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Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

25 Apr
  1. Poetry
    Although I have enjoyed novels in verse, reading poetry is something that I can’t seem to get into… I’m a quick reader and I think the subtle nuance of poetry is often lost on me.
  2. Horror
    Although I love thrillers, I can’t stand to be scared, especially if I’m home alone. I don’t like scary movies, haunted houses, etc. It’s probably because it makes me feel like I’m not in control and I don’t like it.
  3. High Fantasy
    When a book has a map and a glossary of vocabulary in the back, it tends to disinterest me really fast – Lord of the Rings, not for me!
  4. Classics
    I never enjoyed reading the classics in high school and even the few I’ve picked up since, I just don’t seem to enjoy too much.
  5. Plays
    I could never understand why we were required to read Shakespeare in school, it’s a play, shouldn’t it be watched? And before everyone starts explaining, I know the language and format are important to understand, but I’d much rather watch a show than read it.
  6. Graphic Novels
    A genre that I want to love, but just really don’t enjoy reading too much. I always feel like I’m not getting enough out of the story, probably because I do read very quickly and the illustrations almost get in my way.
  7. Autobiographies/Biographies
    I don’t have anything against autobiographies and biographies, it’s just not a genre that I’ll pick up for fun, unless I’ve gotten a recommendation for something specific.
  8. Adult books
    I know this is a vast majority of books, but as a (former) children’s librarian I focused a lot of my time on middle grade and young adult literature and I feel like that is stuff I really enjoy. I’ll read adult material, but it’s not usually my go-to.
  9. Short Stories
    I feel like just when I’m getting to know the story, it’s over.

There are always exceptions to the rule and I’m totally using an exception right now, as I could only come up with a Top Nine Tuesday instead of a Top Ten list. I’m more than willing to try pretty much anything, especially if I get a review from a friend or colleague. What types of books are on your Not Reading List?

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (Graphic Novel style)

10 Jan

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So I took this topic and focused solely on the graphic novels I want to read.  I’ve got a HUGE list of titles from the Nerdies Awards that I’d like to get to so I wanted to narrow my list a little and focus just on graphic novels.  As you can see there are titles for early elementary school age, middle grade and young adults – all on my TBR list!

  1. The Great Pet Escape by Victoria Jamieson
  2. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
  3. Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
  4. Compass South by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock
  5. Lowriders to the Center of the Earth by Cathy Camper and Raul the Third
  6. Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
  7. Snow White by Matt Phelan
  8. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  9. HiLo 2: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick
  10. The Imitation Game: Alan Turig Decoded by Jim Ottaviani

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created byThe Broke and the Bookish

2016 CYBILS Finalists

4 Jan

cybils-logo-2016-web-lgLooking for more to add to your TBR list? Look not further than the 2016 CYBILS Finalists. Over the thirteen different categories, there were 1,163 books nominated.  99.7% of which were read by at least one reviewer while 98.6% were read by more at least two reviewers.  That is a lot of man power and reading power for all of those books! At this point, these lists go on to a whole other set of reviewers to choose a winner in each category, which will be announced on February 12th.  Take a look and enjoy some new titles!

Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books
Elementary/Juvenile Non-Fiction
Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels
Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction
Fiction Picture Books
Board Books
Middle-Grade Fiction
Middle Grade/Young Adult Non-Fiction
Young Adult Graphic Novels
Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Looking Forward To For the First Half of 2017

13 Dec

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  1. Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart
  2. The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli
  3. Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  4. NewsPrints by Ru Xu
  5. A Rambler Steals Home by Carter Higgins
  6. Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge by Kristin L. Gray
  7. Blooming At the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt
  8. Hear the Wolves by Victoria Scott
  9. The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
  10. The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created byThe Broke and the Bookish

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/17/16

17 Oct

25810644I had to commute to New York for a meeting on Friday which meant a quality amount of time on the train to read.  Even with cleaning the house for my parents’ visit, I was so happy to spend some time reading. I finished A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry – a young adult magical realism novel that was absolutely amazing!  It was soooooo good, I really enjoyed the characters, the setting and the plot.  It’s something I’ll definitely recommend and will be writing a review of on the blog soon.

I also got a chance to read Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier, a graphic novel about a young girl whose family is required to move due to her sister’s health and it’s an interesting read about Día de los Muertos and Mexican culture.  There’s some discussion about this book as the ghosts referred to in the title are part of the Spanish mission and some are concerned about what is portrayed.

I also read Moo by Sharon Creech, a middle grade novel written in verse about a young girl whose family moves from the inner city to a small town in Maine and she learns about taking care of farm animals and shows a cow at the local fair.  It’s a beautifully written story about growing up – learning about your self and gaining confidence in a world that can feel so insecure at times.

I’m at a conference for most of this week, hoping to finish Start With Why by Simon Sinek and I’m also borrowing Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and need to get it back to him, so my goal is to read that this week as well!

imwayrJoin Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.


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