I’ve Moved!

After much thought and consideration, I have decided to stop posting on this blog. 

HOWEVER, I haven’t stopped blogging. I have just changed directions. 

The Printed YA Word was started as a YA book review blog…nothing more would be added to it. But over time, I found myself wanting to blog about other things and not just about book reviews. So, instead of revamping The Printed YA Word, I decided to just create a new blog that had been on my mind for quite some time.

Thus, Books and Burlap was born. My new blog not only will contain book reviews (mostly YA, but some other genres thrown in as well), but it will also have other features (go take a look to find out what those are! Please?)

I can’t bring myself to “get rid of” The Printed YA Word, so it will continue to be here…I just won’t be posting on it. I know, I know, it’s super sad (at least to me), but I needed to change my blogging direction and this is the best way (I think) to do so. I hope my followers will continue to follow me on Books and Burlap. Thank you all for the follows, likes, comments, and messages…I truly appreciate it all.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Summer 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 topic is all about the books we bloggers plan to read this summer. I have SO many books I want to read this summer, but the following are the ones I really want to have read by the time summer has come to an end.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2. The Giver quartet by Lois Lowery

3. All of the Agatha Christie mystery books I own

4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

6. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

7. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

9. Looking for Alaska by John Green

10. The Maze Runner by James Dasher

So what do y’all think of my list? It’s a bit of a mix between YA and others; I’ve been meaning to have more variety in what I read lately, just so I don’t miss out on great books that aren’t in the YA genre.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

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 easy: what books have we read so far this year. I’ve read quite a few, but I’m going to post only my favorites.

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Has anyone else read any of these this year? I absolutely adored The Selection trilogy and really need to write my reviews for those. What has everyone else read?

No Longer On Hiatus

I feel like it has been forever since I last posted something here, even though May 20 was my last post. I haven’t posted a book review in quite some time and I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday list for the past 2 weeks. I feel bad that I haven’t posted anything recently, but between graduating from graduate school and working like a madwoman during these last few weeks of the school year, I haven’t had time to do anything except sleep.

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But, thankfully, that is over now. I graduated from LSU with my MLIS degree on May 16, 2014. I will finish up my first year as a high school librarian on June 13, 2014. While I am hoping to begin my next degree in the fall and will start my second year as a high school librarian, I hope to also become way more present on my book blog. I had hoped to be that way from the beginning of the year, but I have had some difficulty organizing myself and dividing my time.

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The bright side of all of this is that I will not be doing anything this summer, except reading. No school, no work, nothing stressful. Sounds perfect to me! I appreciate all of my followers still hanging in there with me while I took an unexpected hiatus, but I am back now and will have a book review (actually, several!) showing up within the next few days. Thank you all!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Friendship

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 all about friendship. I interpreted this as any form of friendship, as I have one book on my list that is about best friends falling OUT of friendship (depressing, I know, but it shows the true workings of friendship). So here are my top ten…

31187008517573559So what books did y’all come up with? I’m sure there are plenty more that I completely missed, so let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Covers I’d Frame as Pieces of Art

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 book covers that are so stunning, that we’d frame them and hang them on our walls. This is a tough one, mostly because there are so many beautiful book covers out there! I’m a horrible person/librarian, as I do sometimes pick up books to read because of their covers (yes, I judge a book by its cover…please don’t judge me, ha!) So let’s see if I can stick to just 10…in no particular order:

1. The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

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2. The Last Year Series by Trisha Leigh

136318373. The Shatter Me Trilogy/Series by Tahereh Mafi

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4. The Clockwork Angel Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

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5. Bride Quartet Series by Nora Roberts

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6. The Testing Trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau

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7. The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass

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8. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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9. These lovely titles by Stephanie Perkins

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10. The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

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I definitely did more than 10, but just look at these covers…aren’t they gorgeous? I think so, I’m madly in love with all of them. What do y’all think? Like what I picked? What other awesome covers did I miss? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read if You Like These TV Shows

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 is another topic that requires us to come up with something for X. So, I’ve decided to break mine down into 2 of my favorite shows: Awkward and Pretty Little Liars. If you like either of those shows, check out the following books…

BOOKS TO READ IF YOU LIKE AWKWARD…

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BOOKS TO READ IF YOU LIKE PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

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So what do y’all think of my book choices for these shows? I’ll admit, I had a hard time coming up with something for both, but I think these are pretty good. None of them are exactly like the shows, but certain aspects are similar.

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who X (I Want on My Zombie Apocalypse Team)

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 was a sort of freebie…as bloggers, we have to fill in the topic for X. Because of my complete disdain for zombies, I decided to create a team of book characters who I would want on my side during a zombie invasion. Just thinking about zombies gives me the creeps…

13450339Death & Jack from The Arcana Chronicles

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13631837Althea & Pax from The Last Year

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Decided to change things up a bit with that last choice…he’s the only character not from a YA book (shocking), but I’m pretty sure it would be awesome to have an assassin on my team. I also think Allison is sinister enough that she would make an awesome teammate…or perhaps she would be an awful one. So what do y’all think of my list? What other characters are out there that I missed that would be perfect for a zombie apocalypse team? I’d need all the allies I could get!

 

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.