Top Ten of 2013

Booklists, Food For Thought, Random

Hello Readers!

Out with the old and in with the new! It’s 2o14 and I’m taking a look back over the books I’ve read in 2013, and picking out what I loved. What I liked. And what I didn’t like.  Honestly, I’ve read a lot but I didn’t necessarily like all that I’ve read.  But we’re not talking about those books. Today, I’ll be talking about the top ten books that I didn’t only like, but loved!

Top Ten YA Books:

10. Revenge of the Girl With The Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

9. Hysteria by Megan Miranda

8. The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

7. Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell

6. The Dead and The Buried by Kim Harrington

5. The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman

4. Out of Easy by Ruta Sepetys

3. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

2. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Honorable Mentions:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab

Croak by Gina Dermico

Top Ten Children’s Books:

10. The Dark by Lemony Snicket

9. Goldilocks and The Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

8. Being Wendy by Fran Drescher

7. A Home For Bird by Philip C. Stead

6. Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier

5. Octopus Alone by Divya Srinivasan

4. Flora & The Flamingo by Molly Idle

3. If You Want to See A Whale by Julie Fogliano

2. Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman

1. This Moose Belongs To Me by Oliver Jeffers

Honorable Mentions:

Tea Rex by Molly Idle

Chloe and The Lion by Mac Barnett

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Winter Break Book Blogger Challenge: Day Twelve

Challenges, Food For Thought, Random




Hello Readers!

Today is day twelve of Andi and Amanda’s Winter Break Book Blogger Challenge: Sixteen Days of blogging. I’m sad to say that the challenge is winding down. But I’m happy to say that I’ve been diligent – normally I start things like this but never finish them. Not only am I happy, I’m proud that I stuck through it.

Day Twelve: What are your New Year’s Reading Resolutions

It’s January 1st which means as of today I’m setting a new reading goal for myself. But here’s the thing, my reading goal, I try to keep it low in the hopes of, not only making it, but surpassing it (as I did this year!). So I’m setting my reading goal at a nice round number of 125 books. This was the same goal I set last year, and the same goal that I met and I surpassed.  I’m confident that I’ll make it, even though I admittedly am not the fastest reader.

As a reader and a librarian I, very obviously, have a fair amount of books. A lot of those books I’ve already read. A lot of those I haven’t. One of my goals in 2014 is to read the books I’ve been meaning to, the books that I’ve had just lying around for quite sometime.

In terms of books, I’ve already mentioned that I have a fair amount. Some of those books are ARCs (advance readers copies) I’d give you a number count, but I haven’t counted out of fear. I don’t want to get rid of all my books – that’s just crazy talk now! But I would like to get rid of some. So in 2014 I’m going to do my best not to hold onto books, to find better homes and/or donate them.

A few years back I resolved to stop reading a book if I wasn’t enjoying it. I’ve stuck with that resolution, and I’m going to continue it in 2014. There are plenty of great books out there, so why should I spend time reading ones that aren’t?!

Besides reading I have several blogging resolutions.

In 2014 I really, really want to become a better, a stronger reviewer And I think the only way to do that is to commit myself to review every single book I read, even the ones that I find too difficult to review.

Besides that I want to blog more regularly, maybe not every single day of the week but a few more days that I already do.

And on a more personal level, I’m an aspiring writer. I’ve been working on a project for quite sometime. I will not resolve to write every single day because I know that’s not realistic for me. But I hope to write more, to dedicate a few hours every week. But doing this I hope to complete the project which I’m currently working on.

So, that’s it. Those are my resolutions. Happy New Years! And I hope 2014 is a great one!