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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Hi there!

Happy Tuesday! It’s time for the weekly Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and Bookish!

I KNOW! I KNOW! This theme was from like two weeks ago. But our internet choose to be finicky so I couldn’t post it. Also, I wasn’t a huge fan of this week’s official theme, which was favorite beginnings or endings in a book. I have way too many of those and can’t even begin to list them, so I’m going back to the one I skipped.  :)

Mini Life Update: We’ve been in Columbia, SC for about two weeks now and are slowly but surely getting the house put together.  We’re enjoying exploring our new neighborhood and city – we even visited out local public library on date night!

House

Isn’t our new house adorable?!

Well, let’s get back to Top Ten Tuesday – my theme is Authors Who Deserve More Recognition. There are so many authors who are awesome but they aren’t the ones you hear about all the time. These are authors who are newer or maybe they’ve been around a little while and they just fly under the radar. All of these authors come with a high recommendation from BookTasty, so if you haven’t ready any of their books, you really need to!

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger Gail Carriger

She writes super fun steampunk stories.

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day GeorgeJessica Day George

I love her light-hearted fairy taleish books.

Entwined by Heather DixonHeather Dixon

Awesome fairy tale retellings.

Seraphina by Rachel HartmanRachel Hartman

A debut in 2012 that was a great addition to the fantasy world!

The Cadet of Tildor by Alex LidellAlex Lidell

A 2013 debut and I can’t wait for more!

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda WoodsBrenda Woods

Such a well written middle grades look at Hurricane Katrina mixed with a coming of age story.

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

She writes a loveable main character in this story of bowling and character.

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny RorbyGinny Rorby

Awesome survival tale set in the Everglades.

DarkLifeKat Falls

Wonderfully imagined dystopian mystery set under the ocean surface.

joltedArthur Slade 

What a fun and quirky read!

If you haven’t read anything by these authors you really should. I think they’re all delightful authors who definitely deserve to have more people read their books.

So…what are you waiting for?!

GO READ!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Covers with Gowns I Want to Wear

Hi there!

I skipped out on my Top Ten post last Tuesday because life got kind of busy and I kind of forgot about it! Oh well! It’s to be expected because the end of the school year is always a busy and exhausting time.  But I’m back this week! Yay!

For those of you who arent’ familiar with it, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week they post a theme and we create a list surrounding that theme. This week the theme is Favorite Book Covers of Books I’ve Read. I have such a hard time choosing on favorite covers because I like to many different types of covers for so many varied reasons.  So, instead of picking favorites, this week I’m choosing based on Book Covers with Gowns I Want to Wear.

Entwined by Heather Dixon1. Entwined by Heather Dixon

So gorgeous!!

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White2. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

I love the breezy flow to this one. I do prefer the dress on the cover of Endlessly, but I haven’t read it yet so it doesn’t count.

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen3. The Luxe series books by Anna Godberson

I’m sure it would be insanely heavy but just standing it in for an hour would make me happy.

The Selection by Kiera Cass4. The Selection by Kiera Cass

I do love this one’s fluff, but to be honest I prefer the one on the cover to The Elite…but I haven’t read that one yet.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger 5. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

WANT.

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen6. Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

A slinky little one!

Vixen by Jillian Larkin7.  Vixen by Jillian Larkin

I must add that I completely disliked this book. But I can’t help but love that gown!!!

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George8. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

I love the way it flows and it’s purely fairy tale style.

Matched by Allie Condie9. Matched by Ally Condie

It’s just so green and soft looking!

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare10. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Its Victorian!!!

Aren’t they all so beautiful?! I would love to wear them! There are TONS of other gorgeous gowns on book covers that I also love but I haven’t read them yet or else they’d be on this list. :)

Are there any dresses on book covers that you just wish you could wear? Which of these are your favorites?

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May New Releases

Can you believe it’s already May?!

I can’t! This school year has completely flown by! There is like 21 school days left and then…SUMMER VACATION! YAY!

Yes, us teachers and librarians look forward to summer just as much (if not more) than the students do! So, as we count down the days left in the school year, let’s also take a look at the new books that May brings us.

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation by Tommy GreenwaldCharlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation by Tommy Greenwald (May 7)

Chantress by Amy Butler GreenfieldChantress by Amy Butler Greenfield (May 7)

Wednesdays In The Tower by Jessica Day GeorgeWednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George (May 7)

Icons by Margaret StohlIcons by Margaret Stohl (May 7)

The 5th Wave by Rick YancyThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (May 7)

Nantucke Blue by Leila HowlandNantucket Blue by Leila Howland (May 7)

Towering by Alex FlinnTowering by Alex Flinn (May 14)

Vote by Gary PaulsenVote by Gary Paulsen (May 14)

All I Need by Susan ColasantiAll I Need by Susan Colasanti (May 21)

Thousand Words by Jennifer BrownThousand Words by Jennifer Brown (May 21)

All of these May new releases seem like have good potential although, I think I’m the most interested in Nantucket Blue, ChantressIcons and The 5th Wave. Have any of you already read them (ARCs) or are there any you’re particularly looking forward to?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Qualities that Instantly Make Me Pick Up a Book

Hi there everyone!

It’s time again for Top Ten Tuesday! Every week the wonderful people at The Broke and Bookish post a theme to create our lists by.  This week the theme is qualities that will instantly make me pick up a book. I have a few that will guarantee I pick up your book. Chances are that if I pick up a book with some of these qualities I’m going to enjoy it! (I’ve done extensive “research” on this topic…)

Entwined by Heather Dixon The Luxe by Anna Godbersen The Selection by Kiera Cass

1. Girls In Pretty Gowns.

I just LOVE pretty gowns and want to wear them. I also generally enjoy books with this type of cover.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

2. Romance Included.

Not romance novels, but novels with some romance in them. Le sigh…

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale Cinder by Marissa Meyer

3. Fairy Tales.

Yes. I will most likely pick up the book if its a retold fairy tale. Fairy tales are just so classic and I love the magic of them.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore Smile by Raina Telegmier  Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

4. Female Main Characters.

I just have a hard time connecting to male main characters so it’s always a tough sell for me.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

5. England.

If your book is set in the UK in some way…historical, contemporary, fantasy whatever. I want it. I am 100% Anglophile.

I'd Tell You I Love You but then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter HarryPotter & the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

6. Boarding Schools.

I have always loved boarding school books. Boarding schools just seem so fun without your parents watching you all the time!

Austenland by Shannon Hale prada and prejudice Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris

7. Jane Austen Related.

If your book relates to Jane Austen because it’s a retelling or something similar then I’m probably going to pick it up.

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins The Parting by Beverly Lewis

8. Amish People.

I’m just so intrigued by their community and culture! I want to read about them!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

9. Husband Appeal.

If you’re book has qualities that both my husband and I will like, then the chances that I’ll pick up your book increase greatly. I’m not sure what those qualities are though…murder (judging by the three books above)?!

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

10. Audiobooks Narrated with a British Accent.

Yup. I’m 100% Anglophile.

So there you have it.  The qualities that will instantly make me pick up a book…all laid out in front of you.  Some one should write one book to rule them all….one that fits all of my favorite things! haha

What book qualities always entice you to read?  Thanks for visiting!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Characters in Fantasy

Hi there and Happy Tuesday!

Don’t forget that Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

This week’s theme is Top Ten Favorite Characters in X Genre.  So, the genre of my choice is fantasy! I really like fantasy and fairy tale retellings and some of my favorite books fall into this category. The characters I listed below are all females who rock the fantasy genre.

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale1. Miri from Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Miri is intelligent and brave even though she doesn’t know it yet.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore2. Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa is the type of person I’m be totally intimidated by if I met her in real life. She’s like a warrior of awesomeness.

Fire by Kristin Cashore3. Fire from Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fire is probably another person I’d be intimidated of in real life, but she is strong amidst her vulnerability

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater4. Puck Connolly from The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Sure, Puck is strong and brave, but she is also just your average teenage girl and I think we’d get along.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer5. Cinder from Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Okay, so it’s actually sci-fi, not fantasy, but I don’t care.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare6. Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

I want to be Tessa. She is an American in London in love with a cute Welsh Shadow Hunter. I think we’d get along just fine.

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George7. The sisters from Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

I love how all twelve sisters have their own personalities and their own role to play in story.  They’re pretty cool.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray8. Gemma Doyle from The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray

Gemma is a Victorian bad@$$. She has supernatural abilities and yet also wants to be a Gibson Girl!

A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce9. Charlotte Miller from A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Charlotte works hard to save her family, plus she dominates the Rumpelstiltskin retelling.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale10. Ani from The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Ani is sweet and humble and chock full of cool supernatural abilities!

So there you have it!  All of these characters are fabulous fantasy heroines and if you haven’t read these books, they come highly recommended!  Who are you favorite fantasy heroines?

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Top Ten Tuesday: December New Releases

Well hello there!

I am back from my fabulously wonderful vacation in Europe!  I’ll do a post with some pictures later this week, I promise!

Tuesday is the day I participate in the Broke and Bookish’s weekly event Top Ten Tuesday.  Ever week they post a theme and book bloggers all over create lists based on that theme.

This week I’m taking a break from the official theme to highlight some new releases for the month of December. There are always so many new books being released every month that I get a little overwhelmed!  I want to buy (or at least read) them all!

The Almost Truth By Eileen CookThe Almost Truth by Eileen Cook (Dec. 4) YA

Poison by Molly CochranPoison by Molly Cochran (Dec. 4) YA

Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day GeorgePrincess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George (Dec. 11) MG

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan RhodesFalling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (Dec. 11) YA

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura BuzoLove and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (Dec. 11) YA

Magicalamity by Kate SaundersMagicalamity by Kate Saunders (Dec. 11) MG

Deadly Little Lessons by Laurie Faria StolarzDeadly Little Lessons by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Dec. 18) YA

Darkest Minds by Alexander BrackenThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (Dec. 18) YA

Chasing Jupiter by Rachel CokerChasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker (Dec. 26) YA

Kiss Me Again by Rachel VailKiss Me Again by Rachel Vail (Dec. 26) YA

Don’t these look like tasty new treats?  Are there any new releases in December that I forgot to mention?  Let me know which you’re most excited about!

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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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Waiting on Wednesday: Princess of the Silver Woods

Bonjour!

Happy Wednesday to you!  As you probably know Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It was created as a place to spotlight upcoming titles that we’re excited about.

This week I am pretty excited about Jessica Day George’s third installment in the Twelve Dancing Princesses series, Princess of the Silver Woods.

When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor’s twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day Georgeneighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it’s not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.

I’ve actually only read the first book in the series (Princess of the Midnight Ball) and have yet to read Princess of Glass (book two), but I’m hoping that the release of Princess of the Silver Woods coming soon I’ll actually make time for book two! Jessica Day George is one of the best middle grades fairy talei-sh authors out there and I’m excited to read ANYTHING new by her!

What are you waiting on this week?

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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: Bookish People I’d Like to Hang Out With

Hi there everyone!

It’s time for the weekly Top Ten Tuesday List!  Top Ten Tuesday is a blogging event hosted by The Broke and Bookish where they post a theme to create a list to.  Today’s theme is Bookish People I’d Like to Meet, or Hang Out With. This could mean authors or book bloggers etc…   So, let me just clarify that I would pretty much like to meet any author whose books I’ve read and loved (same for Book Bloggers), but I did have to narrow it down to a few.  So here we go!

1. Jane Austen (Author of Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey and five other novels)Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I’m sure this technically doesn’t count since Jane Austen is you know…dead…but I don’t care. She is my favorite author ever and I know this probably

2. Shannon Hale (Author of Princess Academy, The Books of Bayern series, and the Austenland series)

I’m pretty sure that Shannon Hale and I would get along really well.  I share her love of fairy tales, Jane Austen (see above)  and Colin Firth so I’m sure we’d have other things in common too.  Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

3. Kyle at A Reader’s Pensieve (Book Blogger)

Every time Kyle and I chat on Twitter it become more and more clear that we have TONS in common.  She was one of my first blogger friends and I think we’d really hit it off if we ever had the chance to meet!  Hopefully one day we will!

4. Sarah Dessen (author of Along for the Ride and What Happened to Goodbye)

I am so impressed with the emotional depth that Sarah Dessen writes about. Also, I love following her on Twitter! She tweets about her live on a farm, obsession with GMA, and her insecurities.  She just seems like such a vulnerable real person who is in touch with who she is.  I admire that.

5. Kim Mai Guest (audiobook narrator for Incarceron series, and Anna and the French Kiss)

I have a secret dream to be an audiobook narrator. I think my accents sound great…my husband, not so much! Hahaha So, if I got the chance to hang out with Kim Mai Guest for a little while maybe she could coach me on accents and give me awesome tips. I admire her narrating ability and would love to just listen to her talk for hours…is that creepy?!

6. Sherry at Library Fanatic (Book Blogger/Middle School Librarian)

I always appreciate Sherry’s librarian insight and ideas.  She seems like she works hard to make her library a fun, relaxing and welcoming place for her students.  Also, she is a runner!  I feel like if we ever got the chance to hang out, we’d run and discuss librarian things and books! What could be better than that?!

7. Jennifer (Book Blogger from Novel Thoughts and ARCycling)

Jennifer has always been super friendly online! Also a book lover, she created the ARCycling program so that bloggers, teachers, and librarians can share the ARC love!  Isn’t that an awesome idea?

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George8. Jessica Day George (Author of the Princess of the Midnight Ball series and Tuesdays at the Castle)

So, this is actually cheating because I’ve already met Jessica Day George at a FAME conference in Orlando, Florida a few years ago.  But I love her books, the fact that she also likes fairy tales, and the fact that she just seems so normal and funny.  I’d love to get the chance to meet her again and hang out. Actually, I’d want to chill with both her AND Shannon Hale together.  THAT would be awesome!

9. Meg Cabot (author of the Princess Diaries series and the Heather Wells series)

Meg Cabot just seems like a really fun person to be around.  I have nothing more to say than that…isn’t that enough?

10. Jennifer Ehle (audiobook narrator for Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare)

Okay, so again this is cheating. Jennifer Ehle isn’t really a bookish person per se, but she has portrayed characters from books in films (ie. Elizabeth Bennet!!). I LOVED her narration for Clockwork Angel and although I do love the narrators for the following books in the series, I just think Jennifer Ehle did a fabulous job!  Plus did I mention?  ELIZABETH BENNET?!  Yup.

Who are some of the bookish people you’d like to meet or hang out with?