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Top Ten Tuesday-Books That Will Make You Cry 2/4/14


It’s Tuesday, which means it is time for another Top Ten Tuesday list, hosted by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books that will make you cry. True confession time: I apparently have a heart of stone because I really struggled with this one and in the end accepted that I am not a crier and stopped trying to come up with ten titles. Another possible theory is that I *am* a big crier and therefore intentionally stay away from books that will make me cry. I like that theory. Let’s go with that.

1. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. This book full of raw grief, heartache, hope, humor, romance, and healing. Me=big, blubbering mess.


2. Where She Went by Gayle Forman. I don’t remember being so moved by If I Stay, but Adam’s story brought on the waterworks for me.

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3. Winger Andrew Smith. I felt all the feelings! AND now I have get to feel them all over again since it has been revealed that there will be a sequel!!!


4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I sat in my car in my own driveway bawling…

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5. I am The Messenger by Markus Zusak. If I remember correctly, these were tears of joy. That happens sometimes.


6. The Eightly-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts. This one caught me off-guard. It shouldn’t have surprised me when Snowman met his end (after living a long, long time) but the story of his passing was so touching. Yeah, I cried.

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7. Champion by Marie Lu. Happy tears.


8. Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. The only books I run away from faster than cancer books is Holocaust books. I broke my own rule and I paid. Go figure, 3 of my teen tear-inducers are Holocaust books.

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9. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. This book was surprisingly beautiful.

jellicoe road

10. Pretty much anything A.S. King writes. Sometimes tears of joy, sometimes tears of heartbreak, always tears of triumph. She writes such poignant stories.

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Ok, in retrospect, I guess I am actually a big cry baby. Fine. Pass the tissues, please.

Happy Reading!


Mondays With Megan-I Think There Was a Team Sport on TV, But My Book Was More Interesting!

I know everyone is all abuzz about the Super Bowl-Ravens, Beyonce, black out, blah, blah, blah…I had it on in the background. While reading I managed to catch some commercials, a record-setting play, and a little dancing, but honestly, I was super excited to switch over to Downton Abbey.

Right now Cleveland has lots of pretty, pretty snow and it is not bothering me one bit, but I am thankful that good old Punxsutawny Phil predicts an early spring. A girl can only handle the cold for so long. In the meantime, I plan to stay in, get cozy, and plow (har har) through my TBR pile. I am a little behind pace on my 2013 reading goal, but I am confident I will make it up. I have some last-minute preparations to make for my chocolate program on Wednesday (details will follow), so let’s do a quick reading check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts.


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double crossed little lady and prince just one day dualed seraphina

I loved the Ally Carter Gallagher Girls/Heist Society cross over short story. I will be sure to ask her if there will be more when I see her next week!!! I finally finished the Little Lady Agency series by Hester Browne. What a great end to a fun and charming series. I definitely recommend it! I am still mulling over Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I wanted to LOVE it. Here is what I think. Gayle Forman writes a brilliant, heartbreaking boy. There is so much about this book that I really liked, but I am so confident that I am going to LOVE Just One Year. I had the same feelings about If I Stay (really liked) and Where She Went (gut-wrenching LOVE). I finished my ARC of Dualed by Elsie Chapman last night and I am still thinking about what I want to say in my review. I should have that up this week. Technically I have not finished Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, but I have about 15 minutes of audio left and I will finish it at lunch, so I am counting it. What a strange and marvelous little book!

Currently Reading/Listening:

ask and answer lost stories  art of wishing ready

I am so glad I decided to get back to the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. Book two, The Ask and the Answer, sucked me right back into the story. I also picked up the most recent and second to last installment of the The Ranger’s Apprentice series, The Lost Stories. I am in no hurry with this one, so my will probably see it on my list for a while. My current ARC is The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar and my next audio is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I have heard great things and I am really excited to get started.

On Deck:

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I need to read a suspense/thriller for the next Adult Services genre book discussion, so I thought I would give Ken Follett’s Whiteout a try. I have also been craving a little Stephanie Plum, so I may pick up the next one some time soon.

What are you working on this week?

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books of 2013

Where does the time go? The Broke and the Bookish are asking us to look ahead to 2013! I don’t know why this is so shocking. I have been dreaming about some of these books for ages already. This was one of the easiest TTT lists to whip up in a long time. And of course, it was impossible to pick just ten books that I am excited about. So here are 13 for ’13!

1.Just One Day by Gayle Forman January 8, 2013

2. Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu January 29, 2013

3. Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer February 5, 2013

4. Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White February 19, 2013

5. The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2) by Maureen Johnson  February 26, 2013

6. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare March 19, 2013

7 & 8. Light (Gone #6) by Michael Grant April 2, 2013 and BZRK #2 October 8, 2013


9. Game (Jasper Dent #2) by Barry Lyga April 23, 2013

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10. The Regency Witches by Alyxandra Harvey May 9, 2013

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11. Spirit and Dust (Goodnights #2) by Rosemary Clement-Moore May 14, 2013

12. Infinityglass (Hourglass #3) by Myra McEntire June 25, 2013

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13. House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan October 2013

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What are you excited to read in 2013?

Happy Reading!