Top Ten Tuesday

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Top 10 “Auto-Buy” Authors

I don’t actually buy many books, but here are ten authors who write awesome books that I will “Auto-Check Out” from the library! 🙂

1. Jodi Picoult
Favorites: Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes

2. George R.R. Martin
Favorites: A Song of Ice and Fire series

3. Chelsea Handler
Favorites: Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, My Horizontal Life, Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea

4. Jeannette Walls
Favorites: The Glass Castle, Half Broke Horses

5. Curtis Sittenfeld
Favorites: American Wife, Prep

6. Jim Fergus
Favorites: One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd, The Wild Girl: The Notebooks of Ned Giles 1932

7. Khaled Hosseini
Favorites: The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns

8. Charlaine Harris
Favorites: Sookie Stackhouse series

9. Wally Lamb
Favorites: She’s Come Undone, The Hour I First Believed

10. Jon Krakauer
Favorites: Into the Wild, Into Thin Air

Musing Monday

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Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it so far; why you chose it; what you are (or aren’t) enjoying about it.

I am reading The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. It is required reading for my children’s literature class. I’m supposed to have it finished in five hours, but that’s not happening… I wasn’t excited about it but after reading the first chapter I think it will be good! It’s funny and there is certainly some mystery.

Book Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

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I am using this book for the Eclectic Reader Challenge (Published in 2013), Dystopia Challenge, Women Challenge, Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge, Bookworm Bitches 2013 A-Z Title Challenge, 52 Books in 52 Weeks, and Book Club Friday.

Summary from Goodreads: June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector. It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong? In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.

Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. I liked a lot about this book. It was thrilling and unpredictable. It explained what happened to make the dystopian world they live in so different from the United States of today. And the book ended with a major cliffhanger!! How will the series end??

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Booking Through Thursday

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How often do you visit a library? Do you go to borrow books? Do research? Check out the multi-media center? Hang out with the friendly and knowledgeable staff? Are you there out of love or out of need?

I love the library! Of course I should, as a future librarian. 🙂 I check out lots of books and DVDs and occasionally do research for school or use their internet. I don’t understand people who buy books instead of going to the library… What a waste of money!

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top 10 Favorite Characters in the Young Adult Genre

1. My absolute favorite is Arnold Spirit Jr. from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

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2. Four from Divergent and Insurgent.

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3. Link from Beautiful Creatures. I make my hatred for this book well-known (due to its horrible ending), but I did like this character. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I wish they had cast Jesse Plemons as Link. That’s who I always imagined when I was reading the book.

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4. Katniss from The Hunger Games. As you can see, I usually prefer the male characters but Katniss is pretty awesome. The series was all about her; I never cared if she ended up with Peeta or Gale (though I definitely prefer Gale in the movie).

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5. You know who else is awesome from The Hunger Games? Haymitch! Woody Harrelson did such a good job playing him.

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6. Edward from Twilight. I am 100% Team Edward. Jacob was OK before he cut his hair and got all buff. Then he was just a jerk.

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7. Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. What a sweetheart!

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8. Liesel from The Book Thief. So many great characters in that book!

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9. The cloud cats from Airborn. They were pretty awesome!

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10. Gus from The Fault in Our Stars. ‘Nuff said.

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Literary Junkies

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1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it.
I am reading two books: Hollywood by Charles Bukowski and Prodigy by Marie Lu.

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I have been wanting to read something by Bukowski. I heard he’s kind of a jerk and his writing is geared more towards men but I don’t feel that way about this book. I’m really enjoying it although I can’t help thinking of Hank Moody on Californication as I read it (the character is supposedly based off Bukowski).

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Anyway, the book is about a writer who lives in Hollywood and writes a screenplay. The plot so far has been about all the misadventures of turning the screenplay into a movie.

Prodigy is the second book in a young adult dystopian series (I also read the first book, Legend). I have been trying to steer clear of this genre, because I’ve read so much of it lately and it’s starting to get redundant, but this book just came out and there weren’t many holds for it at the library so I decided to snatch it up.

I like it so far. The parts I’m most impressed with are: how they describe what happened to the world to make it so different (natural disasters, then wars, etc.) and what their world is like (Africa is the leading superpower, the US is divided into the Republic and the Colonies, which are like third world countries) and how it’s not totally predictable yet. Of course I’m sure June and Day will end up together in the end but will they assassinate the new Elector? Is he really a good guy? We’ll see.

2. Explain the recipe for a great book.
I’m not really sure I know the recipe. I like books in all different genres. As long as I don’t want to put the book down then I like it! I also prefer books where I care about the characters. There are still some good books where I loathe the characters (Gone Girl) but I’d prefer to be rooting for them.

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3. Tell us things you’ve learned from a book recently. Did you learn anything about history? Did you take away a deep and profound realization about the world around you? Or maybe even a beauty tip?
I’ve learned that James Patterson is a better author than I thought he was (I hadn’t read a book of his in a long time but I really enjoyed Now You See Her). Mindy Kaling is hilarious. Reading her book made me love her show even more. I haven’t read any really profound books lately… 😉

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4. What was your favorite book as a child?
I can’t remember what I read as a really young child. As a preteen/teenager, I liked the Fear Street, Sunset Island, The Baby-sitters Club, and Nancy Drew series.

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Musing Monday

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Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it so far; why you chose it; what you are (or aren’t) enjoying about it.

I’m reading Prodigy by Marie Lu. I said I needed a break from YA dystopian novels but this one just came out so… I am enjoying it. I really like the part I read last night. It explained the disaster that occurred that caused the world to change and what the world looks like now. That was really interesting.