Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature from The Broke and The Bookish that allows us to write a list each week on a topic they have set. This week it’s our Top Ten Most Anticipated Book for 2013.

1. Angel Fever by LA Weatherly When I went to see her at the book festival she said the book would be out early next year but amazon says November. Hopefully its before then.

2. Fracture by Teri Terry Due 4th April 

3. Requiem by Lauren Oliver Due 5th March 

4. Next Divergent Book by Veronica Roth Due 26th September

5. Rumoured; Gallagher Girl’s Book 6 by Ally Carter

6. Pivot Point by Kasie West Due 12th February

7. Hidden by Marianne Curley Due March

8. The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson Due 12th February 

9. Imposter by Suzanne Winnacker Due 11th July

10. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire Due 16th April

Friday Finds 19/10

Friday Find is a meme I found through Should Be Reading. It is a weekly post where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about,  discovered while browsing online, or you bought.

This week as a result of Top Ten Tuesday I added quite a few new books to me to-read list.

Laura Wiess 

  • Such a Pretty Girl
  • How It Ends
  • Leftovers

 

Terra Elan McVoy

  • Pure
  • Criminal

Lauren Myracle

  • Shine

 

David Levithan

  • The Lovers Dictionary
  • The Realm of Possibility

Ellen Hopkins

  • Crank

Katie McGarry

  • Pushing The Limits

This isn’t all of them but these are the ones I am most excited about.

Have you read any that you can suggest I read first?

What new books have you discovered this week?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Rewind – Top Ten Childhood Favourites

The week The Broke and The Bookish have given us the chance to rewind back to an old topic. I have decided to go for Childhood Favourites. The books I have picked are from when I was particularly little, most of them are ones read to me when I was under 5 but they are great books and ones I still have to read to my own children one day.

1. Where’s My Teddy by Jez Alborough

Yikes! Eddie’s in for the surprise of his life when he discovers that his teddy bear has grown much too big to cuddle! But there’s fun in store when Eddie meets up with a real bear who’s got just the opposite problem—his lost teddy bear has shrunk to a size that’s much too small for such an enormous bear to cuddle. Could it be a case of mistaken identity?

2. Funny Bones by Allan Ahlberg

This is the first book in the “Funnybones” series and introduces the skeletons – a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton. They live in a dark dark cellar of a dark dark house on a dark dark hill and so the word repetition continues through this lighthearted story for early readers. The skeletons venture out of their cellar one night to find someone to scare, but everyone is in bed so they amuse themselves by scaring each other and playing with the skeleton animals that live in the zoo.

3. Winnie The Witch by Valerie Thomas

Winnie lived in her black house with her cat, Wilbur. He was black too. And that is how the trouble began. Everything in Winnies house is black – the carpet, the chairs, the bed and the sheets, the pictures on the walls, and even the bathtub! And of course her cat, Wilbur, is black too – all except for his bright-green eyes. Whenever poor Wilbur closes his eyes and tries to take a catnap, Winnie stumbles right over him. Or accidentally sits on top of him. Until one day, when Winnie gets a brilliant idea. What if Wilbur were a different color?

4. The Owl and The Pussycat by Edward Lear

Edward Lear’s nonsense poem about two unlikely sweethearts–an elegant owl and a beautiful cat

5. Snake Supper by Alan Durant

Alternating whole and half pages provide plenty of surprises in a tale of Snake and his search through the forest for something good to eat, starting with a mouse and ending with his efforts to consume an elephant.

6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

“The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child’s heart…”

7. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared. Ready for some fun? Come along!

8. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

“Guess how much I love you,” says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just as much. Well then Little Nutbrown Hare loves him right up to the moon, but that’s just halfway to Big Nutbrown Hare’s love for him.

9. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

Hairy Maclary goes off for a walk in town, followed by a few friends. All is uneventful until they meet Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town, and run for home. The story is told by a brilliant, cumulative rhyming text and terrific pictures.

10. Garden Gang by Jayne Fisher

Jayne Fisher was the youngest person ever to write for Ladybird Books, Jayne based her ‘Garden Gang’ stories around a bunch of fruit and vegetable characters that became hugely popular with younger readers in the 1970’s. Jayne also illustrated her own books using felt-tipped pens.

The Hobbit

 The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins, a quiet and contented hobbit whose life is turned upside down when he joins the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves on their quest to reclaim stolen treasure. It is a journey fraught with danger and in the end it is Bilbo Baggins alone who must face the guardian of this treasure, the most dreaded dragon in all Middle-earth.

Bilbo Baggins is a respectable hobbit who enjoys his quite life. However the more adventurous nature of his mothers side is about to be forced out of him when wizard Gandalf visits. Just a day later he finds himself hosting 13 dwarves and being part of their party as they set off to reclaim the treasure and home that was once theirs.

Once the set off however they have many more battles to face. With the help of Gandalf, they struggle through the start of their journey, loosing their supplies and coming into contact with goblins. It is here Bilbo meets Gollum, a meeting that soon proves to be his saving. The dwarves don’t think very much of Bilbo and he continually wishes to be back in his home. When Gandalf leave them however Bilbo finally comes into his own and after being attacked by spiders and elves they realise he really is a hero.

Thankfully though they are able to rest with welcoming people along the way and finally make it to the mountain where their treasure is guarded by the dragon. Little do they know however there are about to be bigger battles ahead.

My overall review of this book is that it is interesting but I don’t find it great. As I was reading it I kept thinking it would be better read allowed. There are a couple of things that really bothered me about it. Once I can’t say without giving away the plot but the other was that I found Bilbo to be a difficult character to like. He more likable as the story went on but I struggle to enjoy books that have a main character you don’t like.

This wasn’t a bad book but I have to admit I am looking forward to seeing the film more, it’s not often, or possible ever, that I will say that.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten ‘Older’ Books You Don’t Want People To Forget

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is the Top Ten ‘Older’ Books You Don’t Want People To Forget. They definition of ‘Old’ was left up to us so I have gone for the books that I loved reading when I first started read as a kid and think kids might miss out on in the future. These are the modern covers of the Ladybird publishers Favourite Tales so hopefully that means they won’t get forgotten in the future but these are my ten favourites from when I was little and I hope kids get to read.

  

  

  

Banned Books Week 2012

Since joining the world of book blogging I have discovered many interesting things however I think this is the most interesting so far. The 30th September saw the start of the 30th Banned Books Week. This is  an annual event in America sponsored by the American Library Association and highlights the value of free access to information. Bringing together people from all area’s of the book community the week shows how people are trying to prevent censorship and the harm preventing access causes. The week celebrates however that although many books are challenged they are often still available for reading and for two years now the event includes a Virtual-Read-Out where people can post pictures of themselves reading challenged books. This year for the 30th Anniversary they are also holding a 50 State Salute to Banned Books and videos are going to be uploaded to show how each state is celebrating their right to read.

It is surprising to hear that still in 2011 326 books were challenged. The top ten of these were;

  • The Internet Girls Series by Lauren Myracl

Reasons Banned: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

  • The Color Trilogy by Kim Dong Hwa 

Reasons Banned: sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins 

Reasons Banned: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

  • My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy  by Dori Hillestad Butler

Reasons Banned: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 

Reasons Banned: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

  • Alice Series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 

Reasons Banned: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Reasons Banned: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

  • What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

Reasons Banned: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

  • Gossip Girl Series by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Reasons Banned: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

Reasons Banned: offensive language; racism

Some of the most popular from other years include;

  • The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers
  • The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  • My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult 

I just find it mad to think some of my favourite books of the past few years have been consider unsuitable.

For more information check out http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned or http://bannedbooksweek.org/

Linger

Grace and Sam must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping dangerous secrets. For Sam, it means grappling with his werewolf past …and figuring out a way to survive the future.

But just when they manage to find happiness, Grace finds herself changing in ways she could never have expected…

Just when you think everything is sorted for Sam and Grace it is all about to go horribly wrong. Sam is now in charge of all the wolves but it is a task he isn’t quite up for yet and he has particular difficulty getting on with new wolf Cole.

Cole wants to be a wolf, something Sam just can’t get his head around. He wants to escape his old life and has brought his friend along for the ride. Yet again however, for Cole things can’t work out as planned either. He can’t keep running away from his life and he is about to be a bad friend once again.

Isabelle however is a good friend and when Grace starts complaining of not feeling well she gets onto researching straight away.

Grace on the other hand is trying to ignore that she knows something is really wrong. She is about to be at war with her parents to make matter worse and she can’t hide from what is happening much longer.

Together however they might be able to save her.

Having blogged last week that I haven’t finished this series I decided to pick up book two again. It took me a little while to get into it but once I got started the book got better as it went along.  I felt a little bit that the idea something was going to change in their lives was brought up to early for when the action actually happened but it was interesting to read and I did get into it. I think now I have read book two I will read the third one as I want to know what happens and the ending of this book was too much of a cliffhanger to leave the series there.

 

Alone On A Wide Wide Sea

When orphaned Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after World War II he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. The coming years will test him to his limits, as he endures mistreatment, neglect and forced labour in the Australian outback. But Arthur is also saved, again and again, by his love of the sea. And when he meets a nurse whose father owns a boat-building business, all the pieces of his broken life come together.
Now, at the end of his life, Arthur has built a special boat for his daughter Allie, whose love of the sea is as strong and as vital as her father’s. Now Allie has a boat that will take her to England solo, across the world’s roughest seas, in search of her father’s long-lost sister. Will the threads of Arthur’s life finally come together?

A lovely story about life and hope.

Arthur isn’t entirely convinced that he hasn’t made up the memory of his sister, but with a key round his neck he has hope. When he makes best-friends with another boy on the boat to Australia the pair find themselves on a bus full of boys driving through a new world full of wonder. Where they end up however turns out to be more of a hell. The boys help each other through though and as time passes their anger grows enough to give them the courage to do something about it.

Where they end up finally allows Arthur to feel like he belongs but the troubles of his life aren’t over yet. It will take a lot more battering for him to finally give up on himself and lead him to the woman who will save him. Giving him a life he loves with a wife and a daughter and a promise to find out if Kitty exists.

Arthur’s story however is unfinished. Does his sister Kitty exist. Daughter Allie wants to know and she is willing to go around the world to find out. Putting herself through a physical and emotional journey she sets off for England hoping to answer the question of what her father’s key opens.

I bought this book a long time ago and I would say it is aimed at people around 9 -13. Despite of this I am so glad I have finally read it. It has turned out to be a lovely book. With well written characters and a plot full of hope and loss I enjoyed every minute of it. Michael Morpurgo was one of my favourite authors when I was younger and yet again he has delivered.

The Da Vinci Code

Harvard professor Robert Langton, visiting Paris, is called in when the curator of the Louvre is murdered. Alongside the body is a series of baffling codes. Langton and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, are amazed to find a trail that leads to the works of Da Vinci – and beyond.

I’m not going to say too much about this book as I think the plot line is pretty well known.

Mostly I am just excited to have finally finished the book. Having first attempted to read it what must be 2006 I have since tried to read it a few times and never made it past chapter 5. I started reading it again probably a year ago now and I did actually enjoy it. With its short chapters and racing plot I found it easy to keep going and wanted to find out what was happening. However I kind of hit a wall with it. I think because it is so long and having seen the film knowing what was roughly going to happen I got to the stage where I just wanted to be done with it.

Having been abandoned for a while I finally picked it back up last weekend and can now finally say I have finished it.