Monthly Archives: April 2012

Top 10 Tuesday (1 Day Late)

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(System glitch, and this didn’t post yesterday as schedule!)

This is a weekly meme hosted by the good folks at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is…

Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books

1. Peeta – The Hunger Games trilogy: Peeta saves Katniss. He loves her even when she isn’t sure what she feels. He fights through the torture he endured in the Capitol to get back to her. Real or not real? He’s real.

2. Stacey – The Baby-Sitters Club series: I read practically every book in The Baby-Sitters Club series, and I always wanted to be Stacey. I was unlike her in every way, and maybe that’s why she’s the one that appealed to me the most.

3. Po – Graceling: Po is so gentle and loving with Katsa. The fact that he has to disguise his true grace from his family? Devastating. The loss that he suffers on his journey with Katsa? Heart-breaking.

 4. and 5. Atticus and Scout – To Kill a Mockingbird: Do I really need an explanation here? I mean, it’s Atticus and Scout!

 6. Jo – Little WomenJo is so strong and independent. Like Stacey, I think I am drawn to and intrigued Jo because she is so different from how I see myself. 

 7. Hermione Granger – Harry Potter series: Hermione rocked her girl power all through the series. She knew all the answers and was always willing to step up and take action. Plus, I really need her magic bag that can hold so much stuff 🙂

 8. Georgia Nicolson – Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: This is the only book I’ve read of the Georgia books, but she is pretty stinking hilarious! The Fault in Our Stars

 9. Augustus/Gus – The Fault In Our Stars: *sigh* He’s just so lovely.

 Divergent

10. Tris – Divergent: Tris so brave to leave her family behind and follow her heart. She thinks that she isn’t self-less, yet she puts herself in harms way in order to help those around her and fight for the greater good.

Who are your favorite characters in books?

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday in a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that lets us gush over books we just can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

I’m waiting on…

via Goodreads

In America’s Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life…

The Drowned Cities is the sequel to the Printz award-winning Ship Breaker, which is on my to-read list for the Printz challenge. I’ll be picking this up as soon as I finish Ship Breaker!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you can recap what you’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

This week I read:

                                            Leverage

I picked up Crossed, and realized that I couldn’t remember exactly what happened in Matched. When I initially read Matched, I read Delirium immediately after, and that’s the story that stuck with me more (for whatever reason). So I decided that I needed to re-read:

Coming up this week:

                                              

What are you reading this week?

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday in a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that let’s us gush over books we just can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

May 1st cannot come soon enough. I will be a happy, happy girl when I have these in my hands:

  

I absolutely love Graceling, and I can’t wait to see how Katsa, Po, and Bitterblue have grown and changed since we last saw them.

Divergent was such a spectacular read, and I’m sure Insurgent won’t disappoint! The only drawback to reading it immediately is having to wait another year until the next book is released.

What about you? What are you waiting to read?

Teen Book Con 2012

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This Saturday was the 3rd annual TeenBookCon in Houston, Texas. I heard about this event on Twitter last May, about 1 month after the 2011 TeenBookCon, and I’ve been waiting (semi-patiently) alllll year for the 2012 event. Due to outside events, I couldn’t take a group of students, so I called up my mom who went with me.

Orson Scott Card was the keynote speaker this year. I haven’t read any of his books, but I’ve had Ender’s Game on my list of to-reads foreverrrr. He did a mic-check, then stayed at the podium and answered questions while the organizers got everything else set up on stage, which the audience loved. He was an interesting character (to say the least), but he had some great things to say concerning reading:

We have an immense store of vicarious memories…because we are readers. How many lives have you lead because you read?

When you read a book, you join the community of other readers with shared memories.

Don’t you DARE ever make a child ashamed of what they like to read.

Reading is the most participatory art.

I attended the Dystopia Rising panel with Megan Crewe (The Way We Fall), Michael Grant (BZRK), and Marissa Meyer Cinder). A student asked Michael Grant how he develops his characters, and he said that he “casts” his character by looking through photos on Flikr/Google/etc., then fleshes the character out from there. Pretty interesting concept that might be interesting to try in class.

At lunch I got to meet Jennifer Haight (@hipmamajenn), and she introduced me to two Houston book bloggers, Katie (blookgirl) and Kristina (LadybugGirl724). I love meeting Twitter people in person!

After lunch we hit up the Reality Bites panel with Jesse Andrews (Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl), Elizabeth Eulberg (Take A Bow), Lisa McMann (Dead To You), Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray), and Siobhan Vivian (The List). This panel was so funny, and they seemed to have a lot of fun together! Ruta shared that part of her research for BSoG involved her staying in a Soviet prison where she was beaten and truly treated as if she were imprisoned. I cannot imagine being in such an environment.

The Adults Are Overrated panel with Orson Scott Card (Pathfinder), Inara Scott (Talents), Jessica Spotswood (Born Wicked), and Maggie Stiefvater (The Scorpio Races) was…interesting. OSC gave unsolicited sex advice, which is always…awesome. Especially in a room with pre-teens/teens who are with their parents/teachers! Jessica Spotswood has a TIIIINY voice! And Maggie Stiefvater won me over to read her Shiver series. The synopsis just never got my interest up (werewolves just aren’t my thing), but she was so funny and real, I’m checking out Shiver tomorrow at school!

The last panel I attended was Holly Black (Black Heart), Gina Damico (Croak), D.J. MacHale ( Morpheus Road: The Black), and Marlene Perez (Dead Is a Battlefield). This group was a lot of fun as well. I definitely want to get my hands on Croak; the premise behind the book sounds really cool!

TeenBookCon posted a tweet earlier today saying there were 1100+ people on Saturday, which is TWICE as many as last year! To see photos of the event, visit LibraryInk’s Flikr page. Next year’s event will be on April 20th…maybe I’ll see you there!