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Top Ten Tuesday 2

Top Ten Books I Think Would Make Great Book Club Picks
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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins The first two books are easy to discuss because they are AWESOME and there is no down side with either. However, with Mockingjay people could talk for days about why they were or weren't disappointed.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater It's REALLY good. That's why it's on this list. Also, the ink matches the cover.
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles Ooo so good. There are a few minor problems with the story, like how the end wraps up so fast but it's really enjoyable to read.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater Is it ok that I have two Maggie Stiefvater books on here and no Meg Cabot books? This one just takes you to another place completely. It's wonderful.

November Cakes

If you've read The Scorpio Racesby Maggie Stiefvater, you probably wanted to try a November Cake. They sounded so delicious in the book, I wished I could make them so I could taste one too. Then I discovered that I could! Maggie Stiefvater posted a recipe on her blog. I was determined. I bought everything and started baking at about 8:00 AM on Saturday.

The caramel-honey glaze was AMAZING! So delicious. (I think it would be great on ice cream.) The icing was normal icing. The cake part was more of a problem. I don't think I kneaded it enough. I don't have the mixer she referred to, so I was forced to use my hands.

Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by Broke and the Bookish. Today's theme: Freebie! Choose your own theme.

Top Ten Books I just HAD to buy… But are still sitting on my bookshelf
10.The Moon-Spinners – Mary Stewart I read this book when I was young after I saw the Hayley Mills movie. I liked both and wanted to re-read the book – but it was gone from the library! I immediately went and bought it… and still haven’t re-read it.
9. Strange Angels & Betrayals – Lili St. Crow This was a good deal! Two books for $7.99. I couldn’t pass that opportunity up! Too bad I never read them…
8. Mr. Peanut – Adam Ross This book was all Hitchcock-y so I knew I needed to read it – IMMEDIATELY! I put it on hold at the bookstore to make sure I got it and on my bookshelf it sits.
7. Beauty – Robin McKinley I love fairy tales re-told. This is an essential read for anyone who does. Except I still haven’t read it, even though I ordered it online since the bookstore didn’t have it in.
6. The Fablehaven box set – Brandon Mull My friend raved…


By A.A. Milne
Dutton Juvenile; Deluxe Edition edition
Source: My bookshelf
Audience: Everyone
Challenge: British Book Challenge

Everyone knows the story of that silly old bear. He needs no introduction.

I loved the Disney movie and spin-off episodes of Winnie-the-Pooh. Naturally, this meant I needed to read the story. I bought a beautiful edition a while ago and decided it was time to read it for the British Book Challenge! It was a good choice. I should have read it immediately after buying it. It lived up to everything Disney (even though I realize the book came first, I know the movie better.) The filmmakers were very faithful to the author’s work.

The only disappointing thing about this book is that Tigger was missing. I was expecting Gopher to not show up (obviously.) Tigger must show up in a different story.
Also, has anyone ever seen the dedication in this book? It is by far the best dedication I have ever seen! Here it is:
    Hand in hand we come                 Christop…

Crazy Beautiful

Crazy Beautiful By Lauren Baratz-Logsted Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Source: Library Audience: All Teens
From Goodreads: In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn’t outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself.

Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don’t scare her. They don’t keep her away. In fact, they don’t make any difference at all to her.

But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering.

Or maybe she’s just a girl who needs love just like he does.

At first, I didn’t think that I would like this book. The author really hits your over the head with the whole fairy tale thing. The girl’s name in the story is Aurora Belle, her dad calls her Princess, she sleeps really deeply, she’s beautiful, etc. However, I rea…

Snow in Summer

Snow in Summer
By Jane Yolen
Source: Library
Audience: Tweens, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:

With her black hair, red lips, and lily-white skin, Summer is as beautiful as her father's garden. And her life in the mountains of West Virginia seems like a fairy tale; her parents sing and dance with her, Cousin Nancy dotes on her, and she is about to get a new baby brother.

Why We Broke Up

Why We Broke Up
By Daniel Handler
Art By Maira Kalman
Little, Brown

Source: Library Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:

"Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped."

The ending of the book is in the title, which doesn’t help Ed’s case. Immediately, I did not like him. He crashed a party and uses the word “gay” like it’s the only adjective he knows. An objective person can tell right away that Ed is a jerk, but Min overlooks that because he pays attention to her. I am sure the author wanted me to hate him, but I think I would have liked the story bet…


I own a lot of books - a lot. I saw all of these blog challenges and thought that would be a good way to get motivated to read some of the books that I bought forever ago, but never really read. This year, I will be participating in the British Book Challenge and the TBR Challenge. I'm excited to make a dent in my own books!

My first step is to take a complete inventory of my books.
This will take some time, I am sure. I may reveal this number, I may not. It depends on how high it is.

Then, I will develop a strategy.

So, how did I obtain an overwhelming number of books that I have not read?

First of all, I have no specific genre. I will read anything that sounds interesting. This creates time issues, as tons of new books come out every week. I do mostly read Teen fiction... but I usually don't BUY Teen fiction. I read those books so fast that I get them from the library.

Which brings me to the second reason. I buy the non-Teen books to ensure that I will have enough time to finish t…