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Reading Queue: October

The Reading Queue

Hi guys! Okay and it’s time again for our Reading Queue! The Reading Queue is a monthly event hosted by Books a True Story and myself to help us keep track of our reading plans for the month. We love to have people join us too, so you should sign up! How I Did In…
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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: Books that Should Totally Be TV Shows

Well, hello and Happy Tuesday!

It’s time for the weekly Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish)! This week’s theme is a really fun one: Books that Should Totally Be TV Shows!

See?! I told you it’s a FUN one!

Okay, so when choosing the titles for my list I thought about qualities that would make a book transition to a TV show well.  First, the book’s story line cannot be so tight that there isn’t room for meandering…does this make sense?  There needs to be enough “stuff” to explore. Second, there needs to be a lot of characters (not like millions) but there needs to be more than 3 or 4 strong characters to hold the story down so the watcher doesn’t get bored.

So, here is my list of books I’d freakin’ LOVE to see be made into TV shows:

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonThe Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson: First we have a boarding school book. YES. Then we have a secret “police force” that can see and help/stop ghosts. There is so much to explore with these books!

Paranormalcy by Kiersten WhiteThe Paranormalcy books by Kiersten White: A girl who has mysterious and special powers and hunts supernatural creatures, while also learning more about herself? So much could be done with this storyline!

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger: We totally need a steampunk show. Also, because it’s set in a boarding school with lots of characters there are tons of storyline to checkout.
The Boyfriend List by E. LockhartThe Ruby Oliver books by E. Lockhart: We totally need to see Ruby Oliver tough it out through her years of high school. There is so much humor, drama and romance in her story that a TV show would be perfect for these books.

I'd Tell You I Love You but then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally CarterThe Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter: Apparently TV shows and boarding school books mean like the same thing to me! Each week the girls could be using their cool spy gadgets and going on secret missions!

The Luxe by Anna GodbersenThe Luxe series by Anna Godbersen: We already know that Gossip Girl was a win. Now, let’s just add AMAZING 19th century gowns and we’d have a SUPER WIN.

Heist Society by Ally CarterThe Heist Society books by Ally Carter: Like the Gallagher Girl books there is just so much to explore in these books!

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn ChildsForgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs: We need a tv show about a teen mermaid. I mean we already have Teen Wolf…it’s time we become equal opportunity, especially with mermaids.

Happenstance Found by P.W. CataneseThe Books of Umber series by P.W. Catanese: With the success of Once Upon a Time I think another fantasy based TV show would be so well received and again, there is just a lot of story to explore here!

The Selection by Kiera CassThe Selection books by Kierra Cass: Rumors have been flying out the CW picking up, then dropping this book as a potential TV series.  I think the CW just needs to acknowledge that it’d be awesome and that they just need to say “yes”.

Okay, now you’ve seen my list of books that I think should TOTALLY be made into TV shows…what books are on your list? Do you completely disagree with me on one or two titles? Go ahead and share your thoughts on this week’s list theme in the comments below! :)

 

 

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September New Releases

Autumn is my favorite season.

There is just so much to love about it. The crisp, cool air. The leaves changing colors. The start of college football season. Getting into the swing of things with school. Long sleeves. Pumpkin flavored everything.

And on top of all that awesomeness there are always new books!

So, it’s officially September! Which means it’s technically fall! Yay!

Let’s take a look at some new titles that will be released during this first month of autumn.

Risked by Margaret Peterson HaddixRisked (The Missing #6) by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Sept. 3)

Jessica Darling's It List by Megan McCaffertyJessica Darling’s It List #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection by Megan McCafferty (Sept. 3)

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Sept. 10)

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten WhiteThe Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White (Sept. 10)

United we Spy by Ally CarterUnited We Spy (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter (Sept. 17)

OMG! OMG!

The Burning Sky by Sherry ThomasThe Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1) by Sherry Thomas (Sept. 17)

The Dream Thieves by Maggie StiefvaterThe Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater (Sept. 17)

OMG! OMG!

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen GleasonThe Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes #1) by Colleen Gleason (Sept. 17)

Tumble & Fall by Alexandra CouttsTumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts (Sept. 17)

Chupacabra by Roland SmithChupacabra (Cryptid Hunters #3) by Roland Smith (Sept. 24)

A Spark Unseen by Sharon CameronA Spark Unseen (The Dark Unwinding #2) by Sharon Cameron (Sept. 24)

I feel like doing a happy dance right now because it’s autumn AND so many of these books sound soooo awesome. I seriously can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on them! Which are you the most excited for?

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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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Fun and Bright: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Hi there everyone!

For years my students and other book bloggers told me that I need to read Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy. And for years I planned on it but kept getting distracted. Well, that is no longer the case. I have finally read Paranormalcy and now I’m trying to get my hands on the second book Supernaturally!

Paranormalcy by Kiersten WhiteEvie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. So much for normal.

I now know why everyone wanted me to read this book! It was so much fun! White has written an easy-going and bright paranormal mystery, which is so refreshing! So often supernatural fiction can have a dark and heavy feel, but Paranormalcy is the complete opposite!

Evie, the main character, is likable and relatively normal…for a girl who “bags and tags” vampires and other supernatural creatures! She is insecure, boy crazy, lonely and longing for more, and is obsessed with her favorite teen TV drama….she is a lot like I was in my early high school years! I really felt like I could connect with Evie because I’ve been “that girl” (minus the vampires…). So, yeah I enjoyed Evie as a main character even though she sometimes (okay most of the time!) made really dumb thoughtless decisions, but I guess when I think back on it I did a bit of that as a teenager too!

I was really a fan of all the different supernatural and mythological creatures. Vampires and werewolves yes, but also mermaids, fairies, elemental spirits, shapeshifters and even hags. Seeing bits and pieces of these creatures and their lore was incredibly refreshing. It makes sense that if there are some supernaturals in the world that there would be others as well! These supporting characters are all interesting! Lend, the mysterious guy who breaks in to The Center had me intrigued from the beginning. And Lish, the mermaid, was so cute I’d like to meet more of her kind in the sequels.

The little hints of Evie’s history left me wanting more. Why can she see beneath the supernaturals’ glamours? Who is she exactly? White gives us small pieces of Evie’s mysterious beginnings, but I’m sure that we’ll learn more as the series continues. Which is why I really, really can’t wait to get my hands on Supernaturally!

And…there is a very sweet romance. So cute!

If you’re one of those readers who is looking for a fun and bright read because you’re tired of the under dark paranormal reads then you should definitely check out Paranormalcy! I highly recommend it as a good summer poolside read to middle school aged readers and older.

Author: Kiersten White

Publisher: Harper Teen (August 31, 2010)

Format: Paperback

Length: 335 pages

Series: First in the Paranormalcy trilogy

YA/MG: MG/YA

Buy the Book: Paranormalcy

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The Reading Queue: May

Welcome back BookTasty friends!

Today, I’m introducing a new meme that will be recurring on a monthly basis. Recently I was chatting with Jessica at Books A True Story and we came up with the idea for the Reading Queue! We’re pretty excited to be working on this together!

Reading Queue is a monthly meme where you share what books you plan to read for the month.  You can hop to other 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.  Reading Queue is hosted by Book Tasty and Books:  A true story.

The premise of Reading Queue is to provide a monthly recap of what we’ve read the previous month and create a list of what we’re planning to read in the coming month. It seems like there are bloggers doing both  separately so we thought it’d be fun and helpful to combine the two together. Our main goal with Reading Queue is simply to talk with other bloggers about books! It’d be really cool to know who has plans to read the same book as you during the same month. Maybe it’ll even be helpful in providing reading recommendations!

A badge is currently in the creation stages and we will have a linky for you next month.  We just wanted to announce the meme this month, to give you an idea of what it is, and see how many others would be interested in joining us.  The focus of this meme is what you are planning to read, but if you already do a monthly recap post that has things in addition to what you are reading, feel free to join us!  Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!  Official start date is June 1st.

My Reading Queue

So, let’s get started! In May I’m planning on reading the following books:

Torn by Amanda HockingTorn by Amanda Hocking

This is the second book in the Trylle series and I started it on Wednesday. This will count towards my 2013 YA Audiobook Challenge!

 

 

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay RibarThe Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

I technically started this one in April, but haven’t finished it yet, so I’m hoping to this month. It’ll count towards the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.

 

 

SilenceSilence by Becca Fitzpatrick

So, I’ve been holding out for my public library to get this one on audio since that’s how I read the first two, but it’s been forever so I got sick of waiting and just decided to checkout a print copy. This series is one of my guilty pleasures! haha

 

 

WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio

This one is on the 2013-2014 Florida Sunshine State 6-8 grade book list and I can’t wait to start it!

 

 

 

Okay for Now by Gary D. SchmidtOkay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Also on next year’s Florida Sunshine State 6-8 grade list. This one will also count towards my goal in the 2013 YA Audiobook Challenge.

 

 

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossBelle Epoque by Eizabeth Ross

Loved the summary for this one so I really want to read it! It will help me get to my goal in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.

 

 

How I Did Last Month

April was a CRAZY busy week with FCAT and work commitments so I only read three books this past month.

The Madness Underneath by Maureen JohnsonThe Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

I really love this series so much!

 

 

 

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Finally! I got to this one and enjoyed it so much!

 

 

 

Switched by Amanda HockingSwitched by Amanda Hocking

I have one student who is constantly telling me to read these books, so I finally did and I was pleasantly surprised.

 

 

So what are you reading this month?  Have you read any of these books? Which of the titles in my Reading Queue should I read first? Are you interested in joining our meme? Let me know!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Chaos of Stars

Hiya everybody!

I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far! There’s only a few more days until the weekend! Yay!

As usual, today I’m bringing you my Waiting on Wednesday post. Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine and it’s one of my favorite memes to participate in!

This week I’m excited to bring you Kiersten’s White’s newest standalone novel, The Chaos of Stars. The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up. Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

I’m having a major not-so-secret love affair with this cover. It is just gorgeous! I can’t get enough of that gold over the deep midnight blue! Also, yay for no people on the cover. I’m not opposed to people on book covers (my favorites actually tend to be the ones with girls in lovely flowy gowns…) but it’s just refreshing to have those without people on them.

I’m also really intrigued by the summary as mythology (of any civilization) was always something I’ve been interested in. I don’t know a lot about Egyptian mythology either, so it’ll be cool to learn a little bit more while reading The Chaos of Stars. We have until September 10 before this one is released, so we need to be really patient!

What tasty looking upcoming books are you excited about?

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Top Ten Tuesday: February New Releases

Haaaay!!

Welcome back BookTasty readers!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  Every week they post a theme to create our lists by but since it’s the beginning of a new month, like usual, I’m focusing on the brand spanking new releases for February!

So, let’s see what new delicious treats February brings us!

Scarlet by Marissa MeyerScarlet (The Lunar Chronicle #2) by Marissa Meyer (Feb. 5)

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam ForsterCity of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (Feb. 5)

The Whole Stupid Way We Are by N. GriffinThe Whole Stupid Way We Are by N. Griffin (Feb. 5)

Pieces by Chris LynchPieces by Chris Lynch (Feb. 5)

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (Feb. 5)

Big Nate Flips Out by Lincoln PeirceBig Nate Flips Out (Big Nate #5) by Lincoln Pierce (Feb. 5)

The Trap Door by Lisa McMannThe Trap Door (Infinity Ring #3) by Lisa McMann (Feb. 5)

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally CarterPerfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3) by Ally Carter (Feb. 5)

Pivot Point by Kasie WestPivot Point by Kasie West (Feb. 12)

Mind Games by Kiersten WhiteMind Games by Kiersten White (Feb. 19)

Don’t all of these look super interesting?! I just want to buy all the new books each month, but it’s probably best that I don’t have the moolah because really…where would I keep all those books?!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Mind Games

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that allows us book bloggers to showcase upcoming releases that we’re particularly looking forward to.  This week I am waiting on Mind Games by Kiersten White.Mind Games by Kiersten White

 Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future. Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

A slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

I think I’ve been in the mood for thrillers lately because this sounds like it could be a really good read! I haven’t actually read White’s Paranormalcy series yet (YET!) but I have heard such good things about her books that I have high hopes for this one.

Although I wish the cover didn’t have a person on it, I think it’s really cool looking!

It is scheduled for release on February 19 by HarperTeen so we don’t have too long to wait! What do you think does this sound like a a good one?