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Top Ten Character Switcharoos

Top Ten Characters You Would Switch Places With (for 24 hours) Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Princess Mia - because of Michael! And who hasn't wanted to be a princess? This way, I could be one and still be awkward. Perfect.

I would pick the 24 hours in which Nancy was NOT chloroformed or kidnapped or knocked out. I have always wanted to solve a mystery, and I would get to keep my hair color.

I immediately thought of Jane Austen characters, because they have amazing love stories. Then I thought about the lack of transportation and indoor plumbing. How about Lizzie's character in a modern version of Pride and Prejudice? Yes, please.

I would get to see Australia and be an artist and learn about graffiti. Cool!

I would get to TRAVEL. I am way too much of a coward to backpack in real life. This would be good.

Paris. St. Clair. That's all.

Great clothes. Cricket. That's all.

Gilbert. Who cares about the lack of modern conveniences when he's around? Not…

Alice on the Outside

Alice on the Outside
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Simon Pulse, 1999
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Alice likes her life, but she senses things are changing. She gets a little bored by her best friends Elizabeth and Pamela's constant chatter about clothes and makeup, and sometimes she feels excluded from their conversations. Her relationship with Patrick is becoming more complicated, too.
From her cousin Carol, Alice learns that there are no easy answers to some of her questions about life. Then a school experiment and a new friend with a painful secret reveal some unsettling truths about the world Alice lives in. Growing up is even trickier than Alice thought -- is she ready for the challenge? Alice, Alice, Alice! I finally got to the teen books in this series! Hooray! Every Alice book has an issue, and in this book it was discrimination and sexual orientation. I think Alice handled those issues very well. I have no idea what school out there would actually let students discriminate ag…

Twenty Boy Summer

Twenty Boy Summer
By Sarah Ockler
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie–she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

Waiting On: Girl of Nightmares

Waiting On Wednesday Hosted by Breaking the Spine

Girl of Nightmares By Kendare Blake Scheduled release: August 7, 2012

Top Ten Most Vivid Settings in Books

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Most Vivid Settings
This book was so scary, it felt like I was there. It had great descriptions of everything.
OOO this one made me want to backpack. I've never backpacked anywhere and never should, as I am not outdoorsy at all. So that's sayin' something.
This one felt absolutely real. It was the best description in a book about the Titanic that I have read so far.
I could feel the freezing cold even though it was the middle of summer. I could see the awful living conditions.
Another "Duh."
I hate humidity and heat, but the steamy weather matches this book series. I can see everything she describes perfectly in my head. It's great.
I didn't know much about India before reading this. Now I want to go there. You could feel the love she had for that place through her words.
Everything felt real, even when it wasn't real. Or was it?

And last, but definitely not least, The Scorpio Races. I fel…

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
By Sherman Alexie
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2007
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

New Books = Happy Girl 8

New Books = Happy Girl 8 Stacking the Shelves Hosted by Tynga's Reviews
From Goodreads:
It’s senior year, and while Kenzie should be looking forward to prom and starting college in the fall, she is mourning the loss of her father. She finds solace in the one person she trusts, her boyfriend, and she soon finds herself pregnant. Kenzie’s boyfriend and mother do not understand her determination to keep the baby. She is sent to southern Spain for the summer, where she will live out her pregnancy as a cook’s assistant on a bull ranch, and her baby will be adopted by a Spanish couple.

Alone and resentful in a foreign country, Kenzie is at first sullen and difficult. She begins to open her eyes and her heart to the beauty that is all around her and inside of her.

I can't wait to read this one. I was so happy when I saw that the library purchased it. I have a feeling that I'll be buying it someday. It's a YA book! About Spain! So exciting. I honestly don't care about the rest o…

Ghost Flower

Ghost Flower
By Michele Jaffe
Razorbill, 2012
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Eve, a runaway, finds a new job at a coffee shop on the outskirts of Tuscon. When she's approached by two wealthy teens who claim she bears an uncanny resemblance to their missing cousin Aurora, her life takes a turn for the dark and mysterious. Drawn into a scheme to win Aurora's inheritance, Eve finds herself impersonating the girl, who disappeared three years ago on the night her best friend Elizabeth died. But when Liza's ghost begins to haunt Eve, doing harm to the people close to her under the guise of "protecting" her, Eve finds herself in a nightmare maze of lies and deception that leads her to question even her own identity. She realizes her only chance is to uncover the truth about what happened the night Liza died, and to find Liza's killer - before she's next.




Normally, too many twists are annoying and I think it makes for a poor novel…

Forget You

Forget You
By Jennifer Echols
MTV Books, 2010
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four- year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.

But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people— suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two ofthem?

Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but…

Island Girls (And Boys)

Island Girls (And Boys)
By Rachel Hawthorne
Harper Teen, 2005
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
From the author of "Caribbean Cruising" comes another novel of summer romance. Jen and her two best friends plan to live together for the summer, along with a couple of boys, three or four pets, and something Jen doesn't expect--true love.

Holy smokes, this book was way better than Caribbean Cruising. I can tell how much she developed as a writer. The editing was so much better and the story was way more interesting. I liked how a lot of issues that happen in college came up. Book lesson: Don't ever live with your best friends. 

This was still a light and fluffy read, don't get me wrong. I would compare it to a marshmallow. I don't feel like I got to know the boys very well at all. That part was missing for me. However, I did enjoy the love story. The only problem was that Jen never had to face any consequences for all of the things her grandparents would probably not w…

Top Ten Entwined Read Alikes

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Books for People Who Like:
Click on the pictures to go to Goodreads.

I am looking forward to reading most of these. I have read Just Ella, Ella Enchanted, Snow in Summer, and Stardust. I love fairy tales re-told, especially when they don't have a modern twist!


By Lissa Price
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2012
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plan…

New Books = Happy Girl 7

The Sunday Post Hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Reviewer
In Which Emily Goes to a Half-Off Sale So our used book store had a 50% off all books and movies sale. I was so there! I researched the night before, made my list, went right when they opened, grabbed what I wanted, and skedaddled. I know I have only read 2 of my own books, but it was half-off USED BOOK PRICES. And they had some good stuff. Here's what I got:
Click on the cover to go to Goodreads.

 I was super excited when I found these:

 I know it's a lot, but it was a good deal and I've been doing well so far at limiting myself. I think it'll be ok. Baby steps, right?