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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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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books with Male Narrators

Top Ten TuesdayHello friends!

This week, my theme for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and Bookish) is Favorite Books with Male Narrators. It’s just a thing with me, I’m usually not drawn to books with male narrators, but I make myself read one once in a while and I do usually end up enjoying them. I just have a difficult time relating to male narrators, but all the titles on the list below are those with male narrators who I feel are simply compelling characters. They defy my assumptions about male narrators!

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

This story is just fabulously creepy and Thomas has so much perseverance.

The False Prince by Jennifer A NielsenThe Ascendance trilogy by Jennifer A Nielsen

Sage/Jaron is sarcastic and snarky and I love him.

Airborn by Kenneth OppelAirborn by Kenneth Oppel

Matt Cruise is just the kind of boy you’d want to be friends with.

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

Finnikin is stubborn beyond all measure, but he’s also brave!

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

Doug Swieteck is so lovable and loyal!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami GarciaBeautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

Ethan is a breath of fresh air in a world dominated by female narrators!

How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal AllenHow Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen

Lamar is hilarious and remind me of some of my past students!

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack GantosDead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Jack is so funny!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Clay is sweet and in so much pain.

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather BrewerThe Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

Vlad is the coolest teen vampire ever!

And there you have it! Each of these books come to you with the BookTasty stamp of approval so you should definitely check them out if you haven’t already!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

Hello everyone! Welcome back to BookTasty!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) theme is Popular Authors I’ve Never Read. I know what’s wrong with me?!  All the authors on my list today are incredibly popular YA authors that I, for one reason or another, have just yet managed to read. What is really pathetic is that I even own books by some of these authors and still haven’t read them! It’s really no big deal, I’ll get to them at some point!

Shatter My by Tahereh MafiTaherah Mafi

Miss PEregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsRansom Riggs

Vampire Academy by Richelle MeadRichelle Mead

Alanna by Tamora PierceTamora Pierce

Shadow and Bone by Leigh BardugoLeigh Bardugo

The Iron King by Julie KagawaJulie Kagawa

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCaffertyMegan McCafferty

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse AndersonLaurie Halse Anderson

Throne of Glass by Sarah J MaasSarah J Mass

The Demon King by Cinda Williams ChimaCinda Williams Chima

Okay, so now that you know all the awesomeness I’m missing out on (they have to be awesome right?! There is a reason they’re popular!) which authors should I make a priority in 2014? Help me out guys! Make your case because without some help I may never get to them!

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Reading Wish List

Howdy!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) theme is centered around the idea of a reading wish list. I supposed we all have them, but I’ve been finding it a little challenging to put my wish list to words. Maybe I just want too much?! haha

Boarding School books. There is just something fun about students living away from home in a boarding school. ReadingGirl2

Lighthearted steampunk. I think I just want more people to write books like Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series.

Historical fiction/romance set in Colonial America. I want to read more about life in the colonies (before the war) and I want some kissing mixed in!

First Ladies as Teens. Haha This sounds really lame but I’d be interested in a YA or MG series that fictionalizes the teen years of some of the early first ladies. Maybe this would end up being too much like the American Girl books, but I think it’d be fun!

Jane Austen retellings. More creative YA or MG retellings of Jane Austen’s novels please!

Fairy Tale retellings. I know they’re all out there, but as Ariel said, “I want more!”

Short stories about the previous tributes in The Hunger Games. Wouldn’t that be a cool short story collection?  Little snapshots into the lives of some of the previous tributes? Very cool.

Reading GirlYA Amish Fiction. Ahh! I don’t know what I’d do if there were more YA Amish mash-up novels. I might not be able to handle it.

Upstairs/downstairs plots. One of the most interesting things about shows like Downton Abbey is the relationship between the people upstairs with those who work downstairs. I’d love to see all the intricacies of these two groups living their lives under the same roof written well.

So, I can only think of nine things I’d want on my reading wish list. Seriously, I’ve been staring at the screen and thinking about this for over twenty minutes. If I can’t think of a tenth after twenty minutes it is time to stop!

What is on your Reading Wish List?  I’m very interested to see what everyone else has on their lists, so please go ahead and share in the comments below!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait to Devour

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a lovely Tuesday! I’m very happy that its officially November because November is my birthday month! Yay! Also, November means that it’s time for YALL Fest and my trip to the UK and Belgium over Thanksgiving Break!

I have so much to look forward to this month, but I’m also looking forward to getting my hands on this list of sequels! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by Broke and Bookish) theme is sequels I’m excited about. Some of the books on my list have already been released and some won’t release for a while now, but they’re all books I can’t wait to devour as soon as possible!

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail CarrigerCurtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger

It releases tomorrow! Its on pre-order!

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonThe Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

Should be released sometime in 2014.

Prodigy by Marie LuProdigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

One that I own already. I just haven’t read it yet.

Runaway King by Jennifer A. NeilsenThe Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy #2)  by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Already released and I just bought it at my Book Fair!

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFeversDark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers

Already released, I just need to get it!

Sisters' Fate by Jessica SpotswoodSisters’ Fate (Cahill Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood

Scheduled for August 2014. Come on summer!

Cress by Marissa MeyerCress (The Luna Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

Up for release in February 2014.

Seraphina by Rachel HartmanThe Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman

Not until March 2015?! WHAT?!

The One by Kiera CassThe One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

I have to wait until May 2014.

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

This was released a few months ago and I own it!

In the word of my friend Steve, “But I NEED them!” Who else needs these books?

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Top Ten Tuesday: YA Character Names That I Love

Hi there!

I took a break from Top Ten Tuesday last week because I had been at my brother’s wedding. I’m back and the wedding was lovely!

This week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) is favorite character names. I read so many books and some of the names are just laughable (*cough cough* Patch…)  but sometimes I just read, or hear if I’m listening to an audiobook, a name that I love. I’m focusing on female names because when I try to think of boys names from YA they’re usually names I like only because the character is swoonworthy…which I don’t think qualifies (haha!). I have to clarify that these are not necessarily names I’d actually name a child or anything, but these are names that just stick in my mind because I think they sound pretty!

Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba BrayGemma

as in Gemma Doyle from The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray. Okay, so I would actually consider naming my daughter Gemma. It’s just so pretty!

Chime by Franny BillingsleyBriony

as in Briony from Chime by Franny Billingsley.  Another name I absolutely adore, if spoken with a British accent.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger Sophronia

as in Sophronia Temminnick from Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger. Again, this one must be spoken with a British accent.

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonJazza

Actually this one is a nickname, as in Julianne “Jazza” Benton from The Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson. I guess I really like British sounding names, because Jazza isn’t a common American nickname.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareTessa

as in Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. I think this is just such a simply pretty name.

Princess Academy by Shannon HaleBritta

as in Britta from Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. So pretty and perfect!

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet MarillierTati

as in Tati from Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier. I love how it just jumps off the tongue.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina MarchettaEvanjalin

as in Evanjalin from Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. What a beautiful and regal sounding name!

The Luxe by Anna GodbersenLina

as in Lina Broud from the Luxe series by Anna Godberson. It’s just such a tiny and lovely name.

Sorcery and Cecilia by Patricia C. WredeCecilia

as in Cecilia Rushton from Sorcery and Cecilia: or The Enchanted Coffee Pot by Patricia C. Wrede. This has always been one of my favorite girls’ names and my husband and I do plan on using this name if we ever have kids one day.

So, what do you think of my name choices today?  Are any of the ones I’ve chosen favorites of yours as well? What names would make your list of favorite YA names?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Turn-Offs

Hello!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is about our Bookish Turn-Offs.  You know what I mean, you’re just reading a book, minding your own business and then BAM! You come across something that completely turns you off to the whole book. We all have those things that just irk us. So, this week’s theme is all about those bookish turn-offs.

1. The “r” word. I completely 100% dislike the use of the word “retard” and it’s derogatory formsWhat is Popular (such as “you’re so retarded” or “that’s so retarded”) in general, so of course it sets me off in books. I have a very difficult time finishing a book if this word is used. I know some argue that it is realistic to the way teens speak, but I don’t believe that’s a good excuse for using this word. Just because something is popular doesn’t make it right.

2. Too much sexy times. I have no problem with sex…in fact I think sex is awesome! But I don’t like to read about it extensively. I don’t mind a sex scene here and there but when it just goes on and on for pages that’s a big excessive don’t ya think?!

3. Ill-fitting Cursing. I don’t mind those four letter words showing up in books but it has to fit the character. When I’m reading a book and I can tell the author is just including those words to include them, that’s just poor writing! Make it fit the story/character please.

4. More than 2 POVs. I’ve read a few books where there are more than two point of views telling the story and I was so confused. I continually had to look back at the start of the chapter to remind myself who was narrating. I am totally fine with two POVs, but anything more than three confuses me!

5. Cheating in a positive light. I’m not a fan smoothing over something as destructive as an affair under the guise of following one’s heart or anything like that. An affair is an affair and in my opinion it is never a positive thing.

6. Poorly designed covers. This is a turn off before I even get into the pages! If a book cover looks cheap to me, it’s a total turn-off.

7. Surprise crying books. You probably already know that I want nothing to do with books that want to make me cry, so I tend to stay away from them. Sometimes however a book thrusts a surprise cry in on you! It’s like the book is going on it’s merry little way and then BAM! a completely horribly tragic thing happens and you’re left feeling like someone just pantsed you in front of a crowded auditorium. Complete betrayal.

Okay, so I couldn’t come up with ten bookish turn-offs right off the top of my head, but that’s okay. Thinking of those 7 turn-offs alone was enough work! Do you share any of my opinions on bookish turn-offs? Or do you completely disagree with any that made my list?

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall TBR List

Welcome back BookTastyians!

Every week I participate in Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

Today’s list theme is Books on my Fall To Be Read (TBR) List. Now, you’ve probably already seen my September Reading Queue post, which has books I plan on finishing throughout the month of September.  This TTT theme however, has to do with my reading plans for the entire fall, so there will be some that didn’t make it onto my Reading Queue.

Most of these titles are not new releases (although some are), but are instead books that have been sitting on my shelf for a while now and deserve a little love and attention. I would LOVE to get to all of these before December, but we’ll see how that goes!

Chime by Franny BillingsleyChime by Franny Billingsley

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. LockhartThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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

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

Throne of Glass by Sarah J MaasThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

United we Spy by Ally CarterUnited We Spy by Ally Carter

Of Poseidon by Anna BanksOf Poseidon by Anna Banks

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine ApplegateThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Firelight by Sophie JordanFirelight by Sophie Jordan

Seriously, I love how there are ALWAYS so many unread books to look forward to! I can’t wait to get started on these!

Have you read any of these books?  Which should I make top priority?

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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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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish Were Taught in Schools

Hello!

I’m back!

Wow! The past few weeks have been really busy and tiring with school starting back up. I didn’t intend to take some time off the blog, but I didn’t plan well and all of a sudden I had a lot going on and no posts planned. And THAT is how the blog gets away from you folks!

But I’m back and I’m working on getting some posts scheduled for the next two months or so. *crosses fingers*

Well, it is time for Top Ten Tuesday (A weekly meme hosted by the lovelies at The Broke and Bookish) and I’m ready to go! There was a bit of a choice for today’s theme.  We could either pair up classic school required reading titles with contemporary books, or we could list titles that we wished were taught in schools. I chose the second option since I’m also a school librarian. Sometimes I read a book that I just have to share with my teachers because I know it fits perfectly into their curriculum…this list contains some of those titles.

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin LevineThe Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

This is a middle grades level historical fiction novel that would fit really well in an 8th grade American History course. It is all about Little Rock, Arkansas in the year following the integration of the public schools with the Little Rock Nine.

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

This one is perfect for a high school history course when covering the Holocaust and World War II. It would be so beneficial to see the Jewish Holocaust was not an isolated event, but that this type of thing has happened in other places/eras as well.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie StiefvaterThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I think this one should be taught in English classes all over solely for the beauty of Stiefvater’s prose.

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis

Another 20th Century history topic that gets skipped over frequently in the classroom. It could be taught alongside a 20th century American History course.

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda WoodsSaint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods

This quick read could be taught in a science class to support a unit on weather or natural disasters since it’s all about a boy’s experience in the midst of Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.

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

A quick but moving story detailing one boy’s story of civil war in Sudan. This could be taught in a World History class.

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny RorbyLost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

Floridian science and social studies teachers could use this in the classroom when discussing Florida.

 Bystander by James PrellerBystander by James Preller

A fabulous read for a Character Development course on the middle school level as it touches on bullying: the bully, the victim and the bystander.

The Day of the Pelican by Katherine PatersonThe Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson

Again, with the 20th century history topics! This one tells the story of an Albanian girl whose family is forced to become refugees while escaping their Serbian oppressors.

Uglies by Scott WesterfeldUglies by Scott Westerfeld

This dystopian sci-fi read could be taught in a middle or high school English class as an alternative to the more traditional dystopian titles.

So there you have it! These are some titles that I think would be great titles to teach in a classroom setting. Have any of you educators actually had to opportunity to teach any of these books? Let me know! I’d like to hear your thoughts!