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Reading Queue: May

The Reading QueueHola!  Happy May!

It still amazes me how fast this school year is going! We’re already only a few weeks away from the start of summer break! The weather has become absolutely gorgeous and both my porch and a good book are calling out to me!

What is the Reading Queue?  The Reading Queue is a monthly meme, hosted by Book Tasty (hola!) and Books: A true story where we share our reading plans for the month. You can check out other participating blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide. Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

What I Read in April

I’ve been reading a ton of middle grade books recently and my total number of books read in April was 8! I know I didn’t stick tight to my April Reading Queue but I did read a lot, even if they weren’t the titles I originally planned.

The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff Icons by Margaret Stohl

The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff

Icons by Margaret Stohl

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper Searching for Sarah Rector by Tonya Bolden Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America by Tonya Bolden (nonfiction)

Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore

Alanna by Tamora Pierce The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman Doll Bones by Holly Black

The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

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My May Reading Queue

Seriously, I just want to cancel everything I’m supposed to do this month so I can sit on my porch and read! Here are the ones I hope to finish this month!

TheBoyOnTheWoodenBox My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J Freedman The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman

The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord The Last Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson The Boy Problem by Kami Kinard

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

The Boy Problem by Kami Kinard

Can You Say Catastrophe? by Laurie Friedman PrisonerB3087 by Alan Gratz Caminar by Skila Brown

Caminar by Skila Brown

Can You Say Catastrophe? by Laurie Friedman

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

The One by Kiera Cass

The One by Kiera Cass (My precious!!!)

Okay! I’m off to get reading! Have you read any of the books on my Reading Queue?  Please feel free to link up and join us this month! I’d love to check out your Reading Queue too!

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Reading Queue: April

The Reading QueueHello!

Holy junk April surprised the heck out of me! One day it was March and the next….BAM! APRIL!

I guess that’s how it happens though isn’t it? haha

Well, I’m back and ready to bring you a brand new Reading Queue…even if it is a few days late!

What is the Reading Queue?  The Reading Queue is a monthly meme, hosted by Book Tasty (hola!) and Books: A true story where we share our reading plans for the month. You can check out other participating blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide. Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

What I Read in March

March was a really good reading month for me! I was able to finish eight books, which is two more than my average six! Now, I’m counting one I Did Not Finish (DNF) because it’s my list and I can! haha

The Lord of Opium by NancyFarmerThe Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer (DNF)

Maybe it’s because I didn’t read House of the Scorpion, but I just couldn’t get into this one.

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This was a very cute contemporary filled with family and romance.

Jessica Darling's It List by Megan McCaffertyJessica Darling’s It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection by Megan McCafferty

I haven’t read the original Jessica Darling books, but I know now I must!

Skybreaker by Kenneth OppellSkybreaker (Matt Cruise #2) by Kenneth Oppel

Starclimber by Kenneth OppelStarclimber (Matt Cruise #3) by Kenneth Oppel

This series is one of my new favorites!

March Book One by John LewisMarch (Book One) by John Lewis

Civil Rights history in graphic novel form! I loved it!

Serafina's Promise by Ann E BurgSerafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg

This novel in verse was beautiful.

The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. NielsenThe Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen

I really enjoyed this trilogy a lot!

My April Reading Queue

There are so many books I want to read so badly this month! I’ve already started three of them, so I’m hopeful about my goal of ten!

The Flame in the Mist by Kit GrindstaffThe Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff

The Boy Problem by Kami KinardThe Boy Problem by Kami Kinard

Icons by Margaret StohlIcons by Margaret Stohl

Half a Chance by Cynthia LordHalf a Chance by Cynthia Lord

The Hypnotists by Gordon KormanThe Hypnotists by Gordon Korman

Ghost Hawk by Susan CooperGhost Hawk by Susan Cooper

Manor of Secrets by Katherine LongshoreManor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore

TheTimeFetchThe Time Fetch by Amy Herrick

Better to Wish by Ann M. MartinBetter to Wish by Ann M. Martin

Doll Bones by Holly BlackDolly Bones by Holly Black

There you have it! Have you read any of the title on my April Reading Queue?  Please feel free to link up and join us this month! I’d love to check out your Reading Queue too!

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring TBR List

Hi there!

For a few days I thought spring had sprung, but it seems South Carolina disagreed with me. The past few days have been very “Seattle-like” as it’s been cold and rainy down here in the South! I’m not complaining because I really do prefer these actual seasons to Florida’s never-ending summer and rain just means that I get to wear my awesome pink wellies!

Although it quite been springtime weather, I do still have my spring reading all planned out!  If you haven’t checked out Reading Queue, the meme I host with the awesome Jen at  Books A True Story, you’ll be interested to know that today’s TTT is what we do every month in our Reading Queue. We talk about the books we read the previous month and plan our our TBR pile, or Reading Queue. You can participate too if you’re interested!

So, today’s list is going to be made up of my March Reading Queue, as well as titles I’s like to get to in April and May. You’ll notice a ton of middle grade titles as I try to focus on that level since I am a middle school librarian who sometimes gets sucked into more YA…not that its a bad thing! haha

The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. NielsenThe Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Neilsen (MG/YA)

Jinx by Sage BlackwoodJinx by Sage Blackwood (MG)

Icons by Margaret StohlIcons by Margaret Stohl (YA)

The Flame in the Mist by Kit GrindstaffThe Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff (MG)

The Time Fetch by Amy HerrickThe Time Fetch by Amy Herrick (MG)

The Moon and More by Sarah DessenThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (YA)

Manorof Secrets by Katherine LongshoreManor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore (YA)

Half a Chance by Cynthia LordHalf a Chance by Cynthia Lord (MG)

A Spark Unseen by Sharon CameronA Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron (MG/YA)

    Better to Wish by Ann M. MartinBetter to Wish by Ann M. Martin (MG)

The Boy Problem by Kami KinardThe Boy Problem by Kami Kinard (MG)

I am sooo looking forward to all these fun spring reading titles I have planned out! And yes, I know my list includes eleven titles instead of just ten..whoopsie!  I’ve actually already started The Shadow Throne and The Boy Problem, but only a little bit so far. Are you also planning on reading any of these books this spring?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Boy Problem

Hiya!

Last year I read and loved Kami Kinard’s The Boy Project and now it’s almost time for the sequel The Boy Problem: Notes and Predictions of Tabitha Reddy. I can’t wait, thus this read is my focus for today’s Waiting on Wednesday!

Twelve-year-old Tabitha “Tabbi” Reddy believes in signs. Like fortune cookies. Magic 8-Balls. Shooting stars. And this year, she hopes, looking for the right signs will lead her to the right boy! Inspired by her BFF, Kara The Boy Problem by Kami Kinard(star of THE BOY PROJECT), Tabbi starts her own “project” in the hopes of finding a cute crush. With the help of a math lesson on probability, Tabbi tries to predict who the right boy for her might be! Where is she most likely to meet him? What is he most likely to look like? Full of fun illustrations, hilarious equations, and lessons in cupcake-baking, life, love, and friendship, this book has a 100% probability of awesomeness. A perfect “next step” for fans of DORK DIARIES.

Kinard’s first book was so fun and The Boy Problem sounds like it’s going to be just as cute of a read! I’m pretty excited because I don’t have to wait until it’s released on April 29, I was lucky enough to get an ARC from Scholastic so I’ll definitely post my review when I’m finished!

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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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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite New-To-Me Authors In 2012

Welcome back!

Every week I participate in the Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday event. Each Tuesday the lovely people at Broke and Bookish post a theme to create a list by. This week’s theme is theme is My Favorite New-To-Me Authors of 2012.

Well, 2012 is almost over! Can you believe it?! This year has gone by so quickly! I read a lot of books this year and a lot of them were by authors I hadn’t read before. Some I loved and some I wasn’t a huge fan of. Below you’ll find a list of the ten new-to-me authors that I whose work I really loved!

Kami Kinard (The Boy Project)

James Dashner (The Maze Runner series)

Veera Hiranandani (The Whole Story of Half a Girl)

Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why)

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Jack Gantos(Dead End in Norvelt)

Juliet Marillier (Wildwood Dancing)

Ginny Rorby (Lost in the River of Grass)

Tera Lynn Childs (Forgive My Fins)

Linda Sue Park (A Long Walk to Water)

Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes)

P.W. Catanese (Happenstance Found)

I hope that if you haven’t yet read any of these authors you try to soon because they’re all talented storytellers and their books are so worthwhile! Were there any new-to-you authors that you discovered in 2012?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books for People who Like Jeff Kinney

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Before we get started I want to wish my awesome husband a Happy Happy Birthday! Yeah, he’s pretty cool! :)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish so that us book bloggers can talk even more about what we love best, books and all things bookish!

This week’s Top Ten theme is Books for People Who Like X Author. I chose to focus on the middle grade side of things this week and am providing you with a list of books you might like if you enjoy Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The Wimpy Kid books are wildly successful all over (I know the copies in my Media Center are never on the shelf!) and some of those readers might be looking for read-alike books to dig into.

Well, fear not because today I have a list of Books for People Who Like Jeff Kinney! These are all books that are written in a journal-like style and often include little drawings and doodles that add to the story. I will include an asterisk (*) next to the titles I have read. If it doesn’t have an asterisk, I still recommend the title because I’ve heard great things about it!

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger1. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger *

The Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell2. The Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell *

Dear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton3. Dear Dumb Diary by

The Loser List by H.N. Kowitt4. The Loser List by H.N. Kowitt

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald5. Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald *

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce6. Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce *

Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm7. Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm

Middle School the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson8. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

The Boy Project by Kami Kinard9. The Boy Project by Kami Kinard *

Journal of a Schoolyard Bully by Farley Katz10. Journal of a Schoolyard Bully: Notes on Noogies, Wet Willies and Wedgies by Farley Katz

Hopefully this will help guide your own future reading or help you pick books out for the middle grade reader in your life!

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Winner Announcement: The Boy Project ARC Giveaway

Yeaaa!

It’s time to announce the winner of The Boy Project ARC and prize pack giveaway!  So again, lets review the prizes!

Ohhhh! Ahhhh!

So, let me just say that my free wordpress.com account does not allow cool giveaway widgets like rafflecopter, so being the librarian that I am, I ran this giveaway the old fashion way.

I wrote the names of everyone who commented on the giveaway post on little pieces of paper and placed those slips into a bowl (a pretty Fiesta Ware bowl mind you!).

Then, in keeping with my technological ways, I asked my husband to choose a name out of the bowl.  (He insisted the plastic cheetah must be a part of the event).

And the name he chose from the pretty FiestaWare raffle bowl was……..

Congratulations Tris Dale!  You have just won yourself an ARC of The Boy Project by Kami Kinard and a fun prize pack of bookmarks, bracelets and tattoos!  All I need from you is to email me  your mailing address at  tinalina(at)gmail(dot)com within the next 48 hours and I will ship your winnings to you right away!

Thanks to everyone who entered!  My first giveaway was fun and I will definitely be hosting another one in the near future!

Also, lets give a huge thank you to author Kami Kinard for writing such a fun book and for donating all the prize pack paraphernalia!  Don’t forget to check out her website for more information on new debut novel, The Boy Project!

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In My Mailbox (3)

Okay, so I didn’t actually get any of these in my actual mailbox this week.

But whatever.

I either a) bought them for my school’s Media Center (why we didn’t already have some of these I don’t know), or b) got them as e-books from NetGalley.

So, now that it’s all been cleared  up, let’s go ahead and see what tasty treats I got!

Books I bought:

books1The Son of Neptune and The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Kingdom Keepers III and Kingdom Keepers IV by Ridley Pearson

books2Storm Runners by Roland Smith

Showoff and The 6th Grade Nickname Game by Gordon Korman

books 3The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Boy Project by Kami Kinard (you can win an ARC copy here!)

Vanishing Acts by Phillip Margolin and Ami Margolin Rome

books 4The Adventures of TinTin by Alex Irvine

The Underdogs by Mike Lupica

A King’s Ransom by Jude Watson

E-books from NetGalley:

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (ARC)

May B. A Novel by Caroline Starr Rose (ARC)

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (ARC)

Aboveworld by Jenn Reese (ARC)

I absolutely love getting new books to read and share with my students!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

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Kami Kinard (The Boy Project): Author Interview And Giveaway

One of my bookish/blogger goals for 2012 was to host a giveaway. Well, the year is still young and I decided to try it out.

The Boy Project by Kami KinardSo I will be giving away an Advanced Reader Copy of The Boy Project by Kami Kinard! This is Kinard’s debut into middle grades fiction and I really enjoyed it. Plus, author Kami Kinard is really awesome and agreed to answer some interview questions for us!

What are some of the authors or books that influenced you in any way as a writer?

Probably the most influential writers were the ones whose books I read as a child – the ones who made me fall in love with reading! I read every Nancy Drew book, every Hardy Boys, every Bobbsey Twins, and even every Beverly Gray mystery. I liked the sense of adventure.

As an adult, I think I’ve been influenced by all of the good writers I read. I try to pay attention to what they do that works. I really admire JK Rowling’s characterization and Cornelia Funke’s fabulous imagination and world building, for example. I love the way Jeff Kinney uses humor to bring us back to middle school.

What was your favorite scene in The Boy Project to write and why?

I like the scene where Kara and Tabbi are on the phone and Tabbi mentions that she likes Kara’s crush. This is written like a script, so I had to find a way to put beats into it. I think it worked out well.

Throughout the book Kara is focused on getting her first boyfriend. Tell us a little about your first boyfriend.

I try to forget about my first boyfriend! But I will say this: I was a lot older than Kara when I dated him!

Your website says you used your middle school journals to get into character for writing Kara. How are you are Kara similar and different?

Kara is a lot like who I was in middle school. She’s creative, fairly smart, likes to read, wants good grades, and, of course, a boyfriend. We are different in that Kara is much braver than I ever was. (Maybe this is why it took me a few more years to realize my middle school dream of achieving girlfriend status! ) Also, I would have NEVER waited until the last minute to throw together a science fair project! And I would have never ever ever tried to hide in a boys’ room.

Will you be writing more middle grades fiction in the future? Can you give us any hints?

I am working on another humorous middle grade now about a girl who has an identity crisis. So far it involves chorus class, a name change, a rock-star-wannabe dad, and a tuba. If I tell you any more, it’ll give it away!

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A huge thank you to Kami for taking the time to answer some questions! For more info on Kami Kinard check out her website!

On to the giveaway!

This is my first giveaway and I think it’s a pretty fun one! The Boy Project Prize Pack

One winner will receive an Advanced Reader Copy of The Boy Project by Kami Kinard and a fun prize pack full of bookmarks, tattoos, and bracelets (Thanks to Kami for sending these). I love the bracelets!

Okay! So, how do you enter this giveaway? Well, just leave a comment on this post between today, Thursday Jan. 19, 2012 through Wednesday Jan. 25, 2012 (midnight eastern time) and you’ll be automatically entered to win.

This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. I will announce the winner on Thursday Jan 26, 2012 on a special winner post. That person will have 48 hours to email me their mailing address or I will select another winner.

I’m super excited and hope you are too!