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Top Ten Tuesday: My TV Stories

Hiya!

It’s clear that I’m a fan of stories in print, but this book lover also loves to watch her stories too!  Watching my storiesThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday is centered around all of those non bookish stories we enjoy, be it movies or TV shows, so I’m focusing on my fave TV shows of all time. For the most part I tend to enjoy shows with a little romance, comedy, and drama all mixed in together…just like my books! All of the shows mentioned on my list are those that I could watch and enjoy over and over again.

Dawsons CreekDawson’s Creek

Oh the teenage drama! This show was my high school obsession.

goldengirlsGolden Girls

Sitcom comedy at its best! It still cracks me up.

FireflyFirefly

The show that got me into Sci-Fi. It’s just SO GOOD!

Veronica MarsVeronica Mars

Although I’m only in Season 2, it’s already on this list!

Midsomer MurdersMidsomer Murders

This British murder mystery show is full of quirky characters!

Doctor WhoDoctor Who

Do I even need to explain why I love this one?

SeinfeldSeinfeld

My husband introduced me to this when I was in college. Comedy gold!

My So Called LifeMy So Called Life

So much teen angst and awesomeness.

Dr QuinnDr. Quinn Medicine Woman

I love historical fiction! (Old Colleen all the way!)

LOSTLOST

I thought I’d hate it when it was first on, but I was hooked after the first episode! Watching this every week was an event.

Now that I’ve written this post, I’m craving some of these shows! I’m going to have to go back and watch a few! Yay for summer vacation where I actually have the ability to do that!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Classics

Hiya!

I skipped lat week’s Top Ten Tuesday because I just didn’t sit down and just write it, but I really wanted to talk about some of my favorite classics, so I’ve decided to create my list of Favorite Classics this week instead.

Going back over this list before posting has made me realize that more than half of the classics that I love are British…There is no shame in the fact that I’m a total Anglophile!

Northanger Abbey by Jane AustenPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskill

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskill

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson BurnettPersuasion by Jane Austen

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Are any of my favorite classics your favorites as well?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Trends I’m a Fan Of

Hi Friends!

It is time again for another Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by the lovely bloggers at Broke and Bookish! For those of you who aren’t aware of Top Ten Tuesday it’s a weekly meme where book blogger create lists based on a particular theme.

For this week, our theme is centered around cover trends! I’ve decided to focus on cover trends I’m a fan of and although some of the trends I’ve listed below are not necessarily current (some may be a few years old now), they’re all trends that I like!

    Rivals In the City by YS Lee Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Statistical Probability of Love and First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Font Focused

I love it when a cover uses strong typography as the main focus of the cover!

     The One by Kiera Cass Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore

Gowns

I’m always a sucker for a cover with a gorgeous gown on it!

     Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell All Four Stars by Tara Dairman The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Illustrations

Sometimes I get sick of covers with photos of people’s faces on them. Just give me some good ol’ illustrated cover artwork!

     Guitar Notes by Mary Amato The Diviners by Libba Bray The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Symbology

Covers that focus on a specific symbol rather than a person is always a good thing. I particularly like it as a middle grades librarian because it doesn’t alienate students based on the skin color of the cover model.

    Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan Unspoken The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

Gates

There is just something so appealing and mysterious about a gorgeous wrought iron gate!

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould 2 The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist

Masks

To me masks on covers represent decadence and mystery. I like both!

    Spy School by Stuart Gibbs The Crossover by Kwame Alexander Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Silhouettes

This is another cool way to show a person without focusing on the cover model’s skin color!

    Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick

Boats

I have no idea why these have been popping up so much, but I like the idea of the boat representing a journey of some sort.

    The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Clockwork

Any implication of a steampunk setting and I’m all over it!

    Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan Mark of the Dragonfly The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Animals/Creatures

Animals and creatures bring another cool alternative to whitewashing book covers!

What about you? Do you also love the trends on my list or did I list some you’re not a fan of?  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section!

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Top Ten: Books on My Summer TBR List

Hi there!

Where are all my teachers at?! Who loves summer?! What what!!PupBooksI have so much free time to read and so of course, I have tons of summer reading plans with my little Reading Buddy (I mean seriously…how cute is he?!). I’ve already posted my June Reading Queue, so the titles I list below are other books I plan to read over summer break.

Defy by Sara B. Larson Wild Born by Brandon Mull 
-Defy by Sara B. Larson

-Wild Born (Spirit Animals #1) by Brandon Mull

Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

-Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey

-Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

  TheRaftSee You at Harry's by Jo Knowles

-The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

-See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles

What the Dog Said by Randi Reisfeld Curveball by Jordan Sonnenblick

-What the Dog Said by Randi Reisfeld

-Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Pobloki Guitar Notes by Mary Amato

-The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki

-Guitar Notes by Mary Amato

I can’t wait to get to all these awesome looking books this summer! Have you read any of the titles on my list? Which should I start first? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section.

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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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Top Ten Tuesday: Friendship Favorites

Hi and Happy Tuesday!

As usual I’m participating in Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s list topic is all about friendship books. The titles that have made my list today all highlight different parts of friendship that are important and all come highly recommend by me!

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin LevineThe Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

This touching historical fiction about friendship with those who you feel a connection with despite what others think.

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth EulbergBetter Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Eulberg deals with the question, can a boy and a girl be friends non-romantically?

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

This one deals with how friendship can heal and challenge us to be better.

The Humming Room by Ellen PotterThe Humming Room by Ellen Potter

A re-telling of The Secret Garden that reminds us that friendship is supposed to be life-giving.

Wild Things by Clay CarmichaelWild Things by Clay Carmichael

This one centers on how our friends can become our family.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This haunting read shows us what can happen if we don’t reach out to others in friendship.

Along for the Ride by Sarah DessenAlong for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Dessen’s novel inspires me to be purposeful in my friendships and how sometimes you can be surprised by who wants to be your friend.

Smiles to Go by Jerry SpinelliSmiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli

A fun middle grades novel that deals with how friendships can change over time.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann BrasharesThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares

Who wouldn’t want the love and support of this group of friends?!

A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson LevineA Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine

One I could have used in middle school because it deals with choosing your friends wisely.

Do you have any friendship related books I need to read? Feel free to share them in the comment section below! :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t

Hi there!

I have a real issue with not finishing books. If I make that decision to actually stop reading and put it down that choice stays with me forever. It feels like a little mini failure that plagues me! One time, however, a fellow book blogger (and I honestly can’t remember who it was) said that she doesn’t worry about not finishing books.  She said that there are too many books she wants to read that she isn’t going to waste time with books she isn’t enjoying.

This really resonated with me, but alas sometimes I just can’t give up on a book.  Sometimes it turns out to be a surprise and I actually end up enjoying the book, but other times I’m let down.  So, today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Books I Almost Put Down but Didn’t”.  It’s going to be a mix of those I am glad I finished and those I regret finishing.

Those I Should’ve Put Down, But Didn’t

These are the books I kept pushing through thinking “Surely, I’m going to end up liking this.” Nope.

Fallen by Lauren KateFallen by Lauren Kate

The Hypnotists by Gordon KormanThe Hypnotists by Gordon Korman

Icons by Margaret StohlIcons by Margaret Stohl

Vixen by Jillian LarkinVixen by Jillian Larkin

Tunnels by Roderick GordonTunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams

Those I’m Glad I Kept Reading

These were books I wasn’t necessarily in love with when I began them, but in the end, am glad I stuck around to finish them because some of them have become books I love!

Daughter of Smoke nd Bone by Lani TaylorDaughter of Smoke & Bone by Lani Taylor

If I Stay by Gayle FormanIf I Stay by Gayle Forman

Along for the Ride by Sarah DessenAlong for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Fever Crumb by Philip ReeveFever Crumb by Philip Reeve

Allegiant by Veronica RothAllegiant by Veronica Roth

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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: Welcome to YA

Hi there everyone!

I’m typing up this post from the Detroit airport as I’m waiting for my flight back home to South Carolina. I spent the weekend at an International Baccalaureate educator’s workshop specifically for librarians and it was pretty darn awesome. I met a lot of like-minded librarians from around the world and learned a ton about the IB programs!

But now it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday. It’s been a few weeks so remember that Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish and I participate on a (mostly) weekly basis. This week’s theme is “gateway books” and I’ve decided to focus on books that I recommend to friends and other adults to welcome or introduce them to YA or Middle Grades fiction. Obviously, I do take into account the readers’ interests, but these are some of my “go-to” titles for recommendation. Each of these titles have successfully hooked an adult reader into YA fiction!

The Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner

This is one I recommend the most. It’s great for sci-fi/dystopian lovers and pretty much anyone.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I mean, this is just YA canon. It’s a fabulously easy gateway into YA.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

My go-to for contemporary romance lovers

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae CarsonThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

If you’re a fantasy fan, I’ll recommend this to you!

Princess Academy by Shannon HalePrincess Academy by Shannon Hale

For those who enjoy a good fairy tale, middle grades style.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Those interested in historical fiction will be hooked.

I'd Tell You I Love You but then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally CarterI’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

For those looking for a fun, girly read with some spying thrown in.

Along for the Ride by Sarah DessenAlong for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Dessen is always good for a realistic contemporary beach read.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail CarrigerEtiquette & Espionage by Catherine Fisher

For those who enjoy some steampunk fun!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

For those interested in some supernatural romance you can’t beat Clare.

There are tons of other books I recommend to introduce adult readers to YA, but these are the ones that come up the most frequently. Each of the ten titles listed above are guaranteed to get you hooked into YA…just let them be your gateway drug!!