Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things I Would Like To Own

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

This week’s topic is about bookish things we would like to own that aren’t books. I love this topic! Let’s see…

1. Book page necklace

2. Built in bookcase

3. Typewriter

4. Reading nook

5. Thumb ring page holder

6. Penguin clothbound classic

7. Folio Society book

8. Book related clothing

9. Anything Jane Eyre related

10. Book related tattoo

Apologies for posting this a day late (technically) but I just had to make sure I participated in this top ten Tuesday post (I blame being on spring break for my lateness). What are some bookish things I maybe missed?

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I’ve Read

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

So the focus for this week’s topic revolves around the most unique reads we’ve read. I had to think long and hard about what I consider unique, but I think I’ve come up with something. I also managed to get 10 books, which I thought I wouldn’t be able to do, so that’s pretty impressive.

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

Belle Eqoque – I really enjoyed this book. The idea was new (to me) and how it was carried out was memorable.

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3:59 – First of all, the author’s first name is the same as mine, so that counts as being unique right there. Aside from that, I loved the parallel universe idea; apparently it has been done way more than I knew of.

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My Life After Now – This was such an amazing read. While the idea of the book may be scary, it was an incredible read, as well as informative about AIDS.

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Poison Princess – Tarot cards come to life? Awesome. Fantastic characters? Sign me up. Really attractive male character. Bonus.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Archived by Victoria Schwab The Archived – Okay, so as a librarian, this book automatically drew me in. Libraries are places for the dead to rest on shelves…so…awesome.

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Monstrous Beauty – Mermaids are fascinating, but they really aren’t written about all that often. This was such a wonderful read and if you haven’t read it or heard of it GO READ IT NOWWWW! I mean it.

Whispers In Autumn by Trisha Leigh

The Last Years series – This entire series was amazing. I can’t even explain it well enough to do it justice but it’s fantastic.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – I didn’t read this book…I listened to it and the audio for it was fantastic. Such a strange, but amazing book.

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Monster – The book is written as a screenplay…while it was a bit distracting at times, it was definitely unique.

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Fruits Basket series – Changing it up a bit and including a manga in the mix. I used to be obsessed with manga…this one was by far my favorite and the most unique…of course, manga in general is pretty unique.

What do y’all think of my list? Anything I should read to add to this unique list?

Top Ten Tuesday: Gateway Books in My Reading Journey

 

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

This is a pretty interesting topic this week; surprisingly, it’s rather difficult for me to think of ten…but I think I’ve done it. These are books that got me interested in something related to reading…

Reading as a kidThe Pony Pals series AND The Babysitter’s Club series

YA LiteratureTwilight

YA DystopianThe Hunger Games

YA ContemporaryMy Life Next Door

YA Book ReviewingHourglass

Classic NovelsJane Eyre

Reading as a preteenThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series

Adult RomanceThe Bride Quartet series

PlaysThe Crucible

Love of readingThe Outsiders

I apologize for the lack of explanation, but if I started explaining, I’d be here all day (if you’re curious though, just ask me!) So what are some titles you all have on your lists? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Things On My Bookish Bucket List

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

This week’s theme focuses on things we all have on our bookish bucket list. Hmm, what DON’T I have on mine? Well, here are my top ten:

1. Meet some of my favorite authors. Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Kresley Cole, Sarah Dessen, John Green, the list could go on forever! I’ve already met David Baldacci, Victoria Schwab, Stephanie Perkins, and Megan Shepherd, so I’d love to keep adding to my list!

2. Attend BEA. I want to go to this so much! I was planning to go this year, but SOL testing takes place at the school I work for during those dates, so I wouldn’t be able to go. Drat!

3. Become more involved in my blog. As of right now, I mostly do Top Ten Tuesday, book reviews, and the occasional discussion (whenever I think of a topic). I want to become more involved, as there are so many things I could be doing.

4. Read more of a variety of a book (not just YA). There are so many awesome books outside of the YA world, but I never read them because I’m so focused on YA. Time to expand.

5. Read 75+ books every year. I think this will be more doable once I’m done with graduate school and no longer have to worry about assignments.

6. Write a YA book. One of my major life goals is to write a YA novel. Not sure what it would be about, if it would be a standalone or part of a trilogy/series, but all I know is I want to write one.

7. Write a children’s book. Going off of the last one, I would love to write a children’s book. There’s so much freedom with how this can be done…plus, I really want to write a book about cats (is that weird?)

8. Read at least one HUGE book in my lifetime. That seems so miniscule, but seriously think about it…how many people can say they’ve read War & Peace? Not many, because it’s so big!

9. Work in a bookstore. Sure, I have a job as a librarian right now, so I’m surrounded by books all the time. However, I’m thinking way in the future, when I’m retired from full time working and just want something to do (I can’t imagine sitting home all the time).

10. Have some sort of bookish room in my future home. Pinterest has made me want this more than anything. Have y’all seen some of those amazing bookish rooms on there?!?

Isn't this just amazing?!?

Isn’t this just amazing?!?

So what do y’all have on your bookish bucket list? Let me know!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR List

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

This week’s theme is all about what is on our spring TBR list…my TBR list is so long, it’s hard to just put 10 titles! Between the YA books I have to read for my young adult literature class and the books I want to read for fun, it’s neverending. For this list, I didn’t include the books I will be reading for my class, but rather the books I really want to read for fun (obviously this list doesn’t include all of those titles though). In no particular order…

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What do you all think of my spring TBR list? The sad thing is I probably won’t even get to these until after the beginning of May because of my school work (last semester of graduate school is pretty brutal at the moment). I guess there’s always hope for my summer TBR list?

Review: Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

In Meg Medina’s compelling new novel, a Latina teen is targeted by a bully at her new school — and must discover resources she never knew she had.

One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn’t kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away? In an all-too-realistic novel, Meg Medina portrays a sympathetic heroine who is forced to decide who she really is.

(Description from Goodreads)

FINAL GRADE: Arating

First of all, can we just gawk at how awesome this title is? It’s incredibly strong. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your ASS! I really want to shout it over and over again. In fact, I did while I was reading it (the best part was when I would read it during my down time at work, because students thought it was great I kept saying “ass” – I can’t get in trouble for it if it’s a title of a book!) Aside from the fantastic book title, I really enjoyed this book. There were a few things that I wasn’t a fan of, but there were very few of those. I’ll start with those first.

One thing I wasn’t a fan of were the side stories that were featured. I understand how the side stories were there to show the reader how Piddy grows as a teenager during this difficult time, but at the same time, it ended up making me lose my focus of the main storyline several times. Going off of the side stories, I wasn’t a fan of Piddy’s childhood friend. The two were separated when they changed schools, so they didn’t see each other much. okay, I get that; I don’t get to see my best friend nearly as much as I would like to. However, I don’t understand the fact that they drifted apart because they didn’t stay in contact. Obviously it wasn’t that strong of a friendship to begin with then.

On to the good things about this book, because there were many. I LOVED Piddy’s character, but there were a few times I wanted to shake her and scream, “WAKE UP AND TELL SOMEONE ABOUT THIS!” when it came to the bullying that was taking place. Bullying in high school is a terrible thing to endure, but those being bullied should never have to feel like they are alone. I sympathized with Piddy quite frequently throughout the book. While I never went through bullying quite like what she went through, I understand what it’s like to BE bullied. Piddy was a fantastic character that I really enjoyed. Meg Medina did an amazing job with her characters in this book; even Yaqui, who I absolutely hated, was such a well-written character.

The plot and the actions that occur throughout are incredibly believable. Apparently Yaqui hates Piddy because she shakes her butt too much when she walks and she thinks Piddy wants her boyfriend. Sounds ridiculous, right? That’s because it is. However, it’s something that could absolutely happen in high school. Hormones do crazy things to a teen’s mind and if a girl feels threatened by another girl, she’ll come up with any reason to hate her. Working in a high school setting, I see it all the time. Thankfully, I never see any action take place between the feuding sides; however, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. So, yes, the action in this book was incredibly realistic and pretty true to what could happen for real.

I will say that I was truly upset by one thing that happened in the book. There were several moments that made my eyes almost bug out of my head, but when (highlight to see spoiler) Yaqui beats up Piddy outside of her own home and Yaqui’s friends record it and post it online, I had to put the book down while reading in the car for a little bit (another point to make about how awesome this book was…I NEVER read in the car). Again, an incredibly realistic, though over-the-top, scene that could most definitely happen in a fit of hormonal teenage rage.

I have read several books about bullying that were either unrealistic or didn’t provide the emotional response they should have, but Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass was not one of those. While there were a few aspects that I was not a fan of, I really enjoyed and felt myself connecting with this book. I know some people may not think this book is suitable for teenagers (mostly because of the book title), but I think teens would not only enjoy this book, but they would get something out of it. The ending is most definitely not picture perfect, but it’s realistic; not every situation turns into a happy ending. However, I’m happy with how it ended because of this; it was a little rushed, but not enough to throw off the feel of the book. I found this book to be very powerful, engaging, and realistic.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books in X Genre (YA Contemporary)

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

So this week’s theme features our favorite books in the X genre…you get to pick the genre! I decided to go with YA contemporary. There are many YA contemporaries that I love, but looking back at the ones I have reviewed, the following are my favorites (but are not in any particular order):

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What do y’all think of my list? Anything other fabulous YA contemporaries that I missed (or haven’t read yet!)? Let me know! And let me know what your favorite X genre list looks like!

Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

This week’s theme centers around popular authors that we as bloggers have never read. I know just where to begin too…

1. Jane Austen. I know, I know, how the heck am I an English major AND a librarian, yet I haven’t read a Jane Austen book? Shocking, I know. Once I graduate in May, I fully intend to read Pride and Prejudice.

2. C.S. Lewis. I’ve already mentioned (I think?) that I never read The Chronicles of Narnia books when I was a kid and really wish I had now. Again, something I plan to do after I graduate.

3. Cassandra Clare. You know, The City of books…yup, haven’t read any of them. Whaaaaat? I’m a terrible YA librarian.

4. Michelle Mead. Her Vampire Academy books are incredibly popular and I own the first one! …I just haven’t read it.

5. Tahereh Mafi. I own Shatter Me…actually, I just bought it about a week ago. But, yet again, I haven’t read it yet.

6. Marie Lu. Yet another author who has one of her books on my shelves, but I just haven’t read it yet.

7. Veronica Rossi. I hear a lot about her books, but I just haven’t gotten around to reading them (or owning them for that matter.)

8. Laurie Halse Anderson. I’m actually about to start Speak for one of my classes, so soon she’ll be off this list!

9. Maggie Stiefvater. She’s from my state…HELLO!! Why haven’t I read ANY of her books yet? No clue.

10. James Patterson. This one is at the bottom because really…I don’t have any interest to read his books. They just don’t seem like ones I’d like. Is that bad?

So who are some authors y’all had on your lists? I’m glad I was able to check Rainbow Rowell of my list…I finished Eleanor & Park today!

 

Review: Belle Epoque

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service—the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive.

Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, Maude is deemed the perfect foil.

But Isabelle has no idea her new “friend” is the hired help, and Maude’s very existence among the aristocracy hinges on her keeping the truth a secret. Yet the more she learns about Isabelle, the more her loyalty is tested. And the longer her deception continues, the more she has to lose.

(Desciption from Goodreads)

FINAL GRADE: Brating

I read this book for my young adult literature course, because it was one of the books up to win the William C. Morris YA Debut Award (it lost to Charm and Strange). I rather enjoyed this book, though there were some reasons for why this wasn’t an A for me.

This book is a different take on accepting yourself for who you are, inside and out. It’s even more interesting because instead of being a contemporary YA book, it’s a historical fiction take; historical fiction is a difficult genre to handle, unless you really do your research, but I felt that Ross did a great job with it.

Okay, negatives first. The pace of this book was a little slow for me at first. It took me a good while to actually get into the story; it was a great story, but it was really slow (for me) during the first…1/3 of the book I’d say. After that, it really picked up and I really enjoyed it. However, going off of the pace subject, the really big climax of the book was really fast; there could have been so much more added to it, but I feel like Ross rushed it a bit, leaving the reader going, “wait, what just happened?” It was really suspenseful, but it felt so rushed, I didn’t really get a good chance to process what was going on.

Another negative was that I felt Isabelle was a much stronger character than Maude was, despite the fact that she was a secondary (main) character. Maude was the main character and Isabelle was second in line, but Isabelle came off as more likeable and more full of life (make sense?) than Maude did. Even though this is great that a secondary character was that strong, it didn’t help that the main character wasn’t as strong; I liked her well enough, but I didn’t find myself rooting for her the way I did for Isabelle.

I thought this book was beautifully written. It was a fantastic and imaginative take on how society views beauty, inside and outside. I really enjoyed how at the beginning Maude had low self-esteem, but by the end of the book, she had built up this issue and become proud of who she was. Even though she become a repoussoir (basically someone who “repels” the public eye from them to someone more attractive) in order to support herself, this job built up her self-esteem and allowed her to see herself as she should, not how society tells her she should.

The characters of this book were all fantastic, even those you ended up hating (that’s what makes them a great character…they made you feel how the author wanted you to feel about them). I enjoyed how the girls employed at the Durandeau Agency interacted with one another, both when they were being “shown off” to potential clients and then behind closed doors or when they were off the clock. Even the snooty girls were likeable in some way. The descriptions of each girl, though repulsive, were easy to take in and imagine.

I loved the setting of this book: 19th century Paris. Swoon. I also loved how Ross managed to keep the characters in the character of that time, without it feeling forced. It was obvious that Ross did her research when it came to creating this story in order to portray a real feel of the time. The added information about the Eiffel Tower being built was also a great backdrop to the rest of the story, adding just that extra flare of historical background to the time in Paris.

There was a sense of predictability to the story, as it was almost blatantly obvious that the climax that happened was going to happen, but it was still suspenseful and caused me to hold my breath a few times. I enjoyed the relationship that formed between Maude and Isabelle, as well as with Maude and other secondary characters, like her love interest. Though I wish there had been more scenes that could have helped Maude develop these relationships that much more, it was still a wonderful story about find your beauty and confidence.

Talk It Out Thursday – Library Classification Systems

4talkitoutthursdayTalk It Out Thursday is a discussion feature here at The Printed YA Word that takes place on Thursday…when I have something to discuss.

Okay, so this just came to mind when I was told by my school’s bookkeeper that I have to spend $235.35 on library office supplies before next week. I won’t have any problem with that, but I was thinking about what I plan to do in the library this summer to freshen it up a bit and make it newer; so, I came across classification/genre labels. My hope for this summer is to rearrange the fiction section of the library. What do I mean by that? I’ll still keep parts of the Dewey Decimal System (DDC) in place, but I plan to group the fiction section by genre, instead of being mixed together. This will most likely be a huge task I’m taking on, but I’m determined to do it. thumbsupI wrote a paper last system about why the DDC system SHOULD be maintained in libraries. However, I also mentioned how classifying certain sections by genres can also be a beneficial practice for libraries; students who like (or want) to read will come to me and say something along the lines of, “What’s a good [insert genre here] book?” and I end up suggesting the same titles over and over again because I haven’t read every book in the library (I know, it’s terrible). So by classifying the fiction section by genre (but keep the DDC in place for the alphabetical value), it will not only make it easier for students to find a book they are truly interested in, but it will keep me from looking like an uninformed YA librarian (and I’m all for that!)

winkSo what do y’all think about different library classification systems? I’m still a fan of the DDC, but I love the genre classification system as well. The joys of being a librarian.