Monday, June 30, 2014

Top Ten Classics I Want To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog

I have to admit that I haven't read that many classics before. It's not that I don't want to, it's just that when it's time to begin a new book, I usually go to books released in the last few years instead. But I'm going to list below a few that I would like to get to... eventually.

Top Ten Classics I Want To Read
Any Jane Austen Books
I would love to read Pride & Prejudice eventually. Any of her books, really.

The Secret Garden
I did read a kids version of this book when I was younger, but I would love to read the full version now. (And also because A Little Princess is my favorite classic that I have read!)

The Great Gatsby
My Mom likes this book a lot, I would like to try it! 

Jane  Eyre
I just feel like I need to read it.

The Outsiders
This is one of my Mom's favorite books, I want to read it eventually!

Sherlock Holmes
They look interesting!

Charlotte's Web
This is one of the books that got my mom reading when she was a kid, need to try it! 

Just want to try it!

Little House Books
I read the picture books when I was little, but never read the actual books. Would like to eventually.

Gone with the Wind
My mom thinks I would enjoy it!

Any Agatha Christie
I think I would like them!

What books are on your TTT? :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Rereadathon and Shelf Sweeper 2014

Shae from Shae Has Left the Room and Rachel from Beauty and the Bookshelf are hosting RRSS14 (Rereadathon and Shelf Sweeper 2014!) and I'm looking forward to participating! Here's the link to Shae's post, explaining what it is way better than I'm able to. :)

When Shae hosted the rereadathon last year, I had fun participating even though I didn't get many books reread for it. (I blame moving.) But this year I'm hoping to read a few more! And I'm hoping to read at least one book from my shelf for the Shelf Sweeper part, too. Below, I'm going to list a few books I'm going to try and (re)read in July! Though, I might end up reading books that are totally different from this list. (I'm definitely a mood reader.)  :)

 The reread part:

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (If I feel especially good, I might try and reread the next two books, too.)
The 8 Amelia Rules! GN's by Jimmy Gownley
The Summer of Cotton Candy by Debbie Viguie

The shelf sweeper part:

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
Pirouette by Robyn Bavati

I might (re)read all of these, I might (re)read none of these. We'll have to wait to find out what I'm in the mood for at the time! Thank you to Shae and Rachel for hosting! This'll be fun! :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog

Two weeks ago I listed ten books I plan on reading at the beach! This week is Ten Books on my summer TBR list! I'm not going to list any of the books I mentioned last week (Even though I plan on reading them this summer, too.) because the lists would be way too a-like.

This looks fun! :)

Just got this book in at the library and it looks fun! :)

I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but this book looked interesting! :)

I love the premise of this book! :)

A YA retelling of Tarzan? I need to try it! :) 

This book looks different and interesting! :)

I enjoyed Lost in London by this author and am looking forward to trying another of her books! :)

A lot of blogger friends love this book and I want to try it! :)

I have always loved horse books and a few weeks ago, I found out about this author. I just finished The Horse From the Sea and enjoyed it a lot, and am reading Rider in the Dark now! Look forward to this book, too! :)

This book looks fun, too! :)

What books are on your summer TBR list? :)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog

I highly recommend all of these books! :)

Top Ten Thirteen Books I've Read So Far This Year

And an extra book I did not finish reading until after I had written this post, Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn!

What's on your TTT this week? :)

Mini Reread Review: Artemis Fowl

Review: Artemis Fowl by Eion Colfer

The image on the left is the first one I read, the image on the right is the one I read this time.
Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories—they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.
-summary and cover via Goodreads

Mini reread review: I first read Artemis Fowl a few years ago, I don't totally remember when. All of the books weren't released yet, but I think the first... five were? Maybe a little less than that? I almost passed right over them, because I didn't think I would enjoy them. They sounded a bit too actiony to me, and at the time I wasn't into that kind of  book. But a librarian (Glad I listened to them!) recommend them to me, and I figured I might as well try them. I loved the first book and went back for the rest of them and eagerly anticipated the next after them! I have to admit that the last two books in the series I didn't love, I ended up not reading them. But the first few remained favorites! Then I thought about them about a month ago, and thought about how much I loved them then, and figured that it might be fun to reread them again! (And maybe try to read the last two!) These books were favorites when I was younger and I'm happy to write that I love the first book a lot this read! I have to admit that I had forgotten how... gross? the books were able to get. (Apparently I'm more easily nauseated now.) But I love the book! And Holly is still awesome! :) I'm going to get the second book from the library and reread it now too! :)

Have you read these books? Do you love them? Did you read the last two? 

I checked this book out from my library!

Age Range: Middle Grade
Series?: Yes, this is the first book in a eight book series! :)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Top Ten Books That Should Be In Your Beach Bag AND Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog

If you know me, then you know I love the kind of books that are perfect for reading on the beach! I actually did a TTT in March about beach reads, too! Today I decided to list books I'm looking forward to having in my beach bag, and list ten more that I love, that I think would be amazing for the beach! (By the way, the books I list below aren't going to be books that were on that previous post, decided to go with all new books instead!) :)

Top Ten Books That Should Be In Your Beach Bag!

Extra Book: (Not pictured) Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson

And now,
Ten Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag This Summer!

What books do you think everyone needs to have in their beach bag? What books are going to be in your beach bag? :)

Mini Review: I Heart Band #1 & I Heart Band #2: Friends, Fugues, and Fortune Cookies

Mini review: I Heart Band #1 & I Heart Band #2: Friends, Fugues, and Fortune Cookies by Michelle Schusterman

Here's the summary for the first book! :)

Band Geeks unite in this fresh new middle-grade series by debut author (and former band director) Michelle Schusterman! 

Holly Mead’s first day of seventh grade isn’t going as planned. Her brother ruins her carefully chosen outfit, she’s almost late, and her new band director has some surprisingly strict rules. Worst of all, it seems like her best friend, Julia, has replaced her with Natasha, the pretty, smart, new French horn player! Holly is determined to get first chair, but Natasha is turning out to be some pretty stiff competition—and not just in band. Band might be a competition, but friendship isn’t—and Holly needs to figure it out before she loses Julia for good. 
-summary and covers via Goodreads

 First sentence: "Sometimes being a perfectionist just isn't worth the effort"

Review: These were fun, enjoyable, and quick reads that I think MG readers will enjoy a lot! I don't want to talk too much about them for fear of spoiling you all, but I think that if you're looking for a fun new series this is one you need to try! Holly is a very likable character that is easy to relate to, and from the first sentence I was eagerly turning the pages to find out what would happen! I thought it was very fun, and I know I would have loved it when I was that age. I look forward to the next book a lot, (Already have it on hold at the library!) and look forward to reading what'll happen next to Holly and her friends! :)

The cover and title: I love the covers of these books, don't you all love them too?! And the titles are fun! :)

I checked this book out from my library! 

Authors website:
Age Range: Middle Grade
Series?: Yes! The 3rd book has already been released! :)
Publisher:  Grosset