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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag

Hello!

Well, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by Broke and Bookish) theme is focused on books that I’ll have in my beach/pool bag this summer. I recently posted by Reading Queue for June, which is already kind of the same thing, so instead of me posting a redundant list, you should check out my June Reading Queue here! All of those books will be in my beach/pool bag for the summer.

As always, thanks for visiting BookTasty friends!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: YA Reads for Fans of Period Dramas

Hi there!

Who likes loosing themselves in a good old fashioned historical drama?  Downton Abbey perhaps? Reign? Pride and Prejudice? The Tudors? North & South perhaps?!

YES PLEASE!

In my world historical dramas are always a positive! No wonder then why I tend to be drawn towards historical fiction when choosing books! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about YA titles for fans of the wonderful world of period dramas!

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

  • Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross. Takes place in Paris in 1889 at the height of France’s beautiful era.
  • The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron. Historical fiction inspired by the mystery surrounding Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire, England and the 5th Duke of Portland.
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. Historical fantasy set in a medieval Brittany. There are assassin nuns. Yup.

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy BlundellManor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

  • What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell. This coming of age drama is set in South Florida post World War II…intrigue and seductions abound!
  • Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore.  An upstairs/downstairs drama set in a 1911 England.
  • The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. It’s Manhattan 1889 and this is a historical drama full of gossip, fashion, wealth, and romance.

Changeling by Philippa GregoryThe Diviners by Libba Bray

  • Changeling by Philippa Gregory. Picture it…Italy 1453! (ha!) The Goodreads summary says that “dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance” populate this one! It was surprisingly fun!
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray. This supernatural drama is set in New York City at the height of the Roaring Twenties!

Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba BrayCross My Heart by Sasha Gould 2

  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Another supernatural period drama only this time we’re in a Victorian English boarding school!
  • Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould. A mysterious secret society of women handle things their own way in a 1580s Venice.

Clearly I have a type. Pretty period costume? Check. *nods in approval*

So, what do you think? Are there any other YA period dramas you’d recommend to those of us who love them?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Wish List

Well hello there friends!

I am currently on Spring Break and am visiting friends in Manchester, UK! I’ll share some photos when I get back as I plan on visiting the newly renovated Manchester Central Library, which I’ve heard is amazing!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is all about bookish gifts that have made my wish list! Take note friends…my birthday is in November! :p

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1. This sweet library themed stationary set. You’d all be getting mail!

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2. These little snail tea bag holders for when I’m reading. So smart and so adorable!

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3. This library due date card phone case. This is perfect for a librarian like me!

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4. This freaking awesome bookmark. Not only does it mark your page, but also the line!

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5. The coolest book map ever! This would hang in my bedroom!

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6. The perfect mug for my morning coffee at work. To go with my “Super Librarian” t-shirt!

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7. The prettiest Pride & Prejudice tote ever! The peacock design is so delicate!

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8. This adorable librarian necklace! I have glasses that are (kinda) like those!

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9. This super smart book lamp. How awesome is this?!

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10. This colorful librarian mug. You can never have enough mugs!

Did anything from my bookish wish list also make it on yours?

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique YA

Hola everyone!

Let’s talk about the “most unique” YA books I’ve read. This was a difficult theme for me and I’m not sure why. Whatever the reason may be, I only have seven titles on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and Bookish).

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher Such a strange and enchanting mix of steampunk/sci-fi/fantasy.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater One of the most interesting takes on the supernatural/paranormal genre I’ve read.

Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve This was just such a weird book; a strange mix of steampunk/dystopian/fantasy.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray I will forever compare all fantasy to this one.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater Such a hauntingly beautiful take on the fantasy genre.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly A cool contemporary turned historical fiction.

A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine A blend of middle grade fantasy retelling plus murder mystery wrapped into one.

Apparently, I only think that fantasy and supernatural books are unique! haha That’s pretty much all that is on this list!

What about you? What are the most unique YA books you’ve read?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books with Male Narrators

Top Ten TuesdayHello friends!

This week, my theme for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and Bookish) is Favorite Books with Male Narrators. It’s just a thing with me, I’m usually not drawn to books with male narrators, but I make myself read one once in a while and I do usually end up enjoying them. I just have a difficult time relating to male narrators, but all the titles on the list below are those with male narrators who I feel are simply compelling characters. They defy my assumptions about male narrators!

The Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Maze Runner series by James Dashner

This story is just fabulously creepy and Thomas has so much perseverance.

The False Prince by Jennifer A NielsenThe Ascendance trilogy by Jennifer A Nielsen

Sage/Jaron is sarcastic and snarky and I love him.

Airborn by Kenneth OppelAirborn by Kenneth Oppel

Matt Cruise is just the kind of boy you’d want to be friends with.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina MarchettaFinnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Finnikin is stubborn beyond all measure, but he’s also brave!

Okay for Now by Gary D. SchmidtOkay for Now by Gary Schmidt

Doug Swieteck is so lovable and loyal!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami GarciaBeautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

Ethan is a breath of fresh air in a world dominated by female narrators!

How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal AllenHow Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen

Lamar is hilarious and remind me of some of my past students!

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack GantosDead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Jack is so funny!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Clay is sweet and in so much pain.

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather BrewerThe Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

Vlad is the coolest teen vampire ever!

And there you have it! Each of these books come to you with the BookTasty stamp of approval so you should definitely check them out if you haven’t already!

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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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Top Ten Tuesday: My Reading Wish List

Howdy!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) theme is centered around the idea of a reading wish list. I supposed we all have them, but I’ve been finding it a little challenging to put my wish list to words. Maybe I just want too much?! haha

Boarding School books. There is just something fun about students living away from home in a boarding school. ReadingGirl2

Lighthearted steampunk. I think I just want more people to write books like Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series.

Historical fiction/romance set in Colonial America. I want to read more about life in the colonies (before the war) and I want some kissing mixed in!

First Ladies as Teens. Haha This sounds really lame but I’d be interested in a YA or MG series that fictionalizes the teen years of some of the early first ladies. Maybe this would end up being too much like the American Girl books, but I think it’d be fun!

Jane Austen retellings. More creative YA or MG retellings of Jane Austen’s novels please!

Fairy Tale retellings. I know they’re all out there, but as Ariel said, “I want more!”

Short stories about the previous tributes in The Hunger Games. Wouldn’t that be a cool short story collection?  Little snapshots into the lives of some of the previous tributes? Very cool.

Reading GirlYA Amish Fiction. Ahh! I don’t know what I’d do if there were more YA Amish mash-up novels. I might not be able to handle it.

Upstairs/downstairs plots. One of the most interesting things about shows like Downton Abbey is the relationship between the people upstairs with those who work downstairs. I’d love to see all the intricacies of these two groups living their lives under the same roof written well.

So, I can only think of nine things I’d want on my reading wish list. Seriously, I’ve been staring at the screen and thinking about this for over twenty minutes. If I can’t think of a tenth after twenty minutes it is time to stop!

What is on your Reading Wish List?  I’m very interested to see what everyone else has on their lists, so please go ahead and share in the comments below!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

Hello!

Welcome back BookTasty friends for our weekly Top Ten Tuesday meme (hosted by The Broke and Bookish). Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is focused on covers we wish we could redesign. In general I am not that critical of covers, but sometimes there are some that just irk me. Most likely there are more than 10, but the ones mentioned below are some that just seem to stand out to me for whatever reason. The frustrating thing is that some of these are books I really, really enjoy!

City of Bones by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I just feel like there are just too many nipples with light radiating from them on this cover.

Wild Things by Clay CarmichaelWild Things by Clay Carmichael

This is a really nice little book, but the cover is just so boring.

Marie Antoinette Serial Killer by Kate AlendarMarie Antoinette Serial Killer by Kate Alender

It’s just too garish.

The Two Princessess of Bamarre by Gail Carson LevineThe Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

It looks a little too 1980s.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen JohnsonThirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

I’m just not a fan of the way this girl is standing. It looks awkward.

Finale by Becca FitzpatrickThe Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick

Someone please draw a shirt on Patch.

Such a Rush by Jennifer EcholsSuch a Rush by Jennifer Echols

I’m just not a fan of the hair in the face I guess.

Icefall by Matthew J. KirbyIcefall by Matthew J. Kirby

I’m finally reading this book (and enjoying it!), but the cover totally prevented me reading it for a LONG time.

Starters by Lissa PriceStarters by Lissa Price

This creepy cover is seriously all that is keeping me from reading it.

Alienated by Melissa LandersAlienated by Melissa Landers

I really would like to read this book because it sounds fun (and it’s not released until 2014), but this cover has just too much going on.

How do you feel about these covers? Are there any that you’d like to redesign as well?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait to Devour

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a lovely Tuesday! I’m very happy that its officially November because November is my birthday month! Yay! Also, November means that it’s time for YALL Fest and my trip to the UK and Belgium over Thanksgiving Break!

I have so much to look forward to this month, but I’m also looking forward to getting my hands on this list of sequels! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by Broke and Bookish) theme is sequels I’m excited about. Some of the books on my list have already been released and some won’t release for a while now, but they’re all books I can’t wait to devour as soon as possible!

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail CarrigerCurtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger

It releases tomorrow! Its on pre-order!

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonThe Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

Should be released sometime in 2014.

Prodigy by Marie LuProdigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

One that I own already. I just haven’t read it yet.

Runaway King by Jennifer A. NeilsenThe Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy #2)  by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Already released and I just bought it at my Book Fair!

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFeversDark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers

Already released, I just need to get it!

Sisters' Fate by Jessica SpotswoodSisters’ Fate (Cahill Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood

Scheduled for August 2014. Come on summer!

Cress by Marissa MeyerCress (The Luna Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

Up for release in February 2014.

Seraphina by Rachel HartmanThe Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman

Not until March 2015?! WHAT?!

The One by Kiera CassThe One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

I have to wait until May 2014.

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

This was released a few months ago and I own it!

In the word of my friend Steve, “But I NEED them!” Who else needs these books?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Creepiest Covers

Hello and Happy Halloween week!

To celebrate Halloween this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and Bookish) theme is focused on the creepiest YA book covers.

We do need to acknowledge that creepy is in the eye of the beholder. My personal creepy tolerance is pretty darn low and I get freaked out easily. Thus, I tend to stay away from horror and scary stuff in general. I think it’s because I have a great imagination and once I picture a creepy image in my mind its like the snowball effect and the image gets scarier and scarier and scarier. So yeah, I shy away from scary.

So, what YA book covers haunt my dreams? I’ll show you but you may need to hold my hand!

Unwind by Neal Shusterman1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

This reminds me of one of the images shown during the X Files theme song.

Unsouled by Neal Shusterman2. Unsouled by Neal Shusterman

Seriously. What the heck.

Starters by Lissa Price3. Starters by Lissa Price

I’m sure this wouldn’t freak me out as much if it wasn’t colored this way. But it is and it does.

Bad Girls Don't Die by Kate Alender4.  Bad Girls Don’t Die by Kate Alender

Anyone else think of that awful horrible horrifying scene in The Sixth Sense?

Dust and Decay by Jonathan Mayberry5. Dust & Decay by Jonathan Mayberry

This screaming demon lady makes me want to curl up into a ball and weep.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

What if that’s MY house?!

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz7. All of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books by Alvin Schwartz

All of my childhood nightmares were in these covers and the interior illustrations.

Silent Night 3 by R.L. Stine8. Silent Night 3 by R.L. Stine

They have DEAD eyes! (Okay so this one is a mix of creepy and hilarious!)

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick9. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

No more please. PLEASE! This one was in my book fair one year and I actually turned it over because it kept staring at me.

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan10. I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

This cover has major creep factor, which is why I’d rather watch the cheesy movie than read the book!

Okay, so if these covers scared you I apologize but welcome to my world! Are there any covers that just creep you out beyond belief?  Feel free to share in the comments section below! :)