Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday [8]

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.

Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I've Read

Angela's Picks:

1. Splintered by A.G. Howard
2. Angelfall by Susan Ee
3. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
4. Pivot Point by Kasie West
5. Crash by Nicole Williams
6. Crewel by Gennifer Albin
7. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
9. The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle
10. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Megan's Picks:
1. Splintered by A.G. Howard
2. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
3. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
4. When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen
5. Graveminder by Melissa Marr
6. Impossible by Nancy Werlin
7. The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
8. Partials by Dan Wells
9. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
10. Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Sarah's picks:
1. Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
2. Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
3. Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
5. Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
6. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
8. Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
9. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
10. Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Stephanie's Picks:
1. The Touch Series by Laurie Faria Stolarz (I have only read the first one, but I'm in the middle of the second one and I love the covers!)
2. The Unloved by Jennifer Snyder
3. Beyond  the Eyes by Rebekkah Ford
4. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
5. The Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James
6. Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
7. The Gossip Girl Series by Cecily von Ziegesar
8. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
9. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen (The original cover)
10. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (The original cover)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday [7]

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.

Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects (abuse, suicide, grief etc or something personal hard for you)

Angela's Picks:

1. What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton (Date rape, eating disorder)
2. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (Grief)
3. How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr (Grief)
4. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma (Incest)
5. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (Grief)
6. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (Grief)
7. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers (Abuse)
8. Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers (Suicide)
9. Willow by Julia Hoban (Cutting)
10. Cut by Patricia McCormick (Cutting)

Megan's Picks:

1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (suicide)
2. Bitter End by Jennifer Brown (abuse, via boyfriend)
3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (closure)
4. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (grief, guilt)
5. Crank by Ellen Hopkins (drug use)
6. After by Amy Efaw (pregnancy, juvenile detention)
7. Identical by Ellen Hopkins (OMG, grief, mental issues, rape...)
8. Louder than Words by Laurie Plissner (grief)
9. The Namesake by Steven Parlato (rape)
10. Gym Candy by Carl Deuker (drug use)

Sarah's Picks:
1. Impulse by Ellen Hopkins (Mental issues, Suicide..)
2.  Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams (Rape.)
3.  Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Rape)
4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins (Drug Use)
5. Identical by Ellen Hopkins (Mental issues, grief, rape)
6. Burned by Ellen Hopkins (Grief)
7. Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks (Drug use, suicide)
8. Under the Bridge by Michael Harmon (Drug Use)
9. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (Kidnapping) (two thumbs up from Megan)
10. Perfect by Ellen Hopkins (Rape)

Stephanie's Picks:
1. Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks as Anonymous (Drugs, Suicide)
2. Cut by Patricia McCormick (Cutting)
3. A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer (Abuse)
4. Night by Elie Wiesel (Holocaust)
5. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen (Teen Pregnancy)
6. Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic (Cancer)
7. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Rape)
8. Please Stop Laughing At Me... by Jodee Blanco (Bullying)
9. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (School Shooting, Bullying)
10. Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers (Suicide)

Monday, May 13, 2013

We're declaring August the Month of MG!

Sarah and I are planning a really cool event for all of you: a month of MG! Now, because us YA bloggers have such a hard time getting away from YA, we're going to make it a challenge. Right here, right now! I CHALLENGE YOU TO READ MG FOR A MONTH.  We declare August the month of MG!

Yeehoo! How fun, right? But as a challenge, it absolutely would not be complete without levels! We have four levels, and they are:

LEVEL 1: Baby Steps
Requirements: To complete level one, you need to read FIVE MG books in August!

LEVEL 2: Making an Effort
Requirements: Read TEN MG books in August!

LEVEL 3: Movin' UP!
Requirements: Read FIFTEEN MG books! I can't wait to see what you guys come up with to read!! :D

LEVEL 4: Are you sure you aren't a Middle Grader?
Requirements: Read 20+ MG books in August!

Now doesn't this just sound like so much fun? Sarah and I love to read MG to take a break from YA.

1. Please put your name in the Linky, along with a link. You don't have to be a blogger! If you have a goodreads, librarything, or other book site account and you're willing to write reviews for the MG that you read, you can participate!

2. Create a list of books that you'd like to read that are MG, along with a goal. The books don't have to be published this year.

3.  Have fun and meet lots of new (to you!) MG authors!!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland: Book Promo and Giveaway

Nantucket Blue
Title: Nantucket Blue
Author: Leila Howland
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Purchase: Amazon
For Cricket Thompson, a summer like this one will change everything. A summer spent on Nantucket with her best friend, Jules Clayton, and the indomitable Clayton family. A summer when she’ll make the almost unattainable Jay Logan hers. A summer to surpass all dreams.
Some of this turns out to be true. Some of it doesn’t. 
When Jules and her family suffer a devastating tragedy that forces the girls apart, Jules becomes a stranger whom Cricket wonders whether she ever really knew. And instead of lying on the beach working on her caramel-colored tan, Cricket is making beds and cleaning bathrooms to support herself in paradise for the summer.

But it’s the things Cricket hadn’t counted on--most of all, falling hard for someone who should be completely off-limits--that turn her dreams into an exhilarating, bittersweet reality.

A beautiful future is within her grasp, and Cricket must find the grace to embrace it. If she does, her life could be the perfect shade of Nantucket blue.

imageAbout the Author:
LEILA HOWLAND loves to read, explore L.A., and engage in funny and meaningful conversations with her friends and family, especially her brother who calls from Washington D.C. whenever he’s waiting for the bus. A lot gets discussed in those phone calls, but they tend to end abruptly when the bus shows up. She can really cut the rug, but wishes she could sing without people covering their ears. A graduate of Georgetown University, Leila spent five years acting in New York where she was a company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. It was a lot of fun and she often talks about “getting back into it.” The closest she has come was a stint as an extra on The Young and the Restless in 2010. Leila now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs. She teaches high school English and blogs for HelloGiggles. NANTUCKET BLUE is her first novel.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday [6]

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.

Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light & Fun.

Angela's Picks:

1. [Anything] by Sarah Dessen
2. [Anything] by Jennifer Echols
3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
4. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
5. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
6. Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz
7. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
8. [Anything] by Kody Keplinger
9. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
10. Awkward by Marni Bates

Megan's Picks:

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
2. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
3. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
4. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
5. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
6. Forget You by Jennifer Echols
7. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
8. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
9. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
10. The Summer Series by Jenny Han

Sarah's Picks:

1. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard.
2. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han.
3. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
4. In Your Dreams by Amy Martin.
5. Top 8 by Katie Finn.
6. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey.
7. Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak.
8. Tweet Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick.
9. TTYL by Lauren Myracle.
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.

Stephanie's Picks:

1. [Anything] by Sarah Dessen
2. The Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty (I think I'm going to reread this series this summer :])
3. The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
4. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
5. Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic (sad, but it's light and good)
6. In Honor by Jessi Kirby
7. Florence by Ciye Cho
8. The Hex Hall Series by Rachel Hawkins
9. The Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar (I think I am going to reread this series this summer :])
10. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Annie's Picks:

1.     Anna and the French Kiss by: Stephanie Perkins
2.     Lola and the Boy Next Door by: Stephanie Perkins
3.     Wallbanger by: Alice Clayton
4.     The Summer I Became a Nerd by: Leah Rae Miller
5.     The Collector by: Victoria Scott
6.     Losing It by: Cora Carmack
7.     Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend by: Becca Ann
8.     My Life Next Door by: Huntley Fitzpatrick
9.     Hex Hall series by: Rachel Hawkins
10. Any Sarah Dessen book