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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books Read in 2014 (So Far)

Hello!

Pat me on the back because I’ve been super organized! All of the posts for this week were pre scheduled because I am currently on a field trip! That’s right folks! For my first week of summer I am chaperoning a 5 day field trip to Disney in Orlando with around 60 6th graders! So that’s where I am today…Disney!

Insane? Yes! Fun? Yes!

The theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) is the best books I’ve read so far in 2014. I’ve already read 43 books this year so it was difficult to narrow it down to the 10 titles I’ve enjoyed the most. So, after a good hard look at all the books I’ve read already in 2014, here are my favorites.

  The Crossover by Kwame AlexanderThe Diviners by Libba Bray 

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Diviners by Libba Bray (my review)

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (my review)

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg (my review)

Cress by Marissa Meyer The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Cress by Marissa Meyer (my review)

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers Alanna by Tamora Pierce

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers (my review)

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge Serafina's Promise by Ann E Burg

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg

So there you have it! Which titles made it onto your favorites of 2014 (so far) list?

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Reading Queue: June

The Reading QueueHi guys!

It’s about that time! Summer is getting so close I can almost taste it!

In my opinion, the absolute best thing about summer is not having to get up and go to work, which leads to spending tons of time with my husband, friends, and books!

So, what is this Reading Queue?  The Reading Queue is a monthly event hosted by me and Books: A true story where we share our reading plans for each month. You can check out other participating blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you!  Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

How I Did in May

This past month I finished six books from my May Queue, but also read six that weren’t on my original plan. That brings me to twelve books read for the month of May, which I’m pretty proud of!

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J Freedman Caminar by Skila Brown

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman

Caminar by Skila Brown

Can You Say Catastrophe? by Laurie Friedman The Crossover by Kwame Alexander The Last Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Can You Say Catastrophe? by Laurie B. Friedman

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

In the Hands of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2) by Tamora Pierce

Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor Woman Who Rides Like A Man by Tamora Pierce Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness #3) by Tamora Pierce

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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My June Reading Queue

I always have high hopes for my summer vacation reading plans! Educators put their heart and soul into their students for ten months out of the year, so we need these lazy days of sleeping in, spending time with our family and friends and just allowing time for ourselves to rest and recoup. For me, resting and recuperating means reading! Here are all the books I plan to start my summer break with!

The One by Kiera Cass Prisoner B3087 by Alan Gratz The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick

The One by Kiera Cass

Time Fetch by Amy Herrick

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Counting by 7′s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Paperboy  by Vince Vawter A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher

Belles by Jen Calonita Nantucket Red by Leila Howard The Key and the Flame by Claire Caterer

Belles by Jen Calonita

Nantucket Red by Leila Howard

The Key and the Flame by Claire Caterer

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What books are on your Reading Queue for June? We’d love it if you’d link your TBR or Reading Queue up with ours!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Debuts that Look Yummy

Well, hello there!

It’s time again for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and Bookish)! This week’s theme is Young Adult or Middle Grades debuts of 2014 that I want to read the most. I really enjoy reading debuts each year because it gives me a chance to get to know some authors that might not get as much attention as others simply because they’re new to the YA/MG scene.

As usual, there are some really good-looking debuts scheduled to release this year! I’ve looked long and hard at the debut list and, of course, some (more than others) just seem like they’d be right up my alley!

Oh yeah. I chose twelve this week, not ten, because I do what I want, when I want! hahaha

Defy by Sara B Larson

Defy by Sara B. Larson (Jan. 7)

Fantasy goodness!

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (Jan 28)

A new retold fairy tale!!

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Alienated by Melissa Landers (Feb. 4)

An alien exchange program? Sign me up!

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen (Feb. 4)

Flaunted as Downton Abbey meets The Selection!

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L Jensen

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen (April 1)

Fantasy fun!

The Breakup Artist by Philip Siegel

The Breakup Artist by Philip Siegel (April 29)

Cute contemporary?!

Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose

Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose (May 8)

Weird cover, but it sounds like more fantasy fun!

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae (May 6)

Another cute contemporary romance just in time for summer?

Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz (Sept. 16)

No cover reveled as of Jan. 14, 2014. Captain Hook’s daughter?! Yes!

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (April 22)

Historical fiction awesomeness!

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

The Falconer by Elizabeth May (May 6)

Steampunk/paranormal fantasy!!! YES PLEASE!

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman (July 10)

Middle Grades fun times with an adorable cover!

I have scoured the 2014 Debut list for the ones that sound the most exciting to me, but it is always possible I missed some.  Which debuts are you excited about this year?