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Top Ten Tuesday: Southern YA

Hi ya’ll!

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I don’t really say “ya’ll”, unless I’m tired. Not that there’s anything wrong with it (heya Seinfeld fans!!), but I am not a Southerner by birth and instead say “yous guys” (which isn’t any better!), because I spent most of my childhood in northern California.

But I digress…

I threw in that southern greeting because this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is a freebie.I am currently living in Columbia, South Carolina and I’m loving this gorgeous southern spring weather, so I’m focusing on Southern YA this week! All of the titles on today’s list are set in the South, and will make you want to relax on the front porch and sip sweet tea from a mason jar!

Books I’ve Read

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia Paper Towns by John Green

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (South Carolina)

Paper Towns by John Green (Florida…actually Winter Park, FL! Where I used to live!)

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols (South Carolina)

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle books) by Maggie Stiefvater (Virginia)

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen Scat by Carl Hiaasen

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (fictional North Carolina beach town, Colby, like all of her books)

Scat by Carl Hiaasen (Florida, like all of his books)

Books I Want to Read

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys Catching Jordan By Miranda Kenneally

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (Louisiana)

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (Tennessee, like all of her books)

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn (Florida)

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (Georgia)

I know there are tons of other YA and MG titles that are set in the South, but I only had room for ten, so feel free to share your favorites in the comments section below!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

Hello!

Welcome back BookTasty friends for our weekly Top Ten Tuesday meme (hosted by The Broke and Bookish). Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is focused on covers we wish we could redesign. In general I am not that critical of covers, but sometimes there are some that just irk me. Most likely there are more than 10, but the ones mentioned below are some that just seem to stand out to me for whatever reason. The frustrating thing is that some of these are books I really, really enjoy!

City of Bones by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I just feel like there are just too many nipples with light radiating from them on this cover.

Wild Things by Clay CarmichaelWild Things by Clay Carmichael

This is a really nice little book, but the cover is just so boring.

Marie Antoinette Serial Killer by Kate AlendarMarie Antoinette Serial Killer by Kate Alender

It’s just too garish.

The Two Princessess of Bamarre by Gail Carson LevineThe Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

It looks a little too 1980s.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen JohnsonThirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

I’m just not a fan of the way this girl is standing. It looks awkward.

Finale by Becca FitzpatrickThe Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick

Someone please draw a shirt on Patch.

Such a Rush by Jennifer EcholsSuch a Rush by Jennifer Echols

I’m just not a fan of the hair in the face I guess.

Icefall by Matthew J. KirbyIcefall by Matthew J. Kirby

I’m finally reading this book (and enjoying it!), but the cover totally prevented me reading it for a LONG time.

Starters by Lissa PriceStarters by Lissa Price

This creepy cover is seriously all that is keeping me from reading it.

Alienated by Melissa LandersAlienated by Melissa Landers

I really would like to read this book because it sounds fun (and it’s not released until 2014), but this cover has just too much going on.

How do you feel about these covers? Are there any that you’d like to redesign as well?

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July New Releases

Well hello there!

Can you believe it’s already July? I can’t! We move in less than a week!

Remember, every month tons of new books release…so many books! I want all the books!

But alas, I cannot have all the new books so I’ll just feature ten of them in this post. So let’s take a look at ten of July’s New Releases! :)

Prep School Confidential by Kara TaylorPrep School Confidential by Kara Taylor (YA)

45 Pounds by K.A. Barson45 Pounds by K.A. Barson (YA)

The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West (YA)

Starglass by Pheobe NorthStarglass by Phoebe North (MG/YA)

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer EcholsDirty Little Secrets by Jennifer Echols (YA)

The 5th Wave by Rick YancyThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancy (MG/YA)

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish CookA Really Awesome Mess by Trisk Cook (YA)

This Is War by Lisa RoeckerThis is W.A.R. by Lisa Roecker (YA)

A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay ElandA Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland (MG)

The Glass Puzzle by Christine Bordien-JonesThe Glass Puzzle by Christine Bordien-Jones (MG)

What new releases are you excited about?

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2012 End of the Year Book Survey

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Hi there! Isn’t in insane to think that 2012 is already over?!
Now, to be honest, I’m not too sad to see this year go because we had some majorly difficult family stuff to deal with. What is exciting is that all of that is over and 2013 is full of hope and newness!
But before we completely welcome 2013, let’s take a little look at what happened at BookTasty this past year!
Also this end of the year survey was created by The Perpetual Page Turner
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Best In Books 2012

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)

This is easy for me. This year The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater just completely blew me away. Her writing is lyrical The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvaterand gorgeous and is MILES ahead of other authors.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Everyone else LOVED Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor and it was “meh”. I didn’t hate it but I also just did not love it. I felt really bad about not loving it but then I thought “oh well! I don’t have to love every book I read”. I am still trying to be okay with it.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?

I don’t know why I expected to not be too impressed with Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I guess I thought “Oh just another sci-fi novel”, but I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It really is a fun read and it reminded me a lot about my beloved Firefly. Plus it’s a fairy tale mixed with sci-fi! You can read my review of Cinder here.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

Being a media specialist, I recommend a lot of books to my students so we’ll cross those off the list (too many to count!). As far as recommending books to friends and family I’d definitely have to say The Maze Runner by James Dashner. It is such a fabulous dystopian and a good “if you liked The Hunger Games, try this!” I even gave a copy as a Christmas gift!

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

I guess I’d have to say The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. It’s the first book in The Shades of London series. The other books haven’t been released yet so I don’t know if it counts, but it’s one that I am really excited to continue reading.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

Okay so I participated in the 2012 Debut Authors Challenge which introduced me to new authors and I absolutely adored The Boy Project by Kami KinardVeera Hirandani (The Whole Story of Half a Girl). I also enjoyed Kami Kinard (The Boy Project). Although Jay Asher isn’t a new author 2012 was the first time I read one of his books (Thirteen Reasons Why). I will definitely be reading anything else these authors publish in the future!

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

Jennifer Echols’ Such a Rush was WAY out of my comfort zone! It was a little too edgy for me. It took me a while to connect with Leah, the main character and there was a little more sex-type scenes than I am normally comfortable with. It wasn’t erotica or anything, but more than I prefer in my books…which is why it was a little out of my comfort zone. I really did enjoy this story though despite it being different from my normal read.

Also, Tempest by Julie Cross was out of my comfort zone. I’m not usually one for male main characters and this took me a while to get connected to Jackson, but once I did I was hooked!

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and Insurgent by Veronica Roth were two audiobooks that had me actually wanting to do chores around the house and wish my drives to and from work were longer just so I could continue listening to them! Both were just amazing stories (for different reasons) that I couldn’t leave even for a little bit! I had to know what was going to happen next!

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year:

This is a tough one for me because I don’t usually tend to re-read my books. If I had to pick one though it’d most likely be Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Prince because I know I’ll want to get a refresher before I read the final book in the series, Clockwork Princess (which is expected to be published in 2013!!). Oh I’m getting excited already!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?

May B by Caroline Rose StarrI really loved the cover of Caroline Rose Starr’s May B. It is just so simple and reminds me of a cool retro poster design (I LOVE retro posters!). The vintage font and the small color palette are all so perfect!

11. Most memorable character in 2012?

Ruby Oliver from the Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart. Ruby is one of my favorite characters ever. She is annoying and self-centered and lovable and hilarious! She is a mess but she reminds me that we’re all messes sometimes! I also love Puck Connolly from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races. She is brave, vulnerable, unsure and yet also strong all at the same time. She was so fun to read about because she is all of those different traits all at the same time.
As far as book boyfriends go I wish Cricket Bell from Stephanie Perkins’ Lola and the Boy Next Door was a real person and I was Lola and he lived next door. Le sigh….

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

Oh most definitely The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater and Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. Both were mesmerizing, a little haunting and absolutely gorgeous.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?

Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why was super important to me. As a middle school educator I work with a lot of kids every day. Kids who are easy to love and kids who are not so easy to love. Some of the ones that are harder to love are annoying or mean etc… but this book helped me remember the power of not only words but also time. Some of those kids just don’t have anyone giving them time. So even though my student who visits me every single day to catch me up on the latest events in the manga series she’s reading (and talks about it for like 20 minutes) I stop what I’m doing and listen even though I may have other things to do. I may be the only one giving my time to her and that may make a major difference in her life. You never know.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?

So Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet was published in 1987 and I remember kids in my class at school reading and loving it, but somehow I just missed it. I never read it until this year. I don’t know what prompted me to read it other than guilt. I thought, man if I’m going to be a good librarian I need to have read Hatchet because it’s a classic. Well, I read it and I now know why it’s a classic and why it won the Newberry Honor Award!

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?

I’m sure there are tons that I loved when I first read them but I’m not the type of person who keeps track of good or meaningful quotes. So I have a few that I can remember but not many.

“I can’t forget things, or ignore them-bad things that happen,” I said. “I’m a lay-it-all-out person, a dwell-on-it person, an obsess-about-it person. If I hold things in and try to forget or pretend, I become a madman and have panic attacks. I have to talk.” -Ruby Oliver in Real Live Boyfriends: Yes Boyfriends, Plural. If My Life Weren’t Complicated, I Wouldn’t Be Ruby Oliver by E. Lockhart (This just reminds me of myself and why I love Ruby Oliver)

“No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.” -Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Such a momentous truth for all educators to remember.)

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?

LongestCity of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare at 535 pages! I listened by audiobook so that is actually 16 hours and 59 minutes on audiobook!

ShortestA Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park at 128 pages! It was a fast but deeply moving read!

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!

Every scene in Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins with Cricket and Lola! Also that scene in The Scorpio Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie PerkinsRaces by Maggie Stiefvater where Puck tells Sean that she will not be his weakness and he softly answers, “It’s already to late for that.” SWOON! Or any scene with Will Herondale and Tessa Gray from Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Prince…Le sigh…

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

I love the way that Douglas Healy sees hope and potential in Terrence, Gecko and Arjay when the rest of the world has given up in Gordon Korman’s The Juvie Three. It’s just really uplifting to see him sacrifice so much for these boys that he doesn’t even really know.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously

Okay so I know I keep talking about The Scorpio Races but I really, really loved that book! I’d read Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series which I enjoyed, but they are no match for The Scorpio Races.

Also, A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine was quite possibly my favorite of all the books I’ve read by her. I loved the mix of fairy tale and murder mystery genres.

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Okay, so my friend Stephanie recommended The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I honestly don’t know if I would have read it without her prompting although I’d heard good things about it. Well, Stephanie is incredibly well read and I respect her bookish opinion so I gave it a try. I’m glad I did because although I didn’t LOVE The Night Circus as much as she did it was a beautiful and mysterious story that I’m glad I didn’t miss out on.

Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012 (optional)

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012?

Okay I’m cheating. I looked through all the book blogs I follow and I don’t know when I discovered them, but I do know that this year I began following What Kate Wore a blog dedicated to the fashion and all around awesomeness of HRH Kate the Duchess of Cambridge. I know it’s not a book blog, but I don’t care!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?

This is too hard for me to decide so I’ll go with my favorite title of a review I wrote in 2012. I love my title for my review of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: A Healthy Fear of Mayonnaise. You’ll have to read the review to find out why I love this!

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I wouldn’t really say it was a discussion exactly, but it was affirming to hear that others thought I made the healthiest decision. In April I posted about why I was choosing to end my participation in a weekly In My Mailbox type meme. It was titled Obsessive Behavior and Non Protests and it explains my thoughts on my own blogging behavior. Once I made that decision I felt so free and much healthier. It was incredibly helpful to hear from other bloggers with similar struggles and to get their encouragement.

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

Hmmm…I honestly have no clue…I’ll have to think about that one and maybe (maybe) revisit this answer.

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

Well, I haven’t posted on this but I did have the opportunity to have bestselling author Sharon Draper visit my Media Center in November! The visit was a little last-minute surprise and my students loved it. She spoke to about one hundred students for almost two hours and it was definitely a moment my students will always remember!

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2012?

2012 was the year my blog achieved 100 followers! I was so humbled and thankful so I threw a 100 Follower Giveaway to thank those awesome blog followers!

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

The most popular post at BookTasty this year was Top Ten Tuesday: Introducing the 2012-2013 Florida Sunshine State Books. Over the course of 2012 it received 929 views, which I think is pretty darn cool!!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I’d love to say that I wish ALL of my posts got a little more love, but I really would have liked it if my Book Trailer of the Week posts got more views. I love book trailers and think they’re invaluable tools for schools to use. I started this weekly post to share short and well done book trailers with other educators, but I average such little views that I’m wondering if I should continue to post or not. Something to think about…

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

I had known about my local independent book seller, Bright Light Books, for years as my husband traded his textbooks for store credit with them while he was in seminary. However, I didn’t know that I could order new books from them! I thought it was only used books, but they helped me with a large and last-minute order for an event I was hosting at school. I love them and they have fabulous customer service.

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

I participated in the 2012 Debut Authors Challenge, hosted by The Story Siren. The challenge expected that I read a new book from 12 debut authors, which I did! I loved having the chance to discover some new authors whose future titles will definitely be on my To Read List!

This year I also participated in the 2012 Young Adult Audiobook Challenge because I love audiobooks! My goal was to listening to and reviewing at least 24 audiobooks and I exceeded that goal by listening to 30 audiobooks. Yaaay!

Now, I also set a goal with the GoodReads 2012 Reading Challenge. I had originally wanted to read 100 books in 2012, but by September it became incredibly clear that wasn’t going to happen. So I changed my goal to 80 books (yeah I don’t know if that’s cheating or not…oh well!) which seemed more manageable. In the end I was 6 books short of that goal, but I think 73 books in one year isn’t that bad at all!

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreKristin Cashore’s Bitterblue has been sitting on my shelf since it was released in May. It just sits there all pretty and blue and calls to me, but I just haven’t had the time to get to it. Plus it’s also such a huge book I know it’s a massive time commitment, but I really want to read it right away in 2013.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

Well how about that?! Wouldn’t you know that I actually posted about this question a few weeks ago. Check it out :)

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?

Oh my goal is to get my posts on a schedule. I want to be able to have them scheduled a few weeks in advance so I’m not scurrying to write posts when things get busy. I am on my way to the store to buy a little calendar to help with this later today.

I hope you have a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve! See you in 2013!

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One Hot Romance: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Hello! Glad to see you back!

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.

Such a Rush by Jennifer EcholsBut Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business — until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers — and the consequences could be deadly.

First, I need to thank the author, Jennifer Echols, for my ARC copy of Such a Rush! When I received it I was so surprised and happy to discover that it is personalized! I love it so much, thank you!

Now, I must admit that I was a little hesitant to read Such a Rush because of the flying and airplane themes. I was worried that I’d come across pages and pages of piloting description that I’d have no interest in, and this was my introduction to Jennifer Echols so I had no idea what her writing style was like. I was pleased to find that this book didn’t bog me down with technical description at all. The flying details were there, but they were woven into the story so gently that they fit in perfectly. The funny thing is that I read most of this book on the airplane to Boston (book about flying while flying!) and became so engrossed that I stayed up late for the first three nights of my vacation to finish Leah’s story.

So, let’s talk Leah. I really loved Leah despite the fact that I didn’t immediately connect with her on a deep level. Leah is not the type of main female character I automatically relate to. She is gorgeous, tough and confident. I usually relate more with the bookish, average, smart girl who uncovers her hidden strength type, so Leah was a little difficult at first. The more I got into the story though, the more I realized that with Leah what you see on the outside isn’t always a reflection of whats going on inside. Her tough confident character is at times a wall she puts up so that she can’t be hurt by others. Leah doesn’t want people to know she is feels deeply and is as vulnerable as she is; she is complex. One thing about her that I don’t get though, is why does she so often just let people misinterpret her? Why doesn’t she stand up for herself when she knows people are judging her unfairly? Maybe she realizes it ultimately doesn’t matter. I don’t know. But I do like Leah.

Oh yeah! Leah also has crazy curly hair, and I laughed at Echols’ description of how Leah finally realized that she needed to embrace her curly hair because I had a moment just like that when I was in high school!

The romance in this book is hot. Yeah, that’s right. I said hot. There is some major pent-up passion just waiting to be released and although I loved the Hall brothers, I’m still not sure if I forgive some of their words or actions at specific parts in the story. I guess that’s okay though because it seems to me as I’m writing this review, that maybe that’s the point. Echols is writing contemporary fiction, not fairy tales, so her characters are ultimately incredibly flawed, but just like real people. Her characters are flawed because people are flawed.

I wouldn’t recommend Such a Rush to readers younger than high school because of some of the content. There is quite a bit of discussion about sex and even a sex scene or two (although Echols does leave us to imagine most of them).

The back of my book says that Such a Rush is “engrossing and intense” and I would completely agree. This is a really enjoyable summerish read for anyone searching for a quality contemporary romance. I’m definitely going to be on the look out for Echols’ other novels!

Author: Jennifer Echols

Publisher: MTV Books (July 10, 2012)

Format: ARC, Paperback

Length: 336 pages

Series: Standalone

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: Such a Rush (pre-order)

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Top ten Tuesday: Books I’d Recommend As Good Summer/Beach Reads

Top Ten TuesdayHi there! It’s that time of the week again!

Every Tuesday I bring you a Top Ten list!  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish, to encourage book bloggers to get to get to know one another better and to share our love for books.

This week’s Top Ten is Books I’d Recommend as Good Summer/Beach Reads. When I think of delicious beach (or poolside reads) I tend to lean more towards contemporary titles.  I’m splitting this list up into two.  The first five beach reads I’ve read and recommend while  the second five titles will be summer reads I haven’t read, but I can just picture myself enjoying while lounging next to a pool (even though I live in Florida, I’m not a huge beach fan…go figure!).

I’ve Read and Recommend These

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares1. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares

If you haven’t read this series yet, you’re really, really missing out.  It is hands down one of my favorite YA series ever.  In fact, thinking about it makes me miss the characters so much that I kind of want to re read them all!

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen2. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Set in the fictional beachside town of Colby, this is the story of one girl breaking out of her shell and the boy who helps her open up. Dessen is the Queen of Summer Reads!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han3. The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han

In my opinion, summer reads should be full of the beach and cute boys at the beach.  These books have both!

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson4. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Summer is the time for travel and vacations.  In this read, Ginny is sent on a self discover scavenger hunt through Europe.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter5. The Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter

These books really have nothing to do with summer or the beach, but they are such fun reads that they’re perfect for a sunny day and a tall glass of something sweet.

Haven’t Read Yet, but Want To!

6. Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols

Two irresistible boys. One unforgettable summer.Lori can’t wait for her summer at the lake. (And neither can I!)

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols7. Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin8. The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Two best friends lose themselves in their summer, hanging out at a local resort. But when they meet a new boy, neither of them is prepared for how it impacts their friendship.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen9. The Truth About Forever by Sara Dessen

As Macy ventures out of her shell one summer, and meets Wes,  she begins to wonder, is it really better to be safe than sorry?

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland10. The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland
When Em gets the opportunity to get away and spend a month with the aunt she never knew, she jumps at the chance. While there, she learns that her family has some pretty significant secrets. And then there’s Cade, the laid-back local surfer boy who seems to be everything Em isn’t.

What books are in your beach bag?  Let me know if you have any summer must reads that I need to add to my bag!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books in My To Read Stack

Welcome back everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event held by the fine folks over at The Broke and Bookish. The meme is intended to provide a way for bloggers (specifically book bloggers) to get to know each other better.

They always have a set theme to base our weekly post on, but sometimes the official theme and I don’t click. It seems its been a lot like that recently, and this week I am also choosing my own theme because I just don’t click with the one the chose. Although, I will say that if I had to pick YA authors to compete on a Reality Show I’d go with Maureen Johnson on Survivor, because I feel like she has just the right amount of crazy to dominate everyone. :P

So, this week’s Book Tasty Top Ten is Books in my To Read Stack! Some have taken up residence in this stack for a few months now, while others just recently found themselves there. They all look soooo good, and they will all get read at some point, but for now, here they are!

Out of Sight Out of Time, Born Wicked, GoneOut of Sight Out of Time by Ally Carter

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Gone by Michael Grant

Ahhh I can’t wait to get into these!

Such a Rush, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Scorpio RacesSuch a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater

These have been in the stack for a few months now, but not because of a lack of interest!

Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreBitterblue by Kristin Cashore

I won this one from Jen at A Book and a Latte. Thanks so much!

The Vespertine, RevolutionThe Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

I bought these at my school Book Fair this past week!

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCaffertySloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Found this one in my school’s teacher book swap a while ago!

I mean, they’re so pretty I just can’t wait to dive into them as soon as I can! What is in your To Read Stack!?

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In My Mailbox (9)

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme created by The Story Siren to highlight new books and allow book bloggers to get to know each other better.

This week was slow in the book department, but what I did get was so fun and exciting!

Such a Rush by Jennifer EcholsI came home from an incredibly busy (but good) day at work to find an envelope stuffed into my mailbox. I had forgotten I had requested anything, and was pleasantly surprised to see I’d received a print Advanced Reader Copy of Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols! (THANK YOU SO MUCH!) I can’t wait to read this one! She also personalized the autograph! How awesome is that?!

Such a Rush autograph
So, there you have it! What did you get in your mailbox this week?