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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Cover Art

I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes its okay. Especially when you have cover art as good as these:

Hot, Salty, Sour, Sweet by Sherri L. Smith

There is something I love about the simply drawn image of the girl on this cover!

Eight Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

Again I love the simple black and white graphic. Vlad Tod is too cool.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The artwork is so delicate and I love the lone wolf peeking out.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

I want to live in this cover. I want to be the goose girl lounging against the tree! So gorgeous!

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Girl in period costume. Done!

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Whimsical and dark at the same time. My eyes are automatically drawn to this one on the shelf.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

It’s all about the Mockingjay. Again with simplicity.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

So romantic and futuristic at the same time.

Life, After by Sarah Darer Littman

This tree is just so pretty and feminine. Reminds me of a quilt for some reason.

Matched by Ally Condie

Intriguing and not crowded. White space can be good! Like.

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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!)