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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Should’ve Finished by Now

Welcome Back BookTasty friends!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we book bloggers get to highlight books based on a specific theme. This week’s theme is officially Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders, but me and this theme just weren’t meshing well, so I decided to mix it up a little.

My theme for this week is Series I Should’ve Finished by Now but Haven’t. Okay, so I read a ton of books. I usually have one print, one e-book and one audiobook all going at once so you’d think I’d have more time to complete some of my favorite series, but alas…I haven’t! The series listed below are all ones I really, really liked, but just haven’t gotten around to finishing….yet!

Pandemonium by Lauren OliverDelirium series by Lauren Oliver.  I still haven’t read Pandemonium or Requiem, but I do have the audiobooks checked out from my public library right now!

Finale by Becca FitzpatrickHush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick.  Okay so I wasn’t a huge fan of Silence (book 3), but I enjoy this series and need to read Finale.

Endlessly by Kiersten WhiteParanormalcy trilogy by Kiersten White. I have yet to read Supernaturally or Endlessly.

beautifulchaos1The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I’ve only read the first book, Beautiful Creatures, but there are still 3 more books to read!

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally CarterHeist Society series by Ally Carter. She is one of my favorite authors but I still haven’t read the third book in his series, Perfect Scoundrels.

Shades of Earth by Beth RevisAcross the Universe series by Beth Revis. I thought Across the Universe was awesome, but just can’t seem to get to A Million Suns or Shades of Earth.

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny HanSummer trilogy by Jenny Han. I read books one and two, but still have We’ll Always Have Summer left!

Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreGraceling Realm books by Kristin Cashore. These first two books are amazing! I own Bitterblue but it’s so large I’m super intimidated!

Envy by Anna GodbersenLuxe books by Anna Godberson. I got stuck after book two and haven’t yet read Envy or Splendor.

Rip Tide by Kat FallsDark Life books by Kat Falls. I thought book one was great but just haven’t had the chance to read Rip Tide yet.

I can’t deny that all the series I mentioned above are awesome reads! That’s not the problem! There just literally isn’t enough time in the day for me to read all the books I lust after! I totally do want to read all the books!

Read All the Books

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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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Waiting on Wednesday: Inhuman

Hello!

I hope you’re all having a relaxing summer! We’re still in the middle of unpacking our new house so I’ll have to post pictures when we get everything settled.

Every week I participate in Breaking the Spine’s Waiting on Wednesday.

I recently saw Inhuman by Kat Falls featured on someone else’s blog and got pretty excited. I loved her first book Dark Life so much and from this summary this one has awesome potential!

In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit. America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral.
Inhuman by Kat Falls
Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught. Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy.

Doesn’t this sound like it could be really good?  I love the whole “maninmal mutation”  idea! The cover is pretty cool too, but I’ve realized it’s a little too similar to the covers of Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy…hmmm…oh well I’d try ride that success too if I was a publisher!

Inhuman is slated to release this upcoming September 24, so I’ll have to wait patiently until then!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I’ve Read During the Lifespan of Book Tasty

Hi!

After a busy, fun, motivating and tiring Pre-Planning week, the students came back to school yesterday.  I have high expectations for this school year and am excited to see the kids and get back to work. I am not excited that I got literally no reading done this past week because of the fullness of my calendar!

So, anyway it’s time for my favorite weekly feature Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by the wonderful people over at The Broke and Bookish.  This week’s list theme is Top Ten Favorite Books You’ve Read During The Lifespan Of Your Blog.  I’ve read so many awesome books since starting BookTasty about a year and a half ago and it was majorly difficult to narrow it down but there are some that just really stand out as books I simply adore. So, without further ado I bring you my favorite books since starting BookTasty and no I didn’t stop at just 10! I couldn’t!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn ChildsForgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

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

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally CarterThe Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

Across the Universe by Beth RevisAcross the Universe by Beth Revis

The Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Maze Runner series by James Dashner

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba BrayThe Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray

Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth

Uglies by Scott WesterfeldUglies by Scott Westerfeld

Dark Life by Kat Falls

Incarceron by Catherine FisherIncarceron by Catherine Fisher

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David LubarSleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather BrewerChronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

So, I know that was thirteen books, but I just couldn’t narrow it down to ten!  Have you read any of these?  What are some of your favorites?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Series that I Need to Finish

Top Ten TuesdayWelcome back!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful Broke and Bookish.  Each week features a different topic Each book blogger then creates a list based on that topic and gets  to share it with other book bloggers and blog readers!

I’m not even going to think about the fact that it is July.  I’m also not going to think of the fact that pre-planning at school starts in about a month.  Summer don’t run away…I LOVE YOU!!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was officially a freebie and I chose to talk about book series that I need to finish.   Sometimes I start a book series and really, really enjoy it, but for whatever reason, am unable to finish reading all the books in that series.  It is hard to read every book in every series I like, so I try to be picky about which series I continue.  All the series listed below are books that I need/really want to finish.

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick1. Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick

I was surprised by how much I liked reading about Nora and Patch.  I’ve read Hush, Hush (#1) and Crescendo (#2), but need to get my hands on Silence, the third book.

The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart2. The Ruby Oliver books by E. Lockhart

I’m a huge fan of the neurotic Ruby Oliver and I’ve read The Boyfriend List (#1) and The Boy Book (#2), but haven’t had a chance to read The Treasure Map of Boys (#3) or Real Live Boyfriends (#4).

The Last Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson3. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

This is a two book series and I liked the first book, but number two, The Last Little Blue Envelope eludes me.

Its Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han4. The Summer books by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty (#1) was sooo good and I finally picked up It’s Not Summer Without You (#2) at my public library yesterday.

Envy by Anna Godbersen5. The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen

I was completely engrossed by The Luxe (#1) and Rumors (#2), but still have to read Envy (#3) and Splendor (#4).

Rip Tide by Kat Falls6. Dark Life books by Kat Falls

Dark Life (#1) was my favorite Sunshine State book last year and need to read Rip Tide (#2)

Specials by Scott Westerfeld7. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

I loved Uglies (#1) but wasn’t a huge fan of Pretties (#2) and I’ve heard things about Specials (#3) that makes me wonder if I will like the end of this series or not.

Bitter Blue by Kristin Cashore8. Graceling Realms books by Kristin Cashore

I adored both Graceling (#1) and Fire (#2) so I have high hopes for Bitterblue (#3) and am proud to say it is in my possession.

Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George9. The Princess series by Jessica Day George

I’ve read Princess of the Midnight Ball (#1) but still have the second book, Princess of Glass, to read before the third book comes out.

Forest Born by Shannon Hale10. The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale

I’ve read, The Goose Girl (#1), Enna Burns (#2), and River Secrets (#3) but haven’t gotten to Forest Born (#4) yet.

Have you already finished some of these series?  If so let me know which ones I need to make top priority!

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Reads of 2011

Wow.

Its been almost an entire year since I made the first Book Tasty post. Book Tasty started off as an experiment for myself; a place to write without it getting too personal. Then Book Tasty morphed in a full blown Young Adult/Middle Grades book blog with the goal of helping people find titles that will interest them.

Throughout the past year I’ve read a lot of books. A lot! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday will be a list of my ten favorite reads from 2011. Just to clarify however, these books didn’t have to be published in 2011, I just had to read them in 2011 for them to be considered. All the books I read this year were considered, so here it goes!

Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Incarceron by Catherine FisherIncarceron by Catherine Fisher

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David LubarSleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

Uglies by Scott WesterfeldUglies by Scott Westerfeld

Smile by Raina Telgmeier

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince by Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Dark Life by Kat FallsDark Life by Kat Falls

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


Craceling by Kristin CashoreGraceling by Kristin Cashore

and I have to add one non YA fiction title (to make it eleven titles) because it was so amazing!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

What were some of your favorite titles you’ve read this year? Did any of mine make it on your list too? Please share :)

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Tuesday Top Twenty: I Know What you Read this Summer!

Well,  I don’t know what you read this summer, so I can’t write about that.

But, I do know what I read this past summer.  I was busy alright!  This is not a Top Ten today, it’s a list of the twenty (yes twenty) books I read this summer.

1. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

2. Rumors by Anna Godbersen

3. Dark Life by Kat Falls

4. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

5. The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott

6. Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid of Westminster by Berkley Breathed

7. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

8. Pemba’s Song: A Ghost Story by Tonya Hegamin and Marilyn Nelson

9. Scat by Carl Hiaasen

10. Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted

11. The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson

12. Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

13. Bystander by James Preller

14. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

15. Jolted: Newton Starker’s Rules for Survival by Arther Slade

16. Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor

17. Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

18. One False Note by Gordon Korman

19. I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

20. The Help by Katheryn Stockett  (The only adult fiction I read all summer!)

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Tuesday Top Ten: Books I’m Excited to Read Next

NOTE:  I know that today is Wednesday.  I know that this post is called “Tuesday Top Ten”.  Well, I forgot to post yesterday.  So here it is.

I always have reading plans.  But here are some that I’m excited to have on my current “To Read” list.  There are tons more, but these are the titles I’m most excited about.

10. Incarceron by Cathrine Fisher

9. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

7. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

6. Matched by Ally Condie

5. One False Note by Gordon Korman

4. Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Andgleberger

3. Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George

2. Rip Tide by Kat Falls

1. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

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Down Where its Better, Under the Sea: Dark Life by Kat Falls

It is many years in the future and our worst fears have happened.

The ice caps melted and the sea levels rose swallowing up huge portions of land on earth.  All that is left is small portions of what was once the continents.  People are forced to crowd together on the remaining land and pack together like sardines in sky-high apartment buildings in order to live.  Gone are the days of having personal space.

Fed up with this way of living, some agree to take part in the experimental settling of the ocean floor. Fifteen year old Ty as grown up in a deep-sea colony on the ocean floor.  His family and the other settlers farm and provide fish and other food to the citizens who live above ground, or Topside.  Although Ty loves his life sub sea, it can be difficult and is getting even tougher with the Commonwealth tightening their hold on the pioneers.  To make matters even worse, the colony is being plagued by the infamously dangerous Seablite Gang, who have been terrorizing pioneer homesteads and government supply ships.

Ty unwittingly gets caught up in the search for the dangerous gang when he meets Gemma, a Topsider searching for her long-lost brother.  Along with help from their family and other sub sea settlers Ty and Gemma uncover secrets that have been diligently kept hidden for years.
I was fascinated by what, in my opinion, was a unique spin on the dystopian genre.  The whole sea level rising due to global warming theme is incredibly current and creative.  What would we do if there wasn’t enough land to survive?  Colonize the ocean floor, duh!  Seriously, it hooked me right away!

Also, Kat Falls also paints this futuristic world as a western one.  The sub sea pioneers mimic those of the American “wild west” while the Topsiders portray the more civilized society of the east. It’s also a sci-fi wild west, as the pioneers have futuristic harpoon-like weapons.  This automatically made me think of one of my favorite TV shows of all time, Firefly! Although Firefly takes place in “the black”  (outer space for you non Brown Coats out there) the western themes are so similar! 

Dark life is a very entertaining and smart adventure, so give it a try!

P.S.  Dark Life  is more Middle Grades fiction rather than Young Adult, so it’s on target for 5th-8th grade readers if you’re looking for a book for your kids.   Also, you should watch Firefly.