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Top Ten Tuesday 5

Top Ten Tuesday!
Warning: Contains SPOILERS!!!
Top Ten Books I'd Give A Theme Song To (and please tell us the song and why you'd pick it for the book!)
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Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler Hudson decides to compete in figure skating again after years of not putting a big toe on the ice.  She decides to keep her practice a secret and loses her perspective about the importance of friends and family. She could have avoided her problem if she had told everyone, but she chose not to – that’s a difference from the song.
Therefore, the song I would choose is “Right Where I Need to Be” by Gary Allan. In the song, he is working hard for a promotion, but it means he has to travel a lot. At the end, he decides being home is more important than going on the last, most important trip.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
By Jennifer E. Smith
Poppy/Little Brown, 2012
Sources: Bookshelf (Gift)
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

Ahhhh so good. It was more than I had hoped it would be. I was thinking it would just be a classic …

The Treasure Map of Boys

The Treasure Map of Boys
By E. Lockhart
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2009
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Ruby is back at Tate Prep, and it’s her thirty-seventh week in the state of Noboyfriend. Her panic attacks are bad, her love life is even worse, and what’s more:

Noel is writing her notes, Jackson is giving her frogs, Gideon is helping her cook, and Finn is making her brownies. Rumors are flying, and Ruby’s already-sucky reputation is heading downhill.

The Guardian

The Guardian
By Joyce Sweeney
Henry, Holt and Co, 2009
Audience: All Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Hunter has never had anyone to look out for him. His mother gave him away when he was young, he’s never known his father, and his foster mother leaves a lot to be desired in the mothering department. So when a mysterious, benevolent force suddenly starts coming to his aid, Hunter doesn’t know what to believe. Could he really have a guardian angel? Hunter so badly wants someone to care that he’s willing to take a leap of faith, and more. But when he finally learns the truth about his angel, he’ll have to decide whether it’s the best thing that ever happened to him or the worst.

Waiting on Between the Lines

Waiting on Wednesday - Hosted by Breaking the Spine

Between the Lines
By Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Simon Pulse
June 2012

I'm not a huge Jodi Picoult fan, but I have read some of her work and appreciate her books. She wrote a teen novel with her daughter. I think it'll be interesting to see what her fans think of it and if she attracts new readers.

From Goodreads:
What happens when happily ever after…isn’t?

Top Ten Tuesday 4

Top Ten Books I'd Quickly Save If My House Was Going To Be Abducted By Aliens (or any other natural disaster...

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Honestly, there’s no book that I have worth losing my life over. There’s always the library and there’s always replacements. For now, anyway.
If I had to pick, this is what I would choose (as of now): My signed copies of books - especially Princess in Love. I was sooooo excited when I got that! It’s really hard to replace signed books. I still think I would be more concerned about escaping than my books. I can’t read anything if I am dead, anyway.
Come back for my next Top Tuesday list! I’ve been working on it a few weeks. It’s gonna be good!

The Boy Book

The Boy Book
By E. Lockhart
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2006
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Here is how things stand at the beginning of newly-licensed driver Ruby Oliver's junior year at Tate Prep:

 • Kim: Not speaking. But far away in Tokyo.
 • Cricket: Not speaking.
 • Nora: Speaking--sort of. Chatted a couple times this summer when they bumped into each other outside of school--once shopping in the U District, and once in the Elliot Bay Bookstore. But she hadn't called Ruby, or anything.
 • Noel: Didn't care what anyone thinks.
 • Meghan: Didn't have any other friends.
 • Dr. Z: Speaking.
 • And Jackson. The big one. Not speaking.


By Sarah Ockler
Simon Pulse, 2012
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances... a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been.

The Lover's Dictionary

The Lover's Dictionary By David Levithan Farrar, Straus and Giroux Source: Library Challenge: TBR Pile Audience: Older Teens

Anna Dressed in Blood

Anna Dressed in Blood
By Kendare Blake
Tor Teen, August 2011
Audience: Anyone brave

From Goodreads:
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Waiting on Wednesday

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Have you read The Girl is Murder? I read it awhile back and enjoyed it. I didn't know there was going to be a sequel, so I am looking forward to this one coming out. If you like mysteries and private investigators, read these. In the first one, I remember the ending was kind of a let down. It built up to more than what it was. But it was fun to read, and this one should be good!

Top Ten Tuesday 3

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Books I would hand to someone who says they don't like to read:

I had to do this all the time at the bookstore. Usually, the person that the customer is buying for is not present. This makes everything so much harder, because the customer ends up shopping for something THE CUSTOMER wants, not what the recipient would want. What you have to do is find something the recipient is interested in and then find a book about it. I like to find books that are fun. It's hard to find an actual novel when the person isn't there to talk to. Books are books - as long as people are reading, it's good.

So, based on bookseller experience, here are my choices for older teens (in no particular order):

The Boyfriend List

The Boyfriend List
By E. Lockhart
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2009
Audience: Older teens (Some younger teens could handle it. I wouldn't have had a problem with it.)

From Goodreads

Ruby Oliver is 15 and has a shrink. She knows it’s unusual, but give her a break—she’s had a rough 10 days. In the past 10 days she:
lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list),

lost her best friend (Kim),

lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket),

did something suspicious with a boy (#10),

did something advanced with a boy (#15),

had an argument with a boy (#14),

drank her first beer (someone handed it to her),

got caught by her mom (ag!),

had a panic attack (scary),

lost a lacrosse game (she’s the goalie),

failed a math test (she’ll make it up),

hurt Meghan’s feelings (even though they aren’t really friends),

became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch)

and had graffiti written about her in the girls’ bathroom (who knows what was in the boys’!?!). 

But don’t worry—Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more li…

Children's or Teen?

I have noticed that a lot of covers in the Children's section are trying to look a bit older than they are catalogued. For example (children's are on the left, teen on the right):

Has anyone else noticed this? Post your covers if you have!
Maybe publishers want to reach a wider audience, or a different audience. Do you think children want to read more grown-up books? Or do you think they should be cataloged in the Teen section instead?