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Top Ten Tueday-Beach Reads

This week The Broke and The Bookish are asking for beach reads. I am told that sun, sand, surf, a fruity beverage with a paper umbrella, and a good book are an ideal way to spend a summer day. I am all for good books and fruity drinks, but I can do without sand. However, I recently learned that baby powder removes sand. If that does the trick, I may be able to rethink my position on sand! Anyway. Beach reads.

Here’s the deal: a handful of books are going to be on everyone’s lists. They should be; they are awesome, perfect summer reads. I have read them. I love them. I wholeheartedly recommend them as beach reads. You know the ones I am talking about. The Summer series by Jenny Han, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, anything Sarah Dessen or Cassandra Clare. These books get all the love. They don’t need my help. I am here to remind you of the other awesome books that are forced to live in the shadows of these giants.

1. Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian. Megan is an Army brat, tired of moving around. When her parents go overseas she stays with family friends,the McGowans. Overnight she goes from an only child to the only girl among 7 brothers!

2. Past Perfect by Leila Sales. Chelsea starts the summer before senior year nursing a broken heart and working at a historical reenactment community. There is another camp across the road and there is an ongoing rivalry. Is it true what they say about all being fair in love and war?

3. Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard. Bria takes her broken heart to Central America where she meets a group of young travelers, ditches her tour group, and crams a whole lot of living into a few short weeks.

4. Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman. Jane Austen meets Shakespeare meets Glee. Enough said.

5. Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern. When Jessie’s best friend goes punk and makes a move on Jessie’s long-time crush, she decides to make some changes herself. Embracing her inner nerd, Jessie finds some new, true friends.

What about the guys? Easy-peasey!

6. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Steampunk, alternate reality WWI story. Full of awesome gadgets and curious beasties. Guys will love this one.

7. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. There are no secrets in Prentisstown, a town full of men afflicted with the Noise. Everyone’s thoughts are public. Todd is a boy on the brink of manhood and will soon learn the terrible secret about his town.

8. Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford. William Carter, has ADD,  a stutter, and is totally clueless when it comes to girls. He is doomed when high school starts! A hilarious stream of consciousness account of the average guy headed to high school.

9.  Pop by Gordon Korman. Sixteen-year old QB Marcus Jordan befriends an aging NFL legend after a mid-summer move to a new town.

10. Erebos by Ursula Poznanski. I haven’t read this yet, but I have it on good authority that is an amazing must read (my coworker’s fifteen-year old son is my test reader and he devoured it and wants more. That’s good enough for me!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday-Authors I Wish Would Write Another Book

Welcome to another great Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s list is all about wishful thinking, as in, I really wish these guys would hurry up and write another book. Please and thank you. There are no dead guys on my list, so I am pretty hopeful that my wishes will come true. In no particular order, I give you my list:

1. Jacqueline Kelly, author of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (2009). This book was so charming.  I would love be happy with either a sequel or something new. I’ve checked the author’s blog and there is no indication that she is working on a new book. Sad.

2. Stephenie Meyer, author of Twilight, The Host, and the disappointing Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Dude, you totally owe us. I mean really? Midnight Sun? The Soul? The Seeker? You know what? I am actually so cheesed off with the whole Stephenie Meyer franchise that I may ignore these books if someone ever gets around to making her write/publish them. Seriously, who is in charge of that? I have strongly worded letter churning around in my head…Wow! Deep breaths, Megan. Ahem, let’s move on.

3.  J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. Let’s get this Pottermore nonsense straightened out, pick a new pen name, and get busy. Please.

4. Alexandra Bracken, author of Brightly Woven (2010). I would really love another book set in the Brightly Woven world. She has a new dystopian series coming out this year called The Darkest Minds, which I will certainly look for, but I want more of the fantasy world.

5. Polly Shulman, author of Enthusiasm (2006) and The Grimm Legacy (2010). Please don’t tell me I have to wait 4 years for another adorable story! Fans of Glee need to read Enthusiasm and fans of Once Upon a Time should check out The Grimm Legacy. Both are fun reads. More, please.

6. Scott Westerfeld, author of many, many books, including the Uglies series and the Leviathan series. It’s pretty cool that Uglies is being turned into manga. Blah, blah, blah. I NEED a new novel. Seriously, the manga is not enough. What’s next? I know there is an awesome idea on the horizon. There just has to be….This is the old cover, but it’s the edition that I read and fell in love with.

7. Gordon Korman, author a gazillion books, including the YA hits Son of the Mob (2002), Born to Rock (2006), and Pop (2009). I know he’s been busy with 39 Clues, his middle grade dog series, and some new Titanic thing, but I want a new guy-friendly teen book. I suppose I could read Son of the Mob while I wait…

8. Moira Young, author of Blood Red Road (2011). Ok, I am just being impatient here. Rebel Hearts, the second book in the Dust Lands trilogy is due out this year. But is that in the UK only? Will US readers have to wait even longer? Sigh.

9. Suzanne Collins, author of the Gregor the Overlander series and The Hunger Games trilogy. I really hope getting a movie franchise *coughlikestepheniemeyerj.k.rowlingcough* doesn’t put an end to her writing career. I sure would like more from her.

10. Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay and Where She Went. More impatience. Man, I hope she is working on something new because I will be snatching that up right away.

Runners up: Jandy Nelson (The Sky is Everywhere, 2010) and Jenny Han (Summer series, completed 2011)

In the meantime, I suppose I should focus on tackling my ginormous TBR pile.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan