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Reading Queue: August

The Reading QueueHello!

It’s time for this month’s Reading Queue! But first…

The big announcement has been out for a while but in case you hadn’t heard…

I’m pregnant!Marshmallow

Yay! It’s still early as I’m only about 9 weeks in and still kinda hard to believe! I’ve had pretty constant morning sickness that has really been more like all day sickness for the past two or three weeks. All that nausea has put me on a I don’t feel good enough to do anything other than veg in front of the TV, so I’ve been watching a lot of Gossip Girl on Netflix and not doing a lot of reading or blogging. So my Reading Queue July summary is going to be pretty slim! haha

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How I Did In July

As I said, my reading was slim in July due to morning sickness.

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (This is a wonderful read!)

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (This one was good but made me depressed.)

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landin by Sheila Turnage Don't Even Think About it by Sarah Mlyonowski Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage (A cute, magical story.)

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mylonowski (DNF)

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (I was obsessed with this one!)

 

My August Reading Queue

My husband and I will be spending the next week at the beach with friends, so I’m hoping that I’ll have ample reading time!

Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

Dead Weather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

Every Day After by Laura Golden Champion by Marie Lu

Every Day After by Laura Golden

Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu

Curveball by Jordan Sonnenblick Ruby Red by Kertin Gier Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Second Helpings (Jessica Darling #2) by Megan McCafferty

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What books are on your Reading Queue for August?  Feel free to link up with us, I love to check out what others are reading!

 

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My Kind of Girl: Jessica Darling’s It List by Megan McCafferty

Happy first Friday of summer!

Today is our last day of the big field trip and we’ll be spending the morning at Animal Kingdom then it’s back on the bus for the six hour ride home!

I’ve always been interested in Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling books, but just hadn’t gotten around to reading them. (I even own the first two books in that series.) Then I discovered that McCafferty had written a prequel set in middle school, Jessica Darling’s It List: The (ToJessica Darling's It List by Megan McCaffertytally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection, so I figured I’d start there!

I hadn’t even gotten to homeroom yet and I’d already discovered five hard truths about junior high:

1. My best friend had turned pretty.
2. She didn’t know it yet.
3. It wouldn’t be long before she did.
4. That knowledge would change everything between us.
5. And there wasn’t a thing I could do about it.

It’s the first day of seventh grade. Is Jessica Darling doomed for dorkdom? Join Jessica Darling as she learns that being herself beats being popular, pretty & perfect any day.

As a middle school librarian, I adore this cover. It’s bright and inviting. And when it’s sitting on a display shelf you’re eyes are immediately drawn to it. And basically that’s exactly what this book is: a bright and inviting story of a girl, Jessica, beginning her first year of middle school and dealing with the circumstances that come with it.

From the start I completely understood Jessica. She is your normal teenage girl struggling with the changes that come with beginning middle school, desperately wanting to fit in, and uncovering the mystery of the type of person she really is. In all of this “figuring things out” that Jessica is doing she manages to make lots of mistakes (like taking some bad advice), makes some good choices, and somehow keeps her humor and wit the whole time. This is why I like Jessica. She doesn’t wallow in her mistakes, she acknowledges them, seeks change, and soldiers on, all while making sarcastic jokes. My kind of girl!

Being a middle school librarian and a one time middle school girl myself, I think that Jessica’s middle school struggles are so honest and true to life. It’s hard to feel left behind when your friends are having a seemingly smooth transition, and it’s frustrating when you make fax-pas after fax-pas when all you want to do is not stick out like a sore thumb. I remember what it was like for me, I know what it’s like for my students and I think that McCafferty writes it all in a lighthearted way that makes you think and laugh at the absurdity/intensity of it all.

Going into this book without having previously read the other Jessica Darling books (which are more high school geared), I have a lot of questions but I am definitely making a point to take those books off my shelf and read them this summer! I think that any middle school girl, anyone who has a been a middle school girl, or anyone simply who wants to understand middle school girls will find Jessica Darling’s It List a fun, quick, and rewarding read!

Author: Megan McCafferty

Publisher: Poppy (September 3, 2013)

Format: Hardcover

Length: 223 pages

Series: First book in the Jessica Darling’s It List series

YA/MG: MG

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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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Reading Queue: March

The Reading QueueHi there!

Welcome back friends!

What is the Reading Queue?  Well, 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

Snowy House

I like the way our house wears snow!

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!

Well, let me start out by saying that February was a big month in our household. We had our second snow days ever! South Carolina had a huge snow and ice storm in early February and the school district was closed for about a week.  I love snow days because they force you to snuggle down and just relax!

What I read in February

Those snow days allowed me to read some really awesome books!

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFeversDark Triumph by Robin LaFevers (audibook)

LaFevers’ books are just amazingly engrossing. I cannot put them down.

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

A fitting end for my beloved Gallagher Girls series. I will forever wish I was a real Gallagher Girl!

The Sound of Your Voice Only Really Far Away by Frances O'Roark DowellThe Sound of Your Voice…Only Really Far Away by Frances O’Roark Dowell (print)

What a suprisingly sweet read. I really enjoyed this one!

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth EulbergBetter Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg (e-galley)

This was my first Eulberg read and I absolutely thought it was a winner!

Eye of Minds by James DashnerThe Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine #1) by James Dashner (audiobook)

I really like Dashner’s ability to write page turners.

The Diviners by Libba BrayThe Diviners by Libba Bray (audiobook)

I listened to almost half of this audiobook in one day (thank you snow days) because it was THAT good. I had a hard time going back to work because it meant I couldn’t listen to this one all day!

My March Reading Queue

So I have high hopes for myself this month! There are a ton of books I want to read/listen to, so I figure I’ll go big or go home right!?

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell (audiobook)

VIrals by Kathy ReichsVirals by Kathy Reichs (audiobook)

Skybreaker by Kenneth OppellSkyBreaker by Kenneth Oppel (audiobook)

Starclimber by Kenneth OppelStarClimber by Kenneth Oppel (audiobook)

The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. NielsenThe Shadow Throne (The Ascendence Trilogy #3) by Jennifer A. Neilsen (e-galley)

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

Jinx by Sage BlackwoodJinx by Sage Blackwood (print)

Icons by Margaret StohlIcons by Margaret Stohl (print)

March, you’re going to be a great reading month, I just know it! Are you familiar with any of the titles on my Reading Queue this month?  Are there any I should put ahead of others?  I’ve already started Fangirl, so that’ll be my first one of the month!


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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: Books I Just Had to Buy, but Are Still Sitting Unread on My Shelf

Well hello there friends!

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday (which is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish)!

You know that feeling when you enter a book store and you just have to buy all the books? Okay, well maybe not ALL the books, but you must absolutely no questions asked by some books? Yes, I knew you would understand. It’s such an overwhelming feeling of book lust that it cannot be denied. So, you purchase said books. You place them on your shelf all pretty-like and you can’t wait to read them. Then suddenly, months go buy and you realize you still haven’t read the books you just HAD to HAVE!

Let’s take a peek at the list of some books on my shelf that I HAD to buy, but still have yet to read.

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

Delirium by Lauren OliverDelirium by Lauren Oliver

The Vespertine by Saundra MitchellThe Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

Winter Town by Stephen EmondWintertown by Stephen Emond

Bluebloods by Melissa de la CruzBluebloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle ZinkProphecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Dead City by James PontiDead City by James Ponti

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCaffertySloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacCollPrisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl

I know! I know! How could I abandon these books to a life of loneliness on my book shelves? I don’t know! I’m obviously the worst book lover of all kinds! But let’s just say I was going to read them…which would you recommend I save first?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books in My To Read Stack

Welcome back everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event held by the fine folks over at The Broke and Bookish. The meme is intended to provide a way for bloggers (specifically book bloggers) to get to know each other better.

They always have a set theme to base our weekly post on, but sometimes the official theme and I don’t click. It seems its been a lot like that recently, and this week I am also choosing my own theme because I just don’t click with the one the chose. Although, I will say that if I had to pick YA authors to compete on a Reality Show I’d go with Maureen Johnson on Survivor, because I feel like she has just the right amount of crazy to dominate everyone. :P

So, this week’s Book Tasty Top Ten is Books in my To Read Stack! Some have taken up residence in this stack for a few months now, while others just recently found themselves there. They all look soooo good, and they will all get read at some point, but for now, here they are!

Out of Sight Out of Time, Born Wicked, GoneOut of Sight Out of Time by Ally Carter

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Gone by Michael Grant

Ahhh I can’t wait to get into these!

Such a Rush, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Scorpio RacesSuch a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater

These have been in the stack for a few months now, but not because of a lack of interest!

Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreBitterblue by Kristin Cashore

I won this one from Jen at A Book and a Latte. Thanks so much!

The Vespertine, RevolutionThe Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

I bought these at my school Book Fair this past week!

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCaffertySloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Found this one in my school’s teacher book swap a while ago!

I mean, they’re so pretty I just can’t wait to dive into them as soon as I can! What is in your To Read Stack!?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Contemporary Young Adult Fiction

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Happy Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is meme hosted by the wonderful Broke and Bookish!
I feel like I’m constantly talking about the same books over and over again since I am still only a toddler blogger (a little over one year) and my list of books I’ve read still isn’t huge. So, I am going to tweak this week’s theme and make it work for me. Today’s Top Ten is going to start with my top five contemporary Young Adult fiction titles. Then I’ll list five contemporary YA titles that I really want to read. Sound good? Good!

5 Contemporary YA Fiction Titles I Adore

So, with the exception of number 4 and 5, I obviously enjoy some good old fashion contemporary romance (she says as she swoons).

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen2. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart3. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

In Too Deep by Amanda Grace4. In Too Deep by Amanda Grace

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher5. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

5 Contemporary YA Fiction Titles I Want to Adore but Haven’t Read Yet

These are books that I have heard other readers say amazing things about, but I have not yet had the opportunity to read. I have most of these in my possession, but just haven’t found the time to sit down and read them yet.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins1. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen2. The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally3. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jenniger E Smith4. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty5. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

So there you have it! Please feel free to share some of your favorite contemporary YA (or MG) titles, or those that you want to read but haven’t yet. Thanks for stopping by!

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In My Mailbox (5)

Happy Sunday!

Its been a few weeks since I posted an In My Mailbox post, but that’s because I was waiting to write a big one!

See? I waited patiently, and now I have seven books to share with you and it seems I have lots of people to thank!

The first two books I have to share were given to me by two different friends.

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My friend Deborah (Thank you!!) gave me Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale as a gift to make me smile and feel loved through a pretty difficult week. She knew it would be the perfect gift because we both adored the first Austenland and have been waiting a long time for this one to come out! Can’t wait to finish this one (I started a little so far and love it!)

The second one is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and was given to me by my friend Stephanie (Thank you!) because she read it and thought I might enjoy it. I haven’t gotten a chance to start it yet, but I’ve heard very good things, so I’m hopeful!

Next up is a group of books I acquired in three different ways.

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The two on the top: Stay with Me by Paul Griffin and The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg, were given to me by fellow book blogger The Compulsive Reader. (Thank you!) Also excited to read these!

Next we come to Storm Runners: Eruption by Roland Smith. Roland Smith is awesome. Seriously, he held a contest for teachers and librarians to receive one of four ARCs of his newest (releasing March 1) in the middle grade Storm Runners series. So, I entered and checked back later only to find out he not only was giving away the four ARCs but also twenty-four finished copies, one of which I won!!!! Did I mentioned he autographed it?! I did a little happy dance when I saw my name of the list and another when I found the book in the mail!! A huge thank you to Roland Smith!

The sixth book I personally bought, with a gift card someone sent my way (THANK YOU!!) and I knew The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith was exactly what I wanted!

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The last book I got this week was actually more of a “find”; I was rummaging through the Teacher Book Exchange shelf in the copy room at my school and came across Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty! There is never any YA books in that shelf, so I was pretty excited to find one! Needless to say I snatched it up right away!

Okay, so this isn’t a book, but my Mockingjay Pin came in the mail this week! YAY!  It as taken up proud residence on my teacher ID lanyard! My students love it! (excuse the blurry finger!)20120226-093731.jpg

So, all in all I’ve received some pretty fun stuff over the past few weeks! What titles are in your mailbox?

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