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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Sequels

Hello and welcome back to BookTasty!

I’m a big fan of book series. I just adore how they allow me to continue living in a world that I don’t want to leave. They allow me to just keep on doing exactly what I want to do!

Well, today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) theme gives me the chance to highlight some of my favorite sequels ever.

Are you ready to see some of my favorite sequels? Here we go!

Catching_FireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
My favorite book in the trilogy because Katniss’ world opens up and we meet more of the past tributes. Tick-tock!

Rebel Angels by Libba BrayRebel Angels by Libba Bray

This second book in the series has the Spence girls in London attending fancy balls. Oh and more Kartik.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally CarterCross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

This sequel introduces a brand new group of spies to the Gallagher Academy!

The Scorch Trials by James DashnerThe Scorch Trials by James Dashner

This series is awesome, but there was something more frenzied and creepy about this sequel, which I loved.

The Crown of Embers by Rae CarsonThe Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

This series is just perfection.

The Madness Underneath by Maureen JohnsonThe Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

It’s not as atmospheric as the first book, but suddenly there is a new enemy that I didn’t expect!

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann BrasharesThe Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

Honestly, I read these books so long ago that the plot of the last three kind of run together for me (thanks to that mashed up second movie), but I just remember my love for this series growing with each book.

The Boy Book by E. LockhartThe Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them by E. Lockhart

Ruby Oliver. She just gets better and better.

Fire by Kristin CashoreFire by Kristin Cashore

Cashore is the queen of awesome, sexy fantasy. I loved Graceling, but I REALLY LOVED Fire.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK RowlingHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

The wizarding world finally opens up and we get to meet other schools of wizardry when Hogwarts hosts the Triwizard Tournament

Are you a fan of any of these sequels too? What are your favorite sequels? Please feel free to share in the comment section!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Boarding School Books

Hola!

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish)!

But before we get there…Happy Anniversary to my awesome husband! As of today we’ve officially been married for 8 years! It’s pretty awesome being married to your best friend, especially when he makes you laugh all the time!

That cake was delicious.

That cake was delicious.

Awwww that was pretty sweet wasn’t it?!

Okay, let’s back to business. The theme this week allows us to base our list around our favorite settings in books. Now, I’ve said this before, but I am obsessed with boarding school books! Chances are if a book is set in a boarding school I’m going to LOVE it…seriously, I don’t think I’ve met a boarding school book I didn’t like! There is just something fun about the idea of being a teenager living away from the supervision of your parents that is just so enticing!

In my opinion, boarding school books are where it’s at!

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

A boarding school in France. Romance ensues!

I'd Tell You I Love You but then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally CarterThe Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

Guys! It’s spy school! What could be cooler?!

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Okay so a steampunk spy boarding school might be cooler than regular spy school…maybe…

Princess Academy by Shannon HalePrincess Academy by Shannon Hale

Studying to be a princess must be done in a boarding school.

Star Cursed by Jessica SpotswoodStar Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Cate has moved to the Sisterhood…yes it’s supposed to be a “nunnery” but it passes as boarding school.

The Cadet of Tildor by Alex LidellThe Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell

A boarding school to train soldiers…yes!

HarryPotter & the Sorcerer's Stone by JK RowlingThe Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

What boarding school book list would be complete without Hogwarts?!

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonThe Name of the Star and The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

A boarding school in London?! My dreams come true.

joltedJolted by Arther G. Slade

Survival school sounds like fun!

Haven by Kristi CookHaven by Kristi Cook

A special school for teens with special abilities….

How do you feel about books set at boarding schools? Are there any that you think I should have added to this list?

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Fictional Female Characters

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

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

Spice Girls

Ummm…not exactly that kind of girl power.

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

Katniss EverdeenKatniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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

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

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

Fire by Kristin CashoreFire from Fire by Kristin Cashore

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

Divergent by Veronica RothTris Pryor from Divergent by Veronica Roth

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

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

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

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

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

Nancy DrewNancy Drew from the Nancy Drew series by Carolyne Keene

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

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

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

Princess Academy by Shannon HaleMiri from Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

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

Raina Raina from Smile by Raina Telgmeier

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

Elizabeth BennetElizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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

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

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Fictional Romances

Love is in the air!

Valentine’s Day is, I’m convinced, a holiday celebrated by no one as intensely as it is by middle schoolers.  They come to school with Valentine’s cards for everyone they know, heart-shaped balloons for their friends, candy is passed around freely from person to person, candy grams or carnations are sent to friends and secret crushes!  And lets not forget the infamous Valentine’s Day Dance! If we’re lucky us teacher’s sometimes get remembered in all the hub-bub and a student (or two) will gift us with a Disney Princess card or a little bag of candy.  I really do love my job.

So, I love my job and I love a good romance.  Today’s top ten list is my favorite fictional romances.  Most are from Young Adult or Middle Grades fiction, but a few adult titles (not that kind of adult!!) may have snuck in too!

Pride and Prejudice BBCElizabeth Bennett and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Oh, that’s not a book cover you say?!  Oh Colin Firth isn’t who Jane Austen based the character on?! I do not care, because I strongly believe that had Jane Austen been aware of Colin Firth she would have been equally as pleased with the decision to cast him as her leading man.  Book or movie Elizabeth and Darcy are easily my favorite fictional couple!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and Etienne St. Clair

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This romance blossoms so slowly it’s so beautifully painful!  I loved the reality of this relationship; sometimes you fall for someone and the timing isn’t right, sometimes it can take forever.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsKatniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Girl on Fire + The Boy with the Bread! Come on!  Their love is based on helping each other through hardship.  They are both there for each other through the pain and struggle, that’s what love is.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareTessa Gray and Will Herondale

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

A romance set in Victorian London?! An American girl and Welsh guy both with supernatural powers? Enough said!

Graceling by Kristen CashoreKatsa and Po

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa is strong and prideful.  Po loves her enough to break through the barriers she puts up. That’s love!

Jane Eyre DVDJane Eyre and Mr. Rochester

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Mr. Rochester is the first person to really notice Jane; to notice that she’s more than just a quiet governess. Le sigh…

Anne of the Island by LM MontgomeryAnne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe

Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery

They annoy each other as children, but their love grows throughout the years.  He even waits for her to finish school before they get married.  Way to go Gilbert! :)

Ron and HermioneRon Weasley and Hermione Granger

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Best friends turned crushes is one of my favorite plot lines and Ron and Hermione are an awesome couple.  They compliment each other’s talents and strengthen each other’s weaknesses. 

The Goose Girl by Shannon HaleAni and Geric

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Both Ani and Geric fall in love without realizing the other’s true identity, so they get to know the real person first.  Fairy tale magic!

Northanger Abbey DVDCatherine Morland and Henry Tilney

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

I have a special spot in my heart for Catherine and Mr. Tilney; she’s a voracious reader and he’s a pastor.  Sounds like a couple I know very well…! I can’t put my finger on it, but I feel a connection to them!

I hope I didn’t forget anyone!  Who are some of your favorite fictional couples?

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