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Magan: Crossed by Ally Condie

Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie Released: November 1, 2011 Pages: 384 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Downloaded to my Kindle. Why I picked it up: Last year I read Matched – my first dystopia ever. I had to continue reading the series. Summary: Cassia goes in search of Ky in the Outer Provinces, only […]

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October 13, 2014 - 8:00 am

Blog Tour: Ally Condie on Naming Characters in Atlantia - […] by Ally Condie (website | twitter) See also my review of Crossed by Ally Condie Publication Date: October 28, 2014 Publisher: Dutton Children’s Pages: 368 […]

Magan: Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers Length of Book: 214 pages Type of Book: YA Format: Library Book Release Date: December 28, 2008 I read this book because: I like books that tackle big issues. This one hinted at something BIG and suspenseful that happened and I was really intrigued. Synopsis: Parker Fadley is a […]

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September 6, 2013 - 9:38 pm

What Goes Around by Courtney Summers (Two in One) - […] On Cracked Up to Be: […]

December 7, 2011 - 11:06 am

Magan: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] Adult Format: Library book Why I picked it up: I’m on a Courtney Summers kick. I had recently finished Cracked Up to Be by her as well. Summary: Regina is part of the social elite, the Fearsome Five, at her high school […]

November 16, 2011 - 10:33 pm

Magan - Ashley, I haven’t read Fall for Anything yet. I can’t wait to do so! I’m really in love with CS’s writing. Check out Some Girls Are FOR SURE…I loved that one. 🙂

November 14, 2011 - 11:18 pm

Ashley - I agree that this book could have used a little something more at the end. This was my second Summers book. I read her more recent novel, Fall for Anything first and it was AMAZING. I loved it so much. I still need to read Some Girls Are, but I’m highly looking forward to it. CS is pretty much awesome. 🙂

Magan: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Length of Book: 213 pages Type of Book: YA / Coming of Age Story Format: Library Book Release Date: February 1, 1999 I read this book because:  Emma Watson is one of my favorite young female actresses. I found out she would be playing the role of […]

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October 4, 2012 - 9:01 am

Attention, Attention! The Perks of Being a Wallflower (A Re-Read) - […] Magan first reviewed Perks in November of 2011 saying she “adapted quickly to Charlie’s scattered storytelling ways” and sang […]

November 17, 2011 - 4:00 pm

Magan - Hey Ashley! I really hope I like it, too. The book is so short that I actually think they’ll do a good job making the movie. I think they have a lot of room to make it awesome. I hope they don’t let me down. It’s books like my favorites, such as The Hunger Games, that really worries me. So much detail and description that I don’t know if they can pull it off!

November 17, 2011 - 11:42 am

Ashley - I really need to reread this one! I read it a while ago and I really liked it, but I’m not sure I got all out of it that I was supposed to. I read it a bit fast and would love to do a reread and give it a bit more of my attention.

I doubt I’ll watch the movie. I pretty much never watch movies if I’ve read the book first (because I pretty much always hate them) but I do hope you like it!

November 10, 2011 - 3:45 pm

Meg - I remember this one circulating around my high school years ago and read it myself — but I really couldn’t tell you a thing about it. Sounds like I definitely need to do a re-read!

Books That Took Me Out Of My Comfort Zone – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and The Bookish, and today’s topic is 10 books that took me out of my comfort zone.  This is our first week to participate and we’re so excited to join in the fun… What takes me, Magan, out of my comfort zone?  Anything that shows […]

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November 26, 2011 - 10:54 pm

Magan - Amber, I’m so glad you loved it! The sequel to Hourglass (called Timepiece) comes out on June 12, 2012. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I’m sure we’ll learn SO much more about all the talents. YAY! You made my night. 🙂

November 26, 2011 - 12:18 pm

Amber - Hourglass: I read this book in literally a day, thanks for the great suggestion! Although I was really disappointed that the story never went very far into Lily and her ‘talent.’ It was very much like a teenage girl’s version of X-men and I loved it!

November 8, 2011 - 10:50 pm

Magan - Megan, I haven’t read that book. Definitely going to find it on Goodreads so I can add it to my never-ending list!

Jamie! The list is pretty diverse; never until I typed this list did I realize how all over the place my reading choices are! Definitely look into Small Town Sinners and Towelhead. Be warned – Towelhead deals with serious stuff. :-/

La Coccinelle – Please read The Book Thief. It would be an injustice not to!

November 8, 2011 - 10:01 pm

La Coccinelle - I really liked Room, though it’s not the sort of thing I usually read. I’ve got The Book Thief in my TBR pile…

November 8, 2011 - 9:42 pm

Jamie - SO MANY OF MY FAVES ON HERE…The Book Thief, Wither and The Hunger Games! I own The Glass Castle but haven’t gotten to it yet..along with Room. I haven’t heard of Small Town Sinners and Towelhead but now you have me intrigued!!

AND YAY FOR FIRST TTTers!!

November 8, 2011 - 6:13 pm

Megan - This is a great list! Have you read Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier? It’s time travel and historical fiction all wrapped up in a pretty little book. Here is my list http://wp.me/pzUn5-F9

November 8, 2011 - 4:38 pm

Magan - Same here, Alexa! I just read it this year, and after I finished it all I could think was Where have these been? How did I not know about them?!
Kit – I cried a lot while reading The Book Thief, too. Emotional roller coaster!
Nicole – YAY! So glad you found the list helpful! 🙂

November 8, 2011 - 2:44 pm

kit - The Hunger Games is on my list too, it’s not something I would ever have picked up normally but I’d read so many good things about it that I caved in the end!

I really enjoyed The Book Thief, although it did make me cry on a train, which was reasonably embarrassing… 🙂

November 8, 2011 - 2:25 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I really loved The Hunger Games trilogy, though I only got around to reading it this year 🙂

November 8, 2011 - 11:02 am

Nicole - Great list Magan, added some of this to mine to read too.

Magan: Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez Length of Book: 304 pages Type of Book: YA Format: My Kindle and Kindle app for my iPhone Release Date: October 18, 2011 How I found out about it: I was looking for a brand new release. I sorted my Goodreads list by date and realized this one, that had been […]

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October 8, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Book Report: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez - […] Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez (website | twitter) See Also Virtuosity and The Vow by Jessica Martinez Publication Date: October 7, 2014 Publisher: Katherine Tegen […]

February 10, 2014 - 9:01 am

Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez (Cover Reveal!) - […] upcoming YA thriller: KISS KILL VANISH. We are a huge fans of Jessica’s past work — Virtuosity and last year’s The Vow — and can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve with […]

November 22, 2011 - 12:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I Wanna Dine With | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] As I mentioned in my post about Virtuosity, Jessica Martinez plays the violin herself. I think she’d provide some much-needed ambiance, […]

Magan’s Most Anticipated November YA Releases

My to-read list on Goodreads is out of control. I have so many more to-be-released books saved than I do books that are already published. I thought it might help me stay organized and on top of my most-anticipated books if I shared new releases that are coming out this month that I cannot wait […]

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November 5, 2011 - 10:41 am

Hemborgwife - I love this list of books, I am going to keep it bookmarked for my next amazon order!