there is always a waiting list and all the books in this series fly off our book fair racks!

If you’re tired of teen vampires, this may not be the book for you.  However, if you’re looking for an entertaining read you can’t go wrong with Vlad!