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Top Ten Tuesday-Like This? Try These!-9/29/15


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about read alikes for popular books and authors.

If you like John Green try these for all the feels:

eleanor please ignore vera dietz if i stay everything everything

If you like Ally Carter try these snarky, sassy heroines:

naturals also known as

If you like James Dashner try these awesome science fiction books:

steelheart armada lock in

If you like John Flanagan try these:

mister monday grave mercy warrior heir

If you miss Harry Potter try these magical books:

skulduggery white cat last dragonslayer

If you like Anna Dressed in Blood try these ghost stories:

lockwood dead girls of hysteria hall name of the star

If you like Cassandra Clare try these gorgeous fantasies:

raven boys daughter shadow and bone

If you like Cinder try these retellings:

dorothy wrath stork

If you like Sarah Dessen try these:

this song will save your life i'll give you the sun my life

If you like The Hunger Games try these survival stories:

ashfall2 ship breaker blood red road

Happy Reading!






Top Ten Tuesday-Books That Were Difficult to Read 9/30/14


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, was suggested by readers. They are asking about books that were hard to read. There are a number of reasons a book may be hard to read. I made a deal with myself a long time ago to only read books that I like, but sometimes I feel an obligation to read things that make me uncomfortable. Also, it’s good to get out of your comfort zone every now and then.

Hard to read because of the subject:

1. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. This was harder than Code Name Verity because of the disturbing and graphic descriptions of life in a concentration camp. I really try to avoid Holocaust books as much as possible. Definitely well-written and deserving of all the praise, but difficult for me to finish nonetheless.

rose under fire

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I knew better than to read this one, but I allowed myself to get swept up in the John Green craze and boy, did I regret it. My #1 reading rule is NO CANCER BOOKS. This is what happens when I break the rule. I have to officially and forever break up with John Green. I am done.

fault in our stars

3. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers. Oh, man. This book about bullying and mean girls is brutal. You should feel uncomfortable reading it. It’s fantastic and terrible.

some girls are

4. Tease by Amanda Maciel. Another disturbing book about bullying, with slut-shaming added to the mix. And suicide.



5. Reality Boy by A.S. King. This one really made me stop and think about reality television, and I didn’t like what I came up with. It’s gross. I just felt to bad for Gerald the entire time I was reading. I love A.S. King and I love the way she tackles tough topics!

reality boy

6. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. I am noticing a pattern here…So Holocaust and cancer books are hard and they tend to be no-nos, but bullying? Just as hard, but I read A LOT of them! I am not sure how I feel about this realization.

forgive me leonard

7. Monster by Ilsa Bick. This one was a surprise to me. I read and liked the first two books in the trilogy, but I actually never finished though because of the graphic violence. It was too much for me!


Because I just wasn’t buying it…

8. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner. I just wasn’t able to completely suspend by disbelief. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and More Than This by Patrick Ness are much better choices. I read this one because a teen reader recommended it to me.


9. Small Town Sinner by Melissa C. Walker. I am not sure why this even on my radar, but is was a Random Read selection so I toughed it out.

small town sinners

10. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. It pains me that I feel this way, but I thought this was let down. I was expecting something so fresh and new and exciting in the vampire world and I just didn’t get it.

coldestHappy Reading!



Top Ten Tuesday-Rewind and Guest Post 2/25/14


Hi, Megan here, reporting that I will be sitting on my hands and letting someone else have a turn making a Top Ten Tuesday list. This week The Broke and The Bookish have left the topic up to us, so I am turning things over to Sarah, the awesome librarian-in-training who has been learning the ropes from me and my colleagues.

Books I’d Want on a Desert Island 

1. The Complete Sherlock Holmes  by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – I’ve always loved Sherlock Holmes, but to be honest I never owned the complete works until a few years ago when it was given to me as a birthday present. That being said, this would be the first book I would take with me to a desert island. Of course if I was going to be stranded there I might consider grabbing a few other things first, but as far as reading material – this would be it.
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – This is probably one of the classics that I can safely say I could read on a regular basis, so it makes the cut. I just love the time period and the way F. Scott Fitzgerald paints it. It kind of embodies everything that was good and disastrous about the ’20s, and even though I’ve read it dozens of times it always manages to pull me back.
3. Ready Player One  by Ernest Cline – I will read this book all day long and then read it all over again. I love it that much. Maybe it comes from an excessive love of video games or being a self-proclaimed geek, but I always find something new to love about this book when I read it. Even if it’s just from researching an 80’s reference I missed the first time around.
4. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – If I’m going to be stranded on a desert island then I’m going to bring a John Green book with me, end of story. And as much as I would love to bring TFioS, I don’t want to spend all of eternity on this desert island in tears. This is one of my favorite road trip themed books, and is just a fun story all around. And also, Hassan is probably one of my favorite characters in any John Green book.
abundance of katherines
5. X-Men: Magneto Testament by Greg Pak – I know. This isn’t a book, it’s a graphic novel. And admittedly, I’m not a huge graphic novel person (I’m working on fixing that!). This, however, is probably my all time favorite. It’s historically accurate, and impressively so – the footnotes alone are proof of that. The illustration is beautiful, and the way some panels are left completely black so the reader can really use their imagination makes the story even more pronounced. And then there’s the story itself, which is just…phenomenal, is probably the best word I can come up with. It’s an excellent read for X-Men fans (or history buffs!).
6. Zombies vs. Unicorns – Probably one of my favorite compilations, with stories by a really great group of authors answering the age-old question…who would win in a battle between zombies and unicorns? I usually don’t read a ton of short story collections, but it was hard to ignore a collection with so many of my favorite authors. But really, how can I pass up Libba Bray, Scott Westerfield, Maureen Johnson, and Cassandra Clare in the same book?! For the record, my bet is always on zombies.
zombies vs unicorns
7. Leviathon by Scott Westerfield – If this wasn’t a top ten list and I had the ability to take an infinite amount of books with me, I would take this entire series. As it stands, though, I’ll gladly settle take one rather than none. I love the steampunk/sci-fi world that Westerfield created and, possibly even more so, I love getting lost in it. This is definitely a “just one more chapter” kind of book.
8. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen – This one is an interesting re-telling of Robin Hood that doesn’t quite focus entirely on Robin Hood, and ended up being more fun to read than I expected. In any case, the Robin Hood legend is one of my guilty pleasures, so I find myself gravitating toward those stories quite a bit; and I really enjoyed the female-in-disguise aspect of this one. Plus, Scarlet was a really well written character who – to be perfectly honest – kicked butt and did a really good job of it!
scarlet gaughen
9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I just finished this three months ago, but I have no shame in saying that I would definitely grab this one to read again. I love Cath and Levi and Reagan and Wren; I relate to them and what they’re going through in this story. And I think everyone, at some point, has known someone similar to at least one of these characters.
10. Eon by Alison Goodman – Finally, one that I actually haven’t gotten around to reading yet. I’ve had this sitting on my shelf for at least a year, if not close to it. It was the cover that caught my eye first, but the idea of the Dragoneye really appealed to me – and “energy dragons”? I’m intrigued! Now I just need to keep reminding myself to actually read it…
Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday-Top Ten Teen Books With Holds at My Library

Ok, so WordPress decided to DELETE my entire Top Ten Tuesday post as it was published. Needless to say, I am completely cheesed off. Fuming. Saying bad words in my head (only because I am at work and cannot say them out loud, but believe me, I am saying them). So, here is a rush job repeat of what was once a well thought out and quite clever post. Sorry, no witty commentary. I am too busy coming up with colorful ways to describe how I feel about WordPress right now. Sailors would be in awe. You know the drill: The Broke and the Bookish host this delightful meme. This week is a freebie so I am presenting the ten teen books with many hold on them at my library. They are popular, yo.

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

2. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler.

3. The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.

4. Legend by Marie Lu.

5. Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey.

6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

7. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

8. The Brotherband Chronicles: The Outcasts by John Flanagan

And from the On Order List:

9. Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

10. Timepiece by Myra McEntire.

Honorable mentions go to City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare, Fear by Michael Grant, Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, and Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi.

I apologize for the blandness of the list and for losing my cool there earlier. Thank goodness it’s almost time to go home.

Happy Reading!