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Top Ten Tuesday: Enchanting Fairy Tales Retold

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish to foster community among book bloggers. There is usually an official theme, and sometimes I go with it sometimes I don’t. Today is one of the times where I’m like Stevie Nicks and I go my own way!!! :p

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am a massive fan of fairy tales. Thus, I’m a massive fan of fairy tales retold. I love when authors take a well-known fairy tale, mix in their own creativity, to come out with a completely unique and new story to enjoy. Over the years, I’ve read some that I wasn’t impressed with, and then I’ve also read those that totally enchanted me.

Today’s Top Ten list is broken up into two parts. The first is Fairy Tale re-tellings I’ve already read (and enjoyed), while the second half is some titles I’ve heard are fabulous but haven’t had a chance to read yet.

Already Read:

The Goose Girl by Shannon HaleThe Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson LevineElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Cinder by Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson HaddixJust Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day GeorgePrincess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Want to Read:

Liesl and Po by Lauren OliverLiesl and Po by Lauren Oliver

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet MarillierWildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier (I’m currently reading this one.)

Golden by Cameron DokeyGolden: A Retelling of Rapunzel by Cameron Dokey

Entwined by Heather DixonEntwined by Heather Dixon

Peter and the Star Catchers by Dave Berry and Ridley PearsonPeter and the Star Catchers by Dave Berry

Are you a fan of retold fairy tales? Can you recommend any I missed? I’d love some recommendations for future reading. :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: April New Releases

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Hello and Happy Tuesday everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish to encourage interaction between book bloggers and to showcase books (what else?!). I must say I
don’t always stick with the official theme
and today is a good example of that! Oh well!

So, every month brings brand new books to munch on and April is no different. Because April has tons of fabulous looking new releases that deserve a little spotlight time, today’s Top Ten Tuesday is meant to highlight some of these titles. Let’s get started!

The List by Sibohan VivianThe List by Sibohan Vivian (April 1)

It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn’t matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up. This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, “pretty” and “ugly.”

The False Prince by Jennifer A NielsenThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Neilsen (April 1)

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

Take a Bow by Elizabeth EulbergTake a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg (April 1)

Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts school, getting ready for their Senior Showcase recital, where the pressure is on to appeal to colleges, dance academies, and professionals in show business. For Sophie, a singer, it’s been great to be friends with Emme, who composes songs for her, and to date Carter, soap opera heartthrob who gets plenty of press coverage. Emme and Ethan have been in a band together through all four years of school, but wonder if they could be more than just friends and bandmates. Carter has been acting since he was a baby, and isn’t sure how to admit that he’d rather paint than perform. The Senior Showcase is going to make or break each of the four.

Shell Game by Ridley PearsonShell Game (Kingdom Keepers #5) by Ridley Pearson (April 3)

As the five Kingdom Keepers enter high school, everything is about to change. The Maintenance Base that controls all four parks in Disney World is under attack by the Overtakers, a group determined to change Disney forever. Relationships between the Keepers are no longer as simple as they once were. The Keepers even lose one of their most valuable supporters. But there’s work to do . . . The Disney Dreamleaves Port Canaveral on an historic cruise to Los Angeles with a special treat in store for guests: the Disney Host Interactive guides are on board. But all is not right below decks. Strange things are happening. Only the Kingdom Keepers know the truth behind their invitation to be in attendance: nearly every Disney villain is aboard the ship, including Maleficent.Fear by Michael GrantFear (Gone series #5) by Michael Grant (April 3)

Despite the hunger, despite the lies, even despite the plague, the kids of Perdido Beach are determined to survive. Creeping into the tenuous new existence they’ve built, though, is perhaps the worst incarnation yet of the enemy known as the Darkness: fear.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy (His Fair Assassin Trilogy #1) by Robin LeFevers (April 3)

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw WolfBreaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf (April 24)

Allie lost everything the night her boyfriend, Trip, died in a horrible car accident—including her memory of the event. As their small town mourns his death, Allie is afraid to remember because doing so means delving into what she’s kept hidden for so long: the horrible reality of their abusive relationship. When the police reopen the investigation, it casts suspicion on Allie and her best friend, Blake, especially as their budding romance raises eyebrows around town. Allie knows she must tell the truth. Can she reach deep enough to remember that night so she can finally break free?

The Selection by Kiera CassThe Selection by Kiera Cass (April 24)

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself.

Thumped by Megan McCaffertyThumped (Bumped #2) by Megan McAfferty (April 24)

It’s been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. Since then, their story has become irresistible to legions of girls: twins separated at birth and living different lives, each due to deliver sets of twins . . . on the same day! In a future where only teens can “bump,” or give birth, babies mean money, status, and freedom. Cursed by their own popularity, the girls are obsessively tracked by their millions of fans, who have been eagerly counting down the days to their “Double Double Due Date.” Without a doubt, they are two of the most powerful teen girls on the planet, and there’s only one thing they could do that would make them more famous than they already are: tell the truth.

Supergirl Mixtapes by Megan BrothersSupergirl Mixtapes by Megan Brothers (April 24)

After years of boredom in her rural South Carolina town, Maria is thrilled when her father finally allows her to visit her estranged artist mother in New York City. She’s ready for adventure, and she soon finds herself immersed in a world of rock music and busy streets, where new people and ideas lie around every concrete corner. This is the freedom she’s always longed for. But just like her beloved New York City, Maria’s life has a darker side. Behind her mother’s carefree existence are shadowy secrets, and Maria must decide just where—and with whom—her loyalty lies.

Are you excited for any of these newbies? Are there any I left off my list that you can’t wait for?

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In My Mailbox (3)

Okay, so I didn’t actually get any of these in my actual mailbox this week.

But whatever.

I either a) bought them for my school’s Media Center (why we didn’t already have some of these I don’t know), or b) got them as e-books from NetGalley.

So, now that it’s all been cleared  up, let’s go ahead and see what tasty treats I got!

Books I bought:

books1The Son of Neptune and The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Kingdom Keepers III and Kingdom Keepers IV by Ridley Pearson

books2Storm Runners by Roland Smith

Showoff and The 6th Grade Nickname Game by Gordon Korman

books 3The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Boy Project by Kami Kinard (you can win an ARC copy here!)

Vanishing Acts by Phillip Margolin and Ami Margolin Rome

books 4The Adventures of TinTin by Alex Irvine

The Underdogs by Mike Lupica

A King’s Ransom by Jude Watson

E-books from NetGalley:

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (ARC)

May B. A Novel by Caroline Starr Rose (ARC)

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (ARC)

Aboveworld by Jenn Reese (ARC)

I absolutely love getting new books to read and share with my students!

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

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Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Shopping Guide

Are you looking for the perfect book for your favorite reader? Well, today’s Top Ten Tuesday’s goal is to make that a little easier for you. Today I highlight ten different types of readers and provide titles that may be the perfect fit. The recommended titles are broken up into Young Adult (YA) and Middle Grades (MG) so you can get a better idea of the level of interest. Some I have read and reviewed, others I have posted as suggestions by my students; some are newer and some were published a few years ago. I really hope they help!

* I’ve Read ** I’ve Reviewed

The Teen Angster

13 Reasons Why

YA: Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar*, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart**

MG: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney*, The Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renee Russell

The Dystopian Dreamer

Divergent by Veronica Roth

YA: Divergent by Veronica Roth**, The Maze Runner series by James Dashner*

MG: The City of Ember by Jeanne Du Prau, The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld**

So Fond of Fairy Tales

YA: Graceling by Kristin Cashore**, A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce*

MG: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica day George*, Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale*

The Girly Girl

YA: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen**, and The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han**

MG: Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard**, Thirteen all by Lauren Myracle

Looking for LoveLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

YA: Lola and the Boy Next Door, or Anna and the French Kiss **by Stephanie Perkins

MG: The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot*

Fantasy/Supernatural Fans

YA: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray*, Incarceron by Catherine Fisher**, The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare**

MG: Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George*, The Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson*

Mysteries and Such

YA: Heist Society series by Ally Carter, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

MG: Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach*, Scat by Carl Hiaasen*

Sports SpectatorsGym Candy by Carl Deuker

YA: Gym Candy by Carl Deuker, The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

MG: Football Hero by Tim Green*, Pop by Gordon Korman

Avid Adventurers

YA: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz*

MG: Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith, The 39 Clues series by various authors*

Animal Lovers

YA: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, Marley and Me by John Grogan

MG: Jackie’s Wild Seattle by Will Hobbs*, Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata

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Tuesday Top Ten: My Favorite Sunshine State Books Ever

In case you don’t know what Sunshine State books are, they’re a list of 15 books chosen by media specialists throughout the state of Florida.  Every year there are 15 new books on the Sunshine State list. Its pretty much a list of recommended titles for middle schoolers.  I’ve been reading them for the past few years.

I didn’t post yesterday, because my day was pretty busy.  So, this week it’s actually a Wednesday Top Ten. I’ve mentioned some of the titles before (because they’re that good!) so you know that I highly recommend them if they’re also on this list.

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (LOVE!!!)

Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet by Sherri L. Smith (Cute)

Mercy on These Teenage Chimps by Gary Soto (hilarious)

Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson (fun)

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix (intriguing)

Schooled by Gordon Korman (cute)

The Sacrifice by Kathleen Benner Duble (historical fiction!)

Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach (National Treasure-ish)

Rules by Cynthia Lord (really good story)

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (soo good!)

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Tuesday Top Ten: Popular Middle Grades Series (at my School)

Today has nothing to do with me.  Today’s list is all about what middle schoolers (at least in Central Florida) are reading.

I’m listing ten of the most popular middle grades fiction (not YA) series in my school’s Media Center.

Also, these are actually in no particular order; well okay for real the most popular series at my school is still The Diary of a Wimpy Kid (I mean we have like 6 copies of each book and they’re never on the shelf!) .

Ok here goes:

10. The Kingdom Keeper series by Ridley Pearson

9. The Dork Diaries series: by Rachel Renee Russell

8. The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

7. The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins

6. Maximum Ride by James Patterson

5. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

4. The Warriors series by Erin Hunter

3. The 39 Clues series by various authors

2. The I.Q. series by Roland Smith

1. The Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney