Monthly Archives: February 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (25) – OCD, The Dude, and Me

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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 can’t wait for…

Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

OCD, The Dude, and MeWith frizzy orange hair, a plus-sized body, sarcastic demeanor, and “unique learning profile,” Danielle Levine doesn’t fit in even at her alternative high school. While navigating her doomed social life, she writes scathing, self-aware, and sometimes downright raunchy essays for English class.

As a result of her unfiltered writing style, she is forced to see the school psychologist and enroll in a “social skills” class. But when she meets Daniel, another social misfit who is obsessed with the cult classic film The Big Lebowski, Danielle’s resolve to keep everyone at arm’s length starts to crumble. (Goodreads summary)

I have loved the premise of this book from the first time I read it, and I’m happy the release date is finally almost here!

Releases: March 21, 2013

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Top 10 Tuesday (23) – Auto-buy Authors

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

Top Ten Authors That I’d Put On My Auto-Buy List

Tom Angleberger — My son absolutely loves the Origami Yoda series. Add to that the Horton Halfpott and Fake Mustache, and it seems that Tom Angleberger can do no wrong when it comes to writing!

Gayle Forman — Gayle’s books seem to hit you right in the heart and rip it apart. Mia’s tragedy in If I Stay? Adam’s heartbreak in Where She Went? My copy Just One Day is out on book loan, and I can’t wait for the companion, Just One Year.

Libba Bray — The Gemma Doyle series (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing)  is one of my favorite series, with the perfect blend of fantasy and historical fiction. I absolutely loved Beauty Queens. Not to mention, Libba is absolutely amazing when presenting or speaking. Definite auto-buy.

Lauren Oliver — It seems that Lauren has amazing range when it comes to writing. She has the Delirium series, Before I Fall, two middle grade books, and just finished her first adult novel. When I see new books from her, they always go on the TBR list.

Matthew Quick — Q has recently and very quickly become one of my most favoritest writers. Boy21 was one of my top 3 books last year, and I can’t keep that or Sorta Like a Rockstar on my shelves. I picked up Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock in November at NCTE, and I haven’t even had a chance to read it because it’s been passed from boy to boy in my 9th grade classes! I can’t wait to see what else Q has up his sleeve.

John Green — I’m sure he’ll be on a lot of these lists, and it might be a “cliche YA” entry, but if John Green is writing it I don’t mind reading it!

Matt de la Pena — I had a couple of Matt’s books before seeing him speak at ALAN, and I always thought to myself, “I need to read those soon.” After hearing his powerful message, I went straight back home to read Ball Don’t Lie and Mexican Whiteboy. Anything he writes I will be buying and sharing with my students!

A.S. King — Powerful messages in Ask the Passengers and Everybody Sees Ants have resonated with my students. I have her older titles on my list to add to my classroom library AND school library, and I can’t wait read her next book.

Raina Telgemier — Graphic novels are HUGE in my classroom, and some of my students’ favorites are written by Raina: Smile, Drama, and The Baby Sitters Club graphic novel adaptations.

Laurie Halse Anderson — Laurie is one of the queen bees of YA authors. Speak and Twisted are two of the most checked-out books in my classroom library, and many of my girls have been touched by the starkness of Wintergirls. Students who “don’t like historical fiction” because it’s “boring” are drawn in by Fever 1793 and the Seeds of America series. It’s gotten to the point where the magic words are, “It’s written by Laurie Halse Anderson.”

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (29)

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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.

Clicking the covers will take you to the Goodreads page, where you can add it to your “To Read” list!

Last week I read:

MG/YA Books

Starters (Starters and Enders, #1)  Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)

This week I plan to read/continue:

Splintered  How to Lead a Life of Crime

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I can’t wait for this week of reading! What about you?

Waiting on Wednesday (24) – Things I Can’t Forget

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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 can’t wait for…

Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks, #3)Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker. 

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt…with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

I have to confess…I still haven’t read Catching Jordan or Stealing Parker. *ducks* I knowwww, it’s awful! I’ve heard such great things about them, and I have Catching Jordan in my classroom! However, I think this would be the perfect time for me to catch up on all them at once, right?! 🙂

Releases: March 1, 2013

Top 10 Tuesday (22) – Favorite Characters in X Genre

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

Top Ten Favorite Characters In X Genre

For today’s topic, I decided to list my favorite characters from specific genres. I compiled this list pretty quickly, so these are some of my favorites off the top of my head!

Historical Fiction – Jo from Little Women; Cassie Logan from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Sports – Felton from Stupid Fast; Finley from Boy21

Paranormal – Noah Shaw from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer; Sophie Mercer from Hex Hall

Realistic Fiction – Kelsey Finkelstein from Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters

Fantasy – Po from Graceling

Dystopia – Day from Legend

Sci-fi/Retelling – Scarlet from Scarlet

Steampunk – Deryn Sharp (aka MR. Sharp) from Leviathan

Adventure – Kat Bishop+Hale from Heist Society

Graphic Novel (it’s really a format, I know!) – Babymouse from the Babymouse series

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (28)

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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.

Clicking the covers will take you to the Goodreads page, where you can add it to your “To Read” list!

Last week I read:

MG/YA Books

Poison Study (Study, #1)  Looking for Alaska

This week I plan to read/continue:

Starters (Starters and Enders, #1)  How to Lead a Life of Crime

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I can’t wait for this week of reading! What about you?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (27)

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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.

Clicking the covers will take you to the Goodreads page, where you can add it to your “To Read” list!

Last week I read:

MG/YA Books

Requiem (Delirium, #3)  Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

This week I plan to read/continue:

Poison Study (Study, #1)  How to Lead a Life of Crime  Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story (Gallagher Girls, #5.5; Heist Society, #2.5)

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I can’t wait for this week of reading! What about you?