Book Beginnings on Friday: Trouble's Brewing by Juli Alexander

Thanks to Rose City Reader for hosting this weekly meme.  Every Friday I get to spotlight the book I'm reading by sharing its first line or two...and then commenting on my first impressions based on the line/s!  FUN :)  


Currently reading:  "Trouble's Brewing" by Juli Alexander
Source:  advanced e-copy from author
Current place in book: 26% done

Opening line/s:  "I just don't get why you need a chemistry tutor," Jake said for the millionth time.  I'd finally admitted to my boyfriend that the tutor was going to be a college guy.  Jake didn't know my tutor was a potions master, and he didn't know I was a witch.

My thoughts:  LOVE it!!  What a great way to start a book.  The third sentence is one of my favorites in the book so far.  The writing is indicative of the author's ability to infuse sarcasm seamlessly.  I find myself chuckling throughout the book at her wittiness.  Also, these opening sentences hint at future turmoil between the couple and the tutor.  

If you haven't read "Stirring Up Trouble" (the first book...not sure it's a series)...definitely add it to your TBR list.  Upon finishing that book, you will NEED to read this sequel :)

Happy Reading everyone!!  TGIF!!

Waiting on Wednesday: Also Known As by Robin Benway

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It’s designed for bloggers to spotlight the upcoming releases that they simply can’t wait to read.

My pick this week..."Also Known As" by Robin Benway
Expected Release Date: February 26, 2013

From Goodreads:
ALSO KNOWN AS is the story of Maggie, a gifted teenage safecracker, who works alongside her parents as a spy for the mysterious entity known as the Collective. When she's assigned to infiltrate a private Manhattan high school, she's forced to make friends, investigate the mysterious Jesse, and solve the case, all without blowing her cover. (From Robin's blog.)

My Thoughts:
While scanning the reviews, one word kept jumping out at me..."FUN"  :)  And just look at that cover...it LOOKS fun, right?!  Takes me back to the excitement of "Alias" with Jennifer Garner :) Very excited for this one!!

BOOK REVIEW: He's So/She's So Trilogy by Kieran Scott




Series: He's So/She's So trilogy
Titles: She's So Dead to Us, He's So Not Worth It, This Is So Not Happening
Author: Scott, Kieran
Published: by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Edition Language: English
Source: borrowed from my library

From Goodreads:
"She's So Dead To Us" Ally Ryan would rather be in Maryland. She would rather be anywhere, in fact, than Orchard Hill, site of her downfall. Well, not hers exactly—but when your father’s hedge fund goes south and all your friends lose their trust funds, things don’t look so sunny for you. Her mother moved her to Maryland to flee the shame, but now they’re moving back. Back to the country-club, new-car-every-year, my-family-came-over-on-the-Mayflower lifestyle that Ally has outgrown. One bright spot, however, is gorgeous, intense Jake Graydon. But it won’t be easy for the two of them to be together—not if his friends (her former friends) have anything to say about it. Is Ally ready to get thrown back into the drama of the life she left behind?


"He's So Not Worth It" Ally Ryan, come on down to the Jersey Shore and forget your troubles!  Have you recently been humiliated in front of your friends and family at your former best friend's birthday party? Was your almost-boyfriend partly responsible for that humiliation by withholding some vital information about where your estranged father is? Did you come home to find said estranged father sitting on your stoop?  If so, then it sounds like you could use a vacation! The Jersey Shore is the place to be. Your mother may be living with her boyfriend of only a few months, but at least the stunt Shannen pulled has put some of your friends back in your court. Even so, you're still angry and what better way to get over Jake than to blow off some steam with local guy, Cooper. People will hardly recognize your new attitude, but the old one wasn't getting you anywhere, so who cares!  Jake Graydon, an exciting opportunity is waiting for you in the service industry!  Are your grades so low your parents have grounded you for the summer? Did the girl you really like unceremoniously leave you behind? Would you rather eat dirt than see your friends again? Then a job at the local coffee shop is just the ticket! Surprisingly, Ally's father is the new manager so you get to be reminded of her nearly every day. Maybe it's time to start flirting with your best friend's ex or even taking school a bit more seriously. Especially when you finally see Ally and she's hanging around with some loser and it couldn't be more clear that she is over you.


"This Is So Not Happening"  After their long summer apart, Ally and Jake were hoping for a drama free senior year. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like things will work out that way...again. — It turns out that Chloe is pregnant and says that Jake is the father. Hammond is pissed at his best friend, but mostly can't believe that Ally would stay with Jake. But Ally is tired of being apart from Jake and is willing to make it work. But that is easier said than done when Jake starts blowing Ally off to go to doctor's appointments with Chloe and Ally joins the school play and meets a new cute guy.  But as graduation approaches, things get more complicated as new secrets come out and Ally realizes maybe Jake isn't the guy she thought he was. After everything they've been through can Ally and Jake get out of Orchard Hill with their relationship intact?

Mrs. Beamer's Review:
I was looking forward to reading this trilogy...the book covers drew me in (loved them!)... and I wasn't disappointed.  I read all three books in four days :)  While nothing earth-shattering happened, the books managed to hold my interest.  Honestly, while reading into the early hours of the morning I kept asking myself "why can't I put these books down?"...and I truly couldn't come up with a better answer other than "I want to keep reading them."

I enjoyed the settings and characters.  Ms. Scott does a wonderful job describing the different settings...I especially liked the beach house.  However, I had a really hard time picturing the characters.  Crazy, right?!  I think Ally was a brunette?  And Jake was model-gorgeous.  Other than that, I don't remember anything too specific about the other characters.  I love Lincoln and Annie...probably because Ms. Scott does a good job developing them.  Or, it could be because they are oddballs and I love oddballs :)  Also, my favorite part of the books are Annie's journal entries - HILARIOUS!

I highly recommend these books to female teens.  They remind me of the Sweet Valley High books, in a way.  I'm sure they will circulate well in my library.  These books are a nice escape from reality that don't require deep thinking - sometimes just what you need!  I look forward to reading more books by this author.

My Favorite Quote (from book #3):  "He turned and looked me directly in the eye.  'If you were my girl, I'd thank anyone who kept you from going splat'."



Mrs. Beamer’s Wrap-Up Rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more info
Language: 3
Violence: 0
Sexual Content: 2
Drugs/Alcohol: 1
Recommend for High School Libraries: YES
Comfortable With My Child Reading: high school
Potential Controversial Topics: not listing due to potential spoilers

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Am Pining for in 2013!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week I get to choose the top ten books I am pining for in 2013!


Books in Series:
"Untitled" Guards of the Shadowlands #2 by Sarah Fine - since Sanctum (book #1) was my favorite book in 2012...this is a no-brainer :)
"Untitled" Divergent #3 by Veronica Roth - I'm assuming this will be on most lists...
"Untitled" The Lorien Legacies #4 by Pittacus Lore - my students LOVE this series
"Untitled" Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3 by Laini Taylor - other series my students adore

Stand Alones:
"The Moon and More" by Sarah Dessen - I love ALL her books!
"My Life After Now" by Jessica Verdi - dealing with HIV...I'm dying to get my hands on this...
"Nobody But Us" by Kristin Halbrook
"The Collector" by Victoria Scott 

"Altered" by Jennifer Rush - the cover alone had me hooked :)
"Pretty Girl-13" by Liz Coley


Monday @ MHS Library...

This weekly feature is host to ALL the latest and greatest at your MHS Library!

NO SCHOOL TODAY!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving :)  Did you get lots of reading done?!?!  I did!!  I started ~and~ finished the "He's So She's So" trilogy by Kieran Scott...loved it!!

All three books are available @ MHS Library!



Waiting on Wednesday: My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It’s designed for bloggers to spotlight the upcoming releases that they simply can’t wait to read.

My pick this week..."My Life After Now" by Jessica Verdi
Expected Release Date: April, 2013

From Goodreads:  
WHAT NOW?

Lucy just had the worst week ever. Seriously, mega bad. And suddenly, it’s all too much—she wants out. Out of her house, out of her head, out of her life. She wants to be a whole new Lucy. So she does something the old Lucy would never dream of.

And now her life will never be the same. Now, how will she be able to have a boyfriend? What will she tell her friends? How will she face her family? Now, every moment is a precious gift. She never thought being positive could be so negative. But now, everything’s different…because now she’s living with HIV.



My students always request YA contemporary...throw in an angst-ridden protagonist and they are hooked.  Can't WAIT to get my hands on this.

New TBR!

Just added Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss to my TBR (to be read) list!  How about you?!

From Goodreads:
"Be sure you know your true heart’s desire, or you may find yourself surprised by what you receive."  This is the warning the Astrologer-Sorcerer gives Giulia when she pays him to create a magical talisman for her. The scorned illegitimate daughter of a Milanese nobleman, Giulia is determined to defy the dire fate predicted by her horoscope, and use the talisman to claim what she believes is her heart’s desire: true love and a place where she belongs–not likely prospects for a girl about to be packed off to the cloistered world of a convent.

But the convent of Santa Marta is full of surprises. There are strict rules, long hours of work, and spiteful rivalries…but there’s also friendship, and the biggest surprise of all: a workshop of female artists who produce paintings of astonishing beauty, using a luminous blue mixed from a secret formula: Passion blue. Yet even as Giulia begins to learn the mysteries of the painter’s craft, the magic of the talisman is at work, and a forbidden romance beckons her down a path of uncertainty and danger. She is haunted by the sorcerer’s warning, and by a question: does she really know the true compass of her heart?

Set in Renaissance Italy, this richly imagined novel about a girl’s daring journey towards self-discovery transports readers into a fascinating, exotic world where love, faith, and art inspire passion–of many different hues.((less)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books/Authors I Am Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week I get to choose the top ten books/authors I am most thankful for :)

  • Usborne Books (too many to name) - my children were fortunate to grow up surrounded by these incredible books...Peter Usborne is a TRUE GENIUS in my opinion :)
  • Les Miserables  - reading this in high school (not by choice...it was assigned specifically to me by my teacher) opened my eyes to what losing myself in a story REALLY felt like :)
  • Sweet Valley High series - I spent SO many countless hours in bed with my flashlight reading these books "after lights out"
  • Twilight series - I am thankful to Stephenie Meyer for creating books that captured the attention of readers across many genres and breathed new life into the YA market for many, many people.
  • The Bible - of course
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series - again, hats off to Jeff Kinney for creating a series that had many reluctant readers running to their libraries!
  • James Patterson - I can always count on him to release a new criminal drama just when I need one!  And I'm falling in love with him all over again for his YA books!
  • Charlie Brown's 'Cyclopedia Set: Questions & Answers - I devoured these books as a child...and my own kids love reading them, too :)
  • Danielle Steel - Her books were easy "go to's" in my twenties.  And she can whip 'em out!
  • John Green - I can't get enough of his books...my students can't get enough of his books...he's amazing :)
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  ~Mrs. Beamer

Book Review: Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie


Title: Reached (Matched #3)
Author: Condie, Ally
Published: November 13th by Dutton Childrens Books
Edition Language: English
Source: purchased e-book

From Goodreads:
After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.  In this gripping conclusion to the #1 New York Times-bestselling Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.


Mrs. Beamer's Review:
Matched (book #1) - one of my favorite books, ever
Crossed (book #2) - one of my least favorite books, ever
Reached (book #3) - meh...

I really, REALLY wanted to like this book...I even pre-ordered it on my kindle.  The sour taste from Crossed had vanished, and I was remembering why I fell in love with Matched.  I was most excited to revisit the love triangle of Cassia/Ky/Xander...well, hoping there was a love triangle :) 

Reached is told from three POVs...which I thought was clever (building off of one POV in Matched, then two POVs in Crossed)  and I found it easier to follow the narrators in this book (compared to Crossed).  *and I loved chapter 44...brilliant*  The beginning of the book was a bit slow for me...picking up about 1/3 of the way in.  I don't know.  The simplest way for me to put this...I became less and less interested in the story the more it progressed.  The Society, the Pilot, red/green/blue pills, the Plague, the Outer Provinces, the poems...I just wasn't into it.

However, I highlighted more text in this book...more moving text...than any other books on my kindle.  THAT speaks to the writing of Condie.  She has a way with words that is beautiful to me.  There are many thought-provoking passages sprinkled throughout the book (some of my favorites listed at the end of this review).  

I won't include spoilers in my reviews, so I find it hard to articulate why I was underwhelmed by Reached.  It lacked some focus and strayed too far from Matched for my taste.  While I am disappointed with this series, I will continue to read Condie's work.  I really do enjoy her writing style.

My Favorite Quote (from this book):  "I choose her again, and again, and again."


Mrs. Beamer’s Wrap-Up Rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more info
Language: 0
Violence: 0
Sexual Content: 0
Drugs/Alcohol: 0
Recommend for High School Libraries: YES
Comfortable With My Child Reading: middle school
Potential Controversial Topics: none

My Favorite Passages:
  • It makes me wonder what's out there that I know nothing about...how else the Society might have altered maps over the years.
  • The Rising is smart.  They've matched me with the one person in camp I care about.  Which goes to show that caring about anyone leaves you vulnerable.
  • Someone's taken my poems, and Ky didn't come, and it's cold.
  • I am not the only one writing.  I am not the only one creating.  
  • I hope for this more than anything else, maybe even more than my own happiness.  And in a way, perhaps that means I love (him) best of all.
  • You cannot change your journey if you are unwilling to move at all.
  • People like me see it as evidence that it's a place so wonderful no one would ever want to come back.

Monday @ MHS Library...

This weekly feature is host to ALL the latest and greatest at your MHS Library!

NEW Books:  Just in time for Thanksgiving break!  Be sure to stop by the library to stock up on reading material for the long Thanksgiving break!  Over 30 new fiction books, including...Insurgent, Beautiful Chaos, The Rise of Nine, Stealing Parker, Pretend You Love Me and The Gray Wolf Throne.

NEW Book Display:  
Vegetarian...or...Lousy Hunter  showcases both fiction and non-fiction books for hunters of all ages.  Be sure to check them out as we enter NE Ohio hunting season!

Debut Author Challenge: 2013

I'm pretty pumped...this is my first official book blog challenge!  I decided to make this challenge my first because author Sarah Fine mesmerized me with her debut book Sanctum: Guards of the Shadowlands, book #1.  Cheers to debut authors everywhere...you are appreciated!!!  :)

Here are the twelve debut books I pledge to read and review in 2013!













Blog Remodel :)

Hello everyone!  OK...I totally saw this coming.  I knew it would happen.  After just five weeks, I was bored with my blog "look".  DILEMMA!  What to do...what to do... (thought while shaking my head slowly side to side)

I'm acutely aware that branding is everything in the blog-o-sphere.  However, I know I get antsy/bored/etc and that part of me isn't going anywhere :)  Knowing I would never be able to stick to one look for my blog...I figured creating (and sticking with) one BLOG BUTTON would have to do.

Disclaimer...I am not artsy.  I am not creative.  I don't do crafts.  In psycho-babble...I am the rigid square, not the fluid circle.  But...I did my best and this is what I came up with.

SO...while my blog look may (will) change from time to time, my blog button is here to stay.  I feel very official now that I have a button.  Just another tiny step forward in this great big world of blogging!  Have a terrific Thursday :)

Waiting on Wednesday: Guards of the Shadowlands (book #2) by Sarah Fine

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It’s designed for bloggers to spotlight the upcoming releases that they simply can’t wait to read.

My pick this week..."Guards of the Shadowlands (book #2)" by Sarah Fine
Expected Release Date: October, 2013

OK...book #1 was JUST released...and I devoured it...LOVED IT.  As my review says, possibly my favorite YA book to date this year :)  And the more I think about it...the MORE I LOVE IT!!!  I have no idea how I'll wait a grueling 11 months to read the next installment.  Author Sarah Fine promises "a thing or two...between now and then to keep readers entertained while they wait"...let's hope she delivers!!  :)  I'm enthralled with the characters and LOVE LOVE LOVE where the setting of book #2 starts (there is a sneak peak of book #2 at the end of book #1!!!!!)  

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I'd Want on a Deserted Island

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week I get to choose my top ten books I'd want on a deserted island.  OK...since I'm NOT an outdoors person...I'm going to PRAY this never happens to me :)  AND...if it did...that I wouldn't be there long!  So I'm choosing books that (hopefully) will make me forget my surroundings :)
  • Les Miserables - one of the best books I've ever read...totally captivated me in high school, and I haven't read it since.  I'm guessing it would be just as great the second time :)
  • Gone with the Wind - again, a superb book that I haven't re-read in over a decade
  • Roots
  • War and Peace - both of these because they are long and I haven't read them yet and I really need to
  • Twilight - yeah...I loved it that much :)
  • The Bible
  • A Song of Ice and Fire series - I've been meaning to read this series...and never seem to find the time (so books 1-4)
And THAT...makes TEN :)





Monday @ MHS Library...

This weekly feature is host to ALL the latest and greatest at your MHS Library!

NEW Magazine:  Entertainment Weekly covers music, books, film, television, broadway and (to some extent) pop culture.  Readers will find helpful reviews on upcoming releases in all genres of entertainment!

NEW Library Section:  College & Careers houses everything you need for life after high school.  Research careers...get help with college admission essays...find information on landing your dream job...discover Universities that fit your unique needs...it's all here!

NEW Book Display
:
 I Like Big Books and I can not lie showcases those "larger than life" reads some students love to hate.  It's OK...don't be afraid...there are phenomenal books in this display :)




BOOK REVIEW: "Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowland #1)" by Sarah Fine

Title: Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands #1)
Author: Fine, Sarah
Published: October 16th, 2012 by Marshall Cavendish Children's/Amazon Children's Publishing
Edition Language: English
Source: purchased e-book

From Goodreads:
"My plan: Get into the city. Get Nadia. Find a way out. Simple."
A week ago, seventeen-year-old Lela Santos's best friend, Nadia, killed herself. Today, thanks to a farewell ritual gone awry, Lela is standing in paradise, looking upon a vast gated city in the distance – hell. No one willingly walks through the Suicide Gates, into a place smothered in darkness and infested with depraved creatures. But Lela isn't just anyone – she's determined to save her best friend's soul, even if it means sacrificing her eternal afterlife.
As Lela struggles to find Nadia, she's captured by the Guards, enormous, not-quite-human creatures that patrol the dark city's endless streets. Their all-too-human leader, Malachi, is unlike them in every way except one: his deadly efficiency. When he meets Lela, Malachi forms his own plan: get her out of the city, even if it means she must leave Nadia behind. Malachi knows something Lela doesn't – the dark city isn't the worst place Lela could end up, and he will stop at nothing to keep her from that fate.



Mrs. Beamer's Review:
Wow.  I haven't enjoyed a book this much since The Hunger Games!  It's one of those books I didn't want to end.  While it took me a little longer than usual to get hooked, once I was...there was NO turning back.  Planes could have landed in my backyard and I wouldn't have noticed.  I was captivated.

There are many, many layers to this story.  Most of the book takes place in (something resembling our idea of hell).  The two most powerful story lines, for me, were the romance between Lela and Malachi (of course!) ~and~ the idea that one can control, to some extent, their afterlife.  The characters have so much depth.  Lela rocks as the heroine and shows us SO many different sides of herself...strong/fragile, determined/uncertain, fearless/scared, selfless/selfish...I could go on and on.  And Malachi...wowza :)  He is SO incredible...there aren't enough adjectives to describe how perfect he is as the leading man.  *sigh*  The supporting cast of characters was compelling, as well. 

The author has a gift...she perfectly blends all elements of this story.  There is plenty of action...lots of romance...humor and sadness (I laughed out loud AND got teary-eyed at different points in the story)...suspense and mystery...moments for deep reflecting...etc.  I found myself re-reading passages so I could experience her words over and over again.  

As the first book in a series, this one delivers it all!  I am DYING to read the next book...and was pleasantly surprised at the initial setting for book two :)  Go...Hurry...you HAVE to read this book!!

My Favorite Quote (from this book):  "Figures.  The first time a guy tells me I'm beautiful, I'm in hell and he's delirious".



Mrs. Beamer’s Wrap-Up Rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more info
Language: 1
Violence: 2
Sexual Content: 2
Drugs/Alcohol: 1
Recommend for High School Libraries: YES
Comfortable With My Child Reading: middle school
Potential Controversial Topics: suicide

Cover Reveal! The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

I'm SO excited!!  I love Sarah Dessen and I'm thrilled to post the cover of her upcoming novel, The Moon and More!!

This is the author's 11th novel and will hit stores June 2013.  Read an excerpt from the 1st chapter here...I can hardly wait!!


Giving THANKS for YA!!!

thump thump...thump thump...thump thump...

That is what my heart sounds like RIGHT NOW :)  Why???  Because I just read about the MOST exciting contest EVER.  And I've lived many years :)

Popular YA author Beth Revis is running the contest.  Her goal...simple.  Raise awareness of, and give thanks to, all things YA!  November is a month to celebrate the act of being thankful...and I honestly (aside from my family) can't think of something I'm MORE thankful for...YA changed my life :)

A little about me...in bullet points...because I like lists:

  • life-long, self-proclaimed librarian...librarian by degree since 1997
  • played "library" as a child with my extensive collection of Sweet Valley High and Cheerleaders series (and encyclopedia sets)
  • worked in many private company libraries...far away from YA
  • mother of two (ages 10 and 12) and stayed home with them until two months ago
  • built extensive, mammoth home library of baby and children's books
  • now work in a high school library
  • fell in love ALL OVER AGAIN with YA :)
  • chomping at the bit WAITING for my own kids to get a wee bit older so THEY can share my love WITH me!!!
OK...I just re-read the contest announcement and now I'm teary-eyed.  Yep.  A grown woman...silently emotional over the incredible generosity of someone I don't know personally. 

How has YA changed my life?  Simple.  It has given me JOY...allowed me to LOVE MY JOB...made my transition to "working mom" FUN!!  The students here race for the new YA books.  There are "holds" on the popular books 5-7 students long!  This is WONDERFUL!!  We are reading the same books...discussing plots and characters in casual conversation...relating on some level.  I LOVE IT!

My own children like to read.  But they are at that age where I have a hard time finding books to challenge them, while holding their attention, that are age-appropriate (and that I will read!)  YA books soon will be their passion, too!!  Just a few more years :):):)  AND I CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE YA WITH THEM!!!  I, again, am getting physically emotional over the thought of welcoming 50 NEW BOOKS (SIGNED BOOKS!) into my libraries (home and school).  

We live in a small, rural community where money is tight (no big surprise...and I'm not complaining...I wouldn't choose to live any other place).  I comb through Goodwill and garage sales to find books to donate to my high school library.  I constantly wish there was a way I could share my "under $3.99" Kindle books with my students :)

I know these 50 contest books will find a good home.  The YA community is incredible.  I am honored to be a small part of it!!




Books dealing with "Teen Issues"

As many of you know, I'm a high school librarian.  One of the most repeated phrases I hear from my students is..."I want to read a book that deals with struggling teens...what do you recommend?"

While some teens want an epic fantasy adventure, others just want a real life STORY.  One they can relate to.  Characters that could be them...or their friend/s.

So...I have made it a TOP PRIORITY to add such books to our collection.  Sure, we have the obvious popular choices (Thirteen Reasons Why, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Looking for Alaska, etc).  And we have many "classics" on such topics.  I'm looking for MORE.  I want them all :)

There are numerous helpful resources out there...lists of books dealing with teen issues such as: eating disorders, body image, sexual abuse & rape, teen pregnancy, LGBTQ teens, bullying, suicide and death.

What have you read that fits this description?  What would you recommend?

Waiting on Wednesday: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It’s designed for bloggers to spotlight the upcoming releases that they simply can’t wait to read.

My pick this week..."This is What Happy Looks Like" by Jennifer E. Smith
Expected Release Date: April 2, 2013


Another stand-alone book...this time a contemporary fiction pick.  I admit...the COVER really hooked me on this book :)  Who doesn't need a little "HAPPY" in their life?!   :)  Excited!!  ~Mrs. Beamer

From Goodreads:
If fate sent you an email, would you answer?
In This is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith's new YA novel, perfect strangers Graham Larkin and Ellie O'Neill meet—albeit virtually—when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an email about his pet pig, Wilbur. In the tradition of romantic movies like "You've Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle," the two 17-year-olds strike up an email relationship, even though they live on opposite sides of the country and don't even know each other's first names.  Through a series of funny and poignant messages, Graham and Ellie make a true connection, sharing intimate details about their lives, hopes and fears. But they don't tell each other everything; Graham doesn't know the major secret hidden in Ellie's family tree, and Ellie is innocently unaware that Graham is actually a world-famous teen actor living in Los Angeles.  When the location for the shoot of Graham's new film falls through, he sees an opportunity to take their relationship from online to in-person, managing to get the production relocated to picturesque Henley, Maine, where Ellie lives. But can a star as famous as Graham have a real relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie's mom want her to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?  Just as they did in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, the hands of fate intervene in wondrous ways in this YA novel that delivers on high concept romance in lush and thoughtful prose.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Most Requested Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week I get to choose the topic, and I'm going with something a bit out-of-the box.  These aren't MY picks...they are MY STUDENTS' picks :)
In no particular order:

"Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins - yes...still one of the most requested books here!
"Divergent" by Veronica Roth - which I started pushing (heavily) since all my Hunger Games copies were circulating...
"Insurgent" by Veronica Roth - of course!
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chibosky - with the movie hype...it's been very popular among my teens
"Looking for Alaska" by John Green - this author, in general, is a favorite here
House of Night series by P.C. Cast - the teen girls LOVE LOVE LOVE this series (I'll just count it as one book, though!)
Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini
"Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James - and NO...we do NOT have it!!  :)  (I'm still surprised when one of them asks me for it!)
"Thirteen Reasons Why"  by Jay Asher - another very popular author here
"Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure" by James Patterson - while the entire series circulates well...this is by FAR the most requested of the group :)




10 books to go!

Hello friends!!  10 long months ago, in January of this year, I set a goal for myself...to read 120 books in 2012.  Today marks a big milestone for me...as I only have 10 books left to read.  That's right...I've read 110 books in 2012!!  SO...what will my last ten books be?!?!  It's exciting to think about :)  Here are four I definitely will read...what about you?  Happy Reading!