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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Want to Make You Cry

Hi!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) was a difficult one for me. Why you may ask? Well, let me tell you…

…because I don’t do books that want to make me cry.
nope

Nope. I don’t like them at all.

Except that sometimes I make myself read one or two because I am a librarian and it is part of my job to be well read. Unfortunately, I ended up actually liking some of these books, but not because they made me cry…or did they? YOU CAN’T PROVE ANYTHING!

The first five titles on my list are books I’ve read whose sole purpose in publication is to make me cry. All five of these were, in the end, good books that I’d recommend if you prefer an emotional read.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysBetween Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

If I Stay by Gayle FormanIf I Stay by Gayle Forman

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly HuntOne for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue ParkA Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

The second half of today’s list is books that I’ve stayed away from because I suspect they’ve been told to make me cry. I’m told they’re all really, really good books, but so far I’ve kept my distance.  If you’re someone who enjoys a good cry while reading then these may be quality suggestions for you!

The Book Thief by Marcus ZusakThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John BoyneThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

How to Save a Life by Sara ZarrHow to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

So there you have it! Please share which books have turned you into a sob monster (that way I’ll know to stay away from them! haha)

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Reading Queue (August)

the-reading-queueHola Amigos!

Okay so it’s officially August…which means that my life of lounging on the couch watching Vampire Diaries and reading books all day is quickly coming to a close. *sighs loudly*

Welcome to Reading Queue! This 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 (hi!) and Books: A true story.

The premise of Reading Queue is to provide a review of what we’ve read the previous month and create a list of what we’re planning to read in the coming month. The goal for the 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! Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

Okay so it’s officially August…which means that my life of lounging on the couch watching Vampire Diaries and reading books all day is quickly coming to a close. *sighs loudly*

My Reading Queue

Okay, so school starts up officially on August 21 so this list (7 books total) may be a little ambitious as I start a new school year a brand new school! Oh well! Let’s see what’s on my queue for the month!

My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Delirium by Lauren OliverDelirium by Lauren Oliver

City of a Thousand Dolly by Miriam Forster City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings by Helene BoudreauReal Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau

The Moon and More by Sarah DessenThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

The False Prince by Jennifer A NielsenThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

How I Did Last Month

The Kill Order by James DashnerThe Kill Order by James Dashner

This one wasn’t originally on my July Reading Queue, but my husband and I finally finished the audiobook!

Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Another one my husband and I listened to on audiobook.

Lions of Little Rock ny Kiristen Levine

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Star Cursed by Jessica SpotswoodStar Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

I really like this alternate history/supernatural series a lot!

Silence by Becca FitzpatrickSilence by Becca Fitzpatrick

This is kind of my guilty pleasure!

There you go! What are you reading this month? Have you read any of the titles on my Reading Queue? Which of these should I read first?

If you’re interested in joining up, please do and add your Reading Queue post to the linky below! :)

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The Courage to Hope: One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt

Hello!

What is it with me and crying books recently?!

Do I usually like books that make me want to cry?

No.

Well, I recently picked up One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt because it is on the 2013-2014 Florida Sunshine State list despite the fact that it is a crying book. In the end it was a pretty good read!

Twelve-year-old Carley ConnorOne for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunts can take a lot. Growing up in Las Vegas with her fun-loving mother, she’s learned to be tough. But she never expected a betrayal that would land her in a foster care. When she’s placed with the Murphys, a lively family with three boys, she’s blindsided. Do happy families really exist? Carley knows she could never belong in their world, so she keeps her distance.

It’s easy to stay suspicious of Daniel, the brother who is almost her age and is resentful she’s there. But Mrs. Murphy makes her feel heard and seen for the first time, and the two younger boys seem determined to work their way into her heart. Before she knows it, Carley is protected the boys from a neighbourhood bully and even teaching Daniel how to play basketball. Then just when she’s feeling like she could truly be one of the Murphys, news from her mother shakes her world.

Yes, I may even have teared up once or twice.

One for the Murphys is a sweet and at times heart wrenching story of courage forged out of an incredibly difficult situation.

Carley, the main character is a storm of emotions. She misses her mother, but is hurt and angry by her. She wants to love the Murphys but resents their happiness. She desires love, but struggles with believing she deserves it. I completely understand Carley’s push/pull emotions. She wants so badly to be loved the right way but it’s so unfamiliar to her that it scares her and she pushes attention away.

The story of a child in the foster system is so often untold that it is nice to read Carley’s (although fictional) perspective. I also appreciate the insight into not only the experience of the foster child, but also the experience of the fostering family. You have Daniel who is resentful of Carley’s presence and Mr. Murphy who is unsure about his wife’s choice to invite this unknown girl into their home.

Without getting spoilery, I really love how the ending is open. One for the Murphys is all about hope when you feel like none is left. Throughout each chapter we see Carley learning to hope, finding the courage to hope and then ultimately fighting for it. In the end, although we do not know what happens exactly, we’re left with an abundance of hope.

This was such a quick read! The chapters are short and poignant, which will appeal to middle grade students (especially mine!). All in all, I think One for the Murphys is a great addition to the Sunshine State list and I recommend it to middle grade readers and up, especially those who enjoy contemporary fiction.

Author: Linda Mullaly Hunt

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin Group for Young Readers (May 10, 2012)

Format: Paperback

Length: 224 pages

Series: Standalone

YA/MG: MG

Buy the Book:  One for the Murphys

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Reading Queue (July)

the-reading-queueWelcome back to BookTasty!

It’s the first day of July which means it’s time for the Reading Queue! (Ok so I didn’t post yesterday because I was having linky troubles…but it’s here now!)

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 (hi!) and Books: A true story.

The premise of Reading Queue is to provide a review 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. The goal for the 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!

Remember, 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!

My Reading Queue

Okay, well the moving will be finished soon. You can bet my book boxes will be some of the first boxes to be unpacked! So, I’m hoping to get to the following books in July:

Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu

Chomp by Carl HiaasenChomp by Carl Hiaasen

The False Prince by Jennifer A NielsenThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Neilsen

Enders Game by Orson Scott CardEnder’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Lions of Little Rock ny Kiristen LevineThe Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

The Moon and More by Sarah DessenThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

How I Did Last Month

Yeah! So, I read six books in June! Not too shabby amidst all the packing and general moving chaos going on in my house right now! So, let’s take a look at what I did read in June.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

This book was so haunting and gorgeously written! (My Review)

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina MarchettaFinnikin of the Rock by Melanie Marchetta

Loved this fantasy novel! So engrossing!

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossBelle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

This debut novel was a total summer escape read for me and I adored it! (My Review)

One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly HuntOne for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt

My second Florida Sunshine State Book of the summer.

Scarlet by Marissa MeyerScarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

This sci-fi fairy tale retelling of a series is just so freaking fun!

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae CarsonThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Just finished this one yesterday and I’m a huge fan! I must get the other books in the series.

There you go! What are you reading this month? Have you read any of the titles on my Reading Queue? Which of these should I read first?

If you’re interested in joining up, please do and add your Reading Queue post to the linky below! :)