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Top Ten 2014 Book Releases I’m Uber Excited For!

Top Ten Tuesday

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Well I will be off in library school all of 2014, well mentally anyway as it’s an all online program, but I will need fictional worlds to keep my sanity.  So these are the books I am looking forward to the most this upcoming year:

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Mixed emotions..this is the final book in the series right? So my fictional boyfriend is just leaving me…not fair! But I can’t wait to read it! And it’s released the day before my birthday!!

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)Cress by Marissa Meyer-Feb. 4

I should probably take the day off work when this comes out…

The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla (Pink Carnation, #11)The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla: A Pink Carnation Novel by Lauren Willig- Aug. 5

Every time a book by the lovely Lauren Willig comes out, I feel like I’m getting an early Christmas gift 🙂

That Summer by Lauren Willig

….and I get two by her again this year!!! Lucky me !

Dangerous Creatures (Dangerous Creatures, #1)Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl-May 20

I didn’t even know this was coming out until today…and now I don’t know what to do with myself. I. Love. Casters.

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)

The Blood Of Olympus by Rick Riordan-Oct. 7

OMG!!!!!!!!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo-June 3

Again…I may need to use some PTO…or become mysteriously ill…when this arrives.

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine, #2)Hollow City by Ransom Riggs-Today!

Great first book, excited for this one.

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness-July 15

So I despised the 2nd book. Ugh, so much, I was just bored out of my mind. But I’m hoping this conclusion can redeem itself.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor-April 8

Again, I couldn’t stand the second book in this series, but I hope this one is much better.

Thoughts, feelings, additions???

Top Ten Reads of 2013

Top Ten Books of 2013

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I read so many wonderful books this year it was hard to pick just 10..but here ya go:

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder/Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (YA Fantasy/Fairiytale)

I expect these are many, many lists this year. They’re amazing and Marissa Meyer is wonderful 🙂

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Shadow and Bone/Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (YA Fantasy)

So addictive. I didn’t sleep the few nights it took to read these. I just had to Keep. Reading.

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (Pink Carnation, #10)The Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren Willig (Adult Historical Fiction/Romance)

I love Lauren Willig. Every time a new bok by her comes out, it feels like Christmas and I know I’m in for a special treat. I always try to make the books last a week, but end up staying up all night and finishing them in a couple days…

WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio (Junior Fiction)

Everyone must read this book! Haven’t reviewed it yet, but it’s A-Mazing!  Forces readers to look at how they treat people and will most likely make you a better person for reading it…

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare (Review to come…I’m still recovering from the emotional rollercoaster (YA Fantasy)

Started and finished this trilogy over my Holiday break…and I am still an emotional wreck because of it…In a good way. I am in love with Clare’s writing! Please write faster Ms. Clare !!!

The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Junior Fiction)

Like Willig, with Riordan every book is a treat and this was no exception. I used reading a chapter of this book as a reward system for writing a page of my school papers… It was such an epic story!

The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next, #7)The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde (Adult Fiction Fantasy)

I love this series and frankly, I don’t think I will ever get tired of Thursday Next. This one was the most hilarious out of all of them for me so far. I quote from it daily….

Delirium (Delirium, #1)The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver (YA Fiction Dystopian)

I loved this trilogy…and the ending was much better for me than the Divergent trilogy.  It focused more on feelings than actions, but I love the way that Oliver writes.

FearlessFearless by Cornelia Funke (YA Fantasy/Fairytale)

Cornelia Funke is spectacular. This book (2nd in a series) is haunting and exciting, yet beautiful. I love the worlds that Funke can transport me to.

The Fire Chronicle (The Books of Beginning, #2)The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens (JF Fantasy)

Great action packed series! I love the world it’s set in and the characters are awesome…wish the third book would hurry up though 🙂

There you have it. My top 10 for 2013. Any of the same? Strongly disagree with some??

Top Ten Books I’d Like to See as Perfect Movies

Top Ten Books I Would Like to See Made Into Perfect Movies

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The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I thought this was going to be a movie…I don’t think a movie will ever do this book justice, but if it could it would be the best movie ever 🙂

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

This would be such an awesome kid’s adventure movie! It would be inspiring and fun…and hopefully encourage reading?

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

If the casting was done right, these could be spectacular! Given time, I will think up my favorite cast…has anyone cast this series already?

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

These would be fun to watch…if the casting is done right, it can be a-mazing! Fast paced, action packed, with a fairy tale edge; pretty darn close to perfect.

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1)The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

I would love to see the Book World come to life! This could be such a cool movie…

Peter and the Starcatchers by Steve Barry and Ridley Pearson

Another awesome kid’s adventure movie. A movie about how Peter Pan became Peter Pan….it would be epic!

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)Magyk by Angie Sage

These would be so neat to see as movies.  The books have really neat creatures and magic throughout them along with very vibrant characters.  It would be great to see it on the big screen.

Redone Books to Movies (ones that were butchered, but could be done so much better!):

Eragon (Inheritance, #1)Eragon by Christopher Paolini

The books were full of action and are un-put-downable, however, the movie was boring to me.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I’m sorry, but that was not my Ethan Wate on the big screen.  My Ethan was sweeter and softer. And there was no KELTING in the movie! Ugh..I’m donating my DVD to a library sale.

IInkheart (Inkworld, #1)nkheart by Cornelia Funke

This could have been an epic movie saga…I don’t quite know what happened (or what happened to my copy, I just realized it’s missing!).

Got any ideas on casting???

Top Ten Secondary Characters

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So this was a tough one for me as I have a hard enough time remembering the main character’s names. And I realized that most of my favorite secondary characters are from Harry Potter as they are the most memorable for me and I actually cared for them and not just Harry.

Malfoy from Harry Potter

Yes, he’s a “bad guy” but his character is just so interesting (and I’ve always had a huge crush on him). There is just enough information about him to picture him perfectly, but not so much you can’t picture your own stories about his life.

Dustfinger from Inkheart

My favorite character in this series.  He is always mysterious and elusive and just awesome..

Nico from Percy Jackson series

Another mysterious character I really wish I could see more of.

Annabeth from Percy Jackson series

Annabeth is amazing and she does get her own voice sometimes, but she’s never the star…however, she is by far  my favorite female character.

Sirius Black from Harry Potter

A wonderful character I wish I found was a secret godparent…I loved the scenes wit Sirius.

Isabelle Lightwood from TMI series

Another awesome female character who isn’t the main character…strong, beautiful, and independent.

Lupin from Harry Potter

Hmm, I may have spotted a theme for this post,…Lupin is another one of my favorite HP characters. Wish there were more stories about him too…

Who are yours? Got any similar ones?

Top Ten Things That Make Our Lives as Book Bloggers/Avid Readers Easier

Top Ten Things That Make Our Lives as Book Bloggers/Avid Readers Easier

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This topic is a pretty awesome one, even though I could only think of 8 at the moment, I’m excited to peruse other lists tomorrow night and see what I’m missing out on! So leave comments if you have suggestions or links to your blog so I can check ‘em out…I love connecting with other avid bookish people  : )

Libraries! Okay, so I may be biased, but without libraries I would be a wannabe reader. There is no possible way I could afford to get all of the books, ebooks, or audiobooks I want to read without libraries.  So go utilize them…NOW! 🙂

Book Bloggers  I love meeting and interacting with other bloggers and getting recommendations from others. It’s a great way to expand my reading horizon.

Goodreads  Another great way to interact with other readers and to keep track of what/when youv’e read and whether you liked it or not.  Plus it gives you awesome recommendations.Add me on Goodreads!

Library Thing My favorite place to catalog books…Plus I love SantaThing : ) And another way to connect with others and get recommendations.

Reading Journal Before blogging, Goodreads, and LibraryThing this was the only record I kept of what I was reading and also the only way I could remember what books were about later.  (Especially helpful when continuing series.)

My newly started Quotes Journal  I love finding quotes in books and I plan on keeping this with the current book I am reading at all times.  (A tip from a fellow blogger : ) Plus I love adding a quote or two into a review.

NetGalley A great way to discover new reads…for free : ) and be able to give honest reviews about them. I’ve been finding awesome books this way!

Book Stores I don’t actually buy a lot of books, because I just can’t afford too, but I still love book stores and I find them so helpful for discovering new authors and new releases.  I love looking at all of the displays and writing down titles to add to my TBR and library list.

Stacking the Shelves!

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I always forget to do these, but I’m going to try and be better about this and do them every week or two because Stacking the Shelves is a great meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.  So for the remainder of August I’m going to be optimistic and hope that these get finished before the dreaded return to school. (Reality of return hasn’t quite hit yet. After a 4 year break, school is bit hard to fathom. Full-time online grad school and full time public library work…should be interesting!) Anywho, here are the three books and a short story I hope to start and finish in the next two weeks:

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Library book)

I just really want to read this one.  I feel it will be a really fast-paced read from all the awesome reviews I’ve read.  Plus everyone keeps telling me to read it…so I will : )

The StorytellerThe Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (Library book)

I didn’t like the only other book I read which was “kind of” written by Picoult; Between the Lines, but this one sounds fantastic (but hey, so did that one). It’s about an ex-Nazi and a Holocaust survivor and I’m a sucker for WWII fiction, so we will see… I had to move this to the top of my list because I had been on hold for it since February..and there are still 45 holds on the book, so no renewals for this librarian. (Plus I really want the top that girl is wearing on the cover!)

The Lonely Tree by Yael Politis (received from publisher)The Lonely Tree

This sounds like a great historical fiction read.  Click here to read a summary.

The Son of SobekThe Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan (Amazon eBook)

I hadn’t realized this had been released…two months ago until I saw a review on Escaping Reality-One Book at a Time’s blog! So I immediately purchased it and will devour it as soon as I find the charger for my tablet…

Top 10 Books with a Fairytale or Mythological Setting

Top Ten Books with a Fairy Tale or Mythological Setting

(this may be stretching the definition of setting, but I don’t care…)

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Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

This series takes prominent fairy tale females and puts them in a futuristic world and surprisingly it’s absolutely fantastic.

Cinder #1 and Scarlet #2

 

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Modern day demigods, their immortal parents, and the never-ending quests to save the world.  I LOVE these…and continue to love them with the continuation of the characters in the Lost Heroes series.

Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

I was scared this series wouldn’t be as good as the Percy Jackson series since I was head over heels for Avalon Highthose characters, but Riordan didn’t disappoint me one bit with this series. It was fantastic getting to learn more about Egyptian mythology I wish there were more though!

Avalon High by Meg Cabot

King Arthur tales hold a special place in my heart for some reason, so I thoroughly enjoyed Cabot’s modern spin on it.

Spindle's EndSpindle’s End by Robin McKinley

Sleeping Beauty’s tale re-told in a rather unique way. This is the only one I’ve read by McKinley so far, but I really enjoyed it so I will (hopefully) be able to read another in the near future.

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flamel series by Michael Scott

Mythological creatures and famous people who’ve become “immortal” on a chase to fight for the world.  A wonderful Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)series blending modern day life with mythological creatures and amazing characters.

Abandon series by Meg Cabot

A modern day re-telling of Hades and Persephone in true Cabot form. Funny, fast-paced, and romantic.

FearlessReckless series by Cornelia Funke

Behind the mirror is another land where there are many different creatures and references to fairy tales we know (I suspect there are more references to fairy tales, but the author is German so maybe I’m not catching all of them).

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Ella EnchantedElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

These two aren’t re-done fairy-tales, but modern day fairy tales, which I’m sure in due time will become classics.

What are yours??? Got any suggestions?

 

Top Five Books I Wish Had Sequels

 

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I have been missing these for far too long! And this week’s turned out to be a difficult one for me; Top ten stories you wish had sequels.  What I discovered was that most of what I have read in the past three years have all been part of or beginnings to series! Guess I found a gigantic hole in my reading… So, for now I only have five until I can remedy this situation:

 

 The Princess Bride The Princess Bride by William Goldman

 

I loved this book so, so much and really want to read MORE! (I suppose it’s been long enough since I read it last that it could do with a re-read though ; ) High adventure and some fantasy mixed with romance and humor. Perfect.

 

Avalon HighAvalon High by Meg Cabot

 

Technically this does have a sequel, but the sequel (or sequels?) are graphic novels and I’m just not into them. I loved the book and I can’t see myself enjoying a graphic novel half as well. Romance, modern day King Arthur re-telling = awesome.

 

The Night CircusThe Night Circus Erin Morgenstern

 

This story was magical and I wanted to crawl inside of it; I could do with more of this story… or at least something similar by the author.

 

StardustStardust by Neil Gaiman

 

An amazing story I never wanted to end, so yes, I would love another one in this world!

 

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)Septimus Heap Saga by Angie Sage

 

I love this series, but it’s over now : ( I’m hopeful there will be future books in this world though because of some hints at the end of the last book which would be great!

 

What are some stories you just wanted to see more books of?

P.S. Don’t forget that the 10th Pink Carnation book, Passion of the Purple Plumeria, by Lauren Willig comes out today!!

 

Summer Reading….June Recap July Dreams!

So this summer is flying by! The library is crazy with programs having great attendance and circulation UP! Which is leaving less and less time for reading and writing 😦 …however, I’m getting an unintended mini vacation, well time off not necessarily vacation. I’m getting my wisdom teeth out today! Hopefully the few days off (even for surgery I’m a bit excited) will give me some time to read and write while I’m not sleeping…we will see.

Well in June I read quite a few great books! Click on the titles to read the reviews.

House of Secrets (House of Secrets, #1)First up was an adventurous Junior Fiction tale co-written by the director of Harry Potter, Chris Columbus The House of Secrets.

Then I finished up an adult thriller by Iain Cosgrove called The Storm Protocol.The Storm Protocol

It was on to a more light hearted Young Adult fantasy/romance by Mette Ivie Harrison called The Rose Throne after that.

Stoker's ManuscriptI was able to score an ARC of an awesome new vampire novel by Royce Prouty called Stoker’s Manuscript.

Then I finally squeezed in the Young Adult Fantasy, Mirrorworld sequel, Fearless, by Cornelia Funke I’d been dying to read for a few months.

The ApprenticesAnd then I got to read another Junior Fiction sequel to round off the month of another ARC I scored off LibraryThing. The Apprentices by Maile Meloy.

In July I hope to read a few books (some still from last month) however, I have yet to finish a book this month *gasp* . It’s horrible! However, I’m working on Abandon by Meg Cabot and will hopefully finish it shortly

Then I hope to FINALLY read:

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Pure by Julianna Baggot as part of Your Pick for Nik’s Book Club.Pure (Pure, #1)

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseni

The Golem and the JinniThe Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

and whatever else strikes my fancy….

 

 

Plus…These were are all of the Library Programs which went on in June:

* Diggin’ For Dinosaurs

*Magic Tree House Book Club :

* Chemistry Experiments Performer

* Worms!

*Bike Rodeo and Hot Dog Supper

* Wildlife Center Presentation on What Lies Beneath Your Feet!

Well I best be off to get my teeth removed! :S

How’s your summer reading or library programming been going??

Top Ten Books Of 2013 …So Far

 Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013

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I’ve read sooo many good books already this year! But here are my top ten faves! (Click on the titles with links for my reviews.):

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

New favorite series.  Re-done, futuristic fairy tales.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Read this in a day.  A great YA dystopian with a lovely romance…Still haven’t read the second one because I know I need to schedule an entire day devoted to just reading when I pick it up 🙂

The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next, #7)The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde

Finally caught up to the end of this series. I loved this one SOOO much. I laughed really hard out loud…in public.  It’s different than the others in the series, but it’s still wonderful.

Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

Love Pullman and I watch Once Upon a Time so had to read this one and it was great.  I hadn’t read all of these fairy tales The Fire Chronicle (The Books of Beginning, #2)before so it was a great way to become acquainted with them.

The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens

The second book in a wonderful junior fiction fantasy.  Fast-paced and action packed.

 

Fyre (Septimus Heap, #7)Fyre by Angie Sage

The last book in another great junior fiction fantasy series.  Ended well with the hope for more stories from the same world in the future…

 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Loved this for all of the great quotes held within it.  So well written.

 The Ashford AffairThe Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig

Historical fiction standalone novel by one of my favorite authors : )

Inferno by Dan Brown

A new Dan Brown novel…and it was awesome.

 

The Clock Of LifeThe Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren

A very powerful story dealing with racism, war, mental illness, and so much more…so good !

Now, go read some of these if you haven’t yet!

What have been some of your favorites this year?

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