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Top Ten Tuesday #6


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Ten authors that should be MORE recognized!

This was kind of a hard post for me. I am a librarian and every author I thought of I just assumed everyone had already heard of. But then I started thinking maybe it’s all my time in the library that has introduced me to these authors and maybe others are missing them. So if these authors are as popular as I had originally assumed then this post may be boring (sorry!), but if not then maybe you will find your new favorite author on this list!

And one more thing…this post is a little more oriented toward picture book authors because I just could not think of that many young adult authors who were not already very popular. I hope you enjoy the list and maybe it will even inspire someone to pick up a picture book! 🙂

(Links will take you to Goodreads author page)

1. Huntley Fitzpatrick

A new YA author. Her first book My Life Next Door was awesome and I am anxiously awaiting her second book release!

2. Ruta Sepetys

YA historical fiction author. I am not usually into historical fiction, but her books are great! Check out my review for her newest book Out of the Easy.

3. Annabel Monaghan

I had never heard of this YA author until last year, but I loved her book A Girl Named Digit. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out in 2014!

4. Amy Krouse Rosenthal

A picture book author with just the cutest books!

5. Karen Beaumont

I LOVE her picture books! I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More is one of the best if you’re looking for a picture book to read!

6. Eric Litwin

His Pete the Cat picture books and cool tunes are fun for all ages! 🙂

7. Herve Tullet

Tullet’s interactive picture books are so much fun! Press Here is so cool!

8. Ally Carter

A YA author who writes a lot about espionage! I love her series Gallagher Girls!

9. Brian Selznick

Borderline Junior fiction/ YA fiction his illustrated chapter books are just breathtaking. He is also a recipient of the Caldecott award for his book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

10. Laura Hillenbrand

An amazing adult non-fiction author. Unbroken is one of those books that just left me speechless. SO GOOD!!

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Top Ten Tuesday #5


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Best/Worst Book to Movie Adaptations

I was really excited when I saw this topic for Top Ten Tuesday. My husband and I are total movie buffs! We own at least 500 movies and we are continually adding to the collection, but I was really surprised at what I found making this post. What I discovered was that 1) I actually enjoy MOST book to movie adaptations and 2) there are a ton of book to movie adaptations that I have either only read the book OR only read the movie. I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do!

WORST Adaptations

There are only two movies that came to mind for BAD book to movie adaptations. There may be more that I didn’t love, but these movies were just terrible!

1. Twilight Saga (books by Stephenie Meyer)

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I’m betting this series made a lot of people’s lists today whether it is for better or for worse. I did enjoy the books. I was in college when I read this series and I remember countless hours lying in my dorm room swooning over the love story (p.s. if I had to choose I would’ve picked Jacob), but I just never had any good feelings about the movies. The poor quality of sooo many things in this movie just made it a huge disappointment! I will at least say this for the movies though the very last movie was a little better than the others (but not much). My recommendation is read the books, but don’t waste your time on the movies. And if you watched the movies and now despise the books….don’t. They really are not terrible.

2. Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief (books by Rick Riordan)

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I loved the Percy Jackson series, but when I finally saw The Lightning Thief I was SO disappointed! I didn’t feel that the movie followed the book very closely at all. They changed some big things for the movie and as a lover of the books I did not appreciate the changes. I know some things may have been necessary for filming, but this movie was just bad. However, despite all of my negative feelings for the movie I definitely recommend the books. And this may not be my wisest decision since I didn’t like the first movie, but I will be giving the upcoming Percy Jackson movie a chance when it comes out. I really, really hope it’s better than the first.

BEST Adaptations

I really am not too hard on book to movie adaptations so the ones I didn’t like were BAD and the ones I do like range from pretty good to amazing! I hope you find that you enjoyed (or might enjoy soon) these movies too!

3.The Chronicles of Narnia (books by C.S. Lewis)

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This is one that I thought was pretty good, but I don’t know that I would go as far as amazing. As a kid I really enjoyed the books, and I have even recently read them as an adult and they still held my attention. I felt the same about the movie. It was good, but it didn’t blow me away or anything. I do think it is something that kids would probably get more out of than most adults.

4. The Notebook (book by Nicholas Sparks)

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Such a sweet book, but an even better movie (because I liked the movie ending better). And Rachel McAdams was just perfect for the part of Allie!

5. The Lucky One (book by Nicholas Sparks)

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This book was just not very good so I was really hesitant, but I’m actually glad I watched the movie. It was so much better than the book. The beginning was not nearly as slow as it felt in the book. I actually enjoyed the movie!

6. The Help (book by Kathryn Stockett)

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I heard so many people rave about this book so I couldn’t wait to read it. While the book was not bad it was not amazing either. But I really did like the movie. I can’t really put my finger on why I liked the movie better than the book in this case, but I definitely did.

7. The Hunger Games (books by Suzanne Collins)

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These books are amazing and I was so scared that the movie adaptation would be horrendous. However, I was pleasantly surprised. There were a few small differences, but I didn’t really mind the changes they made. Great movie!

8. Harry Potter (books by J.K. Rowling)

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I’m sure this has been on many, many lists today, but it deserves to be! Each of the Harry Potter movies and books are just amazing! I think Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone started the series out well, but each book (and movie) got continually better. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1 & 2 for the movies) were just like mind-blowing good. I can’t even tell you how many times I have watched these movies and I enjoy them every single time!

I wasn’t sure what other movies I thought deserved to make this list as really bad or pretty good. So I am veering a little from the original topic to books that are in the process of being adapted to film or books that I hope will someday be adapted to film. By the time I’m done with this post I’m sure I will have passed ten since I have already listed eight, but here is the list anyways.

Soon to be released

9. Ender’s Game (book by Orson Scott Card)

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I read this book in high school and I did not just fall in love with it like so many people. But my husband does love this book and he is eagerly awaiting the release of the movie. I’m sure I will see it with him, but I’m wondering how I will feel about it in comparison with the book.

10. Divergent (book by Veronica Roth)

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I loved this book. It is actually one of the best books I think I have read recently. But because I loved the book so much I’m a little nervous about the movie adaptation. Shailene Woodley is playing the main character and I don’t know if that makes me excited or really nervous…I’m looking forward to this movie, but with a little hesitation.

Movies that are in production (at least according to IMDB)

11. The Book Thief (book by Markus Zusak)

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This was another book that I really enjoyed and I’m so glad I will get to see it brought to life. But I think it will take a great producer to portray death the way Zusak does in the novel. Hopefully, they have pulled it off and I guess we will find out for sure next year (in January…I think…).

12. Delirium (book by Lauren Oliver)

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I loved the entire Delirium trilogy and I think it has a lot of potential for a movie. There was enough action and enough romance to make this movie a great date movie. I’m looking forward to it and you better believe me and my husband will be making a date night for this one! 

Movies that are pre-production (again, according to IMDB)

13. Between Shades of Gray (book by Ruta Sepetys)

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Just a fabulous book! First and foremost if you have not read this book then you should. You should make it like next on your TBR list. It is seriously that good! I think it could be such a touching movie, but maybe a little tough to keep the movie authentic and keep the rating low enough that a younger audience could watch it. The reason I say that is because most of the book takes place in Russian labor camps during World War II and most books that deal with that topic tend to have higher MPAA ratings.

14. Thirteen Reasons Why (book by Jay Asher)

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I just really hope this becomes a movie because I really enjoyed the book. If each “reason” could play out it would be such a good movie and it would have so much potential. I can’t wait to see updates on this film.

15. Unbroken (book by Laura Hillenbrand)

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This is another book that takes place during World War II only this one is a true story. Set in a Japanese prisoner of war camp this book is just so….I don’t even know the word. This book inspired me, made me laugh, made me cry, and just made me so much for thankful for everything. I would love to see this portrayed on the big screen, but there needs to be a stellar actor to portray such a captivating man as Louis Zamperini.

I hope this post wasn’t too overwhelming with so many titles, but like I said I love movies and books so I got a little carried away with this one. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments on these movies or on any additional titles that you would love to see made into a movie.

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Top Ten Tuesday #4


So I haven’t been able to write much the last week or two, but that happens when you have a new job and a three month old! 🙂 But I’m back and ready to share with you my Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I’ve Read! 

1. Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie

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I liked the covers of the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie for so many reasons. First, I liked that as the trilogy progressed the girl on the cover (Cassia presumably) is breaking out of the bubble. Slowly at first, but then by the end she is free and confident. I also liked that the covers were red, green, and blue just like the colors of the pills in the novel. I thought that the covers were just so well thought out!

2. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Ettiquette and Espionage Book Cover

This is actually a book I am currently reading, but about 80% of the reason I picked this book up in the first place is because of the cover (the other 20% is because it’s about espionage).

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I can’t really tell you why I like this cover, but it’s a great one!

4. Wither by Lauren DeStefano

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I like the scary/romantic feeling of this cover. If you haven’t read the trilogy you are probably wondering how those two things go together. But trust me if you read it the cover actually makes perfect sense!

5. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (This is a junior fiction title…but I love it!)

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Everything about this book is just breathtaking in my opinion! And as much as I like this cover the illustrations inside are incredible!

6. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray Book Cover (Eye)

This book has two covers, but I specifically love the one with the eye. I think it is such an intriguing cover!

7. Heist Society by Ally Carter

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I think the girl on the cover looks like she is up to something and I want to know what!

Okay…these last three I haven’t actually read yet, but I really, really want to!

8. The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

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I like the innocence of these two little girls holding hands in a time filled with such hate and ignorance. Kids really are awesome!

9. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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I like this book because of the cyborg leg. I didn’t even realize it was there the first time I saw the book cover online. Then I saw the book in the store and I was like what is that? Once I saw it was a cyborg Cinderella type story I was sold.

10. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

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Just beautiful!


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Top Ten Tuesday #3


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Top ten books to read when you need something light and fun!

My list this week is not ten specific books, but rather a few books, a few authors and everything else in between!

1. Harry Potter

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I love the entire Harry Potter series, but if I’m looking for something light and fun I really enjoy reading the first three books in the series. They are a little shorter and not as dark as the later books and in my opinion totally fun to read over and over!

2. The Chronicles of Narnia

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This series is a great fantasy read! I enjoy these books when I am looking for something to read fast, but something that still has a great plot.
3. Books by Sarah Dessen

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I just love the romance (and often the beach) in Sarah Dessen’s novels!
4. Books by Nicholas Sparks

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Again, I just enjoy the romance and the (mostly) happily-ever-after endings!
5. The Gallagher Girl series

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Teenage girl spies, love stories and lots of adventure. In my opinion, that always equals a lot of fun!
6. A Girl Named Digit

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This book is about a girl genius, a group of terrorists, the FBI and like most of my light read favorites- a love story! A perfect combination!
7. Redeeming Love

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This is a beautiful story! I consider it a must read and it is wonderful every time!
8. My Life Next Door

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The quirky family and the young love in this story make it a light and enjoyable read!
9. Junior Fiction books

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I’m a children’s librarian so sometimes when I’m looking for a light read I just pick up a few junior chapter books and call it a day! They are usually funny and full of personality!
10. A big stack of picture books

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I try to keep with new and popular picture books so many night you will find me snuggled up with a huge stack of picture books. This may actually be my favorite way to do some light reading! Picture books almost always bring a smile to my face and I love sharing them with my daughter!

Top Ten Tuesday #2


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Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book

1. World War II

I am an avid reader of all things related to World War II, but I especially like to read about the Holocaust. You may be wondering why I enjoy reading about something so dark, but the answer is that 99% of Holocaust stories are not dark. Sure,  they have dark moments, but overall the stories are of hope, resilience, survival, faith, and endurance. I love, love, love my Holocaust readings and some of my favorite titles include…

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The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (Holocaust Concentration Camp)

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Russian Prison Camps)

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Japanese Prisoner of War Camp

2. Espionage

I love espionage, but more specifically I enjoy when female characters are involved in espionage. These characters are usually tough, independent, and intelligent and I just enjoy reading their stories. Some of my favorites are…

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The Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter

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A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan

3. The Titanic

I am interested in all history from about 1900 and up, but one of my favorite topics to read about is the Titanic. I am fascinated by the individual stories of those who survived the sinking of this amazing ship! One of my favorites is…

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No Moon by Irene N. Watts

4. Future America

Books set in a future America are becoming more and more common and I love it! This mainly dystopian setting is so fun to read and I have loved just about every dystopian book set in a future America that I have read. Some of the best titles in my opinion are…

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The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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The Divergent tilogy by Veronica Roth

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The Last Survivors series by Susan Beth Pfeffer

5. Intelligent female characters

My love for intelligent female characters crosses over a little with my girls in espionage topic, but there are other great books that have intelligent female characters. I like a strong main character that a read can look up to and be proud of. Here are some awesome books with great female characters…

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Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

6. First love

When I am looking for a light and relaxing read I enjoy reading about first loves. They are just books that warm your heart and make you smile. This is one of my absolute favorites…

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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

7. Star-crossed lovers

Okay, so I am a sucker for the star-crossed lovers. There is just something about people falling in love against all odds that gets me every time! Here are some of the best books with star-crossed lovers…

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

8. Survival

So, this topic probably crosses over with a lot of the other topics this week, but I just love stories about survival. From the Holocaust, to the Titanic, to dystopian societies I just enjoy a tale of survival. Some of the best include…

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Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

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The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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Sold by Patricia McCormick

(and all of the previously mentioned books under the World War II topic!)

9. Verse

I love books that are written in verse! They usually make for quick reads and I just enjoy the style. One of my favorites is…

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What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

10. Chosen

Okay, I may have to explain this topic a little bit. I love books where the main character is especially chosen to complete a certain task, fill a certain position, or do some other special thing that only they can accomplish. Some of the best are…

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

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The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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Hero by Mike Lupica

Top Ten Tuesday


So, this is my first post for Top Ten Tuesday! I am very excited to be joining the Top Ten Tuesday meme from The Broke and the Bookish because I love reading  it each week. This is my first time because I just began my own blog. I have written for work-related blogs and school-related blogs ( I am a teen librarian), but this is my first blog just for me and my enjoyment.

Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS Than I Did

1. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

This book was a wonderful surprise! I read it because it was on the Texas Lonestar reading list for 2012. I usually enjoy books that are set during World War II so I expected to enjoy it, but I had no idea how hard I would fall for this book. I even loved the audiobook for this title and I am happy to say this book is now on my favorite books of all time list! If you read this book you MUST read the author’s note at the end. I think it is part of what made me LOVE this book.

Liar Book Cover2. Liar by Justine Larbalestier

This book summary sounded interesting and it sounded like something I would enjoy, but boy was I wrong!! This book has landed itself  as one my least favorite books EVER!  I kept reading it thinking that it had to get better, but it never redeemed itself. This book was just AWFUL!

3. Reached by Ally Condie

I really enjoyed Matched and Crossed by Ally Condie and I was really excited for the third and final book in the trilogy. However, I found that I was a little disappointed in this last installment. Not to say that the book was terrible, but it was definitely lacking something.

The Maze Runner4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

So the series was not awful. The Maze Runner was good enough to get me to finish the trilogy, but  I just felt like it could be great and it was only okay. I think it was the swearing with made up words that really turned me off to this book. It was just a little silly.

Unbroken Book Cover5. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Have you ever read something and you just wanted to clap and cry and cheer and everything else when the story ended? Well, that is exactly how  I felt at the end of Unbroken. I wanted to cheer for Louis and his heroism and survival, I wanted to cry because of his heartache and loss, and I wanted to clap because this is probably one of the most astounding books I have EVER read! It still brings me to tears each time I read it. It is so moving and just AMAZING!

(P.S.- This book is an adult title. I do not usually enjoy adult books as much as YA, but Hillenbrand’s writing was exceptional!)

6. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

This book is a classic and one I had never sat down to read until recently. However, I am so glad that I finally took the time to read it because I really enjoyed it. I don’t have too much to say about this one, but it was a very pleasant surprise!

Fever Book Cover7. Fever by Lauren DeStefano

I really liked Wither by Lauren DeStefano (the first book in The Chemical Garden Trilogy). I was so excited to continue the series and I picked up Fever as soon as I could. However, I found that I was a little let down by this second book. The story went from amazing in the first book to mediocre in the second. I am a little worried about the final installment (Sever), but I’m going to go ahead and give it a chance.

Wonderstruck Book Cover8. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
So, this book is a junior book and not at all what I would usually choose to read. However, I am a librarian and this book was on the Texas Bluebonnet List for 2012-2013 so I felt obligated to read it. I am so glad I did! The unique way that Selznick tells the story and intertwines his characters is awesome!

Heist Society Book Cover9. Heist Society by Ally Carter

The Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter is one of my favorites. They are just fun, relaxing reads that are easy to follow, fun to figure out,  and simple to love! I was really hoping for the same thing in the Heist Society series by Carter, but I felt a little disappointed by this first book. It was okay, but I just simply did not enjoy it the way I did the Gallagher Girl series. The characters were not as lovable, the humor was missing, it was just very bland overall.

Chopsticks Book Cover10. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony

I heard so much about this book for weeks from many of my co-workers before I finally picked it up to see what all of the fuss was about. And all I can say now that I finally picked it up and read it is that I wish I wouldn’t have. I did not really enjoy anything about this book. I did not care for the style in which it was written (unique-yes, good-not really), I did not care for the ending (I am not even positive I know what really happened), and I just felt like the plot was boring. This book was a huge letdown after all the hype!