Monthly Archives: May 2013

Top 10 Tuesday (29) — Favorite Book Covers

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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 Book Covers of Books I’ve Read

Clicking the book cover will take you to Goodreads where you can add the book to your TBR list.

 

The Forsaken (The Forsaken, #1)I thought the cover for The Forsaken was amazing when I first saw it. That’s part of what made me want to read the book. However, this is also a SMART cover, because everything that is there serves a purpose and makes so much sense once you’ve read the book!

Leverage

I was sad when I saw that the paperback version of Leverage was different than the hardcopy. Another smart cover, this simple cover seems to capture all of the rage and aggression that the book encompasses.

Deadline

I absolutely love when my students pick up Deadline. They’re always so confused about which direction the books is supposed to face! This has enticed quite a few of them into examining the book more closely which led to them checking it out.

Anya's Ghost

I’m embarrassed by how long it took for me to truly notice the details in the cover of Anya’s Ghost. I had seen this cover a dozen times (or more) online, but it wasn’t until I was reading it and had it in my hands that I noticed it…Anya’s ghost is in her hair on the cover! When I first saw it, I thought it was just swirls and separation in her hair. I felt silly that I hadn’t noticed the ghost before!

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)

Both covers in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series has been awesome so far, but Days of Blood & Starlight is my favorite so far. The title for book 3 was recently announced–Dreams of Gods & Monsters–and I can’t wait to see the cover!

Outpost (Razorland, #2)

I loved Enclave, and when I saw the cover for Outpost I was so excited for the book! You can see the creepy hand–is it a human hand in a glove? Or the hand of a Freak? Is the hand keeping people out? Or trying to get in?! You can see the eye peering through the crack–is it Deuce & company keeping an eye on the Freaks? Or the Freaks trying to keep an eye on Deuce & company?! It’s so enticing!

Boy21

I picked up Boy21 from Half-Price Books last school year, partially because of the synopsis and partially because of the cover. This is another cover that makes more sense once you’ve read the story. All of the sketches come together and fit into meaning then. This is one of my favorite reads of 2012…and all time.

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

I loved how Wither (and the rest of the books in the series) had all the interconnected lines and text and certain items circled and highlighted on the cover. Another cover that makes you go back and think about the meaning of all of the highlighted pieces once you’ve read the story!

Legend (Legend, #1)

I know there isn’t anything fancy about the cover of Legend…and that’s why I love it. The story itself is bold and adventurous, the cover needed to make that same bold statement. This is a favorite of many of my students which just goes to show covers don’t always need to be flashy.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

I love the cover of The Selection. I know there’s been talk of “girl” covers and “boy” covers and flipping book covers (here and here and here and others)) and all of that. But for me, this cover is *perfect* as “girl in fancy dress” because that’s what the book is about. A Nobody who is swept up in this competition and dressed up for show. I think the covers of both The Selection and The Elite are beautiful (and I love the contrast of America hiding in The Selection and being more bold in The Elite).

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (41)

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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

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)  Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society, #3)

This week I plan to read/continue:

Five Summers  Gimme A Call  Don't Breathe a Word

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

Waiting on Wednesday (31) – Wild Awake

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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…

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Wild Awake

Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:

1. You will remember to water the azaleas.
2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.
3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.

Things that actually happen:

1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2. He says he has her stuff.
3. What stuff? Her stuff.
4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to—
5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he—
6. You pick up a pen.
7. You scribble down the address.
8. You get on your bike and go.
9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
*also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.

Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy. (Goodreads summary)

This has been on my radar foreverrrrr, and I’m so excited that it’s finally almost here! All of the bookish friends that I trust that were lucky enough to read a preview have been raving about how fabulous it is. This is one that I will be picking up ASAP!

Releases: May 28, 2013

Top 10 Tuesday (28) — Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

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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 Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

Clicking the book cover will take you to Goodreads where you can add the book to your TBR list.

Bullying

Leverage  Everybody Sees the Ants  Some Girls Are

Sexual Identity

Ask The Passengers  The Miseducation of Cameron Post  Shine

Cancer

A Monster Calls  Deadline  When You Were Here

Abuse

Speak  Don't Breathe a Word  Thirteen Reasons Why

War — Those Left Behind

If I Lie  Personal Effects  In Honor  The Things a Brother Knows

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (40)

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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

Send  OCD, the Dude, and Me  The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)

Out Of This Place  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight  Amulet, Vol. 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse

Send is a book about bullying from the perspective of the former bully. It didn’t quite end up being exactly what I imagined, but it was still powerful…and twisted.

OCD, The Dude, and Me was a cute read. I loved the format (essays and journal entries), especially the teacher comments on class essays!

The 5th Wave lived up to all of the hype — intense and action packed. I have lots of students waiting eagerly and verrry patiently to get their hands on this book.

Out of This Place is a novel in verse that was a very quick (literally finished in approx. an hour), touching read about the lives of different students waiting to get out of their hometown.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was a quick read that I started and finished on Saturday, and I absolutely loved it. My husband literally came downstairs to check on me because I said I was “going to read a little of my book,” then stayed downstairs reading for 2 hours! (I’m sure you guys have never done that! Haha ;))

Amulet 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse is a great second book in the series. I need to finish this series because my students and my son loveLoVeLOVE them, and I need to finish so that I have talking points!

This week I plan to read/continue:

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)    Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society, #3)  Going Vintage  The Madness Underneath (Shades of London, #2)

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

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (39)

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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

The Rules for Disappearing  Breaking Point (Article 5, #2)  Scarlet (Scarlet #1)

The Rules for Disappearing was a good mystery read. Throughout the story, “Megan” tries to figure out why she and her family have been put in witness protection. She believes that it’s something her father did, and as she is plagued by dreams and memory fragments, she is able to piece the puzzle together.

Last year, Article 5 was a title that I was super excited to read. When it finally came out, I read it right away…and was a little disappointed. The main characters Ember and Chase were whiny and moody, and they didn’t communicate, so the whole book was “I wish he knew ______, but I can’t tell him.”/”I wish she knew ________, but I can’t tell her.” I was hesitant to read Breaking Point because I was scared it would be more of the same, but I’m the type that can’t just leave a series hanging…and I’m really glad I didn’t! Breaking Point has a lot of action that keeps you invested, Ember has become stronger and therefore less whiny, and there are mysterious characters that keep you guessing as to what exactly their intentions might be.

I’ve seen Twitter friends rave about Scarlet, so I bought a copy when I saw it at B&N recently. OMG, so amazing! It’s a re-telling of the Robin Hood story, and it is just as amazing as people were saying. This is one that I recommend you buy/check out from the library the first chance you have.

This week I plan to read/continue:

  Send  Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity  OCD, the Dude, and Me

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