Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday

Have you noticed I'm only posting on Tuesdays this month? It's not on purpose, but between planning teen events at the library, trying to get my two-year-old to nap, being a wife, podcasting at Authors are ROCKSTARS!, occasionally doing some laundry (maybe), reviewing books and apps for School Library Journal, preparing a presentation for KidLitCon, chairing a YALSA committee, and planning the baby's first birthday party... well, I've got a few things going on! This blog is the one thing I can do at my own pace, and dear reader, that pace happens to be s-l-o-w right now. I'm okay with that, and I hope you are, too.

Since I'm only posting on Tuesdays, I thought I'd participate in the Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish! This week's topic is: Books I Loved but Never Reviewed.

1. Huntress, by Malinda Lo
I've been wanting to review this one, but somehow just can't fully articulate my thoughts on this beautiful book. I loved the descriptions of the lush settings, and the fact that it's a story about two girls who fall in love, but it isn't an "issue" book.

2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart
Smart, funny, thought-provoking, relatable... such a perfect book. I love to recommend this when students need something for a school report, because it's a truly fun read and it has enough substance for academic purposes.

3. Audrey, Wait!, by Robin Benway
The casual swearing in this book is so perfect. Just-- YES. This is how a lot of teens talk, whether adults like it or not.

4. Girl at Sea, by Maureen Johnson
Possibly my favorite Maureen Johnson title so far. I recommend this book all the time at my library, as it has a little something for everyone- mystery, adventure, and romance.

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Powerful, hilarious, heartbreaking. An excellent choice to introduce an adult reader to the world of YA.

6. Good Enough, by Paula Yoo
Come for the spam recipes, stay for the funny and genuine narrator as she navigates her strict Korean-American parents' expectation and her own growing need for independence.

7. Robot Dreams, by Sara Varon
I read this four years ago, and still think about it. Deceptively cute illustrations tell a heartbreaking, relatable, and ultimately hopeful story about friendship, loss, and healing.

8. The China Garden, by Liz Berry
I believe it's out of print, and not even available in many libraries anymore, but if you can get your hands on it, this is an amazing read. A spine-tingling paranormal romance written years before the genre exploded.

Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin
A gorgeous afterlife story, kind of a Lovely Bones for teens.

Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins
I had to read this one twice to fully absorb it, because it was so different from the first two books in the trilogy, but I feel it was ultimately a worthy and fitting conclusion to the story. And I loved the epilogue, no matter what anyone else says.

Now... off to do some laundry! Maybe.


  1. Which YALSA committee are you chairing? Are you going to Dallas for midwinter?

  2. I bought a copy of The China Garden at my library's used book store but haven't read it yet. I haven't put it on my classroom library bookshelf either because I wasn't sure if it would be too mature for 6th graders. Is it a fairly innocent YA romance or is it more edgy and mature?

    I was not a huge fan of Elsewhere. I didn't hate it, but I thought Zevin's idea of the afterlife was incredibly depressing. To die and have to live your afterlife like a human life but backwards? Yeah, I hope that's not how it happens! LOL!

  3. Nice!
    I got to see Sherman Alexi in person, he's so charming!

  4. @Kim, I'm chairing the Local Arrangements Committee for Anaheim. So, unfortunately no excuse to go to midwinter this time around... hope you're having fun on your committee!

    @Beth, The China Garden is sooo goooood. But I seem to remember it being pretty steamy in parts, so I don't think it would be quite right for your classroom. It's been several years since I've read it, though, so you might want to read it yourself and see what you think! Ha, your comments on Elsewhere totally make sense. I don't know, maybe I have a complex about aging... the idea of aging backwards sounded kind of comforting to me. ;)

    @Benji, thanks for the comment! I agree about Sherman Alexie-- I was lucky enough to meet him at an ALA conference a few years ago, and he was just as awesome as his writing.

  5. Mockingjay??!!??! You should correct that very soon :)

    I've read Huntress. I think it was a great fantasy, not perfect, good. I love Malinda Lo!!!


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