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My High School Book Club’s Top Thirteen Reads of 2013

Look at me, cleverly finding a way to make bonus Top Ten Thirteen lists (I have my own Top Ten-ish list on Read it or Weep)! Yesterday I polled my high school book club readers and asked what books they loved this past year. In no particular order:

Emily’s Picks:

1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I am reading this now. It really is a thrilling book.

mara dyer

2. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay (and Romeo Redeemed). Adding to my giant TBR list.

juliet immortal romeo redeemed

3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I am so excited that one of my teens is finally reading this!

daughter of smoke

4. Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst. On the list…

drink slay love

Jillian’s Picks:

5. Mothership by Martin Leicht. Totally agree! Love this one.


6. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. Another fantastic pick!


7. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I was bummed that they did not enjoy Leviathan, but I so happy to see Uglies was a favorite.


Olivia’s Picks:

8. Divergent by Veronica Roth. I was with her on this one until the end. We respectfully disagree on the end of the series ūüėČ


9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.


10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This selection warms my heart…it was one that I chose for book club earlier in the year!


I have to toss in my own bonus picks!

Megan’s Picks:

11. Reality Boy by A.S. King. I can’t wait to introduce these guys to King. I hope they love her books as much as I do.

reality boy

12. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. So much love. I don’t think any of them have read this yet.


13. Champion by Marie Lu. Legend was another book club selection. I think they all went on to read Prodigy.


And since I am always picking books for them I decided to turn the tables and let them pick books for me. Once a month I will randomly choose a book from titles they select. Up first:

Eye of Minds by James Dashner.


This title was recommended by Jillian. We seem to enjoy many of the same books, so I am confident that this will be a great read. I will report back in February!

Happy Reading!

ňúMegan, Emily, Jillian, and Olivia

Top Ten Tuesday: Pick Me! Pick Me…For Your YA Book Club.

It’s¬†Top Ten Tuesday¬†time! This week The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to select¬†ten books that would be picks for a book club. I love this topic because I¬†am always looking for new ideas for my 7th and 8th grade book club¬†AND I have a ready-made list of¬†books that I have used with success. Easy-peasy this week!

1. Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix. My kids LOVED this book about cloning. They had so much to say that we actually ran out of time! It was such a hit that I ordered book club copies of The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer and The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson for future use.

2.  No More Dead Dogs by Gordan Korman was the first book I ever read with my first book club. It was such a success that I went on to give them Pop by the same author. I liked Pop better!

3. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. This unique look at life, death, and the afterlife really got my group talking. I will definitely use this book again.

4. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. There are plenty of things to discuss in this action-packed novel-environmentalism, family, religion, survival, corporate greed….oh, the list goes on.

5. Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer was another book club favorite. It’s a frighteningly realistic survival story and my readers loved it. I think they also enjoyed playing Life as We Knew It¬†Pictionary!

6. Uglies¬†by Scott Westerfeld. Ok, I may be a bit biased because this is one of my favorite books of all time, but I think my readers enjoyed it too. It’s a keeper for my book club.

7. The Misfits by James Howe. I found the writing a bit young, but my middle school readers really liked this one, and that’s what is important, right? This is the book that inspired No Name Calling Week. It’s got a great message and I’ll use it again.

8. Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. This is my current book club selection. I hope my group loves it as much as I do. This is the first time I am using this book and I am very excited that Mr. John has offered to do a Skype visit with my group. They are so lucky, if I do say so myself! As much as I talk about it, you would think I got some sort of commission for plugging this book. I do not. I promise. But I do think everyone should read this book. Mr. John, my address is….kidding.


9. Book Thief by Markus Zusak. To my surprise, my book club requested this one. Well, who am I to stand in the way of these ambitious young readers? They will be getting this one in March.

10. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer.¬†You can’t possibly be surprised to see this on my list. I love this series and I wanted to share my beloved Jacky with my favorite readers (that would be you, RRPL¬†Teen Pizza Pagers). To my dismay, they were¬†like, “meh.”¬†Hmph. There is no accounting for taste. I stand by my choice. I think there is plenty to talk about and I will definitely try it again with a different group.

And as a little bonus, a sneak peek at future book club books: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (total S.W. groupie) and The Cardturner by Louis Sachar. I also thinking about getting a book club set of Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick.

Ok, I am off to see what other people picked.

Happy Reading!