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Top Ten Tuesday-ALL TIME FAVORITES 2012-2015 3/3/15

Before I get into this week’s Top Ten list, I want to share this blog post that was written by one of my favorite YA authors, A.S. King. Not only is she a brilliant writer, but based on articles like this, she is obviously an amazing human being. I urge any of you who work with or live with teenagers to take a moment and read what she has to say. This post came from hippodilly circus. Once you are finished, come on back for some TTT fun!

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This week for Top Ten Tuesday The Broke and the Bookish are looking for our all-time favorites (from the past 3-5 years).

From 2012:

1. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Devilishly dark humor.

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2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I just loved this sweet romance.

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3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Totally obsessed with cyborg Cinder.

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4. Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt. There’s just something about Doug and the birds.

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5. I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak. This is one of the few books that I have read more than once. I think I have read it three times now. I adore it so much.

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6. The Diviners by Libba Bray. This one was so creepy!

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From 2013:

7. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. This one is never on the shelf at the library because I keep making people read it.

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8. Winger by Andrew Smith. I read this one in one sitting on my front porch.

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From 2014:

9. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. I can’t believe it took me so long to pick this one up. I now own the series. I still need to read the last one.

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10. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. I tend to become a little obsessed when I find something I like. Current obsession is this series.

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11. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg. This is the type of romance books I like.

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12. I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson. ALL. MY. LOVE.

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13. Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys. This is the kind of book that makes me read historical fiction.

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If you are in my neighborhood, stop in the Teen Room and check out the Top Ten Tuesday display. I am trying something new! The display does not match this post exactly because so many of my all-time favorites are checked out, but you’ll find more amazing titles for you to try.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

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Top Ten Tuesday-My Favorite Characters Who Are Underdogs 4/22/14

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This week The Broke and the Bookish are talking about our favorite characters who ______ (fill in the blank). I chose to talk about my favorite characters who are underdogs. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an underdog is:

: a person, team, etc., that is expected to lose a contest or battle

: a less powerful person or thing that struggles against a more powerful person or thing (such as a corporation)

The underdog is at a disadvantage, often coming from a position of inferiority or adversity. Sometimes they are known as the loveable losers. I love a rousing underdog story. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Doug Swieteck from Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt. Doug is good kid who just can’t catch a break. He is bullied at home and unjustly labelled at school. He is full of potential, but is trapped in a horrible situation. I love Doug and his birds forever and ever.

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2. Ed Kennedy from I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. Poor Ed is definitely a loveable loser. He is hopelessly in love with his best friend. His constant companion is a stinky dog called the Doorman. He is stuck in a rut at the tender age of 19, until he foils a bank robbery and begins receiving mysterious messages.

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3. Jacky Faber from Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. Jacky has it rough! She’s an orphaned street urchin who longs for a better life. She is tough and resourceful, making her one of my all-time favorite underdogs! This girl has a knack for finding and escaping trouble.

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4. Ryan Dean West from Winger by Andrew Smith. Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year old junior at a fancy boarding school. His roommate is the school bully, he’s the smallest kid on the rugby team, and he is also hopelessly in love with his best friend. Ryan Dean is a total misfit who just wants to belong. He had me in stitches and in tears. I love this kid!

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5. Deryn Sharp from Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Deryn is a brilliant airman in the British Air Service. Deryn has a huge secret. Deryn is a girl!

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6. The Princes Charming from The Hero’s Guide series by Christopher Healy. Want to know the real Prince Charming? His name is Liam. And Frederic. And Gustav. And Duncan. These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively. How they managed these heroics is a mystery because this League of Princes is full of bumbling goofballs!

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7.  Will from The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. Will is too small to pursue his dream of being a knight, but he soon discovers his small stature is an asset to a king’s Ranger. People often underestimate Will and his little horse, Tug. It is a mistake they never make twice. I love this unlikely hero.

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8. Josie from Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. Poor Josie is the daughter of a prostitute. She has dreams of college and a better life, far from New Orleans. Unfortunately, she faces adversity at every turn.

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9. David from Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. David is the very definition of underdog. He is a mere mortal going up against super villains who have superhuman powers.

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10. Amber Appleton from Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick. Amber, despite being homeless, is a self-proclaimed optimist, but even her special brand of optimism might not be enough to save her from the tragedy that awaits her. I don’t know why this book isn’t more popular! It is such a feel-good story!

sorta like a rock starHappy Reading!

∼Megan