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Waiting on Wednesday: Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8)

Happy Wednesday everyone!

For this week’s Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine) I’m showcasing Jeff Kinney’s newest addition to the Wimpy Kid series, Hard Luck.

Hard Luck by Jeff KinneyGreg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

Now I admit, I haven’t read all the other books in the Wimpy Kid series (only Book 1), but as a middle school librarian I completely love and adore Jeff Kinney. As long as he keeps writing books in this series my students will be checking them out and reading them which makes me an incredibly happy librarian! Seriously, I have to keep 4-5 copies of each title in this series circulating because the want is so high! It is seriously like tween crack.

Well, we have until November 5 to wait although my students have been asking me about Hard Luck since August!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever

Happy Tuesday BookTasty readers! It’s nice to have you back!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever. Now, let me say that I’m sure there are tons of obnoxious or frustrating characters that I just can’t remember, so the ones on my list today are not necessarily the most frustrating, they’re just some of those that fit the bill.

Heist Society by Ally Carter1. Bella from the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer.  Okay. No Twilight bashing. I don’t think I need to say anymore about this!

2. Katarina Bishop from the Heist Society series by Ally Carter. I love these books and I love Katarina, but I really don’t understand why Kat pushes people away and thinks she doesn’t need help from people. I know she does it…but why?

3. Jane from My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison. She steals her sister’s boyfriend and then gets annoyed when her sister wont speak with her. Uh..duh!

4. Conrad from The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han. Now, I have only read the first two books in this trilogy so I may not have the whole picture here, but Conrad! ARRRGGHHH You love Belly so just be nice to her and let her know how you reallyThe Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han feel.

5. Charlie Joe Jackson from Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald. Seriously, just read the darn book Charlie Joe! Seriously.

6. The Capital from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  Yes. The entire capital.  For the love of all things holy, just leave the districts alone!

7. Greg Heffley from The Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. Greg, you are super hilarious, but you’re not a really nice person.  Stop being rude to your loyal friend Rowley!

8. Lexi Smart from Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella. This one is not YA, and I didn’t really like it. I think Lexi is selfish and obnoxious. I can’t really find anything redeemable in her at all. Wow that was harsh.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney9. Ruby Oliver from the Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart. I adore Ruby! She is one of my favorite characters ever, but sometimes she is sooo darn frustrating! But I really do love her so much despite this!

10. Gale from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Okay, so I love these books. A lot. But Gale! You can’t get so upset at Katniss for being interested in Peeta if you never once told her you loved her! Plus it was a classic case of “don’t know what you got ’till it’s gone”. For reals.

So there you have it! That is a list of some of the fictional characters that frustrate me the most. Which characters just really get to you? Go ahead and share in the comments :)

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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: 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: Read Alikes

Top Ten TuesdayWelcome back!

Every Tuesday I participate in the Top Ten Tuesday Meme which is hosted by the wonderful people over at The Broke and Bookish.  Every week they post a theme for others to create lists so that us book bloggers can get to know each other better and talk about what we love… books!

This week’s list is Books for People Who Like X book…in other words its read alike week! Today I’ll be giving read alike suggestions for some popular Middle Grades and Young Adult fictions titles. Hopefully this list will be helpful to you in figuring out what to read next!

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day GeorgeIf you like Princess Academy by Shannon Hale… try Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Both Hale and George are the queens of middle grades fairy tales retold! And they’re friends in real life.  They’re perfect read alikes.

The Loser List by HN KowittIf you like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney… try The Loser List by H.N. Kowitt

Both books are about boys who are struggling to make it through their teenage year and are told in words and doodles.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny HanIf you like  Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen… try The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

These two rock the summery contemporary YA world!

The Maze Runner by James DashnerIf you like the The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins… try The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

Both dystopian novels feature strong characters fighting against corrupt governments.  Both are pretty intense reads!

Death Cloud by Andrew LaneIf you like the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz… try Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Alex Rider is the modern-day version of Sherlock Holmes.  Both are British teen spies/detectives attempting to save the world. Fun stuff!

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny RorbyIf you like Hatchet by Gary Paulsen… try Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

Both tell the stories of teens attempting to survive in the wilderness.  One in the Canadian mountains and another in the Florida Everglades.

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather BrewerIf you like the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan… try the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

Although one is about Greek gods and the other focuses on vampires, both stories are about boys who uncover their true identities.

Football Hero by Tim GreenIf you like The Underdogs by Mike Lupica… try Football Hero by Tim Green

Both authors write books about regular kids and sports. Both are really fun middle grade reads!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret StohlIf you like The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray… try Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Both are paranormal young adult novels with a dollop of romance thrown in!

Paranormalcy by Kiersten WhiteIf you liked The Mortal Instruments series or The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare… try the Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White

Both series center on a teen girl who thinks her life is pretty normal until she realizes her connection to the supernatural world.

Do you recommend any other read alikes for the books I’ve mentioned above?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #7)

Waiting On WednesdayHi! I hope you’re having a wonderful day today!

It’s that time of the week where I post about a book I am eagerly anticipating.  This The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinneyweekly event is called Waiting on Wednesday and is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.

This week I’m spotlighting the soon to be newest installment of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, The Third Wheel!  If you don’t already know (you must not know any middle schoolers) this book series  is a pretty big deal.  I seriously can’t keep them on my shelves, which is fine with me!  A new Wimpy Kid book means more of my students reading and an increase in my circulation!  You can’t go wrong with that!  Seriously, if Jeff Kinney just keeps writing new additions to this series, my job will be that much easier!  (Thanks Mr. Kinney!)

So, this new Wimpy Kid title will answer some serious questions:

Will Greg finally get a girlfriend?
Can Manny become any less annoying?
Will Rodrick ever give Greg a break?
We can’t wait to find out!

I know my students are going to be asking me about this book as soon as school starts in August, which means I’ll have three and a half months of telling them that The Third Wheel is scheduled to be released by Amulet Books on November 13, 2012 (which also happens to be my birthday!).

Are you waiting on a specific book this week?!  Leave a comment with the title – I always love to hear about some upcoming new reads!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Recently Read

My school uses Accelerated Reader to promote reading, as well as to hold students accountable for what they actually read.   I have an app on my phone that tells me how many AR quizzes have been taken and what books they’ve been taken on.

As of Friday December 16 (the last day of school before the Holiday Break), 625 books have been read and quizzed on.  Here are the ten most recently read titles by my 6th-8th Graders.

Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier

Captain Underpants and the Big Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy by Dav Pilkey

Shortie Like Mine by Ni-Ni Simone

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

Pendragon: The Rivers of Zadaa by D.J. MacHale

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid on Westminster by Berkley Breathed

The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

Vampire Academy by Rebecca Mead

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Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Shopping Guide

Are you looking for the perfect book for your favorite reader? Well, today’s Top Ten Tuesday’s goal is to make that a little easier for you. Today I highlight ten different types of readers and provide titles that may be the perfect fit. The recommended titles are broken up into Young Adult (YA) and Middle Grades (MG) so you can get a better idea of the level of interest. Some I have read and reviewed, others I have posted as suggestions by my students; some are newer and some were published a few years ago. I really hope they help!

* I’ve Read ** I’ve Reviewed

The Teen Angster

13 Reasons Why

YA: Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar*, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart**

MG: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney*, The Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renee Russell

The Dystopian Dreamer

Divergent by Veronica Roth

YA: Divergent by Veronica Roth**, The Maze Runner series by James Dashner*

MG: The City of Ember by Jeanne Du Prau, The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld**

So Fond of Fairy Tales

YA: Graceling by Kristin Cashore**, A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce*

MG: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica day George*, Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale*

The Girly Girl

YA: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen**, and The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han**

MG: Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard**, Thirteen all by Lauren Myracle

Looking for LoveLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

YA: Lola and the Boy Next Door, or Anna and the French Kiss **by Stephanie Perkins

MG: The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot*

Fantasy/Supernatural Fans

YA: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray*, Incarceron by Catherine Fisher**, The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare**

MG: Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George*, The Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson*

Mysteries and Such

YA: Heist Society series by Ally Carter, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

MG: Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach*, Scat by Carl Hiaasen*

Sports SpectatorsGym Candy by Carl Deuker

YA: Gym Candy by Carl Deuker, The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

MG: Football Hero by Tim Green*, Pop by Gordon Korman

Avid Adventurers

YA: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz*

MG: Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith, The 39 Clues series by various authors*

Animal Lovers

YA: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, Marley and Me by John Grogan

MG: Jackie’s Wild Seattle by Will Hobbs*, Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata

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Top Ten Tuesday: November New Releases

Its November, my birthday month!

Yea for cake and a trip to Epcot!

This year I’ll be sharing my month with quite a few newly published titles.  Here are ten books that are celebrating their birth this month as well.

My Very Unfairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski (November 1)

The Daughters Join the Party (Daughters #4)by Joanna Philbin (November 1)

Crossed (Matched Trilogy 2) by Allie Condie (November 1)

Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle 4) by Christopher Paolini (November 8 )

Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough (November 8 )

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (November 15)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (#6) by Jeff Kinney (November 15)

The Always War by Margaret Peterson Haddix (November 15)

M is for Mama’s Boy (N.E.R.D.S. series #2) by Michael Buckley (November 15)

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Caroline Mackler (November 21)

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Tuesday Top Ten: Popular Middle Grades Series (at my School)

Today has nothing to do with me.  Today’s list is all about what middle schoolers (at least in Central Florida) are reading.

I’m listing ten of the most popular middle grades fiction (not YA) series in my school’s Media Center.

Also, these are actually in no particular order; well okay for real the most popular series at my school is still The Diary of a Wimpy Kid (I mean we have like 6 copies of each book and they’re never on the shelf!) .

Ok here goes:

10. The Kingdom Keeper series by Ridley Pearson

9. The Dork Diaries series: by Rachel Renee Russell

8. The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

7. The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins

6. Maximum Ride by James Patterson

5. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

4. The Warriors series by Erin Hunter

3. The 39 Clues series by various authors

2. The I.Q. series by Roland Smith

1. The Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney