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Best Cover Option: Take Me There

Take Me There Carolee Deen Simon Pulse, 2010
I don’t think this is the best cover option. This title was so much more than a hot romance. Important - this scene never happens in the book, unless I missed something big. 
This was about a best friend, a murder, the death penalty and the drawbacks of living in a bad neighborhood. The romance was just a little bit at the beginning and a little bit at the end. The meat of the book was the social issues.
I’m assuming they chose this cover because they wanted to attract a certain audience. It worked; I loved the book. The cover just didn’t fit the mood. I think if they would have picked a cover that fit the mood, they would have gotten an audience that didn’t like the book as much. It’s a theory, anyway. Because I don’t usually pick up books with covers like this:

Take Me There

Take Me There
Carolee Dean
Simon Pulse, 2010
Audience: All Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
Dylan has a bad-boy past and a criminal record. He knows that rich, beautiful Jess is way too good for him—but she has always been the one person who sees through his tough exterior and straight to his heart, and he has been hopelessly in love with her from the first time they met. He would change his life for a chance with her. But trouble follows Dylan wherever he goes, and a deadly mistake soon forces him to hit the road and leave his dreams behind. He's on the run and in search of answers; answers to questions he wishes he'd never asked.

Whew! This book had a few parts as steamy as the cover, but overall, it was about serious issues. It’s definitely for fans of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, even though the girl was hardly in the book. It’s told from Dylan’s perspective. He has a lot of obstacles in life, none of which are his fault. He knows nothing about his fa…

I Don’t Know What You Know Me From

I Don’t Know What You Know Me From
Judy Greer
Doubleday, 2014
Audience: Adults, Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
You know Judy Greer, right? Maybe from The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, Carrie, Arrested Development, orThe Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, you already feel like she’s your friend. 

In her first book of essays,I Don’t Know What You Know Me From, Greer writes about everything you would hope to hear from your best friend: how a midnight shopping trip to CVS can cure all; what it’s like to wake up one day with stepchildren; and how she really feels about fans telling her that she’s prettier in person. Yes, it’s all here—from the hilarious moments to the 
intimate confessions.

But Judy Greer isn’t just a regular friend—she’s a celebrity friend. Want to know which celebs she’s peed next to? Or what the Academy Awards are actually like? Or which hot actor gave her father a Harley-Davidson? Don’t worry; Greer reveals all of that, too. You’l…

Best Cover Option: Tiger Eyes

Which cover fits the story the best for Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume?

This is pretty old school. It was probably perfect for it when it first came out, but now it looks dated.

This one doesn’t grab my attention at all.

I like how these two emphasize the eyes, but they still don’t quite work for me.

I think this one is my favorite, even though it’s a little too bright for the sad story.

I like this one a lot. However, it looks like it would appeal to older elementary students. The font, bright colors, and lizard make it seem very young.

This is the movie tie-in. It’s ok but we can’t really see her eyes very well.

What’s your favorite? Have you read the story or seen the movie?

Reviewers’ Roundtable: Following

Hosted by Michelle at Pink Polka Dot Blog
Read Your Bookcase

Following Blogs: How do you follow and and what makes you want to follow?
Honestly, I usually type in the web address to get to the site. I do use Bloglovin’ too.
I follow because I have a similar reading taste to the blogger and I want to see what they’re reading. A lot of times I’ll check out blogs for professional reasons - like if someone needs a book similar to one of their favorites. Overall, it’s a great way to find new books that I will like.
I find new blogs by googling at work, usually! If I find a site that looks good while I’m helping a customer, I remember it and check it out more at home. This is how I found some of my favorites. I think the other way was through Top Ten Tuesday at first. (Isn’t Top Ten Tuesday awesome???) I also did Waiting on Wednesday for a while, but everyone seemed to get all of the good books before me!
I never even cared about blogs until I found bookish ones. I am just not interes…

Rose Under Fire

Rose Under Fire
By Elizabeth Wein
Disney Hyperion, 2013
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that's in store for her?

Elizabeth Wein, author of the critically-acclaimed and best-sellingCode Name Verity, delivers another stunning WWII thriller. The unforgettable story of Rose Justice is forged from heart-wrenching courage, resolve, and the slim, bright chance of survival.

Wow, this book was AMAZING. I was hesitant to read it because it took me a while to finish Code Name Verity. I feel like no matter what I write for this review, it won’t be good enough. These women were so strong. I couldn’t believe …

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Wishlist

Lit Wit Cards - see how much you know about books.

Jane Austen Playing Cards

I would kill for this t-shirt!

So cool!

How do I get some of these??? (Sorry, I can’t get it to turn.)

This is one of my favorites.

So fun.
Spineless Classics - the whole book on a poster.

Just for fun!

Honestly, I have to stop looking because I just spent a lot of money. This was a bad topic. Bad.
I found many of these on Pinterest.

Tiger Eyes

Tiger Eyes
By Judy Blume
Macmillan Children’s Books, 1981
Source: Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Davey's father was murdered. Now, she, her mother and her little brother have no idea how to go about rebuilding their lives. The family flees to New Mexico. In this alien place, Davey meets Wolf, a mysterious boy who understands her without asking questions. Slowly she begins to piece the broken fragments of herself together again.

I think this is Judy Blume’s best book. It was so well-written and the story was so strong. I think the family dynamics were perfect. Everyone can relate to have a family member who thinks they know best. I liked how there wasn’t a ton of romance - just a hint of it. A full-blown love story wouldn’t have felt right. All of the different parts of the story fit together perfectly. Fantastic.

This made me smile...

Readers’ Roundtable: Co-Blogging

Hosted by 
Emily @ Read Your Bookcase
Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Book Blog

Once, I offered to co-blog with another person - or at least be a guest blogger to keep the blog going. She didn’t take me up on it, which was fine. I’m glad it didn’t work out, because I really like working on my blog. Another time, I posted as a guest on a blog and it didn’t go well. When I saw the opportunity, I planned on taking advantage of it more than what I did. I sent my post in and they made changes to it - without telling me first. I would have appreciated at least seeing an edited version of my post before it went up. 
I’ve thought about applying to be a reviewer on other websites, but they didn’t read the same type of books that I like to read. I knew there would be a lot of competition, and frankly, I don’t like thinking about my reviews too much. I like just letting them happen. If I had to co-blog, I would think about it a lot and it would start to feel like work. This blog is ju…


By Veronica Roth
Katherine Tegen Books, 2013
Audience: Older Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

I knew how this one ended going in to it. I heard there was a lot of fuss and disappointment in the ending, and one can deduce that somet…

Don’t Even Think About It

Don’t Even Think About It
By Sarah Mlynowski
Delacorte Press, 2014
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
We weren't always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn't expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we've kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what's coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.
So stop obsess…

Werewolf Sings the Blues

Werewolf Sings the Blues
By Jennifer Harlow
Midnight Ink, 2014
Audience: Adults
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
If Vivian's life had a soundtrack, every song would be the Blues Pushin' Thirty (Hard Life Takes Its Toll) Singer Going Nowhere Fast Mysterious Stalker Got a Hold on Me Bullets, Blood, and Fur Long Lost Werewolf Daddy Done Me Wrong Ain't No Pack War Gonna Keep Me Down Love on the Run (feat. Sexy Jason) Melting in His Icy Eyes She's No Good (Born Under a Bad Moon) Don't Let Her Song Be Cut Short Livin' La Vida Werewolf (Bonus Track)

Well, I really liked the last Harlow book. This one, not quite as much. I would have finished it if I would have had more time with the E-Galley, but alas, it expired. Now it is a DNF because it didn’t really grab me. It was a road trip with a werewolf. I wasn’t worried about the main character and I didn’t want to see her and the werewolf get together. They were step-siblings. So I have no drive to make an effort to find …

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