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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: Middle Grade Fiction Recommendations for Boys

Hi there!

Happy Election Day!

For those of you who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful people at The Broke and Bookish.  This week’s theme is open to whatever us book bloggers want to make our lists about.

I was talking with some sixth grade boys at school recently about books they’ve enjoyed, so I thought I’d focus this week’s list around some of the titles these boys recommended (other than The Wimpy Kid Series).  So, this week’s list is Top Ten Middle Grade Recommendations for Boys. Now, don’t get my wrong girls can read these books too…of course…but these are some of the titles my boys said they love!

Framed by Gordon Korman1. The Framed series by Gordon Korman

Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson2. The Daniel X series by James Patterson

Storm Runners by Roland Smith3. The Storm Runners series by Roland Smith

Eggs by Jerry Spinelli4. Eggs by Jerry Spinelli

Hide and Seek by Katy Grant5. Hide and Seek by Katy Grant

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis6. 90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen7. Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

Storm Breaker by Anthony Horowitz8. The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson9. Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

Everlost by Neal Shusterman10. The SkinJacker trilogy by Neal Shusterman

According to my boys, these are top-notch reads so if you’re looking for something to interest the middle school aged guy in your life, look no further! Do you have any other suggestions for middle grades books?

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Waiting on Wednesday: I, Q, Kitty Hawk

I,Q: Kitty Hawk by Roland SmithHappy Wednesday everyone!

Waiting on Wednesday is an event hosted weekly by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The purpose of Waiting on Wednesday is to promote upcoming new titles that we just can’t wait to be released.

This week I am waiting for the release of Roland Smith’s third book in the I, Q series, I, Q: Kitty Hawk.  I read and loved the first book in the series, I, Q: Independence Hall two years ago when it was on the Florida Sunshine State book list. I haven’t gotten around to reading book two yet, but my students are crazy about this series!

If you’ve been following my blog for a little while you probably already know that Roland Smith is one of my favorite middle grade authors. I love that his books make my students want to read.  His books are just plain good reads! (I even got to meet him once!)

So, all in all I,Q: Kitty Hawk is going to be released on October 15, 2012.  ARC IQ, Kitty HawkI am so incredibly excited though, because I received and advanced reader copy in the mail a few days ago, so I get to start it before it is released! (THANK YOU Sleeping Bear Press!) I will definitely post a review when I’ve finished reading it!  I also can’t wait to share this advance copy with a student when I’m finished!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Names in the Title & Tips for New Bloggers

Hello everyone! Welcome back!
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win an audiobook copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer!
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Its that time of the week again were I post my Top Ten Tuesday post. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish as a fun way for bloggers to interact with and get to know each other a little better.

The official theme of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Tips for New Bloggers. But I’m in the mood to add to this theme and am also including ten Books With Names in the Title. So you get two Top Ten Tuesdays for the price of one! :)

Some of these are books I’ve actually read and some are books I’d like to read at some point in the future – I’ll add an asterick (*) next to the titles I have already read. Each book will have a blogger tip with it. Also, let me add that I’ve only been blogging for a little over a year, so I’m still a relatively new blogger too!

Adam Canfield of the Slash by Adam WineripAdam Canfield of the Slash by Michael Winerip* (MG)

New Blogger Tip #1: Create a Twitter account. This will enable you to get to know and interact with fellow book bloggers, which has been incredibly helpful for me!

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson LevineElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine* (MG)

New Blogger Tip #2: Be honest, but thoughtful and kind. You can say you didn’t like a particular book, but its not appropriate to turn your review into a bashing party. Its about the books not a personal attack on an author.

Zach's Lie by Roland SmithZach’s Lie by Roland Smith (MG)

New Blogger Tip #3: Visit other book blogs and comment. Its super helpful to visit other blogs to see what others are doing and to get to know your “neighbors”. If you leave a comment make sure it is a meaningful one (otherwise it seems like spam).

Aurelia by Anne OsterlundAurelia by Anne Osterlund (YA)

New Blogger Tip #4: Participate in bookish memes like Top Ten Tuesday, or In My Mailbox (or one of the many others). This is another chance to interact with other book bloggers and get to know the community you’re a part of. Link up with the meme so that others can visit your blog as well.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie PerkinsLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (YA)

New Blogger Tip #5: Schedule some of your posts ahead of time. I have no idea why, because this seems to obvious now, but I didn’t do this for months. I would stress and stress at the last minute to get a post up when I had tons of time earlier that I could have written it and had it scheduled.

Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise RennisonAngus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison (YA)

New Blogger Tip #6: Post frequently and regularly. The more meaningful content you have the better!

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long ShangThe Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang (MG)

New Blogger Tip #7: Share a little about yourself too. It’s good to let your readers know a little bit about yourself so you can help create strong connections. (I’m not the best at this but I’m trying!)

Suite Scarlett by Maureen JohnsonSuite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson (YA)

New Blogger Tip #8: Limit Your Scope. Are there specific genres you prefer over others? Are you a chick-lit blog, or a YA blog, or both? Focus on what you know and love so you’re not overwhelmed.

The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay ClarkThe Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark (YA)

New Blogger Tip #9: Read older books not just the brand new ones. Sure the new ones are shiny and pretty, but there are tons of awesome books out there that still deserve some love.

Welcome Callers This is Chloe by Shelley CoriellWelcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell (YA)

New Blogger Tip #10: If you’re not sure, just ask! Most of the book bloggers I’ve met online are pretty friendly and enjoy helping newish bloggers out. If you have a question about something, go ahead and ask. :)


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Top Ten Tuesday: March New Releases

Well, hello there!

So, its not quite March yet but it is time to showcase some of the books that will be released in March! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is focused on March new releases! Now,  there are obviously more than ten new releases in March, but these are some that I’m particularly excited about.  Its time for the list so, here it is!

Storm Runners: Eruption by Roland Smith1. Storm Runners: Eruption by Roland Smith (March 1)

Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould2. Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould (March 13) 

Out of Sight Out of Time by Ally Carter3. Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5) by Ally Carter  (March 13)

Big Nate Goes for Broke by Lincoln Peirce 4. Big Nate Goes for Broke by Lincoln Peirce (March 20)

Dead is a Battlefield by Marlene Perez5. Dead Is a Battlefield (Dead Is #6) by Marlene Perez (March 6)

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen6. Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (March 27)

Pinch Hit by Tim Green7. Pinch Hit by Tim Greene (March 20) 

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink8. A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink (March 20) 

Dead of Night 30 Clues by Peter Lerangis9. The Dead of Night (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Series #3)  by Peter Lerangis (March 6)

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter10. Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter (March 27)

Like I said, there are tons of new releases in March. Are there any newbies you’re excited about that I didn’t mention?

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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.

Shannon Hale Tahereh Mafi

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.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To See Made Into Movies

Its Tuesday and time for a Top Ten list!

In honor of the Hunger Games coming in March (its not March yet?! Crap!) I’ve been dreaming about certain books and how I’d love to see them made into movies. Today’s list is ten movies I want to see made into movies. Go!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

It’d be like PBS’s Masterpiece Theater and Twilight having a love child (only it’d be better than Twilight).

IQ Independence Hall by Roland SmithI.Q. Independence Hall by Roland Smith

I think its time for a fun teen spy film to hit theaters!

Incarceron by Catherine FisherIncarceron by Catherine Fisher

I admit this one would be hard to do because they’d have to create the prison and the realm, but I think it’d be worth the try. Apparently it is actually in the works and rumor has it that Taylor Lautner will be playing Finn…hmmmm…/p>

Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth

Nothing supernatural, just gritty dystopia. Please!

Book of A Thousand Days.jpgBook of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

I think theaters need a good fairy tale retold and Shannon Hale does them so brilliantly.

The Luxe by Anna GodbersenThe Luxe by Anna Godbersen

I’m thinking that whoever designs costumes for Downton Abbey could have a field day with this one! Can I be in it? I’ll just stand in the background as long as I can wear a dress like that (see above).

Uglies by Scott WesterfeldUglies by Scott Westerfeld

Science Fiction fans would flock to the theater for this one. And I know there has been talk of a movie adaptation of this one but I haven’t heard anything recently.

Vladimir Tod by Heather BrewerEighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

I think we need a vampire movie without all the mushyness. Yes. I do.

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy BlundellWhat I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

I’m totally picturing Carey Mulligan in this role. I know she’s not a teenager, but she has the right look.

Lost Time by Susan Maupin SchmidLost Time by Susan Maupin Schmid

More Sci-Fi! This one would be hard too, because of the different creatures. Muppet creatures?!

The 39 CluesThe 39 Clues series by various authors

I loved National Treasure, can we redo it with kids?! It’d be so much fun!

Are there any books you’d love to see made into movies? Let me know!

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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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End of the Year Book Survey 2011

The End of the Year Book Survey was created by Jaime at The Perpetual Page-Turner.  This is its second year, and my first year participating.  Boy, it took a lot of work, but it was fun to look back at my first year as a book blogger.  If you’re interested in participating, click on the image above and sign up!

Best Book You Read In 2011? 

I’m definitely picking two.  My favorite Young Adult title this year was Divergent by Veronica Roth (loving this dystopian romance trend!).  My favorite regular adult fiction (saying adult fiction sounds kinda dirty but I have to make the differentiation), was The Help by Kathryn Stockett.Divergent by Veronia Roth

2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?

I was pretty excited to read Vixen by Jillian Larkin because I love the “Roaring ’20s” (I’ve been a flapper for Halloween more than 3 times).  I was so disappointed though.  The writing just wasn’t that great and although I thought the story was fun I felt like I was reading a cheap romance novel.  Oh well!

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?

I rarely read books with guy main characters because I prefer/relate to female characters (since I’m one).  But in an effort to be better adept at recommending “boy books” to my male students I read Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar and loved it!  Scott was a male main character/narrator who I completely identified with and I was very surprised by and impressed with the book!

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?

I think I have two for this one.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins most definitely.  My students hadn’t really heard much about it and we added it to the 8th grade summer reading list.  I’ve been asking those that didn’t do their summer reading, “Have you read The Hunger Games yet?” And they’ll respond with something like, “No but my friend/sister/brother has and they love it!”.  So I encourage them to read it as well! Also, I tell other adults about how they really need to read this series; it helps when there is a movie on its way.

Also, I think City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is the other title I’ve recommended most this year.  I have tons of girl students who have read the Twilight series and maybe the Vampire Academy series or the Vampire Kisses series, but they don’t know what to read next.  So I tell them how cool Clary and the Shadow Hunters are and how there are all sorts of supernatural creatures in this series, not just vampires.    They check it out and get hooked; my job is complete!

5. Best series you discovered in 2011?I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

I know the books have been out for a while, but I didn’t start reading them until this year; I love The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter!  I’ve only read two of these books so far, but they’re my escape to normal life (they’re spies but somehow I think this is normal) after reading too much supernatural or dystopian fiction.  This series is just so light and fun they leave me wishing I was a part of Cammie’s group of friends.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?

Well, Stephanie Perkins isn’t really a new author, but I hadn’t really known who she was before reading Anna and the French Kiss. Lola and the Boy Next Door is in my TBR stack!   I also adore Veronica Roth and Divergent was awesome.  I can’t wait to read more of her writing in the future!

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher really wierded me out at first.I think it was because I couldn’t categorize its genre.  It’s a mix of sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, and dystopian fiction.  My mind was boggled and somewhere I found myself absolutely loving it.  I guess the librarian in my likes to classify and when I have trouble doing so it makes me uncomfortable.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?

When I started the Clockwork Angel audiobook by Cassandra Clare I was completely enthralled and listened to it whenever it was socially acceptable to.  I even did dishes every day for like two weeks just so I could have an excuse to listen to it! (If you know me, you’ll know that I despise washing dishes!).  I was happy and my husband was happy (that he didn’t have to do the dishes!).

9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.   Oh I have been waiting for more Will and Tessa (and Jem even though he’s not my favorite) since I finished Clockwork Angel in March.  I know it wasn’t a super long time to wait, but when one loves Will Herondale you require his presence more frequently.   :)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?

The cover for Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater gets me every time.  The icy blue of the trees and branches surrounding the title does make me feel that wintry chill.  It’s just so lovely.  But I also adore the cover of Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George.  Period costumes are an automatic win for me. And I love how the girl’s gown is rustling as she walks (runs?).  So pretty!

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day GeorgeShiver by Maggie Stiefvater

11. Most memorable character in 2011? 

Ruby Oliver from The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart is hilarious.  She’s so neurotic, loveable, sarcastic, funny, way overdramatic, smart, but also very self un-aware.  I love how complex her character is; I feel sorry for her and at the same time have no sympathy for her!  It takes great writing to get at all the character’s complexities.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?

Matched by Ally Condie.   How can a book with such a focus on words not be beautifully written?  Cassia and Ky cherish poetry and the written word so Condie takes this plot line and weaves it into the narration.  I mean for real: “So in the middle of all the noise, I point to the sky. I hope he understands what I mean, because I mean so many things: My heart will always fly his name. I won’t go gentle. I’ll find a way to soar like the angels in the stories and I will find him. And I know he understands as he looks straight at me, deep into my eyes. His lips move silently, and I know what he says: the words of a poem that only two people in the world know. Tears well up but I blink them away. Because if there is one moment in my life that I want to see clearly, this is it.” (from Matched by Ally Condie) So well done!

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011? 

This question is hard to answer.  All the books I’ve read leave an impact on me.  I guess I’d have to say The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  I was so struck by the many different female relationships/friendships were displayed in this novel.  I also adore Stockett’s comment in the authors note about how just trying to understand each others stories is what causes change.  I love this because we’ll never fully understand every person’s personal experience in life, but its they trying to listen and understand that makes all the difference.  I think this is incredibly important.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read? 

I waited years to read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  A student recommended it to in 2007 so I tried to start it but had trouble getting into the story, so I stopped.  But I realized I needed to read it if I was going to be a decent Media Specialist, so read it I did.  I enjoyed it but it wasn’t as good as everyone made it out to be. Oh well, I finally read it!

Matched by Ally Condie15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011? 

“And I’ll tell her that I don’t want my life to be samples and scraps. A taste of everything but a meal of nothing.” -Cassia in Matched by Ally Condie.  I love the desire for more life expressed in this quote.  I want my life to be better than a “meal of nothing”.

16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012? 

Maybe Rumors (Luxe #2) by Anna Godbersen.  There is so much going on in this series that I’d have to reread at least the previous book before I started the next! I read this one in July and don’t remember much about it at all!

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

The scene in The Help  by Kathryn Stockett where Minnie is surprised by an axe wielding Johnny Foote!  I laughed and laughed so hard and I wanted to know where my friends were (in their reading) so we could talk and laugh about it!  I think I told my husband all about it even though he had no idea what I was talking about since he hadn’t read the book.

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2011? 

This was my first year involved with book blogging but Heidi at the YA Bibliophile, has been so friendly and helpful! Like me, she is a middle school Media Specialist who love YA fiction—I feel like we’re very similar.   She was even my Broke and Bookish Secret Santa!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2010?

I think review I wrote on both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. It was me too excited to even try to hide my fan girl tendencies. It was a review full of gushing, but I loved it because I had fun writing it.


3. Best discussion you had on your blog? 

I’m still a relatively new and small blog so I haven’t really had any discussions.  Maybe in 2012?!

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

Almost everyone had thoughts on the “Darkness Too Visible” editorial in the Wall Street Journal.  I didn’t share my opinion too much, but I was very intrigued to read everyone else’s thoughts.  It is an interesting topic and reading other opinions helped me think about both sides to the argument in ways I hadn’t before.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Well, I haven’t done too much of this, but my school did pay for me to attend the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) conference this year and I had so much fun!  FAME is full of school librarians (from all grade levels) learning more about our profession and sharing ideas and tips.  But there are also authors! (My personal favorite part!)  I got to meet Kiersten White, Roland Smith, Gordon Korman, James Preller, Jennifer Allison and more!  They were all so friendly and nice and even signed books for my students.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2011?

I think the best moment of blogging for me this year was having authors like Roland Smith and David Lubar re posted my reviews of their books on Twitter or Facebook.  Such an honor to know they visited my little blog to begin with and liked what they saw enough to share with others.  Incredibly humbling!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My most viewed post was the book review I wrote for The Luxe by Anna Godbersen with 193 views.  It actually has double the amount of views any of my other posts have!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I really had fun posting about my top ten all time favorite teen fiction crushes. I mean, who doesn’t have some series love for boys in books?!  I guess not as many people as I had thought! haha

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

NetGalley all the way!  I kept wondering how book bloggers keep getting their hands on all of these ARCs!  Finally I got the courage to ask someone and Heidi and YA Bibliophile showed me the way of Net Galley!  It is a book blogger’s dream to request advanced copies and have the publisher just give them to you! Very cool!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Other than reading all fifteen Florida Sunshine State titles, nope.  Next year though! I’ll be participating in the Debut Authors Challenge 2012, hosted by The Story Siren.

Looking Ahead…

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2011 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2012?13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson has been on my list for a while now and is one of my main priorities on 2012.  Also Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins and Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George are must reads in early 2012.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2012?

Insurgent by Veronica Roth, the sequel to Divergent. I can’t wait to find out what happens with Tris and Four! Also, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.  If Tessa doesn’t end up with Will, I’ll still love Cassandra Clare, but my head might esplode!! (yes, esplode!)


3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2012?

I’d like to get more readership and maybe even do a giveaway sometime this year.  The thought of a giveaway scares me; it suspect they are more work than they look!

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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